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Rags to Riches: Shotwell Paper Mill & Press

Rags to Riches: On a discreet alley in the San Francisco, Shotwell Press is an unusual hands-on studio in San Francisco that makes paper from recycled materials and prints beautiful custom designs. Rebecca Huvall visited them last year. This is her image rich story.

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The (Very) Political Chocolate

Design Army Sweetens the Political Climate with Chocolate Whether you’re left, right, or ready to move to Canada to hide from the upcoming 2016 presidential election, you could probably use some sweet news and a good chuckle about now. Lucky you, we just so happen to know where you can get it. Take at look […]

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Aesthetic Union: Letterpress Swashbuckler

Aesthetic Union: Where Tourists Rarely Travel “Fast as [All That]” “There’s more to letterpress printing than folksy stamps and filigree wedding invitations,” says former ship’s deckhand James Tucker of Aesthetic Union. If you’re in the vicinity of San Francisco’s Mission District, check out the treasures at Aesthetic ...

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Say It, Mean It, Send It: Thank You.

I don't know about you, but I was raised to write thank you notes. Yes, notes. On cards. Or personalized stationery. Today, an emailed or texted thanks is common, and I applaud any effort to express thanks, especially one festooned with personality-packed emoji, but I also mourn the handwritten note. Now more than ever, taking the time to put actual pen to ...

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February 29: Make a Flying Leap

Alyson Kuhn celebrates one design firm that is taking the leap. Stone Interiors specializes in designing sophisticated interiors, primarily residential. The studio recently launched a new website and identity materials. Principle Stacy Stone comments, “Our materials reflect our brand in a tactile way. They complement everything we do. They don’t replace ...

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Gulliver’s Travels: London, Illustrated

Book Review All the Buildings in London *That I’ve Drawn So Far by James Gulliver Hancock from Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York Following up on his popular, gleefully illustrated book, All the Buildings in New York (*That I’ve Drawn So Far), James Gulliver Hancock returns to his roots with All the Buildings in […]

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Ugly Art Possesses Charm and Character

The crude, messy nature of screenprinting is exactly what attracted designer Ryan Duggan to his craft of making what he calls, “Ugly Art.” In Chicago, where the temps are currently freeze-your-ass-off frigid, the print scene is hot. “We have more pro-level screen printers in this city than anywhere else in the world, and yet it’s […]

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Three Good Guys. Three Good Books.

Such Gifts These Three!  How Could You Not? Bierut. HOW TO … Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World, by Michael Bierut, Published by Harper Design/Thames & Hudson, $50 (Reviewed by Emily Potts) Michael Bierut’s frank commentary ...

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Giving Thanks: Friendship, Stewardship & Scholarship

A Tribute to Tom Wright of Neenah Paper: “It has been my privilege to allow creatives to do their best work. And now, Neenah has made a new, ongoing investment in the design community by funding this scholarship. No legacy could make me prouder. And I am touched to think how proud my parents—who were my first mentors—would be.” Tom retired after 35 years ...

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‘Tis the Season to Order Holiday Cards

Still the Best: Paper Greetings From Your Hands to Theirs Admit it. There’s nothing worse that an empty mailbox during the holiday season. Don’t let that happen to you, your friends, your family, or your business associates! Mail them a real card this holiday season. Choose handcrafted cards that reflect your hopes, wishes, or personal philosophy, and […] ...

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