Someone News: Design, Events, Fine Press

What's Happening

There's always creative work happening in the Someone studio. Find out about our current projects and goings' on in the articles below.


Drum Roll, Please...

And the winner of someone's DRESSUP! Bowtie contest is Tania Janthur of Creative Bungalow!!!

We chose Tania's design because it's perfectly festive and snazzy for The Dundas West Fest - it exhibits the right amount of pizazz and Va-Va-VOOM needed for such a peppy occasion! Well-done, Tania!

Tania Janthur is a graphic designer that lives and works in Beaconsfield Village.  She has worked in film, photography and design and is currently working on a collection of greeting cards. Her design company can be found at

Remember to join us at our studio at 1691 Dundas Street West on June 8th, to pick up your own festive accessory in Tania's design for the Dundas West Festival.

Congrats to Tania and our runners-up Anne and Anthony, for their snappy submissions!

Anne Vellone is a freelance designer/consultant residing in Little Italy. Vellone Design specializes in creative solutions for both web + print; art direction + design  of visual identities, websites, books, publications, communications and packaging. Anne is available for freelance work + collaborations:

Anthony Smerek is a fine artist featured at Rose Will Studio (1630 Dundas West) He specializes in design focusing on print, and graduated with a BFA from The University of Western Ontario, and in Publishing at Langara College in Vancouver. He is available at

Stay tuned at on facebook and twitter for our fall version of DRESSUP!
We're keeping the details a secret for now!




DRESSUP! Spring design contest

Someone invites you to contribute a design to our Spring 2013 edition of DRESSUP!

DRESSUP! is a celebration of design, community and fine printing. With each edition we collaborate with designer types like you to create a wearable, snazzy piece of letterpress art to help you promote yourself and our local shop.

The Skinny

This edition of DRESSUP! celebrates Spring with a 2-colour designer Bowtie of your very own design! The winning tie concept will be letterpress printed on fabulous 100% cotton Cranes Lettra 220lb paper and die cut here in our studio. Clip-on bowtie fasteners will be attached, creating a very swanky [limited edition] hand-made spring accessory!

Whats in it for you?

When you win you'll receive 100 Bowties to do whatever you like with. (We suggest using them as calling-cards... just sayin’)
The Bowties – with your name and logo! - will also be available - hot off the press - at our shop at 1691 Dundas West during the Dundas West Fest (June 8th 2013).

We'll be showing off the Bowties online, tweeting and blogging the entries, with links to the designers, the winning Bowties and the processes we'll go through to produce them - three full letterpress runs and a die cutting. We'll be sharing it all with our growing list of thousands of letterpress and design enthusiasts.

Get crackin'! NEW Deadline for submissions is Midnight on 26th May

Grab the contest instructions here and now, and you'll have everything you need to enter and win!


workshop 3 - design clinic


Free advice on your design work that isn't quite working

First come, first served.
Cost: FREE

Join Us at the DuWest Sidewalk Sale
On September_, from 10am - 5pm, drop by the shop for your free 15-minute consult, AND an hour of intense surgery on existing design work. Simply bring your working files on a USB drive

We can offer valuable direction on:

  • lacklustre letterhead
  • too-busy business card
  • wonky web design
  • dishpan brand
  • mundane social media
  • bogged-down blog

Come see our Design Doc: Aaron Benson

Aaron Benson offers 17 years of design experience and a team of trained professionals from many stages of the profession - all eager to provide a helpful prognosis for your design woes.

Bring your files by; enjoy a 15 minute consultation and prescription; leave your files for one hour of intense surgery; pick-up your mended files and chat with us about further treatment- we're here to help




September - Summer's lush letterpress, Fall features & freebees

Come out to the Dundas West Sidewalk Sale! (find out more on Facebook)
From Lansdowne to Shaw, Dundas West shops roll their best onto the sidewalks, Saturday 22 September 10:00am until 6:00pm. Organized by Magwood and fav @DalstonGrey, there will be cool stuff - guaranteed.

With Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving in mind, will be showing our new products and offering fine print services at special discounts - while we print thank you cards and hand out freebees to our visitors. For connoisseurs of print and literature, Someone Gift Certificates and Cool September Discounts make local letterpress experiences accessible for everyone!

Letterpress announcements and invitations, summer 2012

When custom design is a key feature of the festivities - These wedding invitation packages capture and commemorate life's important occasions, sharing the joy and reinforcing connections, a few more examples of 'the papers people keep!'

In the kitchen garden
Warm recollections of hot summer gardens! Produce your canning and preserves as gifts and product with carefully designed label solutions letting everyone know ingredients, and the love you add to specialty goodies for foodies.

See you this Saturday!


August - Literary Poster Launch Open House

Calling fans, followers, friends and family to join us in celebrating the launch of The Metaphysics of Water, third installment in the someone:water 9-part literary broadside series.

Sunday, 19 August 2012, 2-7 pm 

in the press room, 1691 Dundas Street West

Authored by Someone's editor Beatriz Hausner, The Metaphysics of Water is magical, mysterious and possibly a little frightening. It's poignant, and mythic. Download the promotional brochure [PDF]

left: The Metaphysics of Water is a concert of Hausner's enigmatic voices: one serious, informed and focused, and the other wise, sublime and sultry.

Seth's Scriver's images are blatant and brash - funny - helpful ... we all end up loving Raccoon.

centre: Someone's Mimi Li type set every one of the characters in the text of the piece by hand and printed the pieces in four retro, elemental colours. With direction from Deborah Barnett, the broadside is a collaboration of many someones, and is printed on acid free paper that will last.

Signed copies and trade edition broadsides will be ready at launch, available folded and flat for literary and fine press enthusiasts.

right: Also on display at the launch: the broadside has been framed by our Dundas West neighbour, Darrell Kobza from Structure. Kobza takes art framing to new levels, floating the poster above the mat in custom pewter and air brushed, aqua surrounds - swimmingly cool.

Now Available! Take fine press home with you, or give these limited edition posters as gifts

Join us on Sunday for the launch

  • Presentation of The Metaphysics of Water, in two voices read by the author and Veronica Brownstone
  • Readings from Beatriz' new book Enter the Raccoon, forthcoming from BookThug this fall
  • Works by Seth Scriver, and the authors and image makers from the series
  • Video presentations of the Nuit Blanche launch of water one, The Shore by A. F. Moritz and the Naco Cafe Gallery launch of water two We Are All Bodies of Water by Astrida Neimanis
  • Hiphop, funk and jazz tunes from DJ Echo
  • Cash bar offering the usual, fantastic ginger soda and more
  • Impressions, hot off the press, throughout the day


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