January 11, 2022 •
Ten Designers to Watch in 2022: Lauren Harms
Lauren Harms from Next Chapter Studio is one of the Ten Designers to Watch in 2022. Read more about her in this Q&A.
Aesthetic of the Line?
We create bright and friendly greeting cards for everyone. All of our products are printed using Riso duplicators and are handmade in the U.S.A. My designs are inspired by the vibrant colors and unique textures that Riso creates. Printing a new design is a bit of experimentation and delight at the result.
Our neon HBD! seems to be going out in nearly every order. It’s a fun gradient of the fluorescent orange and pink inks.
So hard to choose! I really love our new Composition Notebooks, especially the Plans for World Domination. I’d been playing around with the classic marbled pattern for over a year, and I’m really happy with how they came together.
Our timeless diner coffee mug! Created on a whim to use up extra space on a press sheet, this one sells consistently. Though I shouldn’t be surprised, it is coffee!
Our Tie Dye series has been a big favorite since we released it in 2020. They really show off how well Riso inks mix and overlay, and are so much fun to print.
Right now it’s Riso Blue, one of our newest color drum additions. It’s an electric blue you can’t achieve in 4 color process.
Current Design Obsession?
Visually, I’m really into checkers and high contrast patterns. Logistically, we’re focused on streamlining our systems for creating Riso cards, which I see as a different, and invigorating, side of design.
We recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the desert blooms last spring were surprising and beautiful!
Staying at unique and beautifully designed hotels. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just a thoughtful experience.
For more information, visit www.nextchapterstudio.com.