July 15, 2013


Conde Nast Entertainment began its video series in March with channels from GQ, Glamour, and eventually Vogue and Wired. Most recently, the company rolled out a channel for Vanity Fair. Unlike previous channels which focus on service and product angles, Vanity Fair programming will focus more on pop culture and entertainment for which the magazine is known.

“Our goal is to bring Vanity Fair to life in a new medium,” editor in chief Graydon Carter said in a statement.

The channel is kicking off with just four series to satiate consumer and advertisers growing taste for online video content. However, it will be interesting to see whether or not Conde Nast will be able to offset the high production costs of their programs with high enough viewership and ad sales.

Vanity Fair’s videos can be found on both their website and on the corresponding YouTube channel.

Read full article here.


June 17, 2013


The concept of artist as archivist lives on at the Library of the Printed Web, a new project which takes data found online and transforms it into printed matter. The artists who work within the realm of online mediums are hunter-gatherers of sorts, sifting and searching through endless data before interpreting and compiling their findings into unique narratives. The Library of the Printed Web accumulates these accumulations into a tightly curated collection of virtually brand new work–most of the pieces 5 years old or younger.

The modern idea behind Printed Web is highly indicative of the modern enthusiasm behind the print-on-demand perks of self-publishing, and mirrors the instant-gratification associated with online media. A unique aspect of the project is the un-rarified personality of the collection, none of the works within will ever go out of print and thus it is an “inherently not precious” body. Such a characteristic gives the collection a straight-forward, utilitarian vibe.

Besides being simple in its availability, the project functions as an indicator on the ways in which print is changing due to increased web uses. The overarching theme between each book in the collection, is that of technology today, the growing collection directly translates the changing culture of technology–and our relationship with it–in real time.

Read more about the collection here, or visit the Library of Printed Web online.

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June 10, 2013


Image from PARC and Thinfilm Electronics

Printing, no longer limited to simply paper, may have a new role in electronics manufacturing. The technology, still in its early stages, continues development at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Researchers at PARC–a division of Xerox–make further gains toward the possibility of printing electronic components such as light-emitters, smart tags, flexible batteries, memory and more, according to an article by CNET.

The technology would utilize specialized inks to generate electronics from scratch. The inks would incorporate functional technologies like light-emission or chips which would then be printed wherever needed. Additionally, roll-to-roll printers–once used to churn out large amounts of lengthy papers for daily newspapers–would likely be utilized for the electronic printing, turning out transistors and the like instead of Sunday papers.

Read the full article here.

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May 21, 2013


Australian airline, Qantas, is launching its own book series intended to offer a unique flying experience to its passengers. The line, called “Stories For Every Journey,” features one-of-a-kind books, each tailored to last the exact duration of your flight.

The airline partnered with ad agency Droga5, and publishing company Hachette to create the novels–which are geared towards more upscale customers–written by various Australian authors. Each novel promises to only take a brief amount of time to read, yet last just long enough to finish by the time the plane touches down.

In reference to the new venture, Droga5’s creative chairman, David Nobay, told Ad Age last week, “It occurred to us that, in this world of Kindles and iPads, the last bastion of the humble, paperback novel is actually at 40,000 feet. Just take a look at the bulging shelves at any airport bookstore.”

Read more about the flight-length books here.

Photo from Design Taxi.

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May 20, 2013


Publishing a book–a well-read book at that–is a mystery to most. For instance, what does an author think or feel when reflecting upon a physical copy of their work? Answering that question, fifty popular authors decided to annotate their first editions of a singular work in order to raise money for the English PEN, a writers’ rights group.

Much buzz surrounds the innovative fundraiser, especially with big names such as J.K. Rowling (who annotates the first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”) headlining the list of books available at auction. Other authors include Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Keneally, Hilary Mantel, and Helen Fielding–author of Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The annotations include backstory as to how certain bits came into being (Rowling invented the mythical sport of Quidditch after a fight with her boyfriend), how titles were conjured (Ishiguro asked writer-colleagues for ideas out of context), as well as personal anecdotes (Fielding describes fascinating interactions with Hugh Grant).

Read full article here, or browse the annotations online.

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May 9, 2013


FRIEZE Art Fair opens tomorrow in New York! From May 10-13 the fair will be held at Randall’s Island Park. This year’s fair includes over 180 leading contemporary galleries from 32 countries including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA.

The fair will also include several additional programs including:

Frieze Projects: Seven specially commissioned, site specific, art projects curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Frieze Talks: A program of presentations and discussions featuring writers, artists and cultural commentators.

Frieze Sounds: Three commissioned audio works to be presented by BMW and premier during the fair.

Frieze Sculpture Park:  Attendees will have the opportunity to experience large scale sculptures in a unique environment located along the waterfront of Randall’s Island.

Frieze Education: A new program organized by Free Arts NYC and Deutsche Bank that will give public schools and museum groups a chance to explore the fair through workshops about contemporary art and color theory.

Visitor information

List of exhibitors


April 26, 2013


Paris Photo, a hugely prestigious art fair, highlights historical and contemporary work in the photographic medium. The fair–which celebrates its seventeenth year–drew over 50,000 visitors to its November fair in the Grand Palais, and opened its first edition in the US last night, here in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios. The fair, which prides itself on the impressive collection of exhibitors it gathers, brings that excellence to LA, blending together more than 70 galleries and publishers from 14 different countries.

The choice to launch the American edition in LA was a conscious one, considering the undisputed significance of the city as a powerhouse and center of art–particularly for modern and contemporary features.

Director of Paris Photo, Julien Frydman, notes that “For us, this city, which in the last ten years has changed so much with so many galleries, was an obvious environment to create the fair. Once we secured the location at Paramount Studios, it was even more obvious because we were in this historical place where fiction meets reality.

By pairing the enriched influence of Paris and Los Angeles, the exhibition hopes to establish a beautiful, unsurpassed experience for the public. Highlights include the Andy Warhol BMW Art Car which Warhol painted in 1979, Matthew Brandt’s nightscapes, and more. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to meet artists such as William Egleston, Catherine Opie, and Roe Etheridge via the fair’s book signings.

Besides the photography featured, the fair offers a program of conversations and screenings curated by Douglas Fogle. “Sound and Vision,” as the feature is called, includes an international roster of artists such as Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner who discusses the relationship of still and moving images as it pertains to film and cinema.

Paper Chase attended the opening to check out the scene.  Arriving on the New York lot, there was an exciting energy, attendees roamed the streets visiting booths, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the multiple parties that were held as part of the kick off Thursday night. With an exhibitor list that includes many prestigious galleries and publishers such as Regen Projects, Perry Rubenstein, Artbook D.A.P and Aperture, the fair is sure to attract large crowds of supporters through the weekend.

Interested in attending the fair? Ticketing information is available here.

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April 19, 2013

Celebration in print, storytelling, arts at the LA Times Festival of Books

Photo from LA Times.

The LA Times will be hosting their annual Festival of Books this weekend, Sat., April 20-Sun., April 21. This will be the third year that the festival will be held at the University of Southern California campus, and it marks the first year that the LA Metro Expo line will be available to travelers headed to the event–parking is also available at the school for $10 per day.


The festival features multiple stages and booths throughout the entire campus where visitors can witness musical performances, cooking demonstrations, and where over 500 authors will participate in lively panel discussions, book readings and signings, and onstage interviews. Hungry readers and writers alike can visit the food court located at Cromwell field for various food trucks such as Crepe ‘n Around and the Palazzolotruck. Families will enjoy the Target stage (centered at McCarthy Quad on campus) which features children’s entertainment all weekend long including readings and sing-alongs.


Tickets are available for all the events around the festival for free online, though a $1 processing fee is required–however, the option remains to wait in the standby line to gain entrance. The festival also offers a cool app for Android and iPhones in order to customize a personalized schedule for the weekend.


Read more from the LA Times article or at the official event page.

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April 17, 2013


Paper Chase is excited to be launching our new line – STANDARD GOODS.  With a reformatted e-commerce platform, we will be able to offer some of our most notable products with custom options for all your printing needs.

The STANDARD GOODS line will include
Hardcover books
Softcover books
Business cards
Folded/Flat  cards
Postcard notepads
Tabloid posters
Hang tags

All these items will be available in a choice of sizes, colors and paper stocks to help you achieve the perfect look.  With lower prices and easy online ordering you can get your project completed with ease while still receiving the exceptional craftsmanship that Paper Chase Press has become known for.  Be sure to keep a look out  for the new line!

April 17, 2013


Director and friend of Paper Chase, Thymaya Payne has been receiving great success with the release of his documentary Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy. The film chronicles the hijacking of the CEC Future, a Danish ship traveling just off the coast of Somalia, on its way to Indonesia.  Since its release in January 2013, the film has received rave reviews.  We were honored to have worked with Thymaya to print some custom portfolios and promotional posters for the release and are excited to see hear about the films continuous achievements.

Stolen Seas will be screening on April 19th at the Laemmle Beverly Hills theater with a Q&A afterwards.

For tickets go to http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?thid=4
Seating is limited!

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