You can’t get away from paper! IdN Magazine | Issue v20n4


IdN v20n4: Paper Special – You can’t get away from paper!

The end of paper? That’s what people have been predicting ever since the Internet became a mass medium and screens in some shape or form replaced pieces of A4 or physical notebooks. But like the paper-less office that we were all meant to be working in by now, this dire prophecy has not come to pass.


Paper Mates

You can’t get away from paper — and these creative outfits don’t want to because they’re using it to make the most amazing works of art. The design world is enjoying something of a renaissance as more and more designers are re-discovering the beauty and versatility of this 2,000-year-old natural product. In that evolutionary way that has characterised its entire existence, paper has come to terms with digitalisation: creatives who are called upon to communicate via the computer have simply compensated for the loss of their art’s hand-crafted 3D qualities by ingenious use of lighting, settings and art direction.

We profile half-a-dozen leading exponents of paper-made art, who in exclusive interviews with IdN explain the attractions that dealing with this “magic” material hold for them, the challenges that it provides and the satisfaction they derive from overcoming them.



Benja Harney




Goeun Lee


Julene Harrison


Owen Gildersleeve





Motion Gallery: Projection Mapping.
Mapping the future of motion graphics

Projection mapping started out as an eye-catching enhancement to a Disneyland ride back in the late 1960s, but it has gone on to become a mainstay of public art and advertising. What were once known as “light shows” or “son et lumiere” performances have taken over our city streets at night, making them safer and a lot more enjoyable to be in, and transformed the appeal of many historic monuments. World-renowned specialists in this cutting-edge discipline, Moment Factory and Refik Anadol, tell us how it’s done and why.


Moment Factory | Refik Anadol | and more!


Creative Country: Portugal
Wit, warmth and a spirit of adventure

Once a world super-power, Portugal had long languished in the aftermath of its loss of empire followed by a lengthy fascist dictatorship. But since the return of democracy, the country’s design communities have begun to forge a new national identity, drawing on both their creative heritage and the opportunities for global interaction opened up by the Internet. Although hampered by the current European economic crisis, they are making great strides. Here, we survey the scene through the eyes of five outstanding design units.


Add Fuel | Alva Design Studio | Maga Atelier | Oraviva! | R2 Design



Studio: Different recipes for success

Detail Design | Studio Feed



Typography: The DNA of great designs

Johnson Banks


Editorial: Balancing graphical and editorial equations

D’Apostrophe | Hanson Chan | Ricardo Leite



Look Inside October’s issue IdN Magazine




Motion Gallery: Projection mapping
Feature: Paper-mate
Creative Country: Portugal
Studio: Detail Design, Studio Feed
Typography: The DNA of great designs
Editorial: Balancing graphical and editorial equations


108 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
Online access to included

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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