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Save the Date: 2014 Create.Explore.Discover.

It seems like only yesterday we were talking about 2013’s Create. Explore. Discover. retreat in Truckee, CA. And while it is true that 2014’s is still nine months or so away, it’s already time to start marking your calendars. But since we can’t go barging into people’s offices with permanent markers (legal reasons, mostly), founder Sarah Stevenson commissioned us to design some beautiful “save the dates” for this year’s retreat.

When you’re designing for an event as creative as this, there’s some extra expectations to push the boundaries our imaginations. So much of modern design is based on the flat screens and pages, but truly powerful, intelligent, and timeless design that you want to hold on to often comes from experimenting with three dimensions.

Stevenson and Stan Can Design’s designer Kelly Wallis worked together to create a piece displaying commissioned artwork from professional artist and 2012 instructor and 2013 Create. Explore. Discover. attendee, Lisa Congdon.


True to the idea behind the event, the save-the-dates can be refolded to produce unique artworks for the people who receive them, who can then submit their creations through Instagram to Stevenson at @redlinedesign. The triangular shapes are not merely a byproduct of the folding, they’ve become part of the visual design of the event itself. Check out the gallery below for some of the best creations from the challenge.

As Create. Explore. Discover. 2014’s featured artist, Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Harper Collins Publishing, and The Obama Campaign, among others. She creates thoughtful book covers and hand lettering, to abstracts and a series of Nordic inspired prints that make us shout “sköl!” She has even begun to sew her own clothes, which are just as beautiful as her other works of art.

In addition to receiving the save-the-dates, you can stay informed on Create. Explore. Discover. by signing up for updates on the website, and following Sarah Stevenson on Instagram at @redlinedesign. In the mean time, satisfy your creative cravings and check out Lisa Congdon’s blog, “Today is Going to Be Awesome”, to check out her personal project and professional pieces alike.

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TypeWalk 2013 Poster

TypeWalk2013_RenoTahoe_Dynagraphic_FGet your limited edition 2013 TypeWalk Poster featuring the eclectic typography of Reno’s Midtown district. Printing by Digiprint Printing. The poster measures 13×19″, delivered unframed.

Measures 13x19"


If you attended the TypeWalk in July 2013, you do not have to purchase a poster. Please email to arrange a pick up.

Posters will be available for sale at AIGA’s upcoming events.

Printing sponsored by:
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Stan Can Design™ is Feeling Warm and Fuzzy


We take every opportunity to send out reminders to our friends, family, and clients that we are still thinking of them. Valentines Day is far from different, and in true Stan Can Design™ fashion we wanted to do something unexpected and special.

Remember when Valentines Day wasn’t about all that gooey, sticky love stuff? We’re talking way back, like single digit grade school days. Valentines Day was actually about, you know, valentines. And candy, no one that age forgot about the candy .

Valentines are those cheap, crappy perforated sheets of Spiderman pictures that say things like “Wishing you a sense-tingling Valentine’s Day.” It didn’t matter if the boys in class were more into Hot Wheels, or the other girls were high on the life and times of Polly Pocket, they got the valentine that defined you that year. At the end of the day, the paper bag taped to the back of your chair was full of little, cheesy notes that represented each and every classmate.

It’s time to channel that original, fun nature of Valentines day again. This year, everyone helped design and write their very own unique valentine on a perforated sheet. Each valentine is sillier and cheesier than the next, but is somehow related to each member of Stan Can Design™. Whether they represent our heritage, hobbies, or lifestyles, each is intended to put a smile on your face and to be shared with the people you love.

These cards could have easily been mass emailed to everyone we could think of. But it wouldn’t have been as fun when you were a kid, so it’s definitely not as fun now. These are meant to be tangible pieces of delight to pass around or prop on your desk.

Check out our valentines and try to guess who’s who.
And this Valentines Day treat yourself to a piece of chocolate and tell someone you love them.



Stan Joins Reno’s Mightiest Heroes of Advertising

Every year, AAF Reno does something special for the Addy’s. The coolest part is it always features the leaders and characters of the regional advertising community. Last year, the theme was Tinsel Town, and featured half reality, half Hollywood portraits of some of Reno’s most recognized faces in the creative community, including our very own Kelly Wallis and her Catwoman alter ego.

On that note, the year of 2013 saw the box offices dominated by the super-powered, more so than usual. Staying culturally relevant, this year’s Addys is called “Reno Advengers”, and features none other than resident Stan Can Design™ super-designer and power-president Stan Byers.

Equipped with a quiver of paintbrushes, among other things, Byers seems to be portraying a Hawkeye/Green Arrow crossover and looks pretty darn good in a green hood and wrist bracers. Check out the cloaked cameo below, and visit AAFReno.comto keep up to date on this year’s Addy calendar of events and submissions.


The Great Wall of Designa

Ever since Stan Can Design™ relocated to 515 Plumas St, we heard it. Hypnotic, trance-like, and repetitively, Stan Byers, president of Stan Can Design™, has always said “We’re going to put up a metal wall there.” That phrase eventually turned into “Once we put the wall up here,” which then became “I have always wanted a wall put in there.” The longer and longer we inhabited our space on Plumas, the less and less the wall seemed imminent.


Fast forward to December 2013, where a holiday party and an rsvp list of more than 50 people spurred things into action. The wall, which is 13 panels of sheet metal, was expertly installed by our friends Dean Whitlock and Michael Butner. A black metal Stan Can Design™ cross sits to the left center while our tagline, “Powerful, Intelligent, Timeless,” runs up the right side.


The great thing about the wall is that it makes our office feel less like the house it was built as and more like the design shop it’s become. Not to fear though, we’re not getting all hoity toity on all of you. Just because it’s a shiny metal wall doesn’t make it exempt from holding up our recent work and any thoughts that spill onto paper. But now those thoughts look cooler.


Way cooler.