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Excuses Design Collective

Quantity Produced


Production Cost

$3.97 for sprinkles, already had screen printing materials

Production Time

4 hours

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

18 in × 24 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

French Paper, Poptone, Black Licotice, 100 lb Cover

Number of Colors

1 Spot


Printed Gloss/Transparent/Bookbinding Glue Mix



(Modified) JohannesG
Flash D


Close your eyes for a moment and imagine this: a poster using blackletter, glue and eatable sprinkles. Got it? In case your imagination needs a little nudge, we have some images to help you out.

The objective of AIGA Toledo’s Always Summer show was to design a poster based on a song that embodied summer. Rather than working with something that we felt was comfortable, we decided to work with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” which was not only a top 40 hit during the summer, but oozes summer in every way. We wanted to illustrate the ridiculousness of the song by setting the line “We Freak in My Jeep” in type that was inspired by the Gutenberg Bible, and then taking it a step further and flocking it with nonpareil sprinkles. We took the cuteness up yet another notch by adding the sound effect “Beep! Beep!” in gloss varnish.

That is all good, but how did they actually pull this off?

To produce the poster, we screenprinted a combination of gloss varnish and bookbinding glue onto a 18-by-24 -inch sheet. Immediately after removing it from underneath the screen, we poured the sprinkles onto the wet adhesive, instantly creating what we had envisioned. We went into this piece THINKING/HOPING it would work, and amazingly it did! So, yes, mixing bookbinding glue and gloss varnish will result in an adhesive ink, which will hold something as substantial as a sprinkle.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

October 21, 2010


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