‘Part of Our Bunch’ Pin Card

Call it the Christmas spirit – that overwhelming urge to send your clients something completely over-the-top during the holidays. And yet while a nicely crafted package containing assorted chocolates or teas is always welcome, does it really get across who you are as a designer? More importantly, is that message likely to last into the new year? Montreal studio Design is Yummy decided instead to play to the scrumptiousness suggested by its name in a wholly unexpected way.

In the usual avalanche of business envelopes and shipping boxes that December brings, the design studio’s clients discovered a small gray envelope (made from 80 lb. LUXPaper) with their name and address nicely hand-lettered in Gelly Roll gold metallic ink. Opening it revealed a fruity treat against the backdrop of an equally luscious, letterpress printed card.

“Business can be bananas,” the soft, 6.25-x-3.25 inch notecard states in English and French, “but no matter how you slice it, we love what we do. Wishing you a happy, healthy and nutritious New Year. Thanks for being part of our bunch!”

Between these bi-lingual felicitations, at the card’s center, is a banana-bunch lapel pin affixed inside a printed circle, the vivid yellow of the pin popping spectacularly against the Pink of the 20 pt. Mohawk Strathmore Impress cotton paper [Get Swatchbook].  The single color letterpress imprint – perfectly matching the color of the envelope – makes the tasteful, intricate design details really stand out against the soft pastel background of the stock.

Not only does the banana motif link back to the “yumminess” of the design studio’s name, it also echoes one of its views on the industry itself, neatly summed up on its FAQ page:

Question: “Will You Design Free Samples?

If you hire monkeys, expect bananas. Just as you wouldn’t expect an accountant to file a free tax return, designers shouldn’t be expected to provide free work. As professionals who take our craft seriously, we strongly believe that spec work is unethical and devalues the graphic design profession.”

These pin cards are real limited-edition artworks: Just 225 were made. That’s certainly understandable considering the patience and dexterity necessary for the Design is Yummy team to center these pins on the paper as precisely as the design requires on each and every one.

Which is why we are so grateful to the Design is Yummy team for going back on press – and for pressing even more pins through cards – for our VIP members for a special print run. That’s right – if you’re a PaperSpecs VIP member, you will find one of these delightful pieces in your Winter 2019 VIP Box!

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Design is Yummy 'Part of Our Bunch' letterpress card and pin

Design is Yummy 'Part of Our Bunch' letterpress card and pin

Design is Yummy 'Part of Our Bunch' letterpress card and pin

Project Details

Title ‘Part of Our Bunch’ Pin Card Client Self Date December 2018 Design Design is Yummy Elana Rudick, Martha Gabriela, Pam Menegakis, Lukas Schüling Print Zoum Montreal Paper Card: 20 pt. Pink Mohawk Strathmore Impress; Envelope: 80 lb. LUXPaper

Production Details

Print Quantity 225 Printing Method Letterpress Number of Colors 1 Finishing and Binding Laser cutting and perforation




2 Comments
  1. John Leininger 2 months ago

    What was the response rate? I cannot see any call to action, it just looks like a feel-good piece. How do you measure the value of the expenditure? I also was curious how you had them in the envelop so that it would not cause a problem on the mail processing machines. I realize that with the gray envelope and gold metallic ink you could not get any postal discounts and would have to pay the penalty for mail that was not machinable, so maybe that covered the problem.

    It is an impressive piece, but I would have liked to seen some numbers, it might have been more cost effective to send chocolate.

    • Aaron Berman 2 months ago

      Hi John – thanks for writing. I think this is one of those instances when ROI takes a backseat to simply reminding your clients that you’re great at getting people’s attention, and can do the same for them and their products. As you point out, it probably would’ve been more cost-effective to send chocolate, but the gesture would’ve likely been forgotten by the time their clients returned to work after the holiday break, the chocolate long since eaten.

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