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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!


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.

Time Is a Flat Circle

I loved the first season of HBO’s True Detective. A few episodes into the show,?Matthew McConaughey’s character Rust Cohle said

Someone once told me, “Time is a flat circle.” Everything we’ve ever done or will do we’re gonna do over and over and over again.

That’s a recurring motif in True Detective, and something that kept rattling around in my brain.


I pulled out my fountain pen and notebook and started doodling. After a little bit of work, I came up with the image you see above.

I’m currently crowd funding this piece over the new Design Crumbs Store for $19 including shipping. If I can get 25 commitments, it’ll fund the prints.

If nothing else, this was a fun little exercise in typography and building a crowd funding site for me. If it’s funded or if it’s not funded, I’m sure this is something I’m gonna do over and over and over again.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the campaign was unsuccessful. The good news is the print is now available at Society6.

Fresh Business Cards

At the end of the 2012 I had some credits built up with my printer that were about to expire, so I went balls-to-the-wall with some new cards. Silk cards with Spot UV, 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. I opted for a simple design with very little information.