Monday, February 28, 2011

Think Offline with Rhodia and Make Your Mark!

NoteMaker invite you to show us how you Think Offline - how you create in a place offline where great ideas are born. This happens on paper with no distractions from technology we have come to depend on. A snippet of time here or an hour there with a notebook and pencil can be the beginning of a whole new idea process and creative vision.

To enter... show us how you Think Offline! Pick up your pen. Some paper. Scratch. Scribble. Doodle. Draw. A letter, a word, a picture … post it into us (by snail mail) and you could win our major prize - A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF RHODIA!


For more information and to download an entry form visit our
Competition Page.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Just Landed: Crane and Co Paper Stationery



There are so many great things to write about the Crane and Co paper range that I kind of don't know where to start. Probably the best thing is that we now have it available, so click away to view. We could talk about the 100% cotton composition of the papers, that it's a family owned business (for 7 generations), it's made in the USA, the variety is fantastic and Crane and Co have a rigorous environmental policy. But it's friday, so we'll just start with some pics for today.



Set of 4 Hello Cards from Crane Paper

Hand-engraved Gold Foil Stamp Hello Cards & Envelopes by Crane Co

Beautiful Florentine Print Packaging from Crane and Co

Sunny Crane and Co Dandelion Cards on thick, soft 100% Cotton

This box set is actually really really impressive - even by Crane Paper standards!

Pin Stripe Cards & Envelopes by Crane and Co

Monday, February 21, 2011

Clip and Pen by Giha Woo


Via Design Milk, check out this extremely cute pen and clip by Giha Woo. I've mindlessly bent countless paper clips out of shape and never once did it occur to me to be so constructive. Also by Giha Woo is this handy constrained ball - draw a straight line by hand. Think of the neatness, the organisation, the clarity!



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Around by O-Check: A 10 Years-Anniversary!



O-Check Design Graphics is not yet a household name. Here in Australia, it almost certainly never will be - there simply aren't that many of us to begin with, let alone that many of us who appreciate stationery and/or design in general.


But if all of the world's stationery loving people founded their own nation, not only would it be run by the most well organised bureaucracy imaginable, it would hold O-Check Design Graphics as one of its national icons.


This little company, from Seoul, Korea, has world wide acclaim for designing personal stationery in its most undiluted form. To quote from their modus operandi: "Sometimes an everyday product which does not have a great meaning to it, can happen to evoke high feelings of emotion or nostalgia. In a small way it becomes a means of expressing ourselves."


Their design is emotion-triggering. That is, their work is utilitarian, but where that utility is to 'capture feelings' as a 'present, memory or record' for somebody, then total simplicity is forced to make a small concession to the heart-warming.


And that's what personal stationery is for - to warm the cockles of our hearts! And O-Check has been doing this now for 10 years. It's time to celebrate!


Around by O-Check has been released to help us do this. It is a retrospective range, going back through the 10-years life of O-Check, tracing their development and some of their most popular products. So, if you like O-Check, you should check out Around - you really can see where their current design has evolved from by going back to some of their favourites.


It's a limited edition and so i don't think any of these items will be made again. They have been given an otherwise posthumous moment in the sun which is all too deserved.


Personal Stationery is a sub-culture and like all cultures, you gotta know the history. Check out Around - it will help you graph the development of our beloved O-Check, perhaps give some insight to where they will head next with their design and will definitely warm your heart's precious little cockles!

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Enjoy Every Sandwich!"

Warren Zevon was born in 1947 and died in 2003, a singer/songwriter/musician from the golden days of American rock music. Admired by his peers Bob Dylan, Neil Young and other really famous folks, he probably doesn't have the widespread recognition that some believe he deserves. I certainly don't know anything about him or his work. Except for the quote which is the title of this post and a favourite non-sequitor of mine: "Enjoy Every Sandwich".

I was reminded of this epitaph-worthy wisdom when recently sent a coy of the latest 'zine from Hello Sandwich! The Hello Sandwich blog is equally awe inspiring so if you didn't click on that link, click on this one. Just to be sure you check this blog out, i'll offer you the click again. And again.

Check out some pics from the Hello Sandwich blog below. Needless to say, this is a very easy way to live by Zevon's creed and enjoy every sandwich!






Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Moleskine Silk Screen Printing



Straight from Moleskine.com, check out the above video of silk screen printing to customise Moleskine notebooks. Moleskine have really been branching out lately with limited editions, like the Peanuts and Pac-Man series released late last year and are using several processes such as hot foil stamping, blind embossing and silk screen printing to customise these editions.

The silk screen process is a technique used fairly widely by notebook and stationery makers for coloured images with fine detail. To quote Moleskine: "It comes from the stencil process and follows the same principles. Areas of the frame are blocked off with a non-permeable material -generally a photosensitive emulsion exposed to the ultra-violet light- which is a negative of the image to be printed. The open spaces are where the color appears"

In addition to a couple of Field Notes videos we have posted recently, and below, this silk screen printing is a great behind the scenes look for us, the fans of stationery, to see just how they do it. All three videos have a comfortingly high level of hands on activity. If you've read Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, you could be forgiven for worrying that man had been made obsolete by machine...but surely not in the world of stationery! Take a look!