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address: 4432 n. kedzie ave
hours: Thurs 11am to 6 pm
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
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
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
superpower you would like: beam me anywhere i want, when i want and i can bring a friend
hopes, dreams & wishes: comfort, endless fun & knowledge
personal credo: go with your gut
anything else you'd like to say: mmmmm....beer
title: greeter, comic relief
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.
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