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World Relief sees its 70th year through color and design

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Since 1944, World Relief has helped serve nearly four million individuals who suffer from poverty. By working with churches in struggling communities, this non-profit organization has transformed vulnerable communities into empowered communities. World Relief recognized its 70th anniversary with a rebranding, working with StudioNorth to create a book celebrating the organization’s history and mission.

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On The Wire: Envelopes + Color by Paper Epiphanies


Today, guest blogger, Sarah Schwartz, editor of Stationery Trends and The Paper Chroniclesprofiles Victoria Venturi of Paper Epiphanies and celebrates the envelope.

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Happy 75th, Print Magazine!


This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Print Magazine. As the longest-running stateside graphic design publication, and one of the most popular and widely-read magazines serving the design industry, it is no surprise that they have chosen to celebrate by asking 75 of today’s most talented creatives to design the word “print” in their own style, with no direction beyond basic specs. Furthermore »

Champions of Craft: Construction Kids

Summer camp at ConstructionKids.

As we continue to celebrate the influence of art and design on perception, the focus of the recent issue of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we’re taking a closer look at the group of talented makers featured in issue six.

Today we follow up with Construction Kids, a Brooklyn company that provides hands-on workshops where kids use real tools to build things.

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Adult coloring books challenge the status quo of ‘growing up’


In an increasingly digital world there’s something quite refreshing when a simple analog activity, like coloring, gains rapid popularity amid an unlikely audience—adults. It could be expected to be embraced among the artistically inclined; those whom understand the importance of creative play to unlock their potential. But the beauty of the adult coloring book phenomenon is that it has swept the world indiscriminately.

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The Craft of Wood Engraving


Wood engraving is one of the earliest forms of illustration for books and newspapers. Prior to the invention of modern day photography and printing technology, an artist would painstakingly engrave an image by hand-cutting detailed grooves into a wood block, add ink, and gently apply pressure to achieve a printed image.

Over time, the process of printing has become much more efficient with the development of new technologies, yet for many, the process of wood engraving has endured as a creative form and artistic endeavor. 

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