I’m excited for today’s QA with Designing Mom Tori about her newest book and compilation, Today’s Top Stationery Artists 2. It was an honor to be included in the first one and when I heard a second one was in the works I just knew Tori would handle the book with the same expert eye, care and love that she did with the first. If you love stationery, paper and the scrumptious world of color and patterns then be sure to read on about Tori’s experience putting the book together which contains 52 (yes 52!) new stationery designers. A big heartfelt Congrats Tori!
What prompted the undertaking and inspiration of a part deux Today’s Top Stationery Artists?
I was actually pregnant at the time the publisher approached me about doing a follow up book. Because of the pregnancy and the fact that we were also moving, I wasn’t exactly in the mood for such a big undertaking. It wasn’t until I spoke with an art director friend and mentioned in passing that I might do another book that I felt truly inspired to do it. Her enthusiasm was contagious and the more we chatted about it, the more genuinely excited I got about it and I just knew that I had to take the opportunity.
Any noticeable themes, colors or styles that you noticed in paper designers this year?
Woodland creatures are still in style and seem to be here to stay a while. Also fonts and hand-lettering are very in style as well. As far as colors go, I think that bright and bold are mostly what I saw.
What were some of the challenges involved in putting together a book which cohesively showcases so many different artists and their work?
The biggest challenge was probably working with deadlines. The book has over 50 contributors so naturally there was a handful of artists who were late in getting me the information that I needed so I learned that I needed to be patient but at the same time be firm with my timeline. The artists as a whole were all great to work with so I can’t really complain.
How did you go about criteria for selecting designers/artists?
I only selected artists that I loved. It was as simple as that. The only real criteria was that the designers had to be different from the designers included in the first book.
Any online tools, planners or apps that you used or found helpful during this project?
I wish! I am very low-tech so I just used Word. If a part three ever comes into existence I will have to do some research on online tools and apps. I am sure that there are easier and faster ways to do things.