James Victore’s Reading List

If you're not watching James Victore's Burning Questions videos every Tuesday, you're missing something great! James is a man who does life by his own rules and is an inspiration. Today, James shared what will be my reading list for 2014. I'm familiar with a few of...

a visit from David Lawrence

I've got to think it's been more than a year since I met David Lawrence. It was at John and Lee Anne's house; he was visiting from Seattle. David and his wife Dawn are now our neighbors for a season - a sojourn of sorts - and David stopped by the print shop while I...

Confidence | On Writing What You Know

I'm not a confident person, though you'd be forgiven for thinking that untrue. I'm outgoing, sure, but confidence isn't something I find naturally. I fancy myself a lot of things. A storyteller. An artist. A writer. A musician. But I harbor plenty of doubt as to...

Be Moved

I often choose not to post on US holidays. I don't want to crowd your stream of information and certainly don't want to use a holiday with deep meaning as a ploy for easy clicks. Please rest assured this is no such thing. While military life has not been a part of my...

It’s a coin toss…

I can't remember where I first heard the following quote: “When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because, in that brief moment with the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping for.”...

in memoriam

It's fitting that, in celebration of his life, many outlets have honored Jim Henson in his death this week. My grandmother passed away just a few short days ago. And in doing so, as is often the case, she has left behind many people who are now reflecting on their own...

ART AS INSPIRATION | paper skulls

I love paper and I sure as deuce love art. That means, by default, that I love Li Hongbo. I'm a little bummed I have no travel plans to Sydney any time soon. I would love to see this installation. That paper skull is absolutely...

we’ll dance on blades and pianos

The name is a play on one of my favorite tunes by Have Gun Will Travel. This is a pretty incredible project and looks like it will make for one wild...

Enough Romance, Already!

Do you ever feel like your experiences - your daily life - just aren't as romantic as you expected life to be? Like the act of living, of creating, of working is just not nearly as beautiful in real life as it is in your head? Yeah, I do that, too. And Donald Miller...

my recent experiments in concrete

First, Jes Gordon pinned (and tweeted) this: Then, this happened: Thanks to @jesgordon, I'm working in concrete today. http://t.co/33ZT8Q90eU — Matthew@A Fine Press (@aFinePress) August 20, 2013 There was a little banter about whether I was working with or in...

How did I miss this video?

I'm not sure how I missed this when it came out. Like a lot of designers, I'm fascinated by Jessica Hische and her pretty incredible momentum. This is a very nice little video series and Jessica's might be the best of the bunch. Bonus points for keeping it clean,...

MUSIC MONDAYS: The Civil Wars

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. Is it just me or is the new Civil Wars just not the same? There was something so incredible about Barton Hollow. There was so much vibe. Such simpatico. The duo's parting of ways was fairly public. And then this...

removing clutter to grow

I just had lunch with a friend. You might know him (or know of him). You might not. That doesn't matter. Even though we only live a few blocks apart, it's been a while since we've last spoken. We were having one of those where are we heading? kind of discussions. The...

MUSIC MONDAYS:

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack. I think a lot of people are introduced to jazz through Miles Davis' 1959 classic Kind of Blue. It's a fine record; it introduced some of my favorite tunes to the world. But I came to jazz from a different angle....

wonderland

Well, this is inspiring and apropos of recent events.   A short glimpse into the lives of creatives.  

ART AS INSPIRATION: Andrew Hayes

I love words printed on paper. Usually it's because of how much I enjoy reading them. Sometimes, it's because of things like this: Artist Andrew Hayes' compositions in metal and book pages are so powerful, so raw. Just more proof that books are beautiful. All images...

why you won’t see my favorite invitation

Last week, I created my favorite invitation I've made to-date. And you'll never see it. I wish I could say it's because I signed an NDA with some super-celebrity client, but it's not. It's because my client hated it. Man, it just sucks to type that out. In the end,...

MUSIC MONDAYS: David Bazan

Music Mondays: because life's better with a soundtrack. I'm the son of a pastor. I grew up playing among the pews of an evangelical church. You may or may not understand how that particular fact colors my feelings toward David Bazan, but let me assure you it paints in...

Pro Tip for Stationers: rotary cutters

If you're using a rotary cutter to slice through anything that's adhesive-backed, there's a good chance the adhesive will gum up your cutter. It happened to me this weekend and wreaked havoc on the project and my hands (not to mention how incredibly unsafe it is). The...

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