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Mix a precise die-cut border with luxurious Lettra and a bar full of whiskey, and you’ve got a system that makes people actually want to take notes at the Library.  



Multnomah Whiskey Library

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5,000+ / On Going Order

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Production Time

12 business days

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Paper Stock

220 DTC

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Multnomah Whiskey Library Stationery
Multnomah Whiskey Library Stationery
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Project Description

We were honored to be the printer for the paper items supplied to MWL. Below is the design concept by Pail Design based in Portland.

The Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library, (The Library) was just named one of the top 22 whiskey bars in America. It boasts over 1,500 spirit offerings, lined up against brass rails and led by curator and talented spirits director, Tommy Klus. The interior environment was created by the Library's co-founder, Alan Davis and Elk Collective'€™s Kelly Ogden. This collaboration results in a luxurious British lounge and an old classic library feel, for an experience that makes you warm and cozy before taking your first sip.

The Library needed to communicate the feel of exclusivity, without being pretentious, and yet set themselves apart as a place of enjoyment, education and extensive spirit knowledge. Whilst a membership to the Library is available for a nominal fee to receive additional perks, the establishment opens its doors to anyone and everyone. To accomplish this, we set out to balance the brand language by combining vintage bits of humor with old-world-charm that speaks to a broad customer base. Materials needed to be, rich in texture and color (leather, brass, letterpressed paper items, brushed linen edges), and styled as 'traditionally classic' (through typography and imagery) to communicate a historic vibe. We created the brand concepts–Whiskey and Whisk{e}y, for the pursuit of diversion leisure and knowledge–and the short-name, €œThe Library. This supports the brand objectives with a sophisticated palate that uses humor from old whiskey quotes combined with sketches and rich textures.

Production Lesson(s)

Much like a fine whiskey it's the little details that matter the most. The suite for Multnomah Whiskey Library is a good example of this ethos. Designed by Pail Design and printed on Lettra 220# in Black 4U with a scallop die cut. Provided that business cards are 2-by-3 and the 4-by-6 note card each have a unforgiving tight border when printing our math had to be perfect once going to die cut. Any mis-registration in the 3 passes would be terribly obvious and let down our reputation as a Type A :) print shop. Also on that note Black 4U is a orange black that is hard to stabilize across a print suite, once the ink fountain is dialed in best not to mess with it.”

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Jessica Mullen

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August 7, 2014


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