Issue 19, Fall 2013

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Dear Readers,

From the simple utility of the paper clip to the technical marvel of staplers and hole punches (the more old-fashioned the better!), the office can deliver a lot of inspiration for those of us who love to work. And from the unprecedented response to our open call for letterforms and alphabets created with office supplies, it looks like our readers love playing (and procrastinating) with these work tools, too!

The aesthetics of work extend to how a business is presented through its brand and its printed communications; the letterhead has long been the paper personality of a company—inside we explore its history. We investigate the cubicle—a work system devised with the best of intentions. We also take a look at an emerging style of working: collaborative, shared workplaces are becoming a popular alternative to the home office. We examine a variety of creative coworking scenarios in this issue—perhaps you will be inspired to look at your own work situation and environment in a new way.

As a graphic influence in art and design and as a traditional component in jewellery, in this issue we mine a trend that has a solid foundation: rocks, crystals and gems. The geometric appeal of crystals, the timeless seduction of gemstones and the solid comfort of smooth pebbles, these geologic treasures are universally adored. I hope you enjoy this nineteenth issue of UPPERCASE magazine—it’s a gem!

 

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CONTENTS

 

SNIPPETS

Trend
Gems and Geometry

Abecedary
Geometry
by Glen Dresser

Blog Beautiful
Brittni Mehlhoff’s 
“Paper & Stitch”
by Brittany Watson
Jepsen

Beginnings
Jett Butler
story and photos by 
Adrienne Breaux

Business
Creating Workspaces 
for Modern Work
by Rena Tom
Photos by Victoria Smith

FINE PRINT

Library
Geology
by Nikki Sheppy

Small Print
Letterhead:
Miniature Billboards
by Carolyn Fraser

Ephemera
Vintage Letterhead

Creature
Troglobites
by Glen Dresser

ART & DESIGN

Cover Artist
Paper Engineer
Lydia Kasumi Shirreff
by Colin Peebles Christensen
Photos by 
Jas Chi Ying Tang

Sketchbook
Iceland: A Love Affair
by Lisa Congdon

Painting 
Carly Waito
Story by MF Miller
Photos by Natasha Bardin

Dynamic Duo
One Plus One Design 
& Illustration
Photos by Lani Elias 
and Aly Lenhardt

History
Monolithic Insanity: 
The Cubicle
by Jonathan Shipley
Illustrations by Naomi Elliott

Culture
Japanese Work Aprons
by Holly Hutchinson
Illustration by Danielle Kroll

 

 

Type
Alphabets and Letterforms 
inspired by Office Supplies 
submitted by our readers

PLACES/SPACES

Workplace
Studiomates
by Janine Vangool
Photos by Julia Robbs

Cowork
The Unique Space
Nest Space
Assembly

Studio

A Brief History of 
UPPERCASE
by Janine Vangool
photos by Tracey Ayton and Janine Vangool

Field Trip
Alvar Aalto Studio
by Lisa Congdon

CRAFT

Stitch
Hélène Magnússon:
Icelandic Handknits
by Erin Bacon

W.I.P.S.
Diana Fayt’s 

Painted Pebbles
by Alessandra Cave

Guide
Gemstones
by Erin Bacon
Illustrations by Jenny Bonar

STYLE

Wardrobe
Rock-ability
Illustrations by 
Kelly Lasserre

Accessories
All that Sparkles

Tools
A Salute to the 
Vintage Office
by Brendan Harrison
Illustrations by 
Melissa Easton

Hobby
Rockhound
by Celina Wyss

Kitchen
Iceland Cookies
by Tara O’Brady

Recipe
Cardamom Cookies 
with Prune Jam
by Tara O’Brady

 

MISC

 

Peeps

Subscriber Profiles

Marketplace

Covet
Built to Last
by Andrea Jenkins