kinda genius: google envelopes

There are three things I can’t get enough of: s’mores, sweet tea, and fabulous stationery. According to my long-suffering dentist, I should only be indulging in the latter. While still only in the concept form, I’m obsessed with these beautiful Google envelopes! Rahul Mahtani and Yofred Moik, designers from the Industrial Design program at Syracuse University, created these envelopes that literally map out their destination. In theory, patrons would be able to send their messages electronically to the US Postal Service via Gmail for a small fee. From the digital copy, the post office would send a physical representation to your lucky recipient. While we wait for Google to make them a reality, any DIY-ers plan on trying them out in the meantime? — Katie D.

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Sarah C.

I saw this recently! I think it’s awesome.

I love, love, love this!

T Bone

thats really awesome. now if i only got mail that wasnt bills


I think the next time I send my friend a letter, which should be by the end of this week, I’ll send it in a envelop like that! It’s really cool. And really easy to make yourself: I just made one in a few minutes at work. A little bit of effort and a colour printer, and tada! Finally a cool project even an artistically challenged person like me can do!


It’s a nice idea in some cases, but it’s not addressing the “worst case scenarios” in the presentation. For example, I wonder how it looks if I’m sending a letter west of where I am. Or what if i’m in Australia and i’m sending north to Canada?

What a great idea, these make me want to write letters :)

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Yeah, Genevieve, those were my thoughts, too. If I remember correctly from grade school, the return address always has to be in the top lefthand corner and the send-to address in the middle. I don’t think it would work if you’re sending a letter from South Carolina to Montana.


@Genevieve, @Em: in those cases (or when you just don’t want the return address mapped), how about just mapping the recipients address? The return address can still be printed in the top left.