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Illustrator extraordinaire Craig Frazier collaborates with Mohawk on Sketchy

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“For every finished illustration or design, there is a sketch sharing the same DNA.” – Craig Frazier
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Letterpress Business Cards with an Edge

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Around this time of year I’m reminded by my students this is prime job-hunting season. They’re looking for that special job that speaks to them, and ways to get noticed in the crowd. There are many ways to leave a lasting impression on a potential employer, but let’s start with handing out a business card that stands out from the rest.

I love seeing the double-take when someone looks at my letterpress printed business card, they always seem to get a little more attention. Here’s a way to give them an extra pop of color to stand out even more!

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10 Tips for a Great HOW Live experience

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You’ve bought your conference tickets, booked flights, confirmed hotel room and  are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2013 HOW Live conference. We have good news: it’s finally here! HOW Live kicks off this Sunday evening and we wanted to share a few tips  to make the best of your conference experience.

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Letterpress You Can Do At Home: Hand-Printing from Letterpress Type


You’ve probably seen them: boxes of discarded wood type collecting dust in a back corner of an antique shop or under an old table at the flea market. If you’re in love with letterpress like I am, these boxes are irresistible, and you probably have a few of these rescues sitting on your bookshelf. Each wooden letter has a story all its own, from the nicks and scrapes to the particular patina and shine of the surface. Would you believe you could print from them with a few simple tools from your kitchen and the craft store? Give it a try, and once you’re done, you’ll have a nice stack of prints to share, and the type can go right back up on the shelf!

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I learn to make a little book, & the teacher turns a ukulele into an accordion (fold)


[Alyson Kuhn] Last month, at the Friends of Dard Hunter western regional conference, I made my first book ever. I have loved paper my entire life, perhaps because my first job was straightening my father’s stationery rack, which included sharpening his pencils and carefully tearing 4¢ magenta Abraham Lincoln stamps from their roll. These early accomplishments notwithstanding, I have not grown up to be a book artist.

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Letterpress as a Business: Pricing the work, printing the job, feeling the love


[Alyson Kuhn] The Letterpress as a Business panel at the San Francisco Center for the Book on May 27 was superb. It was also positively packed: 50 rapt listeners in folding chairs, a few more in office and workshop chairs, and 25 standees. And you can listen at your leisure to the entire program online! Talk about new technology in the service of the old!

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