I started my career as a designer working at a print shop part-time while in school.
Well, maybe it was earlier - when my dad put Print Shop Deluxe on our home PC and I proceeded to create cards, sticker, CD insert on our home printer for an entire summer.
Back to that print shop job - while my paycheck and a steep print discount on my school projects came in handy, the best thing I ever did was spend countless hours formatting, re-formatting and print prepping digital files. I saw everything - photo printing, DIY business cards, wedding, legal files, blueprints. You name it, I've cursed at it while elbow deep in a Canon unjamming paper.
There are many, many printers.
And there are many amazing papers, finishes and things you can do to take paper from blank sheet to art form. But beautiful print can be very, very expensive and unattainable for small business.
That's where speciality printers come in. And Moo has become one of my favourites - small run, flexible, using quality stocks and cost-effective for small projects. Their cotton and coated stocks have a lovely touch. (You can read more about why that's important here.) The pop of colour in their Luxe cards and even gold foil make then hard to beat.
They were nice enough to feature some of my work with their raised spot gloss cards on their blog. Moo: These Business Cards are just our type
I recommend Moo to non-designer as well - the interface and design tools can be used to make drag and drop designs, no need to use Adobe at all. I've had a number of friends create full wedding suites - invitations, RSVP cards and thank you cards - in less time then it took them to decide on a cake flavour.
Custom stationery is making a comeback, as handwritten thank you notes are now the height of chic personal communication (I may have just ordered myself some awesome 'From the Desk Of' notecards).
If you happen to be looking to print with Moo, you can use my link to get 20% off your first order. Full disclosure, I get some Moo credit for each referal - which helps me fund my print obsession!