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Business Cards of Minimal Designers

Posted: August 8th, 2014 | Author: Antonio Carusone | Filed under: business card, Design, grid system, Grid Systems, Print | Comments Off

Brockmann Rand Business Cards

I found this image while surfing around this morning. Don’t know about authenticity, but supposedly, these are the business cards of Josef Müller-Brockmann, Paul Rand, Adrian Frutiger and Helmut Schmid. I’ve seen the Paul Rand card before, so that one could be legit. Either way, these are lovely. The Frutiger card is definitely the least functional.

Update: Michael Bierut confirmed on Twitter that the Rand and Müller-Brockmann are the real deal.

Slate Business Cards

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 80C, 90C, business card, Business Cards, custom letterpress, cyan, duplex, flo white, foil, interior diecut, Letterpress, mohawk, mohawk via vellum | Comments Off

You might remember Slate from this earlier version of their cards that we produced in 2010. Years have passed, but they still know how to design a beautiful card using multiple processes; this latest version incorporates foil, letterpress, and a peekaboo die cut.

A white foil was used on both sides of Mohawk Via Vellum Cyan 80# cover. A separate sheet of Crane Lettra Flo White 90# cover stock was letterpress printed with black ink before receiving an interior circle die cut. Now for the fun part: after all the printing and die cutting was completed the stocks were custom duplexed, allowing the foil “S” to show through the peekaboo die cut.

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Business Card Sleeves

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 3 advertising, 80lb, business card, business card sleeve, Business Cards, custom diecut, custom letterpress, french speckeltone, kraft label, Letterpress, michael barley, natural | Comments Off

3 Advertising, based in Albuquerque, designed these ingenious business cards sleeves for photographer Michael Barley that we letterpress printed not long ago.

The sleeves were letterpress printed on French Speckletone Natural 80# cover stock. After printing the sleeves were custom diecut, including a window that showcased examples of Michael’s photography from the inserted card. To keep everything all together a small sticker was letterpress printed with a tonal ink on a kraft label stock that was then custom diecut and pinhole perforated.

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Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 165c, 80C, business card, Business Cards, classic crest, custom duplex, custom letterpress, edge color, Letterpress, mohawk via, neenah, safety yellow, shift labs, solar white, vellum | Comments Off

SHIFT LAB, a web and mobile developer, embraced the beauty of materials when designing their business cards that we produced a while back.

For the logo side of the card we used Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow, in an 80# cover, which is a stock that is vibrant in color without being fluorescent. The logo was printed using a tonal ink, creating just a subtle color change between paper and logo.

The information side of the business card was letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth 165# cover with a black letterpress ink as well as a custom mixed yellow ink that matches the Mohawk stock on the reverse.

After printing the two stocks were custom duplexed together, for a card with a total thickness of 245#, and the edges were colored black.

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Beautiful Blind Impression

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220c, blind, blind impression, business card, Business Cards, crane, crane lettra, custom letterpress, flo white, Letterpress, letterpress printing, muhs home, note card, passing notes, Pattern, stationery | Comments Off

Based out of San Francisco, Passing Notes designed this beautiful stationery system for Muhs Home, an online store retailing elegant home furnishings and accessories. Refined typography utilized two inks alongside chic illustrations. Since the illustrations were printed with no ink, what is referred to as a blind impression, we used a thick Crane Lettra Flo White 220 lb cover stock, allowing us to really go deep with the impression while reducing show through.

Other projects we have produced for Passing Notes include this Aphro Chic system and Patti Schmidt business card.

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Thinner, yet sculptural.

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220c, 80lb, business card, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom duplex, custom letterpress, duplex, freeman, Letterpress, lettra, pearl white, Printing Tips and Tricks | Comments Off

A new product we’ve been asking for (for several years) has finally arrived. Crane Lettra is now available as a 90lb cover stock that is thick, but not so thick, and good for duplexing.

Being the paper nerds that we are, we busted out our calipers to compare the thickness of duplexed Lettra stocks. Our 220lb Lettra stock calipers at .039″ (40pt) and the new 180lb cover stock calipers at .031″ (30pt), roughly a 25% reduction. Available in fluorescent white, pearl white and ecru, we’ve added this to our list of preferred house stocks.

Our first project to hit press with this new stock was for director Nathaniel Freeman. Letterpress printed with a navy ink and a custom varnish, the 90lb pearl white stock was duplexed after printing–concealing the impression show through in the center of the card. The finished product features a nice sculptural impression, but with slightly less bulk to the card.

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The Smallest Business Cards Ever

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220c, business card, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom diecut, diecut, flo white, letterpess, small, Wax | Comments Off

Designed by Calgary based design studio Wax, these cards for a small business bookkeeper are quite possibly the smallest thing we’ve ever produced. Measuring out at a compact 1″ x .6,” the cards were so petit we were unable to trim these down using our paper cutter (there simply wasn’t anywhere to hold onto them) so a custom made 8up die was used. Printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 220c with one ink on both sides.

We photographed them with some firecrackers we had laying around the studio (what? don’t you have firecrackers on your desk?) to give you a better sense of their  size.

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Matching Paper To Sand

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220lb, 320lb, antique vellum, bahamas, blue, business card, Business Cards, david copperfield, Digital, heavy, husk, ink, islan, Letterpress, loop, luxury, mohawk, musha cay, oversized, recycled, sand, sandy, textural, thick, thickness, thump factor, tonal | Comments Off

Sometimes when you run an island in the Bahamas, you’ll need a business card that reflects the surrounding beauty. This textural business card was designed by island director Cathy Daly for Musha Cay, David Copperfield’s lush 700 acre tropical retreat.

These cards were letterpress printed in three colors on an appropriately sandy colored Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum Husk, custom pasted to a 220lb weight. Note how the island seal is printed in with just tonal transparent white ink. After the letterpress printing, these sheets were pasted back to back with digitally printed sheets (with the island beach image) for a 320lbC final weight. Those sheets were trimmed into oversize 4 x 2 inch business cards and edge colored in a matching blue. _0002_MushaCay_letterpress_business_card_detail _0001_MushaCay_letterpress_business_card_front_back _0000_MushaCay_letterpress_business_card_seal


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