about mango ink

When Ryan was little, he lived in Haiti. When Ryan lived in Haiti, he fell in love with his favorite fruit: mango. He used to eat mangos every day because they were so sweet, so tasty, and so unique. And delicious.

When Ryan moved away from Haiti, he was very sad, because he didn’t get to eat Mangos every day.

However, Ryan got older and grew to love other things, like Heidi. He married Heidi and together they loved to entertain people. They loved to send out nice invitations to people to invite them to parties of all sorts. The only problem was, there were no invitations – or at least the kind that they loved to send out.

Then, they had kids. There were still no invitations to send to announce their children’s births, birthday parties, or even Holiday Cards….well, again, not the kind that they loved to send out.

So, Ryan and Heidi started making their own cards: cards that were as nice as the party. Cards that truly gave a taste of the sweetness to come.

Those cards reminded Ryan of Mangos. They were sweet, they were tasty and they were unique. Ryan and Heidi decided that other people would love such cards too. So they started Mango Ink.

And even though not everyone loves Mangos, they do love things that are sweet, tasty, and unique. And they love to send those things to the people they love.

Ryan and Heidi have been married for 24 years and have three kids ages 22, 20 and 14. So far, they seem to do everything together. And love it.

Ryan and Heidi have been married for 24 years and have three kids ages 22, 20 and 14. So far, they seem to do everything together. And love it.

about heidi and ryan

Heidi is drawn to clean lines and simple design. A born and raised Pacific Northwest girl, who craves all things minimal and clutter free, and aspires to have that be true in all aspects of her life. Graphic design is a true passion and one that she keeps learning and growing every chance she gets. In addition to designing for Mango Ink she is also a Minted designer.

Ryan helped to create video games for 10+ years including work on the best-selling Myst and Riven. Ryan likes to dabble in anything that lets him be creative, evolve, and help the world to be a more beautiful, more restful, and more united place. Ryan has spent 20+ years working as a designer, writer and speaker. You can also find his other love over at 08 Left.

Together they also have a Podcast! You can learn more at Lights Like Us.


Mango Ink has a vintage press!

In May of 2019 Heidi took a Letterpress class in LA and fell in love! The process is so intricate, so precise, and a true art that is a centuries-old. This artisan printing method has evolved from wooden and metal type to a more modern approach using polymer plates that allow for amazing creativity and freedom. It’s like fushion cooking; taking the old and mixing it with the new in fresh ways. Our creative juices are flowing and we are so excited to introduce this ancient printing method at Mango Ink! In June of 2019, we found a Press and brought her to her new home. She is an 1895 Chandler & Price Platten Press and so beautiful! Just wait until you see what we can do with her!

Be sure to follow us on instagram to see the journey under the highlights.


what is letterpress?

1. Designs are created into polymer plates. These plates are created by exposing a reverse negative of the design atop a UV sensitive polymer. The result is almost like a stamp, where each design and / or color to be printed has its own plate.  

2. The letterpress plates are adhered to a base that is locked into place on the letterpress machine. The plate is lined up perfectly, using the grid on the base and the registration guides on the machine, and then meticulously measured to make sure the design will print perfectly straight.

3. The press is inked up with letterpress ink that has been mixed by hand in-house using the Pantone formula guide. The nature of letterpress allows printing of one color at a time*, requiring a separate plate and a separate pass through the press for every color to be printed. *except ombre

4. Cotton paper that has been specially trimmed to size for the project is hand fed through the press, one sheet at a time. Careful attention is paid to various factors throughout the printing process such as alignment, impression, ink coverage, and color consistency. 

5. After printing, the paper is carefully trimmed to final size.


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