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12 Days of Christmas

With a nod and a wink to one of the most enduring Christmas carols ever, we’ve created a 12 Days suite of images we’ll post on Instagram one (day) at a time.

No lords a leaping here. We’ll have penguins, gingerbread men, a snowman and more to celebrate the season in style (oh, and it’s also a way to get users to check out our gift tags and holiday cards on Etsy).

The series starts on our Instagram account on December 13th.

 

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The Saul Bass Touch

collection of Saul Bass graphics

As we mentioned in a previous post, a local movie theater was showing Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic “Psycho” on Halloween night, which seemed to us to be the perfect way to do the holiday. While watching the opening credits, we suddenly remembered the connection that renowned graphic artist Saul Bass  (1920-1996) on the movie’s production.

Bass was possibly the preeminent visual designer of his time, and you’ve probably seen his work. He created logos for AT&T, United Airlines and Kleenex, among others. He also mastered the art of the illustrated poster, a few examples which we’ve posted here.

He frequently devised opening credits for several mid-century movies, including “Psycho.” But Hitchcock had other ideas for Bass’s expertise.

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