thoughts on design

On The Wire: Designer to Watch, Stacie Bloomfield


Today, guest blogger, Sarah Schwartz, editor of Stationery Trends and The Paper Chronicles, chats with one of Stationery Trends’ Top Ten 2016 Designers to Watch about her career, inspiration and thoughts about paper. Today, Sarah introduces us to Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber.

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Brand and Perception


Writer, educator and consultant Debbie Millman is at the forefront of understanding how companies develop smart, effective brands for their products and services. Her book “Brand Thinking” features insightful interviews with prominent practitioners. We invited Debbie to discuss what makes successful brands so good at shaping consumer perception.

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Brand Mirror: The best brands in the world aim to inspire instead of simply to sell


As we move about our day, we’re bombarded with thousands of branded images. Most of them are white noise, but others manage to cut through the clutter and intrigue us.

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The Strathmore Timeline from 1898-1969


In 2014, Mohawk stumbled upon a paper holy grail: a collection of samples, swatchbooks and sales guides boxed up in a warehouse, all but forgotten. Spanning more than a century, The Strathmore Archive is more than merely ephemera: It serves as a tactile, visual history of graphic design styles and culture.

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Why Design Matters


Design has a profound affect on how we feel. And Alain de Botton, author of “The Architecture of Happiness,” believes that good design can even help us become the best versions of ourself.

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Timeless Library: Dave Cuzner showcases design work created during—or inspired by—the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.


Dave Cuzner believes midcentury modern design is so appealing because it doesn’t try to be era-specific or regard shifting stylistic trends. It adapts to the current needs of the user. That’s why his popular website,, not only features work created between 1950 and 1970, but also contemporary design inspired by the era.

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