A Page Turn Never Looked So Good

Chalk it up to another “first” for us. Chris Okamoto, head of the terrific firm Illumen Studios, just a few miles away from us out in Evanston, sent in a sample this week of the firm’s promos materials, packaged in a Jewelboxing King case. Of course the design terrific, but Chris also passed along a link to a site they’d built, an online version of what’s included on the disc. At the very top, there’s an animated copy of their Jewelboxing cover insert, opening and closing. Sure, we’ve all seen Flash at work before, but how often do you open a page and find that it relates to you? So needless to say, we were thoroughly impressed and very pleased that Chris and his team at Illumen enjoyed Jewelboxing enough to, well, animate it. Here’s a little about their company and this project:

“Illumen Studios is a design company that creates interactive marketing, training, and eLearning solutions. We wanted a clean and simple solution for Illumen’s marketing materials that would leave a memorable impression. Illumen produces interactive work for the medical, hi-tech, and architectural industries so it was important that the piece speak to a variety of audiences. Chris Okamoto designed the piece as an extension of the company’s website, strengthening the overall brand while integrating the visual experience and touchpoints. The Jewelboxing solution proved to be an excellent choice, one that has left a lasting impact with clients.”

Influenced by Illumen’s work, we’re currently in the process of building interactive sites and animations about the people in Montclair, New York, Broomfield, Vancouver, Montreal, Arden Hills, Tunkhannock, Winnepeg, Dallas, Rockford, Culver City, West Hollywood, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oceanside, Pasadena, La Grange, Reisterstown, and Poughkeepsie.

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

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.

A Good Decision, Verified

A company can’t continue to grow without change. We made a big one a month ago when we decided to switch the paper stock we use with the Jewelboxing System. Sure, we were happy with what we’d used previously, but there’s always room for improvement. So we tested and tested, and sure enough, we were right; there was a better stock out there for us. Now every Jewelboxing System we send out is packaged with it, and thus far it’s getting great reactions. Take for example this message we just received from Joan McDonald: Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

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. Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

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. Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

Making a Salami and Swiss Cheese Sandwich or Using Our New 2-Disc Hub

Starting right this very minute (well actually a couple days ago) all of our King (movie-sized) cases come equipped with a new two disc-holding hub. Read the last entry of our Frequently Asked Questionsfor more on the basics of the mechanism involved. Now the hub holds two discs, with one floating snugly and held in place above the other so they don’t touch. If you use only one disc, you’ll never notice the difference. Nice huh? Check this little video we made this morning (right before lunch) demonstrating exactly how it works.

The Spring Jewelboxing Tour continues apace. Venues include Aertesia, Alpharetta, Rockwall, Kingsley, St. Louis, Austerlitz, Buffalo. Pleasantville, Santa Monica, Boston, London and Tacoma.

August 27, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock