01 August 2014

Hello August

This is a bright and wonderful way to welcome August. It's from the Present & Correct Instagram and I'm dying to know who illustrated this little gem, because I want a whole year of these! If you don't know Present & Correct they are a stationers dreams; stickers, pencils, note cards, labels, letterpress, stamps... you name it, they've got it. It's a treasure trove of paper and office objects. I've posted about them before, but they deserve another shout out! And they have Etsy site with even more great stuff too.

Image: Present & Correct Instagram

27 July 2014

That Vacation Feeling

It's amazing how fast times passes these days. Busy or not, I try my best to be social media active, but then somehow the day is gone and I'm ready for bed. Then there's vacation, which I just got back from. This vacation I wanted a break from everything, and I got it! I didn't watch tv, didn't peruse CNN, didn't tweet or blog, and didn't look at email or a newspaper (okay, I only looked at email twice, but deleted most everything because they weren't work related). I couldn't remember what day of the week it was and if you asked me the date, I would have paused and taken my best guess (but most likely got it wrong). And this vacation, that's exactly what I wanted! Rested and refreshed, I feel like a new person. I let my mind wander, but didn't really think about anything really. I let my brain have a break from the normal hectic schedule and just tried to be, be in the moment and enjoy. This is the photo that best sums up the feeling of my vacation; calming, beautiful, restful, but above all... memory filled.

09 July 2014

Easy Peasy Planting

This little gem is perfect if you've ever wanted to grow a little garden, but don't have the backyard space or are worried about pesky ground critters eating everything you plant. The Organic Garden Table brings the ground up to you for easy gardening with no back-breaking effort either. The whole table comes in a kit with all the holes pre-drilled, making it easy for you to assemble it quickly. Genius. Be sure to check out the plethora of other cool gadgets and creative gift ideas on The Gadget Flow!

Image: The Gadget Flow

05 July 2014

Earbuds for the Eyes



If you're in the market for some high style earbuds with big sound, then Meze's 11 Deco are just what you need. These hand sculpted beechwood and soft silicone enclosures produce crisp, but warm natural sound and have a microphone on the flexible non-tangle cord, making these both stylist and practical. Rock on.

Images: Meze

01 July 2014

Illustrator Extraordinaire: Brad Woodard





I'm a huge fan of designer and illustrator Brad Woodard's work and there's a nice article over on Grain Edit today. Have a read here.

Images: Brad Woodard

30 June 2014

Starwood Mural Shines



Typographic hotel murals are still the in thing, because let's face it, they are so much more interesting than most of the typical hotel art you hardly ever notice walking to and from your room a dozen times. So recently Starwood Hotels commissioned Oakland, CA-based Guts & Glory to design this magnificent looking typographic mural for the lobby of their new Washington DC hotel. The custom lettered mural contains the names of all 60 countries along Embassy Row along with a map of Washington DC using both typography and topology in an intricate way that merges the local and international. This is one piece of hotel artwork that will definitely catch your eye!

Images: Guts & Glory Behance 


29 June 2014

Glow In The Dark Bike

This is one of those things you say, now why hasn't someone thought of this already? A glow-in-the-dark bike for night riders. Brilliant! Get rims, frame or both that glow. The lit-rim Hotel model shown available at Pure Fix Cycles.

Image: Pure Fix Cycles

28 June 2014

Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

Did you know more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? I had no idea. Creating this infographic for Tagg The Pet Tracker was a real eye-opener. If you want to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July and every day, this is the ultimate device! With a GPS tracker, there's no way your furry family member will ever be lost. But the tracker does more than find your pet, learn more over at Tagg.

14 June 2014

Get Outdoors with Topo Designs



I'm not one to post on fashion and clothing a whole lot, maybe some jewelry from time to time. But I thought since I'll be venturing back to Maine this summer and plan on hiking and kayaking, it would be appropriate to highlight some sharp looking versatile quick-drying Mountain shorts from Denver-based Topo Designs. Not only did their simple design and functional pieces catch my eye, so did their branding... logo, website and photography are perfectly in sync and elegantly done. And everything is made right here in the U.S.A. The one problem... it's only menswear currently. But that's okay, I'm a very patient woman and fully expect to make a few purchases from a women's line in no time!

Photos: Topo Designs

365 Days of Land Rover


This is quite the promo for Land Rover and it's brilliant to say the least. It's so beautiful, I wouldn't be able to actually use it.

via Zeynep Orbay website: We designed a daily 2014 calendar that reflects the off-road spirit of Land Rover by creating a 3D version of classical, flat topographic maps. Colours on each level represent different months and the numbers on the side of each page show the remaining days of the year.

Designed by the extraordinary Zeynep Orbay and TBWA Istanbul.

Photos: Zepnep Orbay

11 June 2014

Hawaiian Signage






When it comes to signage, I'm a sucker for all types of architectural lettering. I like to photograph great signage I come across, it's a little hobby I enjoy in new and familiar places. And Hawaii-based lettering and graphic artist Matthew Tapia is no different. Take a look at some of the vintage signs he's captured on his Instagram photo series #signsofhawaii. Magnificent to see all those unique letters and fonts! Oh, and Matthew has also been featured in a fabulous new book called Drawing Type by Alex Fowkes. Definitely a must for the designer library!

Photos: Matthew Tapia Instagram

09 June 2014

Get On Your Bikes and Ride

An affordable bike inspired by Indian and British cycling culture? Yes! Introducing the beautifully designed Prana Cycles. Read more over at Cool Hunting.

Photo: Cool Hunting
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