May 03, 2012

Be Bold or Italic...

...never regular. 



My Production Methods class this last term has been an interesting one. I learned all about prepping files for print. It sounds simple enough, right? Just hit the "Print" button, and boom you're done.

Not really.

Printing is the final step in your design process, probably the most important, and unfortunately is overlooked by designers a lot of the time. 

I won't go into a full on lecture here, all I know is that I don't want to be that designer that sends a screwed up file leaving the production guys shaking their heads at my noobness. To prevent this from happening to you, I suggest you visit this print company's "Pre-Flight Checklist." They list some of the standard printing preparation tips on there- super helpful!

You may be wondering about the mug... 
My final project was to create a marketing piece that I could leave with my clients in future meetings. Some companies leave notepads, pens, magnets, etc.... I decided on a custom coffee mug!


...with a morning dose of inspiration, of course :)

Even though the business name and logo were just for practice, having something professionally printed like this makes me feel totally legit... and kinda cool, not gonna lie!


It's crazy to think that Graduation Day is a mere 10 weeks away. Soon it will be time for me to decide on my business name, and for reals this time. So much to think about... I can't wait to get started on my blog's transformation! I plan on getting dot-commed, having my portfolio linked, and my design services readily available. 

That reminds me... in case anyone has been wondering about my Design tab I anxiously added after getting fired in December, I decided not to rush into anything and have taken my time getting ready to launch. While I would love nothing more than to jump in head first and start designing for everyone, I had to force myself to take a step back and do it the right way.

It's a work in progress, just like files waiting to be printed in a queue. This future business of mine happens to be a huge file with lots of compound paths, color matching, and detailed specifications.... like any big print job, preparation will be the key to its success! 

28 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your mug - where did you order it? I want to get one done with my blog/shop design. :)

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  2. this is beside the point, but your hair is amazing! love your bangs.

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  3. i would TOTALLY buy that mug. seriously, when i saw it at first i was like wanting to ask you where you got it. you go girl!

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  4. I stumbled across your blog from Auniesauce. I just wanted to let you know I am loving with your blog! I am living vicariously through you because I am a graphic designer wannabe.

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  5. I love the mug's design and the cute saying! It's perfect

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  6. that mug is adorable! you could totally sell those online!

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  7. So Mother's Day is around the corner. I am getting one right???? I looove it and I must have one...seriously sell them!!!
    Love Momma

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  8. Love the coffee mug! What a great slogan. Seriously.. sell those! I'd absolutely use that every morning. My graduation is the 17th. It's a surreal feeling.

    Ahh just looked up and saw your Mom's comment =]

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  9. First of all I died at this word "noobness"...hahaha!

    And that mug is awesome!
    You're so talented, girl...forreal!

    Keep it up - 10 weeks will FLY BY :)
    xo

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  10. Yes ma'am!! Go you!!
    You really are quite talented lady!

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  11. You are so smart not to rush into anything. It's a much better decision to take your time to cross every t & dot every i... build anticipation and really think through your terms & contract. Did you ever see this article on #omhg? http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2012/what-we-know/how-to-plan-a-launch-keep-your-lunch/

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  12. I absolutely adore that quote! Too cute! I want to say that I truly admire everything you've been accomplishing and sharing with us on here! You have excellent taste and I love, love, love all your posts!

    xo, gina

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  13. You're totally legit. LOVE IT. and the K&V name is growing on me.

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  14. That mug is pretty awesome! Just wanted to pop in and say that. :P

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  15. I would buy that mug. Maybe you have a future in coffee mug designs? I love cute coffee mugs. haha

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  16. My hubbs manages pre-press at a local print shop. He'd love this post, always complains about the customer supplied files and how "messy" they always are.

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  17. Love the mug, and you look so beautiful in the photo! 10 weeks will fly by- congrats early on graduating! WOOOO!

    xo Kayla

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  18. You look like Audrey Hepburn in this photo..which makes me <3 you even more! :)

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  19. 10 more weeks! WAHOO!

    And I'll take two of those mugs, please. Thank you.

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  20. Wow, I only know how to do some of that stuff on the pre-flight checklist. Hopefully my teachers will go over those things a little more in-depth. For example, I always forget what a bleed is and how to put it in. And how on earth do you attach your fonts to your file? I usually just outline my fonts to prevent issues with that, but I can see how being edit-able would be important in certain situations.

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  21. PS: That mug is awesome. You should really sell those… do you have an Etsy shop?

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  22. Congrats on graduating so soon! That cup is awesome. love the picture in the last post.

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  23. The mug is a perfect choice and I LOVE IT!!!!

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  24. That is pretty freakin awesome you had a mug printed up, and one that you designed at that! That's super exciting you are almost graduated! Will you be getting your bachelor's? Congrats! I can't wait to graduate, I'm going to be almost 30!!!

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  25. great self promotion idea I love the design too, you should definitely think about getting some more made and sell them from reading previous comments, looks like you've already bagged yourself a few keen customers.

    http://shanice-connor.blogspot.co.uk

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