It'e been a minute. No news is good news, happy 4th!
I just finished up this buyers guide for theteamlab.com. It features a bunch of local brands and is worth a few minutes to flip through.
Here is a project that get shipped this week. Promotional Shirts for the Omro Bike Shoppe. OBS is a student run shop that fixes and restores donated bikes and sells them at a reasonable cost. The kids learn about bike repair and accumulate points that they can use to purchase a bike of their own.
The shirt is a 5.6oz 100% cotton ring-spun Tee from Port & Company. I was using the heavier 6.1 oz shirts, but these are more comfortable and shrink less over time.
The ink is Maroon and 95% gray plastisol. In an ideal world I would use water based ink for every job, but the combination of the bright shirts and large run meant that plastisol was far more practical.
More to come. -J.H.
More to come. -J.H.
I photographed Dan Klonowski for this event flyer last week. Did the layout as well. Happy Friday, more to come. -J.H.
One of the new services that I offer is custom die cut stickers and graphics. O.k., most of that sentence is a lie, but let me explain myself. This is not something NEW that I am offering, I have been doing it for about a year now. Also, the use of the term "die cut" is a bit of a misnomer. Die cutting uses a metal blade that is set into a block of wood, this a called a die and it is an efficient way to cut out great quantities of relatively intricate shapes in a short amount of time. It is, however, a poor choice for doing low quantities or "one offs", which is something we like to do quite often here at the office. In fact, the desire to do short runs and single copies of certain designs was one of the big motivations for starting to do this sort of work in-house. The tool that we picked to help to this work is commonly called a "plotter" or "step cutter". It shares a lot of DNA with your common inkjet printer, or perhaps a CNC table if you are familiar with such things. Anyway, having this piece of kit means that I can now help you with your vinyl graphics project. Whether it a one-off piece of art or a run of 5000 decals, your project can be turned around quickly and within your budget. Below are a few samples from projects completed this past year.
Here is a fun little project that I finished last week. Trophies for the 2012 Throwdown Showdown presented by o2 Gearshop and TheTeamlab.com. If you didn't make it out the the event you missed out, but not to worry there will be a recap of the event posted soon at TheTeamlab.com.
Back to the Trophies. They are custom built chunks of reclaimed and recycled wood and steel. When the idea was first broached, I knew that I wanted to do something chunky and rough around the edges. The original plan was to use Lexan for the plating, but the time frame that we had to get the project finished would have meant overnighting the already expensive polycarbonate sheets and was a no go.
I am pretty happy that we decided to use sheet metal instead, it is a look more fitting with the oil rubbed wood finish and it definitely adds some character to the finished pieces. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get a clean enough finish on the sheet metal, but after everything was assembled it looked a little TOO clean, so I went back and bashed them with a hammer and then hit them with a wire brush to dirty them up a little bit.
The handrail elements are constructed from some steel angle and square tubing that was cut to size, drilled and then hit with a grinder to add a little character. The lettering was cut from Oracal 651 and applied just hours before the event. Sometimes you need a tight deadline to get things firing on all cylinders.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about how the trophies would be received, they were pretty different from the approved renderings. I shouldn't have worried because pretty much everybody was stoked on how they turned out, especially the guys that got to take one home. I am already thinking about how they can be topped next year.
More to come. -J.H.
Another couple weeks has passed without a single new blog post. My dad would say 'No news is good news' or something like that, in this case he would be right. I've been running all over heck doing 'God knows what' during the last two weeks. A little photography, a little production work, getting all that silk screening stuff muscled into a workable shop. You know, good old fashioned hard work. During this time we elected a president, weathered a crazy storm, and resorts all over the Midwest are starting to turn white with fabricated snow.
On that note, last week I uploaded a big box of code for the guys over at TheTeamlab.com. The new site will be a hub for Midwest riders to share videos, photos, and to find out about events that are close to home. It's been a heck of a journey, and it was a little hard to let go of this one, treat her gently world.
There a few odds and ends left on this project, maybe not an entire posts worth, I will fit 'em in where I can.
See ya when I see ya. -J.H.
Excuse the consumer level pic, but I wanted to show that I am, in fact, making things happen here at the JHP offices. Slow but sure progress is being made on all fronts, the new TheTeamlab.com website is in the final phase of programming. I am meeting with some of the TL heavy hitters tomorrow about putting the finishing touches on over the weekend.
The same can be said for Chemishlifestyle.com which should be live in some form by the time you read this.
The picture above is of myself preforming one of my least favorite tasks, stretching mesh on some new screens for some silkscreen jobs next week. The mesh comes in a roll and must be stretched with equal tension (X,Y) in order to take emulsion and pass ink through the screen. This is accomplished with a jig, like my home brew version shown above. Four wide clamps pull the mesh taut and it is fastened to the frame with a distant, industrial cousin of super glue. The glue comes in a bottle that almost guarantees that you will get it on your fingers. After the glue is spread on the screen it is sprayed with a catalyst that instantly cures it, again, ensuring that your fingers will be glued together. It also gives off very strong, nasty fumes, hence the respirator.
More to come. -J.H.