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Pixel Print

Posted by James Buttivant / Posted on September 14, 2010

Pixel PrintPixel Print is a new, local graphic design and print shop that can be found on Dundas West between Ossington and Dufferin. Inside, the hybrid shop happily offers a range of graphic design and printing services. Pretty much everything seems to be done in-shop and they specialize in the usual flyers, posters, brochures, newsletters and business cards that you can find everywhere.

Pixel PrintWhat gives Pixel Print a bit of an edge over their competitors is their eye for style and design. All of their own promotional materials are whimsical and eye-catching, so hopefully they would lend the same artistic flair to others' printing needs. The world does not need another tried-and-true business card, so it's refreshing to know that there are some shops that clearly work to provide some quality to the design and make sure that finished materials have enough appeal and wit to stand above the crowd.

Pixel PrintThe pricing is quite detailed, depending on what you want and how many, but 500 3.5 x 2 business cards are $104 (full colour, both sides), 500 4.6 postcards are $160 (full colour, both sides) and 100 11 x 17 posters are $90 (full colour, one side).

Pixel PrintBeyond their print services, on Pixel Print's sales floor is a good selection of Artistry Cards, a self-proclaimed "greeting card company with a conscience" that are also created and designed by Swati Bhagat, owner and operator of Pixel Print. But, they also have than just regular cards and there was a decent array of notebooks, notepads and invitations.

My favourite were the bright red, argyle animal set which appeared to be silhouettes of different creatures - a moose, wolf, eagle, etc - silhouetted as bright, red argyle against a plain white background, Pretty striking, and a pretty good deal at $4.50 for one, four for $10, eight for $16 and 12 for $20.

Of course, you're allowed to mix and match, maybe grabbing a moose, along with a sprouting tree card, one with dandelion hearts and another with an old-tyme bicycle. All the products are environmentally friendly and made with recycled stock, plus most paper goods are printed on demand to keep paper waste to a minimum.

Pixel PrintWhat really makes the visit to Pixel Print worthwhile, however, is their large collection of Marlena Zuber maps. I will admit that I love maps and could waste many hours playing around with the ones on google, so I had to tear myself away from the Zuber collection in order to go around the rest of the store.

Pixel PrintPixel PrintPixel PrintBut, these beautiful, fun and pretty handy maps are fascinating in their informality and kitsch. Now, she has way more maps available online but seeing these pieces of art in person really makes them stand out. Her carefully drawn maps of Kensington Market, the Annex, Trinity Bellwoods and more are ideal for anyone because, yes, they're accurate, but they're also flat-out neat.

Pixel PrintOf course, I was a touch disappointed to not find a map of my High Park/Bloor West Village neighbourhood, but commissioned maps are available to those who ask. Prices vary somewhat, but the 11 x 15 Kensington Market map is available for $20, the 14 x 11 Trinity Bellwoods is $15 and the Lover's Lane (a very charming map of how to get from a certain someone's house on College to another certain someone's house just north of Bloor, including some favourite alternate routes - unclear who is who - except that the map is dedicated to Bernie), at 18 x 11 ¾ for $25.

Pixel PrintAt Pixel Print, expect to find a solid, eco-friendly printing and design store. It's nice to have a store like this that isn't interested in just churning out a bunch of plain business cards or brochures, but rather ensuring that all their customers' materials have a unique and artful touch that will hopefully serve them and their business even better in return.

Pixel PrintPhotos by Dennis Marciniak



natalie daye / September 16, 2010 at 02:20 pm
Looks GORGEOUS! I cannot wait to visit! Thanks to blog TO for the twitter shout out!
Dave / September 16, 2010 at 03:52 pm
This place is great! Always a pleasure to have a chat with the shopkeeps
hellebelle / September 16, 2010 at 03:59 pm
do they sell postcards too?
Swati replying to a comment from Dave / September 16, 2010 at 05:28 pm
Thanks Dave it's always a pleasure to chat with you too.
Anneke / January 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Pixel Print is great! Swati printed a beautiful, highly saturated cherry red poster for me and it was crisp and oh so lovely looking at the exhibition!
Lara / February 18, 2011 at 07:32 pm
I love the prints of the various TO neighbourhoods however I've walked by numerous times and the store is always closed (no business hours posted either). Does anyone know when the shop is open??
Andy / May 17, 2011 at 11:41 am
This shop is never open......
Isabelle / May 20, 2011 at 01:25 am
I went to Pixel Print to get some business cards done, happy to be supporting a small local business and excited about their eco–friendly stock. When I came to pick them up, they were printed incorrectly, and the staff member admitted to me that he didn't double–check the file I provided before printing out all 250 cards.

Wanted to like this place, but ended up rather disappointed. Unprofessional.
Franics / September 16, 2011 at 03:09 am
I also went here to get business cards printed, after being recommended by to go here by several people and they were printed on the wrong stock and half the graphic was cut off. Didn't bother following to correct them because i needed them for a trade show.

I really want to like this place but I'm going to have to take my business somewhere else.
Jane Doyle / October 5, 2011 at 02:01 pm
I went to Pixel Print with a rush job and the great team there turned it around for me on time, and also had the best prices around. I've been going there ever since and the quality has always been fantastic. The shop has super cool greeting cards as well.

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