Our green focus approach is every bit as demanding
and uncompromising as everything else we do for you at 9SpotMonk.
Our decade-long story of success has been written in countless
corporate and wedding announcements, birth announcements, and personal
correspondence. A well-designed, well-made invitation collection
is just like any other beautiful set of matching items. Each piece
is stunning on its own, but not nearly as much as when it is matched
with the rest of its collection.
The wedding collections of 9SpotMonk are a perfect example of this.
Each piece is breathtakingly simple and refined on its own, yet
those qualities are magnified when viewed in total. Just as it
is in marriage, the sum is greater than its parts. A standard wedding
collection set from 9SpotMonk includes the following pieces designed
exclusively for your day: invitations, outer envelopes, inner envelopes,
reception cards, response cards & envelopes, informals & envelopes.
You may also choose to add: menu cards, escort cards & envelopes,
wedding programs, save the date cards & envelopes, at-home
We are craftsmen devoted to perfecting the art of artisan letterpress.
Letterpress is a centuries-old process that requires special training,
patience and dedication to perfect, clearly separating us from
standard commercial letterpress providers. In short, they are companies,
and we are artists. Who would you rather have working for you when
it comes to something so special?
You will either agree with the following statement, or not: design
matters. If you agree, then you’ll be quite happy with the
work of 9SpotMonk. Led by our principal creative, Ms. Vivian Leung,
we are champions of an eclectic mix of mid 20th century American
furniture design, traditional Japanese interiors, Balenciaga fashion,
modern prefab architecture, contemporary fine lines, minimalist
designs and ancient asian culture. This unique synthesis of styles
allows us to provide the unrivaled ability to create one-of-a-kind
designs for any occasion. After all, with an event as important
as this, why have announcements that others have seen before?
We've evolved our paper selections so that we now feature only
the finest environmentally-friendly and domestically-produced papers
available. 9SpotMonk has always been known in the industry for
its absolutely unrivaled taste in paper selection, but switching
to an exclusive array of U.S. papers is yet another way to reduce
our overall fossil-fuel consumption. The paper selection includes
100% tree-free cotton stocks as well as recycled papers by environmentally-friendly
producers who use alternative power sources like wind, steam, and
30 SECOND LESSON ON INKS
We use very little ink in our studio, no more than 10 to 15 pounds
a year. An entire wedding suite contains as little as one to two
teaspoons of ink. As an small printing company that strives to
be as eco-friendly as possible, we have found that soy-based inks
not are not as environmentally friendly as once thought. Substituting
soy-based ink for rubber based ink does decrease the amount of
petroleum usage. However, many of the world’s forest are
being cut to grow soy because of the demand. Most soy-based inks
are only about 20 to 30% soy oil and they are no less toxic than
petroleum-based inks. Our low VOC [volatile organic compounds]
rubber-based ink have the dense body texture to print much better
on letterpress machines. They create beautiful tints and strong
solids, creating at the end, a beautiful invitation.
Our green focus is central to the design collection.
In 2009, we launched 9SpotMonk ecoModern® Letterpress. EcoModern® is
much more than a trendy philosophy or mission statement. It's a
way of working and thinking that places the environment first and
foremost in everything we do:
Since 2009, we have converted our natural fuel usage into
100% renewable wind power by purchasing energy credits. So
for every dollar we spend on fossil fuels to create work
on your behalf, another dollar is being invested for us all
on renewable resources.
We rely on ourselves. This means we keep all of our work
in-house in our studio headquarters. Not only does this ensure
that the quality of work done for you is completely controlled
by 9SpotMonk Design, it also greatly reduces fossil fuel
consumption because we do not physically farm your work out
to other locations. We recycle plastic printing plates, and
put every last piece of scrap paper into the recycling bin.
In short, if we use it to help design and produce work for
you - and it can be recycled - we do it.
BACK TO THE ENVIORNMENT
Starting with the launch of our 9SpotMonk ecoModern® Custom
Letterpress Collections, for every $100 you spend, we will
make a donation to plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest of
Brazil through the Nature Conservatory's Plant a Billion
Trees campaign. For further information, or to plant a tree
right now, please visit www.plantabillion.org
Vivian Leung is an award-winning designer whose passion for products
and media span the ancient and the modern. Originally a designer
of menswear and childrenswear, Ms. Leung brought her talents to Margeotes
| Fertitta + Partners, a New York-based advertising agency. At the
agency, she was responsible for revolutionary interactive brand campaigns
for Bombay Sapphire and Sothebys.com. Past awards for her online
work include Communication Arts Award of Excellence, Distinctive
Merit from the Art Directors Club of New York, and the One Show Interactive
Gold Pencil, to name a few. Vivian is a graduate of Parsons School
Partner and sister Tiffany Leung is principal creative
for 9SpotMonk Kids. Prior to 9SpotMonk, Ms. Leung worked for Comedy
Central as well as it's parent company, MTV Networks on broadcast
and digital design. She is also a graduate of Parsons School of Design.
AND NOW ABOUT OUR COMPANY NAME...
name came from my love of monks as a child. I spent my summers in
Hong Kong since I was 2 years old and was exposed to a lot of kung
fu movies. The cool togas, all that kung fu fighting, I wanted to
be a monk! When I was thinking of ideas for the company name, all
that good stuff came back to me. There was a monastery of monks in
China who, using incense, burned 9 dots, 3x3, on their foreheads
to signify devotion, sacrifice, etc. So the 9Spot part of the name
signifies to me our devotion to the company and the craft of design
and letterpress. I was a little nervous that the name was too abstract
or weird. But it’s weird in the way where people remember.
They may not remember the whole thing, but they remember." – Vivian