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Big Box of Awesomeness

Winner of 18 print excellence, graphic design and interactive awards (and counting), the Big Box of Awesomeness has handy toolkits, awesome ideas and other resources for graphic designers.

Conceived as the “mother of all Sample Packs,” the Graphic Designer’s Survival Kit (aka the Big Box of Awesomeness) contains nearly every product we produce at, from business cards and brochures to posters and notepads.

All the nitty-gritty production specs are listed below. If you would like to, you can get several of these award-winning print projects -- including the awesome CMYK Reference Poster and Companion Booklet -- for your ‘idea file’ by requesting a free Sample Pack.

This inspirational toolkit, filled with useful goodies and tools, was created as a love letter to graphic designers attending the HOW Design conference in our hometown of Boston during the summer of 2012 . . .

Production Details for You . . .

Fun, Useful Resource Kit for Graphic Designers, Packaged in a Big-A$$ Box

Everything produced in-house except for the corrugated box . . . most products printed offset on our Sheetfed presses (for the die-hard print geeks out there, we have LS 640 - 6 color + aqueous coater 40” Komoris). The bumper stickers, magnets and stickers printed are digitally (on our shiny MGI DP60 Meteors equipped with Variable Data Printing. Major components include:

CMYK Reference Poster & Companion Booklet: Your new secret weapon for picking the best colors for 4-color printing. These two insanely handy reference tools provide you with the exact formulas to build the perfect colors in CMYK (four color), and show you what you can expect to achieve on press (with specific paper and coating combinations). A graphic designer’s best friend. Check it Out

“Master the Elements for the Best Brochures” Resource Kit: This resource kit contains brochure folding dummies of 8 standard brochure folding styles, an indispensible reference poster with folding diagrams and panel dimensions, and much, much more. Check it Out

Business Card Style Selector Tool: A nifty tool to help you pick the perfect business card style for you (or your client). Check it Out

Postcard Inspiration Galore: Ahhhhhh, there’s nothing better than a postcard that demands attention. This project provides you with production samples that show you at least six different ways to make your postcards awesome, from applying a custom perforation to leveraging PMS metallics and unique combinations of matte and gloss varnishes and spot colors. Check it Out

Notepads: A doodler’s dream. All notepads at are printed on 70# Opaque Text stock bound with a cardboard backer for sturdiness, with three sizes available and sheet counts of 25 or 50 pages per pad. Here are the two that are included in this project:

  • “Making Designs Happen” project planner pad – this 8.5 x 11 notepad helps you keep track of tasks and deadlines while providing ample space for you to sketch your ideas.
  • “You Doodle It” graph paper sketch pad – this 5.5 x 8.5 notepad is a popular size.

Additional Inside Contents Include:

Booklet: “That is Fontastic” Little Book of Font Inspiration | 12-page saddle-stitched 5.5 x 8.5 finished size booklet – printed in full color both sides (4/4) on 100# Text with overall Gloss coating.

Calendar: 2013 “Best Friends” Calendar | 28 pages, printed 4/4, 11 x 8.5 folded (final size), 100# Text with OA Gloss. Free calendar grids available for you here.

Sell Sheet: “Letter From Our Chairman & Creative Director” sell sheet | 8.5 x 11 printed 4/4 on 100# Text, overall gloss both sides.

Rip Hanger: “Designer at Work/Designer at Play” Rip Hanger with Detachable Coupon | 3.5 x 8.5 with 1” die-cut, notched hole for hanging; printed 4/4 plus overall UV both sides; perfed business card coupon driver.

Table Tent: “Designers Are Meant to Be Loved” with Font Chart table tent | Size is 5 x 13 flat that’s folded to a final size of 5 x 6.5. Printed 4/0 on 14 pt C1S with gloss outside. Please note that Table Tents are shipped to you scored and flat (the score makes it easy for you to fold them).

Post-It Notes: “Things to Do” 3 x 4 Post-it Note pad | 25 sheets. You have two sizes and two sheet counts available.

Bumper Stickers: “Certified Print Geek” bumper sticker | 3.75 x 7.5 printed 4/1 plus UV standard front on 11.9 mil Peel ‘N Stick Fabric Woven repositionable stock – it’s waterproof, repositionable & sticks on glass, wood, metal, paint. Bumper Stickers also used on front of box "Designer Survival Kit: Tools to Bring Your Designs to Life" and inside the box "Really Awesome Ideas & Samples for You from Your Friends at" with imagery of Gary, our Monster Mascot.

Magnet: “Call Your Mother” magnet | 4 x 3 printed 4/0 on 14 pt magnet stock.

Stickers: “Fortune Cookie” and "Anime Girl" permanent stickers | 2 x 3.5 printed 12-up on 70# Hi-Gloss laser Permanent Adhesive .

And Much, Much More . . .
A variety of buckslips, rack cards and more with offers & information about products in the box.


More Resources for You: Check out what others say about the Big Box of Awesomeness online, including designer Andi Butler. Learn more about custom printing services available to you at or grab yourself a free sample pack today . . . it has many of the projects listed above in it, so you can see for yourself what award-winning printing at looks like.