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small print TO

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Small Print Toronto is a non-profit organization that runs interactive literary programs for children.

Their writing workshops and author showcases are designed to inspire kids to explore how stories work. They believe that learning to tell your story and to understand those of others builds self-confidence and develops intellectual curiosity. 

They're hosting an event in support of their programs on September 16th. Toronto’s vibrant book, art and indie rock worlds will come together at Storybook Confidential, a night for grownups in support of Small Print's programs for children. 

 

featured stockist: Type books, Toronto

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Type Book's Queen Street West location.

Type Book's Queen Street West location.

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Another stop in Toronto last week was to Type Books. Wow, what a great independent neighbourhood bookstore. They were out of stock of the current issue (which I guess is a good thing! They'll just have to stock up next time, hint hint.) We featured Type on the blog previous—remember this amazing time-lapse animation of the shop being rearranged?

the Martin Howard collection of antique typewriters

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Martin Howard and his collection of early typewriters.

Martin Howard and his collection of early typewriters.

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Martin's display of typewriter tins above the workstation where he cleans and repairs his machines. 

Martin's display of typewriter tins above the workstation where he cleans and repairs his machines. 

In addition to machines, Martin has an extensive collection of artifacts, like this advertisement for the Crandall Typewriter. 

In addition to machines, Martin has an extensive collection of artifacts, like this advertisement for the Crandall Typewriter. 

A gorgeous Crandall from 1886.

A gorgeous Crandall from 1886.

During my trip to Toronto, I was fortunate to visit Martin Howard and his beautiful collection of early typewriters. His website offers clear and detailed photographs of his collection and is certainly the best site and photographs that I have come across. I am pleased that Martin will be sharing some of his images in The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine.

I had not previously had the opportunity to see these early typewriters up close, let alone to see how they work.  Martin graciously demonstrates two models, a Standard Folding and a Mignon 2, in the videos below.

A note on the photographs The photos above are ones that I took during our visit. Martin and I both kindly request that respect be given to our images and ask that proper credit is given if you use any of these images on your blog or post them to Pinterest or elsewhere. Personally, I have come across many unauthorized uses of my typewriter photographs for blog headers and commercial purposes. We invest a lot of effort into preparing the machines, lighting, equipment, etc and photographs of the machines are copyrighted to the photographers. Just because it is a picture of something old, the photographs themselves are not "public domain". thank you.

NMA awards video

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This was the opening to the National Magazine Awards last week. It's impressive to see how they've animated all the entries and given motion to static print entries. It was an energetic kick-off to the eventing. (On second viewing, and out of context, it sort of makes the point that "plain old print" is boring and everything has to move and interact and be ADD to hold interest...)

Credits: Creative Direction - Xavier Massé; Animation - Matthew Hemming; Artwork Preparation - Joana Ferret; Music - Bustafunk; Remix & Foley - Joshua Hemming.

type tuesday: Christopher Rouleau

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Chris Rouleau (with help from Erin) shows his work at our Show and Tell event held last Thursday at Kid Icarus.

Chris Rouleau (with help from Erin) shows his work at our Show and Tell event held last Thursday at Kid Icarus.

Our Show and Tell event at Kid Icarus last Thursday evening was lots of fun. Everyone presented such interesting work! I look forward to sharing some highlights here on the blog. First up is Christopher Rouleau, who is actually a friend of Jocelyn's (our new subscription/distribution manager). Chris was in Calgary a few weeks ago and generously gave me the excellent print of his capital hand-lettered alphabet.  Chris hails from Toronto and is a graphic designer and lettering artist, so we invited him to share his work with the Kid Icarus crowd.

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To view more of Chris' work and to purchase his prints, visit his online shop and blog.

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Coincidentally, I ran into Chris randomly in downtown Toronto on Sunday! I guess it's not such a big city after all. (And one could use the Toronto print that he sells to get around.)

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featured stockist: swipe

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Swipe Books is always on my list of places to visit. They have a great selection on books on design and typography.

Swipe Books is always on my list of places to visit. They have a great selection on books on design and typography.

Swipe is located in this beautiful building, 401 Richmond. (They have a second location at the Design Exchange.)

Swipe is located in this beautiful building, 401 Richmond. (They have a second location at the Design Exchange.)

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In addition to our magazine, they also have our other books like Work/Life and Collection a Day. 

In addition to our magazine, they also have our other books like Work/Life and Collection a Day. 

For more details about Swipe, visit their website and blog. Take a look at our stockist list to find other stores near you that carry UPPERCASE magazine and books. 

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flea fun: typewriters & tea cups

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Paige's lucky table! 

Paige's lucky table! 

I purchased this toy machine. It will polish up nicely for inclusion in The Typewriter book. 

I purchased this toy machine. It will polish up nicely for inclusion in The Typewriter book. 

I'm having a terrific weekend for typewriter sightings! My friend Paige and I combed the aisles of the St Laurence flea market here in Toronto this morning. I always enjoy going to flea markets with Paige. We both love old stuff, but she's also a great companion because we're each on the lookout for different things, so we're not competing for the ultimate find!

Visit my Instagram feed to see more vintage finds (all of which stayed behind at the tables).

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I'm willing to suffer new shoe discomforts for a glimpse downward at my new striped sandals.

I'm willing to suffer new shoe discomforts for a glimpse downward at my new striped sandals.

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featured stockist: the workroom

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A nice stack.

A nice stack.

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Another nice stack. Eagle eyes will notice that the workroom has a copy of out-of-print issue #3 and #12 for sale!

Another nice stack. Eagle eyes will notice that the workroom has a copy of out-of-print issue #3 and #12 for sale!

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It's always a pleasure to visit the workroom. And I notice that they have some out-of-print back issues like #3 and #12! Head on over to the workroom or contact them to scoop these up! 

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featured stockist: kid icarus

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We had a terrific time at our Show and Tell in Kid Icarus, a wonderful card and gift store slash printmaking studio. It had been a while since I visited Bianca and Mike's Kid Icarus—their previous studio shop was a tiny one with barely enough room to silkscreen let alone do retail. Their new venue is spacious and full of wonderful things to look at (and buy!) They also host workshops in the basement. 

Above is a small gallery of instagrams I took this evening. We hosted a Show and Tell where creative Torontonians could take a minute or two to introduce themselves and present an idea or example of their work. I look forward to sharing some of those highlights on the blog soon.

show and tell toronto

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We're heading to Toronto for the National Magazine Awards (UPPERCASE is nominated for Magazine of the Year!) and we'd love to meet our readers.

Janine (publisher, editor and designer of the magazine) and Erin (publicity and marketing) are hosting a Show and Tell at Kid Icarus. Are you an illustrator, craftsperson, designer or a generally creative soul? Do you have an idea to pitch to us? Have you dreamed of being published in UPPERCASE? Bring one example of your work and share it with us!

(Or, just come and say hi. We're really friendly.)

Thursday, June 6
7:30pm-10:00pm

Kid Icarus
205 Augusta Avenue

Please RSVP to Erin by June 5th, space is limited!

DesignThinkers: Randy J. Hunt

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Just a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Randy J. Hunt at HelloEtsy in Eindhoven where he was a panel moderator. Now at DesignThinkers, Randy was presenting an in-depth look at how he, as creative director at Etsy, uses the incredible amount of data generated through the Etsy site to enhance and interpret the Etsy site experience. It is through a combination of "balancing intuitive choices with a set of criteria and constraints" with "making some gut calls".

Randy shared some case studies, notably how the simple act of moving a favourites button affected engagement with the Etsy site—as well as providing new insight to the Etsy team on how the site is used by its visitors. It was an interesting talk and I learned some things that I will try to implement on my own site to increase traffic over to magazine subscriptions.

DesignThinkers: Design Army

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Pum and Jake Lefebure

Jake and Pum Lefebure are the husband and wife duo leading Design Army, a successful firm located in Washington, DC. The presentation was divided a bit like "his" and "hers". He takes care of business development, but it seems that she is in charge of the creative vision. A behind-the-scenes video showed the pair at a photoshoot, with Pum communicating the vision and attending to details and Jake with a coffee in hand, sometimes napping. It seems that they play this dynamic up for effect and judging from the caliber of their work, there are no slackers in the Design Army. Their style is a combination of highly art-directed stylized photography with boutique custom typography.

Pum Lefebure with Design Army's work for Neenah Paper.

Pum Lefebure with Design Army's work for Neenah Paper.

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Washington Bride and Groom magazine spread.

Design Army is active in promoting their firm and their partnership (mainly through styled photographs of themselves) published in DC lifestyle magazines and design journals. They are also advocates of entering their work in design annuals and claim to get a lot of new business through the exposure. They believe that if you exert the effort and cover the cost of producing great imagery for use by the media, it will pay off in free publicity because many publications are looking for quality images under time and budget constraints. As a publisher, I would agree with this statement—though the glamorous, styled image that Design Army projects isn't the UPPERCASE aesthetic, I do look for high quality images. 

    If you'd like to be featured in UPPERCASE, here is what I look for when reviewing submissions:

    • Clear, succinct, informative writing 

    • Object photos are well-lit on a simple backdrop (white is nice) or shown in-situ

    • Illustration previews as good scans or as jpg files

    • Intriguing workspaces that show the creative process

    • Photos of the artist or artisan either against a simple backdrop or shown in his/her studio

    • High resolution image files easily available through a provided link (i.e. don't send or email high res images without asking!)

    • All relevant (working!) links and contact information

    Please also follow the submission guidelines here. >>>

    DesignThinkers: Harry Pearce

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    Harry Pearce, partner at Pentagram

    Harry Pearce, partner at Pentagram

    Harry Pearce opened the conference with a personal story about finding a rock during an undersea snorkle. He loved the look and feel of the object and took it with him. It turned out to be no ordinary rock—its smooth indentation and once-sharp chiselled edge gave some clues... the rock was actually an ancient implement; one that had functional and historical value as well as the emotional value that Harry ascribed to it.

    This was an apt metaphor for the rest of his presentation in which Harry, a partner at the esteemed firm Pentagram, presented design that challenged him to work, to investigate, to experience, to feel and to react. For Harry, the tools of work can be beautiful and profound. 

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    These sample spreads are from a design exercise Harry began—to communicate typographically with very reduced elements—that evolved into a book called Conundrums. On the project, Harry noted, "What you think might be dumb ideas…. [turn into something else]. Ideas are just fantastic and have their own trajectory."

    Some one-liner highlights I noted during his presentation:

    There's beauty in the mystery.

    I just put the logo as big as we f*ing could.

    I was just photographing my kind of rubbish—and they thought me quite mad.

    Apparent crap can be heavenly source material.

    On design: I feel like design is finding me.

    It is a real privilege to be in ideas.

    DesignThinkers day 1

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    Piles of complimentary magazines including UPPERCASE, Design Lines and Applied Arts.

    Piles of complimentary magazines including UPPERCASE, Design Lines and Applied Arts.

    The swag bags can hold a lot of stuff (unlike the epic fail folded paper bags of last year.)

    The swag bags can hold a lot of stuff (unlike the epic fail folded paper bags of last year.)

    I've created a roundup of the best tweets and one-liners from the first day. Read it on Storify right here. (If anyone knows how to get a Storify embedded successfully in Squarespace6 that would be helpful! Code blocks do not work.)

    UPPERCASE contributing writer Vinciane de Pape and I enjoyed a nice lunch break.

    UPPERCASE contributing writer Vinciane de Pape and I enjoyed a nice lunch break.

    And remember to use the code #rgddt in the shop for $15 off subscriptions and renewals.

    (Code is valid until midnight tonight and cannot be retroactively applied!)