Posts Tagged 'print'

moo cards (and new ones, too)

I’ve never been a fan of outsourced, gang printing and have always done my part to support the craft of printing, especially letterpress. My business card history includes letterpress, oversized, rounded corners, custom duplex stock, extra heavy stock…everything to make the cards as special and tactile as possible.  But I have to say, my last set of cards (radius corners with the line create something that matters on the back) never excited me, or anyone else.

I also realized that print just isn’t “fun” anymore.  We barely print, and when we do, it’s such a small, serious quantity.  Where’s the whimsy, the inspiration, the delight of print?

Last year I discovered Moo Cards, a British company that prints, really inexpensively, cards with individual backs. As many different backs as you like. And the cards come in three sizes…close to standard (a tad tall), narrow (mini cards) and square. They only print on two stocks, one with a matte laminate and one recycled. Normally I am not a fan of laminate, but the one they use looks and feels nice.  Did I mention they were inexpensive?

Inexpensive makes whimsy much more feasible.

I decided to give it a try and printed 11 of my photos, with the websites for two of my blogs on the back (this one and coffee|served daily, thanks for asking). They came this week, and I am 100% thrilled with the concept and 98% thrilled with the quality.

The photos printed much cleaner than they appear here. The color is awesome, front and back. The type does print a little heavy. I printed a set for my daughter last year and used the laminate, and tried the recycled stock for myself.  Honestly, I prefer the laminate. But all in all, I am really excited. Today I gave one person three (my dog’s ears, the bowl of cherries and the coffee cups).

I’m going to do more…next time the mini cards, and maybe even the stickers. I envision a bowl full of cards in the studio, like candy….maybe even with candy. Who says there is no fun in print anymore?

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moon landing comic book art

Celebrating the 40th anniversary with art, of course.

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Urban Sketchers

The internet is a wonderful thing. It transports you, distracts you, delights you, and enables you to waste more time than is really healthy. Like a mini-vacation. And the site, Urban Sketchers, makes that vacation even more tangible, in a virtual way, of course.

Urban Sketchers is a network of artists from all over the world who sketch and post daily. The site is constantly being updated, making it possible for you to visit the cafes in Italy, the shops in Paris, or the streets of India, anytime.

I visit almost every day, and it’s always a worthwhile meander. See you there.

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Gabi Campanario, Seattle, USA

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, Taipei, Taiwan

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Golf, art, and old friends

Illustrator Mark Ulriksen and his wife, Leslie Flores, are two of our best friends from college, and our starter years at the Chico News and Review. We’ve stayed close, and have watched Mark  become one of the country’s most successful editorial illustrators. His paintings of dogs, musicians, politicians, and athletes are just slightly tweaked, and always get you to take a second look.

My partner, Steve, is  fairly obsessive golfer, and did an admirable job of containing his envy when Mark was invited by Golf Digest to visit the Masters Tournament last year and create illustrations for this year’s issue.

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All illustrations by Mark Ulriksen for Golf Digest.

Mark told me this was one of the great weeks of his life. He was staying in a house with writers (including Dan Jenkins, John Feinstein and Tom Brokaw) and photographers, and was able to walk the course and sketch for seven days. He gave the photo editor his requests, and photos were taken for him to use as drawing reference  later (he was in the limbo-land between the pubic who could take photos, and the media, who needed photo passes, so this was the best solution). Mark started the project in September, submitting twelve ideas, and painting ten. Eight were published.

And he hasn’t been on a golf course since. Steve will have to remedy that, because that’s what old friends are for.

The 2009 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, starts today.

buy:design | Fieldnotes vs. Moleskine

If it’s Friday, it’s buy:design. We’re buying notebooks today.

I take my notebooks personally, and never met one I didn’t buy. Current favorite at home is a 3D Wonder Woman spiral job I picked up at Target. At work, I have an affinity for composition books (and if I am lucky enough to be traveling, with a label or card glued on the cover, just because).

I am a more recent convert to designer notebooks: Fieldnotes and Moleskine. Just can’t choose between them. And now both companies have figured out that they can sell their notebooks as lifestyle, and I’m even more confused.

Which notebook, which lifestyle?

Fieldnotes: A little bit retro, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tagline: I am not writing it down so I will remember later, I am writing it down so I will remember it now.

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As an extra incentive (because new paper and a perfect pencil isn’t enough for some), they offer a Vintage Memo Book Archive. I am a little relieved to know some one out there thinks this is as cool as I do.

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Speaking of cool, Moleskine is standing by to help me become legendary. That’s their tagline, Legendary Notebooks. Their archive includes Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, and they’ve got an exhibition in Berlin and Paris. Yes, they do take themselves a little too seriously. But…they are so beautiful and they feel so good.

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So, while I am still conflicted, my handwriting looks really, really good in the Moleskine. But come this summer, I am going casual, and will swap for the Fieldnotes.

Happy Weekend.

buy:design | keep calm and carry on

If it’s Friday, it’s time to shop at re:design.

Every economic meltdown could benefit from a little design.

Here’s the perfect poster for this moment in time. All it needs is a cup of tea.

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Hand silkscreened reproductions of the vintage WWII era poster “Keep Calm & Carry On” available in Juicy Orange, Pretty Pink, Sunny Yellow and other lovely colors.  And $25.00 seems like a fine investment to recession-proof one’s psyche.

From SF Girl By Bay, buy it here.

And for the caffeinated,  DIY-inspired version:

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From Matt Jones (and it really is DIY).

I want one of each. And I’ll also take a  cup of ginger tea, with an espresso chaser.

Yes, I am a publication junkie…but in a good way.

You can never have too much type or print in your home. My idea of a fun Friday night is dinner, drinks and hanging out at  Newsbeat, our local magazine stand.  And it’s not just for the design magazines. I am an equal-opportunity magazine lover.  Words, images, ink, that’s all it takes to give me a thrill.

Of course, magazines have been in trouble for a long time, and this recession is about to put a nail in the coffin. Over 500 magazines folded in 2008, and 47 have already closed in 2009. That’s bad for information, entertainment, enlightenment, beauty and humor–not to mention designers, writers, illustrators, photographers and printers. It’s bad for my Friday nights, that’s for sure.

Even though I know that it’s the advertising dollars that count, the advertisers will count me–so I have been subscribing to as many magazines as my pocketbook can muster. ReadyMade, Utne Reader, Good, More, Real Simple, Cook’s Illustrated. Plenty more to choose from, and I just might add Mad Magazine, Rolling Stone,  Mental Floss, Bark and Dwell to round out my stash.

My new favorite magazine, and the one I really want to protect, is  GOOD Magazine.  It manages to combines good design with good content that makes us better thinkers and therefore, more thoughtful designers.  The stories are smart, but not so seriously-self-important. They do a brilliant job with information graphics, making them accessible and really interesting. Anytime someone can make information fun, I am in.

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Here’s the deal. They honor design. They even give designers pages and pages to muse on. What are they thinking?

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And the goodness doesn’t stop there.  You choose the cost of your subscription. Then, choose a nonprofit, and 100% of your subscription payment is donated.

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Publications, especially alternatives, give us texture and insight and a new point of view. It takes courage, and a ton of energy,  to keep creating and producing month after month. Show and tell when done this well, isn’t easy. As an appreciative reader, pushing Good is the least I can do.

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