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Papercut: update

This Brooklyn based Paris born husband and wife team have been featured on FormFiftyFive before, but I’ve only just come across them, so I hope a little reminder doesn’t bother you.

I really admire and enjoy the creativity and fun in all of their work, from illustrated type (here) and quirky custom fonts and lettering (here, here, here and here), to illustrations (here and here) and stop motion animation (here and here), and of course, their personal infographics project (here) as featured by Ray back in May 2010 (here).

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    Gareth Rutter
    8th Mar 2012
    3:24 pm
  1. Looks nice but identical to the Steven Powers aka ESPO’s project a Love letter for you…

  2. Sam MallettSam Mallett
    8th Mar 2012
    4:12 pm
  3. Is there a particular mural of Stephen’s that you were referring to? They’re similar in the fact they they’re colorful and playful typographical based paintings on walls, but I think to say they’re identical would be a bit of an exaggeration — unless of course you’re looking at something that I’m not.

    This is the first time I’ve seen the A Love Letter For You project (thanks for pointing it out) and I can see Stephen is very talented (I’m assuming they’re all his), but the one thing I really like about Papercut’s piece is that it fits so well on the space provided — everything slots together perfectly.

  4. Gareth RUtter
    8th Mar 2012
    5:52 pm
  5. OK, maybe identical is not the right word, but this is very similar in execution and use of space and colour to the ESPO work, just an observation it doesn’t mean this piece is not both interesting and beautiful…

  6. Sam MallettSam Mallett
    8th Mar 2012
    7:20 pm
  7. Hmmmm, I think I’d have to disagree with you on the execution front — aside from the fact they’re both paint on walls. I see Papercut’s style as a lot more graphic, crisp and clean, compared to Stephen’s more rough and ready look. Not that I don’t like rough and ready. In fact, only the other day I ‘pinned’ a selection of Brad Simon’s (Pork and Jeans) work on Pinterest. As for colour, Stephen’s used quite a lot of them thought his many murals, so yes, I can see the similarity. But Parra also uses bright bold colours, as do many artists.

    I don’t think we’re going to agree on this, but I can see where you’re coming from and I hope you can understand my take on it as well. I guess the most important thing is that we both like all the work we’re talking about.

    Brad Simon

  8. Gareth Rutter
    12th Mar 2012
    10:56 am
  9. Sam I think you’re missing my point, I don’t care that they are similar it was just an observation. I’m not trying to detract from Papercuts style, the fact that you had not seen the ESPO work and that my post highlighted it is surely a benefit and in turn I had not known about Papercuts work before your post.

    And yes there are lots of other people mining the same rich visual seam, and it’s great to see new versions of this from a wide range of artists.

    So we do kind of agree.

  10. rico
    12th Mar 2012
    1:58 pm
  11. i have to completely agree with gareth. i hate to rag on artists but you have to admit its completely derivate of stephen powers work…

  12. Sam MallettSam Mallett
    12th Mar 2012
    3:58 pm
  13. Rico! Gareth and I were just settling our dispute!

    Kidding of course. Hello and welcome to the discussion.

    Would you say if Parra painted this on a wall, it would be completely derivative of Stephen Powers’ work?

    It’s the typographic treatment I like in Papercut’s mural. The fact it’s huge and painted on a wall is a bonus. If it were an A0 poster, it’d still look as nice. What if it wasn’t painted on the wall though, what if it were an actual printed billboard? Would it sill be completely derivative of Stephen Powers’ work?

    Does Stephen Powers own painting words on walls?

  14. Sam MallettSam Mallett
    22nd Mar 2012
    6:35 pm
  15. These are nice:

  16. Simon
    2nd Apr 2014
    2:26 pm
  17. I’m just loving the scale and the work put into this design. Cant of been easy to do this on a wall. Sorry to sound so simple but it looks great I don’t think the passing public are going to be comparing the two designers. The development and process is nice to see as well at

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