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Not to pat too much myself on the back, but this year’s “Best Of” posts are looking stunning on the new FPO. Big images, big type, nice grid. Yeah! It obviously helps that the images are so great. This is the first of three “Best Of” posts, covering work published here between January and June. The second will cover July through December and the third will cover posters. These will be posted in these next two weeks. No other posts will be published. We will be back with our regular programming on January 7, 2013


12 — Yorke Printe Self-Promotion

Digital printing keeps making a strong case for itself as evidenced by this promo showing off the inline clear effects possible on a digital press on all kinds of stock.

Production Method

Digital

Design

Pagliuco Design Company

Printing

Yorke Printe Shoppe

Lead Image Yorke Printe Self-Promotion ---

11 — Typographic Wank

Gold foil is great. Gold foil used on obsessive typography and ornamentation printed on bright blue stock is downright awesome.

Production Method

Digital
Foil stamp
Offset

Design

Shakira Twigden

Printing

Mike Whyte

Lead Image Typographic Wank ---

10 — TOMJ Stationery

Who needs fifty shades of grey to get turned on when six shades on a stationery system will do?

Production Method

Offset

Design

Tom Jäger

Printing

Peschke Druck

Lead Image TOMJ Stationery ---

9 — Ribbon Type Specimen

This is one of the nicest type specimens you’ll ever see. Only two spot colors, one great seal emboss, and a pretty ribbon literally tie it all together.

Production Method

Offset

Design

Dan Gneiding, Art Direction and Design

Printing

Printing: Kalnin Graphics
Embossing: Dan Gneiding with a desk top embosser
Embosser: Stamp Connection

Lead Image Ribbon Type Specimen ---

8 — Portraits of the Public Book

Loose, rich black photographs printed digitally are given additional gravitas by black letterpress printing on black stock bound with a husky black rubber band.

Production Method

Digital
Letterpress

Design

Sean Wilkinson, Might & Main

Printing

Cover: Dunstan Press
Body: Edison Press

Lead Image Portraits of the Public Book ---

7 — Ethel’s “Heavy” CD Packaging

As you can tell, a few trends of what I enjoyed in print this year are starting to emerge: black on black printing and polished ornamentation and typography get me going. Add to this album package some red-on-red of the same lusciousness and I’m all set.

Production Method

Letterpress

Design

Mark Kingsley

Printing

Paper: Aardvark Letterpress
Disc production and printing: Ross Ellis

Lead Image Ethel’s “Heavy” CD Packaging ---

6 — 10/100 Fenway Park Commemorative Book

Exposed binding is nothing new yet it never ceases to amaze and that’s only half the story on this gorgeous book for the baseball-ish inclined.

Production Method

Letterpress
Offset

Design

Ashton Design

Printing

Gilah Press
Schmitz Press

Lead Image 10/100 Fenway Park Commemorative Book ---

5 — Goncharow’s Coaster Wedding Invites

Letterpress on coaster stock is as sure-fire win as fudge on vanilla ice cream but these coasters’ varied typography and layout give them an edge over the rest.

Production Method

Letterpress
Rubber stamp

Design

Ross Clodfelter

Printing

Letterpress: Device Printshop
Stamping: by hand

Lead Image Goncharow’s Coaster Wedding Invites ---

4 — Factory Design Labs Portfolio Book Volume 10

Glossy paper books seem easy to pull off and perhaps feel too traditional, but a good, solid, gloriously colored printing is no easy feat as is the case with this oversize, double-spread-filled, self-promo.

Production Method

Offset

Design

Factory Design Labs

Printing

Cenveo / Andersen Lithographic

Lead Image Factory Design Labs Portfolio Book Volume 10 ---

3 — M David Media Business Card

Note to self: try embossing powder in 2013. The effect is stunningly tactile as demonstrated in these cards, each one different from the next, thanks to both the unpredictable nature of the embossing and the fact that they were printed on individual Polaroids.

Production Method

Emboss
Rubber stamp

Design

Brandon Harrison

Printing

Matt Allen

Lead Image M David Media Business Card ---

2 — Murmure Business Card

Note to self: DON’T try to set a business card in concrete. Not because it doesn’t look awesome — I mean, just look at these bad-asses — but because you can probably only fit one at a time in your wallet. Not good for networking.

Production Method

Emboss
Silkscreen

Design

Murmure

Printing

Murmure

Lead Image Murmure Business Card ---

1 — Sappi Fine Paper’s The Standard Issue #5

Doing a printer promo may sound like the greatest print job on earth but when you can do anything, where do you even start? The fifth in Sappi’s great series of “The Standard” with a special effects theme spares no expense and takes you through every possible option through a superhero narrative. As they say: With great printing powers comes great responsibility.

Production Method

Offset

Design

Studio Hinrichs

Printing

Sappi Fine Paper

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December 24, 2012

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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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