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

[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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Envelopes are here!

We try not to use this space to promote product but I’m so excited about our new envelope program that I just had to let you know! Mohawk is now stocking over 1,100 popular items (including Loop) in #10, #9, #6 3/4, A2, A6, A7, A8, A10, monarch and booklet sizes. Envelopes are available through stocking merchants and small quantities are also available at You can order all stocked envelopes in cartons, boxes of 250, and even in packs of 10! [LS]

Business cardology 2010 à la NSS: Feel the letterpress love

[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

[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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