Dave Salanitro has an eclectic 34-year career ranging from architect to accomplished designer cum paper peddler, and writer. He ranks among the most talented of his creative confrères with 254 awards for excellence, 50 of which are attributable to Oh Boy Artifacts, his line of notebooks, books of gift wrap and cards, stationery, and other fine paper products. First editions will be available soon after Thanksgiving and Salanitro’s new collection, featured in part below, will premiere on Kickstarter early in 2018. Find out more at Oh Boy Artifacts.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Some nights it’s gift wrap and some nights it’s notebooks. I’m more troubled when I’m fretting about notebooks; notebooks are pragmatic, and I’m a dreamer. Gift wrap is for dreamers, but then the pragmatic side of me kicks in, and I worry that the dreamers have all gone away. I’m pulling a Kickstarter project together, re-envisioning an old paper product line I once had called Oh Boy Artifacts—therefore the obsession with notebooks and gift wrap.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
A tweet from someone, I have no idea, surfaced: “If you are ever occasioned to join Dave Salanitro for drinks, you should avail yourself of the opportunity.”
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’m selling off the last of the first editions of the original Artifacts. I’ve chosen to do that by building an online store for what amounts to about 500 units total, which may seem like a lot of work for very little return, but backers want to know you’re prepared, and it’s important to get what product I have into the hands of enthusiasts. I make stuff that is meant to be handled, handled and passed around; when people handle it, they appreciate it. So, there’s been a lot of drudgery to do with shopping carts and shipping and such functionality, and much ado about social media, all of which is not exciting; but most of that work is wrapping up or falling into a groove, so I’ve been setting aside time to just design instead of playing kiss-ass all day on social media, by which measure I am extremely excited.
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead, to your team, who would it be?
Gustav Klimt, but he would have to know MailChimp.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?