30 June 2014

Starwood Mural Shines

Typographic hotel murals are still the in thing, because let's face it, they are so much more interesting than most of the typical hotel art you hardly ever notice walking to and from your room a dozen times. So recently Starwood Hotels commissioned Oakland, CA-based Guts & Glory to design this magnificent looking typographic mural for the lobby of their new Washington DC hotel. The custom lettered mural contains the names of all 60 countries along Embassy Row along with a map of Washington DC using both typography and topology in an intricate way that merges the local and international. This is one piece of hotel artwork that will definitely catch your eye!

Images: Guts & Glory Behance 

29 June 2014

Glow In The Dark Bike

This is one of those things you say, now why hasn't someone thought of this already? A glow-in-the-dark bike for night riders. Brilliant! Get rims, frame or both that glow. The lit-rim Hotel model shown available at Pure Fix Cycles.

Image: Pure Fix Cycles

28 June 2014

Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

Did you know more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? I had no idea. Creating this infographic for Tagg The Pet Tracker was a real eye-opener. If you want to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July and every day, this is the ultimate device! With a GPS tracker, there's no way your furry family member will ever be lost. But the tracker does more than find your pet, learn more over at Tagg.

14 June 2014

Get Outdoors with Topo Designs

I'm not one to post on fashion and clothing a whole lot, maybe some jewelry from time to time. But I thought since I'll be venturing back to Maine this summer and plan on hiking and kayaking, it would be appropriate to highlight some sharp looking versatile quick-drying Mountain shorts from Denver-based Topo Designs. Not only did their simple design and functional pieces catch my eye, so did their branding... logo, website and photography are perfectly in sync and elegantly done. And everything is made right here in the U.S.A. The one problem... it's only menswear currently. But that's okay, I'm a very patient woman and fully expect to make a few purchases from a women's line in no time!

Photos: Topo Designs

365 Days of Land Rover

This is quite the promo for Land Rover and it's brilliant to say the least. It's so beautiful, I wouldn't be able to actually use it.

via Zeynep Orbay website: We designed a daily 2014 calendar that reflects the off-road spirit of Land Rover by creating a 3D version of classical, flat topographic maps. Colours on each level represent different months and the numbers on the side of each page show the remaining days of the year.

Designed by the extraordinary Zeynep Orbay and TBWA Istanbul.

Photos: Zepnep Orbay

11 June 2014

Hawaiian Signage

When it comes to signage, I'm a sucker for all types of architectural lettering. I like to photograph great signage I come across, it's a little hobby I enjoy in new and familiar places. And Hawaii-based lettering and graphic artist Matthew Tapia is no different. Take a look at some of the vintage signs he's captured on his Instagram photo series #signsofhawaii. Magnificent to see all those unique letters and fonts! Oh, and Matthew has also been featured in a fabulous new book called Drawing Type by Alex Fowkes. Definitely a must for the designer library!

Photos: Matthew Tapia Instagram

09 June 2014

Get On Your Bikes and Ride

An affordable bike inspired by Indian and British cycling culture? Yes! Introducing the beautifully designed Prana Cycles. Read more over at Cool Hunting.

Photo: Cool Hunting

Borgo San Rocco 37

If you haven't heard of the Everywhereist, then you must go straight away to Geraldine's blog at this instant. I promise you won't be disappointed. It's a travel blog, but definitely not your average travel blog. It's full of entertainment, hilarity, a little history, honesty and a few poignant husband and wife moments. And yesterday, as I sat (lay actually) on the couch in the early morning after breakfast, relaxing with my pooches and iPad, I started perusing her blog. Being half Italian, I was very much enjoying reading her current escapade in Italy. And then, one of her photos popped off the screen at me... a photo of a place in Frigento Italy where she stayed, the Borgo San Rocco 37 Bed and Breakfast. How did I turn this post about a travel blog into typography? I know, it's what I do best. But seriously, I was immediately fascinated with the hand cut letters and light illustrative touch of the buildings on the Borgo San Rocco sign. It's simplistic, friendly, and has incredible character. Long live sign creators!

Photo: Geraldine DeRuiter, The Everywhereist

05 June 2014

The Beauty of Hand-Drawn Letters

I'm pretty much obsessed with hand lettering these days. Well, I always have been actually. I'm not much of an illustrator (not much at all really), but I've gotten to the point where I need to try and hone my creative skills and see what I've got. I even signed up for a Skillshare class with none other then Jessica Hische, I figured if someone could give me some tips and skills, why not THE girl herself. The amazing lettering in the photo above is from Scott Biersack, a letterer, designer and illustrator based in Phoenix, Arizona. It was yet another inspiring show of letters that will get me motivated to jump in and give it a whirl. Thank you for such lettering beauty Scott!

Photo: Scott Biersack Instagram
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