28 March 2011

Photo of The Week

San Clemente, CA. You just have to love when happy mistakes happen... like the arch and colors from this nighttime shot.

27 March 2011

Meet Chartwell

Are you tired of fussing with pie, bar and line charts? For those of us who weren't born to perform with statistics like my hero Nicholas Felton, then welcome Chartwell into your life. Chartwell, released in 2011, was designed by TK Type out of Portland Oregon. Started by Travis Kochel, TK Type began as a pure learning experience, but soon developed into a full on passion of typographic prowess. And that's a good thing, because here are some samples illustrating what Chartwell can really do, thanks to Travis! Simply type your numbers, use the plus sign “+” to connect values into the same chart, adjust your colors, turn your standard ligatures on and voilá... you've got a chart! Learn more about specs and purchasing information here.

From TK Type site: Chartwell is a family that explores the use of OpenType to interpret and visualize data. The font format is highly portable and can be used in most applications that support ligatures. The data also remains editable allowing for easy updates.

On a side note... the name derives from a Wellington street named “Chartwell” in which Travis treked up and down every day while living in New Zealand.

Images from TK Type website.

The Book Surgeon

Knives, tweezers and surgical tools sound pretty universal, if you're a doctor. But what if you're an artist? Atlanta-based creative Brian Dettmer (aka The Book Surgeon), does some pretty spectacular face lifts, but he only removes unwanted pieces rather than relocate or implant pieces. Carving one page at a time, Mr. Dettmer folds, bends, rolls and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms on out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries. I've never seen anything like it!

Dettmer on his work (via MyModernMet): "My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception. The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge."

I'm in awe over the stunning visual beauty he creates from these awesome old tomes. See more on his website here.

Images from My Modern Met website.

20 March 2011

Happy Spring!

It's the first day of Spring today. It's windy as heck and a rain storm is moving in for the next few days and that's quite alright with me. As an ode to Spring and the upcoming rainy weather, it's only apropos to post the work of extremely talented Barcelona-based artist Catalina Estrada, who creates the most wonderful patterns with vibrant colors and shapes. She recently teamed up with Ezpeleta (a manufacturer of raincoats, umbrellas, parasols, cushions and modern outdoor furniture) to create a line of a colorful umbrellas that couple beauty and utility and certainly make rainy days a little brighter. They are available exclusively through Ezpeleta here.

Her illustrations adorn book covers, clothing, puzzles, handbags... even flip-flops, which are way too pretty to wear!

via her website; Catalina brings all the colors and power of Latin-American folklore and refines it with a subtle touch of European sophistication. Her ability for creating fascinating illusive worlds, full of colors, nature, and enchanting characters, bursts in all of her works: art, graphic design and illustration.

Images from Catalina Estrada website.

17 March 2011

Woof is the Word

If you're a pooch lover like me, then you'll love Pennsylvania designer Carolyn Clingman's line of adorable dog-themed wrapping paper, gift tags and greeting cards. The line is available through her Papergirl Designs on Etsy.

The designs are so wonderful, I see a whole line of zoological animals in the future!

Images from Etsy wesbite.

T is for Tactile

It's official... I'm a type geek. Or so my closest friends think I am. So, no better time than the present to post something on, what else... typography! Not just any typographic work however, typography, tactile illustration rather, made from string and pins.

Amsterdam-based designer Martin Pyper's tactile design work is utterly amazing, fascinating and executed with great precision. See more at his Behance portfolio too.

Images from MONOmoda wesbite.

14 March 2011

Photo of The Week

Solvang, CA. The Santa Ynez Valley is one of the most charming places to visit with all its small European modeled villages. The Danish village of Solvang (meaning 'sunny fields') is as charming as it gets.

11 March 2011

Beyond Wonder

BBQ Beef Brisket, Smoky BBQ Sauce, Red Cabbage Slaw. Braised Veal Breast, Spicy Tomato Chutney, Shaved Fennel, Pea Sprout. Spicy Rossdown Farms Chicken, Refried Beans, Lettuce, Scallion Sour Cream. Soy Braised Beef Brisket, House Made Kimchi, Sesame Aioli, Hoisin Glaze. Braised Peace River Lamb Shoulder, Spiced Chickpea Puree, Tomato, Pea Shoots. AND they have killer branding. Meat & Bread by Glasfurd & Walker... I definitely want seconds, and thirds, and fourths...

Images from The Dieline website.

06 March 2011

Leaning to the Right

This poster is creative perfection. It's clever and funny... and I really wish I had thought of it. But Oslo-based designer Eivind Molvaer did and it's fabulous!

You can get one here at Blanka.

Image from Eivind Molvaer website.

05 March 2011

An Ode to Cabbage

Okay, it's not really about the cabbage itself, it's more about the name kimchi. I had to post this packaging for two reasons. Number one; I think the packaging is beautiful and distinct with thoughtful lettering and colors. And number two; I have a dog named Kimchi and I love to see her name in print.

Mother-in-Law's Kimchi (MILKimchi) sells only kimchi products made with daikon and napa cabbage. You can find some very interesting recipes and information about kimchi on their website. Who knew kimchi had so many uses, like for grilled kim-cheese sandwichs, kimchi bloody marys, spicy kimchi frittatas, spicy kimchi tacos, spicy kimchi soup and there's even a recipe for a sesame soba noodle salad that sounds delicious. Owner Lauryn Chun's story is pretty interesting too, you can read it here.

Image from Mother in Law's website.

A Kitchen To Love

I just had to share this amazing looking kitchen. I can't imagine a more inviting place to cook, converse and enjoy life. The extra large retro stove is a dream, the pop of ocean blue against the soothing cream color is perfect. And just look at that screen door! I can hear the sound of the squeeky hinge spring now of friends and relatives coming in and out. I found this in one of my favorite mags, Bon Appetit.

Image from Bon Appetit.

04 March 2011

Made in the USA

Now here's a book that's headed straight to my Amazon list today or perhaps I'll grab that 40% off coupon I just printed and make my way over to Borders. What I'd really like to do however, is stop by a great little mom and pop bookshop in my town, but thanks to Borders and Barnes & Noble, they are far and few between anymore. So I guess I really don't have a choice. Either way this book will definitely make it into my design library... as well as the European version.

Graphic USA is a travel guide, but not your AAA kind of guide. It's more Route 66. Graphic USA highlights 25 cities across the country, which are reviewed, written and illustrated by designers living in the respective cities. There's no better travel guide then those who live and breathe their own city and getting perspective from artists.

via Fuel Your Creativity; The book is arranged with beautiful full color spreads and no detail has been left untouched. The best part about the book is that since each section has been handcrafted by an illustrator, artist or designer each section feels unique and showcases the vibe of the current city being reviewed. It also gives unique insight into local places that are off the beaten path. The great dive-bars that offer the best views or the best fresh seafood. You will use it as a gallery of beautiful images or a directory of talented illustrators and designers and most importantly a great travel-guide for a weird and wonderful alternative road trip across America.

You can see more of both the USA and European version at the Cicada website here. Happy travels!

Image from Fuel Your Creativity website.
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