Hooray! House Industries, the type foundry powerhouse, will release a range of stationary products through Chronicle Books next month. The collection will include a swanky set of postcards, notebooks and stickers dressed up with metallic ink, gorgeous type and the signature House style. I’m loving everything about it.
I was going through some old project files and uncovered this little time capsule: my website from 2004. Initially I was horrified, but then decided these old designs were kind of endearing. Back then I lived in St. Louis in the Central West End, and I was obsessed with the Art Deco architecture in the neighborhood and the buildings that were left behind from the 1904 World’s Fair in Forest Park. Unfortunately I did a terrible job reproducing that in my designs, but at the time I thought I was very clever for adding a button to switch between day and night themes and creating a horizontal scrolling layout.
With their new website Why, Herman Miller is sharing insights about how they do what they do. So why not challenge some cool Dutch animators to tell the 108 year history of Herman Miller in 108 seconds to explain why their brand has thrived? Part of a Bigger Plan takes us through the speedy timeline tour beginning with opening their doors in Michigan, bringing all those great Eames chairs to market, the reign of George Nelson and the inclusion of their iconic pieces at MOMA.
3-D printing gets a mid-century modern twist by artist Kevin Spencer. His replica of the Eames 670 chair is 1:20 scale with detailing like the plywood shells and ottoman. Thanks to designboom for the tip.
Jonathan Adler is one of my favorite designers, and I was happy to learn that he recently collaborated with Paperless Post to bring his signature style to their email designs. I think Paperless Post is terrific, because they’ve transformed the online greeting card service into a really nice and stylish experience. Working with Adler seems like a match made in Heaven.