Tag Archives: screen printing

friday blinks – 7/13/12

13 Jul

FRIDAYBLINKS A good designer may not have all the answers, but he knows which questions to ask. 7/13/2012 // PMS 107 // quote by RUDY DUKE

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

The Great Discontent interview with Aaron Draplin
Take the afternoon off, read, and go kick some ass. Serious motivation jammed in this interview.
(via Print Mafia/twitter)

Mike Rohde: The Sketchnoter

Mike Rohde shares his “sketchnoting” technique; a great way to reference and remember your notes. Don’t take boring notes anymore. Also, a bonus of Mike’s book cover process.
(via United Pixelworkers/twitter) (via Mike Rohde/twitter)

The best all-over camo printed shirts ever

Very clever and simple idea.
(via Printmaking Journal/twitter)

Font Bomb
Blow up any website. No hackers needed.
(via Mike Metz/twitter)

Designed Space
Gives you a peek into some of the world’s coolest agencies and their spaces, going from larger shops all the way down to a two-person team.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

And in other news…
Over the past week, I have rolled over 9,000 all-time views. I’m sure most of them are by me and Russian spam bots, but I think they are really observant, design-savvy people who happen to live in Russia. I’ll take what I can get, so thanks for the views,  Lyubochka, Pankrati, and Svyatoslav.

Also, be on the look out for a 2- or 3-post wrap up of WMC Fest next week.

friday blinks – 2/3/12

3 Feb

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Icons, icons, and icons
An impressive amount of super high quality icons done by Tim Boelaars.
(via Taylor Pemberton/twitter)

The Office of Nature Blog
Run by designer and illustrator Katherine Patton, this blog is a very nice “collection of neat things.”
(via Mikey Burton/twitter)

New Desks for a new Studio
522 Industries build two beautiful desks for Title Case, the new San Francisco-based studio of Jessica Hische and Erik Marinovich (1/2 of Friends of Type).
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

The Eye Writer
Artist Tony Quan was diagnosed with ALS, and lost the ability to use almost all of his body, except his eyes and brain. With the help of some crafty friends, he is able to draw and create art again. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get chills from this video.
(via Greg Christman/twitter)

Ira Glass on Storytelling
Nice, short video explaining how creative people go through stages of work.
(via Dave Yakley/twitter)

Free Font Friday
Archive by Slava Kirilenko (via Hannes Beer/twitter)

In other news…
If you didn’t see yesterday, I made a post about my trip to two of Roanoke’s print shops, Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press. Ad2 Roanoke was behind this great lunchtime tour. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Press Press Merch/Appalachia Press tour

2 Feb

The folks at Ad2 Roanoke had another great event planned for the masses. A lunch-time tour of two of Roanoke’s finest printers’ shops. Enter Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press. My co-worker Suzanne and I made the trip up from Blacksburg for what they called the “Brown Bag Series: The Fine Art of Printing.” We pulled up to an unassuming warehouse-looking building off of Albemarle Avenue. As we walked through the doors, we were welcomed with open arms, warm smiles, pizza, and desserts by Hired Guns Creative‘s Erica and Patrick, along with Greg Szechenyi from Press Press and John Reburn from Appalachia Press.

Greg walked around their print shop, taking us through the production of a normal screen printing job, showing off their massive 10-station, 8-color automatic press and vacuum exposure unit. Running my own screen printing business out of my home, having a shop anywhere close to what Press Press has would have been incredible. Later, Greg showed off their showroom, highlighting various printing techniques like soft-touch inks, 4-color printing, and discharge inks, which removes the pigment from the shirt in a non-toxic way. The whole time we were there, the Press Press crew was working seamlessly and professionally in the background, like there weren’t any strange people wondering around their shop.

John took over and led us a few feet through a doorway, bringing us into the Appalachia Press shop. There was a distinct smell of “Old Stuff™,” which should be a signature Appalachia Press candle scent. You’re welcome, John. Old presses, wood, steel, and iron. *Deep breath…ahhhhhh. What a lovely smell that is. As he led us through his workshop, John shared a brief history of how he got into letterpress, what he uses each piece of machinery for, and then explained the printing process for various letterpress jobs. There are some different processes that he goes through based on the type of job that comes in. Whether it involves hand-cut stencils, sending art out to be made into a block, or screen printing, every job always includes lots of hands-on work. Getting his hands dirty and lifting heavy equipment is how John stays fit. Having a new retail store in downtown Roanoke, a steady stream of online shoppers, and many resellers all over the country keeps Appalachia’s presses moving. John is working on plans to run a few workshops this summer, so stay in the loop on their Facebook page.

Thanks again to Press Press Merch and Appalachia Press’s hospitality, and to Ad2 for hosting such a wonderful event. And for those who couldn’t make it out, nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in doo doo. You missed out.

Alonzo Felix

24 May

Alonzo Felix is a Baton Rouge, LA-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer with a glorious voice. As his song hints, he owns and runs his own design studio which I find intriguing, but intimidating since I like the constant connection with other creative people. It seems like Alonzo has tons of self-motivation. He’s been working on a sketchbook project with a “Boys and Girls” theme, which is a “loose exploration of thoughts about relationships through quick typographic drawings in pencil.” When he has filled up the sketchbook, his and other sketchbooks from artists around the world will go on an exhibition tour around major U.S. cities starting in February of 2012. Check out the tour dates and more about the project here.

Almost all of his work centers around wonderful hand-created type, many featuring beautiful flourishes and details. One of those examples is Alonzo’s contribution to the Lost Type Co-op; an old-school circus-inspired typeface he calls Tightrope. This typeface was his way to pay homage to the old type on posters and train cars that promoted the different circus troupes from years past.

Thanks for the inspiration, Alonzo!

(via Lost Type Co-op/twitter)

Ty Mattson

18 May


Ty Mattson is an Irvine, CA-based graphic designer, illustrator, interactive designer, and principal of Mattson Creative. He’s worked with such big-name brands as ABC, Apple, Cartoon Network, Coke, and Discovery Channel. What caught my eye was the series of poster designs he did for the Showtime show Dexter, which if you haven’t seen yet, block off a week or two and get caught up. The time lapse video is a fantastic peek into the mind of Ty Mattson and into the Dexter series. Knowing the meaning behind the illustrated objects makes this series even better. Here’s more about the Dexter posters.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for letterpress and birth announcements. Ty’s design of his son’s birth announcement is spot on. Perfect!

He also runs his business out of an old lima bean processing warehouse built in 1895. It’s really cool how they kept a lot of the old feel of the building and tied it in with the fresh, new materials. Check it out.

Great stuff, Ty. Keep it up and thanks for the inspiration!

(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Amy Kirby

17 May

Amy Kirby is an NYC-based graphic designer who currently works for Roberts + Langer DDB in NYC. She previously worked at Crispin Porter + Bogusky where she did a mix of huge outdoor signage for Umbro, to t-shirt designs for the CP+B Fishing Tournament. She also runs her own wedding/stationary side business called Milk & Ice Cream. Through Milk & Ice Cream, she did her take on the Royal Wedding invitations, which were full of nice touches that would have made any “normal” bride extremely happy. But, noooooo, the actual invitations were stuffy, boring, and cream-colored. BLAH! Vibrant colors, nice patterns, and a sprinkle of royal imagery is what makes these faux invitations fantastic.

Great stuff, Amy!

Jez Burrows

4 May

Jez Burrows is an Edinburgh, UK-based graphic designer, illustrator, and woodland appreciator. He is also co-founder of an independent press Sing Statistics which publishes fiction and visual art , one fifth of collective Evening Tweed, and frequent contributor to It’s Nice That. Jez has a clean style with lots of detail in most of his pieces. The infographics he’s designed could make the most boring of facts into something people would actually want to look at and enjoy what they see.

Jez also designed the logo (and possibly other pieces) for the Build Conference. He also had a hand in designing/making special over-sized wooden nuts which were given to each of the speakers at the conference. Real nice!

As I was reading his blog, I came across a tumblr site Jez and his buddy Jake Blanchard created that I thought was quite funny/useful. Photobooth Reference: Illustrators using themselves for reference. I would be neat to see the pieces the illustrators created based on their reference photos…Just a thought.

Great work, Jez!

(via Dan Cassaro of Young Jerks)

Brandon Rike

26 Apr

Brandon Rike is a Columbus, OH-based graphic designer who appears to be a dude who would beat you up just because he can. That might be the case, but he has designed tons for t-shirt designs for music-industry tough guys like the Backstreet Boys, Big Time Rush, and Adam Lambert. Brandon’s also done work for Billy Idol, Deftones, Motley Crue, Nirvana, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, and Billy Joel just to name a few more.

Brandon launched his new promotional website a few months ago, and I have to say, it looks killer. He’s been a one-man design show since 2006, and has been building a rather impressive client list since then. No wonder these bands (and their managers/marketing people) keep coming back for more. The dude does solid work 100% of the time.

If I tell you that you do great work, will you promise not to beat me up? Good stuff, Brandon! 🙂

(via Jeff Finley)

Eric Smith

25 Apr

Eric Smith is a Washington state-based graphic designer, illustrator, art director, author, husband and father. Not too many professional designers will list husband and father in their main “titles,” but Eric isn’t your average designer. His hand-drawn style is refreshing amongst the mass-produced mounds of computer-created design out there. Through his Idrawallday moniker, he has worked with such clients as Element Skateboards, HOW Magazine, and Myspace.

Eric is also the founder and creative director of The Live Now Project, which is “a growing collection of friends, powerfully pursuing the notion of ‘living now’.” They have recently published an inspirational art book and operate a vibrant online community full of talented people.

Exceptionally-positive work, Eric!

(via Young Jerks)