Strutting Their Strathmore

The winners of The Strathmore Show for the first quarter of 2009 have been selected. I chatted with someone at each of the three design firms and hope you will enjoy this up-close-and-papery reportage. Thought-provoking question: What do these three projects have in common {other than that they are all printed on Strathmore}? The first five readers to respond will receive The Editor’s Spring Stamp Fling.

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Everybody Dance Now

I’ve been involved with the translation of dance to the printed page for many years, first as designer and art director of a magazine called Dance Ink, and later as the designer and editor of 2wice. Both are on display until May 22nd at the AIGA in New York, in a retrospective of the two publications.

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Reform School

Gelatobaby’s recent post on knitting sent me straight to ReForm School. Being obsessed with paper, I was drawn to their literature section and found The Most Perfect Card on the Paper Planet.

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Reading behind the lines

When Mohawk acquired the Strathmore fine paper grades in 2005, the iconic watermark came under creative scrutiny. Pentagram, Mohawk’s long-time design strategists of record, recommended asking typographers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones to redraw the watermark to work as a wordmark. Let’s look at the refinements they made.

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So Noted: Briar Press

With over 30,000 registered members, this fantastic site is where letterpress lovers come to connect, learn about their craft, download cool old “cuts and caps” and spend time with others who care more about kerning than their significant others do.

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Beautiful Angle-phile

[Alyson Kuhn] We received an e-mail last week that simply said: You may be interested in the Beautiful Angle project. You can read about it on Wikipedia or go to the site at www.beautifulangle.com. I was impressed with the sender’s minimalism: No adjectives, no hints, just 130-some characters. Well, this project is so fab, words almost fail me! But I will recover and write a very long post.

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