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New poster tube packaging!

June 17, 2014

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Our new poster tube packaging is here! We spent some time really trying to figure out how these were going to be laid out. We know we wanted to brand our selves however printing on tubes isn’t cheap. So instead we decided to go old school and had a custom made stamp which we ink and roll by hand onto each tube. Crazy I know;) To add a little extra we purchased a massive roll of custom stickers that are placed on the end caps informing our customer to visit our post care page which explains how to open and uncurl their newly purchased poster. It’s an added cost however I think it will help our customers in the long run. What a super fun project!

You’ve been framed! 4 tips to framing a poster, print, or photo

June 17, 2014

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So you have spent your time and money on a wonderfully inspiring print you found online that will get loads of attention from your soon to be jealous friends. You receive it in the mail and take it out of that durable 3″ shipping tube and have followed our tips to uncurl and flatten that beautifully designed piece of art. Now you need to frame it! Well no worries, we have some great tips to help make framing your art a snap.

1. Color options

Simple and clean is often better. Try looking for colors that don’t detract from the art work. A simple black frame is often the wisest solution because as they say ‘black goes with everything’. If you don’t like the starkness of a black frame you can try white or even steel as it will reflect the light and brighten up your room. If you choose to go with a colored frame like a solid or even wood grain, make sure the colors in the frame have some of the colors in your print. Matching the colors is very important as it creates unison and won’t detract the eye away when viewing.

2. Style of frame

There are literally 1000’s of frame type to choose from. To start off, choose a frame that is thicker for large prints, and a frame that is slimmer for smaller prints. If you are hanging a modern piece of art you may consider matching that modern style in the frame. On the flip side if your art is more of a timeless classic like dogs playing poker you could try a more beveled or ornate frame with lots of decorative details. To get an idea of what your art would look like before purchasing a frame, Americanframe.com has a great tool for uploading your art and selecting frame options.

3. Selecting a Mat

When purchasing your frame often times it will come with a mat. All of our prints are measured to fit most standard frames that you can find online or in stores like Walmart and IKEA. If you have a specific frame in mind that you just have to use but it does not come with a mat, you can simply bring it into a specialty framing store like Michaels and they will mat it for you for around $20. Just make sure to ask for an archival acid free mat that’s 4 ply or higher, PH-balanced and that’s 100% cotton rag. The reason for this is that some of the cheaper mats fade over time and discolor. The dimensions of your mat should be 2-3 inches larger than you artwork. Also stick with a white or slightly off white mat. Colored mats will surely distract from your art.

 

4. Where to hang

Really before your frame and mat is selected, you have to think about where it’s going. Most people just buy the cheapest frame and place their art work in it not even realizing that the modern sleek glossy frame they purchased will be sitting above that old white rustic console table. Make sure you know what the wall color is, what objects are in the room and what kind of lighting is in the room before framing it. If it’s being hung in your den which houses a dark black leather sofa, perhaps a black frame would work best. Or if it’s being hung in you children’s room that’s painted all yellow maybe bright white frame would suit the room. Choose the right frame for the right place before you go spending your hard earned money.

There you have it 4 simple steps to frame you newly purchased print. With any luck your friends will be jealous in no time! Any other question or concerns about framing you next print leave a replay below and we will be sure to help you out.

 

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WIN a set of 3 musically inspired poster quotes!

June 3, 2014

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Want to win this set of 3 musical inspired poster quotes!
To enter simply visit our Design Different Facebook Page and leave a comment telling us which poster quote of ours is your absolute favourite. See our selection here.
The winner will be randomly selected on June 9th. GOOD LUCK!

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How to uncurl and flatten a poster. A step by step guide.

May 30, 2014

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You have shopped our site and spent hours determining which poster to purchase. Once you’ve selected that awesome piece of art you think will fit perfectly between your sofa and mid-century modern hutch, you sit back and wait patiently for your beautiful one of a kind poster to arrive in the mail. A week or two later in arrives! It’s packaged in a sturdy 3″ ridged tube and that delicious poster is inside waiting to be revealed. But wait! You have concerns in opening your precious art because you are overly paranoid about crushing it or bending it. Well have no fear, this detailed step by step guide to opening your poster print will help ease your worries.


Pull off one end cap.


Tip the tube over so the poster slides out naturally. Do not grab, pull or pinch the poster trying to extract it. This my cause bending creasing of the posters edges.


Once the poster is out, use your tube as a fun megaphone, or simulate a Darth Vader voice.


Peel the sticker off the rolled up poster, be sure not to squeeze the poster to hard as you may bend it. Do not use scissors or a knife to cut the sticker as this may cut the print damaging it and your soul.


Carefully take out your print from the protective polyethylene bag and roll it out on a clean flat table and place a clean heavy flat item like a book on either end of the poster. Then sit back and relax while watching re-runs of Mash or Golden Girls all night long.


If you find step 5 too long of a wait you can alliteratively use the poster tube as an uncurling device. Wrap your poster around the tube in the opposite direction of the curl and tie two elastic bands on either end. This will provide maximum de-curling power, however it provides greater risk in damaging the print, so be careful when attempting this alternate option.


Well there you have it. Your poster is now ready to be framed and hung perfectly between your sofa and mid-century modern hutch just waiting for your friends and family to compliment you on your modern yet sophisticated style.


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More Horses – New Henry Ford Print

May 20, 2014

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A few months back I came across this great quote by Henry Ford.

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
– Henry Ford

I love how this quote expresses Ford’s passion and determination in making his vehicles. His goal was to change the face of the world, do develop a mode of transportation that was unheard of and he wouldn’t let anyone pursued him otherwise.

First we began with some sketches.
I started coming up with different car grills not knowing exactly which one I’d end up illustrating.

Second I researched Ford cars.
In illustrating this quote I took a look back at a ton of Ford models throughout the ages and finally landed on his infamous 1929 Ford model T.


Third I started illustrating the idea.

I started out with the idea to detail out pieces of the Model T car, but ultimately ended up minimizing it to keep the piece more direct and less cluttered as you can see in the time lapse video below.

After a couple days of research and illustrating the final print was complete!
You can view the final print now in store.


You can view the final print now in store.

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A feature in UC Q1 magazine!

May 11, 2014

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Wanted to share with you all a great little feature in UC Quarterly magazine. Under Consideration comes out with quarterly magazines that features all the great fun-to-see projects they publish on all their online networks. And our undies print was one of the many amazing selects! Big thanks to Armin Vit of Under Consideration.

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Cover Up – Inspiring book covers vol. 3

May 11, 2014

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From the greasers in Outsiders to a large whale in Moby Dick, this weeks inspiring book covers, covers them all. Have a peek at some of our favorite, fun and unique cover art.


Found on sosmithydesign.com

Found on movies.nytimes.com

Found on bookcovercollections292.blogspot.com

Found on picador.com

Found on olivermunday.com

Found on lovelybookcovers.com

Via Desirae Friesen

Found on etsy.com

Found on brainpickings.org

Found on pixelcurse.com

Found on stylishwebdesigner.com

Found on tressugar.com

Joy! Some detail photos of our Joystick print

May 1, 2014

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We added some great detail shots of our JOY poster. It’s based off an 80’s retro video game joystick. Check them out below and have a peak at the print in store.

My not so awkward photo shoot thanks to 6 important tips.

April 29, 2014

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Owning your own online business can be amazing and super rewarding, and with like most jobs, yes it’s still a job, there are good things about it and bad things. In this post I’ll explore one bad thing that most of us may experience. That horribly awkward and insecure feeling of having your photo taken. Also I’ll show some steps to make it quicker, more efficient, and more eye catching so you are not not spending an entire day giving your best Zoolander pose;) Even if you don’t have fancy equipment and great lighting you can still take amazing shots. All it takes is a little prep and creativity.

STARTING YOUR PHOTO SHOOT
First of all it’s very important that you present yourself as, well yourself! I took most of them down in the old factory district of Toronto because of all the character. There’s some great features like industrial brick walls, old windows and doors. As humiliating as it was, at the end of it all I had a lot of fun doing the shoot.

TIPS ON SHOOTING:
Here are a few tips on what to do to make your photos look great:

  1. Shooting outdoors is your best bet when it comes to budget and quality. Try shooting on a cloudy day because the sun can have pretty harsh lighting at times and may not be very flattering.
  2. Try taking shots panned out a bit, meaning shoot wide. If you are not printing them out you have the luxury of cropping into the shot and still retain quality.
  3. Try leaving some space in the shot so that you can fit in some text later. Shoot one third or two thirds and imagine where copy may super impose over top of that image.
  4. Try looking for interesting textures and details in the background. This can add to your shot and make something more appealing. On the flip side try shooting on white or a solid colour. You can then edited that shot later and stretch the background to seem larger.
  5. No matter how awkward you feel keep shooting. What you want is a few hundred selects to choose from so you have those variations to play with, and later you can weed out the ones that didn’t work. I think maybe 500 photos were taken during my shoot.
  6. When posing try a few different shots were you’re looking into the camera, away from the camera, up, down, left, right, try things like jumping, making faces and looking off into nowhere’s land, smile, frown and look perplexed. Try showing your personality a bit highlighting the things that make you, you.

Well there you have it. Those are a few of my suggestions on how to manage a better photo shoot to make the process go faster. Remember there’s only one you, so make sure you highlight that. Try different poses, faces and backdrops. Try shooting outdoors to help with lighting. Leave space in your photo for copy. And most important, try having fun!

FINAL PHOTO SELECTIONS TO COME!
I’m still working on selecting my favorites from the shoot, so stay tuned and I will have them up shortly.

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How I cut the Web out of Web Design

April 24, 2014

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Well it’s been about a year and half now of learning the ropes of owning an online business. It has been difficult to say the least, but super rewarding! With this post I thought I’d share with you my journey of how Design Different all got started.


My story started out designing my cousins wedding invitations in September of 2012. Little did I know at the time that this would be a life changer. You see, what you probably don’t know is I’m actually an interactive web designer but initially studied in print. So the thought of going back to print never appealed to me. It was Archaic! Yes I’ll admit it, I often snubbed my nose at print because I just knew how much more thought and detail went into interactive work. I mean there’s layers upon layers of wire-framing, de-bugging and functional specifications, what’s the big deal with print! It’s just an image and some copy! This minimalist view on print is precisely why I switched my mindset. I forgot how freeing it was. Sitting there designing printed invites was such a massive design exercise, I loved every second, hour and day of it. I realized I missed just designing with a piece of paper and pencil. It released something rooted in me that I’ve done all my life, and that is to just create. 20140422-175116.jpgAfter all that wedding invite excitement settled I began thinking that if I spent this much time and energy on my cousins wedding invites, perhaps I could devote time to create my own work and even sell it. Crazy eh? That’s when I did some research online looking for outlets to sell some work. I eventually landed on Etsy. They offered an easy to use interface, no upfront fees, and they had a major following where my work would be seen by hundreds. So October of 2012 I began designing right away. Since I had a full time job as a web designer I had to find free time at lunch and in the evenings, often staying up till 1 or 2 am. A few weeks went by and I initially launched with 3 prints in my store. After a few days of waiting, and waiting, I finally got a sale! That feeling of someone actually liking my work and wanting to purchase it to hang in their home was a total high. After that I was hooked. That sale pushed me to create even more designs and by mid November I had almost 20 pieces in my shop. At this point I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. After 13+ years of working for Ad agencies I finally found my passion. Took long enough! IMG_2190 I now create work that I love and want to share with other people. To me that’s the primary reason I’m doing this, to share. I create art because it’s what I know. I’ve lived and breathed it since I was a child. In fact I often say the feeling you get as a child, that excitement of rushing over to show your parents the drawing or painting that you worked on all day is the exact feeling I get today when I release my work online to the public. That’s what I was missing being an interactive designer. That feeling of pride and excitement, creating something personal of my very own and sharing it with the world.

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