Just Landed from O-Check Design Graphics, a big friendly bunch of warm personal stationery! And I really mean personal, O-Check's designers just have this incredible skill for creating things which we end up holding dear.
A lot of stationery can be ephemeral. Maybe you only need it to do your work, or maybe you just use it like a partner in your brainstorming to be discarded once you've settled on the way forward. Maybe it just lacks something genuine in its design, a cute fling instead of something more serious.
None of this can be said of O-Check's work. Whether it is the feel of that book linen cover or the smile you get from looking at an Owl or handsome little squirrel, these books invariably end up as permanent parts of your book shelves, your own library. So calming, creating an inviolable mood of harmony for the happy beholder.
And to return to the first paragraph, I really do mean warm too. There's so much optimism throughout. The new undated daily diaries have each page titled 'A Special Day For..." and let you pick up from there.
The red one is a favourite of mine, it's nice and small, though being for Jour Apres Jour it is quite chunky. Anyway, it strikes me as really precious when blank...a little wear and tear and character that comes with use can only endear it further.
I think another reason why O-Check has such enduring charm is the inherent poetry in its design. The use of French and also just generally poetic phrasing throughout the whole range is nice but there is metaphor in the imagery too.
I really like the Love pop up card for this...the black and white background against (or perhaps beyond) which is set these big bright pink flamingoes, like a beacon.
As you can tell, I quite like when we get a delivery from O-Check!