Accent Opaque: The A-List

All images via Katie Benjamin Steed

When it comes to ink on paper, nothing shows the craft of print better than stunning photography. While most of the work to perfect the image is done during pre-press and production, one component that can make or break a project featuring heavy photography is paper selection. One of the best examples I’ve seen featuring photography is the recent promotion on Accent Opaque, The A-List.

Vistaprint Logo Redesign

vistaprint-logo-redesignDespite what people may say about print’s decline, the folks at Vistaprint have done quite well during their 19 year tenure, generating more than $1.2 billion in revenue in 2013 alone. Which makes their recent logo redesign, featuring a large amount of overlays in a custom alphabet, even more puzzling to me.

Road Trip: Mackenzie Printery Museum

Road-trip-mackenzie-printeryI’ve always loved Canada. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Canada felt like an extension of home. It is just on the other side of the Niagara river, accessible via four bridges from the greater Buffalo area. As a kid, my family traveled to Canada often, passports weren’t necessary then and traffic was nothing like it is now. There is still something magical about Canada to me. Even with the added inconveniences I still love visiting our neighbor to the North. So when I realized summer was almost over and we still hadn’t taken a trip of any sorts, I set my sites on one of my favorite spots – Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Identity Simplicity, Wine Label Stock & Love Letters

Tamarindo Identity on Parse & ParcelTGIF!

Where did summer go?  We’ve been busy bees this month, filling orders, packing and shipping The Parcel and moving into our new digs in Cleveland. This past week we started stocking The Sample Studio, a giant 40′ wall of floor to ceiling paper samples. Aside from a few minor paper cuts, it’s coming along nicely. Stay tuned – we’ll be sharing more on that in a bit.

Paper Obsession: Louise Fili Notecards

Louise-Fili-NotecardsIt’s no secret I love stationery. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the years, and am always on the hunt for interesting pieces to add to it.  You name it, and I probably have an example of it – everything from Victorian (I know but my mom gave it to me) to hand marbled Florentine papers to letterpress kitsch. Lately I’ve been obsessed with vintage Italian typography in all forms – from signage to packaging design.  You may have seen our post on the Perfetto! pencils and packaging we scored earlier this year.  Now I am obsessed with these Louise Fili notecards and packaging she designed for Princeton Architectural Press.

KTG Group Annual Report

KTG-group-annual-reportAt its most basic form, an annual report must communicate credibility and transparency. These days most companies opt to share this information online. We get it, annual reports can be expensive. However we’d argue isn’t the whole point to establish a connection that’s memorable with shareholders? That’s exactly what this annual report from KTG Group does.

More Bread & Branding


If you’re been following along with us, you know we adore bread, in all it’s baked forms. When you start with top notch ingredients and a highly skilled artisan baker, you get amazing results.  Well the same can be said for brand identity.  In keeping with our current obsession, today we bring you more bread & branding.

Fazer Cafe Branding

fazer-cafe-branding-parse-and-parcelIf  I had to chose only one food to eat the rest of my life it would be bread – hands down.  Give me a slice of a nice rustic peasant bread or a rich, flaky croissant and I am in heaven.  The only thing that could make the experience better is its presentation.  Well the team at Kokoro & Moi took care of that when they did the branding for Fazer Cafe in Helsinki.

Print Isn’t Dead Magazine Debuts

Print-Isn't-Dead-Parse-and-ParcelProduced by the folks at People of Print, the debut issue of Print Isn’t Dead magazine showcases some pretty nifty illustration and design work. Structured around interviews, articles, features and a directory, the editorial team set out to feature and promote the very essence of print and how it is used in both the creative and industrious worlds. From illustration to product design, the magazine highlights current printing trends as well as traditional methods from around the world. Produced on paper from Italian papermaker Fedrigoni, you can get your copy here.

Chalkboard Art Reimagined – wallCHALKER™

wallCHALKER-parse-and-parcelIf you’ve been following Parse & Parcel on twitter or facebook, you know we’re big fans of designer Dana Tanamachi. While we love all of her work, her chalkboard art installations are among our favorites. We’re so inspired we want to incorporate this technique into our new sample studio space, but how? We love the look, but the idea of taping and painting seems overwhelming under normal circumstances – never mind in the midst of a move. We almost gave up on the idea, but then we remembered wallCHALKER, the new product from MACtac.