Designer Jay Fleck illustrates in a modern way that somehow manages to retain a vintage soul. I love his resulting graphic style and bold use of primary colour. And what a clever typographical take on “plenty of fish in the sea”! To see more of Jay’s brilliant work and where you can buy t-shirts or prints, check out his Flickr page.
This book and video of the Wimbledon Men’s Final (Federer vs. Nadal) by designer Bryan Ku is the perfect merger of three of my very favourite things: books, tennis and cleverness. How brilliant and creative to interpret a sport this way. Love those sport scores in iconic tennis ball yellow-green too. Here’s hoping Bryan ponders doing a whole sport series!
Ligatures make me happy. Originally created when type was set by hand and letters like “f” and “j” could not be placed next to each other without creating a large space or unattractive overlap, ligatures are now an elegant element of typography that merges two letters into one harmonious, visually-appealing character. In a digital focused world, I like how ligatures harken back to a time of handcrafted typography and design. Designer David Schwen has created a set of colourful prints with cheeky ideas of how letters are joined into ligatures. Gum, paper clips, staples… I love how David’s mind works! (you may remember my post about his brilliant ice cream pylons…)
It’s always nice to see a car advertisement that is a bit different from the usual shiny car/people enjoying said car/masculine surroundings combination. Volkswagon seems to be the king of going a unique direction but this Land Rover piece really caught my eye. The ad captures Land Rover’s off roading brand essence by showcasing all of the colours you will see when exploring the world in your new car and where these colours will appear longitude and latitude-wise. I love the global colour names including Mont Blanc Blizzard, Mauna Loa Lava and La Palma Banana. Anyone fancy going on a global colour scavenger hunt?
I imagine Emily Poe from Sparrow Nest Script has the most gorgeous grocery and to do lists ever. I have admired Emily’s writing for quite some time as it really makes formal calligraphy into something modern and casual but also elegant and full of personality. Sparrow Nest Script is a showcase of Emily’s beautiful work. How can you not lust after these cheeky notecards with beautiful india ink hand-calligraphy and vibrantly coloured paper? Email is fabulous but there is nothing like getting a real card in the mail. Especially if it says “Howdy” at the top!
Created by designer Derek Chan, Front Page Fingerprint is a visualization of the formal elements of the New York Times front page such as white space, headline size/length, body copy, imagery and overall colour palette. Each column is one day of February 2011 newspapers. A fascinating study of colour and design elements. I really want to view the colour palette element close up to see what trends emerge! From these images, you can see the more colourful papers are definitely weekend editions. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see this idea applied to a years worth of papers or even notable periods of history?
Holy. The Orishiki Clutch by Naoki Kawamoto is more work of art than handbag. Orishiki is a union of the world “Ori” taken from the paper folding art of Origami and “Shiki” taken from the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth named Furoshiki. Created from a single piece of material with triangular origami-fold inspired segments, the vibrant magenta fold lines and glossy faced end result are stunning. I think if this was my clutch, I would have to carry it around empty as it would be next to impossible to stop folding and re-folding it!
I’ve always loved Picasso’s portrait of his adored dachshund, Lump. Picasso loved animals and his work is rich with depictions of them. In contrast to his usual beautifully complex style, I love Picasso’s animal drawings for their simplicity and minimalism. There is even a book devoted to the artist and his best friend – Picasso & Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey. I love this drawing and that so many of Picasso’s pieces have his dachshund as a muse but most of all, I love that a dog named Lump became an icon in modern art!
I always love visiting Anna Garforth’s site to see what she has been up to. The diverse materials she uses to craft typography is full of creativity and wonder. Dried flowers, dough, moss, rolled rubbish, folded advertisments or leaves – Anna creates installations that are not only beautiful but commentaries on sustainability and natural materials. I have loved her moss work for several years and they have a special place on my inspiration board as joyous and thought-provoking bursts of colour. Also, considering the only available option seems to be those boring block letters, I can’t help but wish Anna would come out with her own cookie cutter line!
Confetti System is a studio that creates the most incredible works of paper, mylar and fabric art. They have really revolutionized so-called party decorations by turning them into dynamic and modern stage backdrops, window displays, decor and fashion pieces. How gorgeous is that silk wall they created for a New York clothing store? (second image from the top). With clients ranging from fashion houses like Opening Ceremony, magazines like Martha Stewart, stores like Bergdorf Goodman or Urban Outfitters, events like The New York Ballet and bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Confetti System are constantly exploring new avenues for creativity. It is so refreshing to see this kind of well-designed handmade craft appreciated and used in so many arenas. Computers are amazing but they can’t make a giant wall of gold mylar! If designers Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen asked me to move to New York as a Confetti System sweeper, I would be on the next plane tomorrow. Seriously.
I recently came across Dirt Poster by Roland Reiner Tiangco and totally fell in love with the design and sentiment. The back of the poster is covered in black dust that makes your hands extremely dirty for a reason. Rubbed across the white poster front, your hands reveal the poster’s message. How fantastic is this design? I love the statement because it is true on so many levels. Anyone precious about making mess is probably not going to change the world (or be much fun to hang out with!)
Sometimes something so delightfully random and creative comes along that proves just how insanely awesome the Internet is. The Cosby Sweater Project is a site dedicated to cataloging and illustrating the crazy and colourful sweaters won on The Cosby Show. I love the fantastic interpretations of those patterns. Whomever is behind this site: I officially love you. (p.s. when I started this week, I had no idea there would be two Cliff Huxtable references by week end. You never know what a week will bring…)