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In the January/February 2015 edition of GDUSA, Mohawk was the exclusive sponsor of the 52nd Annual People To Watch editorial feature. That kicked off a year long initiative in the pages of GDUSA by the fine paper maker to recognize the work of aspiring and seasoned designers through a series of storytelling inserts entitled “Champions of Craft.”

The second installment: a Champions of Craft piece in the March/April 2015 issue of GDUSA featuring Erik Marinovich. Marinovich, a designer and letterist, is the co-founder of Friends of Type.  The collective quickly gained a large and enthusiastic following and, almost 6 years later, it is still going strong. Marinovich has refined his craft and is now a leader in the form. He is also three years into another venture, this one with the legendary Jessica Hische. Marinovich tells Mohawk: “I discovered that good lettering is like aged whiskey. It takes effort to craft and time to age. To date I have have only created my first batch. I now continue the never ending process of refining it.” 

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Did you know this year marks 75 years since the world’s first designed album cover was created? That’s right, until Alex Steinweiss joined Columbia as the company’s first art director in 1939, records were sold in plain brown wrappers. But the man who loved design had a better idea, and he revolutionized an entire industry.

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Guest Post by Mohawk

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Mohawk is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of GDUSA’s 2015 People To Watch special report. At Mohawk, we are passionate about supporting the creative community, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with GDUSA to recognize and celebrate the work of aspiring and seasoned designers.

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Guest Post by CTI Paper USA

Kromekote, one of America’s truly venerable paper brands, adds highly reflective holographic foils to the collection of super-premium cast-coated printing papers. A swatchbook and print demonstration featuring a new take on the iconic Kromekote apple image is now available from CTI Paper USA.

CTI PAPER USA-Kromekote® Swatchbook Spread 2015

“High-value, high impact print projects are more important than ever in today’s increasingly digitized communications environment,” says John Kelly, president of CTI Paper USA. “Designers and print buyers are looking for specialty papers that ‘go big’ in capturing the attention of customers and prospects … Our new holographic foils add new creative options for print and design pros who demand the very best.”

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