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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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Yo-Yos + Dolls + Tiny Tubas = Kids of All Ages

The National Toy & Minatures Museum in Kansas City: For Kids of All Ages...To grow attendance and donor support, the museum needed a look to match the prestige of a national museum. The T / m turned to Kansas City's best worse-kept design secret, Ingred Sidie and Michelle Sonderegger at Design Ranch to make this happen.

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Extraordinary: NOLA Designer Alexa Pulitzer

A conversation with NOLA stationery designer Alexa Pulitzer. "In 1997 Pulitzer purchased her family’s print shop from Randa, the new owner (and former competitor) of her family’s necktie company. After three years of creating stationery in the evenings and on the weekends, she finally had the opportunity to set up the print shop on her own. “I was designing ...

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Sharp, Sharper, Sharpiest: Timothy Goodman

Goodman's book provides useful prompts to help anyone pick up a Sharpie and start drawing. He provides examples of doodling, pattern-making, writing, and illustrated quotes. He serves up plenty of inspirational images from artists and designers including Julia Rothman, Shantell Martin, Jessica Walsh, Debbie Millman, Gemma O’Brien, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Mireia ...

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Think Like a Child: Divergently

Author, Educator, Designer Matthew Jervis begins most classes and workshops by telling people that most big problems are actually just a bunch of small problems tied up in a knot. They look scary, but they really aren’t if you deconstruct them. Problem solving begins by focusing on what you can change, not what you cannot. When you deconstruct the “problem,” ...

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Take a Whiff: The Allure of Great Package Design

Wink Reinvigorates a Nature-Inspired Bath & Body Brand Thymes has been creating beautiful, botanical bath and body products with artisan fragrances for more than 30 years. In that time, the marketplace has become flooded with competitors, all vying for the same customers. To continue building excitement amidst a stream of new brands in the category, […] ...

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Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Exhibition in Iowa

Skål! Scandinavian Design & Spirit Traditions Inspire Print Designs Museum exhibitions can make for great print design. A designer can play with interesting content, cool artifacts , a good, ready-made story, and (usually) a client who values smart, effective art and design. The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, is one such client.  This delightful ...

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Letterpress Is Alive…And Pressing On

A not-to-be-denied love for letterpess is what’s behind Erin Beckloff’s movie-in-progress, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, now crowd-funding at Kickstarter. Read about it here, then visit the campaign site to see the project details and short film.

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