A Wedding, Dig?

Peter Fishman and his fiance, Dara Mochson, decided against sending out the typical, frilly white wedding invitations. Instead, they came up with the brilliant idea of sending out an invitation-slash-jazz-compilation-album to all their guests. After picking out a mix of classics, with appearances by everyone from Nina Simone to Stan Getz, they called up their friend, and great designer, Jay Wright, and asked him to put together something that would give the invitation a really appealing, unique look. Modeling it after the famous covers from the Blue Note label, Jay delivered an eye-catching, extremely clever package, made all the more snazzy because it was put together using Jewelboxing cases.

Peter told us, “We are thrilled with the result, and have gotten about a million compliments from our invitees. We couldn’t be happier we used the Jewelboxing products instead of traditional stationary.” Jay wrote in about the construction and design side of things, saying, “Your jewelboxing process was insanely easy – from the templates to the pre-cut paper, we encountered no problems whatsoever. With the design work and final printing/compiling on two sides of the country, I was grateful things went so smoothly.”

We’ve picked out a ring and would gladly propose to those in New York, Taylors, Los Angeles, Jesup, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Harrisburg, Westfield, Sioux Falls, Portsmouth, Claremont, West Linn, Madison, Brookyln, Santa Monica, High Point, Van Nuys, Carrollton, Chicago, Chesterfield, Dublin, Goodlettsville, Fairview, San Diego, Portland, Miami, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Sebring, Alexandria, Deerfield Beach, and Fairfield West.

Uniformly Unique

How often do you get a gift from someone and say, “Hey, I really liked the packaging”? Unless you’re getting pizzas delivered by a company that uses diamond-encrusted boxes, probably not often. That wasn’t the case with Holly Allen who wrote in to tell us about a project she recently put together:

“I used the Jewelboxing system to make about 30 copies of a mix CD for friends this holiday season. The title of the disc is ‘Admit One,’ the theme being ‘Music I Heard Live in 2004.’ I went with ticket/wristband/setlist images to pull it all together. Some time in Photoshop and some time at Kinko’s and a few hours later, I got this. The reaction was uniformly positive, with many people noting the quality of the cases.” Continue reading

Next to Perfection

Last week, Apple released both the Mac Mini and the iPod Shuffle, amazing little devices that not only have intuitive function, but look great while they’re doing it. These releases reminded us that, more and more, people aren’t just interested in having the latest technology, but they also want to integrate it into their lives. Much like couches and chairs, people don’t want their computers, televisions, and media players to be big ugly boxes. Rather, they want them to blend into their homes, their offices, and their lives, in a harmonious way.

Yet it seems that people are still surrounding the well-crafted design of these flashy devices with clunky, ugly media and accessories. Think of how many standard DVD cases you have laying around your television, or look over at that lame paper disc sleeve next to your beautiful new Mac. Having that ho-hum packaging around your sleek high-tech gadgets throws the whole thing off balance. It’s like buying a brand new Mercedes and putting up fuzzy dice and a “My Other Car is a Llama” bumper sticker. Well, ’round these parts, we think that’s a real pity, and instead, we offer the perfect alternative: Jewelboxing cases look nice next to everything. They compliment good design because they follow good design principles. So why not maintain that balance, and keep those techie aesthetics high?

The sleekest and sexiest of them all reside in Williamsville, Medicine Hat, Markham, Vancouver, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Tuscaloosa, East Dundee, and Urbana.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

In the Mix

Sure, things like file sharing and iPods are hogging the spotlight, but who says the art of the mix tape is dead? Okay, maybe the “tape” part isn’t around so much anymore, but that beloved practice of sitting around with stacks of albums, trying to make the greatest possible compilation, is alive and well. And it’s never been more attractive, thanks to Jewelboxing. Designer Sean Klassenwrote in to tell us how he’s using the cases:

“I recently joined a mix cd club with a bunch of friends. There are twelve of us, so one person creates a new ‘theme-based’ mix cd each month and then mails it to everyone else. It’s a really fun way to find out about new music and to let others know what you’ve been listening to. My month is February and I actually created two mixes. One with the theme of ‘leaving/change’ and the other is a collection of sweet songs from sweet movies. Thanks for the sweet cases and templates!”

We’re currently dubbing “You Light Up My Life” for all those in Belfast, Mexico, Aberdeen, Visalia, Santa Cruz, Milton, New York, Birmingham, Santa Monica, Cleves, Council Bluffs, Delray Beach, Los Angeles, Warren, Minneapolis, Eden, Cliffside Park, Clinton, Portland, Cleveland, Orlando, Washington, Kumla, Olive Hill, Bloomington, Modesto, Stevenage, Puyallup, Brooklyn, and Diemen.

Over There

While the majority of the Jewelboxing packs we’ve sold have gone to buyers in the US and Canada, we’ve certainly gotten a healthy share of orders from outside our North America. A few of these customers abroad, over this past year, have talked with us about the expense of shipping a Jewelboxing kit internationally, wondering if it’s worth it to pay those extra few bucks to get it shipped so very far away. Well, to that we say: of course!

Here’s why:

Cheaper methods can take upwards of eight weeks to deliver and sometimes the stuff doesn’t even arrive at all or arrives all bashed up. We’re using the cheapest way to get product delivered in a reasonable time (usually 4-7 days) and track it on the way. Spend a couple of extra bucks on Jewelboxing and you’ll receive the goods long before you’ve forgotten you ordered them.

And what difference are those extra bucks anyway? With the US Dollar falling further in value nearly every day, for the international customer, Jewelboxing keeps getting more and more affordable. What’s bad for the buck is a big plus for Jewelboxing enthusiast abroad. So order today, foreign friends, and you’ll be saving time, headaches, and you’ll be giving us a few extra dollars — ones we’ll soon need wheelbarrows full of, so long as those geniuses over in Washington keep it up.

Thanks to those who know the value of a few well-spent dollars in Germantown, Mountain View, Aurora, Auckland, Downers Grove, Miami, New York, Gilbert, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Arlington, Astoria, London, Kirkland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, West Jordan, Washington, Kansas City, Mystic, Salem, Belleek, Saddle Brook, Hoffman Estates, Anchorage, Lachine, Mexico City, Toowoomba, Brightin, Lexington, and Seattle.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Carson Workshops

Jewelboxing is proud to be a supporter of the upcoming Carson Workshop “How to Build a Professional Database-Driven Website” in London next month. The one-day workshop, taught by two of the most innovative developers in the field, Mike Buzzard (of k10k and Cuban Council) and Chris Lea (of Media Temple and Newstoday), will cover everything you need to know about building an enterprise-level, database-driven website, with a focus on PHP, Apache, and MySQL.

But in addition to the vast, mind-boggling array of knowledge you’ll walk away with, you’ll also be treated to a bundle of goodies and discounts, including 15% off hosting through Media Temple, and a 40% discount on Zend PHP Certification. You’ll also get a copy of The Web Developer’s Survival Kit, a disc filled with loads of development ideas, tools, script, and code, all packed in an attractive, perfectly-designed, king-sized Jewelbox. The big day is Saturday, February 19th, from 9am to 6pm at Oyster Partners’ Studio in London. The workshop is down to its last few seats, so if you’re interested, jump on board now by registering at www.carsonworkshops.com.

Many thanks to the fantastic, surely-soon-to-be Zend PHP Certified in Chicago, Starkville, NYC, Caribou, Huntington Park, St. Paul, Vineland, Toronto, Odense, Marietta, Middleboro, Chestnut Hill, Manhattan, Cork, Middleboro, LA, Durant and Atlanta.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Taste and Discrimination

Here’s what Dan Jewelboxed for the holidays. We’re not sure what all these other people Jewelboxed, but given their taste and discrimination we expect it was something beautiful, in Rapid River, Holmes Chapel, Stone Mountain, Indianapolis, Ottawa, Regina, Decatur, Encinitas, Emerald Hills, Lansdale, North Hills, Plano, Rockford, Fredericksburg, Granger, Sandim, NYC, Montclairm, Columbus, Diest, Costa Mesa, Newbury Park, St. Agatha, St. Augustine, Watertown, Salt Lake City, St. Agatha, Mill Valley, Edmonton., Santa Barbara, Brooklyn, Easthampton, Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Jacksonville, Birmingham, Holly Springs, Athens, Council Bluffs, Canton, Urbana, Knoxville, Honeoye Falls, Huber Heights, Sacramento, Jefferson City, Palatine, Clifton, DC, LA, Gilroy, Warrendale, Slidell, Carlstadt, Houston, Hatboro, Old Hickory, West Hollywood, Seattle, London, Louisville, Pineville, Chicago, La Jolla, Orchard Park, Mequon, Redmond, San Francisco, Scarborough, Downers Grove, Orlando, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Plantation, Palo Alto, Toronto, Acworth and Fairfield.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

Our Life in Pictures

We asked for a Mom or Dad with design skills to write us a note if they’d like to try our system free of charge and document the creative and production process. Andrea Buchanan, author of “Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It” (Seal Press, 2003) and managing editor of LiteraryMama.com, an online literary magazine, answered our call. Here’s Andi’s account of completing a run of photo CD’s to be given as gifts.

I was very excited to participate in this project, as I had been planning to put together a CD of photos to send as a gift to relatives, but was stuck on exactly how to create a package that would be more appealing than the standard slim CD case. Once I downloaded the files from jewelboxing.com, I decided to use the Photoshop templates – I would have preferred to use Quark, but Quark and my printer were not getting along, so I ended up designing everything using Photoshop.

I had a concept in mind for the first design – my husband had taken a series of photos that had great light and nice color balance, and I thought those would work well. I opened the PSD “king tray” template files and used them to figure out the sizing I’d need for the photos I wanted to use. Once I sized the photos correctly, I just dropped them into a new layer in the PSD template. Then I adjusted the opacity of the photo layer so I could see the guidelines in the layer beneath and make sure the photos were aligned correctly. I used the text tool to add a layer of text to the graphics. I did this for each of the templates – the inner and outer tray, the disc label, the inside and outside booklet – and my design for jewelbox number one was done.

I first printed the booklet out on plain paper using my black and white laser printer to make sure everything lined up where it was supposed to. [ed. note: while this is a good idea to check your layout, we recommend printing a plain-paper test on the printer you’ll use to print the cases, because alignment can change between printers.] I checked the printout against the actual templates and then went back to the files to nudge a few things into place based on what I saw comparing my printout to the template paper. Then I printed the outside booklet using my ink-jet color printer. It came out fine, though, due to my printer, it would have looked nicer on a glossy page. [ed. note: news on this soon] I did the same thing for the rest of the templates – printing out in black and white on plain paper to make sure things were good, then printing on the real thing in color. A few times the black and white printing helped me realize I’d forgotten to hide the background template layer, so that was a good step to include in the process.

After that first design was done and printed out, I did do some reprints to adjust a few things – the text on the CD label didn’t pop enough for me, so I changed the color; one of the photos rendered too dark on my printer, so I fixed that. Mostly, though, it was a painless process.

I had two more layout ideas, so I actually designed those right on top of the first design, creating a duplicate file for each, using the original design as a reference for size and positioning, dropping everything in on top of that, and then deleting the original layer(s). I then followed the same basic printing procedure I did with the first design (though I eliminated the printing-in-black-and-white step, since I knew the graphics were aligned correctly and would print well). I’m very happy with how all three turned out!

Cuppa Joe

We’ve added DJ Shagz’ Cup of Coffee sampler to our Examples and Inspirationspage. We’re also getting together our Mom With Design Skills feature and should have that up later today or tomorrow.

Holiday and lots of other best wishes to Cortlandt Manor, Brooklyn, Bellevue, Rockland, Newmarket, London, Oceanside, Silver Spring, Philadelphia, Dallas, McAllen, San Antonio, Dublin, Jackson, Twickenham, Atlanta, South Riding, St. Kilda East, Reading, LA, Truro, Addison, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, Saint George, San Francisco, San Diego, Cork, Arlington, Lakewood, NYC, Orlando, Newtown, San Vito, West Point, Chaska, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Sunnyvale, Novato, Hollywood, Loveland, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Chicago, Mill Valley, Sandy, Montpelier, San Marcos, Kimberton, Troy, Fairfield, Temecula, Winchester and Hillsborough.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

Chuck Darwin, Media Maven

We’re re-running this post because we’re putting together our Q105 media planning and could use some suggestions.

Here’s some details about the next phase of Jewelboxing. At Coudal Partners, we are frequently in a position to recommend various advertising vehicles and outlets to our clients. To do this we research as many possibilities as time and budget will allow. Next, we generally contact each one that seems like a good fit, lay out the basics of our program and ask them for costs and ideas. In essence, we ask them to pitch us specifically on why Magazine X or Radio Station Y should be included in the buy. After that we draft a plan and present it to the client, adjust accordingly and go ahead.

We’re doing a similar thing here. We’re contacting a fairly large number of online sites whose audiences would seem to intersect with ours and are asking them if they’d be willing to run a pilot program for us in December and/or January. The program would be purchased and we’ll leave it mostly up to the sites to construct and organize the placement specifics. We’ve set a maximum dollar amount for each pilot and if a site feels that this amount is too low we’re putting them on a “maybe later” shelf. If they do agree, we will be evaluating traffic and purchases that come from that site with an eye towards expanding our commitment with those who perform best. The real-time nature and easy tracking of online advertising allows us to be Darwinian in our approach. We’ll build a roster of partners based on performance and may or may not get back to the “maybe later” shelf as things progress.

If you run or know of a place on the web where people who might be interested in Jewelboxing congregate, send a note to jim at jewelboxing dot com and we’ll take a look. On a side note, you’d be surp

 

rised at how many sites who profess to be actively looking for advertising and sponsorship don’t respond to email inquiries promptly. You’d be even more surprised at some of the ones who don’t respond at all. Really, you would. We’re building another shelf for them. It’s the “probably never” shelf.

The fittest have survived in Savannah, Toronto, Marietta, Phoenix, Edmond, London, Cleveland, NYC, Miami, Hendersonville and San Diego.

Nice When We Get One Like This

Carl Acampado writes, “As a fellow designer (in training…a couple more years), let me say you have an excellent product. Last year, I created some custom CD’s, and besides the burning of the discs, I spent the most time finding appropriate cases, and then creating insert, booklet, and label templates in Illustrator. It was a pain in the ass, and actually hindered my design, because I spent so much time trying to get the inserts just right. I’m so glad I found your site, for you’ve solved two problems that I had: you have a superior case, and you’ve done the Illustrator dirty work for me, so I can concentrate on content.”

Cities in our heart. Bozeman, Rochester, Bellevue, NYC, LA, Bellingham, Asheville, Round Rock, Arlington, Culver City, Parker, Atlanta, Summit, Beverly Hills, Athens, San Francisco, London, Newmarket, Rockland and Brooklyn.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

It’s Different in a Magazine

We have a standing offer that if Jewelboxing is featured in a print publication and somebody sends us a scan before we find it ourselves, we’ll send them a 20pack. Recently we saved $49 when the latest edition of Communication Arts arrived at the studio a full day before Allen and Katie sent scans. CA said, “Put up your dukes. Jewelboxing.com was brought about by designers who were unimpressed with their choices for CD and DVD packaging.” Yes it was.

BTW, we have found our ‘Mom With Design Skills’ and she’s hard at work on her holiday project. Thanks to everyone who volunteered. We sent them all something nice. That’ll teach you to sit on your hands when we ask for entries next time. Join the mailing list at the bottom of the home page so you don’t miss the next one.

Just because there’s a lot of them doesn’t mean we love them any less individually. Fighting a constant battle to stay caught up, we do admire the grace and insightfulness of Red Hook, Madison, Sandusky, San Francisco, NYC, Sheffield, Portland, Manchester, Ramona, Culver City, Bedford, Portland. Chicago, Alexandria, Coconut Grove, Seminole, Allen Park, Wollaston, Delft, Perpignan, London, LA, Houston, Cherry hill, Clayton, Greenfield, White Plains, Manassas, Denver, San Diego, Prince George, Royal Oak, Shorewood, Bothell, Walnut Creek, Boiling Springs, Champaign, Cambridge, Rome, Singapore, Santa Monica, Towson, Big Rapids, Venice and Suwanee.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Open Wide

South Bank Commute, a montage by Jim Green, wins File Magazine’s Wide Screen contest and a Jewelboxing system.

We’ll make a decision on the Mom or Dad With Design Skillsidea shortly. See the previous post if you’re interested in taking part.

The warm feeling we have about humanity these days is due mostly to our new friends in Devizes, Staten Island, Anchorage, Simi Valley, Lexington, Clovis, Thornton, Palm Bay, Wien, Barcelona, Binghamton, London, Somers, Tupelo, Lakewood, Chicago, Ottawa, Glasgow Merseyside, Brisbane, Delray Beach, Minneapolis and Plano.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Wanted: One Mom or Dad With Design Skills

Here’s the deal. We’d like someone to produce a Christmas present with Jewelboxing and document the process for us. In exchange we’ll send you the materials to do it free of charge. Write us at crew at jewelboxing dot com and tell us why you think you should be considered. Continue reading

They Call Me the Seeker…

Headcoats off! (Remove your Deerstalker.) We have some winners in the Jewelboxing/Coudal Fresh Signals Archives Scavenger Hunt Or Whatever We’ve Been Calling It. Competition was fierce, per usual, and the questions were as difficult and cryptic as ever, but four diligent snoopers waded through our mess of an archive to correctly solve all eight of our brain-scratchers.

Following a few blatantly wrong and funny entries (probably a cry for attention, or a Jewelboxing discount, or both) the first two winners came early. They were followed by a flurry of entries with one or two incorrect answers, then a day or so without an entry, then another flurry of entries with one or two incorrect answers. Then there were some shenanigans, and we bent the rules a bit and closed entries. The winners, and their stories:

First Prize (100pack Kings) goes to Shawn Kelley, who mailed in his correct answers about an hour after we emailed the questions. Sean won another of our contests recently, which forces us to announce a “Shawn Kelley Rule” for future contests (Coudal/Jewelboxing contest winners are heretofore ineligible to win other Coudal/Jewelboxing contests). But we appreciate your selfless dedication to Jewelboxing, Shawn, and your detailed explanation of your answers which we shall pillage below.

Second Prize (40pack Kings) goes to another Sean, albeit one preferring the gaelic spelling. We speak, of course, of Sean Sheridan, a night-owl who e-mailed his entry shortly after midnight the first day.

Third Prize (20pack Kings) was a tie. Jamie McCarthy got her entry in early, but alas, missed #7. A couple days later, she realized her mistake and corrected herself, just as Robyn Paton sent in her entry. Robyn also got one question wrong, (#4) but her masterful Jewelboxing-suck-up incorrect answer (below) convinced us she deserved to share the third prize with Jamie. Since we don’t make a 10-pack, they’ll each get a 20-pack.

Enough already, Our questions, Shawn’s answers, (and the original Fresh Signals entries where they were found).

We once cited three fictional recording artists in a Fresh Signals entry. Which one, as it turns out, is real?
Middle Earth. (Behold the Rocklopedia Fakebandica. -04.05.02.bb)

If you’re going to add a red tube-top and cowboy boots to a famous naked image of classical beauty, you should add them to a painting by whom?
Ingres. (Famous nudes, now clothed, at Worth1000. -05.27.04.jc)

One day Bryan and a pal built a mini-version of an arena-rock lighting effect for fun. What band had three songs on the playlist the guys used to put this effect in motion?
Led Zeppelin (Our homemade Laser Light Show. -07.27.04.bb)

What is the best paper for printing your curriculum vitae?
100% Cotton Fiber 32 lb. Ivory Premium Bond Paper (Non-Expert advice on writing your resumé. -08.22.03.kg)

Note: Robyn’s answer: “This is a toss up. It could be any of the marvelous stationers… you’ve featured in Fresh Signals over the years, but really, if you want to get the job, I’d do the whole application (CV and prettiness, plus a little but of hip thrown in for good measure) with the Jewelboxing system, so the printing, of course, would be on your lovely inserts.” Then she cited the Fresh Signals post about us hiring Ryan because he sent his resume in a Jewelboxing case).

Chicagoans love their meat and when we order lunch here at the studio, you can bet that it will contain plenty of beef and meatballs. For lunch orders weighing in at more than 25lbs, CP’s fave lunch spot charges us how much extra for the hefty delivery?
$5 (Office fave Bari. -05.23.02.kg)

What should Phillip tell the people whose design talent he fears?
That he forgot the url. (Phillip has a slight problem with Jewelboxing. -06.07.04.cp)

Dave and Bryan had an ongoing obsession with a low-budget movie (neither of us have seen it, still) about the hunt for a fictional synthesizer. What was the name of the synthesizer?
MoleTron. (Weird trailer for new indie film Southlander. -02.21.01.dr)

Name the two Finnish shops that had their windows redesigned as part of a design workshop.
Cafe Visual and Maustemesta spiceshop. (“Re-design the lettering so that the shop would sell more. -10.18.02.jc)

Well done, all, and several of you were just one question away from winning, so pat yourselves on the back. No, really, do it. We’re not going anywhere until you literally and physically pat yourselves on the back. There, was that so hard? Thank you. If you weren’t hip to this contest, it’s because you didn’t join our Infrequent Mailing list, sign up on the front page of Jewelboxingor Coudal today! Please don’t forget that the Fresh Signals archives are always open for your browsing pleasure.

We have lots of cities to be thankful for today. Here’s a few of them. St. Louis, Seattle, Mount Airy, Culver City, Chicago, Lafayette Hill, Dallas, Kirkwood, Puyallup, LA, Brooklyn, Playa Del Rey, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, NYC, Worcester, Toronto, Delmar, Newburgh, Vancouver, Victoria and Mexico City.

Awwwwww

We’ve added Dawn Earles’ wedding cases to the Examples and Inspirations section. It’s a great use of our system for producing small custom-runs of durable and beautiful photo archives. You might even add rice or dried flowers in the channel that’s made when the case is snapped together. Thanks Dawn!

Scavenger Hunt winners announced tomorrow! Stay tuned.

Love is never boastful or proud, but some places have a right to be. Namely, San Francisco, Redmond, LA, Fredericksburg, Berkshire, Portland, Newport Beach, Minneapolis, Santa Monica, Norwalk, Alpharetta, Whittier, Overland Park, Copenhagen, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Pewaukee, Huntsville, NYC and Clearwater.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Early Holiday Planning

If you’re planning on using Jewelboxing to create a special archive of music, photos or video for the holidays here’s a couple links to previous posts that might be helpful.
How to Be a Hero.
For Moms and Dads with Moms and Dads.
Hand Me the Remote.

To Antoine in Philly whose mail keeps bouncing. 1. Yes. 2. Yes. 3. No so far we haven’t. 4. It depends on Federal Postal Regulations.

Thanks a million to Salt Lake City, London, Amarillo, Irvine, NYC, Rocklin, Alpharetta, Fort Lee, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Lexington, Madison, Montreal, Malden, Oakdale, Danville, Dallas, Savannah, Santa Monica, Auckland, Santa Rosa, Valley Stream and Eden Prairie.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

The Sweet Fruits of Capitalism

 

Occasionally we discover cool things about creating and running an online business that we could never have anticipated. We knew it would be fun to provide people with the tools to make cool stuff and that it would be interesting to watch the word get around and to ship to a zillion places and to have the business become an increasingly important part of what Coudal Partnersis all about. We knew, most of all, that we’d learn about a lot of things. All that is good.

But nobody ever told us that when we ordered a certain amount of packing materials from our supplier they would send us, FREE OF CHARGE, a totally-cool super-patriotic hardhat that we could make our intern Ryan wear while sitting in a big plastic trash can. Ah, the sweet fruits of capitalism.Thanks Nashville, Cincinnati, Portland, Duluth, Succasunna, Worcester, Seattle, Beverly Hills, Carbondale, Palo Alto, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Danvers, NYC, Quebec, Minneapolis, Calgary, Duluth, Geelong West and Toronto for making all this possible.

Bits and Pieces

The workshop at How to Build a Professional Database-Driven Website is taught by the developers behind Newstoday, K10K, BD4D and FlightDeck. It looks great and the Jewelboxing packaged giveaway does too. We’re happy to be an inaugural sponsor of Stylegala, a sweet new reference for web developers. Plus, Ben Hunt places the JB site about halfway between ‘functional richness’ and ‘aesthetic richness’ in his book excerpt posted at Web Design from Scratch. That’s a nice place to be.

A CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailing went out yesterday and included a contest in which people could win a 100pack. Subscribe on the JB home page so you don’t miss the next one.

We’ve always found aesthetic richness in Brooklyn, Austin, Virginia Beach, Libertyville, Jacksonville, Orangeburg, NYC, Vancouver, Portland, London, Orangeburg, New Bern, Nazareth, Newport Beach, Savannah, chicago, Louisville, Indianapolis, Trondheim, Arlington, Toronto and Northumberland.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Roll Over and Play

Ant made a really sweet little ad for our Newstodaysponsorship. He used iStopMotion from Boinx, Flash, Photoshop and the desk in my office. Here it is.

If you’re on our mailing list, watch your inbox in the next day or two for a chance to win a 20pack or other prizes in an experimental contest celebrating Jewelboxing’s first birthday. if you’re not on the list, get to it. Just enter your email at the bottom of the home page.

Everyone in these cities is already a winner as far as we’re concerned. Lubbock, Portland, Vancouver, Jonesboro, Brooklyn, Northfield, Sparta, North Brookfield, Karlshamn, Jackson, Virginia Beach, Chicago, Portsmouth, Frisco, Niwot, Kingsport, Troy, Shawnee, Brookline, NYC, Philadelphia, Austin, Sonoma and Winston Salem.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Danke

I’m going to be out of town for a couple days and have already fallen woefully behind in listing the places where we find nice people using our nice product, so here’s a list. Also, if you’d rather win a Jewelboxing system than buy one, you’d better add your name to our mailing list. (see the bottom of the home page) we’ll be sending out a CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailingnext week and there will be a new contest in it, along with some other semi-interesting things.

Thnaks to Kaleva, Alviso, NYC, Williamsville, Sydney, Minneapolis, Franklin, Atlanta, Crystal Lake, Toronto, Billings, Columbus, Bloomfield, Vancouver, Burbank, Rumson, Scarborough, Pittsford, Largo, Remscheid, LA, Tokyo, Sumter, Rocky Hill, New Haven, Pittsburgh, Plano, Winter Park, Victoria, Santa Monica, Boca Raton, Milpitas, Norman, Baldwin Harbor and Grand Rapids.

Creative Anarchy

We’ve just added MassDistraction’s Press Kit to our Examples and Inspirations page.

A CP/Jewelboxing Infrequent Mailing is going out next week and we’re going to try something new. We have an idea for a contest that ought to be pretty fun, but it’s only going to be available to subscribers, so if you’re not on the list, sign up at the bottom of the JB home page.

OK, Salt Lake City, Plymouth, Liberty, Chicago, Hamilton, Venice, Leominster, Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco, Buffalo, Boston, Bonita Springs, Cambridge, Staten Island, Santa Monica, Kenai, Malden, San Diego and Modesto, let’s see what you’re making with your systems. We’d like to hook you up.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Stop Motion Fun at the Studio

One if the advantages of running your own business is that if you have a half-baked idea that could turn out interesting (and maybe even effective) you can pursue it. Ant and I spent the better part of this afternoon at CPscrewing around with a cool Mac app called iStopMotion from Boinx. We’re working on a little advertising project for a specific site sponsorship we’ve undertaken. This is the very raw footage of what we’re messing with, we hope to have the finished project completed and launched tomorrow. Unless of course it turns out lame. Then we’ll never speak of it again.

With all precincts reporting we are able to call a vicory for Jewelboxing in Thornhill, West Bend, Zuid Holland, NYC, Emeryville, Brisbane, Milwaukee, Chicago, Sydney, Singapore, Brookline, Sunnyvale, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lubbock, North Bay Village, Harrisonburg and San Diego.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Good Citizen

Jason Koxvold, of Bubble and Squeak has used our system before. Check the top entry on our Examples and Inspirations page. Now he’s got his film work together on a reel and figures it’s about time to enter some festivals. Nice. If your project came out nice, we wanna see it. Write us through the contact link at the bottom of the page.

‘Nice’ is not nearly a strong enough word top convey the insightful, compassionate and good-looking people we’ve recently met from Cork, NYC, Philly, Melbourne, Newington, Ft. Myers, Edmond, San Jose and Arlington.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Crash Ballet

When we came across NASA Crash Impact Demonstrations for a post at CP we thought they were oddly beautiful, especially in light of the fact that these crashes were staged for research. OK, just for fun, we started a contest. We’ve quickly matched a couple of these crash clips with a piece of music from Plone’sexcellent For Beginner Piano.

Here’s our clip. Who’s next?

Pick your own music, fire up Final Cut Pro and send us a link (info at coudal dot com) to your clip. We’ll give away a Jewelboxing 20pack if we see something exceptional before tomorrow morning end of the day Thursday. By the way, there are bigger source files at the NASA site for each of the clips listed.

Big ups to to NYC, Wien, Abbeville, Bath, Flintridge, Laval, Morris Plains, San Francisco, Chicago, West Hollywood, Sammamish and Ottawa.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog