A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.
I’d love to see something like this for San Francisco or the East Bay! Get on it, designers! (I’m looking at you, Kel!)
I was reading Miss Moss the other day, as I am wont to do with utter abandon, and fell head over heels for this post on Lauren Hom. Lauren is a graphic designer living in New York City who started this kick-ass hand-lettered poster series (Daily Dishonesty) all about the little lies she tells herself on the daily. Such as:
Which sayings resonate with you?
Today I attended my first Alt Channel class of the new year! The event was hosted by Flipboard, a social magazine app that was founded just a few miles south of here, and focused on how to use the app and the interface benefits for bloggers. Despite getting off to a patchy start (sound quality can be rough on the nets), the class was informative and exciting! Care to transform your favorite social media sites into a gorgeous magazine that you can flip through? Don’t mind if I do! I immediately downloaded the app and added all of my favorite content. After seeing what a beautiful job it did with the blogs I follow, I tested my own out.
Well done, folks. You’ve made my blog (and by extension myself) feel fancy!
Do you use Flipboard? And, this is the more important question here, does it make you feel fancy?
ABBAAAA! Is it possible to read that one word (money, in case you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about) repeated three times and not break into song inside your head? Well, not for me anyway. Here’s a link to it for reference.
Back to the money pictured above! In 2010, Dowling | Duncan won the annual Dollar ReDe$ign Competition competition with this beautiful note design. Marvelous! The competition was founded in 2009 by New York based designer Richard Smith. Here’s why:
It seems so obvious to us that the ‘only’ realistic way for a swift economic recovery is through a thorough, in-depth, rebranding scheme – starting with the redesign of the iconic US Dollar – it’s the ‘only’ pragmatic way to add some realistic stimulation into our lives! [...] The American Dollar has not truly been redesigned since about the 1930s. The Dollar ReDe$ign Project is your opportunity to theoretically ‘change’ that. Yes, technically there are many limitations and complications when it comes to bank note design, but if the Swiss can do it on a regular basis, why can’t we North Americans too. Besides our great ‘rival’, the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign. Why not ? It seems to work for everyone else …
Interesting logic. Though the competition is annual, design students and firms from across the land send in sets to the DRC website just for funsies. To see other sweet entries check out the ReDe$ign blog.
Hello! Moving moving moving has meant very little time on the internets for me, but, like an addict, I have been on Pinterest somewhat regularly! So I thought I’d bring you a little This/That post to keep things from getting too stagnant around here! Obviously, I’m in love with all these lovely Pinterest finds. Fleckenstein is clearly rad. Not only is this image here flat our gorgeous, but it clearly promotes breastfeeding circa the 1900s! Right on! These Small Adventure prints were at the Renegade Craft Fair and I came very very close to purchasing them both. I plan to ask for them as birthday presents! (Just in case you’re reading this Mutti and Papi.) There’s some great body art out there, I’ve been compiling bits of it here, and these matching tattoos are no exception. Finally, I spent a substantial amount of time on the She Lets Her Hair Down blog today, the ultimate resource for hairdo goodness! I actually did try the Marie Antoinette Revisitee and, while it didn’t really turn out like the drawings (I don’t own hairspray or a curling iron…so you can image how that went), I very much liked the effect! Will try again in the future! So that’s that for now, folks. As Eric and I get more settled in over here I will be back to regular postings! Soon! Yay!
Gotta love Pinterest for inspiring the consumer (and crafter) in me!
With so many things going digital these days (journals (cough cough), books, appointment scheduling (thank goodness), newspapers, magazines), every once in a while I yearn to hold the item I’m looking at in my own two hands. Printed items, though not so hot for the environment, feel so good, put less strain on the eyes, and look wonderful on a shelf or coffee table. There have been a few print magazines that I’ve been lusting over for the past few months: 3191 Quarterly, Kinfolk Magazine, and Wilder Quarterly in particular. They are just so dang beautiful!
3191 Quarterly - I actually gave this issue to my Mom for Christmas so I have had the chance to hold it in my own two hands and man is it fine (wouldn’t you say, Mum?)! Beautiful paper, beautiful pictures, beautiful design.
I can’t wait for the day when these little guys will be mine (some budgeting is required prior, I’m afraid – print ain’t cheap)! By the by, this post was another one of the recently resurrected drafts hanging out in my virtual draft box, so I apologize if the magazine issues mentioned are a little outdated.
I just discovered Wayfare Magazine, a new digital publication with a focus on all things travel. In the magazine’s words:
Every element of Wayfare highlights what we feel travel should be: motivating, accessible, and delightful — whether you are in a faraway place, on a weekend getaway or simply exploring a new corner of your hometown. We recognize that travel is not defined by how many miles you cover. It’s about finding inspiration along the way and celebrating the everyday moments. It’s about the spirit of discovery – breaking out of your routine to unwind, connect, and learn. It’s this desire to go, to celebrate and to experience that drives everything we do.
Just before heading out to California I made a little something something for my housemates. We fondly call our home Lady House, since we are all ladies, and I wanted to create something special to represent our space. As you can see, I made a stamp.
These pictures are making it very clear to me that I need to clean this little guy! I’ve been using gold block printing ink and dabbing it on with a paintbrush since I have yet to purchase a roller (funds are limited, you know). It’s a little cakey. What I’d actually like to get is a medium sized ink pad. Maybe the pad would help distribute the ink more evenly! I guess that’s what the roller’s for…I’m thinking out loud here.
Sadly, I didn’t take pictures as I was making it, but to give you a sense of the process (though on a much larger and cooler scale), here’s a video of Rui Abreu creating the typeface Aria.