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By Phil Cleaver Some of us got our start slogging away in design school, others simply peddled designs around town until we found a company willing to pay us while we learned on the job. Yet no matter how you began, chances are there are things you never More »
A borderline obsessive who won’t stop short of exceptional?
Do you agonize over typefaces, color swatches, paper samples and
the perfect printing concoction for your creation of graphic glory?
If so, then you’ve got the making of a PaperSpecs PRO.
Get your weekend off to an early start with a Jack Daniel’s studio visit to a Knoxville letterpress company, where they printed 10 beautiful posters for the liquor label. Trigger warning: Porn-like scenes of a letterpress in action. (Contains banjo accompaniment, and JD in the ink. Really.)
How do you differentiate your travel lodge from similar establishments in Lima, Peru? Well, if you’re Peruvian agency Lanfranco & Cordova, you convince your client, Kokopelli Backpackers Hostel, that it’s a good idea to create the world’s first business card…made from coca leaf.
Sure, we can tell you that this was done to help backpackers unused to the accompanying altitude sickness of the region get through their hike by chewing pieces of it. But really, all anybody’s going to focus on is “Hey, their cards are made of drugs!”
“The business cards were made of coca leaf so guests could detach their correct dose and keep the contact details of the hostel with them.”
Uh, where are the contact details…or did we eat those first?
We’ve seen some impressive wedding invitations over the years, many of which have outlasted their subjects. Yet for all of their fine papers and folds, few can compare to Kelli Anderson‘s delightful one for her friends Karen and Mike. Check out the video below for the full effect. (And then check out the still-impressive Existential Calculator she came up with last year for Adobe. She’s got vision, this one.)
It seems to be a swell time to be a lover of business cards. They’re getting more and more sophisticated, playful, and above all, useful. Take this elegant affair from German ad agency Jung von Matt for the jewelry company Marrying.
Looking to buy your intended an engagement ring but not sure of her ring size? Slyly remove one of her existing rings (preferably while she’s engrossed in her favorite television program), roll up this business card, slide the ring on, and voila – you can instantly see the size. Thanks to an adhesive corner, the card will even remain in this “measuring stick” position indefinitely.
More awesome business card designs:
If you’re looking for something a little more gorgeous for your letterhead, you might take a quick detour over to that home of all things gorgeous – MOO. That purveyor of slick postcards and business cards this month has added two new letterheads to its repertoire.
Custom-made with Mohawk Superfine, the new Luxe Letterhead is a 90 lb. sheet. The Classic Letterhead is an 80 lb. sheet printed on a French paper – MOO is the first to import it into the US and the UK. The new letterheads allow you to have a complete identity system printed on the same paper: note cards, business cards, postcards, letterhead and more.
Here are a few more letterhead details: