Thursday, January 29, 2009

L'Affiche Moderne

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L'Affiche Moderne is a french e-shop selling art prints from photographers, graphic designers and children's illustrators. Loving the photographs of Cyril Auvity and Puti Tree series by Chinese graphic designer Nod Young. Each art print is a numbered limited edition of 300.

To kickstart the new year, they are offering 20% off all its catalogue until February 10, 2009. To redeem the offer, simply enter promo20 at the checkout.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


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Aroma Therapy from Vintage55: scented t-shirts packaged in glass jars with an aromatic sachet in them that enables the tees to refresh their scents after each washing. The textiles have also been specially dyed with a natural aromatic dye.

I like how this collection takes the experience of a t-shirt into a multisensory one involving sight, touch, and smell. I also love their mission statement:

"Vintage is neither a revival nor a commemoration. Neither nostalgia nor a return to the past. And Vintage55 is not even about melancholy for bygone eras, nor is it simply about imitation. Vintage55 is more a tribute to the experience of clothing that tends to get lost in the accumulation of events; in the passing of days, years and centuries that leave their threads behind...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Si Scott

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Lately I'm noticing a trend in this type of swirling typographic treatments on ads and posters. UK graphic designer Si Scott is one of the masters who's been creating these beautiful type.

In this interview, he reveals, "
Most of my inspiration comes from music - I am constantly listening to music while I work and the lyrics especially. I’m really into words!"

Watch his process here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some Press Love

We are so thrilled that some of our work made it to the latest Real Simple Weddings book 2009 and the latest issue of the Knot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Out with the Bush

Someone (apparently the people in these pictures, along with the police officer in the group), have changed all of the street signs on "Bush Street" to read "Obama Street" in San Francisco. Great idea!

Thanks Melanie for sharing!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fartless Factory

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The Fancy Food Show opened yesterday, in San Francisco. This is a huge tradeshow where thousands of exhibitors from the country and around the world present their best recipes and food products. For us packaging designers, this show is an overload of eye candy and of course, nothing beats the free samples!

I almost choked when I saw this booth. The Fartless Factory really took the cake with their name. We spoke briefly with the jovial owner (otherwise known as Old Fart) who told us the hilarious story of how the company was born.

My favourite is how the back of each product is signed with witty quotes like "If this doesn't help may all yours be quiet little ones."

Now that's what I call branding.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Latest Identity Work

Recently the popular wedding blog Style Me Pretty approached me to design an identity for their "Little Black Book" and accompanying header for "Little Black Book Blog".

Since both are sub-brands of SMP, I felt that the design had to be brand-centric: something elegant, sophisticated with a slight "edge". It was important that the Little Black Book could live as a stand-alone brand, but still maintain some connection to the main SMP brand.

I'm so excited they launched both, ta-da!

Ivana Helsinki

From inspiration...image source: here

... to realization

I got lost in the beauty of her work here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Love Transforms" Market...

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... opens today at Poppytalk Handmade! Lots of Valentine's-themed and Wedding goodies to drool over. Romance is in the air!

Don't forget to check us out at table 17.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Southern Weddings Magazine Launches Today!

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Be sure to check out the hottest magazine from the south, premiering today! ctc is so honored to be included in their launch issue. Thank you SW ladies!

For an updated list of stores carrying this issue, click here.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Nutcracker

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Over the holidays, pt surprised me with tickets to the Nutcracker. I was beyond thrilled! The sheer beauty and grace of the dancers, their costumes, the stage, the music... talk about an overload of inspiration!

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I can't decide if the Trepak or the Arabian dancers are my favourite. The San Francisco ballet has a blog where you can follow some of the behind-the-scenes action.