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So as soon as it was decided, I have been dreaming about IKEA, the new studio, and SPACE with high ceilings. Sorry to shout, but I really was! Now, no project can be started without good measure of neglected children. One day while hanging drywall, this was the status of Brian’s missing Coke. Baby Charlie, knows his logos, and when he sees that red Coke can he starts screaming hysterically until he gets it in his paws. Thankfully, there was only one can of Coke available that day. Here is the west wall of the garage, and the north (right). Where the wall is, there used to be a garage door. After trying to photoshop this all together, I’ve decided I need to invest in a wide-angle lens for my Canon xSi. That west window was put in when we built the …

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The Dingbat internship has been a blast! I’m learning so much and I’ve really enjoyed it. Here’s one of my recent insights to letterpress printing: Registration is an important part of every job that is run through the press. It’s the process of aligning the paper and printing plate to create a print that looks just as it was designed to look from the digital proofs. Basically, it’s making sure that the print comes out straight. The press prints only one color at a time. So, multi-color jobs are run through the press multiple times using separate printing plates for each run. For example this two-color job for the Tall Cello Man went through the press twice, first for the blue and then for the gray, and required two plates, one for everything printed in blue and one for everything printed in …

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I order my photo-polymer plates from Boxcar Press. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to run my business from this rural plat of earth here in Idaho. There’s just something so majestic about working on concept and design for a client and getting to know them. The revising of endless rounds of proofs to make everything perfect – some may think this is beyond their patience level but to me it’s SO awesome to see everything progress and take on life. Just like my babies growing up too fast, it feels like jobs that go through the studio are birthed with lots of hard work, and then they grow with help and lastly they are printed with care and shipped off to a new home and to start a new life. I have these folders in my email client that I use …

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Blogging from sunny Palm Springs this week, it’s spring break and inventory time so I won’t be responding to emails but you’ll continue to get scheduled blog posts throughout the week! I’ll be back to business next week and will get to emails then. It’s our first real vacation in about 5 years, I can hardly stand it! Below is a job that recently shipped which utilized the Pantone matching system. Inks are quite unique in that they are transparent. So when mixing colors, one has to factor in the tint of the paper, the coverage of the design and the impression of the plates when printing via letterpress. This card, for example, utilized extra packing on the nest mark because there is more coverage than the typography. When printing I didn’t want the ink to flood out of the type and …

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This issue I think is ever present in the design world today, especially with wedding invitations. Often I have clients come to me wanting a bid for copying another letterpress studio’s work. A hard thing is that many presses have similar design styles and use the same stock illustration (hello Dover) which I myself use on occasion. Be aware of your competition and be familiar with other presses so when someone comes to you, you know who they are trying to rip-off (emulate) and then offer custom design as an alternative. My usual lingo is this and it usually doesn’t send clients running: The kind rebuff: Hi ____, As a fine letterpress printer I value the copyrights associated with this design and feel it a conflict of interest to re-produce said design. These are beautiful invitations (business cards/logo/blog design, etc.) and they …

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