Paper promotions run the risk of becoming very gimmicky, resorting to overusing available printing techniques and the latest and greatest in trends. I am always happy to see a promotion that lets the paper be the true hero, while at the same time getting some information about something—anything.
Mohawk’s highest grade of paper, Superfine, is widely viewed as the pinnacle of the papermaker’s art. Yet, despite its longstanding reputation for extraordinary print quality, a whole new generation of designers needed a formal introduction.
In approaching the Superfine promotion, VSA Partners sought to tell the story of Superfine in a manner that demonstrated the attributes of the paper, while formulating a narrative around the essence of Superfine: timeless quality that endures through constant reinvention.
Mode of Transformation showcases the evolution of the bicycle as the perfect metaphor for the story of Superfine. Like the bicycle, Superfine is custom-crafted, constantly pushed to the limit, and made to last. Both are objects of endless fascination. Both have sustainable qualities that, more and more, are being brought to the surface. And undeniably, both have a passionate following within their domain.
Back and front cover with a registered, sculptured embossIntroductionVisual Timeline of the Evolution of the Bicycle The Story of SchwinnVanilla Bicycles, a custom workshop out of Portland, OregonA Dada-inspired interludeThe Camper Bike by Kevin Cyr Racing Cyclist Portraits by Timm KöllnNada Bikes, a non-profit collective out of San FranciscoConclusion
FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.
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blogs we publish
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
events we organize
Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.
Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.