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CODO: Craft Brews Made Better

One would least expect that an intellectual theory would inform the name and approach of one of the nation’s leading branding and design studios for the craft brewing industry. Like CODO’s work, its name exhibits intentionality and purpose, not caprice or whimsy. When it comes to designing brands for the craft brewing industry, these dudes are seriously ...

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Felix Doolittle and The Paper Mouse

Felix Doolittle & The Paper Mouse: The Convenience of Being True “Felix Doolittle” is the nom de paintbrush of Chinese watercolorist and designer Felix Fu. Fu started going by Felix when he and his family moved to Canada from Hong Kong when he was a teen. He says that he selected Felix as his English name “because in […]

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Clear Winner: Jonathan Selikoff, Letterpress Artist

There are many reasons people love letterpress. Chief among them: people like Jon Selikoff. "You will not find a more talented and generous letterpress artist," says Felix Sockwell. "Jon will share his passion with anyone willing to get in the pressroom and get their hands covered in ink. Afterwards, you will never be able to wash away the impression he leaves ...

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A Bearded Lady and a Hoarsefly Walk Into a Bar …

If you’re lucky enough to attend Design Ranch in Austin this year, Abi Daniel will be teaching a workshop on her woodburning technique in which she infuses burned linework on wood with watercolor washes, as she did in the piece above. “It’s a pretty fun method, and the imperfections that happen along the way, add an unexpected dimension,” she says. What ...

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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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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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Old School Meets New, On Letterpress

Von Glitschka’s print is Issue 11 in this growing collection of limited-edition letterpress prints—a project conceived by Neenah as a way to celebrate the art of letterpress and contribute to the preservation and heritage of old school printing at the Hamilton Wood Type & Print Museum.

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Perfectly Imperfect: Human Connection

People love the tangible artifact because they love the notion that what they can hold something touch by human hands and designed by people who understand the value of real connection. With fine paper, color and texture, letterpress is the perfect media to achieve both. Emily Potts reports: "Although letterpress printing is a traditional, laborious process, ...

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Aaron Draplin: “Foresight, Guts, Wherewithal”

The Beauty of Letterpress was conceived by Neenah, with the goal of celebrating letterpress and preserving Hamilton and one of the world’s largest collections of historic wood type. To date there have been nine prints issued, and last year Neenah presented a $30,000 check to the museum (half from sales of the limited-edition prints and half from a donation ...

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Poster Backstory: Justin Ahrens — ARTCRANK Chicago 2014

  Justin Ahrens Puts a New Lid On The Great Emancipator Some people do their best thinking on a bicycle. And when Justin Ahrens rides, he thinks big. The best idea he’s ever had on a bike ride is Wheels4Water, a 1,000+ mile bike trip that helped raise more than $90,000 to provide access to clean […]

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