Evergreen Postage

[Alyson Kuhn] Many of my mailing friends are surprised at the abundance of {and my abandon with!} fabulous old US stamps on my envelopes. Happily, US stamps are valid for their class of service until they have been used. Exquisitely engraved stamps from decades past can grace your mail too. Where, o where, can you find these mini-masterpieces?

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Behind the Scenes at Delphine

Now in its sixth year, Delphine is a letterpress design studio and printshop near San Diego. Last month, Delphine designed and printed the winter quarter invitation for entries to The Strathmore Show. Erika Firm describes her inspirations:

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Très Dieu Donné

Dieu Donné is dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of contemporary art in the hand papermaking process. The nonprofit artist workspace in New York City includes a studio, a gallery, and an archive. A bit of history: Dieu Donné was the given name of the father of Dieu Donné’s founder; it literally means God-given.

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Banner Day for Design

In 2007, when graphic designer Michael Osborne was invited to join the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design (SFMC+D), his first order of business was to suggest an exhibition about graphic design in SF. Osborne recently had the pleasure of curating and designing San Francisco Graphic Design, on view at the SFMC+D until April 26.

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Pop ’n’ Shop

I recently received a nifty-gifty alphabet book called ABC3D, by Paris-based graphic designer Marion Bataille. The mass-market marvel, printed in China, is based on Bataille’s 2006 livre d’artiste called Op-up. Nary a word of text, not even a title page. Most of the letters pop up, some pop out, and others do double duty.

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Marian Bantjes: Queen o’ the Thistle

Last summer, Marian Bantjes and Pentagram teamed up to refresh the iconic Strathmore thistle. Marian’s reinterpretation went against the creative brief, against Michael Bierut’s direction, and against Marian’s own initial inclination. Her presentation showed the explorations leading up to her radical redo of the thistle. She described this direction as “essentially not calligraphic. It’s basically geometric. A little bit old, a little bit new. Kinda bitchin’.” Who could resist? Certainly not us.

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