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Reykjavík Letterpress

Reykjavík Letterpress

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"Hildur Sigurðardóttir and Ólöf Birna Garðarsdóttir founded their studio in 2010 after the financial crisis has given them a bit more time. They decided to move away from the established means of graphic design to rather specialize in one of the oldest forms of printing.

As the only traditional letterpress printers in Iceland, they established their own line of products with all kinds of wonderful goods like business cards, hangtags, notebooks, greeting cards, invitations – always with a fun twist."

Photography by Marlen Mueller | Video & Words by Sylvie Weber

Source: Ignant

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Paper Fun Truck

Paper Fun Truck

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"Patterned after the ice cream truck that most of us remember chasing down the street when we were young, the whimsically decorated Domtar Paper Fun Truck (#paperfuntruck) visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach. People beamed as they showed their friends the gifts they received from the Paper Fun Truck’s window. The gifts ranged from coloring books to office paper, best-selling novels to cupcakes wrapped in paper."

“Paper will always be a part of our daily routines, because it not only meets important needs, but also brings excitement and joy,” said Paige Goff, Domtar’s vice president of sustainability and business communications. “We created a ‘Paper Fun Truck’ for the fun it would bring, but also to illustrate that, even in the digital age, paper remains a fundamental part of everyone’s life.” 

Source: PI World

Is Microscopic Printing in Our Future?

Is Microscopic Printing in Our Future?

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"According to the folks at Guinness World Records, National Geographic Kids just created the world's smallest magazine cover. It measures 11 by 14 micrometers, roughly the size of a red blood cell—so small that 2,000 of the covers could fit on a grain of salt.

The cover was etched into plastic using an IBM silicon chisel with a tip that's 100,000 times smaller than the point of a pencil. The image, chosen by readers, shows twin pandas. Aww!

Obviously this microscoping approach to printing isn't going to do much to increase readership. The technology is actually expected to be used for applications like security tagging of passports and artwork."

Source: AdWeek

Books We Love - Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design

Books We Love - Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design

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"Finland is a country of stark contrasts between nature and high-tech, tradition and unpredictability. It is known for its impressive school system and breathtaking lakes and forests, but also for its love of sauna taking, air guitar playing, and lots of coffee drinking. Its culture and a strong craft tradition have brought up some of the world’s most impressive designs, designers, and design-related brands."

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"Out of the Blue showcases Finland’s unique design culture from legendary figures like Alvar Aalto and heritage manufacturers such as Marimekko, Iittala, Artek, or Nokia to a new contemporary generation of chefs, explorers, makers, and entrepreneurs. The book takes an insightful and entertaining look at the typical Finnish characteristics of inventiveness, community spirit, love of liberty, ongoing transformation, and the free rein to be wacky."

Check out the book here on the Gestalten website.

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Books We Love - Printing Things: Product Design Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing

Books We Love - Printing Things: Product Design Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing

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"3D printers will soon be found in more and more workshops, offices, and homes. With them, we will be able to print out small pieces of furniture, prototypes, replacement parts, and even a new toothbrush on-site at any time. Consequently, new production methods and business models are developing—along with a new visual language of multidimensional formal explorations. Today, 3D objects and complex forms can already be printed out that were previously impossible to achieve with traditional methods."

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"Printing Things is an inspirational and understandable exploration of the creative potential of 3D printing. The book not only introduces outstanding projects, key experts, and the newest technologies, but it also delves into the complex topics that these paradigm-shifting technologies bring up, such as how to handle copyrights and seamless manufacturing."

Check out the book here on the Gestalten website.

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Street Books - A Bicycle-Powered Mobile Library

Street Books - A Bicycle-Powered Mobile Library

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"Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library, serving people who live outside. Books are available to check out and return, using an old-school card & pocket inside each cover. Patrons are not required to show ID or proof of address, and are asked to return the books when they are able."

Check out their website here.

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper

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“Against the Wind”

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“Derweze”

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The Sydney, Australia-based artist Gunjan Aylawadi creates intricate, colorful sculptures that appear to resemble woven textiles. However, upon closer observation, her work—inspired by patterns and motifs in Islamic art—are made entirely from curled paper. The process, long and intricate, can cost the artist months on a single artwork. And not just any old paper will do. For example, “Against the Wind” is made from hand-cut strips of paper from old music books, which are then individually hand rolled and assembled. Although complicated, Aylawadi’s reasons for making art are simple: “What I enjoy most about making my work is the experience people have when they look at it,” she says. “They stop for a moment to have a closer look and the moment turns into long minutes of being fascinated by the beauty a simple medium like paper can add to the work infront of their eyes.”

Source: Colossal

Browse L.A.'s World Class Libraries

Browse L.A.'s World Class Libraries

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Los Angeles libraries are among the most renowned in the country, featuring incredibly rare editions, important historical archives, and unique collections found nowhere else. Browse these listings and begin your literary journey through some of L.A.’s best libraries.

 

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is home to the largest private library in the nation, having surpassed Harvard University in 2010. The Library’s collection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature totals more than six million items. Only a tiny portion of this number is on display at any one time.

Following a 17-month renovation, The Huntington re-opened its Main Exhibition Hall in November 2013 with a new permanent exhibition, Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times: Highlights from the Huntington Library. The new exhibit highlights about 150 objects from the library’s collection, and is organized around 12 key objects, each anchoring a section. Major items on display include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Gutenberg Bible (one of only 14 in the world), Shake­speare’s First Folio, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden. Renovations to the Exhibition Hall itself - a space that first opened in 1920 - provide a spectacular setting for the treasures while reflecting the building’s historic past.

LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY

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The Richard Riordan Central Library complex is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of book and periodical holdings. Renamed in 2001 for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, the Central Library is located in Downtown L.A. in the historic 1926 Goodhue Building, which is a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Central Library’s Rare Books Department has over 16,000 volumes, dating from the 15th century, with a majority from the 18th and 19th centuries. Core collections include California History, Mexicana, Pacific Voyages, Costumes and more. The Central Library also houses and archives the extensive Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection of over 3 million historic photographs. Many images can be viewed by the public via the online photo collection.

The Central Library also hosts [ALOUD], a popular series of free panels and conversations that brings together today’s brightest cultural, scientific, and political luminaries with the curious minds of Los Angeles. For more info and a schedule of upcoming events, visit the [ALOUD] page.

DOHENY LIBRARY AND HOOSE LIBRARY AT USC

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The Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern California (USC) opened in 1932. Located in the center of campus and created as a memorial to Edward L. Doheny Jr. (a USC trustee and alumnus), this landmark building was USC's first freestanding library. The Special Collections numbers 130,000 volumes and includes the American Literature Collection, Cinema Collection, maps, World War II posters and an oral history collection. Also located at USC is Hoose Library, regarded as one of the finest philosophy libraries in the world. Its collection and resources comprise more than 50,000 volumes, with a particularly rich survey of the intellectual history of Western civilization. Hoose Library is housed in the Mudd Hall of Philosophy, a Tuscan-style building with a bell tower that film buffs will recognize as the Notre Dame Cathedral in the 1923 silent movie version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney.

POWELL LIBRARY AT UCLA

Free concert in the Rotunda of Powell Library at UCLA | Photo courtesy of UCLA Powell Library, Facebook

The Powell Library Building houses the College Library, the main undergraduate library on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Constructed from 1926 to 1929, Powell Library was one of UCLA’s original four buildings. Like Royce Hall across the quad, the building's exterior is modeled after the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan. The College Library provides instructional and supplementary materials including classics, standard works, and textbooks needed by undergraduates in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Its collection of books and periodicals is specifically designed to meet their study needs. The UCLA library system is among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America and has in its collection over eight million books and 70,000 serials. Exhibits, concerts, and historical dances are held in the Rotunda throughout the year. A schedule of upcoming events is available online.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

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Perched atop a hill in Simi Valley with sweeping views of the southland, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one of L.A.'s most beautiful and unique destinations. As a Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Reagan Library, under the authority of the Presidential Records Act, is the repository of presidential records for President Reagan's administration. The Library’s holdings include over 60 million pages of documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film, tens of thousands of audio and video tape, and over 40,000 artifacts. The Reagan Library also houses Air Force One, a replica of the Oval Office, a section of the Berlin Wall, and much more.

Source: Discover Los Angeles

Books We Love - The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

Books We Love - The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

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"Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to a public library: the unmistakable musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly discovered books. Today, the more than 17,000 libraries in America also function as de facto community centers offering free access to the internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter. And yet, across the country, cities large and small are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operation. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of these endangered institutions. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs— from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California's one-room Tulare County Free Library built by former slaves. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers."

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Also, check out Dawson's interview with NPR here!

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Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books

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"Assembled from hundreds of cutout plants and animals from repurposed textbooks, artist Andrea Mastrovito created a striking installation where a colony of bats clings to the ceiling, a flight butterflies swarm the gallery walls, and all matter of insects, mammals and plants intermingle across the floor. The sprawling artwork spans the realms of collage, diorama and trompe-l’œil and was inspired in part by H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. Titled The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II the piece was first installed at Governors Island in New York back in 2010 and again last year in a different configuration at Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland."

Source: Colossal

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

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Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou

Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou

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Check out the work of French duo Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim&Zou. "The pair of graphic designers create paper sculpture, installations, and illustrations for leading luxury brands, books, magazines as well as their own edification. Collected here are a number of works from the last few years and you can explore much more over on their website and on Behance."

Source: Colossal

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Books We Love - Autoban

Books We Love - Autoban

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Based in Istanbul, Autoban is one of the most sought-after design studios worldwide. Founders Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar create gorgeous furniture pieces and spectacular interiors at the nexus between Asia and Europe, tradition and modernity—a fitting reflection of the city in which they live and work and whose contemporary landscape their design now defines.

Gestalten.tv gladly accepted an invitation by Özdemir and Çağlar to Istanbul to experience some of their stunning “spatialities” on location. From passion and dreams to hustle and bustle—everything that happens in the city becomes a design inspiration and functions to form a distinctive visual experience. Stroll with us here in this mesmerizing city. Çok teşekkür ederim!

This book presents a rich selection of Autoban’s breathtaking projects that are documented in striking photographs and plans. The distinctive concepts for restaurants, hotels, apartments, offices, and retail spaces showcase the studio’s worldview between global cosmopolitanism and its own cultural idiosyncrasies. Insightful texts give further insight into Autoban’s creative process and philosophy.

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Life-Sized Origami Elephant

Life-Sized Origami Elephant

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"The origami artist Sipho Mabona created a life-sized elephant made of a 15 square meters sheet of paper. The finished work weighs roughly 250 kilograms and is just over 3 meters high. It is now too big to even fit through the doors and windows of the exhibition space. Due to the extraordinary dimensions of the paper Mabona had to be supported by several assistants during the folding process. According to Mabona there were up to ten helpers at a time. You can currently visit the White Elephant at KKLB in Beromünster, Lucerne."

(Source: Ignant)

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Amtrak Offering Writer's Residency on Trains

Amtrak Offering Writer's Residency on Trains

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Associated Press"Amtrak is now offering free rides to writers on long rides so that they can get some writing done.

The idea came from a Tweet. Inspired by an interview that discussed writing on trains, writers Zach Seward and Jessica Gross tweeted their desires for a writers in residency program on Amtrak. Amtrak responded to the tweet and offered Gross the chance to test drive the idea. She took a ride from New York to Chicago and back."

She rode the rails from NYC to Chicago to NYC again, writing the whole time. No one else on the train knew about her residency, Gross said, or if they did, they “definitely didn’t act like it.” Now, perhaps the most important point: The residency was free. According to Gross, all Amtrak asked was that she send out a few tweets while she was traveling, and do an interview for the company’s blog at the end of her trip.

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Thanks to Media Bistro for the article!

Check out Jessica Gross' essay from her train ride on the Paris Review.

Check out her interview with Amtrak here.

 

A 50-cent Folding Paper Microscope

A 50-cent Folding Paper Microscope

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Check out this TED Talk featuring Manu Prakash discussing his paper microscope and some of the possibilities this opens up!

"Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment."

Mohawk Featured in the Wall Street Journal Unveiling New Print Innovation Center

Mohawk Featured in the Wall Street Journal Unveiling New Print Innovation Center

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67551_10151546378684373_520779622_n"Mohawk, a fourth-generation, privately-owned fine paper manufacturer based in New York’s Capital Region, was profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal WeekendOpens in a new window, March 8-9, 2014, and announces the creation of the new Mohawk Print Innovation Center in Albany, NY.

As Mohawk celebrates 83 years of heritageOpens in a new window in the Capital Region, the company is recognized by The Wall Street Journal for embracing technology, leading with innovation and creating demand for its products in order to thrive amid a dramatic shift in demand for traditional paper.

With offices, manufacturing and converting facilities in Cohoes, a manufacturing facility in Waterford and a warehouse/distribution facility in Albany, the company now celebrates the completion of the Mohawk Print Innovation Center, a $1.5 million investment in the future of digital printing, located at the Port of Albany.

“The development of the Mohawk Print Innovation Center supports our corporate commitment to foster makers of all types through inspiration and education.  As a forward thinking, technology-driven company, Mohawk aims to develop innovative products, while engaging and inspiring the world’s leading printers, designers, creatives and makers,” says Thomas O’Connor, Jr., chairman and CEO of Mohawk.

The Mohawk Print Innovation Center features three, new, state-of-the-art digital printing presses, including:

  • Xerox iGen 150Opens in a new window digital printing press utilizing revolutionary, new matte dry toner to reproduce outstanding text and graphic images and photo-rich applications
  • Xerox Wide Format IJP 2,000Opens in a new window, a wide format digital inkjet press with capability to produce high resolution graphics and images at incredibly fast speeds (one of only 50 installations worldwide)
  • HP Indigo 5600 Digital PressOpens in a new window is enabled by HP Indigo’s liquid ElectroInk technology providing prints of the highest quality, often matching or exceeding traditional offset printing quality
  • Post production, bindery and finishing equipment

As a manufacturing leader of high quality papers for digital printing for over 15 years, Mohawk created the Print Innovation Center with a goal to inspire, educate and make.

The company will utilize the facility as a platform to inspire designers, printers and students to use high quality paper for their print projects. Mohawk employees will benefit from ongoing access to state-of-the-art digital press equipment critical for training and education, research and development, and enhancement of current products.  The company will also maximize its investment in the facility’s state-of-the-art digital printing equipment to output marketing and sales collateral showcasing Mohawk’s industry-leading digital printing papers.

Mohawk is a global company, headquartered in Cohoes, NY, with distribution to 61 countries outside North America. The company has sales and operations offices in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as a dedicated warehouse in the Netherlands.

About Mohawk Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.  Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine and Strathmore, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell and i-Tone. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets.

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100 percent of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)."

 

(Source: PIworld)

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Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics

Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics

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"In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.

Designing News explores how today’s media outlets can become credible, cross-platform news brands. Franchi advocates redefining reporting as telling a continuous narrative across a broad range of traditional and digital media. To this end, he proposes a new, integrated role for editorial designers in advancing the evolution of media for the future.

Franchi’s findings in Designing News are based on his own work for Il Sole 24 ORE as well as case studies by top media insiders including Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley, Thomson Reuters’s Daniele Codega, the New York Times’s Steve Duenes, the Times’s Matt Curtis, and type designer Christian Schwartz."

(Source: Gestalten)

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Classic Novels Brought to Life as Book Sculptures

Classic Novels Brought to Life as Book Sculptures

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"Artist Terry Border has a playful series of book sculptures titled ‘Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs’ in which he imbues books with distinct personalities by giving them limbs in the form of bent wires.

Each book is cleverly posed in a way that reflects its story–Gulliver’s Travels has tiny people clasped in its hands, while 1984 pays homage to its vision of a totalitarian regime by holding a film recorder that captures everything in sight.

Border initially started his project as a means of sending tokens of gratitude to the distributors of his upcoming children’s book, but started getting more involved as he created the sculptures.

He was also attracted to the old, weathered covers of classic novels, saying “A local used bookstore has a rack of old, mostly classic paperbacks that they sell for $2, and the covers are so great, and the used ones have so much personality, they begged to be made into something. There are always some people who find doing anything to a book besides reading it morally wrong (ha!), but the way I see it, I’m showcasing these books and their covers like they never would have been otherwise.”

Scroll down to view more of his delightful book sculptures and view more at his site."

Thanks Design Taxi for the article!