The Workspace of Victoria Vu:
Paper & Type

Behind the Blog

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Name: Victoria Vu of Paper & Type
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: About 130 sq. ft.

Tell us a little about your blog/business? I have a graphic design business called Paper & Type. I work on custom illustrations and stationery — business cards, invitations — plus my own line of paper goods. I also keep a blog that documents my fondness for correspondence and thoughtful design.

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When and why did you start your site/business? Paper & Type came to be in 2008. I had been designing some invitations on the side while working in architecture, and wished to put a name to these and future projects.

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Describe your home office? The workspace is set up in my room, and consists of pieces either inherited or found secondhand – wooden storage boxes, lamp and clock, my desk. All the writing, designing, product photography happens at this desk. Inventory and packaging supplies are stored in a filing cabinet within arm's reach, and favorite visuals are on the shelves and walls.
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Could you tell us a few of your favorite detail(s) of your workspace? The light. This chair. And the cheery walls (the paint color is "Adriatic Mist" by Behr).
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What's always on your desk? Piles of paper, a sketchbook.

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Could you share what inspires your work and/or workspace? In both my work and workspace, I like there to be composure, but with a knowing smile.
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Victoria's The Please & Thank You postcard.

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Any tips or advice about office décor, layout, or organization you've learned from your workspace? Take some time to plan, don't rush to set up and decorate. Feel out the space, see what your needs are in terms of storage and light and comfort, then seek out the appropriate furniture and accessories.

(Image credits: Jennifer Ceci)