September 2010

16 articles in September 2010

Letterpress printed on 110# paper, Paula provided layout and logo and we were happy to print these for her! I love how this simple design turned out so beautifully with the variation of the reverse type and the impressed contact info. Thanks Paula for being so great to work with!

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These proofs were designed for Audrey incorporating her current floral logo and typography. We helped with layout. With Audrey’s logo we were interested in exploring a blind impression, however often times, when a detailed element scales too small you can loose some of the detail in a blind impression that otherwise would print fine when inked. It has to do with the plate and the negative space that needs to be “washed out” during plate processing. So we sized up the mod flower for a more abstract representation that would work with the blind impression. In the end, it felt like we were trying to squeeze too much on the card so we ended up not going with the blind impression. Can’t wait to get these printed piece on press!

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When I was a girl growing up, we used to spend a week or two in the summers up at my granparent’s cabin in the Uintah Mountains in Northern Utah. My favorite thing about that area was the abundant overgrowth of aspen trees in the forest that surrounded the valley in which we’d drive up. I remember as a little girl falling asleep at night to the rustling of the aspens in the breeze and thinking how relaxing and fun our adventures up there were. These tags shipped for a late summer wedding for Mindy & Brian, who were getting hitched in Aspen, Colorado. I never get tired of printing these tags, partly because I have a special place in my heart for aspen tress and also because their colors are so saturated in the fall. What a beautiful time of year …

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Hey guys and dolls! So I’ve been working on a few things that are new and I’m almost ready to unveil. However I am totally stumped with one of the designs I’ve been working on and thought I’d put it out there for a critique from you all. Who doesn’t love the story of Tristian and Isolde? I know I do, and in a perfect legend they would have gotten hitched instead of Isolde marrying King Mark of Cornwall. Of course I love Celtic knot patterns and thought it fitting to design a wedding suite for Tristian and Isolde true to her Irish heritage. The thing I’m hung up on are colors and the bridal logo. It’s been harder for me to pull this suite together as a cohesive whole and am looking for feedback. Does the bridal logo look like a …

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I had this amazing employee Geri (She shot my business portraits, and is an amazing photographer, and moved to Cali – BOO )!! Her hubby has CF, and is a modern miracle. Below is her story, that I wanted to share : ………………………………………………………………… Remember when we got real personal and I told you about Jason? Well, he’s doing pretty darn good lately (yay) and he’s actually in a big ol’ contest. Well—there is a fantastic scholarship that he is a finalist for. (if he wins he will get an $18,000 scholarship!) The thing is, he wins the scholarship through voting. And here is where we start asking you for a HUGE favor: Go to www.solvaycaresscholarship.com and VOTE! There are 3 super easy ways to vote: online and by phone (1–888–305–9808 and 19) or by text (text VOTE19 to 30364) *If you really …

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These cards were done for Laurel of Go Against The Grain who makes adorable party favors. Sleek and sophisticated, we already had her product and needed to establish a refined brand for her. Laurel has a variety of product she offers and wanted that conveyed in her branding, with a calligraphic touch. One of my employee’s Makayla worked with me on this design to develop three main images that could represent her goods and services. We wanted to match the typography so we had to get creative with the imagery so that they felt part of a whole cohesive piece. You can visit Go Against the Grain’s etsy shop as well as her blog A Good Build. Thanks Laurel for being SO awesome to work with, these turned out so great!

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These cards are for Brad, a film editor – and we were exploring some different color options, as these were to be printed on grey paper – which can potentially post some ink transparency issues if the color isn’t really saturated. I love the look of the grey on grey with this card! One of our best challenges yet, we laminated (duplexed) two sheets of 250GSM Rives BFK grey – which is oh so delicious to print on, with a 90# cover of neon blue Wausau cover sandwiched in the middle. Makayla was getting high on spray glue, so was Adam. The hardest part about printing this job was that with the dark paper sandwiched in the middle, we couldn’t rely on our trusty windows/light table for see-though registration on the back. The work-around was to print with the crop marks hanging …

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When Yvette came to us for typographic help with her logo, as well as business card layout, we couldn’t be more excited because she provided Annie – her bombshell of an illustration to tie into the layout. The main explorations here were to reflect a sort of Mad Men meets Bewitched vibe and Annie was the PERFECT Joan Holloway that Yvette provided for us to work with. We needed to first simplify Annie so she would look knockout for letterpress. There are explorations with color variation within her dress, tights shoes, glove, and accents (belt, pleats). Annie even got a dye job in one option with some killer red hair, ultimately which didn’t last because she liked her dark do. Letterpress printed business cards 3 colors of ink, on 110# lettra. 1/4″ corner radius, pantone match and so fabulously well printed by …

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