Impressed by letterpress

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[Tom Biederbeck] Mystery, history and the hands-on appeal of letterpress were in evidence last Saturday at the opening of Impressed by Design: Letterpress in the Heartland. The exhibition is also an homage to the home community of designer Steve Hartman, who conceived this unusual show at the Edwardsville Art Center.

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Fontroversy: Ikea typografisk

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[Alyson Kuhn] Ikea is in the news. I first heard about this last Saturday, on Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news show. Host Peter Sagal asks panelist Mo Rocca what recent change has Ikea customers up in arms, and Mo begins fishing, Not their logo… not their color scheme… and Peter says, It has to do with their catalogs. Mo tries, You’re going to have to put it together yourself without instructions?

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Modern Paper Culture

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[Alyson Kuhn] Chris Wu’s motivation for founding Paper Culture came from two perspectives. One side of Chris’s brain had worked at Snapfish {subsequently acquired by Hewlett Packard} and then at HP, incubating new businesses, primarily in web-to-print. The other side of Chris’s brain was an expectant father… with a wife who had put him in full charge of the baby announcements. So, they weren’t twinspirations exactly, more like the two earpieces on a great pair of headphones.

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Labor Day

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[Alyson Kuhn] I’ve read many people’s thoughts {and rhymes} about work from last Friday’s Schott’s Vocab in the NYT. I look forward to reportage today on NPR about Labor Day’s origins, and perhaps commentary as to how the nature of  our “labor” has changed in the last century and a quarter. I will listen as I file receipts and organize my postage stamps. Friends are coming for dinner and, in honor of the day, we will toast with Thomas Carlyle’s motto on the stamp, Labor is life.

Mail Call

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[Tracy Smith] Turns out that we’re not the only paper-obsessed people who get mail candy. I was taking my daily blog tour when I came across a post on the Chronicle Books blog about all the great mail they receive. Our very own “stamp-obsessed” editor has even sent them a thing or two. I’m happy to know that we’re not the only ones who cherish and keep our favorite “visual treats”.

www.letteroffdead.com

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[Alyson Kuhn] At 7 am yesterday {September 1}, Tom Llewellyn launched his newest project: a book via blog. Letter Off Dead is a correspondence between a boy starting junior high school and his dad, who is dead. Tom is a copywriter, creative director and corporate lackey by day and the “writer half” of Beautiful Angle, an amazing on-going letterpress poster project he started in 2002 with his friend and colleague designer Lance Kagey.

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