Business Cards Take Shape

I remember the very first time I order business cards from Moo.com. They were their tiny little mini cards. I used a few different photos Tina Sargeant had taken of me for my career as a jazz bass player. I was so proud of those things! They were different than...

Music Mondays | The Formative Five No. 5

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. I recommend hitting play before reading further. I wanted to take the next few Music Mondays to address a few of the albums that have made a deep impact on me. I'm calling them the Formative Five - each one hit...

A Pirate Ship in Your Mailbox

I spend a lot of time thinking about how people open mail. With the amount of wedding invitations I do, I'm constantly interested in ways I can make a guest's experience at her mailbox more interesting and engaging. Add conversion to that and you've got the makings of...

Making Sure RSVPs from Foreign Guests Find Their Way To Your Doorstep

So, your guestlist includes super awesome friends from all over the world - you're so intercontinental! One of the great things about weddings is how they bring people together. A roommate you haven’t seen in a year and a half. Your cousin in Stuttgart. Friends and...

Making More Time to Serve My Clients

A few months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a concept called the artisan trap. It was immediately familiar to me, the idea that those of us who craft custom products for clients find ourselves constantly switching between business mode and crafting mode. That...

On the Future of Print

"Print is dead" is dead. Sure, the newspaper industry is still in turmoil and it likely won't be long before those presses stop running. But the very concept of ideas permanently fixed onto substrates to be consumed by your audience is proving itself larger than the...

A Few Lessons From Laser Cutting Invitations

I try to learn as much as I can from every situation. Sometimes it takes some digging and extrapolation. Sometimes it hits me like a ton of bricks. I worked with the Schulman family for a while to hone in on the design of their son's bar mitzvah invitation. The key...

Music Mondays | Eldar

Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack. In the last year, I've had to adjust priorities to make room for growth at A Fine Press. One of the things that got cut was gigging. I'm a jazz bassist and, while I've never made a substantial portion of my...

Have you thought about….

...how the average person opens their mail? ...how a right-handed person accepts your business card when you hand it to her? ...a left-handed person? ...how many gatekeepers your portfolio mailer might have to go through before it gets in the decision-maker's hands...

Case Study – Agricultural Business Cards

Being a part of a close-knit group of entrepreneurs, tech employees and creatives in a coworking space comes with daily challenges and often unexpected rewards. Most of them are the kinds of things you’d expect - moments of serendipity contrasted with times of...

What Happens When…?

Letterpress printing is an imperfect art. There are reasons the commercial printing industry ditched these machines in favor of offset - and now digital - presses. They have issues with register and ink coverage and gradients. Frankly, it's these challenges that...

This Changes The Game for Photographers and Designers

Maybe it was the fact that I had just left my last day job - thrust into the world of funemployment/entrepreneurship - that I completely missed the launch of Palette. While I missed something pretty cool then, I'm really excited to see what looks like an even better...

"We're abdicating so much of what we are learning and retaining not to our own memories, but to the memories of our devices." (tweet this) "People often see the end result; they don't see the struggle that goes into it." I've always been enamoured with the idea of...

Music Mondays | Comet’s Tail

By my memory, I've only been in the recording studio twice. Once was to play on Andrew Allen's Secret Identity (I hope to be able to share it with you one day). The other was as a lackey during the recording of an incredible Michael Brecker tribute album called The...

Keeping the Kids Happy

I recently had the pleasure of taking my family to the incredible estate of John Ringling - yep, the circus guy. On it, there's a circus museum (or two), an opulent mansion called Ca' d' Zan (House of John), Florida's oldest rose garden, and an incredible art museum....

The Best Results for 2-sided Letterpress

One of my favorite shop techniques happens to be one of the most labor intensive. It's duplexing: When we glue two or more substrates together to make a sandwich of printed goodness. We typically duplex a project for one of a few reasons: To obtain a paper thickness...

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...

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...

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...

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)....

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...

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