27 February 2015

Stamps To Love

There's one thing, among many things, the United States is truly bad at. One of those is stamp design. Stamps are something I rarely think about because there are very few stamp designs that have caught my eye over the years. I'm not a collector of stamps, but I have amassed a whole three sheets of stamps because they were what I would consider well designed, and interesting. And probably because they were in the design realm: sculptor Louise Nevelson stamps in 1999, the Peanuts stamps in 2000 (I'm a huge Peanuts fan so no matter what the stamps looked like, I probably would have bought them anyway!) and the Eames stamps in 2008.

Now, I'm thrilled to add Jessica Hische's 2015 Forever Hearts Stamps, released in January, to my collection. I would have to imagine it's quite a honor to design such beautiful stamps for your country. In the future, I could easily see myself collecting stamps if the USPS continued to print visually interesting and unique stamps. 

The USPS even did a cool video with Jessica who shares her musings on the stamp design. Bravo Jessica!

Image: USPS

16 February 2015

Before + After: Maria Brophy

When Maria Brophy contacted me to give her logo a refresh, I was thrilled! Maria, as well as her husband Drew Brophy, are well known in the art scene both locally and nationally, each in their own right; Maria is an Art Business Consultant and Drew is an illustrator, muralist and surfboard artist.

After more than a decade of building her Art Consulting business, Maria decided it was time to freshen up her brand with a new logo and website to compliment her business direction, which included more speaking engagements and collection of ebooks. Maria's previous logo didn't fully capture who she or her business was anymore. When we sat down and talked about what she wanted in a new logo, “authentic”, “sophisticated”, “simple” and “down-to-earth” were key attributes to incorporate. And since this would be a typographic wordmark, void of a logomark or icon, the font selections would be essential. Because Maria caters specifically to artists on a variety of business matters and shares her own personal experiences, it was important to convey the who and what clearly, in a very straight forward approach, but with personality. The end result is warm, approachable and professional, just like Maria herself!

If you’re an artist who needs valuable business advice, guidance, expertise and encouragement, then you need to contact Maria. She knows the Business of Art and will help you find success on every level!

“Lynne took the time to get into my head and understand my brand, my needs and my personality. She was friendly, patient and professional. In the end, she created a design that perfectly captured the essence of my brand.” - Maria Brophy

If your logo or brand could use a little refresh too, get it touch and let's do it! There's no better feeling in the world for me, then when a client is delighted with their new look!

10 February 2015

A Longing for Letterpress

The Mama's Sauce card
The studio of The Aesthetic Union

Kristine Arellano of Presshaus LA
My business cards don't wow me. There I finally said it. Do you know how embarrassing it is for a designer to admit that? So... things are about to change. Goodbye old cards, I'm designing a new card and I'm on the hunt for a printer who will print a card that will wow with a capital 'W'. In thinking about what I want, the final product needs to be incredibly tactile and memorable, the feel of the card needs to be amazing. I'm a letterpress junkie and lover of heavier weight paper, so these attributes will require a special print job from a seasoned printer. I've narrowed my search to a few favorites and I want to share them with you. Here are some of the best in the business if you're looking for the ultimate business card to hand out and stand out. Because business cards are still important and potentially be the first touch point a prospective client might get from you.

Mama's Sauce - What about Mama's Sauce isn't to love? They have a reputation for some of the best printing in the country and designers love them. Based in Orlando, Florida Mama's Sauce has churned out some of the most memorable business cards, posters, stationery and invites. Just take a look at their Instagram feed.

Aesthetic Union - This San Francisco-based print house works with designers to flesh out ideas using traditional printing methods resulting in timeless ephemera. Printmaker James Tucker specializes in letterpress work, and designer Risa Culbertson of PapaLlama (her personal line of stationery and gift items) have teamed up to open a printing/studio/shop/gallery space offering a bevy of paper products. They carry locally and specialty made cards, notebooks and writing desk hard goods. And all their paper products shine with goodness.

Presshaus LA - Kristine Arellano learned the craft of letterpress printing in Germany. Vandercook anyone? She. Knows. Printing. And her passion for printing is clear. Just watch this video of Emma Dime's Lovely Lady Studio Tour Series of Kristine's letterpress journey. Her LA-based bespoke letterpress studio produces timeless pieces, and I suspect her soon-to-launch line of paper goods will be just as fabulous! Oh, and her sidekick Bagel is the cutest pup in print!

These are just a few of the many incredible letterpress printers out there who's work I greatly admire. If you're looking for a letterpress printer in your area, you can find an extensive list of top notch printers over at The Beauty of Letterpress.

I haven't decided which printer I'll be going with yet, sometimes the design needs to fit the right printer and vice versa, but I'll keep you posted on the final results!

Images: Mama's Sauce, The Aesthetic Union and Presshaus LA

02 February 2015

Design Like You Give A Damn

James Victore. Have you heard of him? He's a creator, a teacher, a speaker and he's genius. And what he's really good at is teaching creative courage. That's right. He's brash, truthful and gives you permission. Permission to break the rules, fail, get up, try again and keep going. And I love his quotes of encouragement!

He's the man behind a series called Burning Questions, a free online weekly video series for creatives who need a little insight.... and soulfire. I highly recommend you sign up to receive his provocative words straight to your inbox every week. He'll make you think, get uncomfortable and give you the courage to get out there and give ‘em hell!

And check out some of his letterpress quotes on Holstee. You can buy the entire set, or a single 5" x 7" card of your favorite. Perfect to frame and put on your wall so each and every time you sit down at your computer, his words will beam at you. Onwards and forwards my friends!

Photos: Holstee
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