Smudge Ink is a small
band of illustrators, printers, and wordsmiths brought together by an
inexplicable devotion to snail mail. We create lighthearted, punchy greetings
with a knack for making you grin. From the initial sketch to the umpteenth
print run, we live by creativity, color, and craftsmanship. Our happy place is
a mailbox stuffed with real mail. We love that what we do helps others connect,
celebrate, and have fun!
Come join us and help us continue to grow
by bringing your printing skills, humor, enthusiasm, and attention to detail.Hours: 20 - 30 hours/week
Location: Charlestown, MA and/or Acton,
Start date: TBD, July 2019 preferred
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Taking ownership of the print schedule and
adjusting as needed. The schedule is shared with and influenced by the
office and fulfillment staff. Changes and updates must be communicated
- Printing 2-color letterpress greeting cards on
A good balance of quality control and timeliness is imperative.
- Printing and managing more
complex custom projects. These can often be completed on the Windmills,
but we also have a Vandercook that can be used for these projects.
Management includes coordinating with outside vendors for special services
like foil, digital printing, duplexing, or bindery. Time management will
be crucial to meet deadlines and turn-times while keeping up with the
regular day-to-day management of our wholesale greeting card line.
- Tracking inventory and ordering print shop
supplies as needed to keep up with production.
of the presses, industrial cutter, and other machinery. Including the ability to troubleshoot small issues and adapt as needed.
- Working with and managing our Print Shop
Assistant to make sure the print shop is being run as efficiently as possible. You will assist each other in order to maintain a tidy, pleasant,
and organized workspace.
- Papercutting, die-cutting, edge painting,
and related tasks.
- Managing the print schedule and communicating with the office and fulfillment staff about the status of products, custom projects, and special requests.
- We have three product releases per year as well as some internal projects that need to be worked into the print schedule
in a manageable and timely way.
- Mixing ink and paint using a scale and by
eye. We use Pantone colors for both our wholesale line and for custom
projects. Color matching and print quality consistency between print runs
is very important in commercial printing.
Letterpress printing experience on 10x15 Heidelberg
Experience color-matching using the
Experience in a working, commercial studio is strongly
Strong organizational and communication skills.
How To Apply:
To apply for this position, please send a
cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Use the subject line LETTERPRESS
As part of the application process,
anyone considered for the position will be asked to demonstrate some print runs
in our studio.
July 31, 2019
About this Organization:
Smudge Ink is a small band of illustrators, printers, and wordsmiths brought together by an inexplicable devotion to snail mail. We create lighthearted, punchy greetings with a knack for making you grin. From the initial sketch to the umpteenth print run, we live by creativity, color, and craftsmanship. Our happy place is a mailbox stuffed with real mail (think: made of paper, written with a pen, sealed in an envelope, no wi-fi necessary). We love that what we do helps others connect, celebrate, and have fun! Permission to bust out the party hats, granted always.
Based in Charlestown, a neighborhood of Boston, we design, print, and package products right here in our working studio.