September 2011

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Johnny Selman’s BBCx365 project, which we’ve previously written about, is up for recognition at Cause/Affect, a competition celebrating designers and organizations whose work is intended to positively impact society. You can cast your vote for Selman’s poster-a-day-project, which takes headlines from BBC.com, here.

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Back to school

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It’s that time of year! Summer is coming to a close and we’re transitioning into pumpkin carving season. We are sad to see the warm weather go but excited about what autumn has to offer. Going back to school is always an exciting and busy time of year. Kick off this school year in style with this week’s collection at Felt & Wire Shop. [MD]

Tag Team Tompkins: Wonderlandrous mother-daughter duo

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[Alyson Kuhn] I spent a magical evening with Diane (the mother) and Madeline (the daughter) Tompkins in Kansas City last month. I had admired their work in their Felt & Wire Shop, but I wasn’t prepared for the papery pair in person. Yes, it was a bit like falling down the rabbit hole … right into a conversational tennis rally.

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Remembering & honoring those lost

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Sunday marks the both anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, and as with every year that passes, the date arrives with sadness, frustration, hope and controversy. This week, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the state’s official 9/11 memorial flag. The flag, a design collaboration between the governor’s office and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, is getting its share of design critiques.

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It’s people food!

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Brian Singer’s San Francisco studio Altitude never fails to produce smart, thought-provoking design that’s often witty and always fun. Take a look at Altitude’s latest creation — packaging for a snack food with a cinematic dimension and a suspicious ingredient list (at least in Original Recipe).

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Sue Charlier on the upsides of digital in the printing industry

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[Sami Jensen] The National Stationery Show was full of paper people like Sue Charlier of Independent Printing Company. She spoke with us about the importance of choosing a good substrate, how digital printing has changed the embellishing process, and why she loves Mohawk Via. Charlier’s optimism concerning the return of print production to the U.S. and her faith in the buying power of younger generations is inspiring.

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