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Aug 08 2016

Show City Pride with your Wedding Invitations

Got major city pride? Love the place you live? Want to celebrate your hometown while you celebrate your nuptials? Let's do what Raubdruckerin do and do a  little found-object printing as a part of your wedding invitation suite![gallery size="medium" ids="21163,21162,21161"]The collective uses a city's infrastructure - manhole covers, grates, etc - as printing plates for relief printing on fabric.We could do the same to print a background pattern on your invitations. Or a custom print your guests can...

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Jun 28 2016

How (not) to Start a Relationship With Your Letterpress Printer

Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong people.I hope that's all it is.It's a product of youth and inexperience, but I'm seeing it creep into more seasoned designers, too. Creatives who've forgotten the golden rule.[bctt tweet="Value the work of other creatives as you would have others value yours." username="afinepress"]It comes in some blatant forms:  "I need a reasonably priced [printer, photographer, etc.]" "That's too expensive" "Are you kidding me" But the most insidious form is this: "I've got a ton...

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Jun 21 2016

CMYK Letterpress Postcard Save the Dates

There's not much more "vintage" than a 600-year-old technology.One of my favorite things about letterpress printing is its versatility - depending on the design, it can feel very vintage or downright futuristic.The reason letterpress is still around (aside from the wonderful tactility of deep-impression printing) is because it downright excels at a spot-color text and line designs.But, for decades, letterpress was the only option for everything from black text to full-color images.It's the fact that...

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Jun 17 2016

On Lemons and Lemonade

I can't say with certainty that I've ever had a panic attack.But if I have, it was a Monday morning in mid-February.I had to put the finishing touches on some stationery for a Kristen Weaver styled shoot. I made my way to the print shop (a separate space from my office/assembly space) to grab a few supplies. My mind racing on the day ahead, my own internal autopilot guided me - from the car to...

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Jun 13 2016

Starting Your Stationery Project Right

You know what? I can't for the life of me remember envelope sizes.Sure - A7 inserts are 5x7 and 4bar are 3.5x5 (or is it 3.5x4.875?), but the rest? I've got nothing.Having to try to remember or, worse yet, look these things up at the start of a project must be some sort of decision fatigue, right?So, instead, I've automated the creation of artboards for design projects with templates. It has saved me an incredible amount...

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Jun 03 2016

How Much Do Letterpress Business Cards Cost?

That's a great question! There's plenty of letterpress eye candy out there, but not a ton of answers about how much that eye candy costs. You might even be frustrated by round-about answers from printers who want to see your art before committing to a number.Today, you'll have your answer! But first, a little history. A lot has changed in the world of letterpress printing. Presses that were once the center of every print shop in America suffered neglect...

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May 31 2016

How Thick are Letterpress Invitations and Business Card Papers?

I think letterpress papers have three characteristics (aside from color): Thickness, Texture, + Heft Heft is a combination of stiffness and weight. It's an important characteristic, for sure. So is texture - some textures just play nicer with some designs.But, far and away, the characteristic most people care about is thickness. And I'm here to tell you this:[bctt tweet="Most of what you know about paper weights is useless." username="afinepress"]Describing a paper by its weight is of very little use to...

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Mar 29 2016

For Pete’s Sake!

  Don't blame them. They probably don't know any better. OK, let me back up for a second.I want to be the best I can be. For my family. For my clients. For myself. And part of being the best me I can be involves being engaged in the moment. I'm not very good at it. I'm trying.[bctt tweet="Push notifications are a pavlovian bell that causes us to salivate for distraction."]If you've ever done any research into lifehacking or...

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Mar 14 2016

The Mark of a Professional

There's a particular facebook group I'm a part of - it's full of "creatives" and sometimes it drives me nuts. It drives me nuts because many of the members, particularly newer members, have a hard time understanding the value of creative work. Not only do they undervalue themselves, they undervalue one another. One way I see this often is with logo design.I often see people who aren't graphic designers posting multiple variations of a logo they designed...

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Feb 10 2016

Our Instagram

So, Instagram finally announced support for multiple accounts!I've been waiting for this day for a while.You might notice, I've divided this website into three distinct parts - Weddings (+social), Corporate, and Letterpress. For the most part, our clients fall into one of these three areas. Weddings + Social Some of you come to us for branding, stationery, and dreaming for their your day. It's often a wedding, though it can just as easily be a birthday party or bat mitzvah.You read...

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