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The sixteenth edition of Dapper Notes is for subscribers only. Here’s Why.

Everything is an experiment

Every design I create is a brand new experiment. I try to find an interesting combination of cover materials — usually fabric and book cloth — and the best way to turn them into a nice looking, durable cover. The thread and decorative endsheet are then picked to match the design, but creating a great cover always comes first.

My usual process will include perusing fabric shops where I purchase a variety of samplings. When I shop, I’m not only looking for nice designs, but also consider the thickness and threading. …

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This is a special edition, and the 19th installment of #enonspiration, where I celebrate a few creatives who inspire me. Coinciding today with #GoodtypeTuesday, where the prompt is to letter their names. So I did both, carving the usual hashraa (השראה) “inspiration” in a kiwi, and lettering four artist’s names on the outside. Go check them out and show them some well-deserved love:


Some of my favorite illustrations are those that inspire whimsy, but can tell a whole story in one frame. Chen’s (חן) metaphors are always on point.


When it comes to paper crafts, there are few who are able to balance both lifelike dimensions and smooth lines, count amongst them Nyssa’s (ניסה) work. …

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The U.S. P.remium S.lowness

This past January, new USPS rules went into effect that limited the use of their most affordable international shipping option. Instead of being weight-based like all their other offerings, one could only use that service to send actual letters. The rates for all merchandise shipments were tripled, leaving small businesses like my own in a tough spot.

I used to be able to ship internationally for about $3–$6, but after the change, shipping a single Dapper Notes to anyone outside of the US (and Canada) costs almost as much as the notebook itself. …


Enon Avital

Web designer, meditating with type. Father of three and of dappernotes.com

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