Monday, June 29, 2009

Every Little Step

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Amazing amazing documentary of how broadway musical "A Chorus Line" was born and reveals the gruelling 8-month long auditions for a 2006 revival...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Deborah Williams

photos by Yunhee Kim and Lisa Hubbard

Loving these stills by stylist Deborah Williams... what extraordinary colors!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lovely Melbourne Ad

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One of the best ad for tourism I've ever seen...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Number 17

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A little humor to start off your Monday...
I just can't get enough of these comics from NYC design firm Number 17.

Their branding work for the Mercer Hotel is also rather handsome.

Friday, June 19, 2009

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How cool are these salt and pepper shakers created by Antrepo Design?

via the dieline

Thursday, June 18, 2009


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I recently discovered ShakeitPhoto, the iphone apps that turns your photos into polaroids. As you can tell, I was a little shakeit-happy.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Proef: a food design studio

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Proef is a creative design studio in Amsterdam where food concepts are developed and executed. I love how they use food to tell a story.

About Founder Marije Vogelzang:
Designers who work with the subject ‘food’ are often called ‘food designers’. According to Vogelzang, food is already perfectly and beautifully designed by nature. She designs from the verb ‘to eat’. She is for example inspired by the origin of food, the preparation, etiquette, history or the culture of food. That is why she doesn’t call herself ‘food designer’but, as the first one in The Netherlands, ‘eating-designer’.

One of their experiements: Elements (pictured above)

"When entering Proef Rotterdam at the opening, guests were asked for their date of birth. According to this information we could track their astrological element; water, fire, earth of air and tied a coloured ribbon around their wrist referring to the element. We served everybody his or her own element-specific food. The opening lasted the day. In the first two hours I noticed that there were only air and earthpeople visiting. I started to get worried that we would run out of white and brown food and have lots of red and green leftovers. Finally the water and fire guests came and balanced things up. Later on I read that apparently water and fire people have the tendency to be late for appointments."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Present & Correct: Everyday Things

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I've posted about these guys before. Present and Correct: from paper bags to everyday industrial clips, they seem to get everything just right.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

Malick Sidibé:

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Malick Sidibé is a Malian photographer known for his black-and-white documentation of popular culture in the 1960s. At 78, it's nice to know he's still at the top of his game.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Bracket Business Card

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Loving this smart concept by Singaporean designer Felix Ng for Bracket Publishing.

via FPO

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Lovely Gifts and Photos

images by Elizabeth Messina

After a rough day last week, I found these waiting in my inbox and they made me smile. These were some of the details I had designed for Elizabeth Messina's "A Lovely Workshop". Love the way they look against her vintage fabrics. Check out more beautiful images on Elizabeth's blog.

Thank you Elizabeth!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ahoy, Alphabetilatelists!

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It all started with a "Wouldn't it be fun if ..."

And so Alphabetilately was born. The brainchild of Bill Senkus, in collaboration with Alyson Kuhn, this project features a collection of alphabet stamps where each stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of snail mail. 26 designers in the San Francisco Bay Area were assigned an alphabet each, and asked to design a stamp based on their interpretations of definitions and examples provided to them.

Currently showing at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
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I'm partial to alphabets and stamps, but I'm doubly excited that the exhibition made it to the Smithsonian because my dear pt was one of the 26 designers. His stamp... drumroll here... is the letter E. E is for EFO's.

EFO's? That, in printer languge, would be "Errors, Freaks, and Oddities", i.e. misprints, misperfs and other production blunders. Perforations shouldn't run down the middle of the design; grass shouldn't be blue; 2-cent stamps shouldn't say "5 cents" etc.

Even though this project was conceived more than 10 years ago, I still think the designs are still beautiful and relevant.

Update: for those in the Bay Area, Alyson Kuhn will be giving a talk about the AIGA SF philatelic alphabet project on Sunday afternoon, June 7, at 2 pm at The McCune Collection in Vallejo.

Monday, June 01, 2009

New Goodies in the Shop

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We now have more letterpress printed lovelies listed in the shop.

Many of you have inquired about the reusable fabric gift wraps and those will be available in late June. Will keep you posted, promise!