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Who Shot What Where?

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A New Puzzler from Michele

Periodically we publish a logic puzzler. Our most popular one was Einstein's Fish which happened to coincide with the holidays. Lots of people wrote to say they worked the puzzle at their family parties. So, let's make it a tradition. Print out this page and give your relatives something new to argue about this year and you might even win a cool prize.

The Set Up

Four movie actors are in a cafe, sitting together at a square table, like the one shown here with the seats numbered. They are discussing their most recent projects while waiting for their salads. Each has just returned from a different location where he or she was shooting a different type of film, one of which is a costume drama.

From the information provided can you figure out where each person sat, his or her full name, the location he or she had just returned from, and the type of movie each had shot?

The Details

1. York (who isn't sitting in seat #1) shot a science fiction movie.
2. The person sitting in seat #2 didn't just return from Tokyo.
3. Julia is in seat #3.
4. Hannah (who isn't sitting in seat #4) is across from the person who just returned from Hawaii.
5. Marks is sitting to the left of the person who just returned from Spain.
6. Moon did not shoot an action thriller.
7. Glory and Robert are sitting next to each other; one of them is surnamed Smith and the other had just returned from Ireland.
8. Robert (who isn't Moon) shot a romantic comedy.

There are no tricks, pure logic will get you the correct answer. And yes, there is enough information to arrive at the only correct answer.

Prizes: Send your correct answer and/or complaints to and we'll randomly pick two people who get it right and if they are in the Chicago area we'll invite them to our regular Thursday lunch with 37signals, catered at our studios by Big Delicious Planet. If they're out of the area we'll send them an authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. Five other winners we'll receive a 3-Pack of Field Notes Memo Books. Good luck.

Note: We were tempted to include the phrase "show your work" with the rules for entry but then we figured that any dork who would Google a puzzle like this in order to win would have to live with self-loathing and guilt for the rest of their life and that would far outweigh the value of the prize package.

Note II: the deadline for entry is Friday, November 30th. We'll announce the winners after that and we'll post the answers first to our RSS feed, which gives you the freshest Fresh Signals all day long and includes updates on contests and other stuff on the site too. So you might wanna subscribe.

Note III: For people who like this sort of thing here are our previous puzzlers: Einstein's Fish, School of Government, Da Vinci's Other Code and Which Porn Star Ate the Most Hot Dogs? For a notice when we post the next puzzler and other stuff, add your email address under "Infrequent Mail" to the right.

Note IV: The photo of the table is not meant to suggest who anyone is or where they are sitting. It's just so you know how to identify the seats by number.

Note VII: It's time to roll out the red carpet and watch the winners saunter on down to the paparazzi's flashing light bulbs, fans screaming their names, free swag and eternal fame and fortune. Well, I may be exaggerating a bit, but at least the free swag part is right.

Five runners up will get a free 3-pack of Field Notes Brand Memo Books and our two Grand Prize Winners will either get a Chicago Style Deep Dish pizza delivered to their door if they are out of the Chicago area or a lunch from Big Delicious Planet with us and the 37signals crew here at our studio if they are in the area and are so inclined. And in a last minute move to mollify the maddened, we will give the most frustrated puzzle player (as judged by the harshness of tone in emails received) a free Nick Campbell Comic Book Poster in the hopes that the sight of all those comic book covers will bring a smile to his/her face. All winners were chosen at random from the correct entries and the most frustrated was chosen from all entries.

So without further ado, the Five Runners up are: Shawn Campbell, Susie Talbert, Jesse Marass, Brian Norris, and Jill Hubley.

The Most Frustrated Puzzle Player is: Eric Mersmann, who did not "sound like a total d-bag" as he said.

Drum roll please.... The Grand Prize Winners are: Mike Hiscock in Connecticut Jaimie Vargas in Chicago.

Thanks to all who sent in answers and keep checking back as the next puzzle is on the horizon.

Here's the solution. No peeking if you haven't tried to solve the puzzler yet.


Visit our Cover Page for links to lots more puzzles, projects and films.

A Thing We Made:
Jewelboxing

We hated the options available for custom packaging DVDs and CDs so we created a brand that gives creative professionals and hobbyists the tools to make great stuff. Here's a bit from the latest Jewelboxing weblog entry:

Jewel Boxing

Relaxing in the Bath After a Long Day

I have a pretty hectic lifestyle. I work full time for a very busy law firm, and I am raising three children along with my husband. My husband’s work is even more demanding than mine, so I take care of the kids for the most part throughout the week. When he gets home and after dinner, he always gives me at least 45 minutes to just unwind and relax. I do this with the help of Waterlilies and Company because I often find myself taking a nice long bath during this time.

I buy all of my bath supplies from this company that sells all natural products. Continue reading

Something I Got from Europe

While I was in Europe visiting a friend, he gave me some Vimax pills to use when I hooked up with a local girl. I told him that I didn’t need to use any pills, but he assured me that I would not regret using them. He was right, and I had the best night of my life, and the woman I was with would certainly agree to that. When I got back home, I looked for the best place to buy Vimax in Australia, because I wanted to have the same experience that I did when I was in Europe.

I found out that I could purchase the pills online from an store that sells products of that nature. Continue reading

September 23, 2017 | Category: Blog

Love is…Receiving an Attractive Mix Disc

Perhaps the middle of August isn’t the most ideal time to be talking about Valentine’s Day, but let’s not get bogged down by semantics. It’s always a good time to talk about clever ideas and well-thought design, both of which are perfect descriptors for Dan LaMee’s “Red Roses Mix” project. We caught up with Dan after finding photos of the project he’d posted on Flickrand asked if he wouldn’t mind telling us about it. He didn’t mind at all and thus, we have the full report:

“As it was approaching Valentine’s Day five or six years ago, I was unsure of what to do for all my single girl friends. I wanted to do something special, memorable, and more lasting than a cut flower, so after thinking about it for awhile I decided to make a music mix of 12 songs and thus the first “Red Roses Mix” was born. The first discs were “packaged” in simple slim cases with no special artwork, but for the last few years I’ve used Jewelboxing cases to help make the mixes even that much more memorable. For this year’s artwork, I had what I consider a brilliant and funny idea to use some Valentine’s Day print boxers as the main subject. I knew they would generate a laugh and would also fit the theme of the holiday. It took me several iterations to get right, as well as some discussion with a friend, but in the end I think I achieved my goals of a semi-professional looking packaging design using mostly photos I’ve taken! And the finished product, well, it had the effect I wanted it to!”

“I went with Jewelboxing cases after seeing what other people were doing with them on your blog and the examples page. Those examples were the inspiration for me to think that despite having no official “graphic design” training and only a few art classes, I could create interesting and cool cases for people! So I did! In fact, I should probably send a copy of the latest one to the Swap Meat, if it’s swap worthy.”

Here’s to hoping that, after Dan’s lead, there’s lots more love and laughter-inducing material being created in New York, Santa Monica, Tucson, Philadelphia, Bangor, Uniontown, La Palma, Essex, Northampton, Dublin, San Jose, Bradford, Santa Clarita, Falls Village, Bournemouth, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, Alexandria, Brooklyn, Miami, Glendora, Harrisburg, Maple Ridge, Winnipeg, Chicago, Fresno, Allentown and Toronto.

From Our Studio, To Yours

Most often, our customers come to Jewelboxing with all their supplies ready to go. They just need the paper and the cases. But you’d be surprised how often we’ve gotten questions from the same person, who ask things like, “What kind of printer works best?” “Can you recommend a type of disc to use?” and “How do you guys apply disc labels without having them not line up properly?” The more we received these questions, both from people new to all of this and those experienced designers who suddenly found themselves in need of creating some eye-catching packaging, we got to thinking about some sort of all-inclusive kit. And thus, the Jewelboxing Studio was born.

The kit, which comes in three boxes, includes every single thing you’ll need to make a run of 100 cases (except for a computer and design software, of course). There are 100 Jewelboxing King cases and trays, 120 custom-milled and coated trayliners and insert books (we throw that extra 20 in there, just in case you catch a typo or forget to put in a new ink cartridge), 120 disc labels, 100 super high-quality, completely textless Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs or DVD-Rs, 100 very strong corrugated disc mailers, 200 protective pads for mailing, 120 printable mailing labels, a disc applicator for perfect alignment, an example case with alignment templates included on the disc, which work with Photoshop, InDesign, and pretty much everything else. To top it off, also included is a Canon Pixma iP4200 Inkjet printer, with 2 extra sets of ink cartridges and a USB cable for quick setup. It’s a big batch of stuff, to be sure.

The best thing about it all is that you’re getting the materials that we use here at the studio. We’ve been embarrassed by discs we’ve burnt that didn’t seem to play on a client’s machine, but never by these by Taiyo Yuden. We’ve heard back from people who received a cracked case we sent them before we figured out the best method of shipping, using the included, very sturdy corrugated mailers and spongy pad thingamabobs. We’ve tried dozens of printers, and we’ve found that the Pixma works best with our paper, at a reasonable price. And now we all have one at our desks. So with the Jewelboxing Studio kit, not only are you getting everything you need for a project, you’re also getting the benefit of these last couple of years of our own trial-and-error solutions.

Sure, the Studio won’t be for everyone, but for those who need it, we think it’ll be a terrific, immediate answer to a project that requires one-stop shopping, instead of spending the whole day searching around for all the components.

Here’s to hoping there are studios are buzzing with all kinds of Jewelboxing activity in Columbus, Stanford, Toronto, Corvallis, Oakland, Burr Ridge, Kansas City, Culver City, Winston Salem, Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Webster Groves, Venice, Chislehurst, Torquay, Kalamazoo, Hopkins, Camarillo, Brooklyn, New York, Whistler, Reston, and Ferndale.

Greetings from Earth. We Have Jewelboxing.

Earlier this week, we received a terrific letter from Steve Wood, a very talented filmmaker and motion graphics designer, who had this to say:

“I’ve been using Jewelboxing to send my short film ‘Echo’ out to festivals. It has been in the East Lansing Film Fest, The London SCI FI Film Fest, and others soon. I love the cases and I’m looking forward to trying out the new paper. Here’s a little info on the film:

The most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space was made from Arecibo, Puerto Rico on November 16, 1974. It included representations of the fundamental chemicals of life, the formula for DNA, a crude diagram of our solar system, and simple pictures of a human being and the Arecibo telescope.

‘Echo’ was created with stock footage elements from public domain resources such as NASA and The Atomic Energy Commission, combined with original animations created in Illustrator and After Effects. Many of the images in the film were culled from the internet, then modified and animated. Other audio and graphic elements were taken from the 1977 ‘Golden Record,’ a metal LP containing sounds, images, and greetings from Earth, sent into space with the Voyager Spacecraft.”

“Echo” is currently available on iFilm, here. Definitely need to check it out.

We’re making our own ‘Golden Record’ right now, but it contains only gushing praise about the people in Los Angeles, San Rafael, Redondo Beach, Woodstock, Milpitas, Sonoma, Venice, Canmore, Sparta, Manchester, and New York.

Grrrr

Yesterday was a complete bust due to problems with PayPal’s order processing system. They hope to have things back to normal soon but if you can’t get through and need something quickly, please write us at crew at jewelboxing dot com or call us at the CP Studio at 312 243 1107.

Meanwhile, since we’re not too busy processing orders, we’ll catch up on thanking people who ordered in the good ol’ days, like last week. We appreciate the support from NYC, Brooklyn, Herriman, Detroit, Boca Raton, Hammond, Keswick, Guelph, Toronto and North Chatham.

April 9, 2018 | Category: Blog

H.S.O.T

I expect we’re not the first online retailers to keep track of orders by day and constantly evaluate how we’re doing against previous weeks and time periods. We’ve been chugging right along lately with real identifiable patterns developing and, by and large, things going along in a sensible way. Until today. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD if you’re going to order Jewelboxing soon please do it before midnight tonight and Help Save Our Tuesday.

Today could be the worst sales Tuesday since the very first weeks we were open. There’s no explanation really. The last few weeks have been among our best ever. Yesterday was strong. Traffic is above average. PayPal is working fine. Please, just a 40pack here and there can make all the difference.

Editors Note: Never mind.

Thanks to Burlington, Huntington Station, Columbia, Salt Lake City, Surrey, Daly City, Utrecht, Venlo, Brooklyn, Chicago, Santa Monica, NYC, Burbank, LA, Atlanta, Edina and Chagrin Falls.

Also, in response to Ollie, who asks? “So tell me Jim, what exactly comes included in the Jewelboxing system?”

April 9, 2018 | Category: Blog

Going to the Chapel

The PayPal problems from earlier in the week are a fading, distant memory except for that big, ugly zero in the sales column for Monday. To all who wrote and called and eventually got their orders through, thanks for your patience. Things seems back to normal now.

Scott Madore has found our Jewelboxing system perfect for a wedding video project he just completed. Lots of other people are using them to archive photos, music and video from big family events. If that’s how you’re using them, drop us a note and picture. We’d love to see how they came out. If you’re in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and don’t want to do all the work yourself, Valarie and company at Reel Life, a new shop in Indian Head Park, can handle the entire project, including packing your final product with Jewelboxing.

Let’s raise a toast to Bolton, Chicago, Orangeburg, LA, Chantilly and Granada Hills.

March 25, 2018 | Category: Blog

Getting Hands On with Dragons’ Truth

Here’s an interesting project we just ran into. It’s a short video promoting writer Teel McClanahan III’s new novel, Dragons’ Truth, which is now available as an audiobook. Teel wanted to show off that the audio version was “presented in a premium jewelbox” (see: our Standard-sized case), so he clearly took a page from Dawson’s hand modeling debut and put together his own unique moves to make the following:

Thanks to Teel for posting his video and here’s to hoping there’s soon to be a whole series of similar Jewelboxing-centric hand modeling clips coming from Little Rock, London, Alexandria, Chicago, Brooklyn, Evanston, Phoenix, North Bay Billage, Savannah, Shanghai, Long Beach, Portland, Lakewood, Foothill Ranch, Lancaster, Washington, West Henrietta, New York City, and Atlanta

Getting to Know the Real Bryan Bedell

Not to sing our own praises too loudly, but usually around here it’s us talking to Jewelboxing users about their projects or interviewing them for one of our Case Study features, not the other way around. But such was the case with our own Bryan Bedell who was recently interviewed by IT Enquirer about all things Jewelboxing, from what tool designers tend to work with on their projects to printing thousands of cases in bulk. Being as Bryan is our resident Jewelboxing printing expert, and just because he’s a generally pleasant person, it’s an interview well worth your time.

Thanks to IT Enquirer for their interest in what we’re up to and here’s hoping that the tough questions are being asked in Seattle, York, New York, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Pleasant Grove, Columbia, Sunnyvale, Centreville, Portland, Napa, Boston, Farmington Hills, Palmyra, Liverpool, Palmerton, Herndon, Dallas, London, Detroit and Houston.

Great Design in a Nutshell

Ben Rozens is a guy whose resume is constantly expanding. Starting off in the newspaper business, he spent his time buried in images, working in everything from photo processing to color correction. In 2003, he decided to go it alone and start up his own design shop, Nutshell Studios. At first, he stuck to what he knew: print. But when that wasn’t enough, he decided to pick up 3D animation and motion graphics. For months and months, he poured himself into both learning the trade, all the while building an eighteen minute animated short film called “Fusion Chronicles.” When it was finally complete, he decided the only way to send it out to festivals was by using Jewelboxing. Says Ben, “I chose your system because of the quality and the value of the product. It’s a great service for up and coming filmmakers.” After seeing the trailer for his film, and its fantastic packaging, we’re convinced he’s right.

In order to thank them for being customers, we’re building realistic CGI models of those in Bath, Hollywood, San Francisco, Mercer, Winter Park, Copenhagen, Dordrecht, Jacksonville, Tucson, Santa Monica, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Amherst, Harrisonburg, Tempe, Fremont, Paris, Red Bank, Middleburg Heights, Tonawanda, Newfield, Grove City, Hawthorne, Ames, Truro, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Fresno.

Great Focus

Is there anything more enjoyable than photographing buildings and other feats of architecture? You can keep your scenic landscapes and moody portraits; for us, we love trying to capture the perfectly straight lines, the way the light bounces off a column, or the sheer size of a gigantic room. We couldn’t begin to comprehend the hours we’ve spent down at the Illinois Institute of Technology here in Chicago, shooting Mies’ masterpieces, or the collective hard drive space dedicated to snaps we’ve taken of the beautiful Chicago skyline just outside our studio window. So understandably, we were excited to hear from Jeff Kroeze, a photographer in California who makes his living getting beautiful shots of some the interiors and exteriors of gorgeous buildings. After taking some time to view the amazing work he has posted on his site, here’s the info we got from Jeff about using the system:

“I’m a photographer in Newport Beach, CA, specializing in architectural and travel images. In the competitive Orange County market, Jewelboxing has proven itself as an elegant solution for packaging impressive DVD portfolios destined for new clients. The system allows for great flexibility in design and production. Whether running off 1 or 100, there’s no minimum order to worry about so each one can be customized. I sent out my first batch last week to a great response. They look so classy I want to keep them all for myself! I had a lot of fun with this project and I thank Jewelboxing and Coudal for making it so easy. You’ll be getting another order from me soon.”

Here’s to hoping the f-stops and ISO settings are working out perfectly to capture the lovely things in Garland, Kalamazoo, Tracy, Round Hill, Jefferson, Houston, Roswell, Toronto, Fort Washington, Loveland, Duluth, Ruston, Brooklyn, Burbank, Omaha, New York, Canton, Tujunga, Monroe, New Milford, Flushing, Yarraville, Miami, and North Vancouver.

March 15, 2018 | Category: Blog

Going the Distance

We have a soft spot for people in long distance relationships here at Jewelboxing HQ. In seeing friends who have decided to court from afar and having collectively been in a few ourselves over the years (including one that resulted in an experiment involving ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”), we understand how much effort it takes in making it work. So we were happy to hear that our cases had become part of that effort on behalf of Hamish Macpherson who wrote us about a project he was working on to help keep those fires o’ love burning strong:

“I just finished and sent off my first Jewelboxing project, so I thought I’d share what I came up with. It was a CD for my wonderful girlfriend Talia. Right now we’re in a long distance relationship, so I had the idea of making a CD for her while I’m far away. I remembered seeing Jewelboxing before, but at the time I couldn’t find a legitamte use for it. But not anymore! I ordered a pack of Kings right away and got to work as soon as they arrived (in fact, I had started designing before they came). I was really surprised at just how easy it was to print, punch out, and put together, and I was even happier with the results. Thanks for making this project a success! I look forward to Jewelboxing again in the future.”

Thanks much to Hamish for sharing his story with us and here’s to hoping there’s love in the air (and maybe in the mail, too) in Evanston, San Diego, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Ruston, Los Angeles, West Monroe, Manchester, Bonaire, Carmel, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Jersey City, Berkeley, Conroe, Tulsa, La Crosse, Wickliffe, Brooklyn, and East Patchogue.

Full-Time Perfectionists

If you’re a musician or a filmmaker, you can maybe slip by on the design side of things by doing something simple, figuring that the Jewelboxing case alone will do enough initial impressing to encourage people to pop in the disc and get into whatever it is that your real bread-and-butter expertise is. But when you’re V12 Studios, a full-service design firm that does a whole lot of everything, from print work to packaging design to any and all in between, not only does the included reel have to be sharp, but the Jewelboxing case itself has to be nothing short of perfect. Because, who knows, maybe after looking at the way V12 handled their reel, that client they’re pitching to could turn around and decide they need to have their own project or product packaged up using Jewelboxing too. Kiran RajBhandary, the president of V12, was kind enough to drop us a line, letting us know why they decided to use our cases, and here’s what he had to say:

“We looked for a system that was first and above all, of absolute total quality. When you sell creative services, the presentation of the work is a critical attribute. I found only one system that met our needs: Jewelboxing. Jewelboxing provides a presentation platform that allows not only for superb reproduction, but ease of use. We get inquiries worldwide, and having the ability to provide a visual and physically tangible example of our thinking and the quality we strive for quickly and with ease is of great benefit.”

Thanks very much to Kiran and the crew at V12 for getting in touch with us and here’s to hoping it’s quality galore in Arlington, Evanston, Slidell, Kingsport, Newcastle, Lenexa, San Jose, Athens, Morton Grove, Fairfax, Altamonte Springs, Marietta, Dallas, Murphysboro, Hyde Park, Chicago, Seattle, Middletown, New York, Hamilton, Philadelphia, South Pasadena, Singapore, Virginia Beach, Kenosha, Savannah, Newton, Coral Gables, Brunswick and Brooklyn.

Found Through Photos

We ran into Jewelboxing user Bradley Spitzer completely by accident. We were looking around on Flickr for a long lost photo we were pretty sure was laying around somewhere, tagged for some event we’d all been at. But that’s neither here nor there, because we followed a “Jewelboxing” tag and there was Bradley’s work, in all its well-designed, photographic splendor.We were so impressed by his case, along with his other photography work (check out his “My 50 Favorites”), that we tracked him down and asked if he wouldn’t mind sharing some info about the project. Here’s the scoop:

“The project that you saw on Flickr was an interesting one. I was a volunteer photographer at a indoor, 24 hour music festival at the end of December. During the festival there were a variety of established artists and young ones as well. One of the artists, Alli Rogers, has a local connection (not to me) and is just beginning to take off. After getting back from the festival (and recuperating, ’cause it was incredibly tiring) I noticed on her website that she just had some horrible live photos.”

“So I contacted her management company and asked if they would be interesting in having the photos for any future promotion. They said yes. I knew about Jewelboxing and decided to buy a set of Kings because I wanted them to actually hold onto something physical, professional. Nothing’s come out of it yet, but it was definitely worth the time and energy it took to put it together.”

If you’re anywhere in the Midwest and looking for a photographer, Bradley’s your guy. The man has loads of talent to spare, and we’re thrilled that he used Jewelboxing to highlight his work. We’re also very happy for everyone in Sparks, Venice, Hudson, Santa Monica, Mount Hawthorn, Mukwonago, San Mateo, Praha, Coral Gables, Wood Dale, Burbank, Mankato, Miami, Sydney, East Eallingford, Carlsbad, Saskatoon, Louisville, Washington, Plano, Chicago, Rockford, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Baltimore, Dallas, El Segundo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Kennesaw, and Culvery City.

Giving It Away

Anyone who orders a kit from us at between now and midnight, Sunday, December 11th, gets a copy of a DVD containing our goofy short film Copy Goes Here free of charge. In case you didn’t know, Jewelboxing is part of Coudal Partners in Chicagoand this is our attempt at what the smart guys might call ‘synergy.’

The disc also contains Scott Smith’s movie Ten, in which a man violates all Ten Commandments before breakfast, plus Slowtron’s How to BBQ a Man which is pretty self-explanatory, and Steve Delayhoyde’s 238 Miles, an excrutiating drive from Iowa to Chicago listening to just one song, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

Make a bulk order this week and we’ll toss in a stylish CGH tee shirt too. Write crew at jewelboxing dot com for information on that.

Since you’re not paying for the movie, keep your smartypants comments about our acting abilities to yourself willya? And yes, regifting of the movie is encouraged.

February 9, 2018 | Category: Blog

Freedom Not To Sell

Maybe I shouldn’t share this but it could be helpful to someone else creating a start-up business online, so here goes. We have had exactly six requests for refunds out of the thousands of orders we’ve filled in the past few months.

One was because the system “just wasn’t what I expected.”

One was because the project the system was ordered for was canceled.

One was because our paper did not work with a specific print-shop’s sheet-fed press and by the time we offered to send more paper free of charge, the deadline for delivering the final project had passed.

One was because a student was putting together a resume reel and between the time she ordered and took delivery she found a job.

Two were because the packages were completely mangled on their way to Europe.

Those are the breaks and we’re sorry things didn’t work out, but we were happy to refund those customers. Then we had one last week. No matter what we did we couldn’t make this customer happy. Our policies and our customer support which had been praised and appreciated by hundreds of people who had ordered exactly the same thing, were not good enough. Ultimately, this person wanted us to completely change they way we run our business and reconfigure our product specifically for his needs. We tried, but when he became rude in emails and on the phone I simply hit the refund button, leaving him and his complaints in the rear-view mirror. Wow, did that ever feel good. With one click we were completely free of any obligation to deal with this guy whatsoever. The lesson here is that as a retailer you need to remember that you’re always free not to sell your product to someone and surprisingly, that can occasionally be a real good decision.

We’ll do our damndest to make sure the nice folks in Chicago, Berkeley, Thessaloniki, Santa Fe, Twickenham, Mascoutah, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Helsinki, Alhambra, Brantford, Portland, Oak Park, Gilbert, Atlanta and Brooklyn get the most out of their Jewelboxing purchase.

February 9, 2018 | Category: Blog

Give the Gift of Jewelboxing

If all the snow we got last night is any indication, winter is officially here. And with winter comes the holiday season when guests are welcomed, hearts are warmed, and gifts are exchanged. Through the years, we’ve seen Jewelboxing used to great effect on all three. There have been John Tolva’s great mix discsfor his annual holiday party, given out to each guest. Andrea Buchanan shared with us her process of making Jewelboxing-packaged photo CDs of her newborn to give to family and friends. And the motion graphics firm The Neighbourhood used our King cases to deliver a holiday film they’d made to thank their clients and supporters of their work.

There are a million ideas for what you could use Jewelboxing for this holiday season and whatever your gifting plans are, even if you’d just like to give that designer in your life a case of cases and let them do the designing, we’d love to help out.

Fond Memories That’ll Actually Last

Lockers have all long since been cleaned out, report cards have been distributed, and those who have just graduated from high school are already likely looking through their yearbooks and thinking “Who was that person?” Thus is the plague of the school annual, where bad photos of the people you only kinda sorta knew slowly start to fade away, not helped in any way by the amount of brain cells that will likely be destroyed once you hit college. All that’s the sad truth, of course, unless you happened to go to school with Sujay Thomas, who put together a short film about his graduating class and expertly packaged it using Jewelboxing. Here’s what Sujay had to say:

“Our high school career was coming to an end and it seemed fitting to me to compile a great DVD package as a departing gift for all the seniors. I’ve always enjoyed design and film. For our Senior Class Day, a close friend and I were in charge of creating a fun, short video, chronicling our time during high school in a fun, entertaining way. After it was finished and screened to the whole entire senior class, with fantastic reception, I knew it couldn’t end there. So I planned on making my first DVD, a memory for my friends to keep for the rest of their lives. Knowing how creative our class is, I knew that it would only be fitting that our package reflect the students’ uniqueness and be something that I’d be proud to have in my collection. I turned to Jewelboxing for this very reason. I didn’t hesitate to order a King set, and was more than thrilled when it arrived. The end product was a stylish, colorful case that is sure to stand out.”

We hope there’s stylish, colorful, stand-out things going on as well in New York, Darien, Hudson, Minneapolis, New Richmond, Phillipsburg, Austin, Chicago, Savannah, Phoenix, League City, Huntington Beach, Vancouver, Troy, Los Angeles, Huntsville, La Mirada, Easthampton, Lambertville, Sinjhuang City, Ponca City, and Wellington.

December 9, 2017 | Category: Blog

Birds of a Feather Design Together

Usually Jewelboxing operates on a one-on-one level, as in: we ship out the kits and the person or company who placed the order designs and assembles them. But now we learn that this isn’t always the way of things, as we found with photographer Ben Chrisman and Karen Dahlquist of HappyFish Design, who set up a whole system for Ben, making the whole Jewelboxing process a breeze for his work. First, here’s from Karen:

“I specialize in album design for professional photographers and occasionally I reserve time for my clients to work on projects in other areas, such as corporate identity building like logos, stationery, price lists and, in this case, a DVD package concept. Ben had already been impressed with Jewelboxing and had the boxes and templates already, but he needed some help getting everything designed and set up. I created a design that worked with his existing logo and a concept we’ve been working on in general for other collateral. My goal was to not only design something nice, but to design something that he could easily customize for each of his couples with clearly organized layered Photoshop files with everything labeled and locked accordingly. All Ben has to do is insert the photos, edit the text, change the color theme if he’d like, then just print, assemble and he’s done. The great thing is that it’s easy and every DVD will have its own unique look that matches the newlyweds’ personality and locale, all using just one template design. Ben is an extremely talented (and busy) photographer and I’m certain he’s assembling LOTS of these packages!! Good thing no knives are required!”

And here’s from Ben:

“I started using Jewelboxing because I needed an elegant presentation for the digital files each client receives after their wedding. And since I’m giving these files to all of my wedding couples, it was extremely important to be able to customize each package to fit the personality of each bride and groom. With HappyFish’s brilliant design (which I could have never thought of in a million years without a doubt), I’m able to drop photos into the templates and have everything printed and ready within minutes. Clients are always stunned at the result, almost to the point of being speechless, shocked that their faces are so artfully placed on a professional DVD cover. I couldn’t be happier with Jewelboxing and I think I can say the same thing for my clients as well.”

Let’s hope the HappyFish-esque collaborations are going as swimmingly in Berkley, Redmond, Los Angeles, Boston, Allen, London, Providence, Danville, Kenton, Kansas City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Stow, Davenport, Chantilly, Naperville, Anderson, Marina del Rey, New York, Ann Arbor, Kirkwall, Washington DC, Edinburgh, Emsworth, Kirtland Hills and Portland.

A Long Hike for a Great Cause

Being located in Midwest, contemplating somewhere where there’s a changing elevation is something of a foreign concept to us. Fortunately, we have our customers to live vicariously through. Case in point, Michael Chevalier and the team at the Edmonton-based Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. Instead of the usual cocktails and hors d’oeuvres fundraiser to help them pay for new equipment for the hospital, they decided to take a team to conquer the tallest mountain in Africa and get donors to sponsor the ascent. Here’s a bit about the project from Michael:

“This summer, our hospital foundation sent a team of 37 people to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a new orthopedics centre. The team consisted of doctors, philanthropists, a few people with artificial hips and knees, as well as four Canadian soldiers (including a double amputee) who were injured while on active duty in Afghanistan. We raised over $1 million and produced a video with all of the footage that was shot on the expedition. It was a special project, so as soon as I was charged with producing the DVD, I knew we had to use Jewelboxing.”

A big thanks to Michael and everyone at the Foundation for sharing with us down here in the flatlands, and here’s to hoping that mountains, both real and metaphorical, are being scaled in New York, Summersville, Atlanta, Panama City, Chesterfiled, Alliance, Arlington, San Diego, Grand Rapids, Venice, North Augusta, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Union Town, Washington DC, Kerhonkson, Hialeah, Woodland Park, Langhorne, Orange, and Alameda.

‘Tis the Season for Seasons Past

With the holiday season ramping up and snow soon to be on its way, we’ve been in that contemplative mood that comes with family get togethers, shorter days, and knowing that most of the next half-dozen months will be spent indoors. That said, it seems like the perfect season to finally start sorting through all those boxes of miscellaneous photos, letters, and mementos tucked away in the basement or various drawers.

It seemed somehow fortuitous that we ran across this post from 2005 over at Ask Metafilter about what people do with their collections of old memories. Bringing it full circle is that someone recommended taking the time to scan these important pieces of your life and sticking it all onto discs, then going that extra mile by nicely packaging it using Jewelboxing. We’d seen this general idea put to great use in previous posts like with Andrew Huff’s collection of his grandfather’s audio interviews, Sujay Thomas’ graduation discs, and Brendan Dawes’ birthday memories. But to do a personal collection of your miscellaneous stuff, all searchable and safely tucked away in ones and zeros, that sounds fantastic. And while all that sorting sounds like a lot of work, it’s the sort of thing that gets fun and interesting once you start doing it, taking it all in with eyes a little older and memories a touch fonder.

Here’s to hoping there are lots of new memories being made that are worth preserving in your neck of the woods, as well as in Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Durham, Philadelphia, Leander, Lowell, Los Angeles, Kenton, Napa, Atlanta, Houston, Cardiff, Lakewood, Titusville, Livermore, San Louis Obispo, New York, Bellevue, Grand Forks, and Raleigh.

“Something of Substance”

When it comes to photography, Toronto-based Jessica Blaine is a jack of all trades, master of all. When not expertly and creatively shooting events and portraits, she runs an online shop where she sells prints she’s made from shots she’s taken with her Holga, operates a studio in one of the creative hearts of the city, and diligently chronicles her work and life on her blog. It would be enough just knowing that there’s cool people like Jessica out there doing great work, but we get the extra perk of being able to help her out of the packaging side, being as she’s long been a Jewelboxing user. She was very kind in dropping us a note about her work, as well as her experiences using our cases. Here’s from Jessica:

“I am a full-time photographer located in Toronto, Canada who has been shooting professionally for eight years. I photograph all things people, whether it be weddings, babies, families, corporate events or editorial for magazines. I love photographing people and cannot imagine doing anything else in my life. Nothing beats seeing the expression on my clients’ faces when they receive their images knowing that I captured all of the special little moments for them. As photographers we have an important job as we document all of the milestones in others’ lives.”

“One of my favourite vendors that I have worked with throughout my career is Jewelboxing. Often the only product that my clients receive from me is a disc with images and I wanted to make sure that when I give it to them that it is something of substance. I looked everywhere for the perfect product before I found Jewelboxing. I love the customization that I am able to do with every disc case that I print. I also love that as I photograph the same family over time they begin to have a collection of my matching discs on their shelf.”

Thanks a million to Jessica for being a customer and for sharing her story with us. And here’s to hoping there’s lots more great work going on in Vancouver, Bedford, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Roseville, Portland, New York, Oceanside, Alameda, Crownsville, Bethel, Appleton, Fayetteville, Kerhonkson, West Hollywood, Washington DC, Miami, South Pasadena, Bude, Kilkeel, Bryan, the Bronx, St. Paul, Toronto, and Grand Rapids.

It’s All the Talk in Delray Beach

When Jewelboxing user, Jess Kadar, sent in what she’d recently put together using our cases, it made us feel all warm and happy inside. That’s not to say we’re not always tingling with delight when we see Jewelboxing put to good use, but this was fine design plus it was as sweet as all get out. Here’s the whole scoop, directly from Jess:

“I just have to say how much I love Jewelboxing and how well it’s been working out for me. I bought the jb kit to make DVDs of my wedding pics, which worked out nicely. But what *really* impressed people was when I used Jewelboxing to package my grandma Ethel’s 90th birthday video. (I had transferred 90 years of film and photos to DV and edited it into a tearjerking 20 minute film.) Now all the retirees in Delray Beach want to know where they can get a video like Ethel’s.

I know it’s not hard for a grandchild to impress her Jewish grandmother…but it IS hard to impress her friends who insist that their grandchildren are the best, smartest, most creative, etc. With Jewelboxing, it is indeed possible to silence them. I’d even say it’s the next best thing to being (or marrying) a Jewish doctor.”

We’re positive there are friends of grandmothers being impressed like crazy in Pittsburgh, Arlington Heights, Toronto, Cincinnati, Eugene, Los Angeles, Villa Ridge, Cresskill, Chester, Houston, Valencia, Pasadena, Mountain View, Napa, Westborough, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Portland, Monument, Mississauga, Rutland, Dunfermline, Minneapolis, and Bristol.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Blog, Film

A Walk Through Wedding Season

Over the years, we’ve highlighted a ton of great wedding projects people have used Jewelboxing for, either as a part of their big day or after the fact, like when a photographer or videographer delivers all their material in a well-designed package. So popular have our cases become within the industry, we even created a special sample case to send out to anyone curious about how Jewelboxing might work for their projects. And since the summer is upon us and now we find ourselves in the thick of wedding season, we thought we’d take a quick look around at some of the recent projects we’ve run across.

First up comes Edward Underwood, a photographer in the Washington D.C. area, who recently showed off some of the beautiful cases he’d put together for his clients, along with some words about the process:

“As all couples don’t readily want a hard copy of their wedding day memories, I figured there had to be an equally wonderful way to show those moments. These cases were created to allow individuals to produce a short-run of high-end packages and to give them the freedom to concentrate on the most important part of the job, the creative.”

Next we head south, to North Carolina, and check in with Heather Garland who also has started using Jewelboxing to package her clients’ photos and was kind enough to post a batch of great photos and a little something about her experiences:

“I have to say I am more than happy with them! My favorite part is they just send the templates and the cases and then I get to customize it for each bride & groom. I made this DVD to match the gorgeous blue tie of the groom and the blue sky at the beach. These DVD cases are the same size as a normal DVD case, but they have gorgeous rounded corners.”

Finally, we head even further south to Alabama to check in with Michael Andrew, a photographer who runs a terrific blog that’s largely about photography but also swerves off in a slew of other interesting directions as well. We ran across a post of his from last year, explaining his decision to start using Jewelboxing to hand out to his clients once he’d carefully processed all their photos:

“I’ve tried several things in presenting my digital negatives to my clients. Ive used regular CD trays, Art Leather folios and recently I was introduced to Jewelboxing. It’s taken some serious time to figure out how to design and make, but now that I have them the way I like, I am so glad I did. They come complete with my written copyright release on the inside of the tray, and the outside cover can be switched to three different outside pictures. [Jewelboxing cases] are also very durable and made of some type of smudge resistant material.”

Thanks to Michael, Heather, and Edward for their generosity in publicly extolling our virtues on their sites and here’s to hoping it’s finally feeling like summer in Boca Raton, New York City, Tulsa, Santa Monica, Cerritos, Middletown, Solana Beach, Idaho Springs, Denver, Dacula, Playa del Ray, Huntsville, Los Angeles, Franklin, Torrance, Lawndale, Hollywood, Encinitas, Little Rock, Martinsburg, Brewster, and Dallas.

Important News for the Home Brewer and the Thirsty: Our Disc Labels Find a Valuable New Use

So let’s say you’ve packaged up your project, but you find you have a few extra disc labels left over. Do you hold onto them for future discs? Sure, you could, and that’s maybe the most practical thing to do, but your other option is to follow Christopher Roeleveld, of the food blog Food Crypt, and turn those spare pieces into clever bottle covers for home brewed beer. Much more attractive than just a plain bottle or a piece of masking tape thrown on there, while also quicker than designing some sort of fancy stick-on, regulation-size wrap. We can’t guarantee the labels will stay on once condensation and/or refrigeration gets involved, but as Christopher has proved, they’re sure to stay on long enough for you to snap a quick photo.

 

A big thanks to Christopher for letting us share his photo and here’s to hoping there’s lots more creative re-purposing (and purposing, of course) going on in Long Island City, San Diego, Little Falls, San Jose, Coatesville, San Francisco, Broomfield, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Keller, Fall River, Palm Harbor, Austin, Hagerstown, New York, Venice, Keene, Van Nuys, Conroe, and Santa Monica.

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