Paper engineering deals with the marriage of physical and life sciences in conjunction with mathematics as applied to the converting of raw materials into useful paper.
Converting a flat sheet of paper into a useful paper product or package is a challenge that I relish. From comps, point-of-purchase displays, direct mail, trade show items and promotional materials, it offers the opportunity to become an inventor. Rough working prototypes are created with each new construction going through many stages of refinement to improve the range of motion, smoothness and reliability.
I found this article to be the answer to the statement that print media is dead. The article covers many reasons why print is still vibrant, including tactile and digital interaction. It mentions QR Codes but there is also Clickable Paper and Augmented Reality, which can bring a page to life.
Typography has always been one of my greatest passions. The use and display of countless type styles and their impact on every creative undertaking is fascinating. With that in mind, I would like to share the journey of how it all began and how it has led us to where we are today.
Typography is the art of creatively assembling type to make it aesthetically pleasing, proofreading to attain zero errors, critiquing and refining the type layout to ensure the reader will be pleased with the visual presentation and readability.
Not too long ago, a camera was not something carried around in your pocket at any given minute. It was only taken out for birthday parties, holidays, or family vacations.
Remember when after you shot a roll of film, you had to take it down to the local drugstore or camera shop to get it developed and printed? Fifteen dollars and a week later, you would get an envelope full of prints. If you weren’t a professional, you never really knew what you were going to get. Some might be out of focus, some were over exposed, some under exposed, some just blank. Focus and exposure controls on most point and shoot film cameras was marginal at best.
Not limited to a logo or a slogan, everything companies distribute to advertise to or inform their consumers has a one-of-a-kind aesthetic known as branding. Branding is what identifies them to their respective target audience, while separating them from competitors. Companies utilize production teams to help maintain that specific brand. When these production teams work on branding projects, they rely on a key document that instructs them on how to proceed. This is called the style guide. Continue reading “The Style Guide: A Production Team’s Greatest Tool”
In 2010, I left Newark Trade Digital Graphics to pursue a career change. Now, 7 years later, I have returned. After my second day back, a close friend asked me, “Does it feel like you went back home?” I replied, “I have not thought about that, but it seems ok.” On my third day back, a longtime co-worker at lunch said to me, “This must seem very strange,” and I replied, “No, actually it seems ok.”
Client problem: The client wanted to connect with her audience, build advertising sponsorships and grow circulation. Previous editions were uninspiring and difficult to read. The client was looking for a new and innovative layout; an overhaul of their newsletter. Continue reading “Case Study #1: The Advocate Newsletter”