Design des Troy Giveaway!

Design des Troy is giving away one Teeny-Tiny but still pretty colorful calendar and a set of six Hand-printed Calligraphic Thanks cards to one of our lucky Twitter follower. The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, January 11th.

Follow us on Twitter and please help spread the word!



Park and Pond

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For the past few months, Owen and I have been working on the identity of a fabulous new shop in San Francisco, Park and Pond. Park and Pond, which opened last month in North Beach, was founded by sisters Jessica and Abbey Herman and features products that are designed and produced within 100 miles of San Francisco. They’ve curated an impressive selection of merchandise from a ton of Bay Area designers, including Pie Bird Press, Lisa Swerling, Whitney Smith Pottery, Yellow Owl Workshop, and of course, us.

We’re thrilled with what a great job Jessica and Abbey have done carrying the colors and identity through the shop and we’re so happy we were a part of helping this great store come to life.
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Calendar Giveaway!


Design des Troy is giving away five of our 2011 Teeny Tiny But Still Pretty Colorful Calendars to our fans on facebook. Click this like button , or visit the Design des Troy facebook page to become a fan.

We’ll select 5 fans at random on March 31 to receive one of our fabulous desk calendars. So, please spread the word. And, if you don’t win, or don’t feel like waiting to, there are a few calendars on sale at our etsy shop.

Shop Handmade & Local for the Holidays!

Owen and I will be selling at two craft sales at Fort Mason this season. The first, the RISD Alumni Holiday Art Sale is this Sunday, December 5th. We have done this sale for a few years and it is a pretty great time seeing the variety of work our fellow alumni have been up to. Here’s Owen’s writeup of last year’s show.

RISD Alumni Holiday Art Sale — San Francisco
Sunday, December 5
Fort Mason Center, Building A
9:30 am to 5 pm

Next weekend, December 11-12, we will be selling at Bazaar Bizarre along with Experts Agree coeditor Jessica (tiniestj). It looks to be the best one yet: the vendor  lineup is well-curated and there’s even food trucks and cocktails involved.

Bazaar Bizarre
Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12
Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavilion)
Saturday: 12  to 5 pm; plus the new Cocktails & Crafts Party 7 to 10 pm
Sunday: 12 to 6 pm
**Admission to the sale is free. Admission to the Cocktails & Craft Party is $10 — advance tickets can be purchased here **

We’ll be selling our new teeny-tiny calendars, a new gocco print, notebooks, gift tags, and of course our holiday (and other-occasional) greeting cards. And if you missed out on Jessica’s fantastic handstamped Max Fischer extracurricular activities pencil set when she sold out of them in a few hours last time, Bazaar Bizarre is the time to resolve that problem.

Etsy Schmetsy: Trianglish

We’re particularly partial to triangles this week. “Why?” you ask. Well, we spent the fourth of July weekend gocco’ing our latest cards and we’re pretty darned pleased with them. Check out out our new cards below this week’s schmetsy.

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Row 1: lisacongdon; spinthread; whitemetal
Row 2: clarebowers
Row 3: heatherfuture; LauraLombardiJewelry; selflesh

And, on to our cards: on white it’s a birthday card primary-upbeat enough for your nephew or designy-sophisticated enough for your BFF. On chipboard it’s an all-occasions card with a shimmering layer of triangles, brimming with positivity.

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Notebooks!

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We are super excited about the latest addition to our etsy shop: notebooks! Grid-lined pages with shimmering gold-on-chipboard covers, they’re available in sets of four designs. At 3.5″ x 5″ they’re perfect for stuffing into a pocket, a purse or a stocking.

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Indie Mart is this Sunday!

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If you are in San Francisco this Sunday, stop by Thee Parkside for Indie Mart and say “hi” to Owen and me. It should be a really good time.

Here are all the details:
The Indie-Mart Street Fair
Sunday, November 8th, 12-6pm
Thee Parkside- 17th st & all down Wisconsin
ALL AGES- 21 to booze it up
$2 suggested donation

The Indie Mart is back for our last throw down outside before we move indoors for the winter. We’re bringing you the best in local designers, makers, the most vintage we’ve ever had, local rad stores, zines, rock tees, bakers, and about everything else you can think of. We’ve hand selected 100 of the best bay area vendors just for this event.  Is if that’s not enough…peep our DIY booth from Workshop, featuring demos every hour from 1pm on. Sewing stations where you we’ll customize your rock tees for $5- (choose one of 3 ways- the Tawny Kitean, the Benetar or the Lita Ford..yes, really). We’ve got ping pong going from 1-5pm on the street. Photobooth. Killer BBQ. Drink specials like whoah. and of course, Cheap beers.

JUST GOOD SHOPPING. GOOD FOOD. GOOD MUSIC. GOOD DRINKING. GOOD PEOPLE. GOOD ALL DAY FUN. THE INDIE MART.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

It seems hard to believe, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Owen and I have been printing and designing like madmen and should have the shop filled with new holiday designs soon.

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While we do our best to photograph the cards accurately, they actually look much better in person than they do online. If you are in the Bay Area, we will be selling our cards at:

  • Indie Mart at Thee Parkside on Sunday, November 8th
  • RISD Alumni Sale at Ft. Mason on Sunday, December 6th

Hope to see some of you there!

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TypograFriday: Effin’ copperplate

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We’re happy to announce our second ever birthday card is now available in our Etsy shop. It’s Gocco-printed in bronze and light blue ink on black duplex paper (white on the inside) or chipboard or special limited quantity on pale aqua and reads Happy Effin’ Birthday.

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The message and ornaments are hand-lettered in a Victorian-era style of calligraphy called copperplate. I spent much of the summer learning it, and now know it well enough to make very pretty letters — heck, I’m nearly ready for the marathon challenge of addressing wedding invitations. But, I wrote this about halfway through the class — we wanted it to have of imperfections and downright mistakes so that your birthday recipient won’t squint at it and say, “oh is that Kuenstler Script?”

More information on copperplate, the class I took and some fonts after the jump.
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RAD!

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We have another new card in our Etsy shop. We’re pretty psyched about this card and had a lot of fun experimenting with the Gocco process inks. We think that the combination of process colors and xerox-y reticulation make this card perfect for the design geek, 80s punk, zinester, electroclasher or grandmother in your life.

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