08 December 2014
Little Factory. I've never seen anything like them. They are completely unique and will most certainly be a conversation starter. Behold the Paper Scarf and the Helvetica Scarf.
The Paper Scarf resembles a long sheet of notepaper with blue or grey embroidered lines that you can wrap around your neck. It's made out of paper-like Tyvek material, which is known for its durability. But it’s also lightweight, breathable, water resistant and will actually keep you warm. The added bonus, you can write on it! No joke. So for those who aren't quite ready for Evernote, for $25 bucks this is best scarf/notepad combo for your pencil and paper nuts.
The Helvetica Scarf needs no formal introduction. It's a classic no matter what form it takes. Made from microfiber suede material it's a little more expensive then the Paper Scarf at $62, but hey, it's Helvetica. Both great stocking stuffers for the creative hipster on your list!
Photos: Little Factory
01 December 2014
Neue Design Studio has satisfied my craving indeed! They recently won a competition by the Norwegian government to redesign the country's passports and ID card and the outcome was exceptional. Not only is the design functional, minimal and sleek, it illustrates the real Norway: nature. “All Norwegians are so connected to nature, it’s a very strong part of our history and defines us as a country,” says Gørill Kvamme of Neue, who explains that the minimal concept came from seeking to find the “essence of something”. The double page passport spreads are illustrated with minimal images of landscapes with mountains and water from different parts of the country. "The landscape with its vast variation from the south to the north, was the starting point for the design concept."
And if the beauty of the design with just the naked eye wasn't enough, the most unique aspect of the new design occurs when the pages are exposed to UV light. The vistas transform to show images of the Northern Lights and reveals hidden text written at the bottom of the pages. A secret solution to thwart identity theft in the most captivating way.
The covers feature a modernized version of the national crest, stamped in gold with bold colors: white for immigrants, turquoise for diplomats and red for standard passports. No release date for the passports has been set, but it is expected to be within the next two years. Happy travels to the Norwegians!
Images: The Guardian
30 November 2014
Jessica Hische for the enlightening advice!) And I started thinking about why I blog, what I blog about and where I want my blog to go... or not go. So instead of my crazy inconsistent posts twice a week to barely once a month, you can expect posts each and every week on MONDAYS from now on. So stay tuned, tomorrow I've got some Nordic design with a little secret and gift ideas that won't break the bank. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!
01 November 2014
Brushy Alphabet from the amazingly talented Molly Jacques is just what I need to give a few of my projects the hand lettered look I've been wanting. It's not available as a font, however you can purchase all the files needed to incorporate into your design. You can find all the details in her shop here. Thank you Molly!
Image: Molly Jacques
Image: Molly Jacques
Loren Purcell's SF Beer Map available on The Bold Italic, makes hunting down the best brew in San Francisco easy. The gorgeously designed 18" x 24" poster plots out the all the major breweries and small batch hubs in each neighborhood around San Francisco. Now if we could have a pocket size version for the pub crawl please. Cheers!
Images: The Bold Italic
24 October 2014
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co featuring hand calligraphy by Lisa Congdon. They are crafted from linen and screen printed by hand ad hand sewn in the Schoolhouse factory. A perfect stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life!
Images: Schoolhouse Electric
15 October 2014
Studio Roller by George and Willy! Say goodbye to those boring corporate white boards with engineering scrawl all over them. This note taker is as cool as them come, even for the crayon crowd.
Photo: Design Milk
Photo: Design Milk
27 September 2014
my updated website went live this week! Stop by, have a look and let me know what you think. Enormous heartfelt thanks goes out to the amazing development team at San Clemente Website Design, without them it simply would not be what it is. Thank you for making me look so good girls!
21 September 2014
Hello friends! Back up and running after a few busy weeks of work, travel, a visit from my mom and the best wedding I've ever been to! And that last one is absolutely no lie. I could relive the entire weekend time and time again and not change one single detail. Except for perhaps the wedding gift fiasco, but no matter, it added to the laughs and memories of the whole amazing wedding experience!
Now... onto some great design. UX Myths is a website project from Zoltán Gócza, Zoltán Kollin and Dario Venneri. It's pretty fantastic and deserves some of your undivided attention to read through the myth explanations. Alessandro Giammaria and That's Com, both Italy based, liked the idea so much they created posters for each of the top 32 myths dispelled on the web, on design and on user experience. They caught my eye with the beautiful layout, color and typography, and made me laugh because of the facts! I posted some of my favorites, but head over to Alessandro's Behance site for the rest of the posters.
Photos: Alessandro Giammaria Behance
31 August 2014
Pavlov Visuals. It's utterly gorgeous! The simple lines and fluid shapes within their work create strong visual appeal, matched with great color and typographic choices. Stunning on all levels!
Images: Pavlov Visuals
20 August 2014
18 August 2014
Images: Allan Peters