A Very Tacky Christmas

It goes without saying that as a graphic designer, there is a level of expectation when it comes to putting out a family Christmas card every year. And I must say — this year was without a doubt a great success.

It took a bit of convincing my family, but my “tacky sweater” concept couldn’t have gone over with our recipients any better — well that is to say, anyone who we haven’t offended has complimented it thus far.

I even got a little ballsy and had a custom photopolymer plate made by Boxcar Press so I could letterpress the cards. Handcrafting them on my letterpress “machine” definitely had some hiccups. I just couldn’t get the darn thing to ink properly, so I only ended up printing an edition of 20 (there was no way I had the patience to do 80 after so many hours of trying to get it perfect and precise). That’s why I really just need a real press.

Printing at Ye Old Parent's House

Printing at Ye Old Parent's House


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Real Life

So—it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. In fact, the last time I posted, I was in the middle of a culture-shock meltdown. I made promises to blog, journal, sketch, etc. after coming back to America. But I’ll admit, I haven’t done as much as I’d like—the lack of posts being first hand evidence of that notion. However, recently I’ve been approached by some “clients” to start working on some freelance projects. These include invitations, logos and web banners that I’ll begin working on within the next few weeks and months. Actively researching on the net and in books has really helped me get back into doing what I love and find so interesting.
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