addressing envelopes

I think every invitation purchase (whether from a fine press or anyone else) should include a calligrapher; it's the extra step that elevates an invitation above the rest of the day's mail. The truth is,though , hiring a calligrapher isn't always a fit for your...

correct is fine…

...but it is better to be interesting. If I show you a political tract or a blog post or a remarkable new product with text that contains a typo, what's your first reaction? If all you can do is say, "You're missing an r in the second paragraph," you've abandoned your...

local/global

Derek Sivers really challenged me recently with this post. As a former employee of my local chamber of commerce and a guy who just likes to be social, it's safe to say I've got quite a network of friends and contacts in my great city. My friends jokingly call me the...

stooping so low

This postcard from this morning's Postsecret is kind of depressing. Are we dumbing things down for our audience? It's easy to assume this secret belongs to a writer on a large team, writing for one of the larger media empires. I kind of hope it is. I doubt it was any...

this is my resolution

As I mentioned, This was a challenging New Year. It wasn't until the 1st that I really started to think about what I was going to change this year. I've attempted *-a-day challenges and resolutions in the past to no avail and I wasn't necessarily interested in...

The Icarus Session

I'm so grateful to be part of a great city. Last night was the first meeting of Seth Godin's Icarus Sessions. While people were meeting across the world, twenty-five or so people met at Lake Mirror Tower to discuss their passion projects - our fears, hopes and next...

No Excuses

Its amazing to me how quickly mobile publishing has gone from a novelty to de facto. A couple years ago, my (internet) friend and fellow bass player Jason Heath blogged about how he used his iPhone to publish content on his website and otherwise manage a hectic...

so this is the new year…

...and I don't feel any different. Ben Gibbard's words from this epic album feel rather prescient today (is that album really ten years old?). This was probably one of the least quiet, calm holiday seasons I've endured in a few years. So little time to slow down and...

luxury wedding invitations

I've really been struggling with the word "luxury" as it relates to stationery, weddings and my work. I was already having reservations about it when I read this post from Liene, which was incredibly clarifying for me. It is strongly connection to some observations...

handwriting

I recently posed the question in an edition of Fly in the Ointment: How do you feel about your own handwriting? Reflections and samples welcome...

Letterpress Grad Certificates for the Blogcademy

It's nice to see a bit of recent work all over the internet today. The letterpress graduation certificates I printed for the Blogcademy are making cameos in all sorts of recap posts. They were designed by the inimitable Nubby Twiglet and are über cool. They were my...

a letterpress print made just for me!

I make no secret of my roots. I'm a Cleveland boy (not born, but raised). I've lived in Central Florida for nearly 13 years now, but the embers still burn for autumn leaves and lake effect snow. It was our common roots that attracted me to my Chandler & Price printing...

a friendly reminder

You're probably already encouraging your clients to track their guestlist through some sort of spreadsheet or database. If you aren't already doing it, make sure each guest (or guest unit - couple, family, etc) gets assigned a primary key (add a column and assign each...

the gift of art | a holiday letterpress invitation

Now and again, being a musician has a pretty direct effect on my designs. This was definitely the case with this piece with this holiday party invitation for an art museum. The inspiration for the decorative figure came while I was reading an article about sound...

you should get this book

George Lois is one of those rare advertising/design types who has managed to gain some notoriety in the popular vernacular. If you know of him, it's likely from one of his nearly 100 notorious Esquire covers. If you don't know of him, you should. His latest book, Damn...

people making things

I feel like so many of the process videos that have become popular over the last year or so have featured incredibly good-looking hipsters creating all sorts of hipster design-y things. In fact, I've probably featured more than my fair share of them here. McEwen &...

what are you dreaming of?

Have you watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi? It's a stark reminder of how differently Eastern and Western cultures view art and discipline. I watched it into the small hours of the morning last night, a time normally reserved for nodding off. But I was riveted by the...

design | the thought process

Book design should be an anachronism by now. What with ebooks and digital distribution, The idea of illustrating and packaging a multi-volume set almost seems pointless. But it's not. This clip is a nice glimpse into the creation of Malcolm Gladwell's box set and a...

neenah papers | the beauty of engraving

 Neenah and Two Paperdolls have partnered to create a campaign reminding us all of the Beauty of Engraving. Watch this gorgeous video by I Do Films. The Beauty of Engraving by I DO Films from Greg on Vimeo. Seems like Neenah, whose Crane Lettra paper makes for great...

words to move you | moon landing

Words can be incredibly moving. It's my job to help clients find incredibly moving words to express the importance of a special occasion. When I read these words, I found myself incredibly moved. So many people have given themselves in the name of exploration and it's...

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