When good design is effectively brought together with exciting printing and finishing techniques, they can make you feel something profound. It’s a partnership nearly as profound as that enjoyed between guide dogs and the visually impaired people whom they serve. It’s a point compellingly made by the intricate cover of this notebook, which holds a delightful surprise for those who receive it when they donate to Israel’s Guide Dog Center.
Closed, the cover displays the face of a dog comprised of what looks like multi-colored stained-glass shards. Lift the cover, however, and you quickly discover that what you’ve been looking at is an intricately laser-cut sheet of 300 gm (200 lb.) Black Favini Burano paper resting atop a second – digitally printed – sheet. That paper not only contains the same dog illustration, but also a full-body side-view of the animal AND a man – all in the same geometric-pattern style. The message is crystal clear: this is a colorful celebration of the special relationship between the visually impaired and their guide dogs.
“We wanted to design this piece as a present for donors, a piece with value – something to use and keep,” explains Tal Huber, founder of design studio Giraff, which created the piece.
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