Image courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.

Image courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.

Rather than see these glorious old books thrown out, Brett Dettmer looked for ways to create art from them so we could see them with fresh eyes.

First he explores the content of the book then covers them in varnish before carefully carving into their interior to reveal the story inside the book.

The image above, ‘Webster Two Point Oh’, is two dictionaries joined together to create “random poetry”.

“Absolute Authority” courtesy of the artist and Wexler Gallery. “Totem” courtesy of the artist and MiTO Gallery.

“Absolute Authority” courtesy of the artist and Wexler Gallery. “Totem” courtesy of the artist and MiTO Gallery.

In ‘Absolute Authority’ (left) he created a “living document” and in ‘Totem’ (right) is a stack of encyclopedias carved into a totem pole.

You can see more examples of his fascinating work here.


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Keep Me Posted Australia believe consumers should have the right to choose paper bills without being penalised for it.

They’ve recently had a solid win at the Consumer Affairs Forum when Consumer Affairs ministers sent a strong message to businesses that the disadvantaged should not be charged for receiving paper bills. 

If, in the twelve-month period granted to increase subscription to their existing exemption programs, businesses fail to see an increase in subscription, ministers will consider a total ban on paper billing fees.

“We hope that this result sends a clear message to apply common sense and do the right thing for all Australian consumers,” said Kellie Northwood, Executive Director of Keep Me Posted.

Keep Me Posted will continue to monitor the issues over the next twelve months.

Read the full press release here.



Erin French, owner and head chef at The Lost Kitchen in Maine, US, had a welcome problem: she was getting too many calls for reservations to her tiny restaurant. Almost as soon as she opened, bookings were steady to this out-of-the-way restaurant that serves local produce and food from her own garden, but the launch of her cookbook saw them become overwhelming.

So she came up with a unique idea.

Instead of making a phone call, reservations could only be made by handwritten notecard. This personal touch was so popular she received over 20,000 requests in the first month.

Bins of notecards at the local post office.

Bins of notecards at the local post office.

Although only a name and address were required, guests sent tiny sketches or watercolours, wrote heartfelt notes about the need for the comforting Lost Kitchen experience during a difficult time, told triumphant stories about successful organ transplants and shared their lives in the most personal and beautiful ways.

“It was so nice to just go the old-fashioned route,” said one customer.

French feels that serving food is an emotional connection to her customers.

“At the start of the day, I think, ‘Alright, here’s who we’re feeding tonight. We have a sense of who these people are before they even come in the door.”

Read the full story here.


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Canadian printer, Somerset, wanted to create a website that captured the sensory experience of paper, showcase the printer's skill and create continuity between their print and online marketing, so they created The Printed Website, an interactive press sheet of 20 different printing techniques that was then translated online through photography and motion.

Somerset’s design agency felt that because the digital experience can’t engage the senses the way print does, only by giving their customers something tangible could they could ignite all their senses and give them a truly interactive experience.

The single sheet includes included foils, perforation, scanamation, embossing, peel-off and tear-back panels, augmented reality, transparency, a scratchable panel, and a variety of paper stock and quality.

These features were then also developed into an online version that could be sent by text straight to a mobile phone.

You can read more about the design process and reasoning from their advertising agency here and watch the one-minute video here to see how well this fabulous idea has worked for them.

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