XOX on their XXV

Punch & Pie

[Alyson Kuhn] Bev and Phil Dittberner are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today. Well, actually, they celebrated yesterday, at their home in Grass Valley. Every year, Bev comes up with an anniversary party invitation so rich in personality and letterpress finesse, that it renders me mute with delight. This recurrent muteness is my pathetic excuse for never, until now, properly xoxpressing my admiration.

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Love, love photocards


[Tracy Smith] I love photocards. I love sending them and I love getting them, especially from long-time friends {hint, hint} who I don’t get to see all that often. That’s why I’m really excited about a new source for custom cards: Pinhole Press.

There is one thing I usually dislike about photocards: most of them come printed on flimsy paper or *gasp* photo paper. If you’re going to put the time and money into holiday cards, they should look like it!  Plus, I tend to hang onto photocards, so they need to stand up to the task of being on my fridge for a year.

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Thanksgiving post


[Alyson Kuhn] As holidays go, Thanksgiving gets my stamp of highest approval in several categories. I like Thanksgiving philosophically, gastronomically, socially, and, last but not least, postally. A literal and figurative kuhnucopia of philatelic delight!

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Sending thanks {with all the trimmings}


[Alyson Kuhn] This Thursday, my toast at the Thanksgiving table will be to Oprah Winfrey, for proclaiming on her eponymous show many years ago, that there is no statute of limitations on sending thank-you notes.

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So Noted: The end of print? Not!


[Laura Shore] As I meandered through Control:Print, the intriguing new exhibit at Parsons School of Design, curator and designer Lucille Tenazas reminded me with a laugh that she had predicted the end of print back in 1992, when she was a member of Mohawk’s design council. She had feared that new technologies would render our paper-based practices obsolete, with only business cards {engraved, of course} serving as a tactile reminder of our former creative selves.

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Taking it to the street


[Bill Grant]  Across America, historic Main Street communities have fallen prey to the generic strip centers and massive malls that define urban sprawl. In the process, small core downtown districts, once the heart and soul of their local communities, have vanished. In an effort to support the revitalization of our own historic downtown district and to increase the accessibility of our design services, Grant Design Collaborative opened its own retail venture, the Store at Grant Design Collaborative, in a vacant storefront in our building in downtown Canton, Georgia.

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