typographic design : shun sasaki

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, lettering and fonts | No Comments »

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Very cool work from Japanese graphic designer, Shun Sasaki.

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meanwhile, in san francisco : wendy macnaughton

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, illustration, lettering and fonts, places | No Comments »

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Wendy MacNaughton is such a talent and her new book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words looks to be a very special collection of illustrations and notations, capturing all the corners and characters of her home city — from the library to an intersection to a few moments with a city bus driver. Bravo!

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(*via Brain Pickings; All images courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton/Chronicle Books)


paperfinger : for darphin

Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paperfinger | 1 Comment »

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I’ve been honored to do some calligraphy for the Parisian luxury skin and beauty line, Darphin. Here’s some images of the latest displays and advertisements we’ve done together that are currently on display in shops across the world.

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sierra & michael’s wedding [part 3] : helado bar

Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, eats, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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They also planned a yummy and colorful ice cream bar as a part of the wedding festivities and I created some fun signage for the display.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.

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Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff

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All photography by Jen Huang.


happy national handwriting day !

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: lettering and fonts | No Comments »

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Write a note by hand today to celebrate. And take some inspiration from these famous hands.

Above, Walt Whitman. Below, Lewis Carroll:

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Georgia O’Keefe:

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Emily Dickinson (left) and Franz Kafka (right):

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Mark Twain:

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Woody Guthrie:

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John Steinbeck:

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(Images thanks to Buzzfeed, Brain Pickings and Open Culture)


paperfinger // 2013 highlights. gold foil & engraving invitation

Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | 1 Comment »

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This custom invitation suite was such an exciting process. We were able to combine two printing methods: gold foil for the hand-drawn floret pattern and ivory engraving for the text of the invitation and reply card. So happy with how these came out and excited to now be offering them as a part of our invitation collection.

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. envelopes & style experiments

Posted: January 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights . oval watercolor invites

Posted: January 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »

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This was one of my favorite new additions to our invitation collection: two variations on the oval watercolor theme, both with custom calligraphy for the full text of the invitation. The menu design mirrors the angled writing as can any other pieces in the invitation suite. This suite was featured in a shoot at the Brooklyn Grange.

This suite with reply card and envelopes starts at $1290 for 100 invitations. Receive a full sample set for $5.

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wrap it well : gifting with paperfinger

Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, things | Tags: | No Comments »

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I’m a bit in love with this season’s full collection of holiday wrapping at the Paperfinger shop!

Above, antique black tins that we use for packaging our wood-handled custom stamps. They’re so appealing and classy! (Add $11.95 for gift wrapping on any order.)

Below, our newest addition, “Handmade for You” Masking Tape ($15 for a roll of 55 yards):

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Get real fancy with custom-made double-face satin ribbon ($200 for 100 yards):

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Our best-selling oval kraft gift tags, useful year-round ($10 for 20 labels):

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Another new item, the calligraphy kraft wrapping paper, which contains the first verse of the classic holiday carol, The Holly and The Ivy ($12.50 for a 6 ft roll). I’m using this on all my gifts this year! Classy but understated with the black printed words on natural kraft paper:

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The Holly lyrics continue on our red, white or green wrapping paper as well ($20 for a 6 ft roll):

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Last, but not least, the best packing tape for your holiday parcels, “Don’t Open Til Christmas” masking tape ($15 for 55 yards):

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