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creative packaging by elephant magazine

“Elephant Magazine asked us [Kind Studio] to redesign their magazine mail packaging. Packaging is great opportunity to include flourishes or elements which add an extra dimension to design. With Elephant we wanted to take full advantage of this, creating something which not only reflects the playful, creative nature of the magazine, but is also a practical packaging solution. People receive their magazine well protected and can then build an elephant from the otherwise wasted material.”

With the new packaging they created, you don't just rip the box open and start reading. This box adds a creative element while giving Elephant Magazine's brand another dimension... not to mention it makes getting a magazine in the mail that much more fun.   

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Original article written by: Theresa Christine Johnson

Source: The Dieline

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how the invention of paper changed the world

drawing of three men working on ancient printing press

"The Gutenberg printing press - invented in the 1440s by Johannes Gutenberg, a goldsmith from Mainz in Germany - is widely considered to be one of humanity's defining inventions."

Gutenberg discovered a flexible and efficient way to print any number of copies of books, by using letters fixed on a type block in order to be able to copy one page as many times as necessary, and then be able to switch the letters around for the next, completely different page. 

The precise and beautiful printing that was possible with his new method, helped him create famous bibles that rivaled the calligraphy of the monks. The crisp black Latin script is perfectly composed into two dense blocks of text, occasionally highlighted with a flourish of red ink.

ancient book opened to show text

"Actually, you can quibble with Gutenberg's place in history. The movable type press was originally developed in China. Even as Gutenberg was inventing in Germany, Koreans were ditching their entire method of writing to make printing easier, cutting tens of thousands of characters down to only 28. It is also not true that Gutenberg single-handedly created mass literacy. It was common 600 or 700 years earlier in the Abbasid Caliphate, spanning the Middle East and North Africa.

Still, the Gutenberg press did change the world. It led to Europe's reformation, science, the newspaper, the novel, the school textbook, and much else. But it could not have done so without another invention, just as essential but much more often overlooked: paper."

Original article written by: Tim Harford

Source: BBC

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steve mccurry: on reading

Thailand

Thailand

Photographer Steve McCurry has managed to beautifully capture the serene moments of people simply reading, all over the world. His photos cross both cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. His personal favorite of his collection is a photo of a young Thai man reading a book while nestled up to the back of an elephant, shot in 2013. Among the images posted online are photos of an Indian taxi driver on the trunk of his car, another of an Afghan shopkeeper reading in his modest stall, and one of monks in contemplation with their Bibles.

McCurry is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment,” that slice of time that reveals something personal and honest. “Reading offers a time for contemplation. Even in Afghanistan, where life is not easy, you notice people in unlikely circumstances reading,” he says. “I have a picture of a man in a manhole -– he was using it as a bomb shelter between air raids — who was reading the book. Reading is something any literate person is drawn to do and it becomes a part of your life. It’s just one of the things that connects us all together, that reminds us that we’re all the same.”

Yemen

Yemen

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

To see more of McCurry's amazing work, check out his gallery or visit the original source for this blog post. 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Original article written by: Gabriela Badica

Source: Gorgeous photographs of people reading around the world

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a museum of the world's rarest colors

rounded glass vials holding various colors of pigment

Brown resin extracted from Egyptian mummies, yellow and red from poisonous metals, orange dye from the lipstick tree, and the bright red of squashed beetle.  These are just a handful of over 2,500 of the rarest colours in the world that make up the Forbes Pigment Collection, which is held in the Harvard Art Museum. It’s named after historian Edward Forbes who was the director of Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University between 1909 and 1944 and is considered one of the most important art conversationists in the States. He travelled the world to amass pigments that would help him authenticate classical Italian paintings by providing comparisons to standard dyes.

glass bottles filled with various colors of pigment

Every jar is labelled with fascinating details about origin, production and use of the pigments contained within. From the mineral deposit Lapis Lazuli that was prized for its brilliant blue tone and extracted when it was more expensive than gold from a remote area of Afghanistan, to Cadmium Yellow from the heavy metal Cadmium, which was favoured by Impressionist painters and, despite being found to be very toxic, appeared in Lego bricks as late as the 1970s. As Khandekar has noted, “every pigment has its own story.”

Original article written by: Jill Macnair

Source: http://thechromologist.com/museum-worlds-rarest-colours/

 

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then to the elements be free

bigger dot proudly presents

THEN TO THE ELEMENTS BE FREE

written by Jeff Gray | illustrated by Jeff Parker | published by bigger dot

hand holding two copies of "then to the elements be free," printed by bigger dot

"Life is in the shapes you discover among what seem like scribbled lines."

- then to the elements be free

Then to the Elements Be Free explores habitats, wild environments, and animals through the thoughtful use of language, design, and the human imagination. Jeff Gray's playful poem and Jeff Parker's whimsical illustrations fuse in perfect harmony, creating a delightful reading experience for people of all ages. We're so excited to share it with you, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE

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artists we love: gemma o'brien

Gemma O'Brien, courtesy of The Jacky Winter Group

Gemma O'Brien, courtesy of The Jacky Winter Group

Gemma O'Brien's lettering is truly inspirational. The 29 year old Australian artist quit law school after a year to pursue a creative career by developing "a practice that sits between art, illustration, design and typography." 

Want to see more? Check out Gemma's portfolio , and read PrintMag's awesome interview with her!

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portada: a serif font designed for digital media

 

Name: Portada
Designers: Veronika Burian and José Scaglione
Foundry: Type-Together
Release Date: September 2016

Portada, the new title typeface for Clarínis a serif font designed for editorial design and digital media. While sans-serif fonts are the preferred typeface for web and digital media design, Portada designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione created their serif typeface to be just as legible as sans-serif fonts in digital formats.

 

Originally posted on AIGA. Read more about Portada here

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The Final Day of Hot Metal Typesetting at the NYT

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The Final Day of Hot Metal Typesetting at the NYT

source: Christopher Jobson for Colossal, reddit 

In 1886, the Linotype machine revolutionized printing by allowing larger volumes of pages to be rapidly assembled for print. Less than 100 years after the Linotype's advent, digital printing technology rendered it obsolete. In 1978, typesetter Carl Schlesinger and filmmaker David Loeb Weiss captured the last day of linotype printing at the New York Times in their documentary film Farewell – ETAOIN SHRDLU. The film offers viewers a fascinating glimpse into the world of hot metal typesetting and the historical transition into the digital age. 

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printing books on demand - revitalizing brick & mortar bookstores with new printing technology

Source: NY Times

Les puf bookstore doesn't have any books. Instead, the Parisian bookstore prints books on demand using the Espresso Book Machine. Customers use tablets to choose books they want to purchase, selecting from over 3 million titles.

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

It takes about five minutes for each book to print, about as long as it takes to have a quick espresso. Called the “Gutenberg press of the 21st century,”  the on-demand printing machine sits in the back of the shop, turning PDFs into paperbacks. 

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov for the New York Times

Read the full story here

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Dream the Impossible Dream: Craig Welsh Restores a Masterpiece

Source: Neenah Paper Blog

When Alvin Lustig died more then 60 years ago, he left an amazing legacy of design, so much so that his widow decided to carry on his legacy and has ensured his works would never be forgotten. Check out the video below and make sure you go to their Kickstarter page here

Old woman examining an alphabet printed in black letters on white paper
As we reviewed things, Elaine would then help to sketch her ideas of how she felt the letterforms would best be refined. There would often be a lot of discussion followed by more refinement at my studio after the visits.- Craig Welsh
Old woman and young man examining a typeface
Typeface samples reading ABC, XYZ, ELC

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When Designers Push Printing Presses: An Exhibition

journal with the title "Material Affinities: to clay and back" printed on cover

"Graphic designers tend to be a tactile bunch. As we spend ever more of our workdays interfacing with plastic screens, the experience of caressing textured, letterpressed, and embossed papers becomes even more precious and valuable. Conversely, the thought of visiting a museum, with all of its glass-encased objects and hovering guards, loses a bit of its appeal. But in the A+D Architecture and Design Museum’s latest show in downtown Los Angeles, touching everything is not only permitted, it’s practically mandatory."

design: Lorraine Molina and Jennifer Rider. photos: Andy Reed.

design: Lorraine Molina and Jennifer Rider. photos: Andy Reed.

Design: Chase Design Group.

Design: Chase Design Group.

Read more here Photos: M. Dooley.

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Printing with coffee

print of a woman's face in blue ink

Thought you've seen it all when it comes to printing? Think again.  Ted Kinsman of College of Imaging Arts & Science created the Coffee Drip Printer.  

"This x-y axis printer creates images by spitting out tiny droplets of coffee. The droplets fall in different sizes, with larger drops leaving darker splotches on the canvas. The printer uses an Arduino microcontroller to manage movement as well as the size of the droplets. The droplet size, nozzle distance, and paper can all be changed to create different prints. While the machine normally works with coffee, it can employ any kind of colored liquid and print on any surface. Once the droplets dry, the image takes on an unusual, mosaic-like appearance." 

In action - the current speed of the printer is 4000 drips per hour - or about one drip a second.

 

Read more Here

 

 

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Loving Vincent

In the world of art, Vincent Van Gogh is no stranger. We recently came across a trailer called "Loving Vincent" an animated film featuring 12 oil paintings per second by over 100 painters. Check out more here! While you're at it, check out Van Gogh's Untold Journey, we had the pleasure of producing this book!

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The Fine Art and Craft of 1960s Wallpaper Manufacturing

Words by Kate Sierzputowski on via this is colossal

February 17, 2016

This short film from 1968 demonstrates the newest technologies in wallpaper manufacturing, the narrator exclaiming that some of the processes found in the footage are nearly science fiction! The almost 50-year-old video demonstrates factory workers etching designs into sycamore wood, hand mixing large batches of psychedelic colors, and observing machines as they automatically screen print complicated patterns onto long stretches of wallpaper.
The film was shot at a factory in Perivale, just ten miles west of London. All of the wallpaper designs found in the video are garish and bright, shot in a time when people were intent on matching their wallpaper to their curtains, couch coverings, and clothing. One particular shot shows a woman reading a magazine at home amongst her patterns, demonstrating how pervasive prints were in the home during the time period.
Continuing with a nearly poetic cadence the narrator ends the short video exclaiming, “Designs in profusion, kaleidoscopic colors—interior decorating has come a long way since father first papered the parlor!” British Pathé, a once leader in cinematic journalism, has uploaded several thousands films like this one to Youtube. Make sure to search their channel for other historic documentation of cultural events from curtains to political crises.


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