Today’s Track – Eye to Eye, Amp Fiddler

It would all be so much easier if everyone really could see eye to eye. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time & energy lately, desperately trying to grasp foreign perspectives; to build empathy and understanding; to see what others see; to build common understandings… It’s exhausting, but I’m hoping the pay off is worth it.  For now, though, I’m taking refuge in this sultry bit of soul. Eye to Eye by Amp Fiddler from the album Waltz of a Ghetto Fly, 2004.

Amp Fiddler Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly

Fit to Print

Need a little art to spruce up your space for spring? I love these prints by San Francisco artist Jorey Hurley. An alumni of the design team at Hable Construction (and NYC’s FIT. And Princeton.), Jorey’s work exudes an effortless simplicity that captures her playfully modern aesthetic. These 17″ x 22″ fine art digital prints are printed on heavy cold press watercolor paper with archival ink and sell for $80 each. (As always, click to shop!)

JH BlossomsJH Striped Rock Pink TrianglesJH RaindropsJH ScallopsJH BeachJH TilesJH SeashellsJH Pink Dots

Fall Winter 2014 Fashion Trends from Fashion Snoops

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Love these trend vignettes from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the four incoming trends they’re forecasting in womenswear and menswear for the 2013-2014 Autumn/Winter season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

fw14 Trend_1_ Close to Naturefw14 Trend_4_Dark Romancefw14 Trend_7_Futuristfw14 Trend_10_Renaissance

Need more trend inspiration for Fall? You might like these related posts (Just click on “TREND”):

  • TREND FW 2013-14 Fashion Color
  • TREND FW 2013-14 Womenswear Color
  • TREND FW 2013-14 Fashion Prints
  • TREND FW 2013-14 Women’s Contemporary

Or click HERE to see all trend-related posts!

The World Needs You to Stop Being Boring

It’s Friday, and I could use a jolt of inspiration. So I’m turning to this spectacular kid (again… how many times have I watched this? Lost count…), for his charming delivery of this fine sentiment (and many, many others): “The world needs you to stop being boring. Yeah, you. Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring. But you’re gooder than that.” Hope you have a very UNboring weekend!

Today’s Track – The Only One, Danger Mouse & Jemini

I’m in Atlanta today, on a frenzied trend-hunting mission through the eclectic boutique retail in the area. So I thought I’d feature one of my favorite artist/producers who got his start in Atlanta during his teens before heading off to London to hone his craft. The Only One by Danger Mouse & Jemini from the album Ghetto Pop Life, 2003. NSFW!

Ghetto Pop Life

Crunch Time

Some identities have the power to communicate all you need to know about a brand. This is an awesome example of the power of great design to give you the gist instantaneously. Skillfully created by Candy Coated Universe for The Crunchy Grocer, a unconventional northern Colorado-based food market that (quite obviously) is passionate about providing organic, locally sourced goods. Love the quirky, unabashedly playful spirit of the brand. Wish I had one in my neighborhood!

Crunchy Grocer LogoCG SilhouettesCG IdentityCG Identity 2CG BusCG Web siteCG TShirtCG Store at night

Joomin’ Right Along

When I was a Graphic Design student in college, I had a wonderful professor who was convinced I was really a printmaker. I assured him repeatedly that I was not. I didn’t even bother to explore the possibility by taking a single screen printing class. It was only years later, when I finally did take one, that I discovered my passion for the art. Even built a make shift screen-burning operation in my basement, though the process of power washing them with a garden hose left much to be desired. I never got very good at it, and developed a deep respect for those who do it well. One of those individuals is Joom, a Bay area artist who turns her hand-printed fabrics into pillow, tote bags and other textile based products.

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Red Magnolia Pillow, $25
Teal Flying By Pillow, $30
Teal Flying By Pillow, $30
Coral Blooming Blossoms, $30
Coral Blooming Blossoms, $30
Blue Gray Cardinal Pillow, $32
Blue Gray Cardinal Pillow, $32
Lavender Hummingbird Pillow, $28
Lavender Hummingbird Pillow, $28
Orange Bird Pillow, $28
Orange Bird Pillow, $28
Orange Orchid Tote Bag, $25
Orange Orchid Tote Bag, $25
Blue Bird Pouch, $18
Blue Bird Pouch, $18
Coral Cardinal iPod Pouch, $17
Coral Cardinal iPod Pouch, $17

A Good Script

Calligrapher Kristen Henderson recently launched a small collection of letterpress note cards featuring her lovely handwritten script and slightly saucy sensibility. All cards are letterpressed in gray on 4-bar flat card on 100% cotton luxurious thick card stock, and retail for $4.25 each. (As always, click to shop!)

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Today’s Track – Keep Love, Mutiny UK

Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Hope you’re spending it surrounded by those you cherish, and who adore you right back for everything you are. Enjoy this dreamy little serenade, complete with somewhat distracting sounds of water rushing, but softly satisfying nonetheless. Keep Love (Mutiny’s Lush Mix) by Mutiny UK from the album In the Now, 2003.

Mutiny UK In the Now Album Art

Need another ❤ day track? Listen to last year’s pick HERE

Spring Summer 2013 Fashion and Color Trends from Brase Design, Germany

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Today’s featured trend forecast comes from Brase Design, a fashion and home-textile design studio based in Gummersbach, Germany. Below, you’ll find the mood boards they presented at Heimtextile in Frankfurt last month, which convey the essence of the upcoming Spring Summer 2013 season in color, attitude, pattern and style. They’re grouped in five themes: Arts, Charming and Affectionate, Neon, New Renaissance and Traces. Enjoy!

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