Sabine Lenz

Sabine Lenz

Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.

Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.

Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the “paper queen” who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge. 

Leap for Survival Invitation (Video)

This week PaperSpecsGallery.com presents the Leap for Survival Invitation. The reason for this fundraising dinner? Very special frogs. With fewer than 120 Corroboree frogs left in the wild, Australia’s Taronga Zoo required a stirring concept for their charity event, and Another Color gave them just that with the Leap for Survival Invitation.

NFC Technology Brings Paper 'Alive'

Advertising media, interactive displays, product labeling and packaging, security—all are perfect playgrounds for NFC technology. Yes, some of the marketing applications are similar to QR codes, but without the ugly square that has been driving design-minded folks crazy for years.

Fort Worth Zoo Ball Invitation Features Intricate Diecuts (Video)

This week PaperSpecsGallery.com presents the Zoo Ball Invitation that was designed for the 2014 Fort Worth Zoo Ball. The invitation is a glory of intricate, laser diecut shapes on the shimmering surface of Curious Metallics Ice Gold Cover. A stepped, five-panel card unwinds in an illusion of depth and reflection. One side of the shimmering paper is printed in red, which gives an interesting alternating color effect, thanks to the accordion folding style.

Sabine Lenz Highlights Latest dVice4 Issue (Video)

This week, Sabine Lenz of PaperSpecsGallery.com, highlights the latest issue of dVice4, produced by DCC Digital Color Concepts in New York, NY, and designed by OTTO. The fourth edition explores the food culture of New York City, and promises creative inspiration at every turn, flip and unfold!

Subtle Sensation: Digital Gold and Silver Inks

OK, I’m not proud of this: I tried to sneak some Xerox beta samples from GRAPH EXPO last year, but their team watched me like a hawk. So you can imagine my delight when last week, Xerox officially debuted the subject of those samples: their digital metallic inks. And even better, the ink is actually available, as in NOW!

2015 Film Fest Calendar (Video)

Lights! Camera! Design! This holiday calendar gift from Taylor Design sets an identity-packed scene with engaging script, brilliant paper plotting and thrilling illustrations.

The Artifacture Open House Invitation (Includes Video)

This week, PaperSpecsGallery.com calls attention to Artifacture's Open House. Simple can be thrilling. Especially when it’s about to spring a surprise on you. As it does here. With this simple (you were warned) invitation from Artifacture.

Printing Trend of the Year: Laser Diecutting

Designers and printers are pushing the proverbial envelope with laser diecutting, realizing breathtaking results in the process. Is this really a trend? To find out I did what we all do these days—I Googled it.

The Jim Beam Wood Label (Includes Video)

This week, PaperSpecsGallery.com features Jim Beam Wood Label. Someone must have felt intoxicated when they found this substrate from Graphic Wood Technologies. The 13-pt. Text Cherry Sheer Veneer makes for a spectacular Jim Beam Wood label on this bottle of American Stillhouse Limited Edition Bourbon Whiskey.

Samples: The Biggest Source of Stress for Creatives

We know what the finished piece should look and feel like. We have touched and approved the paper; we know the individual print and finishing processes—our list of ingredients, if you will. And based on all this we expect a certain end result.

Warm Holiday Wishes Card (Includes Video)

This week, PaperSpecsGallery.com features the Warm Holiday Wishes Card. The team at Design Is Yummy used an impressive menu of visual, tactile and interactive ingredients to create the perfect holiday card (i.e. one that you can drink).

This Branding Suite Makes a Great Impression (Includes Video)

This week, PaperSpecsGallery.com features a promotional piece created by Saad Branding+Design to highlight its solutions for creating brands that talk to people. From postcards and brochures to envelopes and stickers, the design team thought of everything and brought it all together coherently.

The MCA Luminocity Gala Invite 2014 Mailer (Includes Video)

This week, PaperSpecsGallery.com calls attention to an invitation that was created by design team EBD for the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art's annual fundraising gala. The end result is a keepsake that recipients will want to keep for a long time to come.

Step Aside and Let a Real Printer Do the Job

If you as a printer do not know your emboss from your deboss, step aside and let a real printer do the job. Deceiving your clients might get you a job once, but it will not keep you in business. These days, word gets around faster than you can say "blind deboss."