To all of my dedicated blog readers out there, I owe you an apology. I can’t believe it’s been over a month (seriously!), since my last update and show-and-tell-ing of awesome and beautiful things. Don’t worry, the lack of blogging hasn’t been because I haven’t been around, and it certainly hasn’t been because I haven’t been making awesome things. It’s quite the contrary really… You see, I have been so uber-busy the last few weeks with making awesome things, that I haven’t even had a chance to share them with you. Don’t worry though, this is the first post of many that will catch us up on the Twin Ravens Press happenings of the summer. Before I get on to posting about awesome work though, I’d like to thank Helen of DESIGNbyHELEN for featuring one of our Etsy shop’s greeting cards in her online treasury entitled “Next Stop…Japan!”. My design is the very cute, red, origami crane card. You can see a screenshot I took of it at the top of this post. Check it out for yourself by clicking the link above! Thanks Helen! There will be more to come very soon!
When I first begin working with clients and often when I’m just talking to potential clients about a potential letterpress project, I am often asked “how does letterpress work?” or “how does working with your studio work?”. These are fair questions, and ones that I’ve been meaning to address here (as well as the more formal website for Twin Ravens that I’ve been working on) for quite some time. I still plan to eventually put this out, in my own words, in the near future, however, I came across this video this morning and thought that it would be a great basis for explaining what it’s like to work with a letterpress studio. At Twin Ravens Press, I print from both antique lead type and from photopolymer plates. My studio does a few things different from Starshaped Press, like we always offer several rounds of digital proofs of our designs, prior to printing, etc. All in all, though, I think that their video is a great, short, demonstration of how working with a letterpress studio works. If you are a potential client and are curious about the process of creating your future letterpress printed piece, or if you are just curious, watch this video. It’s pretty cute too!
Happy Friday everyone! For those who need a little bit of semi-work-related humor after a very busy week, like I do, I found this awesome video. It’s got fonts, superheroes, personifications and more! What could be better?!?
This week seems to be shaping up to a week where I’m not only blogging about awesome things that we’re doing, I’m also blogging about awesome things that other people are doing and things that I love as well. Living in lovely, eco-friendly, Eugene, you see a lot of awesome-ly designed, random, different, or customized bikes around. Many of these bike owners have built or customized their bikes themselves, but nonetheless, it makes for awesome people-watching, as well as awesome alternative transportation for a city that’s keen on protecting the environment. I have a pretty awesome bike, that I ride all over the place when the weather is decent to nice, but I always thought it would be great to have a bike trailer to haul stuff around with. Well, what if your bike and bike trailer were an all-in-one, awesomely designed package? Check out the Madsen. It may be one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen this week.
Great news for Twin Ravens Press fans in and around Austin, Texas! I’m currently in the process of finishing up and getting ready to ship off an order of Twin Ravens Press cards to a little retail shop in Austin called Finch!
Here’s another beautiful and summery wedding invitation suite that I completed last month for a lovely couple in Georgia! The bride, Cecilia, had been following Wedding Bee for a few months and had seen some of the work my company had done for different brides on that site and decided to contact me about creating a wedding invitation suite for her June wedding. As you can see in the above photo of the suite, Cecilia and William’s set included a T-Length wedding invitation and coordinating envelope and a 4bar size reply card with coordinating envelope. Here is the invitation and invitation envelope:
If, like me, you work in some kind of design or creative field full-time, you’re sure to appreciate this video. You’ll also like it if you are just a fan of really awesome uses of typography.
F is for Fail is a short film about the creative process, and the failure we always encounter, but usually overcome. Told using the alphabet, each letter informs us of the state of the protagonist’s creativity/state of mind. Each letter has two words associated with it (except A and Z); sometimes the positive word overpowers the negative word, and vice-versa.