Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Last week brought three new MIID Summer School briefs. I’ll be honest; I was considerably less-enthused about these, than I was about the first briefs for each track. (Speaking of those first briefs, you can peruse everyone’s posted results for round one in all three tracks, here.) This week, the over-arching theme that encompasses all […]

A belated congratulations to the Trendys Winners!

A belated congratulations to the Trendys Winners!

Last week, Stationery Trends announced the winners of The Fifth Annual Trendys Awards. The work represented by the finalists was outstanding (be sure to check out all the designs out, here). But only six winners could be chosen, and they are: Baby category: Andy Warhol So Many Stars Board Book by Galison/Mudpuppy Green category: Letterpress […]

Spring is in the Air – Part 1

Spring is in the Air – Part 1

I’ve been getting some nifty e-mails from folks lately, sharing their new designs for spring. And, I’ll admit it, after the winter we’ve been having, even I—usually a fan of the snowiest season—am ready to let it go in exchange for some blue sky, a warm breeze, and a green shoot popping up here and […]

Love is in the Air…

Love is in the Air…

…and I’m a little late acknowledging it. Soooooo, my studio re-org has taken a wee bit longer than I’d anticipated. It’s going well, and is in the home stretch (it now includes a pretty fab-tastic creativity corner—I’ll share pics when everything’s in place), but it has meant a longer gap in posting than I’d like. […]

The Year Ahead – Calendars, Part 1

The Year Ahead – Calendars, Part 1

Well, I’m finally getting around to choosing my office calendar for 2014, and I have to admit, I’m struggling. Wall calendars, desk calendars, perpetual calendars—the options are both numerous and beautiful. Here are just some of the calendars I discovered this year at the National Stationery Show. (Please note: my point ‘n click images do […]

Three L’s: Ladyfingers. Letterpress. Luck.

Three L’s: Ladyfingers. Letterpress. Luck.

So, in the midst of my, erm, “challenging” summer, there was a lovely little bright spot. You know those businesses you follow on social media? And, how some of them offer giveaways of some sort or other, and all you have to do is respond to their post, and you’re automatically eligible to win? Well, […]

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

This NSS post is particularly near and dear to my heart, because it takes a look at some examples of the nifty hand-lettering and creative uses of typography on display at the Show. I’ve studied and practiced calligraphy and hand-lettering on and off for—eek!—over 25 years, now. (I’d like to say I started when I […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part I – Tomato Red

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part I – Tomato Red

Well, I seriously underestimated how long it would take me to: sort through and prep the (hundreds of) pictures I took; organize all the business cards and marketing materials I picked up; and get my mind around how to winnow it all down into a logical series of posts. So, without further ado, heeeeeere’s the […]

The S’Wicked Blog is born!

Welcome, welcome, to the first S’Wicked blog post! Yep, I’m throwing my hat in the blogging ring, and look forward to sharing good stuff with you. “What sort of good stuff?” you may ask. Well, all sorts, centered on the things I love: stationery and greeting cards, kids’ books, toys, illustration, hand lettering and type […]