Cleaning Out the Fridge: A Week in Print, Vol. 1

Okay, we’re gonna give this another shot. Back in 2011, we tried to make a weekly blog post that documented everything we’d printed the week before. Well, that idea got swallowed up in the day-to-day crucible of actually running a print shop. Now, it’s 2014. We’re a bit better-staffed these days (and a bit better at printing) and we’d like to give it another shot. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, if you like… we’ll call it Cleaning Out the Fridge.


Screen Printed business cards for Pukka Headwear. Printed on black Fibermark Touché.


Screen printed business cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic gold ink on French Paper.


Letterpress, screen printed, duplexed, & die cut business cards for Mattei’s Tavern. Printed on French Paper and designed by Boy Burns Barn.


Screen printed, foil stamped, & embossed business cards for Crankshaft Marketing. Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Epic Black.


Screen printed business cards for Elizabeth Hanley. Printed with metallic gold ink on black French Paper.


Foil stamped business cards for Fritz Scheller on Stardream pearlescent paper.


Screen printed Save the Date by Matthew Ruzzi on Colorplan Paper.


Letterpress business cards for Six Degrees. Printed on duplexed French Paper with a die cut.


Letterpress business cards for Sarah Gargano designed by Alana Riley. Printed on Crane’s Lettra 220 lb. cover with custom edge painting.


Screen printed business cards for Alchemy Salon. Printed on duplexed Colorplan Paper.


Screen printed birthday greeting card for The Paper Cub on French Paper.


Foil stamped note card for Karen Brody on Colorplan Paper.


Letterpress & screen printed mini-cards and custom matchbox for Josh Shank using French Paper.


Screen printed invite with metallic ink by Paper Rock Scissor on French Paper.


Screen printed note cards for The Grossbauer Group on French Paper.


Letterpress Wedding Suite by Kaitlin Imwalle on Crane’s Lettra.


Screen printed note cards for Michelle LaRocca. Printed with metallic ink on French Paper.


Letterpress & foil stamped wedding suite by Val Melo on French Paper.


Screen printed romantic greeting card by The Paper Cub on French Paper


Letterpress wedding invite by Natalina Marlow with screen printed envelopes.


Letterpress wedding invite by Michelle Ballesteros on Crane’s Lettra.


Screen printed poster for Tanner Mardis on French Paper.


Screen printed poster by Ryan Brinkerhoff on French Paper


Vintage Cuts For You!

Over the years we’ve amassed a collection of vintage letterpress cuts. These dies were mostly etched in wood or or copper and some are dated back to the late 1800′s! Within the collection are examples of typography, illustration, & just pure weirdness that we think you would die to have… So have them you will. You see, we’ve begun the process of printing each and every one of these vintage cuts. After they’ve all been put to paper, we’ll scan ‘em, zip ‘em, and have them available as hi rez bitmaps for your inspirational enjoyment! Sound good? I think so.

Here’s snap shot of the first sheet we ripped…

Hand Lettering At It’s Best

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps was birthed in 1867 and and still operates today. They produced some seriously gorgeous hand-lettered maps back in the day, many of which can be found in the Library of Congress. These late 19th and early 20th century type treatments are well worth passing around for all the design world to be inspired by. See the entire scanned collection at BibliOdyssey. (Most of the images on that page link to hi-rez scans on Flickr!) There’s also a great little discussion/comment thread in BibliOdyssey’s entry on Typography vs. Lettering. Some real nerd stuff. Love it.

A few of my favorites.

You design something like this and send it over for a letterpress print on some tea-stained paper and I’ll be well inclined to give you a seriously hooked-up price on it!

Things We Printed This Week

So I’m going to try something that requires a little discipline here… If you follow us on the Twitter and Facebook, you’ve probably seen ‘What’s on Press…’ which is basically a snapshot of whatever we have on press that day. We’re pretty good about keeping up with it and people seem to like it. Well, we print a lot more than we get to share – so each week I’m going to try and collect everything in bulk and put it out there. I really feel lucky to work with all of the wonderful designers who we print for, and hope that sharing the work that goes through our presses will help inspire you to see the possibilities that still exist with traditional print mediums. I’ll be trying to make it a Friday thing – forgive me for jumping the gun a bit early this week! Enjoy this weekly update – and if you want daily’s make sure to follow our FB & Twitter. Both links can be found in the right column of this here blog.

Click to make them big. Enjoy.

Get by with a little help… From Youtube.

When it’s your second sunday in a row dealing with what feels like a never ending series of consecutive/crippling hard drive crashes, you haven’t slept in a week, your jobs are backing up, and you find yourself asking the universe, why? – It’ real easy to give up. Well, you may not have this exact scenario, but just the same, when you find yourself in your equivalent of this hell the best thing to do is search the life-giving youtube for relief.

Here’s my hope for the day…

jumpsuits, back ground dancers, and an early appearance of the short skirt.

pure bliss..

thanks to austin for this one

These and my fresh baked baguette will get me through the day.
Enjoy yours.