29 January 2011

A Mid-Century Night's Dream

Ahh.... to be lulled to sleep by the form and function of mid-century style. Lounging in an Eames chair with Brazilian Rosewood and black leather (well, now Santos Palisander, a veneer that looks like the Brazilian rosewood used on the original chair but is a sustainable tropical wood), in your E. Stewart Williams built Sinatra-esque Palm Springs abode, sipping a Tom Collins and listening to a little Benny Goodman and Ella. Don't wake me.

Images from About.com and Herman Miller.

24 January 2011

Photo of the Week

Napa, Ca. If you're ever in Napa, it's a must you head to the Boon Fly Café (at The Carneros Inn) for breakfast or lunch. It's a cozy little place with a great menu and the freshest of foods. I can highly recommend the Hippie Sandwich and the Fish Tacos. Unfortunately, I didn't see the Boon Fly Donuts with Chocolate Dipping Sauce until it was too late... and I'm presuming they could be the reason I would return time and time again. Which means I need to go back soon and make sure I'm right.

23 January 2011

Dog Gone Delicious

As a doxie owner, there isn't an ad or photo out there that doesn't make me look twice when Dachshunds are showcased. For example, this ad by New Delhi based ad agency Out of the Box made me tingle. I think it's just brilliant (yet in a way it kind of reminds me of those old latch hook rug craft kits, remember those?) The ad was created for Asia SM Store's new section of vegetarian dog food and uses the food itself as a mural to create a Dachshund portrait. I'm hoping there is an entire series of ads using different breeds to catch the attention of dog lovers and would love to see them used on breed-specific food packaging!

Image from CommArts website.

22 January 2011

Story Time

I'm in love with the tone, simplicity and humor of these photos from Warsaw based Dominik Smialowski and drawings by Monika Prus. As you put yourself into the photo, imaging what the subject might be thinking, a small story in your mind ensues. I could seriously look at these all day and create scenarios in my head. All of them were so captivating and thought provoking, I had trouble choosing just a few to post, so click here to see the others and dream away.

Images from MONOmoda website.

Mammoth Munchies

How fun is this... you're on the slopes of Mammoth enjoying some much needed 'down' time, when out of the freshly packed snow comes the roaring sounds of... 'Igor', the mountain roving burrito snowcat! Gone are the days when you have to wait until you finish your run to dig in to a warm, delicious hankering. Now you can hunt down 'Igor', who will serve you tasty breakfast burritos for $5.50. Or perhaps you have a craving for Italian. Then track down 'Ivan' for a freshly baked calzone.

Mammoth is deploying these two state-of-the-art snowcat converted food trucks to sniff out hungry skiers and snowboarders right now. And later this season, they'll be an app that tracks these food-vending snowcats for you. So when you head to the slopes this winter, don't forget your wallet!

Image from Fast Company.

18 January 2011

It's All In Black and White

Wallpaper. Posters. Wine labels. Magazines. Bed linens. iPod cases. Invitations. Sneakers. Fashion. Dishware. Even tattoos! There isn't anything Scotland based Johanna Basford's work wouldn't look phenomenal on or in! Intricate, hand drawn, illustrations, predominately in black and white, are what Ms. Basford is known for. Her striking illustrations are sexy, eye-jerking and simply brilliant. Need I say any more? You must check out her website, and don't forget to take a gander at her commissions too. Unbelievably cool!

Images from Johanna Basford website.

17 January 2011

Photo of the Week

San Juan Capistrano, CA. I really need to get back to the Mission in San Juan. It's one of the most beautiful, relaxing places I've found in Southern California, layered with incredible history.

16 January 2011

The Colosseum Rebuilt

This stunning typographic poster was conceived and designed by Cameron Moll, a talented designer, speaker, and author based in Florida and I've been meaning to post it for some time now. I won't be able to tell the story any better in my own words, therefore here's the background from Cameron's website;

What began as a 10-year wedding anniversary to Rome concluded a year later as an artistic endeavor to reimagine the Coliseum with type.

In March 2009, Cameron and his wife, Suzanne, spent several days in Rome to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. This was also a chance to observe in detail the Coliseum, which Cameron had already selected as the next subject in his series of letterpress posters.

Over the course of the next 12 months, the artwork was handcrafted character by character, totaling roughly 250 hours of work from start to finish. Characters from the Goudy Trajan and Bembo Pro typefaces form the Coliseum (or Colosseum), also known as today as ColosseoAmphitheatrum Flavium (Latin). (Italian) and originally known as

Additionally, glyphs have been recreated based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino, as featured in Libro di M. Giovambattista Palatino Cittadino Romano, published in Rome around 1550 AD.

Each poster is printed on Somerset Velvet Black or Crane Lettra Pearl and letterpressed by Bryce Knudson of Bjorn Press in Provo, Utah, United States.

You may purchase incredible limited edition signed prints on Cameron's website here.

Images from Cameron Moll website.

As Surreal As It Gets

One wouldn't necessarily think that new and evolving technology around the world would influence the way artists create and produce their art, whereby new media and materials are concerned. However, Belgium based Nick Ervinck is a contemporary visual artist who is responding to these changes with a seemingly effortless hand, exploring the boundaries between different media.

He creates installations, sculptures, work drawings, animated films and pushes the boundaries of 3D printing, which is becoming the technology of choice, because it allows one to manufacture forms and shapes that cannot be fabricated in any other way. Because Nick creates sculptures on the edge of the physical and digital realm, he uses 3D Studio Max without using any programming or alogorithms, instead he models everything by hand.

I'm in complete awe with the jaw dropping beauty and intricate sculptures I've posted above.

Images from Nick Ervinck website.

Burton Appeal

While perusing the website of the extremely talented (and perennial favorite) designer Mikey Burton recently, I came across a few great things I just had to share! First, his branding for Division of Labor. Superb in design and layout, with eye catching details and color. He carried it over to fun rubber stamps, buttons and a journal. Love it! Second, his logo design for Wilco is beyond amazing! It's hypnotic! See more of his great logo designs and a full overview of his portfolio here. Enjoy!

Images from Mikey Burton website.

Well Done, Please

Leave it to graphic designer Colin Harman to come up this clever poster. Based on the famous Venn Diagram, Harman's creation asks 'How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?'. but you can only choose two. No matter how you order however, the realization is this... good design takes time and a certain amount of money. Because stellar concepts, thinking, exploration and design, don't grow on trees. Thanks Colin!

You can purchase this beauty of a print from Colin's Big Cartel site.

Image from Colin Harman website.

15 January 2011

Da bomb!

You might not know her name, but you sure know her icons. Susan Kare, is a pioneering and influential computer iconographer. Since 1983, the San Francisco-based Kare has designed thousands of software icons that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.... certainly a MAC computer! We all remember the 'bomb' icon don't we? Here's a little background on that one...

via Susan Kare website; 'The bomb was designed to represent a system failure -- and I was told that no one would ever be likely to see it. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Once a phone call came into the Mac software group: a woman had seen the icon on her screen and was extremely concerned that her computer might explode!'

Designed on a minimalist grid of pixels and constructed with mosaic-like precision, Susan's icons communicate their functions immediately and memorably. She began her career at Apple, as the screen graphics and digital font designer for the original Macintosh computer. Kare believes that good icons should be more like road signs than illustrations, easily comprehensible, and not cluttered with extraneous detail, and when icons are meaningful and well crafted, they need not be frequently redesigned.

Thankfully, the 'bomb' didn't have to be redesigned and is now a faded memory! Which reminds me I need to do my weekly backup. Her famous icons are now available in limited edition prints on her website here. The classic 1984 MAC icon is calling my name!

Images from Susan Kare website.

The Urban View

It seems like just yesterday I was blogging about the new great movie, Objectified, from Gary Hustwit. But it was almost 2 years ago now! And that's just enough time for Mr. Hustwit to strike us with another mesmerizing look at the world of design with part three of his design trilogy. Joining Helvetica and Objectfied, Urbanized focuses on the creation of cities, which brings to light the issues and strategies behind urban design. The film features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers and begs the question, 'Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it?'

via Objectified; Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.

This is sure to be a very candid view on the growth of the world and how we plan to accommodate the rapid amount of people, living spaces, transportation and the environmental implications that come with. Stay in touch and find out more about the full release here.

In the meantime, let's have a look at those fantastic limited edition Urbanized prints designed by London-based Build shall we? You can order them here.

Images from Urbanized website.

11 January 2011

Typography and Venice and Roma, Oh My!

It's that time of year again... when I start thinking about what I'm going to pack; x-acto, check; sketchpad, check; appetite, check. But I'm only dreaming. Dreaming of attending the annual SVA Masters Workshop with the amazing Louise Fili in Venice and Roma.

Ahhh... the Masters Workshop is a hands-on workshop in design history, theory and practice allows participants to research and analyze the roots of typography, draw type and letters from the classic models while practicing contemporary design along with a faculty of Italian and American designers, historians and publishers. The program includes time for critiques and personal exploration, as well as field trips to museums, design firms and ateliers. Time for sipping cappuccinos, eating cannoli, and strolling the Tiber is extra.

Design, typography and archeology, oh yes!

Image from The Daily Heller website.

An Office to Love

This is a work space to love! I adore the openness, the big glass sliders with a lovely view of the outside, lots of horizontal space, plenty of book shelves... and oh... that coffee stained concrete floor and orange steel beam! I'm in awe of architect and creativity coach Alla Kazovsky's work space indeed! Read more about her amazing space and work at the Herman Miller site.

Image from Herman Miller website.

10 January 2011

Photo of the Week

Boston, MA. Fairey found.

06 January 2011

Typographic Thank You's

Now that the holidays are over with, you're looking for some cards to write a few thank you's right? Not the electronic version either, bone fide handwritten thank you's. Because some of us don't believe the art of handwriting is dead yet, at least print anyway.

Look no further than Tom Davie of StudioTwentySix2 for his utterly beautiful note cards for any occasion. Heck, I would buy one set to send out and one set to frame for my wall they are so beautiful! (this I thought before I scrolled all the way down to the end of his post where he did the same thing!)

A selection of five of his most popular poster designs were incorporated into the set of typographic cards. Here are a few fine details;

via studiotwentysix2; The cards were printed in the United States on Mohawk Superfine 80lb. cover stock, an eco-friendly paper. The accompanying envelopes are a beautiful steel blue paper stock and are 100% recycled.

Note Card set specifications:
· 10 Cards (5 designs, 2 each)
· A6 size: 4.625" x 6.25"
· 10 Steel Blue envelopes
· Blank card interiors
· Protected in a display box

These are truly a must have for any typographic freak and Tom ships internationally too! Place your order here and get those thank you's out. Because there's nothing like receiving a handwritten piece of anything these days!

Images from Tom Davie website.

03 January 2011

Photo of the Week

San Francisco, CA. While walking down the Embarcadero back in November, I caught a glimpse of the Transamerica Pyramid building, which seemed like it was trying to hide from me...
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