Green Loop: 5 tips for sustainable printing


The purpose of an almanac is to deliver daily shots of useful advice leavened with entertainment. Just released as part of Mohawk Paper’s launch of the Loop line of environmentally responsible papers, the Loop Living Almanac is a storehouse of inspiration for thinking and acting sustainably in your creative practice. Here’s a sample of its resources: five tips for greening your next printing project.

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Global poster stage: Chicago Biennial returns for 2010

Final 120x176 CM

Announcing the 2nd Chicago International Poster Biennial, featuring  internationally renowned jurors Paula Scher, USA (president); Takashi Akiyama, Japan; Francois Caspar, France; Emek, USA; Marta Granados, Columbia; Holger Matthies, Germany; Rafal Olbinsky, USA/Poland. Winners will be exhibited this fall in a public outdoor exhibit in Chicago. Entry deadline May 22, 2010.

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Honor your library this week!


April 11–17 is National Library Week. Who knew? Well, presumably those busy librarians who celebrate the Dewey Decimal System and the printed word in all its forms. Extra bonus kudos if your favorite reference desk can answer this admittedly esot

eric question: Which state first promoted a National Library Week? (Hint: It was the last state admitted to the Union.)

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Wrapped: Making the most of make-ready


[Alyson Kuhn] Are you ready for this? My current favorite wrapping paper may look as if it were made for me, or at least with me in mind, but it is in happy fact merely make-ready from Peter Koch, Printers. We could say it’s PCW (printer’s cool w

aste) … with a superfine twist.

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Inside the studio: Starshaped Press


The motto of Starshaped Press is “All metal, all the time {except when it’s wood}.” These words alone suggest how this Chicago printer approaches the art of letterpress. In our latest tour of the studios and pressrooms of creative practitioners, designer and proprietor Jennifer Farrell reveals her Starshaped surroundings and muses on their relation to her clients and resulting works on paper.

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Dishin’ the dash


Our 12-year-old friend Jack continues to em-aze and en-thrall us with his attention to typographic detail and his appreciation of wordplay. Last month, he taught us the word favicon, strongly suggesting that a certain site (not ours) needed one. Last week, he was a bit em-barrassed when his mother described a hyphen as a dash. Here’s his voice message — and a sublimely timely link for en-lightenment.

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