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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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Last year GDUSA magazine celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone I starting digging through our print archives which were filled with great treasures of design history. Among my findings was an article from 1970 about a group of Marines known as Combat Artists who were stationed at the Da Nang Press Center during Vietnam.

Last Veteran’s Day, I posted excerpts from this 1970 article on our blog. You can read the original post here.  Below is the photo of these 5 Combat Artists and short excerpt from the original article.

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October 1970: A group of five marines assigned to the Combat Information Bureau decided that they would simulate an advertising series being run by Strathmore in the U.S. They got together outside their shack and posed with a Strathmore sketch pad to show that not only pros and students use it in the U.S., but at the fighting front, it has its use too. 

The unit (left to right): Lance Corporal Gary W. Moss, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Corporal Scott M. Greening, St. Peter, Minnesota; First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Long, Statesville, North Carolina; Lance Corporal David R. Anderson, Culbertson, Nebraska; Lance Corporal Robert L. Williams, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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