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March 4th, 2010

blast from the past designs

As I mentioned before, in the beginning of our company, Heidi & I used a variety of clip art for our designs. Dover Publications had (and still does) a huge selection of pictorial archive books with beautiful and elaborately engraved illustrations from the 19th century. ¬†We probably have over 50 of these books. All are VERY worn from going through them again and again, in search of the perfect image for a card. We would then pack up these books and trek over to a Kinko’s Copies and spend hours on the self serve machines, xeroxing images. Boy what we take for granted now! Nowadays, these books come with CD roms with all the images included. You just pop them into your computer and you are ready to go. We had to make a copy of the image, enlarge it to twice its size, “clean up” the image (using liquid paper!) of all the blips and blobs associated with a copy, and then reduce the image to the size we needed for the design. We are talking hours….

Several years into Rock Scissor Paper, we discovered a book called Mostly Happy: Clip art of the 30’s, 40’s and 50′s. This book changed the look and design direction of RSP forever. The designs of cards and journals on this page were all created using that book.

The books pictured above were called our collage journals. Basically we culled related images and pasted them up together as a collage and then had the art printed on colored paper that we used to make the covers. I look at these now, and I still really like them. Hmmm…maybe we should do a re-release as a limited edition product? That could be fun!

We took these pictures in my front courtyard with a film loaded camera. They were meant to be promotional pictures to include on sales sheets and catalogs, but we weren’t really happy with the way they came out. Boy, have my photography skills improved in 15+ years since these were taken! Remember when we had to bring film to be developed before we could see what the pictures looked like?


2 comments to blast from the past designs

  1. Deneen
    March 4th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    how come i’ve never seen the boston terrier before???

  2. Crystal Satnik
    March 5th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I vote yes for the re-release of these journals. I would totally buy one!

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