Archive for the 'graphic design' Category

Color Matching Systems III: On-Screen Comparisons

June 13, 2016

Figure5-Lagnaippe-Fall2015Artcmyk-IIIViewing colors on the screen of your device, any device—be it a TV set, computer monitor, or smart phone, is a very different experience than interacting with daylight or lamp light reflecting onto paper.

In this final article of three about color and color managing ink colors on printed paper, this author enumerates best practices for printing one color (referred to in the trade as ‘spot’ color) on paper.


The Complete Engraver: Time & Backstory

July 4, 2012

Time & Backstory.

Save the Date: Thursday June 16 @ TDC in NYC

May 16, 2011

Nancy will explain why the organic nature of steel die and copper plate engraved imagery and text complements and enhances our visual experiences, and will demonstrate the importance of engraving as a modern graphic design technique. She will show examples from several avid collectors of elegant and unique engraved imagery, and share her expertise on engraving techniques and methodology. She will also describe the recent installation of a working engraving proofing press and the establishment of a new and growing engraving community in the great American city beneath the sea (New Orleans).

Nancy Sharon Collins is especially well-known for her exemplary bespoke hand-engraved social stationery. Besides being a stationer, she is a veteran graphic designer, typographer, independent print history scholar, partner in Collins, LLC, director of special projects for the AIGA New Orleans chapter, and instructor of design at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her book about American commercial engraving is due out in the autumn of 2012.

For details and to make a reservation.

“Allied Oil” courtesy of Strathmore archives, Mohawk Fine Paper, Cohoes, NY; Monogram © Richard Sheaff; “D” monogram engraved by Emily DeLorge.

Engraving Workshop

February 26, 2011

I am giving an engraving workshop at Loyola University New Orleans. This is a breezy overview of what is contemporary, commercial “engraving”:

Friday, March 18 @ 6:00pm
Loyola University New Orleans
Media Room 1.
Monroe Library

(This same workshop was recently given at:

Tuesday, March 1 @ 5:00pm
Southeastern Louisiana University
Mac Lab
East Stadium)

Each workshop includes:

•    what is engraving and why do we love it.
•    historic specimens of weird and fantastic engraving.
•    contemporary applications for engraving.
•    how to prepare art for engraving, and the various kinds of “engraving”.
•    how to engrave…
•    …or, how to work with an engraver (so you just have to design and leave the engraving to somebody else.)
•    engraving resources (so, I have this engraving-appropriate art. now, how and to whom do I send it to get it “engraved”?).

Students of host university, ATypI, SOTA and AIGA members free; moderate fees may apply for non-members and students of other institutions.

Petite Suite Monograms on Felt & Wire

January 27, 2011

Allyson Kuhn nails it again; recent monogram story on Felt & Wire including our copper photo-engraved plates, hand cut, 1/2″ steel dies and sets of engraved monogram notes which are available on Petite Suite.

Inaugural Meeting of Louisiana Engravers Society

January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 6, in Jennifer Rice’s Innisfree office at 729 East Boston Street in Covington, the inaugural meeting of the Louisiana Engravers Society met. This is a landmark event because engraving for print is almost a dead art. Nancy Sharon Collins of Covington and Yvette Rutledge of New Orleans have banded together to formalize the growing group of engraving enthusiasts whom they meet and who practice here in south Louisiana. Together, they have made it their mission to not only keep this venerable, exquisite art form alive but also encourage its growth by introducing it to younger generations. Highlights were meeting and networking, learning and sharing information and resources, especially sharing technical innovations. Sam Alfano demonstrated the work he has been doing creating digital translations of ornate engraved scroll designs, a process that took him three years to perfect (you can see some on his website.)

Engraving is the most beautiful form of printing known; think of Old Masters prints, those portraits and landscapes made-up of thousands of tiny lines, that’s engraving. Albrecht Dürer was a master engraver, Raphael and Rubens allowed master engravers to copy their work thus increasing the market for their famous paintings. While etching has come to be the prevalent form of intaglio printing practiced in the fine art, printmaking world, engraving has fallen out of favor because it takes 6-10 years to become a master! (The difference between etching and engraving is that in etching, acid is used to make the “cut” while engravers literally cut into the surface of the metal to form designs. The similarity is that the printing process is then the same; ink is worked into the “cuts”. the excess wiped clean, and a print then pulled. Several etching artists are represented at the St. Tammany Art Association where their work can be seen). These days, engraving is best known on the currency carried in our wallets, all our postage stamps used to be engraved, and fancy social stationery and wedding invitations are still engraved. However, we have master engravers right here in our community and several students locally who want to learn.

Participants included Yvette Rutledge and Vince Mitchell, co-directors of the New Orleans Center for Lettering Arts and Mystic Blue Signs (Rutledge is herself a master letter and engraver), Nancy Sharon Collins, bespoke hand engraved social stationer (who also teaches graphic design at Southeastern Louisiana University), the Alfonos (Sam is a master gun and jewelry engraver), Cordelle Louvier, master printer, Emily DeLorge (graphic designer and engraving apprentice) and Skye Jenkins and Alex Babbit (enthusiastic students wanting to learn.) Noel Martin, local master stationery engraver, was unable to attend at the last minute but was present in spirit. Alfono offers engraving classes for jewelry engraving and Rutledge will be offering an engraving class for print, jewelry and metal work this coming fall.
photo: Kyle Petrozza

Buy Local Come to Avant Garden Dec. 11

November 26, 2010

Great vendors, great stuff, support local New Orleans artists and the arts community, buy your Christmas goodies here December 11th from 11am until 5pm. Avant Garden is an Arts Yard Sale happening on Saturday, December 11th at 11am-5pm, in conjunction with Art Home New Orleans and Antigravity, with music by DJ Joey Buttons/Disko Obscura.

List of Vendors.

  • Department Of Changes
  • Mens Clothing
  • Defend New Orleans
  • Clothing And Accessories
  • Dirty Coast
  • Prints / Accessories
  • Re-Styling / Shana Griffin
  • Vintage Clothing / Accessories
  • Cane Elysee / Alex Vialou
  • Sugarcane / Various Items
  • Jeremy Thompson
  • Specialty Beverages
  • Press Street / Catherine Burke
  • Publications
  • Constance
  • Books / Prints / Various Items
  • Rebecca Rebouche
  • Paintings / Prints
  • Birdie Birdie / Lisa Cohn
  • Designer Prints
  • Layla Messkoub
  • Prints
  • Miranda Lake
  • Prints
  • Coby Cox
  • Drawings / Paintings
  • Rachel Detrinis
  • Sculpture / Various Items
  • Christopher Alfieri
  • Prints / Artist Photographs
  • Nancy Sharon Collins
  • Designer Prints / Engravings
  • Jonathan Traviesa
  • Photographs
  • Megan Roniger
  • Drawings / Prints
  • Joey Buttons
  • Vinyl
  • Brice Nice
  • Vinyl / Various Items
  • Other Various Items From:
  • Katherine Bray, Karen Kern, Carl Hugmeyer

Are Greeting Cards Dead?

May 19, 2010

Along with technology, the tradition for store-bought notes of sentiment are ever changing, read all about it on Mohawk Fine Paper’s Felt & Wire news blog

(And, you can purchase this amazing, hand engraved “Thank You” card here:

Hand Engraved Social Stationery Article on Ephemera Site

January 8, 2010

Great article about what is engraving for the American social stationery trade on American Ephemera Society website:

Hand Engraved Samples & Press Proofs in VOGUE’s Blog

October 16, 2009

redcards“Need to Know” section of Vogue magazine’s online zine by Stephanie LaCava and edited by Virginia Tupker.

This features re-purposed, vintage, hand engraved dies. They are goofy and some with nifty old type.