March 6, 2010

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Pantone Polish

SO excited about this great idea by Renata Veiga for Pantone Nail Polish and Eye Shadow! Honestly, I think pantone needs to expand upon their coffee mugs and create items for the entire house hold.. I can just imagine a completely Pantone decorated house.. sigh

March 4, 2010

Urban Simplicity

I don't know how I got signed up for the monthly urban outfitters catalog (because I really never shop there) but I'm glad I did because I absolutely love their layout and photography... so inspirational! I'm glad they are moving away from the 'hipster' movement (at least in their ads)

March 2, 2010

Simplistic Complexity

My favorite garage sale find of this week is this beautifully initialed turquoise and gold tray. I am in love with the overall simplicity of the whole piece married with the complexity of the initials design. The combination of the lines and dots, turquoise and gold, simplicity and complexity is everything I dream of.. and the best part is that it was only $1 :)

March 1, 2010

HP Ads

While I've always been an epson girl, I must admit that I really enjoy these HP ads. They are fun, modern and actually really interesting to look at! Still might not be enough to switch me over though..

via grain edit

February 25, 2010

ibook - book

All I have to say is this is a genius idea! I think this tops my wish list for the moment

February 22, 2010


This weekend Chels introduced me to the amazing french blogger / artist Garance Doré. I don't know which I love more.. her fashion or her illustration; they are both inspirational! I would fill my entire house with these beautiful drawings if I could! The french truly have a unique style of their own. Enjoy!

Garance Doré Blog

February 19, 2010

Vintage Ads

I loved seeing these inspirational vintage advertisements. While hand drafted design is outdated, time consuming and costly, the results are unreproducible. The care and attention that went into every detail definitely pays off in the end!

via Vancouver Archives

February 17, 2010

evolution of type

A hilariously true Evolution of Type. Maybe this will help to get Curlz and papyrus outlawed on computers! (click on the image to zoom in and read the red part!)

Via Donut Project

February 15, 2010

Ampersand Blog!

I'm so excited about finding this amazingly simple blog dedicated entirely to the ampersand. A new beautiful ampersand is displayed every day.. and it's really as simple as that!


February 10, 2010

the Design behind W Magazine

W Magazines lead Graphic Designer, Edward Leida, gives a sneak peak inside the creative process behind W Magazine.. very inspirational!

via Donut Project

February 8, 2010

Back in Balance

This weekend for my birthday, I was finally able to relax and get back into my balanced state of mind (almost). I was thrilled to finally be able to test out my newest purchase, a vintage lomo camera from Russia. While really knowing hardly anything about the camera and even less about the settings, I thought I would just experiment and make it an enjoyable process instead of studying every aspect of the camera. I was so happy with the outcome! Using regular kodak film and absolutely zero photoshopping, these were some of my favorite results:

February 5, 2010

Art History Crash Course

Having hardly enough time to sleep lately, I thought this crash course poster in art history was a perfect solution in saving time on memorizing those lengthy descriptions when it can really be summed up in one line.. if only this could be transformed into a series of posters covering every topic of art and design!

via design-milk

February 2, 2010

Sagmeister's Typographic Chair

Sagmeister never ceases to surprise me and it's always intriguing to see whats he's up to next. While 'vacationing' in Bali (or what designers refer to as vacation) he designed and created this typographic chair with phrases from his personal diary. I have a feeling this might catch on...

via quipsologies

February 1, 2010

No. 7 Type

I love this new creative typefce, Adhesive Nr. Seven. I'm ussually not a huge enthusiast of display typefaces (especially more grunge ones) but for some reason this particular font caught my eye. While the idea of using masking tape as a design element is pretty overplayed (in my opinion) a whole typeface created out of it, in black letter none the less, is a cool twist. With practically another arts and crafts movement beginning, this font could be a fun typeface, if used correctly, to convey that layered, scrapbook feel that a lot of people are striving for on the web.

January 28, 2010

NEW M/M Work

Having had an extremely long and stressful work week I was thrilled to take a 5 minute break and indulge in my new Print Magazine that recently arrived. I was instantly re-inspired after seeing new work from my ultimate favorite pair of designers: M/M! Poster design for Théatre de Lorient

January 26, 2010


In order to give other high fashion labels credit I thought I would share this hysterical new branding strategy that merges together the highest and the low; the result is McFancy. The temporary chain is created by the cool hunters who say, "First is McFancy, an upmarket temporary McDonald’s store that launches at Fashion Weeks around the globe. McFancy is part art installation, gathering spot and, of course, a restaurant that offers a traditional McDonald’s menu but packaged in a way that makes a playful yet stylish nod to the lifestyle of the highly desirable, influential consumers that attend Fashion Weeks."

VIA Love, Obsess, Inspire

January 25, 2010

Chanel Branding : Part II

Not that I'm obsessed with Chanel or anything but after writing my last post I found this even more bazaar branding strategy! While this is not an actual Chanel product (yet) the idea was formualted by art student, Ryan McSorley for his senior project. The concept is to lightly brand the skin with an impression made over night from sleeping with this headband that leaves a mark. Usually we do everything possible to avoid these types of marks but Ryan has definitely turned the tables and used it to his advantage. Maybe a bit too 'out there' for the average consumer but these are definitely the kind of ideas that get a brand noticed!

January 22, 2010

Chanel Branding

I have to say, these Chanel temp. tattoos are probably the only acceptable exception for a tattoo in my book. While normally I would never be attracted to the look (even if it was temporary), something about these clever Chanel tats really intrigue me. It's branding to the most literal degree which in turn requires the highest level of brand loyalty. Chanel can pull it off but can others do the same?

via Elle UK

January 21, 2010

Royalty-Free Vintage Prints

I'm so excited about finding this amazing website crammed with royalty free vintage prints! All the prints on the website have outlived their copyright laws which means they were created before 1922; it also means they are now free to print, use and enjoy... and with thousands of options, there is a lot to enjoy! Check out the site for yourself here

via one of my favorite blogs: The Donut Project