March 2012

Felt & Wire Finds: Take Note memo pad set


We love surprises. Who doesn’t? That’s why the curators at Felt & Wire Shop are excited to feature these great new memo pad sets from Smart & Wiley. Not only does each set come with two stylish wiro-bound notepads, a pencil made from sustainable materials and a rubber band to keep it all together — the best part is each notepad cover has been cut from a Smart & Wiley proof sheet, so no two are the same and each one is a surprise. It gets even better …

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Books2Eat: Sustaining body & spirit

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[Tom Biederbeck] The International Edible Book Festival is held every year around April 1 — an appropriate day to, in the words of the festival’s organizers, eat your words and share a book. Cities around the U.S. will be celebrating; Chicago’s Books2Eat will be held April 3. Read on for venue and menu.

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May I have a word with you?


[Kim Rogala] If you had to describe optimism in one word what would it … look like? The Citizens for Optimism wondered just that. This group of young designers polled New Yorkers to find out what one word “said optimisim” to them.

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Core77 Design Awards Call for Entries looks mighty fine on Superfine


[Sami Jensen] If you haven’t submitted to Core77’s Design Awards, there’s still time to enter your student, freelance or professional work. Not only might you receive fame, glory and a new and brilliantly designed DIY trophy, you’ll also receive this nifty poster/calendar just for registering.

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Martin Venezky listens to the ‘sound of type’

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[Tom Biederbeck] Martin Venezky gives his typographic palette a workout in “Rise of the One Percent,” an Op Art piece that appeared in the March 23 edition of The New York Times. He and colleagues at Appetite Engineers have a gift for creating visual euphoria (his word, more below) in print and online. Here is Venezky on how type can speak to a timely statistic.

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The New Scrabble for type lovers


The game for word enthusiasts has upgraded itself to satisfy the needs of typography enthusiasts. Now you can create words that look beautiful and win you points. Scrabble Typography Limited Edition is due out this August.

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