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Setting the Table by Danny Meyer is neither an etiquette book nor a foody memoir. The author is the owner-operator of eleven successful New York restaurants, and he serves up some tasty anecdotes, but the main course is a generous helping of business advice. The book’s perfectly-prepared tagline is: The transforming power of hospitality in business.

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Blogwise: The Daily Heller


Last Wednesday, The Daily Heller wrote about Malcolm Dean’s extensive collection of wood type, which is for sale. Several followers suggested potential homes for the collection… and then last Friday, Al Gowan, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston posted (electronically, so we can all see it) an amazing offer.

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So Noted: An Apple a Day


I love this poster by ViK design (and not just because it’s letterpress printed on Strathmore)! At last we know what to do with those annoying little stickers on the apples we buy.

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Will o’ the Willōughby


Willōughby Design has put their signature stamp on their new identity and stationery system. The identity celebrates both the firm’s 30th anniversary and their award-winning design barn. The stationery system puts a lot of Willōughby’s personality on paper.

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Aerograms were very popular in the 1940s and 50s, when mail delivery by air was new. The aerogram format combined envelope and notesheet {and sometimes pre-printed postage} on a single piece of lightweight paper. Today, this “onesie” construction may be ripe for a stylish and sustainable comeback.

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Stamp Chat


If you can arrange to be at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA on Sunday afternoon, March 22, you have a neat treat in store. Designer Terry McCaffrey, Manager of Stamp Development for the USPS, will give a gallery walk and talk in conjunction with the exhibition “Trailblazers & Trendsetters,” which presents original art for 75 US postage stamps.

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