They Really Did Invent Post-Its


In today’s Design Notebook in the NY Times, Penelope Green gives us a lesson in those sweet little sticky squares that surround us. In case you needed to be reminded, Post-its are quite simply a miracle of paper and glue. Headshot hottie Paola Antonelli even gets a shout out for including them in her Humble Masterpieces show at MoMA: “Hypertext on a refrigerator door,” Ms. Antonelli wrote, “the Post-it shook the world.”

The news hook is that Post-its will be starring in a “home collection,” with colors more suited to non-cubicle correspondence, so the article talks to regular folk about all the ways they use them. It’s an interesting everyday design story, and we did learn one thing:

Its beginnings were folkloric: 40 years ago, Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, discovered the imperfect adhesive that would adorn the Post-it; it took another six years for Art Fry, another 3M scientist, to find the application for this half glue, which came in a flash of inspiration after the bookmarks for his church hymnal kept falling out.

And we thought this whole time it was Romy.