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10
January
2014

Guided by Cereal / New business models

posted in Interior  at 9.24 AM from Home ! Maruéjols Les Gardons (near Alès / Nîmes / Uzès) / France listening Piers Faccini & Jasser Haj Youssef - Wait By The Water
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Guided by Cereal

 
I've talked several times of Cereal Magazine and I even sold the volume 3 in the shop (Volume 5 coming soon). For me, they are the perfect exemple of a new way of business : doing things with heart, make and sell a beautiful state of mind, an aesthetic combined with a good content.
 
They just launched "Guided by Cereal", a site that has their favorites major cities of Europe addresses. But instead of an expensive and heavy guide, it offers a monthly subscription that gives you access to 10 guides / cities and 10 additional will be added later this year! You can also download these addresses pdf to prepared your trip.
 
Here are pictures of London have published to show the spirit of the project.
 
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Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
Guided by Cereal via www.mr-cup.com
 
 
 

New business models


Talking about "new business model", I want to add 2 more things.
 
>> Firstly, my friend Piers Faccini who recently try a new model himself to publish his music, decided to start up his own record label. Beating Drum was born nearly a year ago, and he just write about how things have been going the last few months. Read his article "Why food is music" as I feel very connected to what he said with my own buisness model.
 
>> Secondly, me ! I have two business lines : the first is a work of "classic" graphic for clients, building with them their brand or format a book or poster. Which was 80% of my time and my financial flows decrease over the years given the time I spend on this site, ranging today 40/50 % of my work.
 
The second part of my cash flow is this site and the products that I have decided to realized. With 2 million visits in 2014 , this site is for me a great success. But, once again , to maintain the level of work he deserves , I need the support of readers and users.
 
When I get a message saying " thank you for your website it has been 5 years since I used , since I am a student " it gives me pleasure in one hand , but on the other hand I say to myself "do you, dear reader, account for the time I spend on it, have you done your part in return ? " Just like Piers Faccini who speaks of the difference between listenning to streaming music and buying a real album , think that this model can hold only if everyone does their part.
 
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Thank you again for the donation and shopping on site and ... enjoy life !
07
January
2014

3 new ebooks : THREE vol. 3 + 4 / 100 identity

posted in Shop updates | Editorial  at 12.02 PM from Home ! Maruéjols Les Gardons (near Alès / Nîmes / Uzès) / France listening Agnes Obel
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Just before the holiday I gave myself the challenge to design the 2 volumes of the THREE ebooks which present what has been published on this blog from july to december 2013. And I go even further, doing a third eBook only about identity with 100 selected projects ! This eBook is only available by donation, to support this blog ! 
 

one hundred identity : name your price !

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Last year, I propose you to make donation to support the blog and get the 113/577 ebook which present "the best of 2012" (now available here). I can not do that this year as what is present on the blog is now available in the THREE eBooks. So I guess identity was the best option ! I select not less than 100 projects, published here since 2011 !
 
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Why do I ask for support ?

When I started graphic-exchange in 2006, my goal was to "classify" my inspiration and share it with others. With 2 millions visists in 2013 (THANKS !), this blog became a big part of my life and change my way to do my work. I spend about 2-3 hours per day on average to find subjects look "Submissions" respond to emails...

 

On the other hand. I hear often "I use your site in my design school, our teacher was using it as reference" or "I work with many agencies in London and all look at your site". This blog generates contacts, and therefore buisness offers for those who are published. And I am really please with that, inspiring people and making things happening is so rewarding.

 

But I want to talk about a product, a shop, or anything just because I like it and I want to share it with you, not because it is part of a communications plan. That's the reason why there are no advertising on this blog. Of course, the blog helps me to sell products I design, as well as being found by clients, but I just want to dedicate as much time as possible to it.

 

I therefore propose to be the sponsors of this project, you, who are a part of it. Just like if you pay for you design magazine... Anything you can give is helpfull and show some respect. Thank you.

 

 

THREE volume 3 > july to september 2013

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This third issue of the THREE eBook has 138 pages of inspiration ! Available here

 

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THREE volume 4 > october to december 2013

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This fourth issue of the THREE eBook has 146 pages of inspiration ! Available here

 

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4 THREE pack > all 2013 > more than 500 pages

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You can also have, for 17,9 € (you save a little less than 10€), the pack of the 4 volumes of THREE which present in more than 500 pages all what I publish on the blog in 2013 ! Oh, and you do NOIT need 4 ipads for that, it is just that it looks nice like this ;)

 

Thanks again for the support ! Tomorrow is a new day, the WINTER SALE starts !

 

What did I start this project, can someone remind me ? Oh yes, this : I follow my dreams !   

07
January
2014

Petito’s Tight Slice

posted in Print  at 8.56 AM from Home ! Maruéjols Les Gardons (near Alès / Nîmes / Uzès) / France listening The Sweel Season Strict Joy
Petito’s Tight Slice is the design studio of Austin Petito, and it is based in Florida with an office located inside Mama’s Sauce Print Shoppe. I guess that's help to be inspired and have nice prints !!!
 
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Austin Petito via www.mr-cup.com
 
Austin Petito via www.mr-cup.com
 
Austin Petito via www.mr-cup.com
 
Austin Petito via www.mr-cup.com
 
Austin Petito via www.mr-cup.com
 
06
January
2014

The Letterpress calendar : month by month

posted in Shop updates | Print  at 12.45 PM from Home ! Maruéjols Les Gardons (near Alès / Nîmes / Uzès) / France listening Christmas songs !
Over the past 12 days, I publish on facebook and tweeter a page of the letterpress calendar every day, with the illustration I used for the design. I try to use each media for its particularity... Not always easy as it is really time consuming ! Here comes each month of the calendar, shoot with a nice morning light on my macbook which gave nice vision of the relief of letterpress printing !
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com  
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 
letterpress calendar Creative Manifesto at www.mr-cup.com
 

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Nice Historical review. I wonder form where u got these but.. Impressive

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Very beautiful inspiration you have posted here. Good post

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