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Measure, Inc. U&ME Referral Cards


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Measure, Inc.

Creative Director: Chad Johnston
Designer and Copywriter: Austin Van Laar



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Comparing client referrals to swinging, these slightly-slutty postcards let it all hang out. It never hurts to ask! And I bet that dayglo pink will still look good doing the walk of shame the next day, if the duplexed perf doesn’t get too to’ up.  




Quantity Produced

250 (each of 2 cards)

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Production Time

2 Weeks

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110 C (duplexed to 220 C)

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Galaxie Polaris


Measure, Inc. U&ME Referral Cards
Measure, Inc. U&ME Referral Cards
Measure, Inc. U&ME Referral Cards
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Project Description

After receiving a letter from a financial advisor asking us to refer friends and family, we wondered if creative professionals could pull off the same stunt—with a little more panache, of course. While debating what memorable approaches might and might not completely offend our current clients, we decided to make this an exercise in idealism: the type of client we want to be working with will not be offended by some some well-crafted (and innuendo-laden) wit. Opting to compare referrals to swingers, we clearly chose a safe path. We kept the format simple with small, clean and striking cards flawlessly rendered in tactile paper with metallic silver and dayglo pink ink via letterpress. We sent the promo off in matching pink envelopes with flaps block-printed (by our own hands) in white. The response to our classy seduction? Positive across the board.

Production Lesson(s)

Being newbies to letterpress, we had much to learn about its limitations. The original design for this promotion featured six different cards with unique messages, blind embossing, rounded corners and thin rule borders. The printer informed us of the many terrible—and expensive—things that would likely happen when attempting such a complicated design. The vastly scaled down end result is actually more impactful and refined than the original would have been. To save cost on such low production numbers, we chose not to have the flaps of the pink envelopes silkscreened in white. Every designer imagines that they can have a stamp made and ink the design themselves—except no stamp ink is opaque enough for the job. Before abandoning the idea, we tried water-based block printing ink (discovered in the clearance aisle of a local craft store) as a last-ditch resort. To our surprise it yielded a beautifully imperfect and tactile impression, exceeding our initial expectations.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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November 27, 2012


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