Paper 101 – How to choose paper & more!

It’s been on my to-do list for a while but I think I put it off so long because I was scared about getting facts wrong and covering all of the right points in a concise & informative way. And maybe because I thought it might turn out to be an hour of me just ooh-ing. What am I talking about? Well, I finally filmed my video about paper. It’s 22 minutes of me talking purely about paper for Graphic Design students, paper geeks and anyone else really. I might have mentioned it before, but I regularly make Youtube videos, incase you didn’t already know/ aren’t subscribed (P.S. sort it out!).

And I had a great time filming it, as I’m sure you can tell from my smile!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a cuppa & geek out without the risk of any paper cuts!

OR if you don’t have 20 minutes right now, add it to your watch list & enjoy a flavour of my geekiness:

I talk gsm, give a really brief overview of how paper is made & get my swatch books out, for all of the feels! Also might get a bit enthusiastic about 700gsm and how a swatch book could be used as a weapon, but obviously wouldn’t because it’s a Graphic Designer’s baby! ha

Proving that paper definitely doesn’t have to be boring, I’m sharing a range of colours and textures: From acid green with a hint of glitter…

… to a rainbow courtesy of my love for GF Smith’s colorplan.

But it’s not all about bright colour after all; How white are your whites? 50 shades of white and other puns included.

And of course, there’s plenty of paper stroking!

I also filmed another video on the topic of working for free as a creative, which has had a lot of interesting conversation around it so feel free to watch it & join the discussion.

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