Near Modern What?


I’m Sam Kramer - the one-lady operation behind Near Modern Disaster. I’ve been working under the name since 1999 - when I first came across the Near (modern) Disaster series by photographer Nic Nicosia. I loved the series - and obviously loved the title. A few years into my run, Nicosia got word that I was using the name. He approved of my remarkable taste in 2003 - let’s hope he still feels the same.

Near Modern Disaster has gone through many incarnations over the years. (It was a killer Geocities page back in the day.) Its current (and most memorable) form as a line of note cards has been around since January of 2009.

While we'd been "in the game" for a while, 2014 marked Near Modern Disaster’s first big push into the wholesale market. We added lots of new designs to the line and we updated some old ones. We started outsourcing printing. We started talking in third person. We made our trade show debut at the National Stationery Show in New York City in May, 2014.

2015 was an amazing year of growth for Near Modern Disaster. We started working with an amazing team of sales reps, adding dozens of stores to our retailer list every quarter. You can now find our cards in about 250 stores nationwide - plus a smattering of stores across Canada. 

We didn't exhibit at the 2016 National Stationery Show - but we still released loads of new designs - make sure to check out our catalog page for the latest releases. Our last release was at NYNOW this summer - where we released our first line of enamel pins.