Q&A with Michelle Secondi of 417 Press


Q: What is the one stationery item you couldn’t live without?

A really nice pen that has some weight to it and most definitely doesn’t leave blots! I’m currently using the Poppin Heavy Weight Thin White pen.

Q: Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers/artists?

I really admire the work of Vanessa Eckstein from Blok Design in Toronto. I’ve also always loved the paintings by Sylvain Louis-Seize and Paul Béliveau.

Q: What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?

Get in the car and drive! Most of my inspiration comes when I have long stretches of time with nothing to do but think.

Q: Name five spots you love to go in your city.

Grinder and Tuck Shop for dinner with friends, Mont-Royal for a walk with the kids and then BeaverTails at the Old Port and the Montreal Food Truck Festival at the Olympic Stadium (Montreal is all about the food!)



Q: Fill in the blank: Snail mail is…..

Freaking awesome!

Q: What does your creative space look like? Share a picture if you like!

Very simple and modern, check it out!


417 Press is a small graphic design studio with a mighty press based in Montreal, Canada. Michelle Secondi is a graphic designer and letterpress printer, with a love for all things design. Michelle makes greeting cards inspired by conversations with friends and her unintentionally funny husband – plus a little old school nostalgia thrown in for good measure. All cards are letterpress printed by hand on 100% cotton paper with a happy collection of fluorescent and soy inks, then finished and packed in-house.