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The Big Collection of Apothecary Inspiration

Lately I’ve been so inspired by the apothecary style design work out there. I’ve collected some links and package examples to share some of my inspiration with you. I hope you find them equally enjoyable!

Inspirations here come from around the web, Flickr and The Handy Book of Artistic Printing.

I also give some observations and tips on how you can incorporate these elements into your own designs.

4 Tips for Creating an Effective Poster Design

You’re ready to make a poster. The creative juices are flowing and you have a deadline to meet, but wait! Don’t start without reviewing these 4 important poster design tips.

New Designy Stuff Around the Interwebs

There have been some new (and some new-to-me) things popping up since I last wrote. Here’s a little taste of things that I’ve found: For Print Only, new from Under Consideration. Grain Edit. Good Designers Ask “Why?”. For Graphic Designers Only.

Using Environmental Graphics as Marketing Collateral

In this article, we’re going to cover when and why you would use environmental graphics, we’ll dig into the design process and then talk about managing your relationship with your print service bureau to make sure you get the product you want!
When and Why Use Environmental Graphics?

The best times to use Environmental Graphics (EGs) is when you know your target audience will be in a certain environment! When does this occur? Corporate events/parties, trade shows, transit stations (ex: subways), and other concentrations of your audience provide the ideal times to reach your target when they are receptive to your communication.

Applying Special Effects to Your Print Work

I mentioned a few weeks ago on Twitter,

wow, learned so much in just 5 minutes talking w/ my printer about what works and what doesn’t w/ varnishes, uv, aqueous coating, etc. Cool!
4:55 PM Dec 5th

You always hear designers saying, “Talk to your printer!” How many actually do though? Aren’t we afraid of sounding silly or ignorant?

The truth is, your printer sees hundreds more jobs than you do. So how can that help you?

Preparing for Print: Tips, Techniques and Best Practices

Going to print for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. It doesn’t have to be! We’ve all learned some valuable tips on what to make sure to do and what to avoid at all costs. Let’s share some of those with each other and the new print designers out there.

I’ll get us started with some basics. Why don’t you add your best printing tips here, too!

Time to Restore the C&P Letterpress!

Graphic design is tons of fun, but it’s also work—and it takes a lot of mental energy. Sometimes you just have to get away and play. So how do you play and relax?

As many of you know, one thing that I’m enjoying a lot at the moment is letterpress. I’ve successfully restored a Vandercook SP-15 press, and today I cleaned up the C&P (not sure the model number or size at the moment. I know there’s a chase somewhere, but I haven’t measured it yet). And again, I must say, Evapo-Rust is a wonderful product!

Check out the results of the Evapo-Rust and see what I’ll be printing as my first official project on the Vandercook!

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