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If you look around your office space you likely have an abundance of boring papers and sticky notes, but that doesn’t mean they need to stay that way. While the sticky note has some very industrial beginnings, it’s become a fun art material too…

It was invented by 3M’s Art Fry using an adhesive developed by a colleague, Spencer Silver. Until the 1990s, when the patent expired, Post-it notes were only produced in the 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Although other companies now produce them, most of the world’s Post-it notes are still made in Cynthiana.

The name “Post-it” and the canary yellow color are trademarks of 3M. Accepted generic terms for competitors include “sticky notes” or “repositionable” or “repositional notes.” 3M manufactures other products related to the Post-it note concept, leveraging the success of the brand. Computerized versions of Post-it notes include 3M’s own “Post-it Software Notes,” and Apple’s “Stickies.”

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How to make a sticky note Mosaic…

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Make a sticky note lamp!

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OUTDRA.WS – The most useful DIY post-it note…

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Here’s a collection of 8-bit art made with colored Post-It Notes…

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Sticky note Art Show…

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Electronic post-it
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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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