We’re Being Completely Open With You

Outside of the tech world, we’ve been hearing more and more buzz about open source media and technologies. For example, on Monday’s “Morning Edition,” NPR ran this story about the Brazilian government choosing open source, Linux-based machines over those running Microsoft Windows. No doubt you’ve also heard the buzz about the cool open source Firefox browser. And what about Archive.Org, filled to the brim with copyright-free media? Continue reading

Viva La Jewelboxing!

Have we started a revolution? In reading this recent post on the terrific Zoetrope101, you’d think so. It’s left us very proud that we’re doing our part for the good of design…

“Some time ago we mentioned somewhere – perhaps even this very blog, that we had fallen madly, deeply in love with a CD / DVD presentation system called Jewelboxing, devised by the obviously very bright people at Coudal Partners. We mentioned then that the product really was the only way to go if you are looking for a quality delivery mechanism.

Now we’re saying that you don’t have a choice anymore – if you are a client, if you are a potential client who requires CD /DVD presentation, you have just had the choice of jewel case taken out of your hands.

The reason for this?

I’ve had it with the normal case, it breaks, it scratches, it discharges its contents on the floor without warning and the little spindles break off leaving you with no cover.

I’m over it. It makes us look bad if we have gone to all the trouble to get the content right only to present it in packaging that always makes me think it should be glued to the front of a magazine.

No if’s or but’s, no discussion. If you’re engaging us to do a CD/DVD presentation you are up for Jewelboxing products. Simple – you get them in for us, or we will, but you will be using packaging required by us.

The cost is not high but the first impression is major, and that’s what we’re looking for. You might not care how your product is delivered, but we do.”

They’ve triumphantly hoisted the Jewelboxing flag over Millers Creek, Los Angeles, St. Laurent, Zionsville, Helena, Saint Louis, Durham, San Francisco, Shpherdsville, Kentwood, Valencia, San Antonio, Tempe, Medford, Zeist, and Pearce.

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: 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. Continue reading

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: Continue reading

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! Continue reading

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. Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog, Rock

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

November 9, 2017 | Category: Blog