I’m having another sort out of my stationery cupboard at home today which consists of three cartons and a shoe box crammed with stuff. I’m obviously not focussed on work, as I wouldn’t be having a sort out if I were. During my delvings I came across some old swatches of paper from GF Smith, which in turn led me to have a little browse on their website, which in turn took me to their Colorplan website, which is a lesson in how to use up an hour without really trying – it’s fun.
When Papernation had a store in Bristol we used to buy papers from GF Smith and they were a fabulous company to deal with. They managed to make paper sexy and stylish and fun. They win awards for their products and for their design skills and it’s certainly easy to see why. Even their trade swatch books are highly sought after because they are so cool and all round lovely.
GF Smith make Colorplan paper. It’s a range of papers that comes in 50 colours, in 8 different paper weights and can be embossed in 25 different finishes, and last year they launched a website devoted to Colorplan.
The website has all the color swatches on the page which you can then drag and drop to different positions to see how colours work together. If you’re a designer it’s a really useful tool, and great to just play with too.
Watch a short video of how the Colorplan website works
GF Smith is a lesson in how to get things right. Their attention to detail is fantastic. They even had a font designed especially for their new website, yep, you’ve guessed it, called Colorplan. Their website tells you to pay particular attention to lowercase ‘g’, uppercase ‘M’ and the numerical character set.
I wish I still lived in London as they’re currently advertising a job at their offices in Southwark. I’d be very tempted to apply.