If you’re in search of a little stationery design inspiration, Stationery Design Now! is worth a look.
It starts with a short essay titled “Death of the Letterhead?” Here’s an excerpt:
“All over the world, postal letter traffic is falling away drastically. America’s postal service, for example, saw a drop in postal mail volume of almost 14% in the year to September 2009. Analysts have predicted that European postal traffic will drop by half over the next 10 years. So isn’t email easier and cheaper, more convenient, more current anyway? While email certainly won’t go away soon, most of us will admit to a small thrill when we get a real letter in the post, especially if it was written by hand.
“After organising a conference recently, I received quite a number of congratulatory emails. One piece of communication made a big difference though: one of our speakers sent me a letter on his own beautifully designed letterhead, with a hand-written note stating merely, ‘Great conference — thanks for inviting me to speak!’ This small gesture meant a lot.”
— JAY RUTHERFORD
Jay Rutherford is chair of visual communications at Bauhaus University Weimar. In the book his essay is translated into German and French, with all versions appearing before the stationery projects.
(above) Client: 1/1 DESIGN. Year: 2009. Design: Base.
Client: 19 Entertainment Ltd. Year: 2009. Design: Zip Design. Team: David Bowden.
Client: Aeroplano. Year: 2006. Design: NNSS.
Client: Amped. Year: 2008. Design: huvi.
Client: Bideawee. Year: 2007. Design: Carbone Smolan Agency. Team: Leslie Smolan, Nina Masuda.
Client: Becka Oakley. Year: 2008. Design: huvi.
Client: Bullerei. Year: 2009. Design: weissraum.de(sign). Team: Bernd Brink, Lucas Buchholz.
Client: Karen Karch. Year: 2006. Design: Base.
Published by TASCHEN Books and edited by Julius Wiedemann, there are 350 pages of stationery projects by a variety of designers and studios. Apart from the introductory essay, there’s no description or explanation of the projects. You’ll like this book if you enjoy gallery-style tomes, and if you like looking at the work of other designers from a purely aesthetic viewpoint.
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