Hands-on Studio at AIGA Make/Think

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[Laura Shore] One of the surprising successes at the 2007 AIGA design conference in Denver was the Sketch Wall. At next month’s Make/Think conference in Memphis, the Sketch Wall will be folded into a Hands-on Studio for rejuvenating creativity – over all four days.

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Felt & Wire Shop: Curated Paper Goods

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[Alyson Kuhn] It’s launch day for Felt & Wire Shop, a cool collection of paper-based products. The goods have been created by designers across the country – some old Mohawk  friends, some new finds. The key to its charm bracelet is that it’s carefully curated. You could think of it as Vetsy.

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National Punctuation Day

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[Alyson Kuhn] Yesterday was National Punctuation Day® – the sixth National Punctuation Day, to be precise. And I almost missed it! Fortunately, I found out just in time to e-mail the day’s founder, Jeff Rubin. First, I asked him for a few images. Then, I asked if I could invite myself to the judging of the first National Punctuation Day Cookie Contest next week. Think I’m joking?

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Keeping it real

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[Arianna Orland] I live and work in Brooklyn. We ride bikes. We shop local. Lately we’ve gotten a lot of attention for our artisanal food and microbatches of chocolate. It’s not only locals who buy these, but we feel a special connection to them. Brooklyn is our “creative terroir.” We support each other’s work because we have awoken to the idea of what’s real. Which leads me to why I love to letterpress print.

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AIGA Design Legends Gala

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[Laura Shore]  “What on earth were you thinking?!” I asked, when I heard that my friends on the AIGA board, Pam Williams and Kenna Kay {aka the Gala Girls}, had volunteered to sell tickets and tables to this year’s AIGA Gala. Back in the Summer, the Federal Reserve couldn’t sell bonds, and here we were trying to fill the ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC! And then… there we were, in our best black outfits with glittery accessories.

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Today is World Alzheimer’s Day

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[Alyson Kuhn] Today, I will wear the t-shirt designed at Joey’s Corner for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. The globe of type presents statistics about Alzheimer’s in our world and in our lifetime. I recently spoke with Bill Fisher, the chapter’s executive director, about the role of design in raising awareness about the disease. Here are some of his observations.

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