The Many Hanging Chads of Tommy Perez.

“Business in the front; party in the back,” proclaimed Minneapolis-based designer, Tommy Perez, as he came at us with an ambitious idea for play-with-able letterpress business cards. We told him that if he wanted to play around, he should find a print shop that thought letterpress was a game rather than a respectable and historic craft.

JK/LOL.

Tommy picked his four favorite French Paper Co. Pop-Tone colors and we mixed inks to match. Tommy’s idea was to die cut the cards so that the outlines of each letter in his name became a little foldable tab. The whimsical Pop-Tone papers were duplexed to the back of the card so that a little folding would bring the party right on through to the front.

For more inspiration/diversion, take gander at Tommy’s Kwik Krafts.

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From back to front: Pop-Tone Razzle Berry, Grape Jelly, Sour Apple, and Blu Raspberry.

Locked-and-Loaded

We don’t normally give the press this much candy at once, but…

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Hogan pulled a few mental muscles on this one.

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Back view of cutting die. This is what we used to punch out the cards and crease the hinges of the letters.

Yummy

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Who doesn’t love grocery stores?

The other day we shut down early for a very special tour group; the amazing creative staff of Publix Supermarkets.

Since most of us here at the Sauce were kids, we’ve been in love with the Florida-born grocery chain. They lure in the young with free chocolate chip cookies – no doubt the brain child of their genius founder, who could easily pass as the doppelganger for Walt Disney. If you FL people haven’t noticed that before, just check George Jenkin’s portrait in the front of your local Publix. You’ll also notice that 1920′s gentlemen have this cool about them that reigned until slayers like Cary Grant perfected the flow just a few years later.

I’m not going to lie, when Publix reached out about making a visit we were beyond flattered. Austin blushed for sure. We frequently nerd out on their incredible and clean branding, their packaging, and overall rad vibe that just owns here in FL… So needless to say, we were eager to put something special together for them.

As Publix has their own printing facilities that would put most commercial shops to shame, we decided to concentrate on the gaps that we would fill in. Our design aesthetic and unique print processes. We wanted to design something fun that we could print in front of them that they could have and use everyday. Coasters is was!

Enjoy some pics of the day and let’s do something like this together soon, ok?

Sketches from the desk of Brian at Itchy Illustration, he and Austin worked out the design.

Working out Publix’s pantone match

About to burn the white screen

The Publix team gathered around Wagner and Brooks

Loaded up in the letterpress magazine

All done. 2/0 Letterpress, Screen Print, and die cut for a live studio audience

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The sweet sound of vinyl and how we help it come to life.

You know what I’m stoked on lately? No, not calypso music and sweater capes (though both have their place), but rather my vinyl collection. After spending years of scouring thrift stores, garage sales, record shops and distant relative’s basements – I have finally amassed a collection that I’m happy with. What happens next here makes me sad though. A leak. A tragic roof leak at the shop a few weeks back. Not only did it ruin some finished prints, but it also got into a room that held my entire collection… Boxed and waiting to move into my soon to be completed/newly renovated bedroom, said collection incurred a blow of epic proportions… Specially to the box holding L-R. Think about it. Led Zeppelin’s entire catalog. The Rollingstone’s (RIP Let it Bleed). Gonezo. So sad. Yet in it’s wake I have found comfort from the following:

1. The Otis Redding collection was at my desk. It is safe and sound.
2. We birth LPs to life daily here at the sauce. Countless records have seen the light of day with our help.

In the wake of a loss I see hope in new life as we print, die-cut, and ship brave new artist’s vinyl pressed music packaging out into a world of bursting pipes and rain storms – both crouching and waiting to wreak nature’s version of LP population control upon them one day. When and if it does – we will still be here waiting to help bring forth the scores of replacement jackets that will be needed.

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