Take Note Award Winner: Napkinisms


Kathrin Blatter and Andrew Johnson, partners at Un-, select Napkinisms as PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award Winner for Quarter Four 2013.

The unconventional magazine is a collaboration of Flash Reproductions and WAX Partnership Inc. and features words of inspiration from many of today’s most notable designers.

Palo Alto, California – February 25, 2014 – “It was a tough choice, but ultimately the piece that challenged the norm won over the others,” says Kathrin Blatter of San Francisco-based design agency Un-. “Napkinisms awoke my curiosity the most.”

Blatter and partner Andrew Johnson served as guest judges for PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award and selected Napkinisms, the seventh issue of Wayward Arts magazine, as the winner for Quarter Four 2013.

“The lo-fi, universal napkin is a great format to quickly express diverse, creative thoughts. That, coupled with bright fluorescent orange fold-outs and embossing techniques made this piece exciting and fun to explore,” explains Johnson.

The magazine is part of a monthly publishing venture called Wayward Arts, the brainchild of Toronto, Ontario printing company Flash Reproductions. Each month Flash Reproductions selects a different award-winning Canadian design studio to create the magazine of their dreams. The collaboration gives both the printer and the guest designers a chance to show off their best work and most creative thinking.

With the theme of community as a starting point, WAX Partnership designed Napkinisms and solicited words of inspiration and wisdom from many of today’s most talented designers. The thoughts and doodles received from creative greats like Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister, Gary Taxali, Sean Adams, and James Victore became the content.

To read more about how Napkinisms was created and to find out the little secret contained on its pages (the designer just revealed it), please visit https://www.paperspecs.com/take-note-award-napkinisms/.

To watch a video about the winning project, please visit https://www.paperspecs.com/gallery-napkinisms/.

About Our Judges

Creative directors Andrew Johnson and Kathrin Blatter formed Un- a year ago after leading large projects as senior designers for Character and Chen Design Associates. Johnson used to head up campaigns for clients such as Nike, Levi’s, DC Shoes, IGN Entertainment, and Restoration Hardware while at his previous job. Blatter developed the worldwide packaging system for The North Face. With their new venture Un-, they help clients such as Juliana Bicycles, Big Island Coffee Roasters, Harvard Art Museum, and others to define their brand. Johnson was nominated as design talent to watch in 2007. Blatter is a recipient of numerous national and international design awards. http://www.un-studio.com/

About Our Winner: Flash Reproductions
Flash Reproductions has been a mainstay of Toronto, Ontario’s printing landscape since 1969, during which time it exceeded the printing expectations of countless clients, from small design firms to large companies. The company combines over 40 years of experience, award-winning expertise and sophisticated technology to deliver products on time and on budget with classic service and impressive results. Using offset, letterpress and UV screen capabilities, Flash Reproductions prints on any surface, from paper to vinyl to hockey pucks and is FSC® certified. http://www.flashreproductions.com/

About Our Winner: WAX Partnership Inc.
WAX is a group of like-minded strategists, writers, technologists, art directors, designers, digital developers, and artists who spend their days (and the occasional late night) connecting consumers with brands. From advertising to visual identities, strategy, naming, digital experiences, and more, their work is always about crafting the right story in the right place at the right time. http://www.wax.ca/

About Our Sponsor: Clampitt Paper
Clampitt Paper, a family-owned and operated company, was started in 1941 by Max Clampitt and is now run by his youngest son Don Clampitt. Clampitt is a paper merchant that sells direct to large- and small-scale printers as well as creative designers and local artists.

About PaperSpecs Gallery
The PaperSpecs Gallery was created to inspire and expose great achievement in the graphic arts industry by showing how paper plays an integral part in carrying our most imaginative creative impulses out to the world – and how wonderful design and skillful printing transform paper into an unparalleled vehicle for communicating marketing messages or conveying individual thoughts and feelings.

The Take Note Award winner is garnered from the top ten entries selected by popular vote of online visitors to the Gallery. Based on design, print quality and paper choice, a notable industry designer serving as guest judge then selects the winning piece.

PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award winners receive special recognition in the PaperSpecs e-newsletter as well as a video highlighting the winning piece. The video can be viewed at the PaperSpecs Gallery website at http://www.paperspecsgallery.com.

About PaperSpecs

Finding the most accurate information on paper availability, green certifications and trends like digital paper options is a challenge for designers, print buyers and paper purchasers worldwide. This reality inspired Sabine Lenz, designer and author, to create PaperSpecs, the first independent and comprehensive Web-based paper selection tool. The search mechanism is specifically designed to help paper specifiers easily and quickly find the paper that meets their project’s sustainability goals, creative vision and process requirements. You may visit the PaperSpecs website at http://www.paperspecs.com.


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