Saturday, June 21, 2008

Happy Accidents


Designers have a term called "happy accidents," when an unforeseen glitch somewhere in the production line produces an oddly pleasant result. One of the more common is offset plates, which happens on ginormously large print runs when plates of separate color inks gradually grow out of sync.

This paper cup from La Salsa- and presumably hundreds more-- fell victim to such a thing, but shows us a delightful unintended ghost drop and slight overprint.

Some designers even mock the look of offset plates or overprint on purpose, but I like it best when it happens "in the wild."

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