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Jessica Nielson is an illustrator and surface designer living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to taking on a variety of commissioned work, she offers her bright & bold paper and textile products to the US market through her Etsy shop. I adore that fact that her designs are irresistibly modern, yet still SO friendly! (As always, click to shop!)

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Graphic Flowers Tote Bag, $21.17
Graphic Flowers Tote Bag, $21.17
Set of 10 Gift Cards, $5.59
Set of 10 Gift Cards, $5.59
Blue Ribbon Gift Wrap, $6.02/3 sheets
Blue Ribbon Gift Wrap, $6.02/3 sheets
Mixed Set of 20 Gift Cards, $10.62
Mixed Set of 20 Gift Cards, $10.62
Wrap(a)Round FREE Downloads (lots of amazing styles to choose from!)
Wrap(a)Round FREE Downloads (lots of amazing styles to choose from!)

Le Bleury

I’m delighted to have discovered these exquisite works by Montreal designer Elizabeth Laferrière. Elizabeth “creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision through typography, collage and video.” In this project, she took on the branding and promotional pieces for Bleury, a progressive vinyl bar in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. C’est merveilleux!

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It’s da Bomb

Today I’m feeling decidedly irreverent, so I’m turning to the knitting artists out there for a jolt of inspiration. “Yarn bombing” is nothing new (I suppose it originated in the ’90’s or so), but these colorful installations  – crafty graffiti , if you will – around the world still make me smile. (So sorry that I wasn’t able to credit all the great sources in the images below – if you think I’ve utilized your work unfairly, just let me know and “poof”; i’ll take it down.)

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Today’s Track – Little Man, Sia

Sia’s one of my all time favorites, so I couldn’t resist sharing this oft overlooked track today. Quiet and catchy with a nice dose of soul… Little Man by Sia from the album Healing is Difficult, 2003.

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Spring Summer 2015 Trends from Global Color Research


Global Color Research™ is a creative colour consultancy, well known internationally for its accurate color trend forecasting. 
They work both with external experts and an in-house staff of color experts, trend analysts, photographers, creatives and marketers. They also publish Mix Trendsa forecasting book published twice a year, and Mix Magazine; a quarterly color, design and trend magazine. Both titles are internationally distributed and dedicated to innovative design through inspirational color trends. Today’s post spotlights their take on the emerging color trends for the Spring Summer 2015 season. See the full report (with full size images) HERE.

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The Yoke’s on Me!


Yoke is a home and gift brand created in 2011 by Mark McConnell, on the bonnie banks of the river Tay, in Perth, Scotland. The company sprang from a passion for screen printing, launching a limited edition collection of screen prints for London’s prestigious Design festival. Since then, the collection has grown to include cushions, tote bags, birch wood and laser etched prints as well as hand-pulled screen prints. I adore their vibrant, bold and happy aesthetic & colorful characters – can’t help but put one in a good mood!

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Ronnie & Frank Cushion, £30
Pelican Patrick Cushion, £30
Ronnie & Frank Screen Print, £60
Alfie Screen Print, £30
Pelican Patrick Tote Bag, £15
Forrest Tea Towel, £6
Forrest Tea Towel, £6
HIYA Screen Print, £10
HIYA Screen Print, £10

Today’s Track – No Use, Jazzanova & Clara Hill

I realize that this track might seamlessly fit in a Smooth Jazz station’s play list (are there still any “smooth jazz” stations out there?). It’s just that I don’t really care; I need it today. No Use by Jazzanova and Clara Hill from the album In Between, 2002.

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They’ve Got Issues


I first saw this video as part of the “Graphic Design: Now in Production” exhibition at the Walker Art Center. (It’s an AMAZING, not to be missed show that’s on the last leg of its tour: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence from March 28 through August 10, 2014 – catch it if you can!) It’s a 2 minute synopsis of the heart and soul that goes into making just one issue of Little White Lies, a London-based bi-monthly magazine that lives up to its mantra of being “the world’s most beautiful film magazine”. I am totally inspired by their scrappy, artistic and passionate approach to creating a magnificent read that truly celebrates design. I’m also including a second video; one that shows a tiny bit of the work that went into creating the “Lawless” issue. Amazing.

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