January 10, 2017 •
Editor’s Letter: Saluting Stationery Standouts
Welcome to our annual Trends Issue! I can’t think of a better way to herald in a prosperous new year than with a riveting design read. This issue features one of our reader’s favorite annual reads: 10 Designers to Watch.
For this year’s layout, we reached out to a most talented alumna of the feature, Eliza Shkolnik of Eliza Gwendalyn. Since she graced our pages in our 2015, Eliza has been pretty busy: making her TV debut on “Blood Sweat & Heels;” working with corporate clients from Facebook to Birchbox; launching the gorgeous Petunia font; even providing graphics and calligraphy for the April 2016 nuptials of Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson to NFL player Andrew East.
Eliza graciously found the time to work with me to design our icon for this year’s special 10. The most challenging part? Deciding which of her designs to use! You can see the final one we selected — as well as this year’s most talented crop — on page 40. But I couldn’t not share Eliza’s other sketches — I think you’ll agree they’re all most fabulous!
I also wanted to welcome back to the Stationery Trends fold Brian Virgona and, for this issue, Abbey Fowler, of 6.25 Paper Studio. Both are part of our original team — and I can’t think of a better way to prepare for our 10th year in print than with the help of that dynamic duo!
Until next issue,