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The Craft of Wood Engraving

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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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Educational Resources for Young Designers & Students

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We live in a time of transition, in which we move from printed formats to digital media and back again, and we use digital tools to create physical objects. More young designers today are specializing in digital design work, yet it’s also critical that they understand the importance of how to select and specify the highest quality papers for printed projects. Furthermore »

What is Ephemeral?

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Think about all the photographs in your possession. Where are they stored? And more importantly, how?

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Under Armour Spring/Summer ’15 LookBook: Designed with the Athlete in Mind

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Founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, a former University of Maryland football player, Under Armour is a global powerhouse in the world of performance apparel, footwear and equipment. Known by athletes as the go-to brand for staying cool, dry and comfortable during a game or workout, Under Amour is continually innovating and expanding its technical product assortment with a mission to make all athletes better.

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Craft 2.0

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Craft is more than how we make things; it’s a thriving language in a borderless world of creative communication.  Read on how a new craft revolution came to be.

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On the Wire: Behind Matrick and Eve

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We’re excited to feature Sarah Schwartz, founder and editor-in-chief of Stationery Trends magazine and The Paper Chronicles, as guest blogger for our monthly series On the Wire, bringing you interviews with notable and up-and-coming stationery designers. Last month, we featured Grace Kang of Pink Olive and Olive Box, this month, Sarah introduces us to Allison DeMeulder, co-creator of Matrick and Eve.

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