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Latest Swatchbooks

color moves swatchbookAs the after-HOW dust begins to settle, we continue to take stock of the new swatchbooks blocking fire exits and tripping staff at PaperSpecs Towers. Before we dive into this week’s picks, remember that PaperSpecs PRO members can request the absolute latest swatchbooks free of charge (including the ones below), all from our website. Just one of the perks of being a PRO member. (Not a …

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Cool Designs of the Week

second_in_line_sketchbook125As much as we look to design for inspiration, we also seek surprises – pieces that make us look at things we thought we knew in new and exciting ways. This week, we’re deeply disturbed by an unconventional housewares catalog, lose our way in an all-consuming sketchbook package, and find a unique way to drop a friend a line. (For more Cool Designs of the Week, check them out here.)

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A Seed of a Good Idea

seeded paperWhile it doesn’t look like we’re going to reach a consensus any time soon regarding which medium in the print-digital world is the most ecologically sound, tremendous strides have been made in the paper world to reduce the strain on ol’ Mother Earth.

Recently Adweek highlighted a line of children’s books from Argentinian publisher Pequeno Editor, Tree Book Tree, that can be planted in the …

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Cool Cards of the Week

ecocard business cardCertainly we expect business cards to convey valuable information about who we are to potential clients. But does that mean they can’t be darn useful in other ways, too? This week, it’s all about getting an extra bang for your buck as we indulge our green thumb, trade in our shoelaces, and bum a free ride on Moscow’s Metro line. (Previous Cool Cards of the Week can be found 

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Cool Designs of the Week

proposal resume designDesign is often well thought out; occasionally it’s even fun. But sometimes you see designers really swing for the bleachers by taking ordinary products in some extraordinary directions. This week, we get romantic with prospective employers, jazz up a zine, and find a high-tech use for the humble paper tray. (As always, you can find previous “Cool Designs of the Week” here.)

 Marriage Proposal Résumé Design

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Audi Brochure Roars to Life

audi tt virtual cockpitThe marketing world’s been messing around with QR codes and augmented reality for years now, and seldom does anything really useful come of it. Occasionally, however, a company shows us something new and interesting. Berlin’s Razorfish ad agency used conductive ink and Bluetooth to transform More »