Folks, it’s a Christmas miracle: we’ve got our 2016 Letterpress Calendar up in the shop before the New Year! We’ve got a new crew of illustrators and fresh color palette to knock your socks off (it’s seriously bright).
Illustrators include longtime friend and contributor Brian Gunderson alongside first-time calendar collaborators: Jesse Lindhorst, Invisible Creature, Tom Froese and Bill Ferenc.
Studio On Fire chose the ink colors (a blazing take on the traditional CMYK palette, subbing a fluorescent pink in for the magenta and a dark navy instead of black) and paper colors before setting the illustrators loose on our theme for the year: Home. Normally we don’t expound too much on how we choose the theme, but this year with our big move we’re pretty excited to have a new place to call home (our very own building in St. Paul, just a few miles from our previous Mpls location), so we were excited to see what “home” meant to all of our contributors, too.
Papers are all from French: the pages are 100# French Poptone Sweet Tooth, while the stand is made out of a stock that we custom duplexed in-house using French Poptone Blu Raspberry and French Construction Nightshift Blue. All of the months, along with the outer wrap, were letterpress printed with four inks on one sheet before getting cut down and hand collated. The stands are letterpress printed, scored, diecut and hand assembled (note: “hand-assembled” is code for “time consuming handwork” that we have a love/hate relationship with).
Ben posted some great process photos on our Instagram, so be sure to pop over there if you’re curious.
A few years back we were able to work with a great couple, Michelle and Brad, who wanted their wedding invitations to resemble old school telegrams. We went to town, turning small details from their life into design elements that really enhanced the suite; their dog was even incorporated as having given the “stamp of approval.”
Though the design is completely custom, we kept production costs to a minimum by using only one ink across the entire project (even on the envelopes, we used the same teal ink, which resulted in a great tonal effect). Letterpress printed on French PopTone Whipped Cream 1oo# cover, we duplexed these after printing to create a thick 200# stock. The envelopes are French’s Blu Raspberry A7 square flap.
Pivot Interiors once again embraced their California heritage when designing their 2013 desktop calendar that we produced for them. In 2012 they featured classic California architecture and this year they showcased some of the golden state’s most notable cultural treasures.
All of the monthly pages were run at the same time on one large press sheet, which helps keep some costs down (we only had to set up and wash up each color once), but can also cause some challenges on press. As sheets are run through the press over and over, the paper can begin to warp, wreaking havoc on registration. Taking the time to properly trap all of the artwork in the prepress stage and watching the amount of impression while on press can help quell this.
The pages and outer folding wrap were printed on one of our large cylinder presses with four inks on Mohawk Via Vellum Bright White 100# cover. The desktop stand was letterpress printed with one ink on a custom duplexed stock comprised of Mohawk Bright White 100# cover and French Poptone Blu Raspberry 100# cover. After printing the stand was custom diecut and hand assembled.