CHA was a lot of fun this year. Once again, it was great to see all the creativity and style that each of the manufacturers is coming up with. The lines are cleaner but more intricate than ever before and it seems lots of folks are building (beautifully!) on their core businesses.
Our focus this year was on making personal contact with designers and artists who might partner with us in Duetica. Merci beaucoup to all of those that took the time to speak with us and thanks for all your great comments!
One thing I noticed at CHA was that the dominance of personal cutters continues! New at this year’s show was Xyron’s Creatopia, which comes with embossing rollers (as well as cutters), and Craftwell which can cut from rolls of 12 inch wide paper. These, of course, were in addition to established brands such as Sizzix and eclips (the Vagabond was very cute!), Cricut, Slice, Silhouette, Pazzles, etc. Wow.
Each cutter has its own special features and the choices can be dizzying. But! Ta-Da! Duetica will work with any cutter that supports the standard True Type font format, which is pretty much all of them since even a cartridge-based system like Cricut works with plug-in programs such as Sure Cuts A Lot, or Make the Cut.
I was also impressed with Tim Holtz’s line extensions. Distress is still a popular look, especially as an accent in combination other, softer aesthetics. Although a number of our new Duetica Type fonts work well with the distressed look, Tin Whistle is specifically designed to add just the right amount of grunge and playfulness to your titles and captions.
We encourage designers to experiment with the Duetica Lettering Art Studio and our font library to come up with some great new looks of their own. If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep dancing and scrapping,
Mark and Adrienne