Nymphic Initials

Enjoyed the article by Ron Patkus on Hermann Ihlenburg, “the most prolific, underrated and rarely credited type designer and punch cutter in all of type history.”  To see more, check out “Nymphic Initials,” the latest post on the blog of Thornwillow Press. [LS]

Carol Hatcher is committed to a Bluer, Greener Planet

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[Tom Biederbeck] For most of us, the intent to do good for people and the planet is something we shoehorn into our work: “I’ll contribute to that charity when I get a few dollars ahead,” or “I’ll suggest that my client print the next project on recycled paper.” Well and good. But the arc of Carol Hatcher’s career suggests a more direct route to making “the good” be “the work.” A design consultant for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Hatcher has also built commitment into the content and form of her children’s stationery venture, Blue Green Planet. Furthermore »

Launched: The Living Principles

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Mohawk is pleased to present The Living Principles, being launched today by AIGA. The Living Principles provide a powerful new way to look at sustainability. While most approaches embrace triple bottom line thinking, The Living Principles challenge that paradigm and add a fourth element — culture — to address the unique role of designers.

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Communication Arts adds type competition


Communication Arts, the essential journal of design, is adding to its authoritative voice a brand-new Typography competition. “Our goal for this competition is to celebrate the best use of typography and also to connect type designers, calligraphers and hand-letterers with their potential customers: designers and art directors,” says CA Editor and Designer Patrick Coyne.

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Give ’em a hand, folks: Thumbs up to the American Topical Association


[Alyson Kuhn] I am not a stamp collector per se, but I am a longstanding member of the American Topical Association (ATA). The ATA is a big club for people who collect stamps by topic or theme, rather than by country. I have non-serious-collector friends who collect bicycles on stamps, golf on stamps, hands on stamps. I love to scout for stamps on their themes and put them on their mail.

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Wallpaper déjà vu: Pampered pastel poodles

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[Alyson Kuhn] I hugely enjoyed Mieke ten Have’s parlor-perfect post on Felt & Wire last week about panoramic wallpaper. Loved the oh-là-là photo of Jacqueline Kennedy in front of Zuber Cie’s Vues d’Amérique du Nord, which the First Lady selected for the diplomatic reception room. I read to the very end. I emailed a friend in New Hampshire the link, to point out the wallpaper in the dining room of the Wentworth-Gardner House. And then I decided to show you a piece of wallpaper that I love. Want to know where I got it?

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