30 November 2009

Photo of the week

Los Angeles, CA. There's always something interesting about being in the middle.

28 November 2009

Need a holiday photographer?




Well, I've got one for you... Mike Foley of San Clemente! Whether you're looking for a great photo to accompany this years holiday card or just need some updated photos (because really, if you're like me, the last time you had some nice photos taken you were wearing shoulder padded jackets and big hair, oh yeah)... Mike Foley is your man. Beautiful settings and composition indoors or out, with a relaxed and casual attitude. Not only that, top notch professional quality for a great price. Check out his portfolio online here. It's time for some new beautiful smiles from Mr. Foley.

Photos from Mike Foley website.

Beautiful seasons greetings

Oooo... came across these great print materials for 'What Comes Around Goes Around's', the spring 2009 launch party cue off of the collection's 'Rolling Stones on vacation in Cuba in the early 70's' theme. I particularly liked the Seasons Greetings card, just beautiful.

Photo from Behance website.

27 November 2009

An invite for real foodies

Now here's an invite I would love to receive! Not only for the event and chefs, but just look at the beautiful typography and layout on the invitation... that alone would make me reply with a big fat yes! Designed by the extremely talented Rooster Design Group of NYC, the High Line invitation was a coveted one. So just a little background for you... the High Line was originally built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project that lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's industrial district. Over the past several years, Friends of the High Line have worked endlessly to transform the High Line into to an elevated public park. The first phase which opened in June of this year. It's an amazing historical area that brings the people of NYC together, in an extremely unique setting. I can't wait to visit someday. In the meantime, I'm sure the invitees of the High Line dinner, which took place back in October, were stuffed to the gills with incredible food for supporting a wonderful cause. Here's what Rooster had to say about the invitation concept...

- We were asked to create a fun and graphic invitation and achieved just that with bold, typographic play throughout. The typography becomes a puzzle of sorts where all of the different chefs’ names and restaurants fit neatly into one another to create a unified block of goodness. The lush, purple palette speaks to the culinary royalty of the hosts and their celebrated restaurants, which all reside along the High Line.

Photo from Rooster Design Group blog.

Time for a walk

Ugh, the day after Thanksgiving and I'm feeling a little sluggish, again this year. Nothing that a hike won't cure out in the crisp air soon. But I have to say, Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year because quite simply, it's all about the food (no stress, no gifts, no stampedes, no spending). It's about you and a damn good plate of food. But what happens after? You need to get out and get those calories off. Recently I came across a cool website via the great people at The Ecology Center... it's called WalkScore. You can put in your address and find out how walkable your neighborhood and community is. Although my neighborhood scored a pitiful 14 out of 100 (due to the fact I'm not in walking distance to the local market, post office and variety of other locales which deem a higher walkable score) I am in a locale with mucho hiking trails and sidewalks (all in walking distance outside my door). If your plan is to simply get out to walk with no particular place to go, then I would give my neigborhood a 100 out of 100. So if you do any one thing today, get outside and go for a walk, because there's no excuse... anyone, anywhere can do it!

24 November 2009

Olympic logo evolution

It's almost time for the unveiling. The official announcement comes next week, but somehow the redesigned Olympic logo for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi Russia is making the rounds on the internet. A few months ago I blogged about how the bid logo is never the actual logo that ends up representing the games (click here to read). That being said we'll all be waiting to see what Rio comes up with. Back to the Sochi logo... it is, as usual, completely different than the bid logo, but it's stronger and has some nice added movement to it. Perhaps it will become some kind of animated avatar for the games. However, like idsgn asked, are they leaves, feathers or torch flames? Your guess is as good as mine. Here's another look at some of the past Olympic logo transformations over the years.

Photo from idsgn website.

23 November 2009

Photo of the week

New York City, NY. It's that crazy time of year already, but I have to admit however, it didn't really sneak up on me like in past years. I'd like to thank Lowe's for having their Christmas decorations lining the shelves for purchase BEFORE Halloween so I wouldn't forget. Nothing like getting in the spirit nice and early. But seriously, what better place is there for the holiday season then NYC? Believe it or not, 9 out of the 10 times I've been to NYC I've been there during the winter and I love it! For me it's the real NYC. I won't be there this year (haven't been in a while actually) to experience the lights and decorations, seeing my cold breath in the air, walking along the crowded sidewalks bumping into shopping bags or grabbing a hot drink in a cozy cafe. Instead, I'll try and create a small piece of the big city season somewhere inside my cozy home near the beach. Tis' the start of the season!

22 November 2009

Mammoth time

Well it's about that time of the year. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, California ski resorts will start hosting much ready skiers until next May. I'm not a skier (I'm more a sit by the fire in a big wooley sweater and watch the skiers with a nice drink in hand), but I do look forward to winter ad campaigns, particularly those by Mammoth Mountain. Since their logo and brand redesign, the ads just keep getting better, like the one above, done by David&Goliath. I found this billboard ad on Frederik Samuel's site. (yes I know, hard to believe billboards are still around and functioning even though they seem to be so old school these days). Samuel's is a very talented German chap currently living in London. See more of his creative side here. I'm looking forward to more from Mammoth and contrary to what some critics are saying, I happen to love the updated logo. But then again, I'm not a die hard skier with ties to the older woolly Mammoth.

Billboard photo from Frederik Samuel website.

19 November 2009

New type for art directors

As a little follow-up to yesterdays Art Director's Club Designism post, the ADC recently launched a new logo. Initiated in 1920 by Louis Pedlar, the Art Directors Club was founded to delve into the relationship between advertising art and fine art and the idea that advertising could be judged by the same stringent standards as fine art. Therefore there's a big and long reputation on the line here. The older acronym logo was a throw back but at least interesting. Trollback + Company, who designed the new logo, 'chose to replace the acronym logo as a way to highlight the club’s legacy, even though the organization’s membership spans far beyond only art directors. “Companies and organizations usually use acronyms in their branding to distance themselves from their past,” he said. “In our case, we wanted to do the exact opposite and embrace our origins and heritage.” Well, I agree with Brand New on this, I'm not sure they accomplished that with the new tight squeezed Franklin Gothic and pink PMS. I mean, they said it themselves in their press release... 'The new branding system follows the lead of the club’s recently revised mission to “Connect, Provoke and Elevate”....'. Sorry ADC, for me the new logo does not connect, provoke or elevate in any way. It's mediocre at best and B-O-R-I-N-G.

Photo from Brand New website.

18 November 2009

Designism is here

Today's the day and if I was in NYC, you'd find me there. There meaning Designism, the Art Director's Club fourth annual forum that explores the responsibility and experiences of designers and creatives to drive social and political change through their work and career focus. This year the forum is exploring business models that drive social change and some of the speakers include social entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, Bill Drenteel of Winterhouse Studio, Paula Scher of Pentagram and Mark Randall of Worldstudio. Should be a good time. For more info check out the ADC website.

Photo from Visual Culture website.

16 November 2009

Photo of the week

Camden, Maine. It's starting to finally feel like fall here, so of course I'm thinking of a real fall, the kind New England has already been displaying for over a month now. Camden has to be one of the most beautiful, quaint places in New England and picture perfect on a crisp fall day. There are many of course, but this one would definitely make my top ten list. Happy Fall to all!

14 November 2009

Little design treats

I love when even the most little mundane things get treated with creative care. Check out these interesting bar codes from the Japanese firm d-barcode. Unfortunately, I don't read Japanese, so there are a bunch of other sites with write-ups on their work; on TheDieline, Popsop, and another firm BarcodeRevolution, who also have some intriguing designs. I hope to see these little design treats in US markets soon... I'll be waiting.

Photo from TheDieline website.

11 November 2009

Hit the road jack

Ahh... there's nothing like hitting the open road. What is it about getting in that seat and driving the days away searching for adventure? I love road trips, wish I could get lost more (my stellar sense of direction won't allow me to) and have never once gotten car sick. I have however slept the entire way from Massachusetts to Michigan. That's a lot of sleep and needless to say the trip was unadventurous. But I digress. Recently, one of my best gal pals from Boston decided to leave the real estate rat race behind, put everything in storage and hit the road for Montana for a two month adventure. How cool is that? I would love to take a mini-sabbatical and make a journey to anywhere to relax, recharge, meet new people, find inspiring scenery and let my mind wander. I mean hey, recently Joe Duffy asked that I stop going to work and Stefan Sagmeister lectured me on the power of time off. But like anything, the bills need to be paid no matter where you are. That's why I'm inspired by people like Drifting Creatives. The design duo, Gavin and Martin, hit the road in search of adventure but decided their main goal was not only to have fun, but help small town American businesses across the county with great design. They offer their creative services to whomever needs it. Great idea! It also reminds me of Daniel Seddiqui, the guy who graduated college and decided to work 50 jobs in 50 states. So basically we all have one thing in common... no matter where the 'road' may take us, we need to create our own map of adventures. My best wishes to all those currently on the road and to those of us waiting to fuel up!

Photo from Drifting Creatives website.

09 November 2009

Photo of the week

Berlin, Germany. This is a spectacular day! Twenty years ago, I remember sitting at the kitchen table as a high school senior, watching the news on television about the Berlin Wall coming down. Even then, the idea of a wall separating a country seemed so antiquated to me. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Berlin and Munich in 1995 and I've been obsessed with Germany ever since! Here's a link to some of the festivities taking place which has included ongoing exhibitions and events leading up to today; Festival of Freedom. Here's to all those who helped reunify Germany and its people. Today is for Berlin and to others around the world who fight for the freedom of all humanity.

06 November 2009

A good sign of things to come



As you know, I've ranted in past posts about the horrendous London 2012 Olympic logo. But here is a breath of fresh air and (hopefully) a sign of better things to come! A set of proposed posters were designed by University of College Falmouth graduate Alan Clarke for the 2012 Olympics and they are beautiful! They are graphically minimalistic and easily comprehensible (exactly what posters are suppose to do in my opinion) for the thousands that will descend on London for the games. Congrats to Clarke for such simple design genius. But if you'll notice however, they do not contain the actual horrendous pink 2012 logo. Maybe that's why they are so beautiful... ? See more posters and more of Clarke's work on his website. I love his statement on graphic design; 'I believe in clear, considered communication solutions, simplicity and great ideas. I feel that well conceived typography has a key role to play within this.'

More via @Issue; 'The design proposals were actually meant to brand the Transport of London, with text on each poster identifying which underground station links to each Olympics event. “My thinking behind these posters was to convey the movement and energy of the games in a simple abstract way,” Clarke explains. Clarke’s images are evocative of the visuals created by the legendary German designer Otl Aicher for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Clarke, who now works as a designer at Gendall in Falmouth, was a D&AD Best New Blood Winner for 2009.'

Photos from Alan Clarke website.

05 November 2009

On the up

Wow, where has the week gone? Why is it things just start to get obscenely hectic after Halloween? Anyway, before I forget I wanted to send a shout out to the great creatives over at Uppercase magazine. Why? Because I love a great design typography magazine... a great Christmas gift for the typo-holic in your family. They've also got a website full of interesting typographic stuff... paper, stamps, fonts, books, hand made projects and so much more. Check it out! It's simply charming and oh so inspiring!

Photo from Uppercase website.

02 November 2009

Photo of the week

Rockport, MA. Since it's now officially Fall, I had to post a great cloud covered day in Rockport. I so miss overcast days with a chill in the air, it makes you want to break out your best wool from LL Bean. This photo of the famous Motif No. 1 fishing shack on Bearskin Neck reminds me of those perfect Autumn days.

01 November 2009

Halloween scary

Happy Halloween! I know, it's November, but the fog is still lingering from last night. Around 133 kids came knocking for treats and only one wearing a Scooby-Doo costume! What's up with that? I was Scooby-Doo Halloween circa 1975 with my cousins and thought it was the coolest costume, I wanted to wear it every year thereafter. I do have to say there were a lot of great creative costumes that made the rounds last night, lots of scary masks and princesses. But nothing beats the costumes of yesteryear. Just look at those scary faces... now that's a 'Happy' Halloween!
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