31 August 2014

Impressive Portfolio from Pavlov Visuals

Friends, summer is slipping by so quickly, again! Where does the time go? When I do have extra time, I haven't been very good with blogging. But I have a good excuse, I've been working on my website update and I'm pleased to say it will be going live very soon! Whew. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, take a good long look at this work from U.S./Amsterdam studio Pavlov Visuals. It's utterly gorgeous! The simple lines and fluid shapes within their work create strong visual appeal, matched with great color and typographic choices. Stunning on all levels!

Images: Pavlov Visuals

20 August 2014

The Best Bus Stop

Best looking Bus Stop ever? I think so!

Images: mmmm...

18 August 2014

The Badge Hunter

Want to know what real badge branding looks like? Tired of run-of-the-mill hipster logo badges? Then you've got to see Allan Peters' badges. They're unique, clever and completely one-of-a-kind. Allan is a creative director, designer and badge hunter extraordinaire based in Minneapolis who has done work for just a few small brands you might have heard of... Nike, Target, ESPN. With carefully selected fonts and placement of text and elements, his badges are a symphony for the eyes. I could look at them all day! And I was one of the first to get a MN badge tshirt over on Cotton Bureau. Yes, I'm a proud badge wearer! Check out some of his other great wares on Society6.

Images: Allan Peters

11 August 2014

The Grovemade Desk

I'm in love with the these sleek handcrafted desk products from Grovemade based in Portland Oregon. The small, close knit Grovemade team didn't leave any details behind, for example they sand and file every item by hand to perfection, creating pure artisan-quality goods with style and functionality. Including a little succulent planter and a mini desk lamp. The only problem, I can't decide between the black walnut or maple wood....

Images: Grovemade  

03 August 2014

Craftsmanship in Camden

Austin P. Smith Ceramics, serving bowl.

Austin P. Smith, whiskey cups.

Austin P. Smith, ice cream bowls.
Meghan Flynn, cups and vases.

Meghan Flynn, wood-fired jug.

Meghan Flynn, mugs, bowls and cups.
While I was on vacation a short time ago in Camden Maine, it just happened to be on the same weekend as the Camden Harbor Juried Arts & Crafts Show, which only happens twice a year. Lucky me! I spotted some extraordinary pottery from Meghan Flynn and Austin P. Smith. Both artists feature unique color and shape in their work. I'm in love with the warm rustic palette Meghan creates and Austin's signature are screen-printed nautical charts of Midcoast Maine's Penobscot Bay on the bottom of most pieces. Both should be nominated for the Martha Stewart America Made if they haven't been already!

If you're in the Northeast this fall, you can catch the Arts & Crafts Show again in October!

Images: Meghan Flynn and Austin P. Smith

01 August 2014

Hello August

This is a bright and wonderful way to welcome August. It's from the Present & Correct Instagram and I'm dying to know who illustrated this little gem, because I want a whole year of these! If you don't know Present & Correct they are a stationers dreams; stickers, pencils, note cards, labels, letterpress, stamps... you name it, they've got it. It's a treasure trove of paper and office objects. I've posted about them before, but they deserve another shout out! And they have Etsy site with even more great stuff too.

Image: Present & Correct Instagram
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