DHL is Faster

I'm a little disappointed to find out that this is not a paid advertising campaign. It is, however, an incredible use of a non-traditional printing method!

Constantly Adjusting

Ever since I started handling letterpress printing in-house, the shop has brought me moments of utter delight and sheer terror. Those moments usually occur consistently in two distinct parts of the shop. Delight at the press. Terror at the cutter. I've hated my cutter...

The Dirty Little Secret of Pricing

I might have to duck after this one. Have you ever been subject to a "pain in the butt fee?" You may have without even knowing it. Some creatives have a dirty little secret to pricing. Do you? How do you feel about it? Please, tell me. I really want to know.

What’s Going on With Shia LaBeouf?

Shia LaBeouf's been in the news lately for some rather odd behavior. Except I don't think it's all that odd. Welcome to the fourth installment of #CreativePeopleAreWeird, wherein we explore the Creative's use of source material. What do you think? Is there such a...

United Way

In a few hours, I'm heading to the offices of my local United Way to participate in one of their Community Investment Teams. This is my second year participating and it's one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done in my community.   My team will get to know...

Music Mondays | Joy Electric

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. If you knew me as a teenager, you knew Joy Electric. Some days I wonder how in the world I came to be obsessed with such a strange little one-man-band. Other days, it makes sense that I sought to love what I...

Go Into the Arts

I believe we are all artists. “Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing...

Trust the Soup

The Creative Process can at times be incredibly messy. It may leave you wondering how in the world the end result can be what you're hoping for. If you've hired a creative because their work resonates with you, trust their process. It may not make sense to you, but it...

Creative People Are Weird

If you haven't already noticed, let me point out the following: Creative people are weird.   It's true. And it can be maddening if you've engaged one of us in some custom commission and you're not sure you're even speaking the same language. It's even worse when the...

Music Mondays | Nerd Jazz

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. For the longest time, every gig I booked had a different lineup. One of the benefits of booking me to play jazz for an event is that I don't have a steady band and can book for your budget and space - everything...

Letterpress Notecards for THE Conan O’Brien

If you follow me on instagram, you might already know what I was up to yesterday. It's not often one gets a call from Team COCO. And when one does, it's a real delight. I'm proud to share these letterpress notecards and envelopes that I created for Conan O'Brien....

Video | Enjoy the Journey

Don't shortchange yourself by asking a creative, custom artisan to make for you something they already made for someone else. The results will be magnitudes better if you go into it expecting to inject yourself into the process.

3D-printed Fingernails for Brides and Bridesmaids

I believe the future of weddings is 3D printing. Not just jewelry or the occasional cake topper, but everything from food to florals will be influenced by 3D printing. The Laser Girls are offering their 3D-printed nail designs via Shapeways, the cafepress of 3D...

Art As Inspiration | Rewarding the Careful Observer

Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled, 1969 In a previous life (not that long ago), I worked in an art museum. One of the greatest joys of that time (aside from working in a space filled with such inspiration), was meeting many of the fine artists whose work we exhibited. Many of...

A project for artists

Chris Guillebeau (I've never been able to figure out how to pronounce it) was the first example I encountered of email marketing  done right. I'm impressed with this guy. And I'm really excited about this project he's doing with Jen + Omar of These Are Things. This...

Music Mondays | Sing That Son of a Gun

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Note: No, I'm not unaware of the GRAMMYs having happened last night. I just happen to think they're not all that relevant. Particularly for any music deeper than the hit parade. That's not to say I wouldn't...

Unique Wedding Cake? Try Severed Heads (NSFW)

Leave it to Austin to be home to one of the most interesting cake makers I've seen. And how in the world did I miss this when it first made the rounds? Sideserf Cake Studio's owner, Natalie, first gained some visibility for the Willie Nelson cake she made. Well, now...

video | music matters

Many thanks to Alison Howard and James Victore for the inspiration, I'm making videos for your pleasure again. Hopefully these look a little nicer and will be of value to you. Today's lesson: Music...

Letterpress Craft Beer Labels Celebrate My City

Have I mentioned how much I love my town? Of all the coolness my friends are doing and making, one of the ones that makes this 100,000-person town feel even bigger* is the amazing city magazine that launched barely a year ago. Recently, I was asked to participate in...

Rilke – Widening Circles

There are a couple poets I love - most of whom I was exposed to during high school. I've got a thing for Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes. And I've got an enduring love for Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke's poetry is transcendental, but it was his Letters to a Young Poet...

Music Mondays | August and Everything After

I don't recall how it came to me, but I'm glad it did. It was possibly my favorite piece of music journalism ever and it taught me something about myself. It's something I'm still trying to figure out, but an important lesson is unfolding. I don't know @Steven_Hyden...

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