Paper Inspirations

By LaurenMarie

Paper is pretty.

Ok, so maybe I’m just weird, but I love getting paper sample books in the mail. With all the digital processes today, it’s so nice to hold something and feel its texture and warmth.

The paper swatch books usually have a section in them for performance, where they have samples of how the paper performs under different conditions—foil stamping, metallic ink, embossing, etc. I’ve even seen samples printed with a letterpress! Can you imagine how fun it would be to design these books?

Fox River Starwhite

Neenah Eames Embossed

Neenah Eames Gold Foil

Neenah Eames Architecture

Neenah Eames Foil

Neenah Environment

Neenah Environment

Neenah Environment Embossed

I wish I could better convey the texture of these beautiful papers. These are things that really inspire me and remind me why it’s so fun to be a designer. Do you have any favorite swatch books? Oh! Have you ever designed one??

The swatch books featured are Neenah Environment, Neenah Eames (my favorite!) and Fox River (now Neenah) Starwhite. All photos by me on my Canon Pro1 and G3 (camera, not mac).

This post was written to participate in the Design You Love group writing project on Designer Daily. You can participate, too! Deadline is October 31st for entries. There are even some nifty prizes!