We’re thrilled to be included in MplsSt.Paul Magazine‘s Best of the Twin Cities issue again. It might be too late to pick one up on the news stands (it’s been out there since late November, actually) – but perhaps there’s a copy on your friend’s coffee table? Take a peek at page 78, along the bottom, ‘neath the headline “Kickin’ It Old-School.” The Lunalux studio has been tagged the best place to indulge in typography. We’re grateful to the editorial staff for including us in the list (and of course glad that some readers saw the mention and went out of their way to visit our shoppe).
For the second year in a row, Minnesota Monthly magazine has included Lunalux in its annual Best of the Cities feature. We’ve been tapped for Best Paper Goods, and the write-up on page 75 makes us blush just a little… OK a lot! Praise for our Stationery Saturday series is followed by this: “The shop’s top reputation for custom-designed, letterpress-printed invitations, stationery, calling cards, announcements and more continues to grow.” Aw, shucks! We’re tickled and honored and grateful to be included. Congratulations also go to our neighbors who are mentioned in this feature – Nick and Eddie chef Derik Moran made the list of best chefs (they call him the Rising Star), and Cafe Lurcat has been flagged for Best French Fries. Are we the most decorated block in the metro area or what?
You can read part of the Best of the Cities feature on the Minnesota Monthly website, but to see the whole feature (including the bit about us) you’ll have to get your paws on a hard copy. Which shouldn’t be hard, because the September 2010 issue just hit news stands a few days ago.
Minnesota Monthly’s annual Best of the Cities issue hit newsstands in October, and we are thrilled that Lunalux got the nod for Best Personalized Stationery. The blurb about our shop (on page 55, if you have your issue handy) highlights Stationery Saturdays, the occasional event that gives customers the rare opportunity to procure personalized letterpress-printed stationery for the bargain-basement price of $29. We’re honored that the magazine staff included us in the list of the Twin Cities’ best stuff, and the good company makes us blush; who doesn’t want to be in the same list as La Belle Vie, B.T. McElrath’s Salty Dog chocolate bar, and the Walker Art Center’s gift shop? If your interest in Stationery Saturday is piqued, you’ll be glad to know there are two more scheduled for this year: November 28 and December 19. Click here to read more about the event.
As a graphic designer, it can be enlightening to revisit old projects. Preferences, skills, habits and trends can shift dramatically over years, so looking at stationery or invitations we created on 2003 can be both fun and traumatic. Sometimes a printed piece will withstand the test of time quite well, but other times I cringe a bit at old work – What was I thinking? Why didn’t I do it different, smarter, prettier? So when a long-time friend of the studio came in last fall to ask us to reprint cards we’d designed five years earlier, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I still really like what we created for her.
Gail has been a regular customer since we worked on custom-designed letterpress-printed business cards for her back in 2003. We created a logo with her initials, and used that logo on business cards. The composition was unique, and we printed on cotton watercolor paper so the cards felt very luxurious. Last fall, as she prepared to relocate her business office, she asked us to update the cards and create matching letterhead and envelopes as well. She still loved her old cards, but asked me to experiment with new layouts and fonts. After looking at an array of nice ideas, we came to the conclusion that the five-year-old layout was the best of the bunch (Jenni pats herself on the back). We switched up the font and the paper, and brightened the ink color a bit, but it looks remarkably similar to the original. The cards, along with the new monarch letterhead and envelope, are all printed on high-quality natural white papers in a punchy green. We even printed a small stack of business cards in red ink, because Gail really liked the color but didn’t think it was quite right for the whole system.
The history of this project makes me extra-proud that this design has won an award! We submitted Gail’s stationery to Mohawk Paper’s quarterly Strathmore Letterhead Design contest, and for the the second quarter in a row, we were awarded the bronze prize (Jenni pats herself on the back again). You can see Gail’s stationery, along with the quarter’s other winners, at the Mohawk website.
Lunalux has again been recognized by Mohawk Fine Papers for excellence in letterhead design. The business stationery system we created for Mahogany Bay has garnered us the bronze prize in the mill’s 3rd Quarter 2008 Strathmore Letterhead Contest. This is the second time work from Lunalux has been tapped in this contest; we also received the gold prize in the 4th Quarter 2007 contest (and, subsequently, the grand prize for all of 2007) for the identity system we created for Post- Luxury Accessories. Mahogany Bay restores vintage watercraft – think wooden Chris Craft speedboats from the 1940s. Working with a business that appreciates the value of craftsmanship and fine detail, it was a pleasure help build their visual identity. You can learn more about Mahogany Bay on their website.
Over the years, we’ve worked with many businesses, large and small, on everything from simple business cards to complex stationery suites – read more about our past projects in our blog archive. View our winning work, along with other winners from this and past quarters, at the Mohawk website.