29 November 2010

Photo of the Week

Anaheim, CA. Nothing like a little Space Mountain to make you feel great.

24 November 2010

Retro in Bristol

Who doesn't love retro? Well, if you don't, be ready to fall in love! UK-based illustrator Zara Picken will make you fall head over heals for her lovely retro artistry. The colors, shapes and subjects are fun and whimsical! Zara is a highly talented artist with both local and international clients and finds inspiration from mid-century modern design and has a passion for old paper-based ephemera. My kind of gal!

Images from Zara Picken website.

23 November 2010

Pom, Pom... Who's There?


I really loathe to post something about Christmas, when we haven't even eaten our way past Thanksgiving yet. But everyone else seems to push Christmas in our faces before Halloween, so why not? Michael's has Christmas shining bright even a few days before the Halloween crafts have been removed, the TV sparkles with advertisements while we're still munching on the last of the Halloween candy, I'm pretty sure I heard Christmas music playing in Staples a few days after Halloween and my curmudgeon of a neighbor already had his Christmas lights up this past weekend!

So here's my 'before it should really be posted post'. But at least you can work on it this weekend, which technically, and in my opinion, is the right time to begin everything Christmas. Poor Thanksgiving, it just gets pushed out as if it can't hold a candle to Halloween and Christmas.

After you've said thanks and farewell to the turkey, here's an adorable and easy Christmas project I found on Pickles, an Oslo-based blog full of crafty stuff. It might take a little time, but this pom pom based wreath is warm and welcoming. If I've got the time after napping off my tryptophan this weekend, I just might dive in. You can find the directions here, and yes, they're in English!

Images from Pickles website.

22 November 2010

Photo of the Week

San Francisco, CA. If you happen to be in San Francisco, you really must head to the Ferry Building Marketplace and try not one, but a few macarons from the charming pastry shop Miette. French for 'little crumb,' Miette, inspired by the patisseries of Paris, has been named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast. Offering other sweet treats like Chocolate Eclairs, Gingerbread Cupcakes, Morning Buns and Lavender Shortbread, it will be hard to walk away with just a taste of the macarons, so be ready to take a few other items home with you! When you're done, simply walk down to Blue Bottle Coffee and grab a roast to go with your treats to start a perfect Sunday morning.

21 November 2010

Light Up Your Ride

Living in one of the surf capitals of the world, it's hard not to stay in touch with at least some of the surf/skate/snow board news. So when I saw this awesome way to display your boards, I had to post about it. Straight from PB teen, these backlit wall mounts are a pretty cool way to display your skateboard or snowboard, especially if you've got a rad design on the bottom!

Image from PB Teen website.

Not Out of Print, Yet...




In the last several years, graphic t-shirts have become increasing popular. Although they haven't replaced the standard 'casual Friday' ensemble, they are pretty darn close to it. Almost every clothing brand has at least a few cool tee shirts design to choose from, but Out of Print Clothing does it a little differently. Say goodbye to the glut of Ed Hardy 'I'm having a mid-life crisis and need something to make me look cool' graphic tattoo tee, because Out of Print has a mission... (and I love it) 'to celebrate the world's great stories through fashion.' Most shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers, while others are classics. And some are simply interesting enough to make great t-shirts. They work with artists, authors and publishers to license the content to create these magnificent works of art, literally. One of the artists, famed graphic designer Mikey Burton, helped design some of my favorites (Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders and The Great Gatsby)

And the bonus? Out of Print also acknowledges many parts of the world don't have access to books at all. So for each shirt they sell, they donate a book to a community in need through Books for Africa.

And the 2nd bonus? Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book. So what are you waiting for? What's your favorite tee story...

Images from Out of Print website.

20 November 2010

Hip and Handmade


Hooray! It's finally Saturday (a beautiful cozy, rainy Saturday I might add) and after a very long two weeks of ongoing projects that have kept me from any serious blogging, I finally have a bit of time to devote. Oh, blog, I've missed you, but I'm back!

Consequently, I've accumulated a long list of items to post, so to start I'm posting this absolutely adorable wedding ensemble from Chelsea Fuss over at Frolic!. Lovely items, handmade goodness, and finding things of random existence inspiring is her way of life. She works as a wedding stylist providing writing, photography and styling expertise for clients. She's one very talented gal who has an eye and hand for creatively quaint touches!

Photos from ProjectWedding blog.

18 November 2010

Twenty Eleven is Here



Here's a great way to usher in the New Year! A fabulously designed calendar to keep you in check all the days of the year. Personally, I always like to have a cool calendar on my office wall and normally I go for the great Stendig Calendar, originally designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1966. But this year might be different. Unfortunately, the Bubble Calendar will not be available for popping fun next year and the famous Studio Hinrichs 2011 Typographic Calendar (formerly the Pentagram Typographic Calendar) is just a tad over my calendar budget. So say hello to the beautiful Twenty Eleven calendar from UK-based This Studio. It's certainly not for the visually impaired and might take a little time to get used to, but it's a great conversation piece and will definitely pop off your wall! Get yours here at Blanka. Here's to a great 2011!

Images from Blanka website.

15 November 2010

Photo of the Week

Napa Valley, CA. Over the weekend, I got up close and personal with some grapes, a lot of grapes actually! I left my laptop and mind at home and just brought my clothes and appetite. The valley could not have been more beautiful in taste and temperature. Stay tuned for a full Photo Destination piece on Napa soon... as soon as I get caught up on emails and work! Cheers!

08 November 2010

Photo of the Week

San Francisco (circa 1995). The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most picturesque locations in the world. It's beauty captured me for the very first time in 1992, I was smitten to say the least. I'll be headed back next weekend for a mini getaway to Napa and I can't wait! So it seemed appropriate to post the Golden Gate Bridge today, the most iconic landmark in California. The history and maintenance of the bridge is fascinating, and we all know it's probably the most photographed bridge in the world. But what I didn't know, is that it has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. But it's no wonder really, because it is one of the most beautiful, majestic bridges I've ever seen, with a view that will sweep you off your feet.

05 November 2010

Just The Facts Jack

Here's a beautiful look at infographics from a global perspective. It's called The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts and the facts are shocking alright, like 80% of inmates in some U.K. prisons test positive for opiates on reception or just five countries control over a third of the World Bank (U.S., Japan, Germany, France, and the U.K. if you're wondering) or 848 million people in the world are malnourished, while 1,600 million are overweight.

These kinds of stats will surely get your attention, but the details and design of the book should too. The book is designed by Jonathan Barnbrook of London-based Barnbrook Design, one of the best-known design studios in Britain today (as per their website), producing work across a broad range of disciplines including print design, industrial design, typeface design and commercials for television. And upon viewing their website, I would have to agree with it's highly impressive, thought-provoking stunning visually work indeed.

This book will definitely make my wish list.

Some little known facts on the image above; Small glaciers in the Andes will disappear, threatening the water supplies of up to 50 million people. Between 40 and 60 million more people will be exposed to malaria in Africa alone.

Now, how do we rectify some of these horrific stats...

Image from FastCoDesign website.

01 November 2010

Photo of the Week

Where did today go? I completely forgot about my photo of the week, almost. All the Halloween festivities must have done it to me. Happy (belated) Halloween! Here's the friendly Jack-o-Lantern that greeted the goblins this year. I'm embarrassed putting this lame carving up. But hey, when you carve a pumpkin once a year, you can hardly call yourself a sculptor. At least none of his teeth broke off...
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