Man On A Mission: Jakprints Special Delivery

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We recently printed custom signs for our friends at the House Of Blues Cleveland. Since they’re right here in Cleveland, there was really no reason to ship the job. Ali Sedivy from HOB had planned on stopping by Jakprints to pick it up when it was done. But before that could happen, Customer Service Rep Matt Murphy took a look outside, saw the sun shining and strapped the signs on his back. Then, he and Sales Manager Dan Byler hopped on two bikes from the Jakprints Staff Bike Fleet and headed across town.

The two rode past cars stuck in traffic and cruised through the streets of downtown Cleveland until arriving at the restaurant and music venue on East 4th Street. They then installed the custom signs to make sure they were a perfect fit.  While bike delivery isn’t something we normally offer, we can ship to just about anywhere you’d like. Below are photos from their journey. One more thing, before you start, open this up in a second tab to listen to while scrolling: Soundtrack.

Matt Murphy getting ready to ride to HOB.

Matt’s got a great idea.

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Product Showcase – Clear Stickers

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What’s a Clear Sticker? Glad you asked. Instead of telling you we thought showing you would be best. Clear Stickers are great label alternatives if you’re on a budget but want a custom shape for your design. Fantastic for application on windows, glass, beer bottles or mirrors. The possibilities are endless and did we mention there’s a unicorn?

Have you used Clear Stickers before?
How did you use them?
Post a pic in the comments!
What other product showcases would you like to see?
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Jakprints On The Sunset Strip

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We announced last week that we’ll be a sponsor for this year’s Sunset Strip Music Fest. This three day music festival in the heart of LA boasts performers like Marilyn Manson, Black Label Society, Das Racist, De La Soul and more. We printed a handful of collateral promo items for them including Posters and VIP Passes. We also produced a video that will loop on a ton of screens during the event. We think the video turned out pretty darn good, so we thought we’d show you the full 16 second video in all it’s glory. Have a look, and then keep scrolling to see pics of the print work we did for them.

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Employee Spotlight: Justin Markert

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Justin Markert is the New Media Coordinator at Jakprints. He handles all of the Social Media, SEO and Analytics, a hefty portion of copy writing, and is currently trying to write this blog post in the third person without it being awkward.


Color: Green

Food: My Very Own Homemade Mac and Cheese

Movie: Where to start!? Some of my favorite writers and/or directors: Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Kaufman, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, Mark Duplass, Tarrantino, Michel Gondrey, Christopher Nolan, Craig Brewer, PT Anderson, too many to name!!!

Band/Musician:  Right now: Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Pearl Jam, David Bazan, Guided by Voices, Rival Schools, Herzog, Refused, Dirty Projectors, The Modern Electric, Joseph Arthur, Dead Prez and I’m sure others that I’ll remember later and wish I would have listed.
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Employee Spotlight: Bill Rupnik

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For this month’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke to VP of Product Development  Bill Rupnik. Bill is one of Jakprints most seasoned employees, he’s been with the company for 11 years! When he’s not at Jakprints developing new products, you can find him at the William Rupnik Gallery, an art gallery that he owns and operates in downtown Cleveland. Let’s take a closer look at the man that is Bill Rupnik.

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Jakprints And The Berklee College of Music

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The Berklee College of Music recently asked Jakprints, as a progressive authority in the printing and apparel industry, to create an educational video series to use in their curriculum.

In this video, industry experts Jacob Edwards (Founder and President) and Nick DeTomaso (Director of Operations) share insights and advice on how to get started when marketing your music and yourself as a brand and musician. Drawing on years of experience and deep roots in the music industry, Jacob and Nick touch on everything from the still relevant, one-color black t-shirt, to the fact that marketing and branding are necessary to the survival of the independent artist or musician.

A Few Key Take Aways From The Video:

  • Merchandising Is The Future Of The Music Industry
  • Keeping It Simple Will Give You The Highest ROI 
  • A Consistent Brand Is The Key To Success


Episode 1: Music Marketing & Merchandising

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Jakprints Custom HOW Design Piece

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This weekend is the HOW Live Graphic Design Conference, and if you’re not in the know, it’s a big deal. It’s actually four different conferences combined into one mega event. This year the conference is calling Boston it’s home. We’ll be there again this year, and per usual, we’re not going empty handed. Since we know the best of the best will be there, we stepped up our game and put together a design piece that we are quite proud of.
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Our Month In Review: April 2012

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One of the new features here at the Jakprints blog is the monthly wrap up. We understand that you get busy and you may not have the time to hang on every word we type, so here’s a recap of all the awesomeness you may have missed in a tidy package just for you.

Graphic Design Round Table – Typography

One of our favorite posts of the month featured a handful of very talented and accomplished graphic designers sharing their two cents about the current state of typography. Click here to read what Jeff Finley, OKPants, Brian Jasinski and Ted Barnes had to say.

Lake Erie Monster – Horror Comic

We started the month off with a feature about John G and Jake Kelley’s new Cleveland based horror comic The Lake Erie Monster. We were there for their release party at Blue Arrow Records. Check out the video we put together highlighting the creation and release of The Lake Erie Monster and see the original blog post with pics from the event here.

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Jakprints Plants One Tree With Every Order

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Since January, We’ve Planted More Than 12000 Trees

We were excited about Earth Day and to celebrate here at Jakprints, we’ve officially unveiled our tree planting campaign. Since January, we’ve pledged to plant a tree for every order processed. That’s right, every order placed for apparel, stickers, full color printing and large format printing will have a tree planted. Be sure to check out our redesigned Green Printing site, we’re pretty proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

This is just the next step in our attempt to leave the planet better than we found it. We’ve always been mindful of the planet. Being green isn’t just a marketing angle for us, it’s an integral ingredient of the Jakprints culture.

Even in everyday life at our 130,000 square foot facility, environmental responsibility is practiced everywhere. In addition to vegetable-based offset inks and responsibly forested paper, all excess paper is recycled, there are compost bins in the kitchen and many of our staff ride their bikes to work. Since 2007, we’ve saved more than 29,000 trees; 5,700 cubic yards of landfill space; 11.9 milliongallons of water; 7.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity; 621,000 gallons of fuel; and 102,000 pounds of pollution.

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Employee Spotlight: Dan Byler

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Dan Byler

Position: I’m the Sales Manager. Since we don’t have an official outside sales staff I’m actually the first guy to delve into that role as well.

Years at Jakprints: 8


Color: Black, dark grey, sometimes white and red.

Food:  Anything fresh. I’m not a very picky eater but I prefer the good stuff whenever possible.

Movie: For some reason I’m partial to movies that are shot or set outside of the United States, like The Lives of Others. I also enjoy horror movies in the theater.  Insidious was a blast. I also saw Tron Legacy in 3D twice in the theater. I regret not seeing it a third time. My favorite skate video is a film by Pontus Alv called The Strongest of the Strange, which happens to be the title of a poem by Charles Bukowski. The soundtrack is really great.









Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel

Band/Musician: Man, I listen to so much different stuff it’s hard to say. Lately I keep coming back to stuff like Neutral Milk Hotel, Howlin Wolf, Wooden Shjips, Frank Fairfield, Smog, and Carsick Cars. I always enjoy High On Fire live too.

Book/Author: I usually am reading motorcycle repair manuals or motorcycle and skate magazines; but for real authors I like the works of Twain, Bukowski, Vonnegut and Hemmingway. I get into other random stuff like this book on Shape Shifters that a coworker lent me. Currently I’m in the middle of reading a book by Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia. It’s a pretty good read and he seems like an interesting guy so far.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I have more interests in life than I dare to entertain. I attempt to keep it limited to skateboarding, riding motorcycles fast, shooting film photography, and spending time with my wonderful girlfriend. I run a website ( that’s a pretty leisurely skate blog. I’ve also recently gotten into hand-guns which has been fun. Continue Reading…

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