Just now getting to post photos of a recent invitation print job. So happy to have had the opportunity to print these for such a wonderful couple.

Phillip and Kristin's wedding invitation. Design by bride, printing by tHE ART dept. studio on Heidelberg Windmill

Sh*t You Say When You Haven’t Blogged In Forever

Is anyone still out there?

Is this thing on?

OK, now that that is out of the way, we really have been busy. The first thing I should mention, and this happened even before the last post, is that tHE ART dept. studio has a sister site, Factory 43! Basically, Factory 43 is our retail site and tHE ART dept. studio is our custom design site. Some of the things available are:

Music Posters by Andrew

 Blitzen Trapper, Dawes and Belle Brigade at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, Nov. 11, 2011

Blitzen Trapper, Dawes and Belle Brigade at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, Nov. 11, 2011

Noah Gundersen show at The Big House, Seattle, January 13, 2012

Pickwick, Campfire OK, Jessie Dobson at The Neptune Theater Seattle, Dec. 8, 2011

Pickwick, Campfire OK, Jessie Dobson at The Neptune Theater Seattle, Dec. 8, 2011


Two-Headed Chicken

Two-Headed Chicken tshirt

And in time for Valentine’s day, our Love Bird Card

Love Birds Valentine Letterpress Card


I know I shouldn’t be admitting this, but I’ve been just backing my files up on DVDs. Which is a painful, tedious way to go about archiving. But lately my laziness has won out and I’m ready to dive into the world of external hard drives. I’ve fried two in the past … well, I guess I could still get into them, but it seems like half the files are corrupted.

Anyway, I’m giving the Western Digital My Book a try. If you own it, I’d appreciate your thoughts about it. Or if anyone out there has a better recommendation, I’d love to hear about it. I realize one of my problems is that I’m a cheapskate when it comes to such things and I probably should spend a little more for something so important.

New SBTRKT poster is here!

As you can see, Andrew’s been busy working with some terrific bands to come up with stunning posters for their upcoming shows. If you are in the Seattle/Tacoma area on October 26, I highly recommend you check out SBTRKT (pronounced ’subtract’) at the Neptune.

Since Helvetica isn’t in enough places

You can now get them in card form.

I kinda of dig these, even though I’m pretty sick of Helvetica.

Poster of the week in The Stranger

We’re excited to be featured as the poster of the week in The Stranger. Thanks to Lino from Bandolier for submitting it. You can purchase your copy here. And be sure to make it to the show on Friday!

Because we HEART you.

We know it’s been a while, and LOTS of stuff has happened since we’ve been away, but we thought we share something recent, before we backtrack on what we’ve been up to the past few months.

We printed some really adorable Valentine’s Day cards and here’s a short video of us printing one of the colors on Pac Man.

If you would like one of your own, check out our Etsy store.

Kandace and Dan | August 8, 2010

Photo courtesy of the lovely Jenae Weinbrenner

Photo courtesy of the lovely Jenae Weinbrenner

Photo courtesy of the lovely Jenae Weinbrenner

Photo courtesy of the lovely Jenae Weinbrenner

So being a graphic designer, you would think my family members would bug me nonstop about making invitations or announcements, but you would be wrong. The German press in my garage, or … I don’t know … the fact people NOT related to me PAY ME to design things for them, might suggest I would be a good resource for such things.

Luckily for tHE ART dept., Andrew’s family is happy to take advantage of his creativity.

His brother, Dan proposed to Kandace in April, and next thing we know, we were off brainstorming ideas for their wedding.

Both Dan and Kandace are adorable, funny and giving, but it’s their faith that best defines their bond to one another. The phrase ‘a match made in heaven’ would come up over and over as Andrew and I would sketch ideas.

I think the photos will speak for themselves, but the following is a list of everything we did for the wedding.

Save the date email


Letterpress wedding invitations

Letterpress RSVP cards

Map and info inserts

Custom stamps for all the stationery

Letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations

Letterpress wedding programs

Letterpress cupcake favors

Letterpress sparkler favors

Letterpress matchbox favors

Letterpress matchbook favors containing sunflower seeds

Silkscreened posters

And I thought I’d throw in a picture of Smithers and Lilly, who were the real managers of this project. They both hovered while we printed late into the night, and they made sure we stuck to our deadlines.

They deserve the much-needed rest.

Kandace and Dan wedding invitations

We here at tHE ART dept. really love dogs. Veronica and her husband Al have Lilly and Andrew has Smithers. Lilly and Smithers were pretty much the ‘project directors’ for Kandace and Dan’s wedding invitation. Smithers was especially good at waking up early and hounding Andrew to get up and start drawing. Lilly would give Veronica nudges while she assembled invitations when she felt like falling asleep.

So it should be no surprise that Houston, Kandace’s Corgi, made a staring appearance in their wedding invitation. Smithers and Lilly made sure of it.

You should also check out the website Andrew did,

Save the Date: Mary and Mike

Here’s a Save the Date for Mary and Mike, who got married last year. The wedding took place in New Bern, North Carolina and they wanted to capture the charm of the coastal town in their Save the Date to get their guests excited for the upcoming nuptials.