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"We're abdicating so much of what we are learning and retaining not to our own memories, but to the memories of our devices." (tweet this)"People often see the end result; they don't see the struggle that goes into it."I've always been enamoured with the idea of IAMPETH and have written before about my love affair with the idea of penmanship. But I'm so dang bad at it....

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Jul 20 2015

Music Mondays | Comet’s Tail

By my memory, I've only been in the recording studio twice. Once was to play on Andrew Allen's Secret Identity (I hope to be able to share it with you one day). The other was as a lackey during the recording of an incredible Michael Brecker tribute album called The Comet's Tail.At the time, I was working in the Center for Jazz Composition at the University of South Florida. I was working towards a Masters...

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Jul 15 2015

Keeping the Kids Happy

I recently had the pleasure of taking my family to the incredible estate of John Ringling - yep, the circus guy. On it, there's a circus museum (or two), an opulent mansion called Ca' d' Zan (House of John), Florida's oldest rose garden, and an incredible art museum. It's actually a stunning wedding venue.It's the kind of place that's a great compromise for my family. The circus museum makes the kids happy and I'll admit that...

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Jul 10 2015

The Best Results for 2-sided Letterpress

One of my favorite shop techniques happens to be one of the most labor intensive. It's duplexing: When we glue two or more substrates together to make a sandwich of printed goodness. We typically duplex a project for one of a few reasons:To obtain a paper thickness unavailable from the mill. This would be something like glueing up two sheets of 236# Savoy for a ridiculously thick 472# sheet. Egads! That's well over 1/16" thick! To achieve...

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Jul 06 2015

It Is a Tree of Life To All Who Grasp It

Sometimes you get clients that are a dream to work with. Not to brag (ok, totally to brag), but I get them quite often.Working on Jonah's bar mitzvah invitations with his family was definitely one of those experiences.We started with the gatefold - a representation of the tree of life to reflect the phrase (written in Hebrew) "It is a tree of life to all who grasp it." Since we're talking about a tree, why...

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Jul 02 2015

Hands-on with Your Wedding Invitations

I shaved this morning. It might not seem like a big deal, but the details make it a big deal to me. It's because, for the last few months, every razor I own has been dull and chipped and tuggy. The kind of shaves you get when you see that the cartridge on your Mach3 is a little rusty and clogged with the hair of a few dozen shaves.It was unpleasant.For Father's Day, my wife got me...

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Jun 15 2015

Curves in All the Right Places

For graphic designers, nothing simultaneously holds more power and intrigue than the pen tool.Pressing its keyboard shortcut, the "p" key give some the keys to the kingdom and makes others break out in a cold sweat. Mastery of the pen tool and its bézier (pronounced "BEZ-ee-yay") curves open a whole world of possibilities to designers. The thing that makes the pen tool so powerful is that its resultant designs aren't affected by resolution. They can be scaled...

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Jun 11 2015

A Design Lesson From Reality TV

In my mind, the core of design lies at the intersection of form, function and money. It needs to solve problems. It needs to look good. It needs to work. And someone’s got to be willing to pay for it (design for a cause still involves some manner of value exchange).Like many designers, I’m a fan of good design in all of the shapes and (ahem) forms it takes.That’s why, despite the ridiculously manufactured drama...

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Jun 10 2015

Can Some Things Be More Handmade Than Others?

 Some things are wholly handmade: A carved wooden spoon. A hand-sewn leather wallet. A dreamcatcher. An Amish barn.And some can be wholly machine made: The tube of toothpaste in your medicine cabinet, quite a few electronics, and possibly your car.But in between is where most things are created. At what point does something cease being handmade?Nearly every inviting experience we create is done with the assistance of a machine. Whether it’s a printing press, a...

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Jun 08 2015

Music Mondays | Seaboard

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.The other day, Sean McCabe hipped me to Bill Laurance. He’s an original member of Snarky Puppy (If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it now) and he carries the torch into his so work with aplomb.I was watching the video for Laurance’s latest title track, Swift, when I nearly fell out of my chair. It was something I’d never seen before and, frankly, should have expected to...

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