25 December 2013

Holiday Wishes To All

23 December 2013

The Devil's Advocate

Scotland (and Ireland) have been on my travel list for awhile and now I've got another reason to visit (like I needed another reason). Edinburgh's newest eatery and drinking establishment, The Devil's Advocate. is as cozy as it gets and I'm dreaming about popping in at this great new spot tonight. It looks like the kind of place where you'll forget about the time and enjoy a nice slow afternoon or evening pass by.

Read more about this new addition to Edinburgh's Old Town over at Everything Looks Rosie, from Scottish freelance writer Rosie Steer, who recently visited and had this to say, "The Devil's Advocate is the real deal and has style as well as substance." Cheers!

Image: We Heart

Dog Silhouette Pillows

So this is just the cutest thing, the perfect modern chic Dachshund silhouette pillow from Linen Workshop. And they have many other breeds to choose from. Check out their entire selection here.

Image: Linen Workshop

19 December 2013

Holiday Gift Tags

Your holiday shopping is done, but you forgot gift tags. If that's your dilemma, I have your answer. Head over to MStetson Design for these lovely watercolor holiday gift tags in red, green and blue from Lindsay Stetson of MStetson Design and Tessa Shane of T&S Craft. Free and downloadable right here, to make your gifts extra special with a little handmade goodness. Thanks girls!

And while you're on the MStetson site, you might as well check out Lindsay's great color coordinated gift guides, just in case you forgot anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Images: MStetson Design

16 December 2013

Typism Book

One of the greatest books on the world's best typography is out my friends! Typism is a stunning 194 pages of crisp black and white beauty chock full of letterforms, calligraphy, hand lettering, custom typography and typeface design from some of the most noted artists around the globe. Including the hugely talented Phoenix, AZ-based designer and letterer Scott Biersack. It coincides with the one-day Typism Conference held on the Gold Coast in Australia and the site features a few videos from their last conference back in September. I particularly like Aurelie Maron who demonstrates chalk lettering and the string lettering demonstration from Dominique Falla. So inspiring!

Image: Typism

14 December 2013

Merry New Year

The End is Near from Anemone Letterpress

Happy New in code from Code Cards

Holy Crap from Emily McDowell

Champagne wishes from Foglio Press

Happy from Sad Shop

Funny resolution from Sapling Press

Happy Happy from The Social Type

Happy New Year from Snow & Graham

Holiday Beers from Snow & Graham
It's sitting on your to-do list.... mail Christmas cards. It's December 14th and the worry is setting in, right? Will you get them out before the holiday decorations come down? That's the problem with the holidays. We are so busy this time of year and put enormous pressure on ourselves to get it all done. Of course, there is always that annoying person who's card you'll get the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, this happens to me and the family shall remain nameless. Let's face it, anyone can order a card online, put a stamp, mailing label and return address label on an envelope with not one iota of ink to be seen and send out a cold, impersonal card anytime. Well, a few years ago I let the whole worry thing go and I haven't looked back. In fact, a lot of years if I have just too much damn stuff to do, I reach for the New Year cards. Why not? After all the Christmas crap is done, I actually have time to sit down, most of the time on Christmas Day, and write a little greeting in each card, sign them and get them mailed before New Year's (that family should take note here). So don't worry, let go of the guilt, you don't have to do it all. Here are a few cards to ring in the New Year for your friends and family.

If you're still determined to get those Christmas cards out, you might consider some rather unique greetings over at Brain Box Candy. Merry New Year!

Images: Design Milk

10 December 2013

New Tycho Album Coming

I can't think of a more talented human being then Scott Hansen. Scott is a San Francisco-based artist of ISO50 and musician of Tycho. His design aesthetic is as modern and captivating as it gets. It seems he's doing a little more music over design at the moment, which is fine, because he's doing a lot of touring and you could probably see him in a town near you soon. And that's fine with me, because I have come to greatly appreciate and absolutely love his style of music, it's perfect music for me while I work in the studio. I highly suggested a listen to Tycho over at SoundCloud and then check back next Monday for the new full length release on the Tycho Facebook page or Tycho Music site for album artwork, track listing, title and release date information. And if you're looking for some cool album prints or t-shirts for the art and music lover in your life, head over to Scott's ISO50 shop. Happy listening and shopping!

Image: Scott Hansen / Tycho

09 December 2013

Homeland in Vintage

Yeah, Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative has done it again! If you're a Homeland fan, you're going to love his new art that plays on the theme of jazz. He's created a set of 12 vintage jazz album covers as 12" x 12" framed prints or as a single 24" x 34" limited edition lithograph. A great holiday gift for the Homeland lover in your life. The prints are available exclusively on the Showtime website.

And don't forget his incredible pieces for Breaking Bad and Dexter too, all available online at the respective websites.

Photo: Ty Mattson

05 December 2013

Trouvé Is Here, Trouvé Is Here!

The much anticipated Trouvé magazine is almost here and I'm simply beside myself! The website launched earlier this week, but issue one will be available for free online viewing on December 12th, with printed copies available for purchase. What's Trouvé you say? I'd thought you'd never ask!

Created by a graphic designer and an artist, Trouvé Magazine celebrates the creative lifestyle and those who live it. The editorial pages are honest, artistic, well designed, and purposeful, showcasing some of the best creators, innovators, spaces, handmade goods, local treasures, events and lifestyle. How's that for another piece to the Maker Culture? Can wait until the 12th! 

Check out Trouvé right here. You won't be disappointed.

Photo: Trouvé

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Along with holiday shopping, it's that time of year again; the Pantone Color of the Year. For 2014 it's Radiant Orchid, replacing 2013's Emerald. 

via Pantone: "While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

With that said, I fully expect my imagination and creativity to be outstanding next year.

Photo: Pantone

04 December 2013

Letterer Extraordinaire: Kevin Cantrell

If you haven't seen Kevin Cantrell's phe­nom­e­nal lettering and typography work, you're missing out. Just take a look at the thoughtfully crafted detail in every single square inch of his work! It's amazing. Its just makes me smile.

Images: Kevin Cantrell

29 November 2013

Thankful, Grateful, Soulful

First my friends, my apologies for the posting lag. I really enjoy blogging, I'm humbled you stop by to read my posts and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Things have been a little crazy around here to say the least (who isn't right?), but I'm going to get back to regular posting as of now, because I've got lots of good stuff to share.

I can't believe the end of November is already upon us. As you might know, autumn is my favorite season and Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. As with most autumns, my hectic work schedule keeps me busy from sunrise until sundown and beyond, with almost no time to enjoy the spectacular sunsets the fall sky produces, slip in an extra Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and create homemade dinners. So when Thanksgiving rolls around, everything stops and I become the Top Chef of my kitchen. Oh yeah! But unfortunately, this year I was blessed with a big fat cold; fever, sore throat, congestion. I loathe being sick, so it was a double whammy that it happened during the Thanksgiving holiday. However, all was not lost, my incredible better half wanted me to just rest and not worry, so he immediately ordered a Thanksgiving-to-go meal from a local restaurant. And I have to say, it was pretty darn good for a take away meal. We had all the fixings, creamy sundried tomato soup, free range turkey breast, bistro-style gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans with herbed piccata and warm apple cranberry compote with spiced walnuts. And we (he rather, who's no cook) managed to make a pumpkin pie. It filled our bellies and gave us the traditional comfort we expect on Thanksgiving even though we live on the opposite coast as our family. And we didn't have to clean! So although my sickness consumed my head, my heart and soul was content and happy.

It is a great reminder how much food really is the soul of who we are, no matter where we reside in world and who's cooking, be it at a house or restaurant. It brings us together on a regular basis, holidays or not. There is nothing more satisfying then a great meal with great friends and family, nothing makes for a more perfect time. Which is why I'm going to take a cue from Sunday Suppers and Kinfolk in the upcoming year. It's time to start slowing down a little bit, gathering together and enjoying what the table does for us. For it not only satisfies our appetite, it nourishes our soul.

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart."  – Cesar Chavez

Images: Sunday Suppers and Kinfolk

21 November 2013

Wall Envy

What better wall art then a brick facade with old typography poking through. And in a cool office with concrete floors and wood beamed ceilings no less! I'm green with envy. Believe it or not, I found this image perusing WordPress themes on ThemeForest today. Crazy right?

Image: ThemeForest 

17 November 2013

A New Elevated Park for London

With resemblance to New York's High Line elevated park, Heatherwick Studio just unveiled plans for a new greenery covered pedestrian bridge to be built across the River Thames in London. It will be the first crossing built on the Thames since Foster and Partners' Millennium Bridge opened in 2000 and will connect Convent Garden and the South Bank. Looking lusciously green, the span will showcase various types of indigenous trees, wild flowers and grass and encourage people to stroll or sit on benches next to the path and enjoy a break from the frantic pace of the city. Considering it may be the slowest way to cross the river, you might have to bring a boxed lunch, but it may also be the most relaxing. Which is a good thing, finding quiet places in a big city isn't easy! The project could be completed as soon as 2016.

Images: Inhabitat

13 November 2013

One Big Picnic

I just love when artists create major oversized items, it messes with your senses and throws your scale and proportion all out of whack. Like this gigantic picnic table by French artist Benedetto Bufalino. See more of this interestingly oversized picnic table project over at DesignBoom.

More Making Coming Soon - Trouvé Magazine

As you know, I'm obsessed with anything handmade, the maker culture as I like to call it. And now, coming next month is Trouvé magazine, a brand new magazine celebrating the makers, creators and dreamers among us. I can't wait to see what and who they have in store for us. If you're as curious as me, get on the list here.

Photo: Trouvé magazine

06 November 2013

Beautiful Branding for Bama

This branding from Oslo-based Mission Design for Bama Storkjøkken is utterly gorgeous. As the largest provider of fruits and vegetables to Norway, Mission was invited to help raise awareness of Bama Storkjøkken's commitment to providing the best produce and to inspire cooks about the wealth of opportunity that fruit and vegetables offer. The design focuses soley on the variety, shape and color of raw ingredients through beautiful photography and minimal typography atop the perfect white space. Read more on the branding process over at Mission Design here.

Photos: Mission Design

Cruising in Style

Had I thought about it at the time, I probably would have nixed the beach cruiser purchase in lieu of a scooter, probably a classic Vespa. Not only are they more fun, but I would definitely take it out more and for longer stretches. A beach cruiser is just fine if you live in the Great Plains, but I obviously don't since I end up walking the bike up pretty much every slight incline that greets me. Sure, it's great exercise, but I don't have endless time on my hands either. It just so happens Vespa has a new model out, the Vespa 946, named after 1946, the year the Italian company was founded and made their very first scooter. It still has all the glorious style, smooth curves and iconic design we've come to love about the Vespa, right down to the stitching on the leather handle grips to the final polish. But with this model, every premium component is assembled by hand. You can't help to be mesmerized by its beauty... or it's price. At $9,946 bucks, it's time to pump up the tires on my cruiser again! 

Photos: Design Milk

31 October 2013

Happy Halloween

Folks, I know it's been a long time since I've posted, my apologies. Autumn is a spectacular season bringing about chilly air, cozy blankets, fuzzy sweaters, hearty soups, rustic leaf colors and hot apple cider. But it also ushers in my busy season front and center, so I've been a little overwhelmed with work, but also some other fun personal stuff too. More of which I'll be posting about soon... like the Bon Appetit Los Angeles Grub Crawl, calligraphy with local San Clemente artist Jenna Rainey and a few crafty projects to get me in the holiday spirit. Oh, and let's not forget that amazing World Series win by the Red Sox last night! But enough of that, it's Halloween! Here's a little something special to celebrate, an illustration from Chris Piascik, one of my favorite artists. You can purchase this great piece on a variety of items from an iPad case to a tote bag to a mug. Check out his Society6 store right here. Have a great Halloween all!

Image: Chris Piascik

19 October 2013

Old School Meets High Tech

You heard it here first my friends... the Sketch Stylus is definitely this years stocking stuffer, but it's no ordinary pencil. The pencil functions like a regular pencil, but the 'eraser' is actually a built-in-stylus for your touch screen devices like iPad and iPhone. Clever and sharp! It's available from Suck UK for a mere $8 bucks. As a lead lover, this is already on my wish list!

Images: Design Milk

A Stand Up Bag

A good handy bag is hard to come by. But the abrAsus commuter bag is truly designed for your life's work and it's available from the new Evernote Market. I love the wide zip pocket pouch design and the fact it won't flop over when you put it down. Would love it even more if it came in black!

Photo: Evernote

14 October 2013

Incredible Tree Art

If you've never looked at the rings of a tree trunk, I highly recommend it. I find the rings of a tree wildly beautiful and they can tell a lifelong story about the tree itself. I stumbled upon the most incredible leather rugs on Cool Hunting recently by Lynchburg, VA artisans Moore & Giles called Tree Art. Each Tree Art rug is laid by hand to create unique pieces inspired by the organically occurring patterns found in the horizontal cross section of a tree trunk and they are exquisite. They are so beautiful they could even be hung as wall art. Not surprising however, Moore & Giles is dedicated to designing and developing the most innovative and luxurious natural leathers for the high-end hospitality, aviation and residential interior design industries, and they've been doing so since 1933. With an exquisite price to match, the Tree Art rug is definitely a lifelong investment no matter how you choose to display it.

Read more about the creation and design of the Tree rugs over at Cool Hunting.

Photos: Cool Hunting
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