Darling Clementine is a small Norwegian design agency that also offers an edited collection of products under the banner: “Darling Clementine Paper Empire” (love that moxie!). I am totally charmed by their scandinavian aesthetic, and ability to create work that is clearly modern yet gives a warm nod to tradition. They also write a nice blog that you can visit by clicking HERE.
I’m a huge fan of Emily McDowell. She is a wonderful illustrator with a cheeky yet incredibly smart sensibility. She’s known for irreverent greeting cards like these:
Fun, right? But she’s outdone herself with a brilliant collection she calls “Empathy Cards”. They were designed out of Emily’s desire to to provide better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering to those with a serious illness.
Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on. With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.
All cards are $4.50 and available through Emily’s web site. (As always, click to shop!)
Today is my birthday. I’m lucky to be spending the day celebrating with friends and family, and thinking about life. So today, I’m pulling out and oldie but goody; my favorite video homage to the passage of time. It was created as the opening titles for the 4th annual Typophile Film by BYU Graphic Design Students & Faculty in 2007.
In honor of father’s day, I thought I’d share a very cool little company that makes amazing bars of soap that originate from a guy’s point of view.
If Burly Stone was a person, he’d be the guy you’d want your sister to marry.
He’d be good looking, but not too good looking.
He’d be smart and funny, but not in an obnoxious way.
He’d be at home at a broadway show or at a local dive drinking a beer with a jack chaser.
He’d be the guy you call when you need to post bail, unless he was sharing the cell with you.
Burly Stone, the wingman for your shower.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone! (As always, click to shop!)
This one’s for the designers out there; a flash from the past. I remember 25 years ago, when the first version of Adobe Photoshop was released. Having only been trained in MacPaint (yes, really) and the art of paste up (you know, with rubber cement and an exacto), Photoshop was a daunting challenge to master. So much so, that I pretty much gave up, hopeful that the whole thing would just go away, and turned to creative management. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how the original compares to where we are today… Enjoy the weekend!
Another bit of inspiration from Kid President, with a few things we could say more often to make the world more awesome.
Great range of graphic t-shirts’s from The Social Department; “hand printed by a couple of humans in the state of Ohio”. Using awesome typography, they create fun stuff for design nerds, foodies, “athletic supporters” and regional lovers. All t-shirts go for $25 & they offer both men’s and women’s sizes. (As always, click to shop!)
So it turns out, coding is the language of the future. (So says, well, people with far greater technical knowledge than I.) And in that future, more and more jobs will revolve around having a command of those skills. Today, less than 1% of high school girls are interested in Computer Science, and only about 18% of programming / CS majors are women. Which means womens’ seats at the table and economic parity could be at risk in the decades to come. But Google aims to change all that. They’re investing $50 million over the next three years in a program designed to creatively engage girls with code.
“We started Made with Code because even though technology runs more and more of our lives, women aren’t represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen. If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices.”
Dan300 is an Australian company that produces a range of products, from textiles to stationery, all with a moderns sensibility and passion for color and pattern. Designer & Director Daniella (Dani) Rosen tells a wonderful tale of the earliest days of her company:
The name derived from the number plates on my old 1981 peppermint green car saw me live out my ‘dream’ of having a company car. Yes, the company car came before the business idea. On a dare, I registered the business name DAN300 designs and then set out to work out what in fact I was going to make/sell. With several years of retail & product experience up my sleeve, I followed through on starting my own business right from my bedroom floor. It is one of those stories where the first sample was glued together on the floor of my rented apartment in Sydney, I showed it to a friend of a friend who worked in a shop subsequently leading to a job offer from that shop and then eventually stocking the shop where I worked and I guess the rest is history…
Totally inspired. (As always, click to shop!)
I know it’s September, and summer’s coming to a close. But I can’t help wanting one last taste…
Southwood Home is a Melbourne-based furniture and homewares store that focuses on local, natural, organic and fair trade products. They carry a lot of fabulous local brands like Ample, Armadillo, Bemboka, Bonnie & Neil, Skin & Threads, Tide and Uimi as well as international brands like Amy Sia, Imogen Heath and Hey Sign. I adore their modern, optimistic sensibility, punctuated with playful colors and simple forms.
It’s not often a company does something that compels me wholeheartedly to switch to their brand on principle. Always has done just that. This video has been making the rounds on social media, but just on the off chance you haven’t seen it, I had to share.
As if I didn’t have a major case of wanderlust already… Watching independent filmmaker Rick Mereki’s series of 3 – 1 minute shorts has me craving exploration in an epic fashion. I’m gently and sweetly reminded there’s SO much in this world – to do, to see, to savor… Commissioned by STA Travel Australia, 3 guys set out “to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films”. Nicely done, gentlemen.
Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover