Archive for the ‘Features’ Category
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Allan Espiritu and GDLOFT: Beneath the Surface of Things

As a fine artist, Philadelphia designer-artist Allan Espiritu employs the language of graphic design to disrupt the viewer’s perception of the mundane. He embodies the hope of many to bridge the foggy divide between fine art and applied (commercial) art. In both, he communicates a message and tweaks perceptions and expectations.

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Passion for Paper: Cheree Berry

Oh. What. Fun. Meet Cheree Berry Paper. One does not merely "open" their stunning invitations; one falls down them, like Alice in Wonderland tumbling down a rabbit hole. This is pure print and imaginative magic. Our kind of people: Amanda Mathenia, Carmi Cioni, Cheree Berry, Clare McMullin, Dawn Sparks, Devon Fahner, Hannah Waddell, Kate Disabato, Katherine ...

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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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