Join AIGA SF Fellow and “Maven of Mail” Alyson Kuhn for an intimate gathering where she will talk about her “theory of thanking” as well as ways to assemble gracious, creative, and memorable notes for friends, clients, and customers. Alyson is a long-standing advocate for expressing gratitude on paper and will show creative examples, tell stories, and offer inspiration.
Alyson recently co-presented Thoroughly Modern Mail, an AIGA webcast, with Bob Dixon, Director of Innovation for the US Postal Service. Alyson has fully embraced Informed Delivery, which is the newest innovation from the USPS. She finds it personally delightful, both as a recipient and as a sender, and she thinks the design potential of Informed Delivery is, in a word, extraordinary. She’s had the advantage of discussing this new program with Bob in several conversations and would love to explore it directly with a group of designers and design aficionados. Because Informed Delivery is still in its formative phase, the opportunity for designers to shape its future is unprecedented.
Alyson is a freelance writer in Northern California. She has written extensively about paper and printing, art and design ... including the smallest surface where all of these elements come together: postage stamps. She has written the text for two exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. “Alphabetilately,” which opened at the Museum in 2008, was based on the AIGA SF philatelic alphabet, a project Alyson conceived in 1997 and stewarded to three licensing agreements for the chapter. Alyson was honored to be made an AIGA Fellow in 2015.
Alyson’s professional paper life began in Atlanta, in 1987, when she opened an envelope boutique in Chamblee called The Paper Chicken. She went on to work for legendary Atlanta specialty printer Dickson’s, Inc., and then for Paper Source in Chicago. She has taught “Anatomy of an Envelope,” a workshop she developed, to designers and other correspondents in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Kansas City.
FREE - Members Online
FREE - Members At Door
$10 - Non-Members Online
$10 - Non-Members At Door
Space is limited!
Street parking only. Carpooling is recommended.