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Hi. I'm Jake Caputo, Director of Design at
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Creating Crumby Pins

Creating Crumby Pins

As a design challenge to myself, and to get out of my design bubble, I’ve decided to venture into creating soft enamel pins. The challenge is wider than the pins themselves, it also allows me to do a bit of packaging design.

So, say hello to I started with Popcorn pin designed by my daughter’s love of popcorn (which she calls pop pop). I followed that with a set of Halloween pins. Currently, I have a set of Home Alone inspired pins available on Kickstarter.

I may eventually spend more time on the Crumby Pins site and migrate away from selling on Etsy, but for now my main design focus remains on The Action Network.

Check ’em out if you’re interested, and keep an eye out for more!


Webby Nomination

Webby Nomination

The Take My Money, HBO video project that I was part of last year has been nominated for a Webby Award in the Online Film & Video Short Form category. You can view all of the nominees and vote (for us) here. Hopefully I’ll be updating this page with a picture of a Webby Statuette in my office.

Take My Money, HBO NOW!

Over the course of a few hours back in June of 2012, I created a one page website called Take My Money, HBO! The goal was simple: Bombard the @HBO and @HBOGO Twitter accounts with tweets stating how much money people would be willing to pay for a standalone HBO GO app.

Last month, nearly three years after the campaign, HBO announced HBO NOW. During the announcement event, HBO contacted me and invited me to New York City for an on camera interview.

For the record, Caputo is pronounced Cuh-pew-toe.

I thought it was a little odd that HBO was flying me to NYC and putting me up in a hotel just for an interview… But as soon as Paulie and Big Puss flung open the interview room door I knew I’d been duped. They lied to me. They tricked me. And I loved every minute of it.

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Diving Into Comic Lettering and Design

I enjoy comic books. I’ve been reading and collecting since I was a kid, but it was never really something that I could see myself doing professionally. Recently my wife and I went out for our anniversary dinner and the conversation turned to our goals, both personal and professional, for the next year of our lives. I’d been mulling it over up until that point, but right then I decided to try my hand at comic book lettering and design.

Home(Here’s a link to a 5mb large version of the image above)

I feel design is something that just comes naturally to some people. I’ve found this is the case with lettering as well. Right out of the gate, I feel pretty good about my work. I already know Illustrator well, and I know most of the ins and outs of printing.

Two days after making this decision, /r/ComicBookCollabs announced a two-page comic contest in the interest of teaming up creatives without having to commit to a long term or large project. So far, I’ve joined four teams and have submitted one complete work, Home, which can be seen above. As I’m the last step in the process, it remains to be seen if the other three will reach me by the submission deadline, but I hope so.

I’ve also joined the?Weaselmeizters team as of issue #3, which I’m working on now. Weaselmeizters is an ongoing title that was successfully funded on IndieGoGo back in September. Issue #1 is currently available with #2 on it’s way.

Stocky, My Latest Theme

Stocky, My Latest Theme

Stocky was an exercise in patience for me. The past year has been a busy one, but I actually started design and development of Stocky in June of 2013. A little more than a year later, I present Stocky; A Stock Photography Marketplace Theme.

Back at it with Cartful


Woah, it’s been nearly a year since my last commercial theme release! Not to say I haven’t been busy with updates and supports for my other items in the meantime, but it feels great to get back in the saddle. My attention may have been on The Action Network for the past year, but I haven’t lost my roots. Which brings me to…

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Design Crumbs Themes Are Now 100% GPL

It’s been an interesting few months. As many of you know, back in January I was told I couldn’t participate in WordCamps while I sold my themes at ThemeForest under a split-license. The post I wrote brought some attention to the matter and now that the dust has settled it looks like it was for the best. Last night (here in the US) ThemeForest pushed their 100% GPL option live. This is a huge win for The WordPress Foundation, Envato, and the community at large.

My themes are now 100% GPL.

I assume my “Matt and Collis Present: The OMGPL BBQ” invitation is in the mail.