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From the Design Desk: Beloved Freelance Santas Deliver Design-y Goodness

During the holidays we are on the lucky receiving end of some thoughtful and charming gifts from the many creative people we work with throughout the year. Here’s a sampling of the lovely and tasty things that we have received this year.

From Smog—the design firm behind the brilliant Beck book, among many others—designer Michael Morris received these tasty looking frozen lasagnas. There’s veal osso buco, wild boar bolognese, and confit baby artichoke among others. Yum! Definitely a unique gift that I admit I’m coveting.

Photographer of Cake Stencils, Angie Cao, sent designer Alice Chau this adorable package of cookies and all the materials she will need to decorate them. Angie’s totally got our number! We (and probably other designers too) go gaga for things in little labeled jars.

Wise photographer Leigh Beisch knows she can’t go wrong with a gift of booze. She also included these charming notecards that feature photos of her cute pug, Bella. Leigh has photographed many cookbooks for us over the years, including the recent beauty, Southern Pies.

Design Army, the firm responsible for the award-winning design of This is NPR, comes through again this year with their fun and wonderfully graphic wrapping paper. Thank you, Design Army! This will be the 3rd year in a row that I have the best looking gifts under the tree!

Illustrator and author of the phenomenal Exquisite Book, Julia Rothman sent several of us this charming ornament that she created with the Land of Nod.

Caitlin Keegan, illustrator of our lovely Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets, continues to help me stay organized with her 2012 calendar (also mentioned in our calendar round up two weeks ago. I love this round format!

Thank you to all our freelancers for thinking of us this year. We feel fortunate to work with such talented and thoughtful people.

Happy Holidays!

Brooke Johnson
Senior Designer

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