A few of my favs from this year’s crop of letterpressed Holiday cards by indie designers on Etsy! (As always, click to shop!)
The holidays may be over, but occasions to wrap thoughtful treasures for others still abound throughout the year. I’m loving these designs from Norman’s Printery, a little Easy shop out of Northern New Jersey run by designer/maker/printer Cliff Cordes. It’s awesome that the assorted collections layer so nicely together – making for a fun, multiple gift assortment. (As always, click to shop!)
‘Tis the season to fa la la and time to start contemplating which holiday cards to send out. Today’s focus is on customizable cards; where you can add your photos and personalized sentiments, and, through the magic of the inter webs, it’s all printed up for you! I especially love that most companies off recipient addressing (sometimes even for free); that makes it all SO easy! This is, of course, for the type of person who has got their act together and remembers to do such things as order holiday cards earlier in the season than the typical off-the-rack shopper. I rarely fit into this group, but did it last year and actually was quite pleased with the whole thing. (As always, click to shop! Prices dependent on lots of variables, like quantities, envelopes, etc.. so I did not include that specific info here.)
I’m a huge fan of Emily McDowell. She is a wonderful illustrator with a cheeky yet incredibly smart sensibility. She’s known for irreverent greeting cards like these:
Fun, right? But she’s outdone herself with a brilliant collection she calls “Empathy Cards”. They were designed out of Emily’s desire to to provide better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering to those with a serious illness.
Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on. With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.
All cards are $4.50 and available through Emily’s web site. (As always, click to shop!)
I’m craving some colorful, feminine jubilance today – overflowing with optimism and a heightened cute-factor. Enter South African artist Margaret Berg, who creates lovely illustrations for a long list of clients from her studio in Santa Monica.
It’s about that time when we begin congratulating this year’s crop of new graduates on a job well done. Loving some of the new approaches designers are taking to carry the message without the ivy and mortarboard… (As always, click to shop!)
bastisRIKE is a brand of rubber stamps and paper products founded by designer Henrike Schoen in Siegburg, Germany. Each original design is created from papercuts or ink drawings, and printed pieces use environment friendly materials like vegetable based colours and recycled paper. (As always, click to shop!)