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Savoy Grey Announcement

Friday October 10, 2014

Reich Paper just launched their new Savoy Grey its 100% Cotton To help celebrate the launch, Reich asked us to provide design and printing services for the 3 color letterpress + foil announcement, of course we said YES!. The Savoy Grey printed excellent and is available in 118#, 184#, 236# cover and 80# text weights. It’s super to see the mills broadening the choices of their fine paper lines, we hope the trend continues.

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Bella Vita

Tuesday September 30, 2014

 

 

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We were thrilled to print the CD & postcards sleeve for the just released movie Bella Vita a beautiful surf movie featuring Chris Del Moro.

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During our research stage we were looking for a heavy printable sheet that would standup to several finishing process’s which included letterpress, die-cut/score and auto gluing, we ended up choosing Neenah 120# Environment smooth cover and were very happy with the results. We also worked closely with the designers at Haymaker Projects and Italic providing engineered mockups to insure the image vision and panel content maintained.

Take a closer look. Check out the trailer bellavitafilm.com

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Smart Impression

Tuesday July 15, 2014

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As is the case with many great discoveries, Letterpress printing as it is practiced today (with impression,) is the result of accident. Traditionally, anything more than the kiss of type to paper was considered an error that required adjustment. While other forms of printing became faster and more convenient, Heidelberg presses became more or less obsolete. These presses may not have been built to keep up with digital, but they are the perfect tool to print with impression, which has given them an even more elevated status than when they were new.

Modern Letterpress adds a dimension to printing that is unique. Print can be experienced by touch as well as just sight. With that in mind, it is tempting to push the impression to its absolute limit, but a smart printer knows that it’s far better to choose the appropriate amount of “push” for job. Impression for Impression’s sake is an amateur mistake.

Taking a nuanced approach to impression requires addressing a few things.

First, the designer must take a few steps to make the piece look great when printed. Make sure that the letter spacing and leading is exaggerated. This helps with legibility when the words arepressed into the sheet and prevents the lines of type from looking like solid valleys between the leadingAlso, consider the design as a whole. Does any artwork back up to the artwork onthefront? If so, the impression from one side will negate the impression on the other in the places where the artwork backs up.

Secondly, the printer must evaluate the design and decide how to pack the tympan of the press to get the best-looking impression. Packing with soft paper will give the printed artwork a deep impression with soft shoulders, while packing with hard film will give a more refined impression with harder shoulders. These are generalizations of course, and all depend on variables in the job as a whole and the paper on which it’s being printed. Many jobs require complex packing arrangements that bring out the best in the different elements of the design.

Our Heidelberg presses are the best in the biz, and with great power comes great responsibility. We approach each letterpress piece we print with care and we’ll always choose the smartest way to make it look it’s best.

Theo Chocolate Mirepoix box wrap

Thursday March 28, 2013

A while back we worked with Theo Chocolate in their collaboration with FareStart to print the box wrap labels for their mirepoix caramels. Seattle Magazine did a write-up here. Printing the box wrap was a fun process combining 4-color offset with black letterpress, in some places overprinting. The Eames paper was wonderful to work with as usual. It prints and scores brilliantly. We had a great time working with the Theo gang, and the process was documented and made into a beautiful little film. See the film here!

ITALIC Studio business cards

Thursday February 28, 2013

The gang over at Italic have been sending us some really great projects recently. We’ve also printed their business cards, which are a nice example of their work. Simple, bold and smart.

The design lends itself to our production processes wonderfully.  They selected a palette of four paper colors that were distributed randomly during the printing.  Black letterpress on the front of the card is juxtaposed against the duplexed gray sheet on the back, stamped with white foil. The beauty of duplexing colored sheets is that the cards essentially have a full flood of color on each side without the need for ink, and when the cards are trimmed to size they reveal a crisp pop of color on the edge.

So there you have it.  Smart design, three processes and of course, fine printing.

Horseshoe Chipboard Business Cards

Thursday July 19, 2012

Chipboard is no longer relegated to the back sheet of a note pads and being 100% recycled we use it for all sorts of projects like folders, hang tags, packaging and business cards. We really like this 2 color letterpress business card designed by Jenny Wilkson for Horseshoe Boutique that includes a super cool die-cut.

Jeff Brink Business Cards

Monday April 23, 2012

The architectural lines are letter-pressed to provide a both impression and elevation within the soft cotton stock. Production included offsetting pms 2965 on179# Cranes Crest, the architectural lines were letter-pressed in pms 2965 and followed up with a foil pass in matte silver. The flip side of the card was letterpress in pms 2965 and pms 877 with a final treatment of silver gilding.

Patrick Kehoe, Still and Motion Pictures

Friday February 17, 2012

Still and motion photographer Patrick Kehoe recently contacted Evolution Press for some fine letterpress business cards and after meeting with Patrick and learning that he was also a storyteller who produces short narrative documentaries, so we ended up filming his cards running on press. Apart from being a pleasure to work with, Patrick has a true sense for his craft impressing us with his keen eye and editing style — and hey now he has some sweet cards to boot!.

Check it out: http://vimeo.com/30472107