October 2011

16 articles in October 2011

So I am in LOVE with iPad magazine subscriptions. They are not only convenient for storage (or the lack thereof), but they just work. I am happy to kiss print magazines goodbye – HAPPY! I know I’m a print designer but oh the possibilities of a digital magazine far outweigh a print one. With that said and my gushing aside, below was a screen capture from the most recent issue of Bride’s Magazine. Carrie Sellman was a great discovery  - I can’t believe I haven’t happened upon her before – if you are a bride or just plain cake lover you NEED to check her out for inspiration! While she doesn’t do cakes regularly (except for publication) her blog is a great collection of wonderful cake and dessert submissions from other bakers and the occasional cake, made by her. Don’t you just LOVE …

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We LOVE the movie Rio so this year was a great one to brain-wash Evelyn into NOT being a princess and going for something totally fun and different! I’ve been twittering progress pictures of her costume but thought I’d post them here too because it is really starting to come together!! We bought a sparkly long sleeve gymnastics leotard and some turquoise opaque tights (which hadn’t arrived when the photo was taken). From there I searched and pinned up a variety of angel and bird wings. The big issue was weight. In the end I created the bone structure out of tinfoil, and then paper-machéd (I don’t think that is correct grammer) the heck out of the wings. It took about 16 oz. of elmers and a good 75 strips of computer paper (2×11″). That took a day to dry between maché …

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Happy Monday friends! We had the wonderful opportunity to develop branding for Nelly Wu who makes beautiful handbags and every day goods. It has been so long ago that we did her branding that I only just realized that we never blogged the finished product until we did a re-print for her business cards! As you can see below, these are a single color business card. Pantone match fuchsia, printed on 110# lettra and paired with 1/4″ rounded corners.To see Nelly’s work click over to her spectacular shop! The great thing about single color letterpress is that when you re-print you can switch up the color to whatever suits your fancy. It is very cost effective in letterpress terms, and really creates a great minimalist look. Many people totally rule out single color business cards, but it is a great way to …

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I just have to give a big shout out to Emily who definitely earns the employee of the year award. She’s really stepped up to the plate and taken on lots and lots of print jobs while I was out of commission this summer. Wouldn’t have survived without her! Here I am checking adjusting the print area so we can avoid banding on press. When the roller makes a full 360° rotation sometimes there is a stripe  in which the ink overlaps making it a total pain in the behind to work through – especially if you have a plethora of tint base in your pantone mix. We ended up tripping the form rollers up on the overpass, and then flipping them back down for a single inkup on the way back. Problem solved!

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All weekend I’ve been working on Evelyn’s Halloween costume. While all the girls are going to be Rapunzel this year I convinced her that we could make an incredible bird costume and she could be Jewel from the movie Rio. I’ve been pinning a lot of ideas for her costume but the big challenge was how to tackle the wings. I’ve been scouting all over flicker and pinterest for photos of angel wings, and bird wings as stage props or costumes no only to see how they are made but how the feathers are arranged. This is one of my favorite images so far, aren’t the colors awesome? I especially love that yellow lipstick. Original image blogged by McQueen’s World of Fashion. To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches …

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SO excited to show these, they’ve been hanging out here in draft space for quite some time! We’re launching some updated calling card designs (but will still continue the beloved calligraphy calling card). One of them is our QR code card. These are for the minimalist techie addict, and thanks to the genius of smartphones (THANK YOU STEVE JOBS) these would be a great new way to send out your contact info without flooding the card with loads of info. Letterpress QR code business cards, printed on Legion Eco-rag 220# with registration black ink. Edge painted in black ink, sized at 2.5×2.5″ – you can read the full write up on the letterpress project at FPO (UnderConsideration). So excited!! Want some of these rad cards for yourself? Contact us for an estimate (they are quite well priced)!

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Another Pinterest find, this also has a really awesome recipe for pesto on the source link below. Have you ever seen easter egg radishes? I might just have to try it out tonight! Original image from Whitney in Chicago who also has an awesome Green Garlic Pesto recipe that is to die for! To download the swatch ASE for importing into Adobe Applications click here. To import the swatch book click your Swatches Palette > toggle More Options > Open Swatch Library > Other Library > click the .ASE that you want to import. From there the Pantone swatches will load in a new palette with the remainder of your tool bar.

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