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Good Stuff Design

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Production Cost


Production Time

6 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5 in × 7 in

Page Count


Paper Stock

100 lb. Uncoated Finch Fine

Number of Colors

Package: 3 spot inks
Cards: 2 spot inks




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Doodles and squiggles lead to design solutions, in the same way that creative exploration can lead to actual projects. Shaun Malinowski, an illustrative designer, loves to silkscreen in the same way you like to doodle.

The “Good Cards” came about one day when I was creating a 7in × 5-inch illustration that I intended to silkscreen (the “tastes good” card). I loved the irony of what was unfolding with the illustration and type. And, through the craziness of the creative process, my mind took off thinking about all sorts of images combined with unique sayings. The final goal ended up being a set of five cards that all relate to the idea of word “good”—tastes good, smells good, feels good, looks good, good stuff design. I thought this could be a great way to showcase my illustration, design and printing skills all rolled into one tasty bite for potential new clients—art/creative directors and select new businesses.

So, thinking that it would be a bit lame to just send the card by themselves, I thought I’d find a nice paper packaging to slide them into. A buddy turned me on to Stumptown Printers. Stumptown offers a pretty slick pre-cut blank product that you can print yourself. I found a precut blank paper fold up that I could use that fit the cards perfectly. The final mailed out product consisted of the packaging with 5 cards, and a business card shrink wrapped and put into a mailing sleeve.

I asked Shaun for some tips on silkscreening on your own, based on his experience, and this is what he had to share:

The best tips I can give are to make sure your screens have a nice crisp exposure on them. I don’t use a press with my screens so registration becomes pretty important. Registration marks are a definite must! Another loophole that I use is that when I create my artwork I plan on it overlapping (like hitting multiply in photoshop). That way, if you’re slightly off, the print isn’t ruined and still looks great!

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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August 9, 2010


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