AIGA New York Custom Wraps the Holidays


Each year the AIGA New York chapter calls on its board members to design custom gift wrap sold to benefit the chapter’s mentoring program, a 20+ year collaboration to support the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process as explained by a few of the participating AIGA NY board members.

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Have a Superfine Thanksgiving!


“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life,” according to Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic.

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On the Wire: Designer to Watch, Gia Graham


Today, guest blogger, Sarah Schwartz, editor of Stationery Trends and The Paper Chronicles, chats with another of Stationery Trends’ Top Ten 2015 Designers to Watch about their career, inspiration and thoughts about paper. Today, Sarah introduces us to Gia Graham, creator of Betsywhite Stationery.

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Models of Perfection: 50 Books | 50 Covers


Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States.

Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted the competition, selecting the winners and organizing an exhibition of winning entries. For the first time ever this year, Design Observer has transformed the exhibition into a printed catalog. We were pleased to team up with Design Observer and Blurb on the production of the first 50 Books | 50 Cover catalog.

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The NEW Loop Swatchbook


Mohawk Loop is a comprehensive collection of extremely high post-consumer waste recycled papers developed to support sustainable design. Mohawk has just introduced a new Loop swatchbook, which serves as a one-stop shop for beautiful, textured, colored papers that are FSC certified, made with windpower and made carbon neutral.

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Remarkable Spirits for Remarkable People


Joseph A. Magnus was just a boy of six when his father was killed in the Civil War. He, his mother, and his three siblings struggled after the war and, at age 12, Magnus went to work while still in school, taking on the role of patriarch and provider. Even at that young age, it was clear he was driven to be successful.

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