3 Things to Know Before You Specify Paper (+ a shortcut)

Paper can comprise from 30% to 60% of the cost of a print job, so specifying the right paper is extremely important. The paper selected plays a major role in the final appearance, and success, of a project. In order to correctly specify paper, you need to know the language of paper grades and weights. Grades such as bond and writing…

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Designers Set Print Costs, Not Printers

Whaaaaaat? The cost of producing your printed piece is completely dictated by the design. Oh Snap! If you have a knot in your stomach right now you are not alone. Remember, I am a graphic designer, we are of the same tribe, and I have your back. There’s a reason why so much of the printed stuff out…

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Never, Ever, Say ASAP to a Printer.

Planning Print JObs Here we are at the beginning of a new year, so it’s a great time to talk about planning. Whether you are a person who likes to plan in advance, or hates to plan in advance, there is no downside to advance planning for print jobs. And, lucky for you, the printer…

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The 8 Biggest Headaches for & by Graphic Designers

Headache-makers! We all wish 100% of our projects could go easy and make us happy 100% of the time, but that doesn’t happen. Are you walking away frustrated from print projects? You could be creating design expectations that could not have been met. Designing for print can produce some pretty big headaches. Read on for the most common causes; all…

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The 3 Workflow Mistakes I Made on My Holiday Card

Arrrgh! I am a pro! I know all this stuff! I received my holiday newsletter from the printer and I am like, ‘what-the-heck is going on with the body font?’ (I didn’t really say ‘what-the heck’ but I am trying to swear less). I ran to grab one of my proofs to see if the…

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s not easy being green. If you’re thinking about making your next print project environmentally friendly, make sure you know about recycled paper and “green” printing. You have undoubtedly heard impassioned pleas by environmentalists extolling causes that are good for the earth and posterity. There has been news about the evils of printing and paper and…

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How to Get a Good Paper Grade

Getting a good paper grade isn’t like acing a test. Paper grades are classifications with very slight deviations from the old school classifications that correspond with how printers order paper. Learning about paper grades this way will make it easier for you to converse with your printer. Bond and Writing Bond/writing is very receptive to…

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Why Designers Need to Keep Up with Technology

Unfortunately I missed DRUPA this year, so I have been furiously consuming tons of trade journals articles highlighting the most exciting news. You might have never heard of DRUPA. It is the world’s largest trade show for printing and allied industries. It is held every four years in Dusseldorf, Germany coinciding with the Olympics and the soccer…

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