I believe I’ve mentioned this before but the color combination of bright red (sometimes red-orange) and any sort of variation of light blue (teal, robin’s egg, etc) will always win me over. Okay, maybe not always, but it’s pretty much a guarantee if the piece is also letterpressed and features vintage inspired typefaces. These are great because they save paper and energy too!
[Ed.’s Note: Yes, we realize it’s a 100° for some of us out there and Holiday cards are out of season.]
I hate designing Christmas Cards which seems like an oxymoron but it’s true. I talked myself into the project if I could find a way to make the piece functional, as well as show clients potential uses for letterpress in new projects. I decided to use a variety of techniques such as carvings, and wood type along with assistance with some purchased vector art to show options and techniques in printing. My only regret is that I didn’t have the budget to purchase a die to perf the pieces. I felt I got around it with my little instructions along the bottom—it made it a little crafty/interactive is what I told myself.
I did attempt a screen of one image (“cheers”) which didn’t work out. I ended up cutting the plate apart and reusing the good side twice to achieve the finished look. I wanted to push myself by trying something new. I would probably test something for a client if I attempted that again BEFORE going to press. In the end it worked out fine, designing on press is sometimes the best way to really challenge yourself.
FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.
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blogs we publish
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
events we organize
Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.
Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.