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Cool Cards of the Week

credit counseling business cardWhen it comes to clueing people in to what you do for a living, there’s something to be said for the direct approach – a little “concrete thinking” goes a long way. This week, we check out the price tag for a fashion blogger, hang up the ol’ “Do Not Disturb” sign, and decide maybe it’s time to cut up those credit cards after all. (Don’t forget to check …

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Cool Designs of the Week

observatory collateral designHow do you successfully design the essence of a company or institution into brochures, business cards and the like? This week, we take a look at some grand approaches to this challenge from different parts of the world. We catch some exquisite down time at a luxury villa in China, see stars over pieces celebrating a Hungarian observatory, and slip into the ol’ tux to experience Russia’s Bolshoi theater. (Previous Cool Designs …

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[Rewind] How the FSC Should I Know?

FSC-image_120pxBy Sabine Lenz

“This whole FSC labeling is such a hoopla, it just is not worth it.” Francesca, a good friend of mine (and a true skeptic), was letting off some steam. “And how do I know that the paper the printer sells me is really FSC certified anyway? For all I know they could just …”

I am sure Francesca is not alone in her reservations.

How can you really be sure?
This is …

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Walter Magazine: Sneak Peek

walter magazineLongtime PaperSpecs-tators will know few loves can compare to the one we have for the work of graphic artist and designer Fabien Barral, aka MR CUP. (Here are just some of the pieces we’ve swooned over in the past.) So when we heard he was busily putting together the first issue of a brand new magazine about design – Walter Magazine – …

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Cool Cards of the Week

winery business cardToday it seems as though whatever you create must somehow be interactive in order to capture attention – we blame the Internet (for everything, actually). This week, we go in search of business cards that engage. In the process, we get (tastefully) tatted up, dive to the bottom of a bottle (not for the first time), and discover a card that could get us into a great deal of trouble indeed. …

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Cool Designs of the Week

graphic designer resume designArguably the most important design we turn our hand to is the way we package ourselves for clients and employers. This week is devoted to Cool Résumé Designs, where we see an engaging CV, discover a cleverly delivered message in a bottle, and find out how easily we can be bribed with sweets. (Previous Cool Designs of the Week can be found here.) 

Graphic Designer’s Résumé

Not only do we like …

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