New Letterpress Business Card Design: Picture Editor & Consultant Mike Davis

Since designing his first set of cards a few years ago, there have been a few changes for Picture Editor and Photography Consultant Mike Davis (my husband 🙂

Since designing his first set of cards a few years ago, there have been a few changes for Picture Editor and Photography Consultant Mike Davis (my husband 🙂

  • He has opened his business, One28 Media LLC
  • He launched a website
  • He ran out of cards

So I designed a new business card for him. (Of course!)

Mike Davis letterpress business card (back)

This one is letterpress printed in two shades of grey on Crane’s Lettra 110# and has sweet black edge painting.

Letterpress printing was done by Kevin Cox of Jazyrain. We decided to go light on the impression since it was a two-sided card.

Mike Davis letterpress business cards (front and detail)

Website Redesign for Letterpress Printer Kevin Cox of Jazyrain

So the holidays are right around the corner and if you’ve got a design you would like to be letterpress printed, you might want to contact Kevin Cox at Jazyrain.

Kevin is a letterpress printer based in Vancouver, Washington and owner of Jazyain, his letterpress shop.

Earlier this month, we launched the redesign of his website. Yay!

Our Journey

Kevin initially contacted me for “just a redesign” but during the discovery phase, “just a redesign” turned into re-positioning his business.

We explored what he was passionate about; what he loved doing and where things were more challenging for him.

Before, we started this journey, Jazyrain was a custom letterpress and wedding invitation design studio. He worked with brides, designers–anyone that needed invitation, stationery design and letterpress printing.

He wanted to simplify his offerings and target a more specific audience so during this process we discovered together, that what he loved most: printing.

(Below is a screen grab of the site in transition created by Kevin.)

Jazyrain letterpress printer home page before redesign

So we put our heads together on the following:

  • Figure out where to save on expenses (Kevin decided to write his own copy and make his own photographs)
  • Review his existing content; determine what stays, what goes
  • Organize his content; create a website structure based on goals
  • Developing new content
  • Figure out what to show in his printing portfolio that would appeal to designers
  • Discuss ideas about the types of blog content he could create
  • Tailor messaging to appeal to his target audience; be clear about his services

The Results

Today, Jazyrain offers custom letterpress printing solutions for designers and creative agencies.

When I asked him how things were going just two weeks after the redesign launched, he sent back an email saying, “The site looks and works great! I’ve noticed an uptick in requests!”

(Below is a screen grab of the redesigned site.)

jazyrain letterpress website redesign

I’ve worked with Kevin for the past couple of years on several letterpress printing projects and highly recommend him.

He is super attentive to detail and I’ve been super excited with the quality of his work (and so have my clients).

Visit Jazyrain to find out more about Kevin’s letterpress printing services

Letterpress Business Cards for Code72

John Knotts of Code72 was kind enough to send me some samples (thanks John!) of the business cards I designed for him.

They were printed and shipped to him a week ago and my samples just arrived today! I was dying to see them.

I designed the logo and we made a bit of a mad dash to get a portion of his website (still in progress) up and his cards printed in time for the ExpressionEngine CodeIgnitor Conference 2010 in San Francisco.

Code72 Letterpress business cards

Letterpress Business Cards Detail

The cards are 2×2 inches square and letterpress printed on 220# Crane’s Lettra Pearl White paper; two colors, PMS 3015 and Black.

Kevin Cox of Jazyrain Letterpress printed them and I think he did a beautiful job. If you are a professional designer looking for a letterpress printer, I highly recommend Kevin. He is slowly shifting his business to print for independent designers and design studios.

Let him know I sent you!

Monfort Studio Letterpress Business Cards

Jason Monfort, our neighbor, friend and superbly talented custom wood craftsman (wait until you see the website we are crafting for him!) needed some business cards. Here’s the result:

© 2009 Cococello LLC

The cards were letterpress printed by Jazyrain on French Paper’s 140# Speckletone Kraft paper using PMS 476 and a clear varnish for the wood grain. We tested just doing a blind emboss for the wood grain and the results with the clear varnish was just far superior.

I love letterpress!

 © 2009 Cococello LLC / Detail