Community Funding a Crowdfunded Creative Commodity – The Glowforge

October 27, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

He said he wanted to launch 1,000 Kickstarter campaigns.
I believe we’ll help him get there. In our own way.

A little over a week ago I happened upon a video posted by a fellow artist friend, Karin Bolstad from BlueSchool Arts (she’s an awesome artist and client of Fine Balance Imaging, and I was also a founding member of BSA for a year but quit due to time constraints). This video kind of blew my mind. It was for a new iteration of an old technology: laser cutting. It wasn’t that laser cutters really were anything new…it was that up until this point, they were just downright unintuitive.

Glowforge seemed different. So much so, that as soon as I saw the promo video for a privately run crowdfunding campaign, I was hooked.

Not only was I hooked, but I was somehow convinced that I could miraculously come up with $4,000 to purchase one for our businesses. (more…)

Get The Cobbler Some Shoes! (or, Marketing with Smarter Design)

September 28, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

Ah, marketing. The last priority on the list of to-dos for the small business owner. It eludes even we who offer graphic design for our clients’ marketing efforts.

I started my “real life” in the “real world” while I was still in college, going to an art school nights and working full time at a high-tech corporation in marketing. Technically, I started in admin assistance (read: lackey), and then found myself somehow in IT, and then was taken under the wing of the former VP of Worldwide Marketing at HP back in the day, who had come to our little tech company to teach us a few things…

In the beginning, I didn’t know squat about marketing. (more…)

Printing Whales and Narwhals

August 15, 2015 Written by Tom Trimbath

There’s a sperm whale under his white board and someone wants a narwhal downstairs. All they have for sale is a octopus.  

I dropped by Fine Balance Imaging, officially to talk about business, unofficially because they are fun folks to visit. A lot has been happening with the shop. New metal prints, fabric prints that cover the entire cloth, even bracelets. They also do decals, and that’s where the narwhal comes in.
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We Made Some Things…

July 27, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

Cosmic Feathers Custom Dye Sublimation All Over Shirt Print

WOW. So this is exciting: we are now able to print custom apparel! And just about anything else you might want an image on!

Yeah – you read that right.

Here’s the deal: we’ve been testing our dye sublimation printer so we could launch Metal Prints on Your Print Studio, as well as here locally in our design and printing studio Fine Balance Imaging. But then it dawned on us (more…)

Feather & Fox is Fantastic!

July 30, 2014 Written by Joe Menth

Feather & Fox boutique

Just in case you missed the memo…
While we’ve been churning away on this new website, building a brand new part of our business called Emergent Surfaces for wall decals, wall murals, and custom decor, we also decided to, well…open a whole other business.  Because we’re crazy. (more…)