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.

USPS Retail Redesign

USPS Retail Redesign

I love mail. I’ve been smitten since my first pen pal as teenager. He was a boy from Manchester, England who was into heavy metal, skateboarding, and football. We had absolutely nothing in common but I loved getting those letters. There was something about seeing that air mail stamp and postmark that made me feel like I just won lottery. My fondness for mail grew when I got to college. Every day on our way to the dining hall, my friends and I would check our mail – box 1187 in the JCU RecPlex saw a lot of letters (I had a boyfriedn back at home and we wrote way too much). The best was seeing the yellow slip through the window – you knew you had a package waiting for you in the mail room. When I graduated and got my first  “real” job, I had to relocate and getting mail from friends and family far away was always a treat. Today I’m on a first name basis with the postal workers in my local branch with all the shipments of  The Parcel sent to subscribers. So I was thrilled to see the recent USPS retail redesign featured in great detail on the Brand New blog.

Wanted: Design Intern

Design-internship-parse-and-parcelParse & Parcel is looking for a fall design intern. We’re a startup on the hunt for someone with a genuine love of ink on paper to take on a variety of tasks to help us build our business. You’ll be working out of our sample studio located in Cleveland, Ohio. If you’re a fan of paper, print and design, read on.

Infographic: Typography Deconstruction


TheLogoCompany created this useful infographic on typography deconstruction for fans of print and typography.  As typography evolved from strictly print to web design, so did much of it’s language.  This infographic details some technical terms and jargon associated with type and explains their meaning in simple, clear language that anyone can understand. A great reference tool for students, junior designers or anyone interested in type to keep on hand and help prevent future mishaps.

Print Inspiration: Custom Newspaper

print-inspiration-schnitzI confess, I still read the paper. Not everyday, only on Sundays when I know I have the time to enjoy it. Maybe I’m old school, but there is something about the look and feel of newsprint that I trust. Don’t get me wrong, my feedly app is the first thing I check during the week, but on the weekends I’m all about slow information. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the recent project by the team at Tag Collective for Schnitz, a restaurant in NYC, featuring a custom newspaper.

Print Promo: LIVE on Cougar

domtar-cougar-liveboldly-1I love summer. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of being a kid, the days were long and filled with possibilities.  By 8:00 am my sister and I were up and headed out the door, we’d round up our friends and off we’d go to explore, play, create  –  live .  We didn’t worry about what to wear or if we’d look like dorks doing something, we just had fun. As adults we sometimes forget what it’s like to live each day with this sense of curiosity and adventure. The new print promotion by Domtar, LIVE on Cougar, reminds us to do just that – LIVE.

Design For Good – Ideas That Matter

Ideas That Matter is a grant initiative founded by Sappi designed with the design community in mind. Creatives are frequently asked to donate their services to create campaigns for non-profits. Sappi developed a grant program to help offset the cost of production for collateral to help raise awareness and assist in fund-raising for the cause at hand.

Founded in 1999, Ideas That Matter has funded more than 500 programs globally. Over $12 Million has been granted to non-profit projects that reflect the on-going commitment in the design community to use design in combination with innovative thinking to solve social problems. The deadline for applying for the 2014 grant is July 11th. In the meantime check out Charity Ball, one of the many innovative nonprofit programs supported in part by Ideas That Matter.

Spec Rep Secrets: Start with the Envelope

Colorful identity system by Stitch Design

As a paper rep, my favorite projects to work on with designers were identity systems. They always seem to be the ones that offered the most freedom, especially when it comes to paper specification. Typically once the design elements are established, the focus turns to print and paper. So when it came time to pick the stocks for Parse & Parcel, I figured I got this. After all, paper is my specialty.  But like a bride to be planning her wedding, I got so caught up in the details that I forgot my own rule when it comes to identity design. Start with the envelope first.

Paper Resource: Neenah Cabinet Update

neenah-cabinet-parse-parcelYou know we love anything that makes accessing paper, and paper info easy. So we were thrilled to see our friends at Neenah just released a new version of their online paper resource tool – CabinetTM. Now you can gain access to all of Neenah’s swatchbooks online, so when you need to reference a sheets size, basis weight or color availability you’re not SOL if you don’t have the swatchbook handy.