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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!