Spot on

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Last Thursday’s opening reception of What the *#&! is social design? (*#&! for short) at the Academy of Art University’s Gallery 79 in SF rendered several hundred people euphoric, including me. The exhibition is info-packed, interactive, and uppercase Inspiring. It is also the collaborative MFA thesis project of AAU students Ashley Ciecka and Michael Jeter.

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Déjà Doodah

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I am in the mood to talk about accent marks. Lòók closely, please. Accent marks have a primary purpose, and it is not decorative. Strictly speaking, accent marks aren’t optional, nor are they interchangeable. If the accent marks should be acute (as in Résumé), it would be wrong, acutely wrong, to substitute grave accents. And leaving them out can lead to confusion. I resume….

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Social media indeedia

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[Alyson Kuhn] Chris Sacca loves his business card. No two ways – but definitely two sides – about it. His is not a business-as-usual card: no phone numbers, no address. Will you venture a guess as to what Chris Sacca does? Do the uppercase letters of Lowercase remind you of anything? If you guessed US currency, you are right on the money.

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Clambo!

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My newest favorite item from Lee Valley Tools is a pair of Clamshell Scissors. They aren’t sleek or sexy, or even cute. They look kind of dorky, but they are the tough tool for the job. The catalog copy felt my pain: Plastic clamshell packaging is a curse for consumers. The plastic is thick and tough, making it easy to wound yourself… Exactly.

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Evergreen Postage

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[Alyson Kuhn] Many of my mailing friends are surprised at the abundance of {and my abandon with!} fabulous old US stamps on my envelopes. Happily, US stamps are valid for their class of service until they have been used. Exquisitely engraved stamps from decades past can grace your mail too. Where, o where, can you find these mini-masterpieces?

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Behind the Scenes at Delphine

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Now in its sixth year, Delphine is a letterpress design studio and printshop near San Diego. Last month, Delphine designed and printed the winter quarter invitation for entries to The Strathmore Show. Erika Firm describes her inspirations:

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