Introducing Parse & Parcel

I noticed the trend a few years ago, shortly after I transitioned from paper rep to eBusiness Manager at my former company, Millcraft. As I blogged about paper samples and mill promotions, designers started commenting about how they loved these new products. The more I wrote, the more requests I got asking how they could … Read more

A Burger With a Side of Design

At first glance one might not make the connection between good design and burgers, but after reading a couple posts on The Message is Medium Rare, you get it. Conceived by the San Francisco-based design firm MINE, the project shares the creative insights gleaned from noshing on the all American classic. “What we’ve found is … Read more

French Paper Launches Vivitone

One of our favorite paper mills is shaking things up a bit. French Paper just launched a brand new paper grade: Vivitone. They’re touting it as a new paper concept, combining the flexibility of custom paper making (which they are amazing at) with the convenience of accessing stocked papers (access to smaller quantities). But here’s … Read more

Anthem Plus

Paper classification, especially for coated papers, can be a confusing thing for many designers. You’d think most white coated gloss papers are all the same – right? Well, not quite. Coated papers are classified by a grading system: Premium, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Years ago the system was based on brightness (the amount of light … Read more

The Envelope Please

Sunday night most of America will be watching as those words are said before announcing the Oscar winner. While we’ll be watching the Academy Awards along with the rest of the country to see who wins, we’ll also be paying particular attention to the details – the envelope. Believe it or not, up until four … Read more

A Cashmere Wrap in a Bottle

Liz Earle’s second fragrance, Botanical Essence No.15, contains fifteen botanicals carefully selected and handcrafted by highly acclaimed perfumers to create a fresh and spicy oriental scent, with 90 per cent of the contents derived from sustainable natural ingredients. The carton panels, depicting hand-drawn, silver-foiled illustrations of the fifteen botanicals, folds around the pack. When opened, it … Read more

One Intense Business Card

This card means business. Just look at it, five sheets of paper laminated together – three pink sheets sandwiched between white and black cover stock.  As if that wasn’t enough, it also features a serious blind emboss and foil stamp. Designed by the folks at Whiskey Design in Kansas City, who came up with “Shoot … Read more

Klauss Boehler Branding

Taking inspiration from the Brits, the branding for Klauss Boehler by LG2 Boutique exudes refinement. Securing itself in the market of high-end mens shirts,  the mandate was “to seduce the target clientele, the savvy aristocrat, using a brand platform that highlighted the confidence and intelligence of this aristocrat.” Well, judging by the elements shown, I say … Read more

The Look of Laid

We’re not sure why, but laid finish papers get a bad rap.  Perhaps its because they were thought of as “resume paper” and became the paper of choice for the quick printer. Whatever the reason they were frowned upon, this stunning identity by FODA studio is proof positive that laid papers are anything but common … Read more

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