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address: 4432 n. kedzie ave
chicago, il 60625

hours: Thurs 11am to 6 pm
Fri & Sat 11 am to 5 pm

call: 773.412.0891

email: info (at) afavoritedesign (dot) com




the coolest thing about being your own boss, you always get your way.

name: amber j. favorite

title: letterpress junkie, skillful daydreamer, type zealot, professional brainstormer

sign: leo

3 places you've lived: sandwich, somonauk, chicago

favorite color: at the moment pms199, although I'm loving 310 too

radio stations you listen to: chicago public radio, occasionally xrt

favorite number: the magical 33

magazine subscriptions: uppercase, anthology, country living & the atlantic

nicknames: girlie, toots, ambie, hot stuff, tootsie wootsie, ber

superpower you would like: the ability to fly

hopes, dreams & wishes:  i'd like to make the world a little better than when I got here, haven't figured it out entirely yet but i'm working on it

personal credo: never underestimate the power of a smile

anything else you'd like to say: thanks! without my family & friend's support i'd be stuck in neutral

name: tom

title: the force, numero uno, voice of reason, conceptual entertainer

sign: the twins

3 places you've lived: chicago, ft. lauderdale, burlington, wi

favorite color: purple

radio stations you listen to: alt nation, classic vinyl, xrt, npr

favorite number: 8

magazine subscriptions: rolling stone, zymurgy, beer advocate

nicknames: yes

superpower you would like: beam me anywhere i want, when i want and i can bring a friend
(you have to be specific in case you end up on Fantasy Island)

hopes, dreams & wishes: comfort, endless fun & knowledge

personal credo: go with your gut

anything else you'd like to say:


name: scooby-doo

title: greeter, comic relief

sign: pisces

3 places you've lived: oklahoma, shelter, chicago

favorite color: purple

radio stations you listen to:70's flash back, willie's place, xmu

favorite number: k9, of course

magazine subscriptions: naw

nicknames: scoobs, buddy, hansome fella

superpower you would like: who says I don't have superpowers

hopes, dreams & wishes: a bone, a beer, lots of rubbies, and more rubbies

personal credo: strangers are just friends I haven't met yet

anything else you'd like to say: i ruv roo


Our mission at a. favorite design is to encourage long distance warm fuzzies through snail mail. Good design, often sweet & sometimes cheeky sentiments are our specialty.

a. favorite design was created in 2005 by graphic designer turned letterpress artist, Amber Favorite. Amber has always had a passion for design and typography. This passion fueled her desire to learn the art of letterpress printing & create a line of greeting cards & stationery. Amber's love for vintage typewriters, wood block type, old signage, flea markets, her sweet home chicago, soulmate Tom, and the magical number 33 are prevalent throughout her work.

In june of 2007 a. favorite acquired a 1913 C & P handfed press, which was immediately named Willamina. in 2009 a. favorite design expanded to a larger space in Ravenswood corridor, an old manufacturing area of Chicago. the expansion included adding a second press (Bennie), this one is also a C & P but has an automatic feeder. A third press was added in 2013. She's a kluge and waiting patiently to get running smoothly & for her proper name.

All a. favorite goods are handmade with our small but caring staff & the occasional help (but constant support) from friends & family. Be it old or new, labelmaker, typewriter, computer or printing press, nothing makes Amber happier than creating.


i think everyone should have a power place your own space to create or think or just be.

* we love visitors! if you're in chicago give us a ring to stop by for a visit 773.412.0891