e.m.papers Blog — Art & Design

The Mohawk Paper Blog (Formerly Known As Felt & Wire)

One of the internet watering holes I visit to find some inspiration is (or was) Felt & Wire. Felt & Wire was a clever title referring to the paper making process; the blog is all about print design. Now Felt & Wire is called the Mohawk Blog (it's part of the Mohawk Paper Company), but it's still got the same great content. Thoughtful posts on everything from people who have quit their day jobs to pursue creative endeavors, sample projects and celebrations of physical mail and the art of correspondence.In addition to the blog they have a quarterly field guide. A beautiful printed journal produced by top notch designers/agencies. Alas, they only ship to the US and Canada so I don't get it....

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It's About The Work

One of the things I wanted to do last year (besides nothing but hang out with my new baby) was think about the direction I wanted to take e.m.papers and take a step back to assess what I've accomplished so far. Part of that process ended up involving taking Aeolidias (very good) course on finding your target customer and booking Lela Barker for 1:1 consulting session. These efforts lead to the conclusion was that I needed to really focus on the work, and refine my personal design style. One of the challenges of running your own online creative online business is that there is a constant tension between creating and marketing. We are blessed and cursed by all the tools at our fingertips to...

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Fonty Friday - Twentieth Century

Even though this typeface was designed in 1937, it has a distinctly mid-century feeling. It was designed as a competitor to Futura (another favorite) and I've been using it since I was a wee lass in design school. You'll find it on many e.m.papers wedding invitations designs, but Twentieth Century is also the main star on the Zen printable calendar : The simple lines and straightforward angles based on the purity of Geometry based on the German modernist aesthetic appeal to my inner minimalist. You can download Twentieth Century free here.

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Fonty Friday - Geotica

As a rule, I tend to avoid overly showy or display typefaces, but when I was trying to come up with a Art Deco/1920s/Great Gatsby style wedding invitation design last year, I came across Geotica.  What I really liked about it was it's simplicity. It nods to the razzle dazzle and glitz of the golden 20s without being overly showy. The minimal serifs with the thicker stems of each character also give it a nice contrast.  In the Classic Black and White wedding design series I paired it with Herr Von Mullerhoff to really create an elegant, classic look. The 1920s overtones are best described by the word 'Swanky' (maybe that's what I should have called the invitation set!) To me,...

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e.m.papers Valentine's Day Pinterest Board - 2017 Edition

Happy February!  You know what that means, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you need craft ideas, inspiration or just want to look at some pretty Valentine related pics check out the e.m.papers Valentine's Day Pinterest Board. It's got over 100 pins, including this one which turned out to be my all time most re-pinned pin (who wouldda thunk it?) Image from Pottery Barn, LOVE sign sadly no longer available.

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