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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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Jun 05 2015

Kraft Paper

Nope, it's not craft paper. It's Kraft Paper.Technically, kraft paper is any paper produced by the "Kraft" pulping method (treating wood chips with sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide to break them down). What most of us recognize kraft paper by is its medium-brown color and occasional imperfections We love these things - they give stationery character.Kraft paper doesn't come in the kinds of thicknesses available with cottony letterpress papers like Crane's Lettra line, but can be rather thick and can...

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Jun 02 2015

Substrates

Not every inviting experience starts with paper. Sometimes wood or acrylic or fabric is the order of the day.Because "paper" isn't always the best term to use when discussing a project, sometimes we'll use the word substrate.  That's just printer speak for the surface you print on. [caption id="attachment_3311" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A paper substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_3298" align="aligncenter" width="333"] Wood substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_2952" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Another wood substrate[/caption][caption id="attachment_2634" align="aligncenter" width="333"] acrylic as a substrate[/caption]...

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May 27 2015

How To Be A More Efficient Graphic Designer

A large part of the world of stationery is graphic design. I spend a large portion of my day in Adobe Illustrator. I know my tools fairly well.Then I watch people like Aaron Draplin work and am floored by the efficiency of some designers. I know the key to that efficiency, but gaining those skills is something totally different. The key to that level of Illustrator-fu is keyboard shortcuts.Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design...

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