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"Snail Mail My Email" Marries Romance of Analog with Convenience of Digital

Too lazy to write a letter by hand? This public art project will do it for you.

Email may be faster than the U.S. Postal Service, but it's not quite as romantic. (Seduction involves patience, after all.) That explains why thousands of people have submitted correspondence to a month-long public art project called Snail Mail My Email. The project seeks to bring back appreciation for the art of letter writing by letting participants submit emails, which are then transcribed on paper, tucked into an envelope, and dropped in the mail. The project even pays for your postage, and they offer "one custom option" per letter, ranging from a doodle to a lipstick kiss.

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Are These "Go Green" Stamps At All Helpful?

The United States Postal Service has released a set of stamps "showing what each of us can do to promote the health of our environment."



The United States Postal Service has released a set of stamps "showing what each of us can do to promote the health of our environment." Some of the suggestions are great. In a cold climate, insulating your home can yield huge energy savings (wonky report here). But other suggestions—"recycle more," for example—might not send quite the right message (how about "buy less"?) And then there's the overarching irony, as noted by Morgan Clendaniel, that the USPS is supremely energy inefficient compared to e-mail.

So what do we think? Do these just encourage a superficial understanding of the challenges facing the environment or will they help? I'm on the fence.

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Re-imagining the Postal Service

design mind on GOOD is a series exploring the power of design by the editors of design mind magazine. You may have heard that...

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