Favorite Things: Katie Barcelona


[Katie Barcelona] I always miss birthdays. I never write just-thinking-of-you notes. These days, if my calendar reminds me it’s your birthday and I’m not in meetings all day, you might get a text message. I say all this shamefully, because I believe I am a thoughtful person who should exercise such thoughtfulness by doing thoughtful things for people. And in this way, I’ve created a nasty guilt complex, which usually crests around this time of year.

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Festival of Lights

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[Alyson Kuhn] The U.S. Postal Service {USPS} has issued three Hanukkah stamps, the first in 1996, the second in 2004, and a new one this year. I’d like to share some design details about the two earlier stamps – I hope they will enlighten and delight you {double pun}. I had the pleasure of hearing them directly from Hannah Smotrich and Ethel Kessler.

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Alton wraps, audience claps


[Tom Biederbeck] What a way to wrap the week! With wrapping our theme this month, a recent arrival from Daily Candy was a timely gift: featured video of star wrapper Alton Dulaney rapping rhapsodically on his favorite theme — how to “make your package a celebration, when you put the present in presentation.”

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Loop your gifts with bows on this wrap!


[Alyson Kuhn] If you aren’t feeling festive yet, try singing the title of this post to the tune of “Deck the Halls” – and then check out the matching enveloops {my word} I’ve made from Elissa Barbieri’s eco-luxe {her word, and it’s an apt one} wrapping papers.

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So Noted: Bringing paper to life


[Tracy Smith] A not-to-be-missed video for the New Zealand Book Council, brought to life with mighty sharp paper animation: Look here. Via Gaby Brink of Tomorrow Partners. Thank you, Gaby.

So Noted: Grammy nod for Gary Burden


[Tracy Smith] I am an avid music fan, an avid design fan and an avid art fan. Although we don’t usually write about this type of work on Felt & Wire, I have to tell you about this great package that combines all three disciplines in such a perfect way that it has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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