Pulp Magic: imagination

OCTOBER 24, 2016
Your Brain Loves Paper
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

What’s so special about paper? For one thing, your mind and body love it. Humans have evolved a sense of touch so powerful that we easily forget its influence on us. But there’s a growing body of scientific research in the field of haptics that strongly suggests the tangible nature of paper makes it a remarkably effective communications medium. A ...

AUGUST 8, 2016
Students Love Print
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

You know what’s cool at school these days? Books printed on paper. And it’s not just a retro thing like vinyl records or flip phones. Both scientific studies and the observations of teachers point to a continued preference for printed textbooks over electronic versions among college students. One digital textbook pilot program at the University of Washington even found that ...

JULY 18, 2016
World’s Gnarliest Surfboard
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: ,

At first blush you might not think of paper and crashing ocean waves as a particularly good match. But a segment on the Discovery Science Channel opened my mind. The show, “Outrageous Acts of Science,” profiled Mike Martinez of Ernest Packaging Solutions who was tasked with creating a paper surfboard. The project is part of the very clever “Cardboard Chaos” ...

JUNE 14, 2016
Old Style + New Tech = Timeless Magic
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: ,

I love the doodles that Google puts on its search page to mark a holiday or special event, but recently I saw one that I didn’t recognize.  It was a silhouette of an older lady cutting intricate designs in paper.  The doodle told a charming little story - all in a unique silhouetted style.  It turns out the Google doodle ...

MAY 20, 2016
Take Me Out to The Ball Game. And Don’t Forget to Bring Paper
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , , ,

Baseball is back in full swing and my home team Nationals are enjoying their best ever season start. There are plenty of reasons why they’re doing so well (I don’t want to jinx it) but one theory has to do with paper. Specifically, pitching coach Mike Maddux is known to make his next game starting pitcher track every pitch, swing, ...

APRIL 12, 2016
A Brief History of Girl Scout Cookie Packaging
by Mary Anne Hansan Tags: , ,

Unless you’ve been hiding in your basement you know we’re wrapping up Girl Scout cookie season and you’ve probably encountered one or more of the 2 million+ green sashed entrepreneurs hawking their line of baked goods. I’ll admit I love indulging in a Samoa or two. (They go surprisingly well with a nice dry sparkling wine). But the boxes are ...