So Noted: TDR


[Laura Shore] One of my favorite web pastimes is typing “Strathmore and letterpress” into Google and seeing where it takes me. {You mean to say you don’t do this?} Last week, I stumbled upon in NYC who were showing off some funky business cards printed using a Heidelberg windmill press on Strathmore Ultimate White 130 DTC.

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Cutting-edge paper art


[Alyson Kuhn] Paper engineer Matt Shlian teaches in the art department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But last Monday, he led a workshop for Avanti {greeting card publisher} in Detroit. A couple of weeks before that, he conducted a workshop in Germany for students at The Institute of Microsystem Technology at the University of Freiburg {IMTEK}. I asked Matt how he teaches these diverse folks to fold.

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Paper Art alla Milanese


[Tracy Smith] It’s one thing to see beautiful things created by putting ink on paper; it’s another thing entirely to see the amazing work people do with paper without opening a can of ink. Look at the paper art presented at the Cloister of the Basilica San Simpliciano during Milan Design Week, for instance.

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So Noted: Design Observer Observed


[Laura Shore] In the old days {before last week}, Design Observer was fairly austere, somewhat hard to penetrate, and virtuous-seeming in a low-contrast hospital-green kind of way. Overnight the site has become a total immersion experience for anyone passionate about design and social change.

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The Painted Pretzel labels were the belle of all


[Alyson Kuhn] I recently chatted with designer Yael Miller and letterpress printer Ben Levitz about these perfectly pretty labels. Yael had a “pretty easy” time getting Raven Thomas, the owner of Painted Pretzel, on board with letterpress printing. Ben had a “pretty fine” time running the Strathmore label stock through the press six times.

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So Noted: Logo Trends


[Laura Shore] According to Bill Gardner at, the recession hasn’t slowed the pace of new identities. Since 2008, nearly 35,000 new logos have been posted on the site. In his seventh annual trend report, Bill reports on surprisingly optimistic palettes for new identity work, and comments that Business may be slow, but it doesn’t have to be dull.

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