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April 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Whitelines stationery could turn the standard for ruled writing paper on its head. The new line of paper products features white ruled lines on a light grey background, instead of black or blue lines …

Whitelines stationery could turn the standard for ruled writing paper on its head. The new line of paper products features white ruled lines on a light grey background, instead of black or blue lines on white. The concept is based on the premise that the dark lines of ordinary paper tend to visually interfere with the markings of pens and pencils. In contrast, Whitelines supports the composition or sketch because there is no visual competition between the lines on the paper and the written or artistic work on the page.

“The idea of Whitelines came to me by accident when I was creating a sketch of another invention,” says creator Olof Hansson. “I was frustrated because the lines on the copy made a mess of my design, and then it hit me: Using a paper with white lines instead of dark ones would not be visible on a photocopy, leaving only my drawing.”

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Originally sold in Sweden, Whitelines notebooks will be available in the U. S. this month.

Hansson received Stockholm’s 2008 Innovator of the Year award for Whitelines.


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