The Fortune Cookie Knows


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We’ve often thought the fortunes in fortune cookies are not to be believed because they only seem to deliver good news. How can there only be good news? With this timely fortune our faith has been restored—in fortune cookies, at least.

We’re Making Printing History


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We could not be more pleased (and honored) to be designing Printing History: The Journal of the American Printing History Association. It was a great treat to study the design of all of the previous seventy issues—and to figure out how we’d take Printing History into the future. How long will our run as designers last? Who knows. We’ve got one issue in the bag. See for yourself here.

1-2-3 What’re We Fighting For?


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No fighting was needed when planning the typography of this portfolio for Mark Katzman—and it was good to work with our old friends Art Larson and Sarah Creighton on the printing and boxes (respectively). It was also good to be reminded of this old favorite.

Good Grief


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The orientation of a stamp on an envelope can indicate different things. An upside-down flag means ‘distress’ and can be used as a symbol of protest.

Rocky Stinehour: 21 March 1925 – 2 July 2016


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A few minutes before this photo was taken in 2002, Rocky Stinehour and I chatted alone on that bench. There he reminded me that books are meant to be useful—not merely beautiful. It was that simple conversation in which he pointed out something so painfully obvious (but never discussed by fine printers) that completely changed the direction of my work—and my thinking about books and design, and their place in the world.

HUP: Yeah, You Know Me


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We prepared layouts and specs for Flaubert, a new biography from Harvard University Press. The book was then set by someone else (as per HUP procedures) which, frankly, felt like having someone else raise our child. But with parents like Fournier and Trade Gothic, it’s hard to go wrong. See for yourself here. And pre-order a copy here. [And insert your own clever reference to Flaubert here.]

You Demanded and We Complied


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You demanded and we complied: 91% of Jerzy Desselberger’s stamps are now on our site. See for yourself.

Swimsuit Season


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The perfect beach read, The Mary Julia Paintings of Joan Brown, is back from the printer. See some of the twenty or so spreads we designed here and get a copy for yourself here.