25 December 2014

Holiday Wishes To All

So it seems the holidays snuck up on me and those weekly Monday posts I was supposed to be doing are buried under a pile of snow somewhere. But not to worry my friends, aren't those New Year resolutions right around the corner? Why yes, they are! Now that the rush and crush of December is almost over, it's time to dig out some inspiring design! In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful holiday full of laughter and cheer with those near and dear to you and all the best in 2015! xoxo

08 December 2014

Wrap It Up


Honestly, I was going to put these on my gift guide this year, but they really deserve their own post.... because they are just so damn cool! Now, I know hand knitted scarves are THE best, soft, warm and oh so cozy. But take a gander at these super unique scarves from Little Factory. I've never seen anything like them. They are completely unique and will most certainly be a conversation starter. Behold the Paper Scarf and the Helvetica Scarf.

The Paper Scarf resembles a long sheet of notepaper with blue or grey embroidered lines that you can wrap around your neck. It's made out of paper-like Tyvek material, which is known for its durability. But it’s also lightweight, breathable, water resistant and will actually keep you warm. The added bonus, you can write on it! No joke. So for those who aren't quite ready for Evernote, for $25 bucks this is best scarf/notepad combo for your pencil and paper nuts.

The Helvetica Scarf needs no formal introduction. It's a classic no matter what form it takes. Made from microfiber suede material it's a little more expensive then the Paper Scarf at $62, but hey, it's Helvetica. Both great stocking stuffers for the creative hipster on your list!

Photos: Little Factory

01 December 2014

Sleek and Stylish Secrecacy

Quite often I find myself longing to see everyday items, such as stamps, currency and travel documents, get a major design makeover. And Oslo-based Neue Design Studio has satisfied my craving indeed! They recently won a competition by the Norwegian government to redesign the country's passports and ID card and the outcome was exceptional. Not only is the design functional, minimal and sleek, it illustrates the real Norway: nature. “All Norwegians are so connected to nature, it’s a very strong part of our history and defines us as a country,” says Gørill Kvamme of Neue, who explains that the minimal concept came from seeking to find the “essence of something”. The double page passport spreads are illustrated with minimal images of landscapes with mountains and water from different parts of the country. "The landscape with its vast variation from the south to the north, was the starting point for the design concept."

And if the beauty of the design with just the naked eye wasn't enough, the most unique aspect of the new design occurs when the pages are exposed to UV light. The vistas transform to show images of the Northern Lights and reveals hidden text written at the bottom of the pages. A secret solution to thwart identity theft in the most captivating way.

The covers feature a modernized version of the national crest, stamped in gold with bold colors: white for immigrants, turquoise for diplomats and red for standard passports. No release date for the passports has been set, but it is expected to be within the next two years. Happy travels to the Norwegians!

Images: The Guardian
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