I rarely take a moment to look back on the work we’ve done here at Design*Sponge. I’ve always been more of a “full steam ahead!” type of person. But this has been a summer worth spending a quick second looking back on. We hired our first full time team member, launched a major redesign, published our very first book, are embarking on a 30 city book tour and- just for fun- we created a summer newspaper.
Of all our publishing projects, for some reason this newspaper was the most fun for me. Maybe because it was so spontaneous or maybe because it gave me a chance to spend an extended amount of time with two of our amazing team members, Kate Pruitt and Amy Azzarito. Whatever the reason, this newspaper will always hold a special place in my heart. And even more special was the reaction we got. I hoped people would grab a copy and smile and enjoy a quick flip through over coffee somewhere. But to see so many people sending pictures of themselves with their papers and hear about how much you enjoyed them really, really made my summer. Thank you so much to everyone who hunted down copies in person and shared them with friends.
While this issue was in every possible way a test for us (and a limited one at that), I definitely heard and appreciated your requests for a digital version. For future issues we’ll be focusing on print-only (and making sure everyone who wants a copy can easily get one), but for this special edition, Tonya and Alanna at The Dye Lab (who designed the paper for us) created a PDF version of the paper that you can download and read. So if you’ve been wanting to check out the paper and test out the DIY projects inside, I hope you’ll enjoy this digital version of the paper. Thanks so much again to everyone who helped distribute the paper, was featured in it, the shops who carried it and everyone who helped create it. This really was the most fun summer project ever. xo, grace