Behind the Scenes at Typecraft Wood & Jones

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I have just become aware of the extremely gorgeous catalog Stefan Bucher designed this Spring for Deborah Butterfield’s exhibition at L.A. Louver. How this catalog came to be so beautiful is a stellar story of designer-printer collaboration, so let’s go there.

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So Noted: Milton Glaser

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One of the great joys of my job is seeing how our paper weaves itself into the work of truly great designers. Another is collecting cool ephemera from designers I know and admire. The problem with collecting ephemera is that it’s so, well, ephemeral. After rolling up posters and transporting them from office to car to apartment to attic to the framer. . .  well, you get the idea. So imagine how thrilled I was to see that Milton Glaser has launched a new site, offering his posters and prints in pristine, collectible condition.

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Thought Processor

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The opening of the first Thought Processor group show last Saturday night at Super7 in San Francisco exceeded all of our expectations. None of us – 19 local artists participated – had done a show like this before. Plus, none of the artists {except me} had worked from a paper template before. Everybody was working outside their comfort zones for sure. That’s when some fun stuff can happen. Here’s how the project started.

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Alphabetilately extended through 2009 in DC

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Alphabetilately is indeed a long word, but it contains no extra letters. It is alphabet + philately. The eponymous exhibition currently at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum {NPM} has just been extended through 2009. It showcases 26 designs created at 26 different studios in the San Francisco Bay Area back in 1997, for an AIGA SF event called Ephemera Philatelica.

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Guest Post: Elements of Maira

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I recently visited Maira Kalman’s original illustrations for the 2005 reissue of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. These vibrant and playful pieces are on display at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester until August 2. I first encountered The Elements of Style twenty years ago in a freshman creative writing class – when my professor handed back a graded assignment, and asked why I was taking his course.

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Timeless Treasures’ vintage letters

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Timeless Treasures is indeed full of treasures: letters, letterpress loot, and lots o’ la-di-dahs. Style-savvy refers to the shop as Alphabet City. Proprietress Joan O’Connor finds vintage letters everywhere, and she scouts Felt & Wire’s very own Letterpress Directory for sources of noteworthy cards.

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