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Here's my card...

With information about a business or person easily accessible online, a business card needs to be more than just your digits and email address.

How?

With some thoughtfulness and creativity, your business card can be a conversation starter, and even a resonant, memorable experience with your brand. Here are a few we think hit the mark: 

Credit: Jullien Brothers / Inkster Projects / The Counter Press / Erica Boucher (design) / Matiere Noire / Huan Nguyen / The 1984 (design) / Erica Boucher (design) / Gabriel Jasmin (design) / Y&R (design)

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printing books on demand - revitalizing brick & mortar bookstores with new printing technology

Source: NY Times

Les puf bookstore doesn't have any books. Instead, the Parisian bookstore prints books on demand using the Espresso Book Machine. Customers use tablets to choose books they want to purchase, selecting from over 3 million titles.

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

It takes about five minutes for each book to print, about as long as it takes to have a quick espresso. Called the “Gutenberg press of the 21st century,”  the on-demand printing machine sits in the back of the shop, turning PDFs into paperbacks. 

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Read the full story here

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Printshop at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

Printshop at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

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Printeresting recently posted a photo tour of the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar Printshop. Check out the photos below for the tour. "The school has been offering various applied arts degrees for about a decade, but the Painting and Printmaking Department is a relative newbie. In addition to the usual etching presses and silkscreen vacuum tables, the shop  has a lot of digital fabrication options as well: a vinyl cutter, large-format digital printers, various laser-cutters and easy access to a 3D printer." IMG_0002Vast and open lobby spaces.

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IMG_0005Screenprinting.

IMG_0006The big screenprint posters on the wall are by the Dutch artist Harmen Liemburg. You might also recognize some classic American woodcut by Sean Starwars.

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IMG_0008A seriously large exposure unit.

exposure-unit (small)Zach provided this GIF of the monster in action.

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IMG_0011A woodcut by Israa Hashmi, a Pakanstani student in her senior year.

IMG_0012The etching/litho shop.

IMG_0013Beautiful light in here.

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IMG_0015Graphically-augmented roller cabinet.

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Wells College Book Arts Center

Wells College Book Arts Center

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Wells-press-view The Book Arts Center at Wells College is located in Aurora, New York. A little village with a population of a little over 700, located east of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region. According to Printeresting, it is a place certainly worth a visit to see the wonderful letterpress and book arts facilities and the lovely people at the Wells College Book Arts Center. (Read more and see more photos here)

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5 Foot Book

A client shared with us today that he owns a 3 foot plus book and how the book trumps all the books in his house due to its size. The prompted us to search for the world's largest books. Turns out there are many books bigger than a human. The image above is 5' x 7' book, "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom" by MIT's Michael Hawley, published in 2003.

Only 31 "Atlas" books in print, $100,000 each.

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Get Your Hands Dirty

Nate Mucha is a designer, developer, craftsman, and design instructor at Kent State University & Grove City College. He lives with his wife and two cats in Kent, OH. He started the design & printing collaborative A Hot Mesh at the end of 2010 offering handmade screen printing and traditional letterpress. Why craft?

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Does your business card do this?

Katharina Hölzl designed very special business cards to recreate this playful sonic universe. With the aid of laser assisted milling, nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell's contact information were applied onto a long musicbox paper stripe.

We wonder if we need to step it up a notch when designing business cards. Do you still hand out business cards? Is your card outside the standard size?

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Make A Dummy

Ok, so maybe your printed piece isn't as complicated as the above origami bird, but it is always good practice to make a dummy (mock-up) yourself and also request a dummy from the printer when your project has multiple pages and/or folding. Often we need to know how much our brochure is going to weigh for the mailing house so a dummy made from the specified paper is key and will aid your printing budget.

Here are 12 money-saving tips for your next printing project.

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premium paper for digital

Printers trust Finch uncoated digital papers to deliver better color and greater consistency at faster speeds. These high-quality digital papers feature a super smooth, bright white surface coupled with great environmental choices including recycled fiber and dual certification from both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Check out all the Finch paper options for digital presses.

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Disappearing Ink

Books are very patient objects. An Argentinean publisher has released a book printed with disappearing ink, giving readers two months before the words fade off the page. "Why?" you ask. Check out the video here.

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