National Stationery Week
Next week, starting 24th April, is National Stationery Week, a campaign encouraging people to write or print on paper rather than on a screen.
A lot of the promotion around the campaign will be online (including this post), which is sort of ironic but nonetheless made me think of which samples from our print archive could best represent stationery - the tissue-like touch of Conqueror Cotton Connoisseur? Vineyard letterheads made from recycled grape pulp? Mermaid calling cards printed on seaweed paper?
I couldn't decide, so instead, to celebrate National Stationery Week here is an interesting letter from 1969, and every designer's perfect design brief:
For their album, Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones asked Andy Warhol to design a sleeve featuring a workable zip.
Jagger politely warns the the artist of production difficulties associated with complex sleeve design, advice that was then completely ignored by Warhol, who instead produced a cover that caused all manner of problems, including scratched copies of the record itself.
(Letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, dated April 21, 1969: Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Reproduced with the permission of Mick Jagger.)
For more letters of note see http://www.lettersofnote.com