March 2013

Antonio Alcalá & Michael Dyer score a coup for abstract design

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[Alyson Kuhn] Earlier this week, I received a large mailer bearing two perfectly abstract stamps. Above, you see a detail of one of them. If I hadn’t already known about these stamps, I would have thought, “Those Europeans! Why can’t we have designs like these?” Well, thanks to Antonio Alcalá, who art directed, and Michael Dyer, who designed the undulating patterns—We the People have not just two abstract stamps, but four. Fun for us!

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A small showing makes big noise

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[Kim Rogala] We’ve told you about Denise Fiedler of Paste before, and now the collage artist has grabbed our attention again with her beautiful new business cards. Or rather, “business cards-slash-PR kits,” according to Denise. We asked her to tell us more about these handy little kits. Furthermore »

Rocco Piscatello: Poster proficiency for FIT

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[Tom Biederbeck] One of our favorite recurring events at Felt & Wire over the past several years has been the appearance of Rocco Piscatello’s poster for the Visiting Artist Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. The latest in one of the most successful poster series in memory by a single American designer is for a lecture by Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects. Once again, the poster design exceeds superlatives…and it’s on Mohawk Superfine.

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Business Card Collection 9.0: 12 Lessons Learned

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[Nancy Wu] As this is my last Felt & Wire article, I want to leave on a positive note by sharing 12 lessons I’ve learned via some of my favorite business card designs. I’ve picked up much along the way in both school and work, and I continue to learn more every day. I also tell my students that personal education should never end just because the formal education did. The usual resources of books, magazines, courses and the internet add much to our knowledge base. However, there are those discoveries we come across through those we meet—mentors, students, bosses, colleagues, clients—or even triggered by simple, daily life observations. You may not apply each lesson every day, but making these goals part of your life’s modus operandi never hurt where personal growth is concerned. Let’s begin….

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Paris Relié, as seen by contemporary bookbinders

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[Alyson Kuhn] I saw several exhibitions on my recent trip to Paris, including two hyper-crowded blockbusters. Happily, I also made it to a petit bijou, a three-week-only international bookbinding exhibition in the lovely town hall on Place St. Sulpice. Here’s the supreme serendipity: The theme of the exhibition was Paris itself. Every binder—138 of them—bound a previously published book about Paris: poetry, photography, drawings, history, fiction, nonfiction. Christian Frégé, the president of the ARA France (Les Amis de la Reliure d’Art, the national association of hand bookbinders), began his preface to the exhibition catalog with Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “Paris is a moveable feast.” For me, the exhibition was a banquet, one the catalog allows me to savor again and again—and to share with you.

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Got MUJI? John Madere gets close to the source

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[Alyson Kuhn] I am a big fan of MUJI, the Japanese company that sells an incredible range of well-designed stuff. Until several months ago, the handful of MUJI stores in North America were all in New York. Then, at 11 a.m on Nov. 30, 2012, MUJI was set to open in San Francisco, and I planned to be there. Early that morning, I was on the phone with photographer John Madere in New York. We’ve shopped together at a couple of MUJI locations in NYC, and when I told him about the grand opening, he told me about a special MUJI he had found in Tokyo—appropriately called Found MUJI.

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