Tuesday, 25 April 2017

End of the School Year Celebration

Hey guys! I know you're probably wondering where I've been, but schools been a crazy time this month. I am in the process of writing exams and wrapping up a few things. During this time I'm also trying to find a summer job. Such fun times I tell you...

Onto more exciting things that doesn't include exams or staring at textbooks hours on end. I recently reached out to a small business ownder who runs a monthly subscription box. Her name is Alexis Lampley and she is the owner of NerdyPost!

For those of you who don't know what NerdyPost is, it's a monthly subscription box that has features a fandom each month. Some of the fandoms featured include; Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Disney and Sherlock. In these boxes include specially designed items, most of the items are handmade from Alexis, but she partners up with other designers . Each box always has an 8.5" x 11" high quality poster, a sticker, a double-sided bookmark and a postcard that each subscriber can colour in, along with some other fandom related items.  I've been a subscriber since October and I loved everything that I've gotten. 

Recently, I caught up with Alexis to talk about the company, her journey and future plans!


1) What made you fall in love with calligraphy?

I honestly have loved lettering all my life. I love the way letters are formed and the artfulness of it. I loved writing in cursive and fancy old school calligraphy growing up and then as I leaned toward graphic design in high school and college, I always found myself getting frustrated with how fonts played (or rather, didn't play well) together and ended up incorporating a lot of drawn type. It wasn't until after college that I realized what I was doing was a thing unto itself, and once I realized that, I really dove in. But it's been a lifelong love of letterforms themselves and every shape they take.

2) What made you want to start NerdyPost?

I had just quit my 9-5 to stay home with my daughter more and needed some kind of small income, which I was struggling to create through Etsy (which I sucked at) when I was asked to contribute a bookmark to The Bookish Box. I had offhandedly mentioned a few times in the months prior to that how I would love to create my own book box with a more art and fandom lean, but didn't think I had what it took to run something so complicated and massive, so I brushed it off. This seemed the perfect compromise. But then my husband and I started talking and we realized I could make a fandom art box without a book and for relatively low price for customers even internationally (which was important to me since so many of my bookstagram friends were international) if I did all the designs myself. I wanted to share my love of fandoms and my artwork in a way that would reach more people, and I thought there was this big open space in the sub box market for bookish artwork and heck, why couldn't it be me who filled it? It would potentially be better for cost/purchasing purposes than Etsy was. So it made sense. And I thought the longer I waited to start it, the more potential there would be for someone else to jump in. So with my husband's help and encouragement, I went for it. It took us a few months to get everything into place, but then it just took off and hasn't slowed down since!

3) What is the best part of the whole box making process?

Oh, man. That's a tough one. I love that I can work *with* my ADD instead of against it, and form my design hours to take advantage of that. I love the time of month where I just soak up whatever theme I'm on and start coming up with ideas. It's such a creative part of the process. And then when the items arrive on my doorstep. It's always fun and a little scary because there's the potential for something to have been printed wrong or to exceed your expectations when going from screen to print. Plus it's like Christmas because I get so many packages!
4) Are there any particular artists or designers you'd like to work with?

There are SO many. I pull inspiration from everything and I'd love the ability to showcase some of my most inspiring artists. I can't even begin to list all of the people I want to work with. But if I follow them, there's a good chance I'd be happy to have them contribute.

5) What are some items you'd like to have in future boxes?

I would love to be able to add cooler prints with foil and cutouts. Mugs and totes and stuff like that, but we run into weight issues there, so that kind of stuff is what we are opening our Nerdy Store section to potentially include in the future. I'm really pumped about the washi tape and want to include more of that. I've got some cool stuff coming up that is different than I've done before that I hope people like. Branching out a bit more than when we started but I like to try and keep things fresh while also delivering on the staple items that make us reliable and consistent, too. It's a delicate balance.

Bonus Question: can you hint to any upcoming box themes?

If you follow all my accounts you start to notice a pattern on my obsessions or things I'm focusing on or reading more of. Generally that means I'm "studying" and making sure I've got the best possible quotes. Sometimes it won't lead to a box, but sometimes it does. There are a couple themes I'm dying to do but I'm nervous they won't have the following we need to keep business up. I'm scared for the day I say "this is one of my top five fandoms we are doing next month" and like 700 people skip it and we lose money and can't pay our bills! (Lol) so those might end up being one time boxes so we can judge the interest better.

Bonus Bonus Question: Have you thought of doing a Hamilton box?


Hamilton falls under that exact category I just mentioned. There are so many great quotes so it definitely stirs my creativity and makes me want to do one, but I don't know how big the fandom really is. So, yes, I have thought of it. But I am hesitant about it holding its own on the rotation.

I apologize this is being shared with short noticed but I want to give one lucky US/Canadian reader a box as my gift to you! The reason for this being short notice is that May's box theme is...
May Nerdy Post and Nerdy Tees theme reveal! Subscribe now through April 30 for this box/shirt! Link in the bio ••• Also listen, if you don't know what I wrote or can't read it, please be kind about it in the comments. I know everyone's take on letters is different and sometimes what comes naturally for me as reading a certain way doesn't read the same way for others, but that's perfectly okay and common so just don't be rude about it, okay? I don't mind explaining it if you need me to. Just be kind. Kindness gets you so much farther. ••• #hyperlapse #Handmadefont #thedailytype #typegang #typedesign #handtype #lettering #handlettering #lettered #handlettered #letters #letteringvideo #typography #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #sarahjmaas #acomaf #acotar #bookish #throneofglass #cursive #letteringlove #typematters
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