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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 46,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Holographic foil shimmers as the light or angle change.

Holographic foil shimmers as the light or angle change.

Shelley Deneau, a photographer from Chesapeake, Virginia, found Studio Z Mendocino online, fell in love with a few things she found on this blog, and called me. She already had a logo, which she emailed to me and my brain immediately set to work on what would make it sing even more than it did in its original form, blue and brown inks. Shelley was incredibly eager to play, so when i suggested using a blue-green Holorgraphic foil for the sea gulls and the type of her name, she was intrigued enough to want to know more. I sent her some samples in the mail and she took a deep breath and said, “nnnnnYES!”

She also did not want the cards to be as thick as our usual 600 gram Lettra, so instead we opted for Lettra that’s half as thick, but still has the gorgeous fluff and texture. This was our outcome, and they are so amazing. It’s hard to capture in one shot the “dance” of light as the angle or intensity changes, bringing even more liveliness to the marvelous artwork.

Shelley Deneau Business Cards
Shelley Deneau Business Cards
The ligh dances against birds and logotype

The light dances against birds and Shelley’s logotype

Shelley was so easy to work with, and so fun, that it feels like I have a new-found friend back East. I am totally crazy about how these cards came out and so, I understand, is Shelley. Here is what she wrote to me when the parcel arrived: “OMG!!!!! I absolutely love them!  I love the seagulls changing color with the tilt!  You are incredible!  The best! Thank you!  ~Shelley”
Now THAT was a great email to wake up to. Thank YOU Shelley, for entrusting this key piece of your business to us. We love to make you happy! It makes US happy!!

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A stunning business card carries the day when networking in Hong Kong, or anywhere

A stunning business card carries the day when networking in Hong Kong, or anywhere

 

The backs of the cards are as gorgeous as the fronts. Almost!

The backs of the cards are as gorgeous as the fronts. Almost!

Nami Lee, CEO and Founder of Tokyo Luxe, recently contacted me about doing business cards for her Luxury Concierge Services in Japan. She came with most of her logo completed — the design just needed a little fine tuning to adapt it for letterpress techniques. Because Nami wanted something that would stop traffic, we decided to print them on our super-thickest black museum mount paper with three foils: black gloss foil for the “T”, metallic silver foil and metallic gold foil. Then, after some consideration, I’m happy to report that Nami decided to go for the boldness of salmon colored edge painting.

Closeup of edge painting

Closeup of edge painting

 

When the cards were finally delivered to her in Tokyo, Nami immediately filled up her purse with them and flew out to network in Hong Kong. She emailed me that she has never had such reactions to a business card before. She says she is so happy we met each other online…one more miracle of modern life…she found this blog, called me, and the rest is history.

 

Tokyo Luxe black business cards with three gleaming foil colors on super-thick black paper
Tokyo Luxe black business cards with three gleaming foil colors on super-thick black paper

The finished cards have a vibration of something like jewelry, something at once timeless, unique, and somehow managing to seem contemporary yet also classic. Incredibly thick, luxurious paper foil stamped in gleaming metals, and flicked with the understated-but-ever-so-THERE salmon color along the edges are a force of marketing to be reckoned with. You will not be forgotten when you leave behind something this amazing and beautiful.

This is the photo Nami sent to me from Hong Kong:

Photo Nami took when her business cards came
Photo Nami took when her business cards were delivered to her in Tokyo

 

 

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REM 644 Cover 01

New issues of Real Estate Magazine are out on the stands in Anderson Valley, Comptche, Mendocino and Fort Bragg, but weather has prevented their delivery to the south coast and inland. Those should arrive by Wednesday, if all goes well. We’re very excited to feature our vibrant Community Center of Mendocino for our cover story this month, which provides yet another amazing example of why we choose to live here in Mendocino County. Please pick one up at any Realtor’s office, Harvest Markets, Post Offices, FB Library and many other spots around the county. If you don’t live here, don’t despair! You can read it online here. You will fall in love with the fabulous Community Center of Mendocino that is a hub of community activities and events, driven by a committed and enthusiastic group of parents, neighbors and generous souls.

In our pages you will also find listings for hundreds of properties in the county. With interest rates still low and housing costs also at their most attractive in years, people looking to buy property in Mendocino County are in a very good position to find their dream at affordable prices.

Each month Real Estate Magazine brings listings for residential, commercial, land and businesses for sale, along with an insider’s look into one of the myriad reasons we have for believing we live in the best place in the world. Our communities up and down the coast are unique and individualistic. REM is happy to share these stories with our readers and would love to hear from you if you enjoy reading them or have other comments or inquiries. Wishing you all a very merry Holiday Season and all the best in 2013!

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