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Every morning as I walk my children to school I take a peek at the wonderful window display at One Girl Cookies. I love everything about this bakery down to the aqua hued walls, patterned wallpaper, cut crystal globe lights and vintage details which are all perfectly suited to my Brooklyn neighborhood. Blown up vintage family photos and a hand painted family tree adorn the walls of this carefully-curated shop.

As a designer, it is so wonderful to see so much care put into the overall look of the bakery down to the sepia-toned letterpress business cards. And let’s not forget the cookies, cupcakes and their signature whoopie pies-simply divine. What makes this bakery the most inviting are the owners, Dawn Casale and Dave Crofton. From the moment, they opened their bakery down the block from my house their warm smiles have made One Girl Cookies a neighborhood favorite.

You may ask where I am going with this story (my husband asks that a lot) but I will get to my point in a moment. One day, as I passed by the shop I noticed their Thanksgiving pie display and in particular a whimsical sign sitting beside the pies. I had never seen signage like this at the store so I decided to inquire who had done it. It turns out it was the handy work of  Felix van Dam & Winneke de Groot, two graphic designers from Holland, living in Brooklyn for a while.

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This past summer 40 Days of Dating, an experiment in love between Jessica Walsh and  Timothy Goodman took the world by storm. Now, the amazing typographic contributions to the project by noted designers, illustrators and artists are available for purchase at the 40 Days of Dating Shop. 

Museum quality Epson prints by all 80 artists who contributed to the site are featured in the shop. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Life Is A Series Of Experiments
LETTERING BY MARC ALCOCK & RACHEL MASON

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I still have a full collection of Dover clip art books stacked up in my office. Of course the whole collection is now available digitally, but I would not change one moment of the many days I spent (and still spend) poring over these wonderful books. If you are anything like me, you can imagine my excitement when I found these Pioneer-Moss ads from 1970 in the GDUSA archives.

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I hope this wonderfully random grouping puts a smile on your face and if you have any more information about the images or Pioneer-Moss I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

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Mohawk is standing foursquare with the emerging maker culture. In a technological era punctuated with e-mail, smart phones, tablets and texts, the venerable paper mill is supporting this community of like-minded makers with the introduction of three new publications: The Mohawk Declaration of Craft, Mohawk Craft Cooperative and Mohawk Maker Quarterly.

The publications feature the stories of designers, printers, manufacturers, artists, artisans, musicians, and all those who make their living as makers. In so doing, these publications – and the ongoing “Mohawk Maker” and “What Will You Make Today?” campaigns – reaffirm making as a fundamental expression of the human spirit while speaking directly to the heart of the community and the need to create.

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