Karl captured this dramatic photo of me working yesterday and I thought I’d break down some of the highlights of my work space.
1 / Sprinkles Cupcake Cup – Holds pens & markers while keeping the thought of cupcakes never too far away 2 / Thymes Frasier Fir Candle – It’s like working in a pine forest 3 / Vintage Turquoise Desk – I like even my most basic furniture to be artful and inspiring 4 / Rescue Pup from Baja Dog Rescue – Sadie subs in as a blanket during these “chilly” San Diego days 5 / Julie West Prints – Bottom line, I can’t get enough 6 / Herman Miller Mirra Chair – Allows me to sit for 8 hours without physical duress
Designer Alessia Olivari created these delectable designs as a personal project. “In Italy pasta is a diet pillar, but abroad, if people want to enjoy pasta only for one evening, huge boxes are useless. So I thought of a single unit pasta box. It has a tubular shape and it is made with printed cardboard. Every kind of pasta has a different pattern that recalls Italian tradition.” Needless to say, I hope to find my stocking stuffed with these beauties!
Inspired by the battle between Spider-Man and his archenemies, Karl tapped into his inner comic book nerd by teaming up with our great friend, Eleanor, to illustrate this shirt for Threadless.
We’ve been a fan of Sanjay Patel’s work since his first illustrated book, The Little Book of Hindu Deities. An animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation, his personal work celebrates Indian mythology and culture thru design and storytelling in a fun and modern way. I just can’t get enough of his style, and am in awe by the detailed nature of his illustrations.
My thoughts have started to turn to one of the tastiest meals of the year – Thanksgiving. Karl and I are without a doubt “foodies.” We pour over issues of Bon Appetit; dog-earring practically every page. We spend way too much money on “interesting” ingredients from Whole Foods. And we enjoy the challenge of creating an entire meal from scratch. As we start to plan this year’s meal, I wanted to take a look back at a few tasty moments from last year’s feast. The Three-Tier Candied-Pecan Cake with Brown-Butter Pears was particularly mind-blowing. Buon Appetito!
Happy Friday! Business cards are a great way to show off your unique style and personality as a business owner. As such, there are almost limitless possibilities for the design and production of these little cards. I will be discussing 3 such possible printing options: Letterpress, Offset PMS & Offset CMYK.
The first option is good ‘ole Letterpress. Letterpress really opens the door to a fantastic variety of paper and ink colors. My example here utilizes a super thick white paper with black ink. A optional “color edge” in green was added to give an extra pop of interest to these cards. Letterpress can be a fairly expensive method of printing, but the unique tactile sensation can be well worth it. Costs could be at least $300 for 500 cards (this is a rough estimate and will vary depending on your paper and ink choices). Using 1 ink color, like in this example, helps to keep that cost down.
The second option is printing on an Offset Press using 1 PMS (Pantone) color. In the example above, we used a metallic silver ink on an uncoated black paper. Depending on where you live and who you print with, 500 of these cards could cost between $200-$300. This method of printing offers a similarly large freedom of choices as letterpress. Just imagine the variety of paper colors you could select from; and paired with even a simple black ink…perfection! Custom sizes can also be explored with these first two options; the sky’s the limit!
The third, and least expensive, option is to print on an Offset Press using CMYK and utilizing “gang-run printing”. Companies such as www.overnightprints.com place many different projects on the same sheet of paper in an effort to reduce printing costs and paper waste. 500 cards could cost around $30 – very inexpensive! A couple of the downsides are that you cannot choose your paper, nor can you count on perfect color accuracy. The example shown above has an added finishing touch of two rounded corners; these add a bit more personality to the cards. Because this method of printing uses 4 inks (CMYK), it allows you to print photographic images, such as the wood grain in this example.
As summer transitions into fall we’ve been super busy with some exciting new projects – can’t wait to add them all to our site before year’s end! This hectic schedule has kept us from “musing” regularly on our beloved blog. That is going to change! We will now have a new post every Friday, so stay tuned!
Our Sunshine State letterpress business cards arrived today and I couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek! I’ll be photographing all of the branding materials this weekend and will have them in our Kymera portfolio shortly thereafter.