Business cardology 2010 à la NSS: Feel the letterpress love

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[Alyson Kuhn] Many of the business cards I collected at the National Stationery Show last month do not fit neatly into the 10-pocket plastic sleeves I normally file my cards in. Not that I am complaining, mind you. Individually, there are some gems; collectively, they could make  a parlor game — which we might call Put your best font forward.

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Gutenberg! The Musical! : The play’s the thing that caught … my fontcy

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[Alyson Kuhn] Two paper pals and I went to see Gutenberg! The Musical! at Exit Stage Left in San Francisco last night. We declare it a hootenberg. We doff our hats in admiration to the two authors, the two actors, and the piano player. I

t’s worth the mirth to laugh for yourself at one of the remaining shows: June 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.

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What’s in your toolbox?

Wednesday is DIY day on Design*Sponge but yesterday readers received a super mid-week surprise: Ginny Branch Stelling has joined d*s with a fabulous new column, “What’s in your toolbox?” Her first Q&A features art director extraordinaire Deanne Cheuck, whose beautiful patterns mezmerize. We love this fill in the blank, “When I am in my studio, I feel…ready to make a beautiful mess.” Ditto. [PW]

Amazing paper lamp

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For staying abreast of European design news and accomplishments, we admire dezeen.com, a site covering architecture, design and interiors. As a taste of what’s to be found there, we suggest you check out an amazing new paper lamp, the W101 task light by Swedish architects and designers Claseeon Koivisto Rune.

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Panoramic & trompe l’oeil wallpaper: Escapist power & pleasure

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[Mieke ten Have] Making way through the seemingly endless circuitry that comprises the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (think mouse in maze, hunting for gruyère), I was searching for that elusive visual moment of pure design lust. Not surprisingly, given my predilections, I discovered it in a set of wallpaper panels by the artist and designer Deborah Bowness.

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Copyright Questions Answered

Jaime Derringer from Design Milk and Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind have partnered with Scott Schwartz from Cozen O’Connor to answer all of your burning copyright and trademark questions. [TS]