so much comes across my desk—what happened to a paperless society? i save too much. from the street. from the mail. torn from magazines. often these bits are pinned to my wall in front of me. this particular photo is one of the few times i recorded my wall collage. i remember where I found some of these items; others I don’t. the large “sud” is a page from an amazing type specimen book i will be sharing with you soon. it has special meaning for me since “sud” means “south” in french and i’m originally from alabama. my partner and spouse is from new york and, from time to time, i wish we had named our firm “nord & sud.” the handwritten numbers are a xerox from a book by robert doisneau; a lovely children’s book which is an inspiration in itself. the “h” business card is from a swedish designer I admire, henrik nygren. doesn’t it fit perfectly with the other items? sitting on the desk is an issue of typographische monatsblätter devoted to piet zwart. the p and black square was zwart’s personal mark. the red envelope is actually the most perfect shade of red and was bought at bell’occhio in san francisco. there is a page from a polish journal highlighting the czech avant garde and poking out from behind the large “e” is a label from the olivetti company designed from the ’50s which happens to be addressed to paul rand no less. to the right is a page from jan tschichold book, designing books, wittenborn, 1951. i bought a copy that was falling apart so many of the pages wind up pinned to the wall. i have since moved our studio and my desk now looks out the window. therefore my wall compositions don’t occur as regularly but instead are pasted in books. my own art. i’ll share these, too.