Ticket #159: FreeMedia Mailer Design
I have uploaded a skirmish design for ticket #159.
After much research on mailer regulations, I settled for a 5.25"x5.25"
size mailer jacket. It might be worth it to pursue a design for a
6"x7.25" generic envelop for overprotective people ... like me (I like
to add extra padding/polystyrene to project the media). I couldn't find
much for European mailer regulations so I hope this is universal enough.
I used Bitstream Vera Sans for Addresses taking cognizance of accepted
mailer typeface (USPS). I believe the font is free from license issues.
Correct me if I'm wrong. The 'Air Mail' label employs yet another open
font - IM Fell Double Pica. I have two proposals, A & B. The variation
lies with the Logos on the Front Side. I am not sure an "Air Mail"
label placed on the right is acceptable by law -- well, my predecessor
had his like that so, ... I made a version like that too. It seems
better that way. However, all other reference materials I found, had it
on the left which would put our lovely fedora logo out of place ...
In type-B, The only place the fedora logo can fit in is between the
Return Address and the Recipient's Address (Turn on 'restrictions' layer
for further guidance'). Well, the front is encumbered by restrictions so
I couldn't do much there. The rear allowed for some innovation but I
kept it minimal as requested. Feel free to check out those designs and
critique as necessary. You might want to view some of my reference
materials ... I hope I was well guided:
http://pe.usps.com/mpdesign/pdf/PBRMCrd/ -->various cards with address
layout by USPS
As I was working on this, I got this crazy idea. I may be asking for
much, but what if the Addressing was automated ... just like the Fedora
Ambassadors business Cards? What if we could type a bash command and
get the code to read the Freemedia Contributor's Details, fill that in,
fill-in the supplied recipient from the freemedia form db ...and the
result is the approved design bearing all that is necessary. Just
print, fold, glue, stamp, and mail. How about that? The code could even
do the Intelligent bar coding (that thing adds another attraction to the
entire design ...you know). All details for that are contained in one of
the reference materials above -- they even added the source code (at
least it looked like it). Oops ... enough rambling. I hope I've not
been too naive
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