Moving 5 times in 10 years will make anyone – even a graphic designer like me – want to cut down on mail. Not only is forwarding a pain, but there are so many random things like magazines that still don’t seem to end up where they’re supposed to. Here are my top 3 digital substitutes for physical mail: they center around my visual priorities of course (I love sending and receiving stylish mail!) but I know there are lots more out there on the more practical side, so please comment and share your own favorite resources!
Here in Baku, there simply isn’t a snail-mail option (unless you count smooshing envelopes into your husband’s work bag, to be coated with a layer of pretzel dust and maybe or maybe not delivered to its intended recipient within a week). But even before moving, I was a fan of this thoughtful digital communication company. Paperless Post lets you pick a card, personalize it, and even “write” on an envelope. When the recipient clicks the email link, they experience “opening” the card just like if you sent it physically.
Above: Spring Flowers design for Paperless Post by Red Cap Cards, 3 coins. I use Paperless Post for special, individualized messages to family and friends both local and stateside: you can’t go wrong sending a birthday or thank you card this way. They have many free options, but some premium designs cost from 1 to 3 “coins”, which you can buy in multiples of 20 on their site starting at 6.
Again it was work that led me to this “innovative digital publishing platform”, but personal interest keeps me coming back. Well-known magazines such as Marie Claire along with quirky independent zines are available to read, browse, and be visually inspired by from any digital device .
Above, an example spread from Marie Claire February 2015. They do have several paid subscription options, but almost everything I want to read is available for free. It really is an archive, library and newsstand all in one.
I use Mailchimp often to create e-newsletters for my professional graphic design clients. I also love to craft html emails like moving announcements and party invites for personal mailing lists, when I want more control over the design and content than other options (like evite) can give me.
Above, a personal moving announcement sent earlier this year. If you are a bit more creative and web-savvy, or want to include photos in a special way, Mailchimp is a fun option. As long as you let them include a logo at the bottom (and don’t send more than 12,000 emails a year) it’s free!
What are your favorites? List them below for me please! Once comments are closed, I’ll be sure to add links on the Where to Shop services section).