December 2010

12 articles in December 2010

This was a small branding package that we worked with Michelle on for her stationery venture, Chunky Pineapple. She creates awesome gocco cards and needed some outside help with her identity. Sometimes we all get too close to the project, right? That’s where we came in. With her ideas about the brand we came up with some concepts that were in line with the look and feel she was going for. Below are Round I & II proofs as well as the final printed pieces. Enjoy! ………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………… Letterpress printed business cards and product tags. Printed on 110# lettra paper with 1/4″ rounded corner radius. Tags were hole punched with a 3/16″ hole, and ink was a pantone match. Business cards sized at 2×3.5″ and tags sized at 1.5×3.5″. All designs and proofs ©2010 Dingbat Press.

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Welcome to another Business Friday everyone.  This week we will be discussing what we feel to be the best paperless estimation and invoicing solution out there today.  You guessed it: Freshbooks. Their tagline “painless billing” is so true any other invoicing solution we’ve used feels like murder! Besides our retail offerings we sell through our Etsy shop and our very own shop (warning, we haven’t launched quite yet), we very much love to do custom design and letterpress work. Most of those requests come through our online “request an estimate” form we built using Google Apps which you’ll remember from our first Business Friday post. First of all, estimates are dead simple to put together. And they look fabulous. We can put our logo on each estimate and select from two templates, a classic layout or a more modern form (we prefer …

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We debuted Jones & Vandermeer’s RI last week and after feedback from the client here is RII and RIII. Jones & Vandermeer is a boutique luxury fiber company producing specialty mink yarn and other exotic goods gathered from around the world. As the brand developed we wanted to incorporate some imagery that reflected target market, as well as material without having to be too specific so the company could continue to grow with extended offerings. click on the images to see them larger in scale. I’m SO excited with how these are turning out – what do you think? ………………………………….………………………………….

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These letterpress tags were printed and shipped recently for Monica, an amazing seamstress. Calligraphy by Emilie Friday, we worked on branding options, and in the end went with just a simple and timeless layout emphasizing the calligraphy. Letterpress printed product tags, 2.5×2.5″ with 1/4″ rounded corners, and 3/16″ hole punch. Printed with PMS match on press.

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I was going though my photos and filtering out the duplicates and uglies and came upon this happy photo taken last spring in Palm Springs. We’re heading again there for Christmas this year and I can hardly contain my excitement to be work-free for about 10 days (don’t worry clients, we’re working hard before we leave). Here are a few of my favorite textures that I’ve taken lately with my camera – isn’t texture just amazing?

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I am SLOW on getting around to posting this Christmas – sheesh! These autumn wedding invitations were letterpress printed for Janci and I am so happy with how the over-printing turned out with the maple leaves. Click to see Janci’s RI Proofs and read about her brief. Letterpress Wedding Invitations | Printed on 110# Lettra paper, 2/0 inks. Paired with a 4Bar letterpress RSVP and printed return envelope. Invitation paired with inner and outer envelope combination, inner envelope lined with a letterpress maple leaf pattern.

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Hey folks.  Another post for Business Friday while it’s still here!  Many of you have likely started your weekends already but for those who are still in the office, we hope this is a welcome distraction for you!  This week I wanted to write about Skype and how it’s one of the many useful and cost effective (free.99) tools out there for small businesses. Every new custom job we do (unless it’s a re-order from a returning customer) begins with a kick-off call.  It’s really the best way to start each job on the right foot.  Doing so reassures the client that their money invested in our design and letterpress services is well spent.  It also gives us the best idea or impression from the client as to what they need.  In the end, both parties leave the call informed and excited …

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Rosanna is a printer in the Seattle area and emailed us this week with some tips on printing dark colors which we were happy to share – as so many other printers have been there to offer us tips along the way. First things first – dark colors can be a pain on any press and certain techniques may work for one pressman while others work for another. Here’s what we’ve found works for us. Double Strikes and Double Plates on the letterpress Cylinder Press: On our cylinder press (challenge 15MA, just like a Vandercook SP15) there was a certain saltyness that I’m sure you get when printing dark colors. The pressure of impression without having show-through on the back of the print posed challenges when printing. To achieve good saturation for dark colors without flooding the press can be hard and …

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These cards were done as a giveaway back in May, and Mandi was the lucky winner in desperate need of branding help! One of my freelancers Linsey helped collaborate on this project and did a beautiful hand drawing of Mandi’s name in the beautiful typeface Archer by H&FJ. I loved how the chartreuse turned out, as it was Mandi’s signature color. Printed on 110# Lettra in chartreuse ink. Business cards sized at 2×3.5″ and tags sized at 1.5×3.5″ with .25″ rounded corners and 3.16″ hole punch.

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