Official Disc Casing System of the Living Dead

We liked filmmaker Jeremiah Lewis right away after reading this line in his bio: “Roger Corman has classics, why can’t I?” And why not, indeed. All it takes is a script, dedication, some neighbors who don’t mind being doused in red dye and corn syrup, and a camera. Doesn’t hurt if you know what you’re doing too, which, after seeing Lewis’ new film, Red State, it’s certain that he does. Here’s the whole scoop:

Red State began as a goof off project for my annual Memorial Day get-together at my brother’s house in Fort Worth, Texas. Shot over two days with minimal budget and a handful of neighbors playing zombie extras, it took a further five months to edit, create visual effects, and add sound and music. When designing the packaging, I felt Red State deserved something more than the black Wal-Mart DVD case could provide. I had read about Jewelboxing a while ago, and it seemed like a good option to go with.”

“Though I don’t have an inkjet printer, I found a colour laser printer that seemed to like all the template paper. Still, the Jewelboxing system gave me the kind of control I have always wanted for designing my movie cases. My next Memorial Day project has already begun pre-production, and though there are a lot of things still yet to be done on it, one thing I don’t have to worry about is what cases I’ll be using for the DVDs.”

We’re reserving the first doses of our anti-zombie stockpile for the fine people of Atlanta, New York, Tarzana, Columbus, Fort Washington, Falls Church, Corona, Waldorf, Victorville, Rutland, Slippery Rock, Chicago, Santa Monica, Wilsonville, Hacienda Heights, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Absecon, Remscheid, Westport, Canyon Country, Portland, Omaha, Piper City, St. Louis, West Lafayette, Watkinsville, Gross Pointe Park, and Mentor.

Just Our Type

Typeology, the new web-based typography magazine, is the kind of thing that simultaneously makes us l

 

ove the internet more than ever while also making us tremendously happy that Jewelboxing is being put to such terrific use. The magazine itself is fantastic, filled to the brim with interesting new fonts submitted by all kinds of type foundries and typophiles alike, fantastic design work showing the fonts in action, and in-depth interviews with each of their creators. What’s more, the whole thing is free downloadable PDF. And if you like what you’ve seen on the electronic pages therein and want to start using some of the typefaces you’ve fallen madly in love with, that’s where Jewelboxing comes in. For a very reasonable fee, the magazine sells a disc-based copy of itself, beautifully packaged using our King cases, which also includes every single font they discuss. It’s a brilliant system, we’re thrilled to see the System being put to such great use, and we wish Typeology the best of luck with all their future issues. So far, they’re off to a terrific start.

In our spare time, we are creating typefaces based on the strong emotions we feel for the people in Sao Paulo, Grand Rapids, Montreal, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Helena, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Staten Island, Pasadena, Kansas City, Buford, Greenville, Boca Raton, San Carlos, Wauwatosa, Glen Allen, Hadley, San Diego, Elmont, Richmond, Brooklyn, Redmond, Pittsburgh, Greenwich, El Segundo, Northbrook, Piedmont, and Minneapolis.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

It’s All The Talk in Delray Beach

When Jewelboxing user, Jess Kadar, sent in what she’d recently put together using our cases, it made us feel all warm and happy inside. That’s not to say we’re not always tingling with delight when we see Jewelboxing put to good use, but this was fine design plus it was as sweet as all get out. Here’s the whole scoop, directly from Jess:

“I just have to say how much I love Jewelboxing and how well it’s been working out for me. I bought the jb kit to make DVDs of my wedding pics, which worked out nicely. But what *really* impressed people was when I used Jewelboxing to package my grandma Ethel’s 90th birthday video. (I had transferred 90 years of film and photos to DV and edited it into a tearjerking 20 minute film.) Now all the retirees in Delray Beach want to know where they can get a video like Ethel’s.

I know it’s not hard for a grandchild to impress her Jewish grandmother…but it IS hard to impress her friends who insist that their grandchildren are the best, smartest, most creative, etc. With Jewelboxing, it is indeed possible to silence them. I’d even say it’s the next best thing to being (or marrying) a Jewish doctor.”

We’re positive there are friends of grandmothers being impressed like crazy in Pittsburgh, Arlington Heights, Toronto, Cincinnati, Eugene, Los Angeles, Villa Ridge, Cresskill, Chester, Houston, Valencia, Pasadena, Mountain View, Napa, Westborough, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Portland, Monument, Mississauga, Rutland, Dunfermline, Minneapolis, and Bristol.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

To Have and To Hold

It may appear as a bit of cross promotion, but fear not. Over at The Show, we sold out of our Dead Can Dance European Tour Box Sets in record time, almost as soon as it was announced (the band’s fans are nothing if not incredibly dedicated). But we thought you might like to see how we’re using Jewelboxing in connection with our own products.

For this particular box set, we had to come up with a solution wherein we could collect twelve shows, with two discs per night, into one attractive package. We’d been using Jewelboxing for the individual shows from the start and we wanted to keep to that, but the trick was connecting this large batch together in an approachable way. We looked at various ways to keep them together, but in the end, opted for a band of high quality, heavy stock printed paper that would wrap around the eight discs, leaving them exposed on the top and bottom for easy access, but plenty secure enough to have the cases not slip around all over the place and get scratched up. In the end, we were plenty pleased with the results. It’s a simple, cost-effective solution that maybe you can use if you run into some project that will require multiple discs, extra copies, etc.

 

We’re planning to send multiple copies of us doing numerous karaoke versions of “You Light Up My Life” to the people in Waterloo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Albany, Ventura, Fort Worth, Ottawa, Polk City, Provo, Portland, Norfolk, Lakeside, Canyon Country, Seattle, Goshen, Whitby, Sicklerville, Winston Salem, Eden Prairie, and Shoreview.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

How To Be a Hero

It’s pretty simple, really. First, have your wife and daughter sit down at the family iMac with a pile of CDs and select a list of songs for a mix CD. Organize and burn it with iTunes. Put it in the family car and listen to it obsessively for a week. Debate the track selection and order at every opportunity. Have them go back to the iMac, revise the playlist, and email the artists and song titles to you at work.

Marry a woman with a great photographic eye. (OK, maybe that part’s not so simple.) Have her select a portrait-shaped image of your daughter’s beautiful face and a landscape-shaped image from a previous trip to the zoo, and have her email those out of iPhoto to you at the studio.

Sit down with your daughter and discuss the relative merits of various titles for this birthday party CD. This will feel surprisingly like a client meeting. You will have a couple “perfect” titles that describe in a brilliantly concise manner the exact feeling that the list if songs will communicate to her friends and their families. She will insist on calling it “My Life is 7.” You will lose this argument.

Find a free hour at work. Import the portrait-sized photo into the Freehand (or whatever app you prefer) Jewelboxing template for the outside of the insert book. Place it on the right side of the page. Crop the image on its left side along the guide for the horizontal center of the page. Let it bleed off the three other sides. Lay the headline, set in a sensible typeface like Gill Sans, across the image with another small line of copy that says “Isabelle’s Birthday Party at The Zoo, June 6, 2004” stack-centered and set in white to reverse nicely out of the photo.

Import the landscape image into the same template, size and crop it as if it were going to cover the entire insert book template and bleed off all four sides. Send it to the back, behind the portrait image. Set the playlist so it reverses out of the left side photo. Print out a test and then 13 more. Set aside.

Open the template for the tray-liner inside. Copy and paste the landscape image from the previous template into it and align it so the right half of the image covers the entire template area. Print out a test and 13 more. Set aside.

While still in the tray-liner template, bring the “disc shape” layer to the front. Select the landscape image, copy and then paste that inside the disc shape. Copy that. Open the disc label templates and paste. Put the circle filled with the cropped landscape image over each of the two disc shapes on this template. Add text if you’d like. Print a test and then six more of these.

Open the template for the tray-liner outside and fill it with a solid color. Repeat the headline in white in small letters rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Put that on the part of the template that will be the spine of the final case. Put the already printed tray-liner paper back in the printer with the blank side out, print a test and then 13 more.

Gather all that stuff and bring it home. Assemble the packages at the kitchen table with your daughter. I’d suggest you taking responsibility for applying the disc labels and detaching and folding the tray-liners. She can do pretty much everything else. Head upstairs to the iMac. Burn the 13 labeled CD’s and snap them into the cases. This next part is very important. While at the party at zoo, please try to not lose any kids. Hand out the discs as party favors. Ta-da.

For even more fun, try this in Santa Cruz, Wenonah, Billings, Barrie, Ithica or San Francisco.

Between a Little and a Lot

In response to several inquiries we thought we’d better update and repost this entry.

Our systems are great for smallish quantities of disc packages. Your ability to customize makes creating one-offs easy. Even 100 copies is no big deal. We’ve done 175 in an afternoon for one client’s film and 300 for a friend’s music-house reel and we have customers who have done as many as 500 by hand on a consumer-grade printer. We also have customers who have produced thousands of copies. Most of the time they use our super-precise templates to create the file that a print-shop uses to cut dies. It’s a one-time cost of a couple hundred bucks and for a big run it works out great.

Lately though, we’ve had a number of inquiries from people who need to make 600-1000 packages and don’t want to go through the trouble or cost of die-cutting. The best solution in that situation is to buy the cases in bulk and also the tray-liner paper. The tray-liner is a very complicated die-cut with rounded corners and scores for all the spines. And it needs to be perfect. Just run that pre-perfed paper through a sheet-fed printer and then have your replicator screen the art on the discs. The last piece is creating the insert books. It’s a simple job for any print-shop as the die-cut for that is just a folded rectangle. Voila.

Bulk pricing for cases and paper starts at quantities of 600. Write us at the link above for a quote. If you need less than that but more than 200 we’ll make you a deal. In general, we’ll give you a 100pack free for each four you purchase. Just let us know what you need and we’ll try to accomodate.

Thanks to Lubbock, NYC, Montclair, Wexford, Waikato, LA, Charlbury, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Thornhill, San Jose and Chattanooga.

Documenting Good Design

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking with LA-based photographer, Brandon Moreles about a project he recently finished up using Jewelboxing. As is often the case (pun!), we were introduced to Brandon’s work when he sent over a photo of his project, all dressed up extra fancy in a set of Jewelboxing kings. His cover really impressed the whole lot of us, as did the interior. And when he sent over some links to his work, that sealed the deal. Here’s Brandon’s scoop on the project:

“I’m a photographer based out of California particularly keen on long term documentary projects. This one, titled ‘LA DANZA’ is a documentary project on Native American dancers shot over the last few years throughout California. I chose Jewelboxing for this project mainly because most of the DVDs were going to a lot of different people I shot over the years and the king cases gave then that slightly more sleek, stand-out, professional look you don’t see often enough in packaging.

You’ll quite often find that sleek, stand-out, professional look among the fine people in Moorestown, Menlo Park, New York, St. Augustine, Encinitas, Needham, Dallas, Irvine, San Francisco, Newtownabbey, St. Louis, Seattle, Chicago, Honolulu, Washington, Brooklyn, Crystal Lake, Pompano Beach, Elmont, Bend, Mississauga, Atlanta, Coronado, Irvington, San Juan, Basingstoke, Monroe, Potomac, Vancouver, Nashua, Venice, Schaumburg, Perth, and Burnaby.

Segura On Display

Carlos Segura is probably a name you’re familiar with. Whether it’s from the work of his influential design firm, Segura Inc., just down the street from us here into Chicago, or from one of the successful other projects he’s created, like T-26, a digital type foundry, or 5inch, an online store that sells amazing, predesigned blank CDRs and DVDs. If you’re a Corbis customer, there’s a good chance you’re all the more familiar with his work from this year’s awe-inspiring, gigantic, poster-sized catalog called “Crop,” to collateral material like mugs and calendars, to some of the coolest promo posters you’ll ever lay your eyes on. And to continue this unending streak of fantastic work for the stock company, Segura has assembled a design, using Jewelboxing, to showcase Corbis’ Digital Gallery collection. In his own words, describing the product: “This limited usage collection from Corbis is specific to licensing for displays on flat screen TVs in lobbies, offices, stores, homes or any other digital display.” Really cool, without a doubt, and we’re happy to be a part of it all (on the casing side at least).

We think Carlos’ Corbis disc demands optimal viewing, so were standing in line at 4am on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving so we could buy 60″ plasma tvs for everyone in Los Angeles, Via del Mar, Portland, Chicago, Seattle, Arlington Heights, Denver, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Alhambra, Malibu, Culver City, San Diego, Mount Juliet, Stow, Sanford, Hoover, Oklahoma City, Lakslev, Norfolk, Verona, Nicholasville, Seattle, Chaska, Greenville, Houston, Franklin, San Lorenzo, Minneapolis, Nazareth, and Abilene.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Trophy Cases

Well here’s a new one on two fronts. Last week we got a flat package in from Stephen Allen and upon opening it, we found that it contained a sample of the case he recently put together…minus the case. He’d sent us two printed sheets, the cover booklet and the tray liner. It looked terrific as it was, but we knew it would look fantastic in its intended place. So we popped all the tabs out, did up all the folds, and plopped it right into a Jewelboxing case. And viola, it was terrific!

The second new-ness of it all, is what Stephen Allen is packaging with the Jewelboxing system. We’ve had plenty of photographers use the cases to promote their work before, but Stephen is a kind of photographer that works in one specific field: college and prep schools. After assembling the case, we popped onto his website and, besides enjoying the site’s interface, browsed around in his gallery. And sure enough, there they all were. Stunning photos of students, teachers, classrooms, etc. Who’d have thought? And what’s more, it made his Jewelboxing design, with photos of an inexpensive silver trophy, make perfect, clever sense.

Note: That really sweet offer that we made in the last Infrequent Mailing ends on Friday. Wanna get in on the next one? Join the list on the JB Home page.

We are buying lots of inexpensive silver trophies, inscribed “Best Jewelboxing Customers Ever,” for the people in Irvine, New York, Toronto, Gosport, North Shields, Austin, Tracy, Warren, Santa Barbara, Stanley, Minneapolis, Sydney, Chicago, Flushing, Inverness, Lanoka Harbor, Tawau, Woodside, Hollywood, Londo, Radcliff, Westfield, Rockville Centre, Sioux Falls, Garfield Heights, San Jose, Bethlehem, Pasadena, Indianapolis, Vioa del Mar, Thunder Bay, Gold Beach, Vars, Mission, and Pittsburgh.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

Copy Goes in Jewelboxing

Here at Jewelboxing HQ, we regularly get in copies of people’s films who have used the system to beautifully package their work. So why should we be any different? If you’re familiar at all with our other site, for Coudal Partners, our parent company, you may have seen that just this week we finished up our eleven-minute epic short film, “Copy Goes Here.”

Because we had a couple of films around that we’d previously hosted, and we’d made the film in collaboration with the fantastic stock house, Veer, we decided to put together a nice little DVD with everything on it, for sale, ready to be purchased by that true fan of Coudal-familiar humor. Not knowing the demand, we wanted to have at least a hundred put together right away, so we designed the menus and laid out the whole case design on Friday, then started printing, printing, printing yesterday. Dawson, our go-to Jewelboxing expert in the studio, assembled them for two days straight. They look great and we’re once again thrilled with how cool the system makes stuff look, even our scrappy little independent film.

We won’t mind being passed over for an Oscar in favor of the films by people in : Brooklyn, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lafayette, Arlington, Ridgefield, Westerville, Newark, Raleigh, Chesterfield, Locust Grove, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Brampton, Sausalito, Sydney, Philadelphia, Stockton, Toronto, Birmingham, San Francisco, Stuart, Denver, Caulfield South, Atlanta, Brookings, Seattle, Peabody, Salisbury, Blacksburg, Vancouver, Signal Mountain, McKinney, Crystal Palace, Santa Clara, Missoula, Mountain View, and Venice.

Byrd’s Theory

After seeing Kevin Byrd’s brilliant work in the first issue of JPG Magazine, we knew he was someone to keep an eye on. A visit to his terrific blog once a day goes without saying, and you’ll see many a “via” linked back to his site on Fresh Signals. And, along with his brother Aaron Byrd, he’s continued to keep scoring points with us by using Jewelboxing to package a short film he put together earlier in the year, “The Cycle Theory.” It’s a clever piece of work, with some of the best use of animated asides you’ll probably ever see. It’s well worth your time.

But back to this story: we were browsing around this morning on his Flickr account, looking at another project he’s right in the midst of when we found the limited-edition DVD Aaron had assembled for the movie. The thought process went like this: 1) “Hey, wow, that’s a really cool design.” 2) Several seconds to process information and make connections, and then 3) “Oh, hey, he’s using Jewelboxing!” So as familiar as we are with the Jewelboxing cases, as many times as we’ve shrink wrapped for hours, packaged dozens of hundred packs, and even made cases for our own projects, this morning proved to us that that first “hey, that’s really cool” impression still works. It’s extra effective when you’ve got a film like Kevin’s and a designer like Aaron manning the helm.

Things are being made that will also bewilder and amaze us by the people in Newton Heights, Middleboro, Wilmington, Phoenix, Clermont, Spring Valley, Dallas, Hoboken, Los Angeles, Moreno Valley, New York, Austin, Cincinnati, San Diego, Indianapolis, Venice, Hacienda Heights, Longmont, Eastchester, Kingston, El Cajon, Roxbury Crossing, Raleigh, Toronto, York, Santa Monica, Fredrick, Pennsauken, Seattle, and London.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Self-Promotion Via Other People

The old adage is, “Any press is good press.” But if it’s good press, then it stands to reason that said adage should be revised to fit. Something maybe along the lines of “Any press that’s good is extra good press.” That’s what’s happened here last week with a couple of articles that were floated our way. We got a nice blurb in Consumer Electronics, who said, “You can buy cheap plastic cases for your DVDs at any computer or electronics store, but if you want to get fancy, consider a kit from Jewelboxing.” That was nice. Then Dawson found a full product review on a site called IT Enquirer.com, which said, “Jewelboxing offers a ready-to-go system, complete with the best quality jewelboxes on the market, inkjet paper perforated to match the jewelbox precisely and templates for your software.” and another review on the Dutch site, Scribent Reviews, which said, well, as none of us speak the language, we’re not sure what it says. But we’re assuming it was pretty good, given that they gave Jewelboxing a rating of 10 out of a possible 10 (unless maybe we’re reading it incorrectly and 1 is the best and 10 is the worst). So, yeah, we’re definitely guilty of bragging here, but we’re still proud of the system, and we’re thrilled that people are so receptive to it that they’re putting reviews out there. Also, if we ever decide to make a Jewelboxing movie, now we’ve got some good tags for the poster.

If any of the people in the following cities need a blurb to help them sell things, gain power and influence, or help them get their film, “Zombie Possums From Space,” into mass distribution, we’re here for you: Lewes, Phillipsburg, Bellvue, Memphis, Malibu, Brooklyn, Sarasota, New York, Lisboa, Madison, Warren, Denton, Santa Monica, London, Clinchy, Prince George, Sleepy Hollow, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Roswell, Mountain View, Markham, Guntersville, Philadelphia, Venice, West Hollywood, Montreal, Austin, North Wales, Santiago, Chicago, Toronto, Plantation, and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

The 2005 Olympics in Seattle

‘Round Jewelboxing HQ, we’re always happy to catch wind of a cool project someone has decided to package using the system.Today was one of those days, as we received an e-mail from Jason Reid, a filmmaker from Seattle who has a bunch of said cool projects going on, most notably, the new film, “The Reid/Secrest Olympics.” The DVD release party was held on September 30th and turned out to be very successful. And because Jason has some great things to say about using Jewelboxing, including that his Canon Ip4000 printer did a perfecto job, and that we’re a fan of what he put together, we thought we’d volley back the niceness and give some info about his film:

“The Reid/Secrest Olympics is a 40-minute comedy, directed by Jason Reid. It tells the story of two lifelong friends turned fierce rivals, who decide to have a five-event “Olympic” competition to decide once and for all who is the better man. The film was finished in 2003 and premiered to a sellout crowd at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Following this event, the film was shown three times at the University of Washington before being accepted into the New York Independent Film and Video Festival (where it screened in both New York and Los Angeles).Since then, Jason Reid and editor Colin White have slowly been working on finishing the DVD, complete with over an hour of extra features. Among the bonus materials, the DVD will include a 30-minute companion piece to the movie titled The Olympics: The Untold Story , as well as a comical 10-minute short documenting the main character’s promotional tour in support of the film.”

Sounds like a sure-fire hit to us. Do yourself a favor and, when they’re available here in the next little while, buy a copy at the film’s site. And while you’re at it, why not pick up a few extras for the swell people in San Anselmo, Chislehurst, Bodoe, Acton, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Irvine, Venice, and Statesboro.

New Bubbles, Better Squeaks

If you follow the happening here or on Fresh Signals on the Coudal site, you’re apt to recognize the name Jason Koxvold. We’ve been longtime favorites of his tremendous film and motion graphics work. And you probably are too. You’ve likely seen his work in television spots, music videos, print ads, film fests, and if you’ve been to Times Square over the past couple of years, you probably noticed his enormous spot for Winterfresh hanging overhead. We’ve been fortunate enough to get to know Jason and have him has a customer. And, with everything he’s shown us, his new reel is perfecto:

“I love the new stock, it holds the colour and density so nicely. So anyway I’m sending some reels out and figured it might be worth making a good impression.

The Citizens [Jason just finished their latest video, “You Drive”] wanted a couple of DVDs for their new manager as well, so I jewelboxed some up and he totally freaked out.

Anyway watch out, apparently Appearances will be played on The OC on November 3rd.”

We expect that many hit shows about teenagers in love will soon be featuring the wildly attractive people in New York, Santa Monica, Lancaster, Phoenix, Davidson, Midlothian, Glendale, Edgefield, Bellingham, London, Pasadena, Peterborough, Topanga, Wayne, Kennesaw, Medford, Chicago, Philadelphia, Spring Valley, Henderson, Venice, Lincoln, Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Wolverton, and Detroit.

An Every-Platform Disc

Due to the amount of wedding samples we’ve gotten in recently, and to make no mention of the amount of weddings we ourselves have been going to, all things point to this being a heavy season for marriages. And while we’re all for the standards, from the frilly, white RSVP cards to the frilly, white thank you notes, it’s great when we see something that goes that extra step and there’s something special about how it’s presented. Enter Christopher Cassidy. In perhaps the first time reported to us, Christopher used Jewelboxing to carry not one single bit of disc-based data. Instead, for his wedding invitations, he’d sent out the cases with a super heavy stock paper insert in the shape of a disc which fit perfectly on the spindle. Here’s more info on the whole thing from Christopher himself:

“Quite some time ago, I came by chance across Jewelboxing whilst surfing the net, and was really impressed by how cool it looked – if only something could happen to me where I’d get a chance to use it! Time passed, and I found myself planning my wedding; I wanted to design the invitations myself and wanted something different from anything I’d previously seen. Jewelboxing was my answer, not only did it look amazing, but there were enough nooks and crannies for me to effectively display all the information I needed, and a convenient RSVP holder to boot. They went down an absolute storm, everybody was blown away by them, but they were almost too good because no one was willing to ruin the presentation and send us our RSVPs! Oh well, at least if no one comes, they’ve got a very memorable invitation!”

We wish Christopher and his fiance Bettina all the best. And the same to all those in Staten Island, El Cajon, Bonita Springs, Atlanta, Toronto, Gouda, New York, Portland, Dallas, Burbank, East Wallingford, Seattle, Brookline, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Ketchum, Saddle Brook, Orlando, McKinney, Beverly, Wilmington, Aurora, Closter, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Toronto, Venice, Fareham, Naperville, Phoenix, and Charlotte.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Make Sure to Stretch Before Listening

You might remember from a few months back when we highlighted “A Cup of Coffee,” a terrific album sent our way by DJ Shagz. A fantastic mix of dub and R&B;, packaged in a beautifully designed Jewelboxing Standard case. Because we enjoyed it so much, we were understandably excited when we got this message in today:

“Just thought I’d let you know about my latest DJ mix to use your Jewelboxing system. I was commissioned by a friend of mine to put together a mix for a summer party he was throwing a couple months ago. He just wanted something that he could hand out to people and send them away with, something personal and specialized to remember the (presumably) great time they had. Fortunately everybody *did* have a good time 🙂

Having seen your system being used for my ‘Cup of Coffee’ mix, my friend wanted the same high quality cases and printing job for his CD. I put together a mix of funky summertime hip hop and funk, part music I was digging at the time and part tunes that I thought represented my friend’s personality. I designed the cover and tray with the help of a photographer friend, Abe Roberto, and now I’m busy printing, folding and snapping the cds together.

So far the CDs have been a hit, in no small way thanks to your product.”

There have been hits abound in New York, Lake Oswego, Kings Park, Blue Bell, Mountain View, Portlant, Steinbach, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Aurora, Seattle, Pasadena, Orem, Bothell, Hereford, Kendal, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Calabasas, Pontefract, London, Lansdowne, Flushing, Bradford, Madison, Yarm, Riverview, and Atlanta.

What Are We Jewelboxing: Day Four

Well, it’s been a good run, but we’ve finally reached the end of the week and that means the end of our “What Are We Jewelboxing?” series as well. After today, we’ll get back to ideas about what to do with Jewelboxing and highlighting the terrific work that comes our way. And who knows, maybe we’ll run into another week here at the studio where it seems like everyone is working on printing and packaging all at the same time and we can start it up all over again. But for now, here’s the last, from Steve:

“Back in early July, I went out to a friend’s wedding outside of Booneville, California, in the northern part of the state. The bride knew I was something of a film guy, so she asked me to shoot the wedding video. But she demanded that it be something unique and, preferably, funny and strange. She sent me two DVDs a few weeks before the wedding: ‘The Five Obstructions’ and ‘Wirthnal and I’, and said, ‘I like these movies. Can you do something like this?’ After watching them, basking in their weirdness, I knew this was the job for me. So I went out there, had a blast and shot the wedding like a typical wedding videographer. When I got back, I had the idea to edit it as something mildly-normal, but to incorporate a very unreliable narrator who was never sure what was going on or was clearly making things up. Here’s the finished product. In addition to the video, I also wanted the packaging to be really something unique, so of course I used Jewelboxing. I designed the case by creating this facade that this was a disc from a company that specialized in making nothing but wedding videos for the couple, Brooke and Jeffrey. Here’s what it said inside the cover flap:

‘As a consumer, we know that you have countless choices among the other videos of this wedding currently available. You have, no doubt, obtained a copy of our product because you are aware that only this video has been authorized by both the bride and groom for national distribution. Our company was approached to create this product due to our long-standing relationship with their organization and the quality of our work in prior Brooke and Jeffrey weddings (“Brooke and Jeffrey’s Wedding 1998″ was the recipient of three Emmys). It is because of this valued relationship and our commitment to excellence within the Brooke and Jeffrey wedding video industry, that our audience receives a wedding video experience unlike any other. From the crisp, clean, high-resolution video images to the sparkling fidelity of the stereo mix, watching this, or any of the wide assortment of titles in our Brooke and Jeffrey series, gives one the sensation of attending their special celebrations, but without the expense and burden of travel. We hope you will enjoy this wedding video and return to us soon for more exciting Brooke and Jeffrey wedding video releases.'”

We’re more than happy to shoot any and all of the many happy weddings sure to be occurring soon involving the very attractive people in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Greenwood Village, Saint Louis, Prunedale, Glendale, San Francisco, Virginia Beach, Seattle, Ardmore, Cincinnati, Washington, Woodland Hills, Toronto, Chula Vista, Coral Gables and Lafayette.

What Are We Jewelboxing: Day Three

We’ve reached day three of our “What Are We Jewelboxing?” week and today’s is terrific if we do say so ourselves. Unfortunately, although we’d really like to, we can’t tell you anything about it. Here’s the scoop, with self-censorship at all times:

“Every now and again, Coudal Partners gets contacted to help CENSORED major CENSORED. Recently, we got a call from CENSORED who asked us to CENSORED for a possible CENSORED, hopefully in the near future. We spent a few weeks thinking of CENSORED and came up with a really strong CENSORED that we thought they’d love. In addition to the CENSORED we also CENSORED and CENSORED. And when we were all finished with everything, we packaged it all together in a Jewelboxing case with a might nice, super simple and clean design by Dawson, and sent it off. With these things, we’re never sure if our CENSORED will CENSORED, but here’s to CENSORED!”

Apologies for having to keep quiet, but this was a hush-hush job. As reconciliation, we’re certain they’d be more than happy to show you all the wonderful things they’re making in Forest Hills, Phillipsburg, Marina Del Rey, Naples, New York, Washington, Roswell, Metuchen, Yonkers, Walworth, Santa Ana, Astoria, San Juan, Denver, Beaconsfield, Villette, and Portchester.

What Are We Jewelboxing: Day Two

Continuing with our weeklong series of the stuff we’ve been putting together using Jewelboxing here in the studio recently, today we’re taking a look at a side project of Steve Delahoyde’s:

“My good pal Wakiza and I have been making these weird little short films for years and, along with commercials and music videos and everything in between, we’ve amassed a huge collection of this stuff. A year or so back, we’d put together a DVD of everything we had, but it was in an ugly, standard case and we weren’t entirely thrilled with it. So come back around to this past week, we were going to be a part of the popular Funny Ha-Ha series again here in Chicago, and I thought that it would provide the impetus to try building a collection again and see if anyone would buy such a thing. Unfortunately, I came up with the idea on Saturday and the event was on Wednesday night. So I had to alter my plan of attack. Instead, I put together a ‘Best Of’ DVD, with forty or so pieces on it. I animated some menus, picked material that had always worked well with large audiences, and took photos around the house to use in the packaging. I’d used Jewelboxing before, of course, but not a whole lot with my own material, and I’ve always been more of a writer than a designer. But once I had the first case together, I honestly was surprised at how good it looked. ‘People might actually but this thing,’ I thought. And it turns out, they did.”

We know that people will come in droves to buy whatever they’re selling in Toronto, the Bronx, Orlando, Austin, South Haven, Liverpool, London, Edison, Athens, Fairfax, Montague, Calgary, Minneapolis, New York, McLean, Rialto, Baldwin Harbor, Lakewood, Ellington, San Francisco, Joplin, Lynnwood, Okemos, Ottawa, Mississauga, Parma, Pacifica, Williams Lake, and Dublin.

What Are We Jewelboxing: Day One

Last week it seemed like a lot of us here at the studio were working on our own projects that involved using Jewelboxing. There were a couple of weddings, a top secret Coudal project for a big client, and a little bit of self-promotion. If you’d stopped by at any point last week, you’d have most likely seen someone involved in either printing out templates, folding and tearing, or burning discs. And because of all this internal useage, we’ve decided to make this week a “What Are We Jewelboxing?” series. First up, Jake Walker and his wedding album: Continue reading

Very Bright. Heavily Wooded.

The polar opposite of our last post, Luke Morris’ debut album, “Paper Street,” sounds like an experimental record from another planet. Gorgeous textures built from completely alien sounds line the sample track, “Evil Winds”, available on Luke’s site. And we’re figuring there’s a lot more sonic brilliance where that came from, based on his description:

“Paper Street is my debut album, which is under the anonymity of my alias ‘the Brilliant Forest’. People have described the music as “Xiu Xiu’s little brother,” “sounding like the more experimental side of the Microphones,” and “not like anything else (no, that wasn’t an insult).” I decided to use Jewelboxing because it looked amazing, and the lovely humor of the staff (as apparent on the website; that alone sold me). I haven’t been dissapointed. People tell me all the time that my CDs look amazing.”

Go pick yourself up a copy. And while you’re at it, pick up a few extras for the fine people in New York, Fresno, Foster City, Gilroy, Culver City, Metairie, Edison, Leeds, Coral Gables, Cambridge, Beverly Hills, Arlington Heights, Culver City, Flagstaff, Little Rock, Armadale, Grass Valley, Portland, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and Marietta.

We’re Fond of Helicopters

Usually, in a band’s biography, you’re given a list of what other groups they sound like. The description of Chicago’s helicoptersreads: “too rock to be The Postal Service, too pop to be Beck, too modern to be 80’s, too happy to be Radiohead.” And they couldn’t be more right. Helicopters have created a sound that’s uniquely their own and it’s utterly terrific. Since member Jason Caldeira contacted us, we’ve all become big fans of their work. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they appealed to our design side by packaging their new album, How to Fake Fall Asleep, with Jewelboxing. Here’s what Jason had to say:

“In April, we released our debut album. It was two years in the making, so needless to say we were more than thrilled that our hard work had finally paid off. To celebrate, we held a cd listening party at Bella Lounge in Chicago; an atypical venue for a local band’s cd release. So of course, we couldn’t just release a typical cd. Instead, we used the Jewelboxing system to create 100 limited-edition cases featuring the work of local photographer Mark Battrell. The cds sold out almost immediately. This inspired us to release multiple limited-edition batches of the cd, all featuring the works of Chicago-area artists and photographers… and we have Jewelboxing to thank.”

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the album. You won’t be sorry. And then, make sure you check out the work of the fine folks in Needham, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Oakland, Chino, Coimbra, Weston, Fairfax, Reno, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Waltham, San Diego, New York, Arlington, Gatineau, Chicago, San Jose, Auckland, Lake Owego, Minneapolis, Manitou Springs, and Mountain Home.

Hire This Man!

One of the first times we ran across Nick Campbell’s work was on a short film compilation DVD called Cherry Bomb. The disc series was funded by small Chicago businesses who would pay a small fee to include their logo on the packaging, and have a commercial included on the disc, made by local amateur filmmakers. As with most things that work with such low budgets, the spots ran the gamut from not-so-great to clever-but-clearly-inexpensive. However, we stopped dead in our tracks when we came to Nick’s spot for the popular Wicker Park coffee shop, Jinx Cafe. Here was a gorgeous motion graphics piece that blew everything else on the disc out of the water, and even rivaled any expensively produced national spot. We knew we had to get to know him.

So over the past year or so, we’ve all gotten aquatinted with Nick and his terrific work, which keeps getting better and better. Most recently, if you’ve been to a Sox or a Bulls game, you’ve seen some of his animations on the Jumbotrons, screens as big as they come.

And so it goes without saying that, as he neared graduation from the Chicago Institute of Art, we were thrilled that he was going to be using Jewelboxing to package his hundreds of reelshe’d be sending out on his job hunt. He dropped a few of them off for us the other day, and, typical of Nick’s standards, they were nothing short of fantastic. Super clean design, a quick, catchy reel, and a newly revamped logo for his motion design nom de plume, Creamy Orange. Suppose what we’re saying here is that, if you’re looking to hire a big talent, Nick’s your guy.

We’re certain that there are also buckets of limitless talent in Old Portsmouth, Springfield Gardens, West Chester, San Francisco, Springfield, London, New York, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Racine, Atlanta, Simi Valley, Antioch, Cheam, Lake Oswego, Hopkins, Miami, and Milpitas.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Wedding Invite in 1’s and 0’s

If you follow this blog at all, you’ll know that the people who use the Jewelboxing system aren’t solely directors, editors, musicians, and motion graphics firms. We’ve had the privilege of highlighting painters, photographers, record collectors, new parents, instructors, typographers, and everything in between.

Out of the huge variation of uses for Jewelboxing we’ve seen are those who apply the system to weddings. We know that a lot of wedding videographers place their final edit in the cases, leading to memorable packaging that compliments an unforgettable day. But recently, we’ve also seen couples who are forgoing the traditional frilly paper wedding invitation in favor of a well-designed Jewelboxing case with something enjoyable included on a disc. A few months back, we highlighted an invite from Peter Fishman and Dara Mochson, who, in addition to a map and a start time, included a mix disc with all their favorite songs.

Recently, we saw another terrific use when we receive a case in from Ronn Kilby (winner of our second Jewelboxing-sponsored “Crash Ballet 2”). Beyond the classic cover, Ronn, a director/editor by trade, included a DVD. The disc served as almost a commercial for the wedding, with a contemporary jazz score and a professional narrator, in addition to photos of the couple, as well as information with the important whens and wheres. It was one of the most unique things we’ve ever seen done with a wedding invitation.

We wish Marti Steele West and Ronn Kilby all the best, as we do with everyone in San Anselmo, Chislehurst, Bodoe, Acton, Atlanta, New York, Vancouver, Irvine, Venice, and Statesboro.

The Best Phrase. Ever.

Since we started, people have said a lot of nice things about Jewelboxing. However, we’re pretty sure that, when Signe Housser wrote in to us to tell us about the project she’d just completed with the Vancouver Public Library, it was the first time we’d been referred to as “freakin’ awesome.” So, understandably, we were thrilled. And once we got a look at how Signe’s project turned out, we, in turn, thought the work of her designer put together was equally as freakin’ awesome. Here’s her letter:

The Science & Business Division of the Vancouver Public Libraryhas been publishing print versions of our New Media Directory for six years. This is a company directory of new media firms in the greater Vancouver area intended primarily for job seekers. As you probably know, Vancouver is a gaming and interactive entertainment hotbed, not to mention a pretty beautiful place and the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

When it came time to produce a CD version of our Directory, we wanted a simple, elegant, all-in-one packaging system to do it justice. Your product exceeded all expectations. We love it! And our designer specifically wants you to know that he thought the system was freakin awesome.

Since we’re on a roll here, we’d like to take this moment to say that there are some of the freakin’ awesomest people in Merthyr Tydfil, Leominster, Atlanta, Decatur, Sandpoint, London, Austell, Sanford, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Truro, Buffalo Grove, Plano, Salinas, Grafton, San Diego, Alameda, Ekero, Ankara, Hoboken, Maidstone, and Urbana.