Mohawk Maker: Michael Rock, co-founder of 2×4

Michael Rock’s book Multiple Signatures explores the history and development of twenty-first century visual design and culture.

Over the next several weeks here on Felt & Wire, we’ll be celebrating the Makers of our Mohawk Maker Quarterly Issue 4. To kick off this series, we’ve interviewed Michael Rock, co-founder of 2×4, a global design consultancy headquartered in New York City. Michael is featured in our community issue of the Quarterly, and shares with us his insights on design and community.

The Pradasphere, an exhibition recently curated by 2x4 for Prada at Harrods London

The Pradasphere, an exhibition recently curated by 2×4 for Prada at Harrods London

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Fine Quh journals, handcrafted in Germany

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Sandra Trache and Frank Lehmann, of Quh, have partnered to create a line of beautiful handmade leather journals using the highest quality leather with the process of fine bookbinding. Each journal is handmade with fine German craftsmanship and features Mohawk Superfine paper.  The name, Quh, means quality and handicraft, and is pronounced in the same way as the german word for “cow” (Kuh).

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Announcing the Mohawk Maker Quarterlies Issue 04: Community

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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville

Community: what does it mean to you, your business, your career, your craft?

In today’s economy, community is necessary for both survival and success.

We’re more successful when we share knowledge, resources and information than by going it alone. Partnerships are important, and humans crave interconnectivity and sharing. By connecting with our peers and seeking collaboration, we create new opportunities for growth and learning.

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5 Lessons on How We Got Inspired at Create Upstate

Photo by Sarah Heppell Photography

Two weeks ago the Upstate NY AIGA Chapter held its first Design Week and hosted the second annual Create Upstate conference. We were lucky enough to attend and found inspiring and creative takeaways in all of the talks from local designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.

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Memorializing Massimo

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This week we lost one of the greatest, most influential graphic designers of our time: Massimo Vignelli. We think that our friend Michael Bierut’s Design Observer post is the best way to pay tribute to a figure whose influence and legacy will live on, continuing to shape the landscape of graphic design for generations.

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Paper, Paper, Everywhere – Our Mohawk NSS Experience, Part 2

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Read part 1 of our roundup here on Felt & Wire. At the National Stationery Show in NYC on days 2-4, we spent some time enjoying the Louie Award nominees and winners and their work, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening to attend Oh So Beautiful Paper’s Paper Party 2014.

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