Thai business card is a model-maker’s dream

Business cards in unusual configurations have a long history. In an engaging twist, agency CreativeJuice/Bangkok (TBWA) has turned a business card into a model-maker’s dream for high-end Japanese kit maker Tamiya. The Tamiya business card is given to prospective customers of the Tamiya Siam Thailand retail shop; the card’s ingenious design ensures it goes directly into the pleasure circuits in model enthusiasts’ brains.

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Summer Stationery

Turns out our latest contributor, Mieke ten Have, not only has an affinity for beautiful wallpaper, but also for collectible paper goods. Her collection at Felt & Wire Shop shows her appreciation for all things printed. Here’s what she has to say about her collection:

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Janet Odgis thinx of many ways to send thanx

[Alyson Kuhn] I could not pass by a booth at the National Stationery Show with the name ManyThanx. I have long spelled snax with an x, and I occasionally sign my thank-you notes thanxoxox — so I was eager to see what ManyThanx ’xtolled.

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The Story of Graphic Design

This review begins with a disclaimer. Though I have a lot of design books, I haven’t actually read very many of them. Patrick Cramsie’s Story of Graphic Design, published by Abrams, is different. It’s a compelling narrative that treats design with all the seriousness of art history and, like great art history, manages to weave a historical narrative through the lens of Graphic Design.

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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

[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 »