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!
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.
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!)
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…)
The fine folks at The Ultra Bright prepared this inspiring forecast as a look ahead to showcase the color trends that are starting to emerge for the Fall / Winter 2013 season – and beyond…
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!
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!)
For tips and tutorials on how to use their “Fabric Give Wraps”, visit the Chewing the Cud Blog here!
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…