Cheeky Types

Love these typographic “illustrations” by Ji Lee, a Communication Designer at Facebook, and former designer and creative director at the Google Creative Lab. (He has a cool web site too; check it HERE) Scroll to the bottom to watch an animation featuring almost 100 of his “word as image” works. Happy Friday, everyone!

Ji Lee Typography

Today’s Track – Soul Food, Martina Topley-Bird

So, as you’re no doubt aware if you’ve been keeping up with recent entries; it’s been a seriously lame spring in this neck of the woods. A cold, rainy, total crap spring. And then – to add insult to injury – a series of thunderstorms hit over the course of the last few days; falling ginormous trees everywhere (I mean, the city was literally littered with trees and tree limbs) and leaving a quarter million homes without power. Pretty epic. And while I was fortunate enough to escape the worst of it (my neighbor’s 5′ fence did manage to topple over onto a goodly portion of my garden and we were living by candlelight for a spell), this all began less that 24 hours after I put the finishing touches on my new outdoor lounge. With the heat and humidity as it is, I expect the cushions will be dry sometime in September. And yet, today finally feels like summer. So today I’m turning my back on the spring that wasn’t, and nourishing my soul with a little sunshine. Soul Food by Martina Topley-Bird from the album Anything, 2004.

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https://bluebergitt.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/1-04-soul-food.mp3

Hello, Farewell

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When typography and letterpress combine with irreverence… well, be still my heart. So you can imagine how drawn I was to the new stuff put out by Farewell Paperie at the National Stationery show last May. Based in Seattle, this duo of former advertising agency creatives infuse their love for the craft of letterpress with a bit of snark resulting in a fresh take on printed papers. (As always, click to shop!)

Awesome Letterpress Card, $5
Awesome Letterpress Card, $5
Ruffle Letterpress Thank You Card, $7 (each)
Ruffle Letterpress Thank You Card, $7 (each)
Werrrd Letterpress Card, $5
Werrrd Letterpress Card, $5
Awesomesauce Letterpress card, $5
Awesomesauce Letterpress card, $5
Really (really really...) Sorry Letterpress Card, $5
Really (really really…) Sorry Letterpress Card, $5
Jelly Letterpress Card, $5
Jelly Letterpress Card, $5
Baby Letterpress Card, $5
Baby Letterpress Card, $5
Miss You Mucho Letterpress Card, $5
Miss You Mucho Letterpress Card, $5
Happy Happy Letterpress Card, $5
Happy Happy Letterpress Card, $5

 

 

 

 

 

The ABC’s of Carpets

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The last time I was in New York, I found myself completely spellbound by these incredibly colored, seemingly sunwashed rugs scattered about the showroom floor at ABC Carpet. They’re part of an ocean-inspired collection called Aquasilk. “Hand-woven by indigenous weavers in India using the finest recycled Sari silk, each unique design takes six to nine months to produce. Over-dyed with translucent layers of color, brilliant traces of patter emerge through the iridescent silk surface to compose mesmerizing, painterly compositions.” Mesmerizing, indeed. (As always click to shop! Oh – and yes, prices listed are in US dollars, not pesos…)

11'7"x15'9", $23,700
11’7″x15’9″, $23,700

Pinks

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7’10″x12’4″, $12,600
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7’18″x9’6″, $9500
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7’9″x10’0″, $10,100
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5’11″x9’8″, $3,800 (sale)
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5’2″x6’10, $6,400
11'7"x14'3", $29,700
11’7″x14’3″, $29,700

Aquasilk: Story from ABC Carpet & Home on Vimeo.

Aquasilk Film from ABC Carpet & Home on Vimeo.

Fail Once, Fail Again, Fail Better.

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been experiencing a high volume of epic fails. At least, that’s how they play out in my mind. It’s so tempting to throw myself a festive pity party (with cake!), but instead, I’m turning to this video – jam packed with quotes on the upside of failure. (My favorite? “Failure is the sound of beginning to suck a little less.” -Merlin Mann) Hope you enjoy it too!

Chewing the Cud @ the Stationery Show

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Some of my favorite exhibitors at this year’s National Stationery Show had product lines that spanned far beyond the paper category. Case in point: Chewing the Cud, a San Francisco-based design studio with a penchant for modern prints – among other things, including: “running in the rain.  flip flops. spotted feathers. cookbooks (with lots of photographs). steamed custard. square wreaths. laughing out loud. stripes and dots. tongue-scorching hot sauce. freshly picked lavendar. foldable bags. foggy mornings. pleats. wet clay. starry nights. crooked lines. books and blankets. white daisies. movies in the park. french macaroons. cigar boxes. dark roast coffee. lazy sundays. did I say coffee?” Love the spunky personality and bright, livable products! (As always, click to shop!)

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Recycled Canvas Bucket, Gray, $12
Recycled Canvas Bucket, Gray, $12
Recycled Canvas Bucket, Lime, $12
Recycled Canvas Bucket, Lime, $12
Recycled Canvas Bucket, Pink, $12
Recycled Canvas Bucket, Pink, $12
Linen Pouch / iPad Cover, Sprouts, $20
Linen Pouch / iPad Cover, Sprouts, $20
Canvas Tote Bag, Lattice, $36
Canvas Tote Bag, Lattice, $36
Set of 2 Tea Towels, Leaves, $25
Set of 2 Tea Towels, Leaves, $25
Set of 2 Tea Towels, Triangles, $25
Set of 2 Tea Towels, Triangles, $25
Organic Cotton Reusable "Give Wrap" printed with soy inks, 28" x 28", Trees, $17
Organic Cotton Reusable “Give Wrap” printed with soy inks, 28″ x 28″, Trees, $17
Organic Cotton Reusable "Give Wrap" printed with soy inks, 28" x 28", Dots, $17
Organic Cotton Reusable “Give Wrap” printed with soy inks, 28″ x 28″, Dots, $17
Organic Cotton Reusable "Give Wrap" printed with soy inks, 28" x 28", Leaves, $17
Organic Cotton Reusable “Give Wrap” printed with soy inks, 28″ x 28″, Leaves, $17

For tips and tutorials on how to use their “Fabric Give Wraps”, visit the Chewing the Cud Blog here!

2013 Luxury Home Tour – Twin Cities

Last weekend, I had a chance to visit a few of the amazing houses showcased at this year’s Luxury Home Tour in the Twin Cities metro area. (It runs weekends through June 23rd, if you’d like to check it out for yourself). It was fun to get totally inspired by the various interior designers’ visions for transforming the spaces. Here are a few snippets I captured and compiled along the way…

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Today’s Track – Black Water, The Doobie Brothers

Yes, really. I know, my typical fare is heavily slanted towards chill or R&B. Or at least if I share a bit of classic rock, it’s some obscure dance remix. But that’s not the case today. This being the Thursday before father’s day, I thought I’d send up a tribute to my dad by reminiscing over one of his favorites. Love you & miss you, dad. Black Water by The Doobie Brothers from the 45 single, 1974.

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Fall Winter 2013 Trends: London Fashion Week from Patternbank

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Ever been to a couture fashion show in London? Me neither. But the fine folks at Patternbank have, and I’m game for experiencing the runways vicariously through them! Here’s what they captured as key trends for the Fall/Winter 2013 season in women’s fashion.

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