“Merry Christmas” from the Masters


From 2014’s Holiday in a Can to last year’s customizable collection of archival imagery, designing an original – not to mention slightly unusual – Christmas card for Spokane-based Pressworks has become something of a tradition around the helveticka office. This year’s effort, an homage to the late, great Dr. Seuss, offered five artistic interpretations of a still from the 1966 animated television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol were all featured – along with up-and-coming artist Chloe Dickman, the nine-year-old daughter of a Pressworks employee. In addition to the individual artworks, the package contained a fold-up easel and artist bios written in the fashion of Seuss’s poetry. Designed and written by helveticka – with contributions by illustrator and long-time collaborator Don Baker – the cards were letterpress and offset printed, die-cut, embossed, foiled, and assembled at Pressworks.

photo: J. Craig Sweat Photography