Online Printing Services
Not everyone has the luxury of an awesome local printer, and not everyone has the resources to afford them. If you’re only printing a small run of something, it’s difficult to keep the price affordable because most of the costs are in the setup. Although I highly recommend investing locally when you can, it doesn’t mean you should miss out if that’s currently not an option. The following companies offer their services completely online, ship straight to your doorstep and could come in handy for your next project.
Blurb makes it possible to self-publish all kinds of books, magazines and ebooks—even printing single copies. You can upload your design, customise the options then sell and distribute your book online. This is a good option for people wanting to print hardcover books!
I’ve used Moo multiple times for clients and have only have positive results. I never print anything fancy with them, although they have recently added a lot of options for foiling, spot varnishes and other special finishings. This is a great option for people only needing 50 or so business cards, stickers and other small-run stationery items.
These guys are great and I know multiple studios and companies that have used Newspaper Club to print broadsheets for clients, portfolios, promotions and catalogues.
I should add that all these companies will send you samples before printing! Super helpful when trying to get an idea of the final product. Also, if you’re a student you might want to check out my tips about printing on a student budget.