by Marisa Marcantonio

Sending hand written note in the mail seems to be gaining in popularity these days. A small but steady momentum has been building towards this. A return to a more genteel form of communication is afoot. Perhaps it is a reaction against the technology saturation we are experiencing with all of our various gadgets; perhaps it is the return to handmade special designs that lures us in.

Anna and Nathan Bond of Rifle Paper illustrate notecards with sweet illustrations that harken back to classic Bemmelman's and Babar books. The wit and whimsy of a jazzy dog in sunglasses and a scarf cannot be denied.

Taking a trip? Say goodbye with style.

A hot dog in a striped sweater? Love him.

Mr. Boddington incorporates historical elements with clean design in graphic writing papers.

A new writing box is easy to pop in your bag to catch up on thank you notes.

Their whitewashed booth at the Stationery Show provides a stark monochromatic backdrop for the color of the papers and tags stand out.

Pie Bird Press creates artistic letterpress cards with realistically painted objects. A single birthday candle says it all.