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Announcing Black Cubic

I’ve had this idea on the drawing board for awhile but it took close to a year to bring it to life. When printing on Tyvek, it’s really hard to get an accurate idea of what it’s going to look like when it actually comes off the press. This is because the traditional paper printing methods for achieving the look you want can’t be used:

For color, Pantone books provide a systematic way of getting the one you want. There are books for matte paper, glossy paper, and different inks such as metallic. But colors are shifted quite a bit when printing on Tyvek.
Before going into a full production press run, a proof would usually be done on the same material using color profiles to match the color output of the actual press that will be used. But these pre-press proofing printers can’t print on Tyvek. 
Screens are a method of making certain areas of a print come out lighter. They are measured in percentages and can usually be accurately represented on a computer monitor (soft-proofing) or at least on a hard proof, but how ink will behave on Tyvek is very unpredictable.
Solution: In order to get this cube pattern just right, I actually did a test proof during a previous print run I did on black Tyvek. I used a little patch on the side of the press sheet to see what a few different patters would look like, and also varied the screen amounts to get just the right balance of contrast without it appearing muddy at all.
Then during the actual production run, the metal printing plate still had to be re-made three times to fine-tune the output.
In person, they’re playful and clean yet somehow sophisticated. I’m very pleased with how they came out and am excited to finally be sharing them with you. Enjoy!

New Tyvek RFID Version

Last October I introduced the world’s first RFID blocking Tyvek wallet. I partnered with a producer of a proprietary RFID blocking Tyvek to design an entire wallet out of it rather than just card sleeves. They were very well received and the print run completely sold out before the end of the year.

Recently, I introduced the RFID Soft Shell which is produced by inserting this same material into the wallet during production. That method worked so well that I’ve decided to carry it over to the Tyvek line:

  • Now the world’s thinnest RFID blocking wallet is even thinner.
  • The Original size Tyvek RFID wallets now double-fold more easily.

In addition to the previous black models, Gray/Orange MICRO RFID and Gray/Orange Original RFID is available for pre-order and will ship the first week of February.

RFID Blocking

The wallets block cards which operate at 13.56 MHz and above including:

  • ID Cards (Canada, Washington, Michigan, New York, and Vermont)
  • Credit cards (PayPass, Blink, sQuid)
  • Military cards (CAC Common Access Cards)
  • Building access cards* (HID iClass, HID MIFARE, HID FlexSmart, DESFire)
  • Transit cards (Boston Charlie, DC Metro)
  • Government cards (e.g., TWIC-Transportation Worker Identification Credential)

*Some building access cards are NOT shielded including HID 125 KHz.

I hope you enjoy this new line of RFID Tyvek wallets and I look forward to hearing what you think...


Holiday Inventory Update

The big news is that I've done another print run of Tyvek and wallets are arriving at the shipping house day by day. The most popular style (Black/Gray MICRO) is available to ship  and others such as Gray/Orange are being produced now. I’m also introducing the Black/Red Original Soft Shell which is in stock now. Here’s a snapshot of what we have and what’s on the way...
What’s in stock (Should arrive to you by X-mas to most global destinations if ordered now)
  • Black/gray Original SS
  • Black/red Original SS (New!)
  • Black/Gray MICRO Tyvek
Arriving at the warehouse within 1 week (Should arrive to US or Canada by X-mas)
  • Black/Gray Original Tyvek
  • Gray/Orange Original Tyvek
  • Gray/Orange MICRO Tyvek
1-2 Weeks (Most likely not arriving by X-mas)
  • Black/Orange Tyvek (both sizes)
  • Black/Red Tyvek (both sizes)
  • Brown/Orange Tyvek (both sizes)
  • Blue/White Tyvek (both sizes)
  • Orange/White Tyvek (both sizes)
Some Black/Orange Original SS are also arriving this week but most are spoken for with pre-orders so no promises on quantities of them available by X-mas.
I hope this helps with getting something for some of the folks on your list!