Before I had children (13 years ago) I enjoyed making handmade holiday cards and sending them to friends and family. Unfortunately, that tradition has gone by the wayside, but last year, I created this virtual card (I did make the original in handmade paper) and thankfully had a talented intern who helped with the animation. I love mixing the old and the new!
I’m hoping to come up with something new for this year, but this blog is keeping me pretty busy!
When I lived in NYC in the late 1980’s, I often visited the National Stationery Show to get inspired by the current trends in card and stationery design. I also took graphic design classes at the School of Visual Arts, and I worked for a commercial printing company, where I saw all kinds of interesting designs coming through the door.
Graphic Design is a field full of experimentation and playing with paper. I have three books that I often thumb through for inspiration: Three Dimensional Graphics by Keizo Matsui, Paperwork, by Nancy Williams and Greeting Cards, edited by Takenobu Igarashi. These are all image collections of paper creations from around the world. I used to love pawing through the books on the graphic design shelves at The Strand in NYC and Powells Books in Portland, but now I’m just plugged in via the internet (although the local bookstore here is pretty amazing – they even had two of my books on the shelf when I visited). I just ordered Paper Graphics from Amazon, which looks like another inspirational book.
Rather than composing images on a computer, Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim & Zou prefer creating real objects with paper and taking photos out them. Click on this link and you can see how they set up their props.