Hi Guys! It's almost June which means it's time for new backgrounds for your digital devices! I also realized that I never shared the design for May, so I'm posting it and back dating it...you know, so it looks like I had it together and didn't forget.Read More
May Downloads!Read More
This morning was a dream.
We finally got to host our first letterpress workshop and it felt like all was right in the world.Read More
It's April! Wow, how time flies. These blue shades are making us so happy in the shop today!Read More
An architecture major turned into graphic design and calligraphy which then evolved into figuring out a (very) old letterpress machine. This art history lesson is equal parts learning (for us) and teaching (for you!), and it's just in time to get us all excited for the Letterpress Workshop in two weeks.
You may remember from your middle school history classes that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440, but who knew that we'd still be using his press 577 years later?! For years, Gutenberg's printing press was the main means of printing for journalists, authors, and everyone in between. However, in the 1980's, as computers made their way into American homes, the era of the printing press came to an end.
In the 1990's, letterpress wedding invitations were published in a Martha Stewart wedding, and it the art took off from there. Originally, the press was not designed to leave an impression in the paper, but creatives worldwide took advantage of the texture and depth the impression added to turn the ancient printing press into a modern-day art form. When the type lightly touches the paper to transfer the ink, it's called "the kiss" (how fun?!). Most folks who request letterpress today want a deep "bite" in the paper, and since we are able to make new plates all the time, it's easily done.
The process now occurs in four steps just as it did in Gutenberg's design: composition, imposition, lock-up, and printing. In our studio, we create a design on the computer (unless a client has designed something themselves) and send it in to be turned into a letterpress plate. After we receive the plate, we hand-mix ink colors, set the plate in place, and start printing. It's a multi-step process, but the result is well worth it.
We can't wait to share more over snacks + mimosas April 8 at our workshop!
Oliver Tell Studio
If you’ve been following us for awhile either at Oliver Tell Studio or at Winslet & Rhys, you know we love a beautiful work space.
Pretty, yet functional; inspiring, yet simple. We work hard to create a space that we love to work in, and with our studio located in the back of the shop, it’s especially important to us that the visual aesthetics be top notch around the clock.
Whether you work from home, from an office, or from a studio, your work space is vital to your success.
Here are a few of the steps we took when we first opened our doors:
1. Choose a color scheme. Everything else flows from color. Choose one or two main colors, with softer ones as compliments & undertones. Depending on your brand, maybe toss a couple patterns in there. We did & we love it.
2. Create a vision. Mood boards are our favorite way to do this. (Follow our instagram @olivertellstudio to see some seasonal mood boards soon!) When we create a mood board, we begin with a general color palette, then a primary logo and then secondary logos. If a scratch pad and a pen is your style, do what works for you!
3. Decorate your workspace AND your work. Wrap your work like you would wrap a gift. Decorate your desk like you would decorate your living room. Make it fun, make it you.
For example, Ridgeview, a health services in Jasper needed a refresh of their existing brand. They have two locations and wanted to make them more cohesive. They didn't really have an existing color palette, so we chose calming grays and taupe, and added a sage for soft color. The tree logo was harsh, so we softened the leave and appearance, and then used the leaves from the tree to make a new pattern to be used on the back of the business cards.
Our Oliver Tell Studio minimal line is what we designed for the shop as way to send snail mail (our favorite!) in a simple and minimal way.
For the Dawson-Hamilton wedding, we began with light gray and let that one simple color inspire the rest of our creative process.
Scroll through some of our previous workspace inspiration at the top of this post.
What’s the most important part of choosing a work space for you? We love to hear feedback!
Oliver Tell Studio
I know I say it every month...but SERIOUSLY?
This month I turn THIRTY.Read More
Um, hello 2017. And the second month of the year that is quickly arriving! Here are a couple of download options to brighten your devices (and hopefully your mood).
I'm working on a sweet Spring '17 stationery line for the shop; coming soon!Read More
Holiday download time!!!Read More
GUYS. BE THANKFUL. Share and give and laugh and love. It's the only way we're gonna make it!Read More