Friday, January 29, 2010
Okay so i really like the Behance Action Method range. Words like 'method' and 'system' have that negative infomercial connotation but this stuff really is a little bit different. The spiral bound Action books are great value and made from really high quality materials.
So Behance, based in the US, have made an update to their range - the Action Journal. It's a 'Moleskine' style notebook - meaning that it has an elastic strap and expanding rear pocket.
Best of all, it's got great environmental credentials. In their own words:
The Action Journal features a unique suede-to-the-touch hard cover, created using 100% sustainable materials. The pages are made of 60lb New Leaf paper with a subtle texture (100% recycled), printed full bleed, and perforated for maximum flexibility. New Leaf Paper was founded to inspire a fundamental shift towards sustainability in the paper industry. By choosing this notebook, you are making a difference.
Hopefully the guys at NoteMaker (Australia's Behance stockists) get this one in soon - fingers crossed.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Anybody who is a fan of written correspondence, graphic design or just good old nostalgia must check out Letterheady.
Described as being overcome by emotion due to a letterhead design, Letterheady is the work of Shaun Usher who describes the blog as an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. Even more specifically, their design, not content.
If you're into the content side of things, Shaun has a sister site Letters of Note worth checking out.
Personally, i love the Frank J. Walter Circus letterhead - distilling the essence of P.T Barnum and the charm of the most charming of story books.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Thanks to Matt Brown.
While reading through the Fountain Pen Network to catch up on the paper scene, I happened upon a thread: "An Interesting Paper Idea". And frankly, i'm not sure what i think about it...
Thanks to Matt Brown.
The link was to Ideas & Exploration by Matt Brown. Matt is an American designer living in Italy who has a website of projects and a blog too.
The interesting ideas of Matt Brown.
Anyway, his interesting idea is slant ruling on a notebook, his answer to the way that a lot of people sort of twist their notebooks when writing in them. So, here's his notebook with a 45 degree ruling.
I'm not crazy about it - not being much of a notebook slanter myself, but there may be something to it...if nothing else, the pages do kind of have an art deco vibe...
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Calico & Co. - check it out!
Had the pleasure this morning of opening my inbox to find a really fun link to follow - to Calico & Co. - the indie and handmade blog.
Some MT thanks to NoteMaker.
The post which caught my attention was this about Japanese Masking Tape. There's some great info about the company and some inspired uses, including a cool iPod cover.
Gorgeous MT collage from Calico & Co.
Personally, i have my 3 months plan MT'd to the wall behind my desk...those little strips somehow make the work seem less daunting, like 'hey, that's not work, it's fun!'
An illustration by Sarah Hankinson - the floral crown is just gorgeous.
Calico & Co. is the hobby of Sydney based Graphic Designer Amanda Fuller and her love of all things beautiful. With posts like the illustrative work of Sarah Hankinson, it's plain to see that about beauty, she knows a thing or two. Check out Calico & Co., being sure to leave a 15 minute slot in your diary to do so!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
More new stuff from Moleskine as the world's most famous notebook continues to drive user generated content as a cornerstone of what it is to use a Moleskine.
It's about your notebook being yours - like a sophisticated version of scribbling on your desk in high school - and so Moleskine, through events like DeTour and online applications like their template downloads, makes sure there's a wealth of user generated content available to break the homogeneity of just another notebook. To help each Moleskiner make theirs their own.
So there's a quick celebration of the 1000th upload available online. A cool gallery of some of the better templates. Download, print and pop it on your Moleskine notebook or diary. A new notebook sleeve or just extra pages.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Okay so whilst I personally am no longer too affected by the scholastic year, i have been told that it's almost time to go back to school which got me thinking about a favourite online store of mine, ReForm School.
Art Craft & Design out of California USA with a vintage feel and irrepressible charm.
From the impractically quirky, like this Tipi, to this super cool Shadow Puppet, cool prints like this Ditch the Car original and an esoteric stationery collection that I could (and already have) browse through for hours...
Who remembers going back to school being this fun?
Labels: reform school
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Happy 2010 to all of our fellow stationery lovers! As you may have guessed, we've taken a nice break over the silly season but are now happy to be at the keyboard trying to bring the best in stationery and design for 2010.
We're only into the start of the year and so diaries must be on everybody's mind! Me? I was lucky enough to get a Delfonics diary - hard cover, fabric covered with beautifully embossed french - Pour les Reveurs...my forever lapsing memory for the french i learned in high school tells me that means For the Dreamers, and dreamy it is.
Industrial alphabet by Kalle Hagman.
I've been absorbed in font types lately trying to help a friend settle on some engagement invitations, so i loved this post from the Design Files (via Share Some Candy) about creative alphabets.
The earbuds alphabet by liquid06
My favourite is the earbuds alphabet...seeing so many iPod listeners every day, these really have become a part of our urban landscape.
How cheery! The bird alphabet by Andrea Kalfas
So here's to 2010 and some happy stationery hunting!