S2, #9: Jill DiNicolantonio of Parse & Parcel

If you create any conceivable item using paper, and are not yet taking advantage of Parse & Parcel, you’re not accessing the “super power of print design.” For years now, Jill DiNicolantonio has worked with clients to elevate creations from acceptable to awesome at Millcraft, a paper merchant not unlike Dunder Mifflin — except instead of being in Scranton, it’s in Cleveland. Drawing on those experiences, she’s distilled her expertise into several exquisite tools to serve as design wing men on one’s desk throughout the ultra-important paper selection process.

Jill defines The Parcel as a physical manifestation of a paper rep. Each limited-run collection holds exclusive mill pieces, print samples and real-life projects, produced on real-life budgets, to inspire you with the cutting-edge possibilities of paper. Meanwhile, The Swatchbox is a beautifully presented, complete collection of paper mill swatch books. These neatly organized little black boxes of knowledge serve as visually rich springboards and references for any project.

Jill supplements these with services from mock-ups to one-on-one consulting, all envisioned with the idea that regardless of what you print, if you are going to print, you should make it matter. She also offer tutorials and resources to hone your own super print powers.

Jill is also the first person I am personally acquainted with to contract COVID-19, and actually contracted the virus very early on, last Spring. She candidly shares her experiences, including why she has chosen to regard this global pandemic as a blessing. You do not want to miss this catch-up with one of my favorite (local) Paper Peeps!

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