January 2011

14 articles in January 2011

It’s that time again to check in with my resolutions for 2011 and check-list. First off, I still haven’t bought anything for myself yea! Although iPhone 4 (yeah the one with the cracked screen 3 weeks after buying) has met an even more depressing demise- it dropped again, this time bumper cover and all, about 18″ and the rest of the screen shattered. I can’t really read anything anymore, but the touch functionality mostly works. It’s been taped up with packing tape. June couldn’t come fast enough for iPhone 5. Sheesh! Wedding invites were out the door for my brother-in-law – 650 of them, another sheesh! That made for an insane weekend! Things accomplished for NSS – The Book was previewed. There was a price cut on the Lettra 600 GSM – but not enough to temp us. So we’ve officially switched …

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Hey guys and dolls, sorry for the absence, it’s been CRAZY around here :) I wanted to touch a little more on edge painting here as it’s such a mystery to so many people. Often we get requests for estimates for edge painting, but with the question, how can I cut my cost? Many people think that edge painting will only look good on our 220# super-thick stock (anna & jason is a great example of that).  However, with more saturated edge inks, it can still give a pop of color on a thinner stock. Our trick to good edge painting is making sure we have a really flush and straight trimmed edge pre-painting. The better the edge (read: sharp blade) the easier it is to paint those thinner edges. With Elizabeth’s calligraphy calling cards, she wanted a hot pink on the …

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What’s in a brand? A lot. Think about the way you feel when you see different logos. The McDonald’s arches. Apple. Maserati. JetBlue. Nike. For some of those logos, I think of an experience. Or I think of a mood. Or food. Branding & Logo Design is as important for these large corporations as it is for a fledgling business. At Dingbat Press we love and take great pride in the branding work we produce for our clients, whether we start from scratch, refresh an older logo, or provide layout work for an existing logo. If you’ve been thinking about branding (or even if you haven’t) today I want to share a few thoughts and interesting articles I like on the topic. Negative Space Making good use of negative space can add extra meaning to a logo, and can effectively create that …

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To book or not to book, that has been the question since I started Dingbat Press. 6 long years ago, I couldn’t decide then and I’ve FINALLY made a decision now. In the end there were some options to consider – commission for the shops that will represent Dingbat Press and buy the book – and our pricing structure. Will it create awareness of our brand? Will our retail partners fulfill orders, and if so how many? In the end it wasn’t a matter of choosing to pair with retail brick & mortars around the US – it was a matter of realizing what we might miss if we don’t. I had these books made by my intern last summer (Adam, you ROCK)! After taking bookmaking in college, I knew if I ever did a book, it would be unique, hand-made and …

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I’m a total sucker for some wailing banjo music, and even more so when they lyrics are A M A Z I N G! As I’m sure you’ve noticed a theme going on with the letterpress Valentine’s Collection 2011 – here is yet another set of cards inspired by my love for music. Calligraphy was done by the fabulous Grace Edmands Calligraphy and then incorporated into design for 2 really pretty Valentine’s Day Cards. Grace, thanks for collaborating on such a fun project – you really made these rock! Let Love Grow (above) inspired by Mumford & Sons Winter Winds: Love, it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free… Here is Mumford & Sons live with Sigh No More (inspired above) – you have to listen to the song change about half-way though and then go …

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I have to say, I LOVE my clients. Anna & Jason were no exception. I’ve been working on their branding, blog design and business cards during the 3rd quarter of 2010 and am finally getting around to blogging about the finished letterpress printed piece. Below are some of the explorations from their branding package regarding logo alternates, business card layouts and condensed exploration of their initials. Anna & Jason were looking for refined, minimalist and something with a pop of color. Their style was amazing, and designing for them was challenging and rewarding. Every time I felt stumped, we’d have a phone call and get down to business regarding where design was going and what tweaks needed to be made. In the end I’m really proud to say that this is another of my favorites. Letterpress printed business cards – 2/2. I …

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If any of you have sentiment for this song in Robin Hood (and recently in Fantastic Mr. Fox as well) then you will want this limited edition print we did in honor of love, life, and its eternal cycle. Every time I hear this, it brings me back to my childhood nostalgia of young love & innocence. Letterpress 8×10″ print in 2 inks (red/charcoal) on 110#/300GSM paper. Signed and numbered edition of 30, you can get yourself one in the shop here or by clicking on any of the images. Give the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, as a bridal gift, or anniversary gift – I know I’ll be keeping one of these for myself! Lyrics by Nancy Adams. You may remember this tune from Disney’s Robin Hood© or Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox©.

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Your update on my 2011 resolutions for myself and Dingbat Press. In the last 2 weeks there have been setbacks – it’s the start of a new semester – which means, I’ve lost interns who have learned much and worked hard. It also means one of my favorite employees has made the tough decision to quit so she can focus on graduation with her BFA in graphic design. This senior year for her will be rigorous – best of luck Makayla! Some of the pieces Makayla has been involved in this past year were pearls & lace, lush sugar, and Nikki N to name a few of the many. Makayla became a master at two-sided printing, and was always eager to take on a new challenge, you will be sorely missed! Thankfully the new intern started and I’ve  got an intern from …

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