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Woes van Haaften Business Card & Social Experiment

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Laser-Cutting by ID Laser
--- Best of FPO, 2010 Best of FPO, 2010 ---

Talk about occupying. Woes has taken all of his business card collection and laser-cut his own business card on them. So meta it hurts.

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V Premio de Arquitectura Enor Invitation

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Offset by Graficas Brial
--- Best of FPO, 2010 Best of FPO, 2010 ---

Printed on extra light paper, this invitation reveals a pentagon when folded, created from what otherwise look like randomly placed shapes when opened.

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The Swedish Royal Institute of Art Degree Show Catalogue

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--- Best of FPO, 2010 Best of FPO, 2010 ---

I’m still not exactly sure how this works in offset, but you can shake and fool around with the color fountains as the machine is printing to create one-of-a-kind covers as with this 1,500-print-run catalogue with 1,500 different covers.

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Surprise Announcement

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Letterpress by The Mandate Press
--- Best of FPO, 2010Best of FPO, 2010 ---

Kind of cloying, but also kind of awesome. Hidden letterpressing comes into view only with red-tinted glasses that cancel out the red ink.

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344 Loves You Card

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Blind Embossing by The Ligature
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Lettered by the late Doyald Young for Stefan Bucher’s 344 Design, this sculptured, multi-level, blind emboss is one of the most gorgeous pieces of the year.

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A Hundred Monkeys’ Flying Monkey Kit

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Letterpress by Cranky Pressman
--- Best of FPO, 2010Best of FPO, 2010 ---

Make my own flying monkey that can drop banana bombs? Yes, please! Even more amazing, it’s only printed in 2 spot colors, green and orange, which, when overprinted, render perfect monkey brown.

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“Celebrate New Traditions” Holiday Catalog 2010

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Offset, Emboss, Foil Stamp, and Die-cutting by N/A
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It’s hard to describe all that is going on with this catalog but it’s definitely one of the most tricked out multi-page pieces of the year. Different stocks, tons of inserts, and surprising fold-outs make this expertly offset printed catalog a keeper.

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Nike “All For One” Book

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Everett Vangsnes
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Digital, Letterpess, and Foil Stamp by Premier Press
--- Best of FPO, 2010
Best of FPO, 2010
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While the cover is pretty cool with some letterpress and foil stamping, the inside, printed digitally is the true standout of this piece. Printed on uncoated Finch, the digital reproduction looks and feels sharp and toothy.

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4th Annual Hatch Design Easter Egg Coloring Kit

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Offset and Flocking by N/A
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Best of FPO, 2010
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We are suckers for flocking and this thin, eggceptional, purple box delivers all the fuzzies we’ve come to expect from this technique.

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Halftone Def Business Cards

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Letterpress by 42 Pressed
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Of all the different business cards we saw all year I kept coming back to this one as one of my favorites. From the dense layouts to the nice use of a rubber stamp these cards don’t let up.

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Olli Business Card

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Letterpress by Studio on Fire
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Best of FPO, 2010
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Okay, these are also some of my favorite business cards of the year. The printing is pretty straightforward letterpress but what elevates these are the adorable pigs embedded in the elegant, custom scratchboard “O”s.

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“Art of the Beat” Booklet

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Inkjet by Kate Thomas
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Best of FPO, 2010
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I remember getting this piece in the mail before I had read the specs about how it was made. I had assumed it was offset printed but, to my surprise, it was all inkjet, showcasing the colorful, energetic patterns by Kate. Perfectly crafted to boot.

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The Best of 2011 on FPO, Part 1: Jan - Jun

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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.

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Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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December 19, 2011

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About UnderConsideration

UnderConsideration is a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events and judged competitions, and designs for clients.


online

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.

Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.

Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.

Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.

graphic design

Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.

publishing

The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.

The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.

Events & Judged Competitions

Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.

FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.

Writing

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.


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