Sketchbook: Chris Piascik brings letters to life

From time to time we share the sketchbooks of artists, designers and illustrators who have captured our attention and admiration. These glimpses from the journals of Chris Piascik reveal a lifelong fascination with the alphabet, lettering and what he terms “overlapping lines.” Piascik designs, sketches, teaches, creates apparel and rides his bikes in Cromwell, Conn.

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F&W Finds: Japanese Oldbook Masking Tape

First washi tape, then beautifully colored tape combos to complement and compete with stamps on our letters and packages. Now add “Oldbook” masking tape to the growing assortment of Japanese deco-tapes — all available at the appropriately named CuteTape.com. [LS]

Language casts a shadow in Stephen Doyle’s paper sculptures

Stephen Doyle’s vision unites words and images in unforgettable ways. The design firm of which he is a principal, Doyle Partners in New York, creates acclaimed identities and all means of conveying them (and he always gets the colors right). He’s also recognized for his visual contributions to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Here he talks about another artistic pursuit: creating astonishing paper sculptures.

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p.s. It’s a stamp, it’s a book — it’s a Book Week stamp

[Alyson Kuhn] Mid-morning on March 18, as I was thinking about the excellent leftover corned beef in my refrigerator, I received a pithy e-mail from Tom Biederbeck, the perpetually dialed-in editor of Felt & Wire, with a link that whisked me

to a recent post on a Dutch design blog … about the eight-page stamp (!) you see here. I was instantly incredulous, intrigued and in need of one.

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Underground Japan: Art on the street, now online & in print

[Alyson Kuhn] Nancy Peacock and Guy Cooper have just digitally published Underground Japan, a book of photos of Japanese manhole covers, taken on their trip last fall. They selected Blurb.com as their publisher, bookstore and gallery — showing how quickly technology has evolved the way books are produced and enjoyed.

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Nifty new notebook (analog)

Want a nice new notebook for spring? Useful yet clever? Smart ’n’ artful? Handily accessorized? Chronicle Books is looking out for you! And you can look at a video (67 well-spent seconds, we assure you) previewing the Designer’s Notebook, to be released on April 21. The notebook was conceived and designed by Andrew Schapiro and Brad Mead while they were working as design fellows at Chronicle Books. Fine idea, fellows!

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