Archive for October, 2010
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the things we strive for here at Paper Culture is fresh, clean modern design. So when our creative director wins a Mohawk Show 11 Award, I feel it’s worth sharing – and celebrating!
The Mohawk Show recognizes both the beauty and brains of design. Judges Marty Neumeier (chairperson), Diti Katona, Bryan Edmondson, and Gaby Brink reviewed almost 1,000 entries for the Mohawk award. Five winners were chosen based on intelligence, wit, virtuosity, and production excellence, including the California Academy of Science for Evolution at the California Academy of Science and Cahan & Associates for TED Program Guide.
Competition is fierce. Finalists in the stationery category included Kate Spade and Rebecca Ward Invitation, both with superb entries. But the winner is (envelope please)….Paper Culture’s The Faces of Stationery. (Now you can clap.)
While the judging for Mohawk Show 11 was held in New York in June 2010, our Paper Culture team was invited to sip some champagne with winners last week in San Francisco. Here’s a toast to Huiling Chen, creative director at Paper Culture for her beautiful note cards and stationery designs that inspire us all!
There are hundreds of reasons why I love my job at Paper Culture. But up there in the top three is our Cards That Care program, which gives back to organizations that are helping improve the lives of not just the families in our own communities, but the lives of people around the world.
Currently, one of our Cards That Care beneficiaries is the Somaly Mam Foundation. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and recovery of these young victims. So, as part of our Cards That Care program, we are donating 20 percent of card sales to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide.
So when you place your Paper Culture order for holiday photo cards, holiday party invitations or stationery & note cards, simply enter the code SOMALY at check out. Who would have thought that giving back could be so easy?
Remember Somaly Mam this holiday season and then send an extra thoughtful card – one that gives back to help support this worthy cause. It’s unimaginable the abuse which affects millions of children and young people around the world, but through organizations such as Somaly Mam, change is possible.
I’m a self-professed 90210 fan. I don’t care if that dates me back to the dinosaur period in this new age of vampires. I’ll opt for 90210 reruns on the CW any day. So I’m elated that Jennie Garth says our personalized stationery is “Adorable…Love it!”
And even though she might have made the switch from sharing the stage with Jennie on Dancing With the Stars to rubbing elbows on Entertainment Tonight, Samantha Harris still has Paper Culture in common with her former co-star. Samantha gave us her thumbs up by saying, “Thanks for the very cool stationery.”
Ever wonder how we here at Paper Culture find inspiration? Do we sit in a dimly lit room with our eyes tightly shut, holding hands, chanting “ommmm”?
Along those lines, we welcome your feedback and ideas. Find your “inner-designer” and tell us how Paper Culture has inspired you in 200 words or less. Maybe a bridal shower invitation determined the theme of your party or a holiday photo card motivated you to make your own wrapping paper. You tell us! If we select your story, we’ll give you a $50 gift certificate for your next Paper Culture order. How’s that for inspiration? Simply share your story by commenting on this blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Um, no — or at least, not that I’m aware of.
The joke around here is that our inspiration is erratic. As easy as it would be to look to one person, place or thing for incitement, that is simply not the case. Being paper lovers, we are mindful of the trends around us, but between you and me, we probably spend the least amount of time looking at other invitations, announcements and stationery. Besides, that would be imitating, and how uninspired is that?
It’s much more fun to look at fashion, architecture or environmental advances as sources of ideas. We also find enormous inspiration in organizations that provide leadership in areas that touch our communities, including those that promote education, the health of our families and environmental innovation.
But really, we find our most important inspiration in talking to you.
Like most blogs, we will share fun company tidbits, special discounts, design previews and maybe even some of the more interesting corporate stuff. But our real goal is to have this be a forum for us to exchange ideas, to share thoughts and ultimately, for us to find the source of our next inspiration.