If you’re in Portland, Oregon, tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th, you should come and visit us at the Third Annual Letterpress Printer’s Fair! This show only happens once a year and features many different studios and individuals from the Portland Letterpress Community as well as shops (like ours!) from other parts of Oregon and Washington! The Printer’s Fair is an outdoor event and will be held at the Em Space Book Arts Center, which is located at 323 SE Division Place near the start of the Spring Water Corridor Trail. The show will feature vendors and suppliers of letterpress printing equipment, foundry type, cards, broadsides, ephemera and more. There are going to be many great deals to be had and a lot of folks available to answer questions about letterpress printing. So, if you’re in Portland, and if you’ve ever been curious about what we do, and would like to see us in-person, come on down and say “Hi!”. We’d love to see you!
We recently participated in a video interview by John Bansky and Amy Carr of Flux Magazine. Flux is both a printed magazine and a collection of video stories written and produced by the students of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. FLUX Magazine, the traditional way the world has experienced FLUX, is an award-winning print magazine that delivers gripping feature stories and stunning photos. FLUXstories is the next step, bringing the excellence of FLUX Magazine to the digital world.
If you’ve ever been curious about what the letterpress process looks like, or wanted to hear about it from me and one of my favorite letterpress printer friends, Bob Giles, check out this video! If you’d like to see more videos in FLUXstories recent collection, entitled “Do it Yourself, Again!”, you can find the videos here and more about the magazine here. Enjoy!
Happy Friday everyone! Twin Ravens Press has received quite a bit of love this week from different corners of the internet. It all started earlier this week when our Magenta Dahlia Cards were featured in an etsy treasury that I blogged about on Monday here. Also on Monday, my “This is How We Roll” Sushi cards were featured on another blog, which you can find here. It’s so cool to find out that folks are digging our card designs so much that they want to feature and write about them! With that said, keep an eye on our etsy shop over the next few weeks, there’s going to be some new stuff up very soon, including small gift cards and new coaster designs! More about those soon.
I’m very excited to show off this lovely set of wedding invitations I recently printed for a couple in Philadelphia, Vicki & Larry. Vicki and Larry actually found out about Twin Ravens Press via their super-awesome local wedding planner, Christina Hill. If you’re planning a wedding in the Philadelphia area, you should definitely think about getting in touch with Christina at CHill Weddings. I really enjoy the opportunities I get to work with other wedding vendors, and other graphic designers, and I had a fabulous experience working with Christina as well as her clients, Vicki and Larry. You can find out more about Christina via the CHill Weddings website or on her blog.
It’s not the clearest image ever, but I do love the way that June carried the fonts, flourishes, and the Philadelphia skyline and Liberty Bell motifs through the entire suite. Here is a close-up of the invitation so you can check out the letterpress impression, fonts and colors more closely:
While we’re talking about the invitation I do have to mention that we did have a slight miscommunication regarding the colors for these initially. When Christina originally sent me the design, she said that the color didn’t need to be totally specific. However, when Vicki got her order from the offset company for all of the other pieces and the order from me for the invitations, the red/orange color for the names and branches on the two different pieces didn’t match. Why would something like this happen you ask? Well, the simplest answer is that all computer monitors aren’t calibrated the same, and because of this what a printer sees color-wise on the screen, doesn’t actually tell them anything about how the print should look when it’s printed. Have you ever been in a big box store like Best Buy or Target and looked at the giant display of lots and lots of different TV screens that are made by different companies, and come in different sizes, but are all playing the same movie? Ever notice how the color on the different screens looks a little bit different from screen to screen, even though the movie they are playing on all of them is the same? If you haven’t, check it out the next time you’re in a store like that. The same thing is true of computer screens and monitors. If you or an outside designer sends me a design, it may look totally different color-wise on my computer screen to what you see on yours.
How do we remedy this, you ask, and make sure that everyone ends up with the color they want when the invitations are printed? The best and most guarantee-able way to do this is to provide us with a Pantone color number for the color that you want. Pantone has created an industry standard for colors and color matching and you can request to look at one of their books (also called Color Formula Guides) from almost any printer or designer in your area. They look like this:
Seriously, if you are having something printed by us, or another printer for that matter, and really want a specific ink color, all you have to do is walk into any Office Max, Kinko’s, or other big box print/copy center in your area and ask to see one of these books. Each book has thousands of different colors for you to choose from, and all you have to do is tell us the three to four-digit number of the color you want and we can make it happen!
To show you the difference that having a number or not can make, here is an image of the first run of invitations we printed for Vicki, before we had a Pantone number:
As you can see, this invitation is really pretty, but quite a bit more orange than the ones that I put up previously in the post, and it’s quite a bit more orange than the other cards that had been offset printed. Vicki, Larry and Christina were all fabulous to work with, and completely understanding through the reprint and this is what the new invitations looked like:
As you can see, the red is a much better match to their other offset pieces.
The other two items I printed for Vicki and Larry were their invitation envelopes. Vicki chose an inner/outer envelope combination from Waste Not Paper company. The inner envelope was a charcoal grey to match the ink color on the invitation and it was left unprinted. The inner envelope was a sparkly white (called Stardream Opal) and it had their return address and the liberty bell image letterpress printed in charcoal grey ink on the flap. Check them out:
I love how Vicki and Larry’s invitations turned out and working with them, Christina and June was absolutely fabulous!
Congratulations Vicki & Larry!
I have great news today for all of my Portland, Oregon readers, shoppers and aficionados! If you live in Portland, Oregon you can now buy Twin Ravens Press products locally in a few different retail shops in your area. The first store in Portland to ever carry Twin Ravens Press products was Broadway Books. Broadway Books is a very nice, independent, locally-owned book-seller located in Northeast Portland at 1714 NE Broadway. Go check them out!
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