As much as we love designing for weddings here at Spark, we love designing for corporate events just as much. This invitation to an event for History Colorado Center was printed on our soft white paper in our steel and tan inks. The design included vintage ornaments to create the border and antique typefaces to evoke a classical feel. Many thanks to our retailer, Wordshop, for sending this project our way!
We always love a black and white color palette as it looks and feels elegant. This couple added a vintage flair with the beautiful lace pattern and classic fonts. The outside pocketfold collected the suite in our soft white paper printed in transparent silver ink and wrapped up with our signature string and button closure. Congratulations Alex and Derek! We wish you much happiness!
Many thanks to Chelsey Schnell of Chelsey Photography in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the amazing photography!
Do you love all things print? Do you wish you could design beautiful stationery all day and see your work come to life on press? Are you a team player and able to appreciate a smaller work environment? Do you have experience working directly with clients, thoughtfully and tactfully advising them throughout the process? Are you detail-oriented? These are just a few of the things we are looking for in a candidate. We are looking for the ideal candidate to become a part of our well-crafted team. See below for a detailed job description.
Spark Letterpress is a successful, nationally-recognized letterpress and stationery design company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We specialize in letterpress printing, which is a relief printing method that presses ink into the paper. We service discerning clients nationwide and embrace the most challenging specialty printing projects. Our work has been featured more than 40 times in print publications and countless times via top online sources, in addition to making television appearances and winning numerous awards.
Spark has a solid reputation for outstanding quality and service. This position is critical to our overall continued success as he/she will play a role in the creation of the designs Spark will be known for. We expect our designer to handle each project with the utmost care while keeping in mind their overall schedule. The designer works directly with our clients and stationery sales associate to create award-winning designs that exceed our customer’s expectations. We are looking for a person who is a team player, quick learner and is able to multitask as he/she works with our diverse clientele.
This is a junior position within our company. While experience is helpful, we are also equally considering your raw talent and potential to grow while at Spark.
Tasks associated with this position:
- Design custom stationery per direction obtained in client meetings.
- Provide clients with helpful and tactful suggestions throughout the process to ensure the highest quality result.
- Demonstrate creativity in assisting our clients on how to customize their stationery. This may be selecting paper and ink choices, changing artwork and design layout or adding the perfect finishing touches.
- Spark is a growing company and this position has a lot of opportunity for growth that could include: stationery product design, small business branding design, pre-press assistance, Spark’s external marketing pieces.
- You will assist with shared marketing and social media efforts including wedding and industry show booth styling and staffing, pinning to our Pinterest boards, photography styling, and creating posts for Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and our blog.
Skills essential for this position:
- Ability to multi-task. This position requires that you are quick to move from one task to another while prioritizing. Finding answers for our clients and getting back to them in a timely manner is critical.
- Communicate effectively utilizing good grammar, while promoting a positive and helpful attitude.
- Create accurate proofs, recognize errors in client-supplied wording or order forms, and a willingness to ask questions when something does not look accurate.
- A calm personality is a plus in this position as you sometimes deal with demanding clients.
- The ability to be a team player; the success of our business depends on everyone doing their part and helping others.
- Advanced computer skills including Adobe Illustrator (all designs are created in Illustrator), InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat and Microsoft Office. These tools are used to communicate internally and externally.
- A college education or equivalent is required, a Bachelor’s degree in design or a design-related field is preferred.
- Please provide salary requirements in your cover letter for this full time, entry-level position.
- Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and the ability to meet with clients after hours and on Saturdays by appointment. The schedule can be flexible and adjusted for the right candidate.
- Medical coverage is available after meeting the 90-day requirement
- Paid time off that is pro-rated based on starting date and seven paid holidays per year
- Annual Bonus-eligible position
- Smoke free environment – smokers need not apply
Email inquiries only. Send a PDF (less than 15MB) or link to your portfolio, resume and cover letter clearly explaining why you are uniquely qualified to work with us. Inquiries may be directed to Valerie Carlson or email@example.com.
One of the perks of being in Minneapolis is that there are SO many amazingly talented vendors we are lucky enough to get to know. One of them even happens to be our very own neighbor (Quincy Street represent), Jennae Saltzman. As the owner and lead planner at Blush and Whim, a wedding planning and event design company here in Minneapolis, she shared a little bit about her process and style.
On the first event she ever planned:
I was 8 years old and I planned an elaborate wedding from my dog, Dusty. He married a lovely black lab who lived down the street. There was a lot of glitter glue, a wedding party made up of guinea pigs, and a milk bone cake to top it all off. It was fabulous.
On her (awesome) design style:
I feel like my design style fluctuates and evolves based on how I am feeling at a certain point in my life or what is inspiring me. In a design, I definitely love a mix of feminine and masculine elements. I also love simple elements surrounded by intricate details and more elaborate design. It’s all about that balance!
I am inspired by so many things; art, music, fashion, my dogs cute paws prints, the list goes on! I get a lot of inspiration from elements in nature- If I’m on a walk or exploring a new area, I’m constantly thinking “wow, that tree formation would be an amazing spot for a ceremony set-up" or “these wild looking flower bushes would make a stunning centerpiece.” I also love checking out boutiques and unique spaces in Minneapolis to see how people style a display window or set-up a room. It’s really all about pulling ideas from every aspect of your life to give any event true beauty and balance.
On her favorite aspect of designing events:
Meeting with my clients for the very first time and seeing the light in their eyes when they talk about what they envision for their wedding day! There are so many wonderful ideas and inspiration out there and I never get tired of hearing about what people want. Even if I’ve seen or done something before, it’s different every time because each client brings a breath of fresh air and new life to it. I’m always excited to create and present my clients with their design boards to show them that what they want, can be done!
On the best part of her job:
Working with the fantastic vendors in the Minneapolis industry! I am in awe of the talent that surrounds me and feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many fabulous people on a day to day basis. I have learned so much from vendors I admire and love being able to collaborate with them to make the visions of my clients come to life.
In honor of this couple's one year anniversary, we wanted to share the custom invitation suite we designed for them. The suite exudes subtle vintage elegance with beautiful, hand drawn florals paired with a soft color palette of our blush and nude inks on soft white cotton paper. With quirky additions to the suite, such as a sketch of the couple with their dog on the save the date and the reply card, this couple was sure to have a fabulously fun, and memorable affair. Congratulations on one year Cassie & Mike!
Photos courtesy of Chelsey Photography
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We had the pleasure of designing the wedding stationery for this beyond gorgeous wedding held at Haiku Mill in Maui. The invitation is a custom design derived from our Lily passport design. The suite features a custom pocket fold in our chocolate paper printed in our metallic copper ink. The rest of the suite was printed in our melon and chocolate inks on soft white paper.
In honor of all you kiddos heading back to school, we picked a block font that is sure to make the team.
Introducing the fabulous employees of Spark Letterpress.
Alana Amdahl came to Spark in 2012 because of her love for all things crafty and beautiful. Graduating from SDSU with a degree in consumer affairs and a minor in business, Alana is your go-to sales and consumer relations gal. She’s chipper and always happy to dream up big letterpress ideas! Growing up in a building family she loves all things pertaining to home DIY and decor. She bought her first house this year and has been very busy making it a home. In her free time she sells real estate, crafts like a mad woman, and throws elaborate dinner parties!
Chelsea Marsh graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Advertising. After designing her wedding invitations in 2010, she fell in love with all things stationery and printing. She joined the Spark team in 2012 and still can’t believe how lucky she is to be doing exactly what she’s dreamed of doing everyday. Thanks to the wonders of technology, Chelsea happily designs for our clients from her home with her new daughter, Charlie, the littlest member of the Spark family, right by her side.
Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Jason Yoh has a BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been a full-time letterpress printer since 2005, having worked at shops in Syracuse, Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Jason likes to think something is carried over when paper goods are handcrafted on generations-old machines and has a related fondness for old tractors. Favorite shop smell: Gojo soap. Favorite Pantone color: 185. Favorite font: Caslon. Lastly, he doesn't believe in naming printing presses but won't judge those who do.
Megan Burke hails originally from Wisconsin and graduated from Kansas State University. She has worked in operations with numerous arts organizations around the country while moonlighting as a bright-eyed bar maiden and introverted artist. At Spark Letterpress she serves as your friendly stationery sales associate, working hard to translate your amazing ideas so our amazing printers can make your dreams come true. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and ten years of customer service experience, Megan boasts a plethora of creativity, professionalism and niceness to boot.
Annie Walsh is a born and bred Midwest girl. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Annie has a passion for and background in design but stumbled upon letterpress printing and hasn’t looked back. Having had experience printing and learning at various shops and book arts institutions, she is very excited to be a part of the team at Spark. Annie will be learning all aspects of production and finishing in her junior press operator role.