Hoban Press Produces Simple Letterpress Printed Business Cards & Stationery

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Introducing an all New Hoban Cards!


Hoban Cards

In 2011 I had an idea to help minimize the cost of custom letterpress printing by launching a tiny one page website called Hoban Cards, which leveraged my pre designed calling card templates to streamline the process while still introducing something beautiful and unique.

Today I'm proud to announce a much more mature website and marketplace, the third iteration of Hoban Cards.

Along with a fresh new design and logo, we've added some needed user facing features, including: A Responsive Layout, User Accounts, Order Status Updates, Automated Discounted Reorders, Automated Shipment Tracking, PDF Mockups as an Option During Checkout and A Proper Shopping Cart.

In addition to the above improvements, we've expanded our product line by adding two new product categories:

Note Cards

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With the original spirit of the calling cards in mind, I'm kicking off our new line of custom note cards with three attractive notecard layouts . The note cards include matching envelopes and are printed on the same Crane's Lettra 100% cotton stock as our calling cards.

Stationery Sets

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These correspondence sets include matching note cards and calling cards. A perfect idea for a gift or quick way to enhance your correspondence game.

For the launch, we've also added two new calling card templates:

The Detective

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Using one of my all time favorite typefaces, Cochin, this card is built with professional elegance in mind. An understated card right for a self assured detective. You know... like Lester from The Wire. See It →

The Requisite Card

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This is a beautiful double sided card that features your name or business as a blind (inkless impression) on one side with a simple area for contact information on the other. This automatically ships with double thick 220# stock to accommodate impressions on both sides of the card – Our first double sided calling card layout. See It →

Thanks for all your wonderful support for Hoban Cards and Hoban Press! This is a major launch for our small three person team and we're excited to continue to release new, beautiful letterpress printed layouts through our new website!

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Edge Painting

Edge Painting

I'm pleased to announce we are now offering edge painting as one of our capabilities!

The process of edge painting, or inking the edges of the cards, is a service I've been wanting to offer for some time. The technique is tricky to perfect – it's time consuming and a challange to produce consistent, quality results. If done incorrectly, the paint can seep into the edges of the cards and bleed through to the face.

Through trial and error I've found a process I'm very comfortable with that involves clamping small stacks of freshly cut cards and using an airbrush to finish the edges. The flow of paint through the airbrush, sharpness of the knife on the paper cutter, clamping pressure, drying time, and card separation are just a few variables that effect the final edge painted card.

Consideration for Designers

  • Paper
    We prefer to edge paint Crane's double thick Lettra (pictured above), which is 600gsm (220lb). Other quality papers of similar thickness will also work well. We can't edge paint black or dark paper yet.

  • Color
    It's best to use primary / bold colors for the edges of the card. If you're using a subtle color for the letterpress ink, it's difficult to perfectly match that color to the edges. This is because the letterpress ink isn't the same ink used to paint the edges.

  • Quantity
    To start out, we are currently only taking short runs (100 - 250 card orders) for edge painting work.

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The Writer

The Writer

I'm extremely excited to announce at the end of 2014 I was able to quit my day job as a web developer to focus 100% of my time on Hoban Press and Hoban Cards. (Yippee!!) I'm looking forward to releasing new products and designs more regularly.

Today I'm releasing six new letterpress printed calling card templates at Hoban Cards. Here's a short description of, and link to, the new templates available — all starting at $75.

  • The Esquire
    A bordered card fit for a classy professional. While a great all around conservative choice, this template would work especially well for someone involved in law or finance.

  • The Professor
    This mini-card, measuring in at 86mm x 34mm is typeset in one of my all time favorite fonts: Columbia Titling. These are a more dressed up version of the The Bijou (below).

  • The Trade Card
    Perhaps my favorite of the new bunch, these UK sized cards are also typeset in Columbia Titling and are designed to lean toward a business card, rather than a calling card.

  • The Minimalist
    These modern cards are fantastically balanced and sophisticated. The medium grey ink and wide tracking really set them off.

  • The Bijou
    'Bijou' is a great word. It means a small piece of craftsmanship. A fitting name for these mini cards typeset in a wonderful modern font called Effra.

  • The Writer (pictured above)
    I'm not a writer, but if I were, I'd pick these ones. Trustworthy, balanced, and warm are a few adjectives that come to mind when I see this one. gold-brown ink on cream stock.

On Sale

Two templates that were previously at the $75 price point are currently on sale for $50. Checkout the much loved Typewriter Card and The Scholar.

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Ann Schoew

Ann Schoew

Here's another card with a creative use of texture. In edition to the back side of the card, we love these because of Ann's great logo and how she chose the placement of it on the card.

These cards are printed on Crane's 220# (600gsm) Lettra. Checkout Ann's graphic design work on her website: http://annschoew.com

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On the Sly

On the Sly

We particularly like how these simple 2 color double sided cards came together. Simple patterns look great letterpress printed and often times add a special custom touch. The texture produced by the pattern as an impression on the back of the card makes it that much more fun to handle as well!

These cards are printed on Crane's 220# (600gsm) Lettra. And, if you're into awesome patterns as much as we are, checkout the On the Sly webpage for some amazing textiles.

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Noah Gundersen - Ledges Lyric Sheet

Noah Gundersen - Ledges Lyric Sheet

Noah Gundersen, a good friend from my hometown, contacted me to print some simple lyric sheets for his newly released album, Ledges. These were printed on our Heidelberg Windmill on the wonderful 140# Holyoke Rag.

If you haven't heard Noah's music, do yourself a favor and look him up. Download or stream his most recent album, or head over to his Bandcamp page and listen to his prior album, Family. You may have recognized his music if you're a Sons of Anarchy fan, as his songs have been feaured on a few episodes. There are also countless videos of Noah and his sister Abby performing on YouTube.

The music video to the above lyric sheet is also a great place to start!

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Keikeu Cake Boutique

Keikeu Cake Boutique

We recently printed these lovely off-sized business cards for Keikeu Cake Boutique. They were printed on 220lb Crane Lettra and beautifully utilize a blind impression as a background for the logo side of the card. Layout / Design by Kaori Drome.

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King Wedding Invites

King Wedding Invites

In addition to business cards and small stationery items, we've been printing more wedding invitations lately. This small wedding package, which included invitations and RSVP cards were printed on 220lb Crane Lettra on our 1957 Heidelberg Windmill.

The one color design was submitted to us by Nicole and Tristan and exemplifies how beautiful typography is perfectly accentuated by letterpress printing.

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Hunter Light

Hunter Light

We’ve recently completed a couple coaster / business card combinations, which work out very nicely as a simple branding package. Coasters make lovely, unique gifts and certainly get noticed.

This small package was printed for a new business of a long time family friend. We chose to contrast the Pearl White Crane Lettra stock on the business card with a hefty chipboard for the coasters. The dark brown ink on both pieces pulled it all together.

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Olivia Notter

Olivia Notter

Graphic designer, Olivia Notter, had us letterpress print these fantastic double sided business cards. The color combination and unique design made these one of our favorites. Thin lines and patterns generally look very nice with the letterpress printing process.

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Jeffrey Michael Frankosky

Jeffrey Michael Frankosky

Jeffrey Michael Frankosky submitted a beautifully composed design with a clever logo-mark, which I particularly like. These cards are letterpress printed on 220lb Crane Lettra and are a great example of how excellent typography can really make a card special.

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Itsy, Inc.

Itsy, Inc.

I love this simple layout submitted by itsy.com.br. Printed on Pearl White 220lb Crane Lettra.

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Fatma Design

Fatma Design

Two color, double sided business cards on 220lb Crane Lettra.

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Join Us on Facebook

I’ve hesitated to do this for quite some time, but in an effort to show a more personal side of Hoban Press, I’ve decided to create a Facebook page for posting shop pictures, history behind our vintage letterpresses, as well as some the nitty gritty details of the printing process.

If you’re into that sort of thing, like us on Facebook to follow our updates.

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