Proud purveyors of premium print services since 1986

There’s no doubt, printing has become more and more of a commodity.

Sure, you can pick a stock business card design at an automated website, enter your credit card number, and get business cards delivered in a couple of days. Like ordering paper clips or toilet paper. There can be so much more. There are endless possibilities when it comes to ink or toner on paper, what it feels like, how it unfolds, what the messaging is about, how the colors express your identity, and ultimately, how your brand is presented.



Complete print and bindery services in-house, combined with technicians who all have art degrees mean each job is a custom job, providing unique and beautiful solutions for your marketing and communications needs. We love a challenge, and our broad knowledge of print methodology and extensive trade network belie our boutique size.

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As the first shop in Minneapolis to output film from a computer file back in 1986, our 30 years of experience in pre-press work helps professional and hobby letterpress printers get film and polymer plates that will make your work shine. Our combination of machines and minds can solve your production challenges, whether in the world of offset, flexo, screen or letterpress.

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It all starts with good design, like so many things. Not just what your logo looks like, or the typefaces used, but how the materials and methods combine to create something  unique, something that sets your brand apart. From start ups and non-profits to Fortune 1000 companies and individual artists, design and production acheive new levels of synergy.

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  • MCBA class
    08 Aug Techniques of digital file prep for letterpress class at MCBA

    We’re pleased to announce that Smart Set’s owner, Kevin Brown, will be teaching a class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), beginning Oct. 5th, 2016. From scanning original artwork to converting color images to grayscale, to special effects like halftones, diffusion dithers and......

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    29 Jun Wedding Invitations

      Custom Wedding Invites It’s your special day! Why settle for run of the mill printing services, when you can get the best? We specialize in custom wedding suites on premium papers, specifically stocked for invitations, save the date cards, and all other components of your......

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    02 May Collaboration: Mike Hazard, Seeds of Change

    We were honored to collaborate with Mike Hazard, filmmaker and photographer extraordinaire, and graphic designer Mark Odegard, on the production of Mike’s new book, Seeds of Change, documenting the Hmong American Farmer’s Association farm in Vermillion Township. Media Mike’s project culminates in a show at the......