Misty Water-Colored Memories

With winter coming soon and being outdoors no longer an option, it was recently decided around the home front that this was going to be the season of cleaning up the basement once and for all. With the snows coming, the plan to to finally start sorting through all those boxes of miscellaneous photos, letters, and those odd little mementos that don’t quite work so hot with the decor upstairs among the living. But in the end, even after weekends are spent reorganizing, you might wind up with a few less boxes, but all of that stuff will still be sitting down there, gathering dust.

It seemed somehow fortuitous that we ran across this post from 2005 over at Ask Metafilter about what people do with their collections of old memories. Bringing it full circle is that someone recommended taking the time to scan these important pieces of your life and sticking it all onto discs, then going that extra mile by nicely packaging it using Jewelboxing. We’d seen this general idea put to great use in previous posts like with Andrew Huff’s collection of his grandfather’s audio interviews, Sujay Thomas’ graduation discs, and Brendan Dawes’ birthday memories. But to do a personal collection of all your miscellaneous stuff, all searchable and safely tucked away in ones and zeros, that sounds fantastic. If just to provide inspiration so that we might do the same when it comes time to head downstairs to start the organizing, we’d love to see how it all turned out and hear your story, so if you’ve done such a thing, drop us a line and let us know.

Here’s to hoping memories are being made and preserved in Brooklyn, Longwood, New York, Anacortes, Pasadena, Las Vegas, Madison, Toms River, Brea, Palo Alto, Oxford, London, Savannah, Blacksburg, Washington DC, Wetumpka, Drouin, Newmarket, Knoxville, Logan, Chicago, Toronto, Metairie, and Merrifield.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Grand Experience

Although we’ve posted things like our first Jewelboxing commercial, the famous “Bags of Air,” and a demonstration by Dawson’s hands, we’d gone years without truly embedding any video on the blog to suddenly being on our second in mere months (the first is here). Regardless of this budding, potential trend or otherwise, here’s a clip we found created by photographer Armin DeFiesta about the two methods he uses for client packaging. When he goes Jewelboxing, he explains it as such: “If you’re like me, I still like to take the time and effort to customize my products as part of the grand experience I deliver.” But enough talk out of us. Here’s Armin:

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

An Esteemed Body of Design-Conscious Individuals

Besides when people write in to share with us what they’ve put together using Jewelboxing, we’ve had a lot of luck over the years finding interesting projects users have posted on Flickr. We’ve been really fortunate in seeing that people think so highly of the cases that they’ve included them in their photo collections that we figured it was about time that we starting collecting up all of this good grace in one central locale. Thus, we’ve made a new Flickr group for all things Jewelboxing-related, appropriated entitled, “Jewelboxing.” Have a photo, or a dozen, of one of your cases that you’re particularly proud of? Go ahead and post it up and join the group. And now that we have this esteemed body of design-conscious individuals, we can’t promise we’ll have annual cook-outs or lapel buttons and secret handshakes to show your allegiance, we can say that we’ll appreciate it plenty.

Thanks to all of those who have joined already and here’s to hoping there are some flash bulbs a-popping and some photos getting posted right now in Edinburgh, Brooklyn Center, Turlock, Santa Cruz, Zurich, New York, London, Poole, San Ramon, Madison, Chandler, Houston, Addison, Alexandria, Amsterdam, Johnson City, Irvine, Marrickville, West Kirby, and San Jose.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Fight Nights

A quick post to show off some new Jewelboxing work by Stephen Coles. You likely know him from his work as the editor of Typographica and The Mid-Century Modernist, and you might remember when we we had the good fortune to sit down and talk with him about his work as Type Director at FontShop in Case Study #10. This time around, he put together a personal project in order to help him cope with Sweden. We know that sentence doesn’t make a whole ton of sense as we put it, so we’ll let Stephen fill in the context:

“My last few months in Stockholm were filled with bitterness and angst, fueled by self-imposed isolation and 4 hours of sunlight per day. The only cure was a cathartic mix CD full of aggressive music.”

“The art is a page ripped from a book I found at a Stockholm bar called The Library. Just discovered tonight that the dude is a Swedish boxer named Ingemar Johansson who won the World Heavyweight Championship in 1955. Fitting that the guy shares my middle name. He looks like I felt at the time.”

Thanks much to Stephen for once again impressing us with his work and here’s to hoping there’s plenty of sunlight in Weehawken, Shanghai, Peoria, Pittsburgh, Barrie, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Swindon, Grand Rapids, New York, Lower Langford, Sonoma, London, and Omaha.

Making a Good Last Impression

On our blog, it seems like many of our posts about promotional work tend to focus more on that first meeting, that attempt at landing a job. But we ran into an interesting discussion today about the other side of that equation over at the Freelance Switch Forums. The topic was “Packaging of Deliverables” and the initial post was about using Jewelboxing to turn in that final copy to your client of whatever it is you’ve just finished up for them:

Seems like an interesting way to leave a definite, tangible impression with clients. Has anyone else tried this? How did it turn out?

Personally speaking, it’s what we’ve always done here at Jewelboxing and over at Coudal, trying to make a good last impression, and we’ve found that it’s been a success thus far. Though there are, of course, some detractors:

Impressing your clients AFTER the project is complete seems to be a tad backward.

Granted, among those couple of “why would you want to do that?” responses there were some good points, largely stemming from the idea that not all businesses operate in the same way and sometimes a client just needs a file passed along by e-mail or FTP and that’s it. Impressing them at the beginning and sticking to their guidelines at the end might be just enough.

But the vast majority of the replies seemed to see this as a very good idea, continuing that commitment to the project even after the last invoice has gone out. If it’s right for your business and your marketing budget will allow for it, why not make an effort to keep those clients you’ve enjoyed working with coming back and possibly sticking solely with you for the long haul? That seems to be the verdict in the end, that while doing this might not make an instant financial difference to your business, putting the notion that “you’re a class act” in your client’s mind is never a bad idea and has the potential to lead to a lot of positives.

Just something we found interesting on a Friday afternoon and it’s always nice to see our cases discussed from another angle. Here’s to hoping for a great weekend and many happy returns in Fairfax, Austin, Bethesda, Villa Park, Shaker Heights, Media, Greenville, Brookline, Philadelphia, Oberlin, Mississauga, Sycamore, Chicago, South Grafton, Savannah, London, Winter Park, New York City, Vancouver, La Mirada, and Knoxville.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Winning Over Brands By Branding Better

People use Jewelboxing in order to stand out from the crowd for a lot of reasons, like trying to land that job or wanting to impress that certain someone with a mix disc of your favorite songs. Sometimes it’s professional, sometimes it’s just wanting to feel good about whatever it is you put together. When you’re a brand-focused design firm at a trade show or prepping for a massive mailing, it’s absolutely essential. Among a veritable sea of competition, it’s important to be able to wow potential clients with your work before they’ve even stepped foot in your booth or popped that disc into their computer. Jewelboxing-user and firm principal Shawn Borsky understands this completely and dropped us a line to let us know about his latest project:

“My firm, Anthem Design Group, is a brand and website design firm specializing in brand fidelity (new solutions that flow with your current brand), as well as new development, micro sites, product highlights, etc. We used about 1,000 Jewelboxing cases for a direct mail and trade show media kit campaign. The media kits were a showcase and FAQ for our firm’s Q1 and Q2 of 2008, for prospective clients. We actually mailed them with red/violet ribbons that matched the cover ribbon, which also worked with our tag, ‘Brand solutions that flow.'”

“We used Jewelboxing because it allows us much more customization, a better, neater looking package, and durable for direct mail. We had done a print run of 100 before and it worked great. This last time around, we actually had ours custom printed and die cut for the mold, so it looks really fantastic and was very painless. Plus we got screen printed discs. At trade shows, 8 out of 10 people ask if they are free, which is always nice. I recommend Jewelboxing to every other business owner and we use them for all of our client media kits.”

Thanks much to Shawn for writing in and sharing his work with us, and here’s to hoping that 8 out of 10 people are hiring or admiring those in Twickenham, Marietta, Beckenham, Tallahassee, Canterbury, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus, Reading Berkshire, Baltimore, Chatham, Sylvania, Washington DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Downey, Cambridge, and Gloucester.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Quick Jewelboxing Run in Less Than Twelve-Parsecs

A post to fall into that “what are we Jewelboxing?” category, here’s a cover Jim made for his son Spencer’s recent birthday party. They took a troop of his friends out to play laser tag and each of the little Jedis received a disc full of music, packaged in Jewelboxing Kings, of course:

 

A happy birthday to Spencer and here’s to hoping that the Laser Battles conclude soon so that peace and order is restored throughout the Republic, particularly in Armadale, San Ramon, Rosemont, Allston, Riverview, Lubbock, Asheville, Athens, Springfield, London, Haslemere, Maribor, Dallas, Ilford, Chicago, Salem, West Henrietta, Highland, Draper, Los Angeles, Orlando, Petaling Jaya, Salt Lake City, and Tatooine.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Well-Polished Promotion

Sometimes, when that extra special project comes around, you have decisions to make along the way. You can either do it proficiently and professionally, or you can chose to push it a little further and create something remarkable that will completely floor your clients (and most importantly, make you proud to show it off, too). Such is the case with Harpreet Padam and his design firm Unlike, who decided to go all out in creating a recent job for a client by including our Standard cases within their fantastic presentation kit. Here’s the whole story from Harpreet:

“We’re a small design firm of two in Bangalore, India called Unlike and we work mostly with fashion and lifestyle brands in the domain of packaging, graphics, and accessory design. The picture I sent you was part of a project for Carbon Accessories, a fashion jewellery brand that sells across India through a shop-in-shop sales module and was looking at expanding into exclusive stores. To enable this through a planned and consistent design identity, Carbon reached out to carefully selected designers/architects across the world, inviting them to associate with the brand.”

“At Unlike, we designed a brand presentation (in Flash), a brochure that provided detailed information about the brand, and a design brief to entice and invite these designers and architects. This was arranged inside an acrylic box that was then personalised to each addressee through coloured DYMO embossing tape. A Jewelboxing-packaged CD contained the Flash presentation and a digitally-printed CD label themed on ‘elevating style,’ the brand mantra and also the theme of this project.”

“Before we decided on Jewelboxing (which I was familiar with for such a long time that I don’t even remember how or when, maybe some design magazine?), we were considering buying single-cased Sony DVDs, discarding the DVDs, and using their jewel case. It’s much cheaper that way since a Jewelboxing case costs about 75 Indian rupees (with postage), and the Sony DVD case works out to 35 Indian rupees with a blank DVD to spare. However, we decided on the more professional and in a way ‘elevating style’ with the Jewelboxing case because of its highly reflective nature (maybe due to its internal form, structure, and gloss). This reflection was also relevant, as most of our client’s products are diamond-studded and shine like crazy. So we let the CD inside show through, encased in all that clarity.”

“About the Jewelboxing experience, well it was quick, fast, and convenient. We originally had some doubts, but Dawson cleared them up in a jiffy. I visited your site again recently because we’re planning to use Jewelboxing for another brand presentation for a new client, a silk furnishings retailer, though this time we plan to silkscreen the case, quite like a Marc Newson DVD we have. I’ll order as soon as I get my proposal approved!”

Thanks to Harpreet and the Unlike Design Company for sharing their work with us and here’s to hoping client socks are being knocked off in Machelen, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Grayslake, Washington DC, Anacortes, Tuscaloosa, Seattle, Layham, Whistler, Norwich, Trujillo Alto, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Zurich, Oakland, and Glen Carbon.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Case Study 11: Alex Gould

You can’t legitimately claim to have a working knowledge of the designer toy world without knowing who James Jarvis is. Certainly one of the pioneers within the recent boom in “the soft vinyl revolution,” his work has helped to inspire hundreds of other designers looking to break into this unique form of design. Director and illustrator Alex Gould was one person who received such inspiration from Jarvis, but also decided to return the favor by creating a documentary about the toy designing icon, appropriately entitled An Interview with James Jarvis. An extremely talented illustrator, designer, and filmmaker in his own right, we got a chance to talk to Alex about himself, his documentary, and what it was like to document Jarvis:

Can you tell us about yourself? Your background?

Born in North Wales. I’m a filmmaker and photographer. I studied Multimedia Arts in University. Currently living in Liverpool.

How would you describe your work?

My work is, as I see it, a way of moving forward with directing films, every project I’ve worked on is connected in small details, the thinking, how it is put together and the end vision. All add to enhancing my skills as a director, be it through the medium of film, photography, illustration, or design.

What’s the origin of the name Ika Zcha?

Ah, it has something to do with watching a lot of Takashi Kitano films as a teenager…

Can you tell us about An Interview with James Jarvis?

The film looks at his drawing and the thought processes that go into his work. This spans across the two comics that he published through Silas and then Amos as well as his commercial & personal illustration work. It also has a short interview with Aiden Onn the owner of Playlounge a vinyl toy shop in London, that gives a perspective on the toys he produces under Amos and who buys them. It’s mainly aimed at fans of his work and illustrators.

How did the project come about? Did you know Jarvis? A longtime fan and decided to make a film about him?

I was already a huge fan of his work, however this film started out with a personal obsession I have about Hergé the creator of Tintin. I had been planning what to do for my dissertation and wanted to get in touch with James Jarvis to ask a few questions about the influence of Hergé on his work. Initially I asked one of my tutors who knew Jarvis to break the ice, about me contacting him. I then e-mailed James a rough outline of the questions I wanted to ask him and he responded positively to the line of questioning and me coming to London to film him.

What was the production like? You’ve said on the site that you spent two days with Jarvis at his office? Were you always by his side, asking questions, or did you get the questions you were after and then try to disappear as much as possible and try to capture things as they played out normally?

The production was filmed during a slightly quieter than usual period for James, so the office was not too hectic. I was trying to avoid being obtrusive, but I was very curious and fascinated so there were a lot of questions I asked even when the camera was off. The first day lasted longer than planned originally it was only an hour or two but it stretched into the majority of the day. On the second day of filming the office was busier so our time was slightly less than the day before. My approach was filming all the questions that I had in a straight interview, then work in a much more flexible approach around the office and ask ad-hoc questions and film it as it happened, it was good combining these two methods as when it came to edit the film there was a nice variety of shots and situations to edit with.

Specific details about the production? What you shot it on, how much footage you had at the end of those two days, how long it took to edit?

It was shot on HDV. After the two days filming I had just under four hours of raw footage. With so much footage to choose from editing took a lot longer than usual, it was around a month to pull together the final cut, then another couple of days colouring it in Magic Bullet suite.

Did you have a background in filmmaking or did you decide that you absolutely had to make a film about James Jarvis, picked up a camera, and went with it?

I already had a background in filmmaking. With any film I make the story or person has to be something I’m fascinated in. Being a big fan of his work and not really finding the answers to questions that I had in other interviews, it seemed natural to go out there and make a film about him and ask those questions.

Has the film played at festivals, or design/illustration events, etc? What was your plan with the film after it was completed?

I had initially wanted to push it for television channels, I put up an online version of it that James Jarvis put on his blog and subsequently streetwear blogs like Hypebeast put it up, more recently Kanye West put a post about James Jarvis on his blog along with my film, which was a bit weird. I’d like to see the film play in a few documentary festivals and definitely some illustration events.

What was Jarvis’ reaction to the film?

James thought that the film worked well, he especially enjoyed the speeded up section with him drawing out an A4 illustration especially to camera.

I think that the time spent filming the interview was the most important part for James as it was a rare chance to look retrospectively at all his previous work. As a professional illustrator he is constantly moving forward and doing new work it was a chance to stop and look back over the work and think about it in more detail.

You’re a very talented illustrator yourself. Do you see Jarvis as a big influence?

Ha ha. I’d say I was mediocre at best. Yes definitely, especially after meeting and talking to him about the level of thinking that goes into each illustration, listening to his advice and the fact that someone as talented as James Jarvis would say yes to me coming to where he works asking loads of questions and filming him was an incredible experience.

Any other illustrators you greatly admire? If so, any plans to make films about them and start a series?

I’m a big fan of Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, and Gary Panter. I love TADO’s work it’s been on my mind to do a series of shorts on talented illustrators, but I’m currently working on other projects at the moment.

You packaged the film using one of our Jewelboxing King cases and they’re just fantastic. Any details on the process of putting it all together?

I had already bookmarked the Jewelboxing site a few months before I had started filming looking for some high quality packaging that had the right finish and looked professional. Initially I was more concerned with the typeface for the cover, whilst filming in Amos offices I’d taken a lot of photographs in the breaks between filming, these were used full bleed throughout the packaging, the type was slightly transparent allowing the lines of the drawings to show through.

What’s next for you?

Currently I’m writing a feature film. In pre-production for a short film about a local organist who plays whilst a cinema screen rises out of the floor and another short film about the darker side of dog walking. Also start shooting a music video in a few weeks time for an interesting band.

Favor the Moments

A while back, we ran across this post over at the popular Weddingbee site, where blogger Miss Pomegranate (each of their writers take on secret identities) talked briefly about her plans to use Jewelboxing as the favors for her upcoming wedding. As we went back and read her previous posts, each about various preparations, we knew that whatever she came up with would be terrific, given her eye for design and a knack for the do-it-yourself. And correct we were, as she’s just followed up by posting her finished CDs, beautifully packaged in our Standard cases. What’s more, like with all of her posts, she went above and beyond by writing out all the details of creating all 150 favors, from start to finish. If you’re at all curious about the process of putting together a 100+ Jewelboxing project with just yourself or with you and another person, we highly recommend starting with her write-up. Also, make sure to check out how she connected these favors to the designs for all of her other wedding accouterments

Thanks to Miss Pomegranate (or “Kate”) for sharing her Jewelboxing experience, and we wish her all the best when the big day rolls around in just a few short weeks. And here’s to hoping there are big days of all kinds on their way to Alexandria, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Vernon Hills, Arlington, Fleetwood, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Hatboro, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Toronto, Vancouver, Longmont, Gainesville, and Burnaby.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Will Call Window

On a semi-regular basis, we get a call from a customer saying, “I’m in Chicago and I think I’m right down the street from you. Can I just come pick up my order?” To which, of course, we always say yes. It’s a good way for locals to save a couple bucks on shipping, it’s nice to say hello to Jewelboxing customers, and it makes us feel almost like a real live brick and mortar. Well somehow this week, after one of these calls, it finally struck us that we should be making it easier for our customers to know that they can easily swing by our Chicago office and pick up their orders. So we’ve just added this option to the shopping cart:

 

If you’re local and close by, or just in town for a couple of days for meetings or a conference, and you’re looking to order, we hope this will provide a quick method to stop by, pick up, say hello, and get to Jewelboxing right away.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Taking the Leap

Who doesn’t love hearing that something you’ve built has improved someone’s day? We feel particularly close to any story of people switching over to Jewelboxing after finally getting fed up with the bland cases picked up from a local office supply store, largely because that was our experience, too, and it’s the reason for why we started the company in the first place. So we were happy to hear from photographer Scott McNamara who made the change and hasn’t looked back since. Here’s from Scott:

“As embarrassing as it is to admit, in my early days of wedding photography I would hand clients a beautiful set of Office Max DVDs, cleanly presented in clear jewel boxes. But wait…it gets better! The finishing touches were added with a Sharpie…yes…as in “Mary and Brian’s Wedding 2006.” I laugh at this tragedy now, as I have been using Jewelboxing cases for a year now.”

“I strive to custom design each set to match both the personality of the wedding and of the bride and groom. No two cases are alike; each is custom designed. I choose my favorite images and apply design elements that match those images.”

“For some of my clients, I have used the inside of the booklet as a place to document events for the DVDs themselves. This is usually a “Slideshow Guest list” where they can write the names and dates of the first people to view their slideshow. In addition, I add an area where the bride and groom can write their favorite images and why. In fifty years, these simple touches will hopefully help them relive the early days of their wedding.”

“Second to the wedding images, I get the most compliments on these cases. Clients are so excited to receive a surprise — custom designed cases that compliment the beauty of their wedding, and provide a taste of what’s to come. As a wedding photographer, they provide a solid platform with which to extend my brand. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Thanks much to Scott for writing in and here’s to hoping there are bundles of old cases and sharpie pens destine for the rubbish bin for those in Dundee, Greenwich, Dallas, Minneapolis, Somerville, Chicago, Renton, Vancouver, Livonia, Brooklyn, Edgewater, Milford, Toronto, Murphysboro, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Wauatosa, New York, Napa, and Jarrettsville.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Going the Distance

We have a soft spot for people in long distance relationships here at Jewelboxing HQ. In seeing friends who have decided to court from afar and having collectively been in a few ourselves over the years (including one that resulted in an experiment involving ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”), we understand how much effort it takes in making it work. So we were happy to hear that our cases had become part of that effort on behalf of Hamish Macpherson who wrote us about a project he was working on to help keep those fires o’ love burning strong:

“I just finished and sent off my first Jewelboxing project, so I thought I’d share what I came up with. It was a CD for my wonderful girlfriend Talia. Right now we’re in a long distance relationship, so I had the idea of making a CD for her while I’m far away. I remembered seeing Jewelboxing before, but at the time I couldn’t find a legitamte use for it. But not anymore! I ordered a pack of Kings right away and got to work as soon as they arrived (in fact, I had started designing before they came). I was really surprised at just how easy it was to print, punch out, and put together, and I was even happier with the results. Thanks for making this project a success! I look forward to Jewelboxing again in the future.”

Thanks much to Hamish for sharing his story with us and here’s to hoping there’s love in the air (and maybe in the mail, too) in Evanston, San Diego, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Ruston, Los Angeles, West Monroe, Manchester, Bonaire, Carmel, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Jersey City, Berkeley, Conroe, Tulsa, La Crosse, Wickliffe, Brooklyn, and East Patchogue.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Getting Hands On with Dragons’ Truth

Here’s an interesting project we just ran into. It’s a short video promoting writer Teel McClanahan III’s new novel, Dragons’ Truth, which is now available as an audiobook. Teel wanted to show off that the audio version was “presented in a premium jewelbox” (see: our Standard-sized case), so he clearly took a page from Dawson’s hand modeling debut and put together his own unique moves to make the following:

Thanks to Teel for posting his video and here’s to hoping there’s soon to be a whole series of similar Jewelboxing-centric hand modeling clips coming from Little Rock, London, Alexandria, Chicago, Brooklyn, Evanston, Phoenix, North Bay Billage, Savannah, Shanghai, Long Beach, Portland, Lakewood, Foothill Ranch, Lancaster, Washington, West Henrietta, New York City, and Atlanta

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Herding the Archives

After four years and more than 200 entries to the Jewelboxing blog, we realized that the archives had grown a bit unruly and it was time to do some organizing. So we went through all of these hundreds of posts and assigned them all to categories, including things like Motion Graphics + Animation, Music projects, Weddings, and Tips we’ve put up over the years to make your whole Jewelboxing experience all the better. You’ll find the whole list of categories over there on the right. We figure this house cleaning will not only help us track things down in the archives, but will also let you more easily browse around and see what people are using Jewelboxing for in the specific areas you’re interested in. Happy reading!

Here’s to hoping we’ll soon be able to categorize all the project being put together in Shanghai, Boston, Charleston, London, Valley Center, Sao Paulo, Lemon Grove, Normal, San Francisco, Chicago, Whitehorse, Northfield, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Clinton Township, McAllen, New York, Ladera Ranch, Tucson, Lone Tree, and Berlin.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

A Successful Audition

Maybe it stems from some residual childhood memory of being at the dinner table, but we’re firm believers of the “Try it, you’ll like it!” mantra. Around Jewelboxing HQ, we try and keep to that mindset outside of just what lands on our plates, giving the benefit of the doubt to everything from that new web app everyone’s talking about to seeing films we ordinarily wouldn’t be watching. So we were happy to hear from Jon Hall, who had a similar, “Try it, you’ll like it” experience with Jewelboxing. Here’s from Jon:

“I’m a graphic designer from Pittsburgh, PA. I operate JDH Ideas, a small design firm that works with web, print, and logos specifically. I have been using the Jewelboxing package system for a while now and I can’t believe how great they work. I’d been using old school, flat-black CD cases before and they were unsightly, flimsy, and generally just bad for business. I had a friend tell me about the Jewelboxing system, but I hesitated, thinking that the system was too good to be true. I finally ordered a pack, printed my CD, and never looked back at the old flimsy packages I had used before (well, actually, I use them as frisbees now). I really like how the packaging system gives my designs a permanent presence. It definitely ensures the materials don’t go unnoticed. One of the things I like most about them is how they start up so much conversation; it’s amazing. Everyone has been wowed by the design of the cases and so now I use them for all my new JDH Ideas clients, and for myself. They are just great for job hunting because they give you that extra edge that no one else has.”

Thanks much to Jon for taking the plunge and becoming a Jewelboxing believer. And here’s to hoping there are loads of new converts in Philadelphia, New York, Tulsa, Grandville, Wake Forest, Yardley, Palo Alto, Westlake Village, Aliso Viejo, Belton, Chicago, Washington DC, Sioux Falls, Venice, and Hong Kong.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Full-Time Perfectionists

If you’re a musician or a filmmaker, you can maybe slip by on the design side of things by doing something simple, figuring that the Jewelboxing case alone will do enough initial impressing to encourage people to pop in the disc and get into whatever it is that your real bread-and-butter expertise is. But when you’re V12 Studios, a full-service design firm that does a whole lot of everything, from print work to packaging design to any and all in between, not only does the included reel have to be sharp, but the Jewelboxing case itself has to be nothing short of perfect. Because, who knows, maybe after looking at the way V12 handled their reel, that client they’re pitching to could turn around and decide they need to have their own project or product packaged up using Jewelboxing too. Kiran RajBhandary, the president of V12, was kind enough to drop us a line, letting us know why they decided to use our cases, and here’s what he had to say:

“We looked for a system that was first and above all, of absolute total quality. When you sell creative services, the presentation of the work is a critical attribute. I found only one system that met our needs: Jewelboxing. Jewelboxing provides a presentation platform that allows not only for superb reproduction, but ease of use. We get inquiries worldwide, and having the ability to provide a visual and physically tangible example of our thinking and the quality we strive for quickly and with ease is of great benefit.”

Thanks very much to Kiran and the crew at V12 for getting in touch with us and here’s to hoping it’s quality galore in Arlington, Evanston, Slidell, Kingsport, Newcastle, Lenexa, San Jose, Athens, Morton Grove, Fairfax, Altamonte Springs, Marietta, Dallas, Murphysboro, Hyde Park, Chicago, Seattle, Middletown, New York, Hamilton, Philadelphia, South Pasadena, Singapore, Virginia Beach, Kenosha, Savannah, Newton, Coral Gables, Brunswick and Brooklyn.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Getting to Know the Real Bryan Bedell

Not to sing our own praises too loudly, but usually around here it’s us talking to Jewelboxing users about their projects or interviewing them for one of our Case Study features, not the other way around. But such was the case with our own Bryan Bedell who was recently interviewed by IT Enquirer about all things Jewelboxing, from what tool designers tend to work with on their projects to printing thousands of cases in bulk. Being as Bryan is our resident Jewelboxing printing expert, and just because he’s a generally pleasant person, it’s an interview well worth your time.

Thanks to IT Enquirer for their interest in what we’re up to and here’s hoping that the tough questions are being asked in Seattle, York, New York, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Pleasant Grove, Columbia, Sunnyvale, Centreville, Portland, Napa, Boston, Farmington Hills, Palmyra, Liverpool, Palmerton, Herndon, Dallas, London, Detroit and Houston.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Past Preservation

It’s always cool when you learn something new about a friend. You think you know them pretty well, but then they surprise you with something they’ve never mentioned before, like “I won the state archery championship in high school” or “I just finished writing my first novel. It’s about bees, which I’ve been utterly fascinated by since childhood.” Such was the case with our good friend Andrew Huff, who has not only been a web ally over at Gaper’s Block, but has helped us over the years with projects of ours like Layer Tennis and The Show, as well as coming along with us on more than a couple of trips to the bar. But until recently, we didn’t know about a project he’d used Jewelboxing for and once we’d heard all the details, we asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing them on the blog. He agreed and so here’s the whole story from Andrew himself:

“At Christmas in 2001, I brought a mini-casette recorder out to my grandparents’ house in Scottsdale, Arizona, to interview them about their youth. My grandmother was born in Italy and immigrated to the US when she was 8, passing through Ellis Island on her way to Chicago. My grandfather was born here, fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and came home to jobs ranging from running a small trucking firm to working for the City of Chicago’s Recorder of Deeds to owning a nightclub. He was the single best storyteller I’ve ever known, and their life together was so rich that I wanted to make sure at least part of it was recorded for posterity.

“I recorded about three hours of tape that Christmas. In between stories of my grandparents’ childhood in Chicago’s Little Italy, their courtship and my grandfather’s experiences in Guadal Canal and after, I also captured the rest of the family filling in details and asking questions. On one tape, my grandmother walks through the steps of making stuffed artichokes, and then we talk about life after marriage, the move from the Old Neighborhood, and grandpa’s trucking company and the uniform company he drove for for 20 years.

“In 2003, I brought my recorder with me again. This time, it was to record my grandfather one more time: he was in the last stages of lung cancer, so it was one last opportunity to ask him questions. He told me about the bar he ran, and about the move to Arizona in the early ’90s. Three weeks later, he passed away.

“The tapes sat in my office for several years, until my grandmother expressed interest in hearing them again. That spurred me to finally have them digitized. As I prepared the files for Grandma, I realized that the rest of the family would be interested in copies, too. So a grand Christmas present project was hatched.

“I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use Jewelboxing cases for the CDs. They’re beautiful presentation pieces, and the custom templates allowed me to easily create nicely designed inserts for them. I scanned photos from my mother and my collection, produced layouts in Photoshop using the templates, and printed them up. Unfortunately, I ran out of time before Christmas to actually burn the CDs. Fortunately, I was able to print the CD labels and take them with me, burning the discs and slapping on labels while listening to the recordings with my grandmother.

“The four-CD set turned out beautifully, and fits perfectly on the shelf alongside DVDs and books. My family loved the gift, of course. I’m looking forward to repeating the project with my dad’s side of the family this summer.”

Thanks very much to Andrew and here’s to hoping for a few surprises in Arlington, Austin, Cupertino, Orsay, Launceston, Lexington, Mountain View, Old Buckenham, Belfast, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Berkeley, Oslo, Guildford, Burbank, Chicago, Brooklyn, Montreal, Meerbusch, Great Neck, Richmond, Tonsberg, New York, Woburn, Elk Grove, London, Amsterdam, Seattle, Helsinki, Stockbridge, Bonita Springs, and Edmonton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Shoot, Mix, Repeat

It makes it easy to get up in the morning and come in to Jewelboxing HQ thanks to people like Sara Flemming. Not only does she use our cases a ton, she has a blast doing it, and what more could you ask for in a customer? After running across some of her photos on Flickr, we dropped her a line asking if she wouldn’t mind telling us a little about her work and her experiences using Jewelboxing. Here’s her reply in full:

“For a few years now, I’ve been using the Jewelboxing system for two things: mix CDs (really!) and event photos.

“The Jewelboxing templates let me play designer just a little bit and, with the mix CDs, it’s fun matching the mood of the mix with the sleeve, insert, tray, and disc art. Being able to stack two CDs in the Standard case is a major plus; y’know, sometimes you just have a mix that’s too much for one disc! (:

“With the event photos, the templates give me a chance to showcase some of the photographs, previewing what’s on the disc for the recipient. The paper for all the inserts and even the disc labels take color really well, whether I decide to go with bright blue skies, fresh off the farm peaches, or deeply shadowed black and whites.

“After nearly a dozen projects (mostly event photos), the process of putting a disc together is quite quick: choose the photos, edit the event or mix information, print, punch out, and go! The whole system lets me present my work my own way, with full control from start to finish. I love that.”

Thanks much to Sara and here’s to hoping mixes are being made and events are being photographed in Portland, Somerville, McMinnville, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, Ann Arbor, Spring Hill, Cary, Palo Alto, Carnarvon, Washington DC, Ridgefield, Lincoln, Madison, Richmond, Great Barrington, Corvallis, Pasadena, El Segundo, Glasgow, San Diego, Bethlehem, Denver, Carouge and Zurich.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Revolution Will Be Available on DVD

It must be the season for interesting, off-the-beaten-path Jewelboxing projects, as it seems like we’ve been receiving word of a lot of unique cases lately. So it is with Dean Cooper, a designer from the UK, about packaging a film he made about he and his friend’s trip to Cuba several years back. While we haven’t seen the film, based on Dean’s work with the case, we’re guessing that it’s more than equal in its skill and attention to detail (as an aside: Dean, can you make a poster out of the cover and tray art, so we can buy it and hang it on our wall?) Here’s a little about his process in putting the project together:

“I bought my Jewelboxing cases over a year ago but have only just got round to using them on a personal project that I’ve only just completed. A film of a trip to Cuba that me and a friend had in 2001 a lot of work went into editing the DVD and the Jewelboxing cases finish the project off beautifully. I found scans of a child’s sticker book produced just after the revolution on Flickr and used these 1960’s graphics as the basis for my design. I found the templates easy to use and the paper good quality.”

Here’s to hoping the revolution is beginning to take root in Des Plains, La Grange, Honolulu, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Fayetteville, Naples, Burlington, White Plains, Denver, Fairfield, San Jose, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Oak Park, Cambridge, Irvine, North Vancouver, Redmond, Clio and Middletown.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

The Hordes Demand Quality

It’s our feeling that it can only be a positive thing when an up-and-coming band is smart enough to invest in good design, instead of just having their friend take photos of them in an alley and ultimately ending up included on Rock and Roll Confidential’s less-than-prestigious list. And such good thinking certainly exists with the members of Genghis Tron who chose to work with designer Dominic Wilson in creating packaging for a documentary about the group’s recent tour. He chose to put the whole thing together using our Jewelboxing King cases, not only making the project look terrific, but rekindling his love of packaging design, which he recently shared with us, here:

“I shot the band Genghis Tron while on their Summer 2007 tour (Charlotte Harbor, FL. & Tampa, FL). Genghis Tron is a trio from Philadelphia, formed in 2004. The design uses photography that I shot during the performance. I had used the standard single DVD case for past DVDs and felt that it consistently lacked in quality and had recently begun researching for higher quality materials. The Jewelboxing system rejuvenated my interest in DVD package design and I was very impressed with its simplicity to assemble. I will certainly use your product for future DVD design.”

Thanks much to Dominic for dropping us a line and here’s to hoping there’s plenty of rejuvenation to be had in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Woodstock, Rockford, Washington DC, Silver Spring, St. Paul, Jersey Shore, Southlake, Naperville, Melrose, Cuahy, Lisle, Oxford, Gainsville, Los Angeles, Suwanee, Ottawa, New York, Des Moines, San Anselmo and Boca Raton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

What Better Place for a Dragon Than In Your Civic?

Although Bryan and Dawson here at Jewelboxing HQ are scooter buffs, our motorized vehicle fandom doesn’t go too far beyond that. But that’s not to say we don’t really appreciate the whole car culture, with weekends spent buffing and polishing, regularly going to shows, and hunting for new items for souping up purposes. Quite the contrary (just replace “car” with “design stuff” and we’re pretty much the same group of people). And who couldn’t appreciate someone like Taylor Scheinuk, who not only writes about fully decked out Hondas, but was so in love with his own Civic, that he wanted the packaging he holds his music collection in to not diminish the pride he has in his car. And, so, like he said in a recent letter to us: “Enter Jewelboxing.” Here’s from Taylor:

“I own a 2006 Honda Civic LX 4-dr, which comes with an MP3 disc-reader standard. It’s all integrated and such into the dash, therefore I don’t want to touch it but I want all my music. Enter Jewelboxing. For a year or so I just had my discs in dingy slimline cases and I labeled them with, gasp, sharpie. I ran across your product online after I started doing direct-print discs with my (old) printer. I ordered a 30 pack of Standards and got to work. I had the color scheme in my head from the beginning (I’m a big fan of earthen, so brown and tan were in, in, in) and a piece of artwork a friend drew for me of the character from my book series. Some hunting around MSN Search Images got me the other bits I needed and I got to work.”

“Anyway, in the books, the main character eventually acquires a 2008 JDM Mugen Civic Type-R. That’s the vehicle featured all over the case.”

“I also did a mix disc as my aunt’s Christmas present this year and did a case too. I don’t have it with me right now but its excellent. Actually, I think that it may be better than my ‘Dragons in a Civic’ discs.”

“BTW: The reason why it’s ‘dragons‘ plural is b/c I’m drawing my own cover art with all the characters in it, its just taking a while.”

Here’s to hoping the rides are just as sweet in Butler, Providence, New York, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco, Pasadena, Highland Park, Washington DC, Huntersville, Boston, Atlanta, Norwich, Fallbrook, Paris, Minneapolis, Calgary, Madison, Savannah, New Rochelle, Columbus and Brooklyn.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Now In Our Template Arsenal: iWork Pages

As a follow-up to that last post, we recently put Bryan to work in developing Jewelboxing templates for Apple’s iWork Pages design program, and we’re happy to announce that they’re all finished up and available for download and use after making your Jewelboxing purchase. Although, like with the programs mentioned below in Design Software Alternatives, Pages doesn’t wield a ton of design muscle, we’d received a number of requests for the templates to be made available for it and we think you’ll find it’ll work well for whatever you have planned. Here are some brief notes Bryan sent along about the new templates:

  • If you follow the included instructions, a user puts the files in the right folder and they’ll show up automatically in the “templates” menu when you start to create a new file, which is kinda neat.
  • iWork is Mac-only and contains Pages, Keynote, and Numbers (analogous to Publisher, PowerPoint, and Excel). It costs $79, but there’s a 30-day free trial
  • If you like working in iPhoto and iMovie, it’s a particularly good choice because the interface is similar. If you use those programs, Pages will feel familiar.
November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog

Design Software Alternatives

Every once in a while, we get a call from someone interested in picking up a Jewelboxing system, but they’re tell us that they aren’t designers, they just have a one-off project they’re working on, or they just want to give it a try. And because of this, more often than not, they also mention to us that they don’t have any piece of high-end, image editing software. We’ve even gotten the question, “Can I use your templates in Word?” a few times. So while our templates are available in a variety of different formats and, even then, pretty adaptable to anything you want to try opening them, it’s pretty tough to be visually creative in a word processor and even harder to get things to print accurately. But we didn’t want to leave those users who don’t have a need for expensive design software behind, so we’ve done some digging and found these possible alternatives.

If you’re a Mac user, we’ve been big fans around the office of Pixelmator. It’s a powerful, inexpensive image editor that opens our Jewelboxing templates exactly as they should. And coming in at $59, it’s an absolute steal (sometimes it even appears at MacHeist, included with a bunch of other programs for just $49). If you’re running a Mac or PC, for just a little more money, you can always go straight to the leader of image editing, Adobe, for their Photoshop Elements software. It’s a stripped down version of their powerful Photoshop program, but if you’re not needing all of the features and capabilities of the original, Elements will open Jewelboxing templates and let you manipulate them just fine. And lastly, another program we’ve heard some good things about is Serif’s PhotoPlus X2, only available for PCs. It’s another more simplified image-editor with the ability to open several of the file formats our templates are available in.

There are likely dozens more available out there, with the internet creating something of a shareware boom. But whatever program you choose to work in, it’s important to know going in that anything you wind up using will take a little getting used to. Our templates are easy to understand and fairly simple to get right into, but they’re certainly of better quality than any of those “easy disc creator” programs available for a dollar at your local office supply store. So give yourself a little time to experiment, test out the waters with these programs by downloading a demo first if it’s available, and feel free to drop us a line any time you need a hand.

No matter the platform, here’s to hoping things are going well in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Venice, Brooklyn, Austin, Marietta, Lincolnton, Dallas, Aventura, Jersey City, Long Island City, Minneapolis, Covina, Washington DC, Rochester, Chicago, Beaverton, Santa Rosa, Florence, New York, Vancouver, Glendale and Oakton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog