Q & A: Sean McCabe & Brian French

Small-QAWe’re hosting a little panel with Sean McCabe & Brian French to talk about design, manufacturing, and the joy of making things. Tickets to the actual event were gone in a flash and many of you (regrettably) don’t live in Orlando, so we decided to webcast this live. We’ll kick off the Q&A at 7:30 PM EST and it’ll run for about 45 minutes or so…ish. Ask us your questions using the chat box under this video and we’ll try to get to all of them! Thanks!

Book of the Year Club: FPO Awards

We’ve been getting antsy waiting for this lil’ beauty to come down the pike. Last year, we walked away from the FPO Awards with 13 winning entries. We couldn’t be any prouder of our production squad. Those lads & lasses put in the hours, the sweat, the tears, the blood, and it’s only fitting that their handiwork should be honored in such a pleasant volume. We’d highly recommend getting your hands on this book. It’s chock full of tasty print & design work. All of it is deeply inspiring to us; we love seeing what other shops are up to!

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A big plus this year was getting the Best of Category award for our collaboration with local pal, Clark Orr, on his Willy Wonka Lickable Wallpaper Poster.

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We’d highly recommend clocking at least a solid 45 minutes on the Web Version of the awards book. It’s a solid way to get deep into the vast array of production methods & approaches that are out there. If you happen to have a coffee table that frequently accompanies scintillating conversation, you should really think about getting a copy of this book to sit on it.

The Fonts.com Fontacular Poster

A few weeks ago, we got an email from Monotype. Being obsessed with typography and the rich history of letterpress printing (for obvious reasons) we knelt in reverence while hearing their request. They were prepping for the launch of the Fontacular, a typographic savings spectacle. They really wanted to put out something special that they could use as a giveaway for enthusiastic tweeters. So…they had Brad Woodard design a poster and then they sent it our way for print.

Want one?

Tweet your heart out to @fontscom and be sure to mention #fontacular. The gang is looking for their favorite tweets so they can unload some goodies on you! They’re giving away some other stuff we worked on, too, including Typefight Heavyweight prints and Tattly cards!

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Sauceoween ’13

Mama’s Sauce has been overrun by doppelgangers! Sauceoween provided a bevy of tricks and treats to the crew. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Can you guess who’s who?

Adam Grason: Helping campers everywhere.

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Don’t leave home without your gun! Or this poster!  Adam & his wife Christina are the peeps behind Zadok44, a creative studio specializing in apparel, illustration, & branding. This 11″ x 17″ “Camping Essentials” poster was printed on .017″ maple veneer, and was inspired by Adam’s imminent Fatherhood and Davy Crockett.

“This project had a very dear place in my heart. My wife and I were waiting for the arrival of our first kiddo (Harper), and I realized that as a designer & dad I had a self-inflicted obligation to create a piece for his room. We went with a camping theme, inspired by Davy Crockett and the idea for an “essentials” set was born. My illustration style nods very highly to the old 50’s style, and I wanted to capture that with this piece. I am also a huge fan of imperfect line work and chose to intentionally have things be off. I think it’s important to explore digital imperfection. I did some research on the essentials of camping and consolidated my own ideas into the piece. The digital era we are in has totally skewed what is essential for camping, ie. an iPod is not essential, but I found it on several lists. I pushed hard for a ton of hours and got it just where I wanted it. I strived to create a piece that would be marketable and a piece inspired by the adventures I want to have as a parent. Be adventurous my friends!”

- Adam Grason.

We loved running this project! Any chance we get to print on wood is pretty exciting. It definitely adds a few variables to the mix. The ink tends to lay down a little rough if the wood is really grainy, and the screens will pick up a little more dust along the way. Nothing too crazy though, and overall if makes a print like this even cooler.

 

The “Camping Essentials” poster is available now in the Zadok44 Store!

 

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Tattly Cards: One Real Card, One Fake Tattoo

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later…we finally made friends with the confetti-tossing, cheer-leading, heart-warming Tattly squad. They brought us in the loop on this project a while back and we’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you guys about it. Finally, Today Is the Day they announced their newest project!

Tattly Cards: One Real Card, One Fake Tattoo. This new stationery line is letterpress printed and includes a single matching Tattly Temporary Tattoo! A happy greeting and fun gift wrapped into one! The line consists of 5 original designs letterpress printed on Mohawk Paper by Mama herself.

This series features designs by Tina Roth Eisenberg, Jen Mussari, Jessica Hische, and Mike Lowery!

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Photo credit: Julia Robbs


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What government shutdown? We’re visiting the National Parks with Seth Lucas.

In case any of you found yourself banging on the front door of any National Parks over the past couple of weeks, here’s a little piece of aesthetic rebellion to keep you going. The “National Parks Checklist” poster by Seth Lucas is a fun and unique way to keep track of all the National Parks you have visited (even if you got turned away). Each domestic national park is labeled with green tree, but each purchase includes a pack of colorful tree stickers; so after you visit a park it gets marked with a different color sticker. Your poster gets more colorful as your adventures increase! The poster was printed on French Paper Co. Construction Whitewash 100C, and is a 5 color screen print with a transparent wood grain twist!

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My wife Maddy and I love to travel, and we have a lifetime goal of visiting all the National Parks. We wanted an artistic way to keep track of where we’ve been, and we wanted to encourage others to visit the amazing National Parks we have as well. We worked together to come up with a print & concept that looks great, and you can also place our tiny tree stickers on the parks you’ve visited to keep track of where you’ve been. It’s all finally come together working with Mama’s Sauce to make a truly beautiful print.

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One of the things that really makes this poster so awesome is the different levels of gloss, from the matted brown to the glossy transparent ink and the metallic gold. There’s a lot of great depth there that you really have to see in person to experience. And from a technical perspective, you really have to appreciate the level of thought that went in to staying as true to the design as possible. For example, we were worried that nailing the registration would be tough if we knocked out the tan numbers on the trees, because we would have had to go through the green and the dark brown. So we ended up printing the numbers with an ink matched to the color of the paper.

Seth and his wife Maddy run ElloThere, specializing in wedding invitations and art prints. The “National Parks Checklist” poster is available now right here.

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Ross Moody + Mama’s Sauce + Coffee = Awesome

On Friday, September 13th, we hosted the first in a series of talks/meet & greets that will be happening every semester. The event is an extension of our Internship Program, but geared for anyone with an interest in design and print. Our first guest speaker was our good buddy Ross Moody, the designer, art director, and mastermind behind 55 Hi’s. Ross spent the day with the Mama’s Sauce family, beginning with a shop visit and a portfolio review session with our current crop of Sauce Interns. His talk took place later in the evening, and was graciously housed by the honorable peeps over at Downtown Credo in College Park. Ross discussed his road map to 55 Hi’s, being a successful (and still happy) designer, and how his relationship with Mama’s Sauce has allowed him to build his business into what it is today. Many thanks to our friend F Harvell from Occasional Photo for the pics of the event.

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Following the talk, the Sauce screen printing team hosted a screen printing demo, where attendees were able to pull their own screens on a Ross Moody-designed souvenir; printed on some fresh French Paper of course. Laughs were had, screens were pulled, coffee was consumed, and everyone had a good ol’ time.

 

We can’t thank Ross Moody enough for coming down for this event, and Downtown Credo for providing such an intimate setting. Thanks to everyone who came out! Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information on future events!

When the Man Comes Around

Our noble ally Aaron Draplin came by the shop today for a visit. If, for some strange reason, you follow our work and not his, stop what you’re doing and take a gander at the DDC Portfolio. Many a dark day have we mustered our moxy from a few clips of Draplin raising a ruckus on stage at design conferences. In case you were wondering, this guy is the genuine article. None of his chutzpah is manufactured or contrived. It’s real-life chutzpah. Really. If you don’t believe us, take a look at at his father (the Draplin standing next to Draplin)…who shall henceforth be your hero.

It was cool to hear Aaron share his thoughts about our recent collaboration, Love Letters, and his drive to leverage creative resources for noble causes. We’re definitely gonna be in the kitchen with Draplin on some upcoming projects in that vein. Then again…he did yell “I’m never coming back” as he walked out the door.

This seems like a good time to mention that we’ll be on the bill with Draplin at Creative South in April. All you southern folk who give a rip about doing good work oughta come hang! More on this later.

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Love Letters is Live!

We are pleased to announce that Love Letters is officially completed and orders are shipping today! We are so thankful for the efforts of each designer that contributed to the project as well as each of you who’ve already pre-ordered your set.

Our good friends over at Fiction heard about what we’re trying to do with Love Letters and came by to make a beautiful little film about the project. Side note: if you haven’t seen it, check out the film they made about our Kluge (which is now a Vimeo Staff Pick).

We still have sets for sale, so Click Here to get yours!

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“E” by Justin Mezzell 

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“I” by Aaron Draplin

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“O” by Dana Tanamachi

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“U” by Jon Contino

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Ampersand by Jessica Hische

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“Y” by Ross Moody, 55 Hi’s

Whether or not you’ve been to visit the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the legacy and craft housed there has had an incredible impact on everyone in the graphic design and printmaking industries. Because of this, we were shaken to hear of their current plight. They’re being forced to relocate and need help raising funds to move and store their incredible type collection.

To help raise money and awareness for the museum, we’re releasing a set of 7 letterpress printed alphabet coasters inspired by the legacy and craft of Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum. The set, made with paper donated by Neenah Paper and French Paper, includes A, E, I, O, U, &, and Y. As if the cause weren’t enough to mobilize conscientious creatives, this project has a roster to die for:

A: Fuzzco

E: Justin Mezzell

I: Aaron Draplin

O: Dana Tanamachi

U: Jon Contino

&: Jessica Hische

Y: Ross Moody

Click here to order your set now!