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BROWSE


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Client

Kitchen Dog Theater


Quantity Produced

Brochure: 12,000
Postcard: 5,000
Posters: 250


Production Cost

Brochure: $2,750
Postcard: $300


Production Time

Brochure, Postcard: 1 week
Posters: ongoing throughout season

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Brochure: 11.5 in × 18 in
Postcard: 4 in × 9 in
Poster: 12 in × 22 in


Page Count

Brochure: 16 pages


Paper Stock

Brochure: 32 lb Newsprint
Posters: Finch Opaque, 80 lb Cover


Number of Colors

Brochure: 2 Spot
Postcard: CMYK
Poster: 2 Spot

Varnishes


Binding


Typography

Palatino
East Bloc

 

For the 2009 – 10 season of Dallas-based Kitchen Dog Theater, the team at SullivanPerkins got scrappy in more ways than one to make this project work on the reported small budget. The result is an amazingly striking identity and set of materials that looks anything but cheap or limited by the budget. The first item was the brochure, a newsprint tabloid, with all the details of the season and the featured plays, where each of them was illustrated by a different designer. The illustrations were then turned into posters which, as you will read below, were a challenge to produce themselves.

Tied together through the edgy use of Rhodamine Red (yup, fancy Pantone name for Magenta) and black, this campaign has quite the bite.

We were able to print the big tabloid brochure, for instance, by finding a small web press in Dallas (publisher of the Baptist Standard!) willing to print it on the cheap.

The small quantity of posters needed was too costly to print offset, so we learned how to screen print them ourselves. We burned the screens using a $6 Home Depot work lamp hung from a broom stick. We modified a shower with a hose sprayer meant for dogs and washed out the screens in the bathtub.

A big part of the challenge was finding a space to print the posters. We initially made an agreement with the theater to use their rehearsal space, where we printed the first posters crammed amidst props from old plays. Unfortunately, visiting actors were also housed there on occasion. After encountering one in his underwear, we abandoned the rehearsal studio in favor of a designer’s apartment, whose kitchen island was a good fit for our makeshift printing setup.
br />We feel that good illustration, design and determination can overcome the tightest of budgets.

The Posters



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The Newsprint Brochure



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The Postcard

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Production Method

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Design

SullivanPerkins
Design and illustration: Rob Wilson, Kelly Allen, Brett Baridon, Chuck Johnson, David Braddock
Writing: Michael Langley

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Printing

Brochures: Dallas Offset
Postcards: PrintPlace.com
Posters: David Braddock, Rob Wilson (SullivanPerkins)

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

Post Author

Armin

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

June 2, 2010

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