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Wednesday
Mar202013

Hanging by a Fiber

Newspapers and magazines have predicted the death of print for years. With Newsweek enduring only in pixels and Saturday USPS deliveries on the butcher block, I re-living the last breaths of 35mm film again.

The end of print doesn’t bode well for me, as an editor and stationer. But I haven’t been doing much to save it. Google Reader is a constant companion—though not for much longer—as is my Kindle and iPhone. In looking at the realistic future of my business, I continually gut-check myself as to when I would reach for the physical over the digital. Five instances come immediately to mind:

Thank you note written and sketched by Aptly NotedSketch thank you note to my in-laws for sending homemade cookies.

  1. Thank you notes: Firing off an email of appreciation is sometimes all time allows, but a handwritten note carries with it sentimentality and literal weight. It takes the sender time to compose it. Much of life passes by undocumented. With that one note, the writer captures a moment of time in an expression of gratitude.
  2. Letters: Perusing archived and historical letters is a more intimate experience than robotically paging through one-line emails. Paper can be musky, yellowed, and deteriorating, but it’s a direct connection to someone years or centuries apart.
  3. Travel reads: Catching up on news on my iPhone is great until I disappear underground on the subway, fly 20,000 feet above the earth, head out to a remote destination, or even ride in a moving vehicle. Screens aren’t easy to ready when the reader or the screen is jostling up and down. Mobile is indisputably convenient, but a printed-pulp based product is reliable.
  4. Photographs: I have cradled my DSLR on 30-mile hikes and become its human shield in the rain. But I still don’t own a digital picture frame. The stark contrast of the LED or crystallized display against a room’s ambient light turns a nostalgic memory a miniature screensaver. I don’t print many photographs, but the ones that make it to paper are cherished.
  5. Textbooks: Though college is admittedly a distant memory, I still can’t imagine surviving classes without surrounding myself with sprawled-open textbooks, manually highlighting salient equations, and rifling through 500 pages in a last-ditched effort to absorb one more piece of information. 

As I try to convince myself why print will survive, more reasons to choose print over digital fill my mind. Yes, I understand that by blogging instead of journaling, I discredit my argument, but I have resolved to do better with my sketchbook this year. I’m only three months behind on my resolution.

Thursday
Mar012012

It Began with a Wedding

Future brides often fixate on the dress. My obsession was stationery. Yes, I was excited to marry the love of my life, to be with family and friends, and to celebrate the next stage of life—but I couldn’t wait to design my wedding invitations.

The hours spent sketching and perfecting every line and curve in Illustrator flew by. I was hooked. Peonies, my favorite flowers, took center stage in the invitation, RSVP, and thank you cards. A medley of my favorite flowers was featured on our program, table numbers, and seating cards. I also designed a custom logo that interlinks our first initials (in 2006, two years before Jane Seymour introduced her similar—and in my opinion, not as elegant—pendant).

After receiving our letterpress stationery from Sugar River Stationers, I fell in love with the look and feel of letterpress stationery. Furthermore, my design was selected as an Editor’s Pick in Brides magazine. Maybe I had something here, I thought.

Aptly Noted Peonies RSVP