Design of the Month: January 2016

sfp10Florida born & bred Sierra Ford is a seasoned photographer with over 50 weddings under her belt. Specializing in wedding & family photography, Sierra & her team are with you ever step of the way to make sure you have those special moments forever frozen in time for you and your family to enjoy. We asked Sierra to fill us in on her unique take on color & why she’s so keen on “green”.

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Design of the Month for June is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

c1Name : Jimmy González & Erick González

Website : www.leuxsolutions.com
E-mail : INFO@LEUX.DO
Order Details :
Black paper Glossy Silver Foil
Nouveau + Raised Ink (single side)


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Q : Briefly tell us about yourself, your company, and the services you offer:

A : We offer viable and innovative solutions putting aside conventional methods and providing ideas that will improve our customer proposals. Leux arises from the mixture of two minds and our task is to create, experiment and have fun every day.

The services we provide are: Motions Graphics, Video Production, Digital Marketing, Advertising, Project Startup, Branding, Webdesign. In short, everything you need for your company to stay in the mind of all its customers in a special way.

Q : After placing your order receiving the cards was not the end for you. You got creative after receiving the cards, made some cuts and had some assembly required. The end result was something truly unique. How did you come up with this idea to create a card with moving parts?

A: We must admit it was not an easy task, we needed something that awed people the moment they had it in their hands. After our “Creative Storm” and taking as inspiration the concept of interactivity, we tested, assembled and repeated over and over to reach this result.

Q : How did you select the stocks and options you chose?

A: Luckily we found a special place where we had a wide range of options to choose and our advantage was the samples that MorningPrint sent us. We did some tests with those samples until we finally decided on the Nouveau for the Rise ink and black paper for the foil, that gave this combination an awesome result.

Q : How did you make the cuts after receiving your card?

A: We had to make some cuts to the purple card, then with a “Circular Shaper 3/4” drilled the black card. The biggest challenge was merging both cards, for this we used eyelets and carefully we merged both getting the result you are seeing. Everything was done manually (Art & Craft).

Q : When working with your clients, how do you get to the bottom of the style / design / products you will offer them?

A: Our # 1 rule is to provide experiences with high attention to detail. We do our “Shoot ‘Em Up” session, in which we take the idea and analyze it from different points of view, thereby obtaining the sketch. After this, we do the proposals, obtaining stunning results.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A:Think different, make mistakes because they help you to learn new things. Evolve your creativity, play with your idea and never forget to add the secret ingredient: To love everything you do.

Q :Any ideas for your next card? Different stock / options?

A: Rest assured that we will come up with something new, taking advantage of the products that MorningPrint offers. We’re thinking on a concept that plays with the perception of the viewer.

Q : How was your experience with MorningPrint? Did you experience any difficulties when using MorningPrint, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient?

A: Our experience was fantastic! We received a quick reply to all emails, all the answers were very clear. The delivery time exceeded the one shown in the website and the product we received was beyond our expectations. The best part was the love MorningPrint greeted us with, which is why our card has that special seal. We do not have a single complaint.

Special Offer from LUXE SOLUTIONS :We are offering 30% off for branding & design, 25% off for social media and 20% off for motion graphics & advertising. To take advantage of this special offer just mention MorningPrint.

Design of the Month for March is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

ImageName : Jessica Schott
Website : www.foxfoto.com.au
E-mail : jess@foxfoto.com.au
Designer : Bjorn Schott 
Company : Fox Design Corp.
Website : foxdesigncorp.com
E-mail : bjorn@foxdesigncorp.com

Order Details

1. Heavy Nouveau Raised Ink (single side) Glossy Silver Foil Rounded Corners
2. Standard Coated 14pt matte 5 x 7 postcard + Spot UV
3. Uncoated Sticker 90mm x 70mm
4. Uncoated Sticker 90mm x 150mm

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Interview:

Q : Jessica, briefly tell us about your business and its history:

A : I have been running a photography business for a few years and recently moved to another state and so decided to rebrand my business to better suit the market

Q : How did you select your designer for this project?

A: Well he is my husband! LOL And he also had just started his own design business so I knew I would get a great design and also a good deal.

Q : Where did the fox theme come from?

A: Our family shield features a fox so the theme runs through into our businesses.

Q : What direction did you give your designer? How did you like the final outcome of the project?

A: I explained that I wanted something simple and yet elegant, something not over the top but that would grab your attention.

Q : Bjorn, please tell us a little about yourself as a designer, and the services you offer:

A: I have been working in partnership with a very talented young designer by the name of Sebastian Pizarro for a while whom is now the other member of Fox Design Corp. We offer services to various niche markets like wedding stationary, greeting cards, and personalized stationary for individuals, along with logo and website design or a whole identity for a company as we have done for Jessica.

Q : Your design inspires us, what inspires you?

A: I think that the things that I admire most are always the simplest and yet convey a strong message with very little, whether it is words or just a few lines. This is mostly because when you start with an idea it is very cluttered and it is taking the time to remove the clutter that leaves you with something poignant and interesting.

Q : This order used a variety of options for this project, Spot UVFoilingRaised inkRounded Corners. How did you decide on the options?

A: MorningPrint offers many different printing options that I have been wanting to try for quite some time, so when the client said that she was happy to try anything we recommended it was hard not to try all of them LOL. I think that foiling gives things a sense of class along with rounded corners and the cards won’t bend in the corners and maintain a more pristine look. The raised ink and spot UV also add a texture that give the cards a real premium and tactile feel that also shows off the pattern we designed in a subtle way.

Q : When working with your clients, how do you get to the bottom of the style / design / products you will offer them?

A: I think as a designer it is important to understand the clients business, and therefore how the design will help the business stand out and also how they will use their stationary, in order to offer them the best solution. For example if my client is a plumber we might try a simpler design to make them look more upmarket instead of a tacky graphic and slogan and I would steer them more to plastic cards due to their water resistance and ease of cleaning in case they get them dirty. I would not try and steer them to something that may be more premium but that would not be particularly functional or useful for the business.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A: Given the amount of cards people receive all the time it is worthwhile putting some effort in making something memorable in both design and feel so that you have more chances of potential clients keeping your cards and not throwing them away.

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Special Offer from Fox Design Corp : We will offer a 10% discount to anyone that mentions MorningPrint.

 

Design of the Month for February is…

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

Name : Samantha Pal Frazier & Kelsey Pal George
Website : www.twopalgals.com | E-mail : hello@twopalgals.com
Designer : Ashley Thatcher
Company : Ashley & Malone
Website : www.ashleyandmalone.com
E-mail : hello@ashleyandmalone.com
Stock : Heavy Nouveau Raised Ink (single side)

Interview:

Q : Pal Gals briefly tell us and our readers about your fabulous blog and its history:

A : We created Two Pal Gals so that we could have a creative outlet for our passions and be able to work together on fun projects. We wanted to be able to share all the pretty and fun things in our lives with our family and friends and grow closer as sisters, and having a blog gives us an excuse to be crafty. We knew right away that we wanted to invest in a good design for our blog because it would set us apart. Plus, it speaks to our love of beautiful things.

Q : How did you select your designer for this project?

A: Actually, it’s a funny story! Samantha receives the MorningPrint newsletter for work, and as soon as she saw Ashley’s card featured in the April 2013 newsletter, she knew she had to get in touch with her.When we decided to start our blog we looked at our options, and we both agreed heartily on Ashley’s design style. Both of us felt that she designs how we would if we were designers. And, the rest is history!

Q : How was your experience with MorningPrint? Did you experience any difficulties when using MorningPrint, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient?

A: Ordering from MorningPrint was a breeze. It couldn’t have been easier!

Q : Ashley, we are no strangers to your work but for those readers who may be new to you, briefly tell us about you & your company, its history and what kind of services do you offer?

A: Ashley & Malone is a boutique branding and web design studio specializing in design for creative professionals. We are a husband and wife team and have been in the industry for over 20 years combined. Our process is fun, thorough and always ensures our clients are happy!

Q : In this order two sets were made, both with a very textural feel how did you and the Pal Gals come up with this concept?

A: In the branding for Two Pal Gals, I came up with a few unique patterns. One was the bright chartreuse floral and the second was a more feminine lilac faux-bois. I wanted the card to have a textile feel and really pop off the page.Samantha and Kelsey couldn’t choose between the two designs, so they decided to have both printed!

Q : How did you and the Pal Gals decide on the Heavy Nouveau stock with raised ink?

A: Heavy Nouveau is a favourite stock of mine from Morning Print. It has a boutique stock feel and I find it quite luxe! I chose raised ink to give the card a nice feel to the hand.

Q : When working with your clients, how do you get to the bottom of the style / design / products you will offer them?

A: Each client is given a branding and website workbook. Which they fill out everything from their favourite colours, to their long term business goals. We get to the bottom of what makes their business tick and then develop the look and feel further with a mood board design. The mood board process is one of the most important steps, as it provides direction in the overall feeling of the new design. Then we get to work on the branding and choose collateral pieces that will help grow the business.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A: There are so many options you can combine to get a dreamy card that has massive appeal. Don’t be afraid to play around with all the options from Morning Print. Add matte gold foil, with embossing or add spot gloss with a die cut shape. The options are endless and a unique combination can really make your card shine!

***Offer Ashley & Malone: We will offer any new client that books any of our three packages a 10% off discount, if they book in the month of February 2014.

Don’t forget to check out Ashley’s first interview to see her creative card!

DESIGN OF THE MONTH : SEPTEMBER 2012

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

Name : Amy Potter

Website : www.hellomisspotter.com
Email : amy@hellomisspotter.com
State & Country : Lower Hutt, NEW ZEALAND
Stock : Heavy NouveauRaised Ink 

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Q : Briefly tell us about your company, it’s history and what kind of services do you offer?

A : My ‘company’ is actually just myself! I am a freelance graphic designer, specializing in print design. Mainly I work on branding, business cards, brochures, editorial design and publication projects.

Q : How did you come up with the name for your company?

A : My last name is Potter, and I’ve always been called Miss Potter by so many people, so I knew I wanted to have that as my brand name. However due to the film about Beatrix Potter being called ‘Miss Potter’, lots of domain names are already taken. So I needed to come up with a friendly word to add on to make the brand name unique, and ‘hello’ was what I ended up choosing.

Q : Your design inspires us, what inspires you?

A : Usually just getting outside (hopefully with my camera) and looking around, which I must admit I wish I was doing more often these days. I like to sketch with old fashioned pencil and paper, I often find ideas flow better that way.

Q : You added raised ink to the front of your design , why did you select this finishing?

A : Being a print designer, I wanted the card to have a tactile element to it so when I handed it over the recipient would immediately feel it was something special. The beauty and feel of print is so important, the way your business card looks and feels says a lot about your brand. You only get one chance to make a good first impression!

Q : Your card has a simple, clean, yet effective design, how did you come up with this? Did you free hand any of the elements on the front of your design?

A : The design is an adaptation of my logo (you can see it at hellomisspotter.com) which I blew up and played around with to get a graphic design for the front of the card. I drew all the shapes in Adobe Illustrator. I chose a speech bubble for my logo because design is all about communication, and more obviously to link to the ‘hello’ in the brand name.

Q : We love the color scheme of your card, how did you decide on this pallet?

A : The colour took a really long time for me to settle on! While I was designing the card I probably went through at least 10 different colour-ways before I arrived at this one. In the end it came down to 2 things: I really wanted a bright colour (because I love colour!) and I wanted a colour that wasn’t too feminine. The colour I chose is also a colour that I am wearing a lot at the moment, so I feel it reflects my personality quite well.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A : I try and get my clients to really think about what they want someone receiving their business card to think about their business. You can have a really great first meeting with someone, and make a really great impression, but your card is the piece of you that person takes away with them. The object they refer to when contacting you again. The quality and personality of your business needs to be reflected in your cards!

Q : Did you experience any difficulties when using TheMorningPrint.com, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient?

A : The only thing I wish MorningPrint offered (which would make them darn near perfect!) would be a spot colour printing service rather than just straight cmyk. But you know, that’s just a wish list thing, not a must have! Overall I found the service incredibly easy to use and delivery to the other side of the world was very efficient.

DESIGN OF THE MONTH : JUNE 2012

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

Name : Stacy Zeledon
Website : http://www.lemonademoments.com
Email : stacy@lemonademoments.com
State & Country : Texas, United States
Order Date : 2012-06-08
Stock :Heavy Linen ,  Raised Ink (Single Side) Rounded Corners 

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Q : Briefly tell us about your company, it’s history and what kind of services you offer?

A : After I had my first child I quit my graphic design job to be a stay at home mom. Although staying at home and taking care of my children was a wonderful blessing, I found it hard to find a creative outlet. I discovered birthdays to be a great way to take care of that creative itch. Designing invitations and parties for my children soon turned into designing for my friends as well. A dear friend of mine encouraged me to start selling my invitations on Etsy (lemonademoments.etsy.com). It took some convincing but much to my surprise and delight Lemonade Moments immediately took off.

Q : Where did the name Lemonade Moments come from?

A : For most of us, lemonade is a drink infused with nostalgia. Just one taste can take us back to lazy summer days when life was carefree and full of joy. My hope is that my designs are the first step to achieving those sweet and refreshing

lemonade moments‘.

Q : Your design inspires us, what inspires you?

A : My inspiration can come in the most random places. I have absolutely no control over when or how it happens. Which is incredibly frustrating and not always conducive to productivity. Grin! I have a deep love for typography. Which started in an old school type setting/press class I took in college. You will often find me snapping pictures of anything with great typography. I get inspirations from vintage posters, packaging, signs and old advertisements. I love the design era from the 20’s-50’s.

Q : You added raised ink to the front of your design as well as rounded corners, why did you select these finishing?

A : I knew I wanted my business card to stand out. I think the linen paper, rounded corners and raised ink really helped with that.

Q : We love the color scheme of your card, how did you decide on this pallet?

A : Well, that was the easiest part. Yellow has always been my favorite color and thankfully also the color of lemonade. It is very cheerful and playful. The characteristics I want to associate with my invitations. It also happens to be a color that is hard to read. I knew I had to choose a background that would compliment without dulling it. Allowing the yellow to be more noticed. I think the neutral taupe does this well.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A : Make it worth remembering. There are a lot of average business cards floating around. Make sure yours is unique and catchy so that it will grab your audience’s attention.

Q : Did you experience any difficulties when using TheMorningPrint.com, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient? Any suggestions you can offer us to help make the customer experience better?

A : No, it was very easy to work with Morning Print. Thank you so much! You have a repeat customer here.

DESIGN OF THE MONTH : MARCH 2012

Hello! Here at MorningPrint, we receive many amazing designs, and we really enjoy seeing the creative process the designers go through. We enjoy seeing the results received after we send these designs to print. We would like to share some of these creative designs with you to help inspire you as they have inspired us.

Name : Jason Nickel
Website : NickelCreative.com
Email : contact@NickelCreative.com
State & Country : Colorado, United States
Order Date : 2012-03-12 / Stock : Heavy NouveauRaised Ink

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Interview:

Q : Briefly tell us about your company, it’s history and what kind of services do you offer?

A : Nickel Creative is a small graphic design company offering branding, web and online marketing services. We specialize in custom WordPress sites and logo creation.

Q : Your design inspires us, what inspires you?

A : Other design, people and places. simply walking down the street! I try to pay close attention to what is happening around me because inspiration can be drawn from almost anywhere. I frequent countless design blogs as well as sites like dribbble and Behance to stay fresh.

Q : The front side of your card has a great worn and aged feel, and the backside you included a fully bled raised ink design that provides a wonderful texture, how did you come up with this concept?

ImageA : The “Nickel” on the front of the card is my rough interpretation of an old shield nickel which was first introduced in 1866. The shield nickel was the first five cent denomination struck in nickel. I wanted to carry an aged feeling throughout the card and my brand, so texture was used to help accomplish this.

Q : Any thoughts on the stock and finishing you selected? Are you interested in any other finishing’s or stocks MorningPrint has to offer?

A : I’ve placed orders for raised ink and foil cards and I’ve been happy with each. I’ll be trying the emboss at some point as well. MorningPrint’s pricing structure allows anyone to experiment with what would normally be cost prohibitive finishing effects.

Q : Any tips for our clients to consider when they are creating their business cards?

A : Try to be unique with your design because that first impression really counts! Search the web for inspiration, there are hundreds of sites that feature some truly amazing business card designs. Then, call me for help with putting your ideas together into your own powerful design that will blow people away!

Q : Did you experience any difficulties when using TheMorningPrint.com, or find anything to be inconvenient or inefficient? Any suggestions you can offer us to help make the customer experience better?

A : An InDesign template would be helpful for new customers who prefer to lay out their work in that way. Maybe I’ll let you have mine.

***Note: Black Raised Ink VS Clear Raised Ink:

Raised ink uses a special process called ‘Epoxy’. It is similar to UV spot coating but has more raised effect.

This clear substance will be applied over designate printed area and creating unique raised effect on the business card surface.

There are two types of raised ink: black and clear. If the requested area for raised ink is 100% black we use the black raised ink. If the requested area for raised ink has other colors a clear epoxy is used.

Suggested raised ink: MorningPrint suggests using the Raised ink Option with all 100% black text on white stock as the black ink has a more precise effect.
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Happy “As Young as You Feel Day”.. I hope that means if I feel like I’m 5 that I can take a nap, because I really need one, alas.. I am working and will power through. I just realized last Thursday was our 10th blog!!! A big thank you to you guys who actually read what I write. The purpose of this blog is to  be informative and help with design issues and to just overall educate you, so I hope I’ve been doing a good job of this. Also another big milestone for us, we have had over 40 people “like” our facebook page www.facebook.com/morningprint thank you for that as well! We are far from done though, so please tell your friends, family and especially anyone with any printing needs, no matter where they are located because we provide service to over 200 countries!

Also if you havn’t checked out our flickr recently we recently posted more pictures of stickers and cards. Here is a little sneak peak …

You can check new up loads at www.flickr.com/morningprint

Since the last blog we introduced a new stock to our product list, if you have not checked it out yet, head over to www.themorningprint.com and click on “silky matte.”

I’ve seen a lot of glossy business cards, and while they are nice I find that some of the most elegant cards I’ve seen tend to be on matte stocks. This stock really does lend itself to vibrant colors because of the brightness of the white. If you are going to go with a white paper stock this is one that will bring a touch of elegance to your design with it’s silky finish. I recommend going to www.themorningprint.com scroll to the bottom and click “sample requests” under support to get a free sample kit and see for yourself!

So here is a FAQ that we touched on a bit in the vector blog. Preparing embossing, foiling and raised ink files for print all require a separate document that you will zip with the front / back / and printed area documents. This document should be given as an .ai or a .psd…. vector files are ideal as we mentioned in the vector blog for the quality. And the area for finishing should be denoted in black. Before you submit your files for print, look over your images or text you want finishing options applied to. How are the quality of these files? Is the resolution poor? Is the image too pixelated? Our machines need clear defined edges to emboss, foil.. etc.

Also keep in mind, adding finishing options (foiling, raised ink, press embossing, rounded corners, and punches) all add to the production time to your card. You can see how many days it adds on our site by click on Finishing options. So for example if you ordered silky matte the production time for that is 2 days, if you add foiling it will be an additional 2 days so production time for your order will be 4 days, and by days I’m talking about business days.. then shipping is another 2 day process. A lot of time people will ask if we can expedite orders because they are in a hurry. Our processes run as quickly as possible already, if you check our competitors you will see the fastest you will get business cards from them are 3-4 weeks. I have seen the over night sites but then again with them you are very limited and you are getting basically a plain card, and the shipping costs are insane, you might as well book a ticket to where ever they are coming from and get them yourself!

Those of you who have ordered with us recently know that we use DHL, the shipping is 2 days which is the fastest possible however you should make sure that DHL services your area, in the rare case that they do not they will hand off your package to a 3rd party carrier such as USPS. This can easily be done at www.DHL.com or by calling their toll free number 1-800-225-5345.

And the last question I will address for today is a question that I’ve received a couple times in the last few days. The question is: is it possible to have a business card that is portrait instead of landscape, if so.. how do I do this? The answer is yes, simply create your document for paper cards which are normally 3.58 x 2.05 and make them 2.05 x 3.58 or if you are printing on plastic make it 2.28 x 3.54, just don’t forget about the safety zone and you are good to go!

What are your questions, what topics would you like us to cover in our upcoming blogs? Let us know!

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