One of my many designer pet peeves is when hypens are used in place of an en or em dash. If you have no idea what an en or em dash is, you should if you’re a designer. What follows is (hopefully) a brief and concise breakdown.
En Dash: –
Em Dash: —
An en dash is used between periods of time, dates, measurements, or numbers.
Times: 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Dates: February 21–June 6
Measurements: 1–2 inches
Numbers: Rows 8–12
An em dash is used to set off one part of a sentence from the rest. Sometimes it’s used to bring emphasis, other times it’s used to show an example.
You are the dash—the only dash—that I can truly count on when I need to make a point.
I admit it. I had a brief moment in 1989 when rubber stamps were something I actually thought about. As a child this was a time when owning a rainbow stamp pad was a real goal in life. Since then, I have rarely thought about rubber stamps (except to associate them with crafting homemakers).
Recently, I have began seeing custom stamps used in a handful of stationery designs, and I’m really digging it! There are so many benefits. Cost is low. You can totally get a custom rubber stamp made for around 50 bucks. Changing your address? New phone number? Guess what, you don’t have to 86 your old cards, just get a new stamp made. I love this idea.
Kate Monaghan: Self-Promotion
This one is super cost-effective. Black ink on white paper for your traditional card. And, you can go nuts with ink and paper color combos.
Santos Henarejos: Self-Promotion
Keeping it simple. I love that the stamp format fits the entire stationery package. Also in this instance they’ve even used a custom self-inking stamp, which means no messy stamp pads.
Mind Design: Identity for Playlab
Why hello beautiful. Blind embosses are just plain elegant, throw in some custom rubber stamps and fluorescent ink and you’ve got some next level stuff.
Joel Felix: Self-Promotion
Ok, so the initial cost of the letterpress portion might be a little steep. And, you might have problems justifying the expense if you’re a solo designer. But, damn, they sure do look good and have a long shelf-life to boot.