Fly in under the radar for a sneak peek at the latest goings-on here at Angel Bomb and inside my crowded cranium. You might find photos of a killer project about to hit the press, a rant about the state of design in the digital age, the inside scoop on an upcoming art opening, a recipe for succulent beef tenderloin in port-rosemary sauce, or something completely different.
The Blog is updated on a predictably unpredictable basis, so check back often to see what’s bubbling up to the surface.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Fruition Chocolate is a fantastic handmade bean to bar chocolate company out of New York. When they reached out to us to print their beautiful new packaging, we were super excited. This was a really complicated project for us, that helped us stretch our skills and utilize quite a few of our many capabilities. We printed three different packages for them. Two of them utilized six inks each, and the third was a white foil stamp into a colored stock. After our lengthy printing process, we used a custom die and die-cut each of the packages. This gave their already beautiful package a unique finish.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
A few weeks back, we were approached by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) to design their holiday party invitations! This year, it is being held at the Museum of Russian Art with the theme of Rock Tsars. Since we always appreciate the clever pun here at Angel Bomb, we knew this project was a match made in heaven. Inspired by traditional Russian architecture, specifically the Red Square, we created a bold graphic invite suite complete with commemorative coasters. With their party coming up soon, we hope they have enough vodka for the masses of YPO members sure to flock to this gathering with beautiful invites like these.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Our good friends at Duz Creative designed these wonderful coasters for Boston Scientific, and when they approached us about printing we were super excited. Little did we know that there were TEN colors on this beast of a project featuring 8 different designs. Each sheet went through the press at least 10 times. Phew. That is some fully pressed paper. We then die cut these pretty little coasters, and they made quite the set when they were finally put together. After this project was done, we all took a nap.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Are you looking for holiday decor and gift wrapping accessories with a bit of humor this season? Or maybe some that are a bit vintage inspired with that tactile letterpress feel we all love? Featuring holiday cards, hang tags, gift stickers, paper lightbulbs with string, and coasters; this Holiday collection is hard to pass up! You can buy it all for $35, or you can purchase items individually between $5 and $8! Check it all out in our store (under the card category), which is conveniently linked right here. Go on, check it out! You don’t have to tell anyone you started holiday shopping before Black Friday hits. However, you should probably tell them so they can snatch these fine letterpress goods up before they disappear!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
This past fall, the annual AIGA conference was hosted in Minneapolis along with the annual AIGA Redesign Awards. We volunteered our time, ink, and used paper to the effort! Using old make-ready prints from the Airship graphic novel, we printed the award certificates over the top! We took a bright green color and overlaid it over the illustrative backs, and created really beautiful upcycled awards.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
It’s been loud around the shop lately – and not just because of our press. Wedding bells have been clanging all summer long with our massive influx of wedding invitations needing to be printed! All jokes aside, we’re happy for all these couples and glad we were able to provide them with some beautiful and fancy invites. Most of these were brought to us by other designers, so it’s really wonderful to see the level of talent in our community and to be able to help finish their work off with the perfect high-quality craftsmanship we strive for. Using good ol’ classic letterpress printing, edge painting, blind debossing, die cutting and metallic inks – we definitely covered all our bases with these invites.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
When the doctors over at Market Street Dermatology approached us here at Angel Bomb to design an identity for their new dermatological office, we were very excited. After talks about what kind of look they were going for, we knew the best approach was something classy, modern, and clean. We ended up creating a street sign motif out of negative space with modern type. After designing a line of stationary to match, complete with greeting cards, we knew we had set up Market Street Dermatology with an identity suite that we could both be proud of. Once it was all designed we jumped on the press to print some awesome and tactile goods for them. An interesting part of this project worth mentioning is that we used both offset and letterpress printing for their pieces. By using offset we were able to get better coverage with the flood of ink on the backside of the cards. Best of luck to them with their new business!
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Our presses have been running nearly non-stop as of late. It seems as if we’re pushing the limits of our Heidelberg every day, and have a lot to show for it. These are just a few of the awesome projects we’ve had flying in and out the door to happy clientele, and we’re very excited to share them with you today. Check out the “identity” and “letterpress” sections in our portfolio for details behind these projects – and a few more! Be sure to check back every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the holiday season for more blog updates. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a cat-nap before jumping back on the press to finish printing our 2013 Holiday Line (launching very soon)!