My New Co-Creators! (Kickstarter Shout Outs)

We successfully funded our Kickstarter Campaign. HOORAY! In case you missed it, we’re moving our letterpress shop to create a space we can offer community letterpress workshops, letter writing meet ups and greeting cards for every occasion.

We had 212 backers to help bring make this dream a reality. How amazing to collaborate with so many people who believe in the magic of snail mail! I’m filled with appreciation and motivation. Thank you all. Together we’re making Chicago a little more kind and a little more creative.

Here is the list of those magical collaborators:

If you missed our Kickstarter but still want to contribute and be rewarded with letterpress goodies, send us an email. We'll send you a paypal invoice and send your reward in October.

Letterpress Sample Sale!

Have I ever mentioned how many designs I've created since the beginning of a. favorite design in 2005? To be honest, I'm not even sure I know. I do know we have over 400 active styles. FOUR HUNDRED. That's a lot of cards. And printing. Through the years we've discontinued dozens, if not hundreds of styles. When this happens, the stock just sits. Occassionally I'll make mystery bags but mostly, the stock just sits. Which is a shame. They are perfectly good cards and still capable of delivering a long distace warm fuzzy to the recipient. So this year I've decided to gather all those vintage a. favorite design cards and sell them at our first ever Letterpress Sample Sale.


For one day only, four hours only you can get a supercute, maybe even a cheeky, letterpress printed card for $1. ONE DOLLAR! They originally sold for $4.50-$5 each. It's a HUGE discount! We'll also have some sheets of gift wrap for $1. each, originally $3.50 each. Plus we'll have "scraps" which are letterpress printed cards that are slightly imperfect for only $1. an ounce (two-three cards). Most people wouldn't even know they weren't perfect. They can be mailed, used for scrapbooking, collage, making gift tags, garland, the possibilitites are endless! 

Come see us! Stock up on some letterpress goodies, gift wrap, pencils and scraps.

Saturday, Jully 22nd
11 am to 3 pm

a. favorite design
4222 N Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60613 

Cash encouraged but cards accepted.
Hope to see you there!

Letterpress Studio Helper Wanted!

a. favorite design is looking for a part time (20-30 hours a week) helper with potential for more hours during the busy times, fewer hours in June, July, August and December, almost full-time in January, April, May, September and October.
Below is a list of tasks we need help with:

 cutting, scoring, folding & packaging cards
 pulling orders
 order fulfillment
 shipping orders both wholesale & retail
 quality control
 making photo-polymer plates (will train)

-assistant type work-

  return emails to customers & sales reps
  maintain supply inventory
  entering orders in QuickBooks
  writing thank you notes to stores
  writing notes & mailing catalogs to stores
  maintain our Etsy site & Etsy Wholsale


  set up posts on later & facebook
  take photos of happening around the shop
  write the occasional blog post
  updating the website


We're looking for someone who is ambitious, thoughtful, organized, self-starter, punctual, efficient, flexible, pays attention to detail, has a sense of humor, loves dogs, someone who is positive, has worked in a restaurant environment and isn't afraid to ask for help or offer suggestions if they see something that needs improvement. Would prefer someone with a creative background who is willing to brainstorm and talk through ideas. We would like a helper who can problem-solve and thinks projects through completely and efficiently. Ideal candidate would work three to five days a week, depending on workload and efficiency.

We know this is a BIG list for a part time person.
We will have an intern to assist with social media marketing.
If you fit the bill and live in the Chicago area, please email your resume to: a(at)afavoritedesign(dot)com
We look forward to meeting you!

Exclusive Eight Cardch Madness

exclusive eight
6th Annual Cardch Madness Exclusive Eight

What a week of Cardch Madness fun it has been! We've seen five of last year's Exclusive Eight return for the title this year. Amazing. We've also witnessed a couple upsets... Grad Cookie overtook last year's Fan Favorite Grad Folder. I guess people like cookies more than office supplies!?

baby match up - Sack won by one Instagram vote!

Another upset was Baby Sack. It was our sixth match up and I had no idea it would be so close, Baby Sack won by one instagram vote. Let's look at the stats: Baby Flash Card has been in our Cardch Madness since 2013, that same year it won Fan Favorite! Flash has also been an Exclusive Eight four times, Finale Four twice. I never would've picked Baby Sack to reign. Flash could have tied it but one voter submitted their vote a day late. Will Sack go all the way? You can help decide. Head over to our facebook & instagram pages to play along. Every vote gets you entered to win letterpress treats.

winner! winner!

our first 6th Annual Cardch Madness Winner!

And now...the moment you have all been waiting for, drum roll please...
our first round WINNERS! The below Cardch Madness voters have won letterpress treats! Thanks to everyone who has voted. You can still win by playing along! Visit us on facebook & instagram daily to vote.

Congrats to our Round One Winners!
Susy Tunis Abraham - facebook
Anne Leonardi Lubke - facebook
caitfurger - instagram
flowersandgarbage - instagram
John Girton - facebook
sayrojean - instagram
nitneyrae - instagram
Diane Leonardi - facebook

Winners, send us your snail mail address by Direct Message on FB or IG or via email info(at)afavoritedesign(dot)com

Thanks for playing!