HOW we meet and tweet now


[Tracy Smith] Alexander Isley’s presentation at the HOW conference was hugely interesting on two levels. Literally as he was talking about what is going on with design today, attendees were tweeting his most “tweetable” points.  A real-time review if you will – which caused more people to flock to the session. Later, I discussed the social media phenom with the conference organizers.

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HOW’d they do that?!


[Tracy Smith] Mohawk Fine Papers is at the HOW Conference in Austin. It is so hot here that if you walk in sandals, you get blisters on the bottoms of your feet, from the heat of the sidewalk. While we were waiting for booth set-up time, we checked out Mellow Johnny’s, the hyper-hip bike shop owned by Lance Armstrong, and then we went kayaking to cool down.

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Guest Post: A Militant Facade


[Craig Schlanser] Given the location of the Philadelphia AIGA’s designer’s resource fair last week – a former navy yard facility – it might seem like we’re on a warpath {not so far-fetched given the city’s “scrappy” reputation}. But before anyone panics, let it be known that the building, decommissioned in the mid-’90s, now serves as the headquarters of possibly the world’s most un-warlike brand: Urban Outfitters Inc.

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Anthropologie + Hatch = Hand-crafted collaboration


[Alyson Kuhn] The June Anthropologie catalog is so good that I will keep mine intact for a very long time. I will not slice off the cover to make a fab envelope. I will not tear out the page with the bowtie blouse. But I will gladly tell you what I now know about Anthropologie’s road trip to Nashville to collaborate with Hatch Show Print.

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Guest Post: Letter Loving Lady


[Trish Kinsella] Samara O’Shea practices what she preaches. She runs a letter-writing business at where she helps those at an acute loss for words to express themselves letter perfectly with pen and paper. She has also published two books on the subject, For the Love of Letters and Note to Self. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending her salonesque workshop at Terrain.

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So Noted: 3/50 Project


[Laura Shore] I love a good cause {even more so when it involves shopping}. I also love my local florist, wine store, and breakfast place. Their businesses are under pressure these days, as are a great many undercapitalized local enterprises. The 3/50 Project aims to save our shopkeeper nation – one store at a time.

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