A thank-you note on paper can be its own little gift, one the recipient can enjoy time and again. Speaker Alyson Kuhn has a “theory of thanking,” that any note has three elements. First is content; second is form; and third is what she calls soul or inspiration. Alyson will share the contents of several of her favorite thank-you notes, including three from very large companies. She will talk about sources (with an emphasis on shopping local) for splendid cards and embellishments, including postage stamps. She will also extol the pleasures of sending fanmail, which she thinks of as a thank-you note to someone you don’t personally know.
Before and after Alyson’s talk, you are welcome to peruse thank-you notes from her “archives,” arranged on the Community Room’s display wall, so you can actually touch and read them. Join us on Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. Register at our Events Calendar
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Alyson Kuhn is a freelance writer and editor with an eye and ear focused on brand building. Over the past two decades, she has worked with brands in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, from Adobe to Zazzle. She is an insistent advocate for beautifully executed artifacts, including thank-you notes and party favors, as well as for user experiences that provide delight in the digital realm.
Alyson is a long-standing member of the exhibition committee of the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB). She is also a former SFCB board member and co-curator of three exhibitions there. Alyson served for five years as communications director of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She was honored to receive the AIGA Fellow award in 2015.
Alyson is particularly (and perpetually) grateful to the clients—notably paper companies, printers, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum—who have given her the opportunity to write about subjects she loves, including thank-you notes, stamps, and envelopes. Alyson has taught envelope-folding workshops in San Francisco, Napa, Chicago, Kansas City, and Washington DC. She currently lives in Monterey, where the clerks at the downtown post office treat her outgoing mail with great care, despite her habitual last-minute arrival.