A collaborative labor of love.
A letterpress printed tribute to Maria Popova's meditation on 7 things she learned in 7 years of reading, writing, and living posted on Brain Pickings. Having long been fans of Brain Pickings and Maria's work it was a delight to work together to bring her learnings to life! We worked with Uruguayan illustrator and graphic designer Martin Azambuja, who came up with the visual metaphor of a mobile for an added layer of symbolism.
"I’m proud and so very excited to reveal the end result of this collaborative labor of love, months in the making — an 18″x24″ letterpress poster printed on thick, sustainable cotton paper, inspired by vintage children’s book illustration and mid-century graphic design."
Maria Popova, Creator of Brain Pickings
The 7 Lessons:
1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
2. Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money or approval alone.
3. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words.
4. Build pockets of stillness into your life.
5. Maya Angelou famously said, "When people tell you who they are, believe them". But even more importantly, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. As Annie Dillard memorably put it, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
7. Debbie Millman captures our modern predicament beautifully: “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”
- Shipping & Returns
Brain Pickings poster
Excellent---the quality of the poster was perfect, arrived in a timely fashion and the content--goes without saying!
Well packaged, fast delivery.
A new fan
Great! Shopping was easy, shipping was on time and the product lovely!
Amazing customer service
I received posters that I ordered later than expected for a special event and when I enquired about how to return them because they were no longer needed, I was instructed to give them to someone who may like their message, and my entire cost was refunded. That's pretty awesome customer service!!
I sent them to be framed, cannot wait to hang both on my walls. Reminder of joy ♥️
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For us, building a great company means making decisions about design and production that we are proud to share. With this in mind, we take care in every detail — from how we select our production partners, how our products are made, how they are packaged, and finally, how they impact you in your everyday life.
Below is a closer look at some of our products and how we produce them.
The cards are printed with the world's leading playing card producers, the United States Playing Card Company based in Kentucky, USA. They have been perfecting the quality of their cards since they started printing in 1867 and produce some the best quality cards in the world including Bicycle®, "Bee"®, Aviator®, and Hoyle® playing cards.
After reviewing samples from other vendors, we chose USPC for their print quality and their dedication to minimizing the environmental effects of production.
Our playing cards are crafted from sustainably-forested paper, starch-based laminating glue and vegetable-based printing inks. At the end of their long life, the cards are also recyclable.
Greater Good Toolkit
Every part of the The Greater Good Toolkit from the guides, to the box, to the shipping box we send it in are all printed and assembled in the USA. The guides are printed with our friends at PrintWest, a Washington state based printer we have had the pleasure of working with for many years. The box was created with Master Paper Box in Illinois using from approximately 95% recycled material, and the recycled cardboard shipping box was printed with Arizona Corrugated in, well you may have guessed it, Arizona :-)
Cards, Prints & Posters
We produce our prints with EM Letterpress and Aardvark Letterpress, two craft-driven letterpress printers based in North Attleboro, MA and Los Angeles, CA respectively. Both print shops have been huge supporters of Holstee since the beginning and we couldn't be more proud to work with them.
Our designs are printed using low VOC and non-toxic inks on bamboo and cotton papers that are both chlorine and acid-free.
In 2013, we meet the team at Urban Ashes and we were inspired by their work with reclaimed wood, as well as their approach to training and working with formerly incarcerated individuals.
Our frames are handcrafted from reclaimed wood taken from deconstructed homes and buildings in the Detroit Metro Area. The frames themselves are put together in Ann Arbor, MI.
We are proud that through our work with Urban Ashes, we are able to give both the wood of these frames, and the craftsman and women who assemble them, a second chance.
Our self-adhesive Manifesto Decal is produced by Riverworks Printing in Greenland, NH and Landor in the United Kingdom. The decal is printed onto biodegradable PVC-free polyester using eco-solvent, low VOC inks. The unique adhesive we use (designed to be posted and removed up to 100 times!) is phthalate-free and won’t damage your walls.
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