I recently came across a great quote originating on Twitter by Stephen Fry concerning the debate on the analog-digital dethronement sequence: "Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
I'm a man neck-deep in digital technology (one prime example: I mostly draw digitally in Photoshop on a Cintiq tablet, which uses "brushes" coded to act like anything from watercolor to oil paints to graphite) and I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Fry. The more my surroundings convert to lines of code, sandwiched between a backlit screen and a power source, the more I want to balance it all out with things I can touch, taste, and smell.
Correspondence is one of those areas: I email and text a lot, but recently I've started to turn to my old friends at the U.S. Postal Service to send my most important messages, for the simple fact that nothing says "I care" more than a handwritten note. (Check out our post on the still-existing power of the handwritten letter for more on the subject.)
The only thing is, if I'm going to take the time to write someone a letter, I'm going to go the extra mile and forego the cheap printer paper. So, along with a good pencil or fountain pen, the number one item I need for this task is some good, high-quality stationery that looks like it came from...well, me. Read on for some of my favorite suppliers!
Everybody knows Valentine's Day is silly, manufactured by the greeting card and candy companies, and that people in real relationships don't need a special day to say, "I love you."
True. So, send one these clever, pun-y V-Day, and get points for both not falling into the trap, and being thoughtful anyway.
Valentine's Day is a curious holiday. On the one hand, you don't wanna fall into feeling obligated to go for lots of red and lace and candy and baby's breath (unless your partner says you should feel obligated, in which case you most certainly should), but you don't wanna just ignore the holiday altogether. So this year, send something thats full of stuff that you're into...like good design.
I've been thinking about it all morning, and I think I can safely say: I've never sent a Christmas card. Sure, I think about people I wanna connect to around the holidays, and have reached out to them in many ways, but as far as an assembly line of adding "Dear ____" to the top and "Season's Greetings! Love, Chris" to the bottom of a box of cards (which I'd then have to address!)?
Never done it.
Not that I wouldn't, of course. I'd just need to come accross the right holiday greeting cards. So, for help, I asked my buddy and stationery expert Carina Murray, of Crow + Canary, to help me pick out some of the best manly and guy-friendly holiday cards this year. And, boy, did she ever...
Sometimes, a card from the grocery store will do. (Grandma.) Sometimes, some stationery from an independent designer is right on. (Non-artsy sibling.) A handmade card is always tops for those you like and with whom you have inside jokes. (Good friend.) But, what about when you need a kick-butt, custom card for those closest to you, that deserve the next step.
Why, you gotta take things into the next dimension.