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Paper & Print
Tasty Layers of Paper Ingredients In The Sandwich Book

Tasty Layers of Paper Ingredients In The Sandwich Book

Polish designer Pawel Piortrowski designed The Sandwich Book to depict the tasty layers of a typical sandwich in a compact paper form. By alternating photos of ingredients with actual paper recreations, the artist uses each page of the book to convey the various textures and tastes, enclosed in a bread book jacket, of course. I’m...
Rolls of Paper Sculpted Into Crisp, Lovely, Abstract Forms

Rolls of Paper Sculpted Into Crisp, Lovely, Abstract Forms

Rest your eyes today on these wonderfully simple abstract paper roll sculptures by Mexican artist Ana Bidart– there’s absolutely no additional adornment to these plain rolls, except for the carefully carved lines and chiseled edges, whittling away the bottom of each roll. There’s a sense of slowly progressing decay as each roll loses more and...
Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

I haven’t written about packaging in a long time, as it can easily get lost in the massiveness of art galleries and openings and installations. This packaging of Onuma Honey by Akaoni Design kept drawing me in, and I have to admit its a huge breath of fresh air from the overly slick packaging I’m used...
Perfect, Immaculate 3D Paper Patterns Made With No Glue

Perfect, Immaculate 3D Paper Patterns Made With No Glue

Self-taught “paper engineer” Benja Harney recently finished his latest show “New Platonic” which was displayed in Sydney, and his perfect 3D paper patterns are beautiful to behold. The layers of platonic solids form flawless repeating patterns which are all held together with interlocking sheets of paper. There’s not a single touch of glue holding these...
Gorgeous Quilled Paper Reproduction of Beck's "Song Reader" Book Cover

Gorgeous Quilled Paper Reproduction of Beck’s “Song Reader” Book Cover

This is one dedicated fan right here: Japanese artist Ham runs a one-person fan club for the artist Beck Hansen, who recently published through McSweeney’s a book of sheet music for people to play at home. The book, “Song Reader,” was designed by typographer Jessica Hische with elaborate swirls of white on the navy blue...
2013 Free Printable Calendar: It's Finally Here!

2013 Free Printable Calendar: It’s Finally Here!

It is a full week late, but it’s finally here! For the past three years, I’ve made it a habit to design a free printable calendar for the blog, and this year’s calendar is DONE. Simply click HERE to download. Slice it up along the trim marks, and enjoy! It has been a labor of...
Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Pennsylvanian husband and wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the master craftsmen behind Tugboat Printshop, which produces consistently gorgeous, richly detailed original woodblock prints. Each print is lavishly elaborate, with intricate shapes that add fantastic visual texture to the flat, illustrative medium– my eyes just jump from detail from detail with all the...
Hilarious and Irreverent Doodles Creating Classic Art

Hilarious and Irreverent Doodles Creating Classic Art

The humble doodle, which typically resides in corners of school notebooks and cocktail napkins, has been transformed in the hands of Japanese artist Keita Sagaki: hundreds, if not thousands of doodles have been jam-packed into every crevice of his pieces, which reveal classic works of art when you step back and look at the canvas...
Draping Layers of Toilet Paper as Art

Draping Layers of Toilet Paper as Art

The internet has been agog over Sakir Gokcebag‘s geometric fruit photos, but I was particularly drawn to a different display in his portfolio: he has three series of pieces from 2010 that use nothing but mounted rolls of toilet paper to make serene and surreal wall installations. Titled Trans-Layer I, II, and III, these dreamy...
Enormous Cardboard Boombox: The Mini Ghettoblaster

Enormous Cardboard Boombox: The Mini Ghettoblaster

Berlin-based art director Bartek Elsner has quite the touch with cardboard– his all-cardboard sculptures are crisp and realistic, while keeping the textures and colors of the medium. His most recent client piece was a “Mini Ghettoblaster” commissioned by MINI Schweiz, which uses an enormous cardboard boombox to house a real MINI cooper inside, as a...
Letterheady: Fantastic & Famous Letterhead Designs

Letterheady: Fantastic & Famous Letterhead Designs

Letterheady is my new favorite blog, which is run by Shaun Usher (the same guy who runs the also amazing Letters of Note.) Just page after page of famous and fabulous letterhead designs from over the years, with a vast range of styles and owners, as “an online homage to offline correspondence.” The first one that particularly...
All The Pretty Gradients Mapped Out in Three Big Books: The RGB Colorspace Atlas

All The Pretty Gradients Mapped Out in Three Big Books: The RGB Colorspace Atlas

These enormous sculptural books use zero words and zero pictures– its just page after page after page of colors slowly fading in and out of different gradients. American artist Tauba Auerbach printed the RGB Colorspace Atlas as a record of the full RGB gradient in 3,632 stunning pages of pigmented glory. It’s a digital offset...