Black Paper and Letterpress Printing

Black paper isn’t going out of style. The objective of this blog post is to help you design around the limitations of black paper. White paper is definitely the most frequently used paper color we see, but black is easily runner-up. Black paper does however, introduce some unique design…

Meet Your Maker: Gabriel Danilchik

Don’t call me ‘Gabby’. We are continuing our ‘Meet Your Maker’ series this week profiling the fine people at The Mandate Press who help get your projects off the ground. A few weeks ago we tried to interview Ben, but he wasn’t super interested in a surprise interview for the…

I Like You.

a·poc·ry·phal – of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true. There is this probably apocryphal story* about a car salesman in Michigan. He sent out 13,000 notecards a month to his clients that simply said “I like you”. He did this every month with a different design, and eventually became…

Gold Foil on Our Minds

I was perusing the Communication Arts annuals this past week looking at the rad stuff you folks have been creating out there. I was blown away with how much gold foil is out there right now. We have certainly seen an explosion in its use on our estimate form in the…

Holiday Letterpress Inspiration

Is it too late to print stuff for the holidays? So… It’s way too late to letterpress print anything related to the holidays. But we didn’t want that to stop us from sharing this awesome work that has been making it’s way through our doors. Scroll through the images…

Unsolicited advice

Unsolicited advice. We’re dusting this blog off… like really actually dusting it off. I imagine you the reader, are going to get some advice as we dive back into utilizing this here ‘web log’ in the next few years. I’m not sure why you need our advice really, other…

You Should Go There

A few weeks back I had a phone call here at the shop that started out a little ominous as the first question was “How much are business cards?” The answer clearly is “That depends.” After a few more questions and answers including me explaining what letterpress is and…

Event: The Moveable Type Truck & The Mandate Press

  We’re so excited and honored to have Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press (Portland) stop at The Mandate Press! So here’s the short and the long about Kyle and The Moveable Type Truck: Kyle was a girl who loved two things, letterpress and road trips. So, in…

Carl Richards: The Best Coffee Date, Ever

Carl Richards is probably the one person you would love to have coffee with. Maybe even a beer. Or tapas. Well, quite frankly you want to be with Carl Richards anywhere that there is ready access to a cocktail napkin and a pen. Carl has created a name for…

Custom Business Card Bonus Round!

Since it’s the first month of a new year (I suppose that’s a but redundant, whatevs) we are going to run a special. Especially if your own work bonus was lack luster. We’ll try and make it a feel like you got a little more than just a company…