86th Academy Awards Printable Ballot PDF

We created a downloadable, printable, foldable ballot booklet for Academy Awards Night — good times, whether you’re in formalwear or your pajamas! Vote for your favorites and answer Red Carpet questions like the Star you are. It’s a super-fun two-sided design, easily printed on standard letter-size (8.5 x 11) paper. We even added an extra credit or tie-breaker section that tests your nominated movie quote knowledge.

You can purchase the PDF [here] in our Etsy shop for $4 — print as many copies as you need for your event…and your event only, please.

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If you don’t have an Etsy account:

    1. You should. Etsy is awesome.
    2. You can purchase the file for $4 via PayPal [by clicking here] and we’ll email you the PDF directly!

Good luck to all!

New Cards!

We are on a roll! After deciding to remove some of the items from our shop that didn’t feel like they were born of the inklings model, we felt a burst of inspiration and added nine new cards to our Etsy shop! More to come!

Here’s a little peak into the process of one of the cards — from messy little sketch of a loving angler fish to an adorable love card.

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angler fish cardDid you know that you can see the items in our Etsy shop right on our Facebook page? Check it out [here]! Handy.

On Design Work…

I just rediscovered a quote that I had jotted down some years ago. (How exciting to find it in a box in my laundry room!) It sums up so beautifully the goal — even if not the achievement! — of my design work:

If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that the type of thinking that makes design work well is the same type that makes an illustration work well. They share a common goal: to produce clear and memorable content while employing ample doses of simplicity, wit, and intelligence. Today’s most successful illustrators and designers create central themes and maintain respect for the mind of the reader.
— Craig Frazier

Loves it.

Free Printable! Walking Dead Valentines

Due to a little, er, issue with the nature of these cards, we have decided to offer them as a free download. Ahem…

There are six Walking Dead-inspired Valentines per sheet. Just print, cut, and hand them out! Perfect for your workplace, dorm, or your prison hangout. Surprise your friends with Daryl Dixon, Carl Grimes and Michonne Valentines this year! The final size of each trimmed card is approximately 3.75″H x 2.75″W.

The file has been set up to print on 8.5″ x 11″ letter-sized paper/cover stock. You may print as many copies for your personal use (read: don’t sell these whatever you do!) as you need. You can even share them with a friend. We love The Walking Dead, and we love you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Click on the image to download the PDF, and do visit our Etsy shop for a variety of fun notecards.

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Dalton Cooperative Preschool Identity

Local Dalton Cooperative Nursery School was lacking a visual identity of its own. In fact, it just happened that another local preschool was using the same generic preschool logo — time to differentiate!

Our design utilizes the school building’s unique shape as the foundation for a one-of-a-kind logo.

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We also created a new website for the school — a reference for current and future families alike. Slowly, slowly, we are becoming comfortable with (really) basic web work! Here’s a screenshot:

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Pinnacle Prevention Identity

We are proud to have collaborated with a new Arizona-based business, Pinnacle Prevention, to develop their branding and business cards! (Have you heard of Pinnacle Peak? Neither had I!) Pinnacle Prevention offers services promoting healthy eating and active living for individuals and the larger community, with a focus on pediatric wellbeing.

The design uses stylized Ps (hooray for alliteration!) to form a pinwheel — a symbol of childhood, breath, and outdoor activity. We also developed the company’s tag line.

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Our “Odd” Downton Abbey Card

Wow! One of the cards from our Downton Abbey Time Machine series was just featured in a Dallas pop-culture blog discussing “odd Downton Abbey items you can buy on the internet.” Hysterical. We love it! And we love Lady Violet…and her iPod. Find her in our Etsy shop!

Says author Amanda Wilkins:

The hit British series Downtown Abbey returns for its fourth season (to U.S. audiences, that is) on Sunday night on PBS. In honor of the show’s glorious return to our airwaves, I found 9 of the strangest Downton Abbey-themed items you can find online. God bless the Internet. I have to admit it. I am actually tempted to buy this one. I mean, it’s Lady Crawley listening to some tunes on her iPhone.

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Going Big! A Roadside Banner

We don’t often work on large-size projects, so it was pretty cool to design a big ol’ road banner for local studio/gallery 413 Glassworks. They have an awesome location right on the bike trail in Cheshire, directly across from Whitney’s, on a somewhat uninvitingly named street — Nobody’s Road. A street with such a name calls for a little extra signage for your business.

The sign below is being printed as I type. Look for it on Route 8 and check out the beautiful work in the gallery!

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I like to include a bit of process in our portfolio — a glimpse into how we think. Below are some fun, rough (rejected!) ideas from the first round of layouts, along with the final design.

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Sesame Street Nostalgia: Reusable Grocery Tote

Constant exposure to current children’s shows (read: Caillou) has me nostalgic for the TV programming of my childhood — specifically, the 1970s version of Sesame Street that I grew up with. I could make a long list of my personal favorite clips (“We All Live in a Capital I,” “Be My Echo,” “Me and My Llama…”). Along with “1, 2, 3, 4, 5…6, 7, 8, 9, 10…11, 12,” the cartoon about the girl repeating her little grocery list — “a loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter” — is ingrained in so many of our brains.

We decided to feature the famous line from this memorable Sesame Street segment on a reusable grocery tote bag. With a subtle nod to the original animation, here is that bag — available in our Etsy shop in a couple of weeks!

Grocery bag - A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter.

Need a refresher? Here is the video.

Free Printable: Denise Huxtable’s Love Poem

Though I’m feeling like I’m the only one who has seen this episode of The Cosby Show upwards of 10 times…this card had to be made. And, we’re offering it as a free printable — BONUS!

So, Denise was all depressed and was writing depressing poetry that Dr. Huxtable thought was utter crap. After little thought, Denise came to the realization that the world is all good and love, and she rewrote her poem. Ahem…

My mother and my father are my best friends.
When I’m all alone, I don’t have to be.
It’s because of me that I’m all alone, you see.
Their love is real…

Never have they lied to me, never connived me,
talked behind my back.
Never have they cheated me.
Their love is real, their love is real.

<<insert Claire Huxtable hugs and tears>>

And now, the last line of this poem is elegantly preserved in an anniversary card — perhaps for your loving, Cosby-fan parents.

Click HERE. Download it. Print it. Trim it. Wow them with memories of bad TV poetry. (And please leave a comment below to let us know that you downloaded our card—thanks!)

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