March 30, 2007

Mini: The Book [sic] !!!

I. Love. Mini Coopers. {I think I've previously confessed my other obession with things that are small} And I've been saving my pennies for my pepper white convertible. Anyways, I'm really digging this retro striped cover. . .at first I thought it was an older book, but nope, fresh off the presses. I'm wishing that Amazon had the search inside option for this book cause I'm hoping there's more pictures then text. . .I might just have to buy it and find out for myself! (via coolhunting)

Aranmade: Letterpress Bookplates

Lovely letterpress bookplates from Aranmade on Etsy that you can also have custom printed with your name. . .or the name of someone you're giving these to as gift ;)

P.S.

To the post below, more black and white goodness posted today over at desire to inspire. . .thanks, again, Kim!

March 28, 2007

Home, B/W, Home

Great post over at desire to inspire on an all black and white home. I really like the cups, plates, etc. on the simple shelf over the sink and the layers of texture and shadows it creates. Very lovely find, Kim, my fellow black and white addict! (image via desire to inspire)

March 26, 2007

Helvetica: The Cake

Type? Good. Cake? Good.

More pictures here. (via notcot via swiss miss)

Alphabet Exhibit

I just received an email today that Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography will be coming to Orlando this July!

Focusing on an ordinary subject that we see each day, often in the hundreds of thousands, Alphabet presents 26 letters as more than just shapes for conveying information. The 48 artists and designers in this show conceive and interpret the alphabet in surprising and inventive ways, ranging from graceful and polished to witty and unconventional. The 60 alphabets featured in Alphabet were created by artists in North America, Europe, and Asia, and represent work from well-known typographers and designers as well as rising artists and design students.


(images from Alphabet)

I ordered a copy of the exhibition catalog (available here for only $5 US/$9.25 INTL) about a year ago and I'm really looking forward to seeing the show in person. I've always liked the cover of the exhibit catalog, thinking that it was simply a nice placement of black blocks with reversed out copy. After today's email, I picked up my copy to page through it again and just noticed--yes, a year later--the smart use the negative space to form a letter "A" (of course, now that is all that I see). It's also used on the intro page of the website.


Read more about the exhibit here and check out the travel schedule here.

March 23, 2007

BellisStudios

I'm indulging in a bit of color as this letterpressed "hello sunshine!" card from BellisStudio on Etsy is just perfect for spring! You can also buy a set of 6 right here.

"Design as Slow-Motion Train Wreck"

A great read by Ross MacDonald on the labor of love that is letterpress. (via DesignObserver)

March 22, 2007

On weddings

A quick thank you to Rebecca of Moontree Letterpress for featuring this image from our wedding on the Design*Sponge Guest Blog. Rebecca has been guest blogging about weddings over at Design*Sponge and if you haven't been following, I'd highly recommend you check out all the gorgeous photos and great advice she's pulled together. Even if you're already married or without a significant other in sight, there's lots of inspiration to be found.

And in case you were wondering, yes, we indeed had a black and white wedding. Perhaps I'll post more pictures next week. . .the obsession runs deep and I was lucky enough to marry someone who was happy to oblige ;)

March 21, 2007

Easy to spot luggage

I love this luggage! Imagine how easy it will be to find off the baggage claim. I actually *spotted* the set over at my local TJMaxx last night. You can also purchase this Olympia Jasmine luggage set online, only $200 for the whole set, at Macy's.

March 20, 2007

Swap Meat

I'm always up for a swap and the folks over at Coudal seem wicked cool. . .and how can one not participate in something titled Swap Meat? Here's the deal:

It seems like everyone we know is making stuff. People are publishing books and photography products, creating tee shirts, posters, stationery, stickers, games, pins, movies, music and toys. Periodically, we receive unsolicited stuff in the mail. We love getting it and most of the time we return the favor by sending back some of the stuff we've made.

So let's try doing this on a slightly larger scale in an attempt to make lots of people as happy as we are when the FedEx guy shows up unannounced.

During the rest of March, send us some of your stuff. Not stuff you made for clients or stuff you just have laying around. Send us some of the stuff you made for yourselves, that you're selling or giving away. You're going to have to trust us on this, but we'll check out what you send and then send you back some stuff of approximately equal value. That might be stuff we received from someone else or some of our stuff, or some combination of the two.
Check out the "swapped meat" so far and find out where to send your stuff here. (link via swissmiss)

Ray Hartl: Equine Photographs

These stunning equine photographs by Ray Hartl were by far my favorite find at the festival. All photographs are available for purchase via his website and there's also a set of "heads" or "tails" notecards from his equine series. (images from rayhartl.com)




Julie Keaten Reed

Next up, artist Julie Keaten Reed. These images online do not do her work justice. Her ink paintings are beautiful in person, so simple and elegant. (images from juliekeatenreed.com)

John Peer

This past weekend, we braved Orlando traffic to head up to the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and I thought I'd post about a couple of my favorite finds from this year's festival.

First up, photographer John Peer from Sebring, Florida. I actually first saw his work at the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff when we lived in St. Joseph, MI--and could see the Krasl from our front door! Simply beautiful nautical photography. If you like what you see, you can order prints directly from his website (each image in the gallery has a drop down menu), an unframed 11"x14" is only $35. (image from johnpeer.com)

This one's titled Bonded.


An this one is Cuddling, great title!


And one more just for the title: Sunnyside Up

March 19, 2007

DIY Letterpress

Detailed instructions are yet to come, but this homemade press (spotted on Briar Press's forums) is a very intriguing idea.

Pi(e)

First Coasters on Coasters, now Pi on Pie:

Loving the visual puns; anyone know of others? (image via, link via)

March 16, 2007

Tossed and Found

Love this dresser. (image via TONY, link via apartmenttherapy)

March 14, 2007

Coasters

Coasters on coasters. . .get it? Set of six, available at Handmade Luck on Etsy.

Sushipot: Inventions Envelopes

Tiny, vintage epherma envelopes created from an Encyclopaedia Britannica about the inventions of man availble from Sushipot on Etsy.

March 13, 2007

To Kelsey or not to Kelsey?

I've been looking for a tabletop letterpress for awhile and just in the last couple months have been more actively looking and seriously saving/selling all I have on eBay. I've been looking at the usual recommended sites, but it just seems like presses aren't as cheap or easy to come by as they used to be. I've been looking into an affordable 5'x8' Kelsey, but for every person who says not to get a Kelsey, I seem to find another that says they work just great. I'm just a newbie, but I'd like to get my hands on a good press and not have to sell the old one/buy a new one. Anyways, anyone out there have any opinions/suggestions/experience on Kelseys?

March 12, 2007

Haikubird: Sketchbook for Charity

These beautiful pen and ink drawings by Haikubird are part of an ongoing project, Sketchbook for Charity:

When you purchase this drawing, $20 will be donated to First Book, an international nonprofit organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, and provides a supply of new books to children participating in community-based mentoring, tutoring, and family literacy programs. For more about First Book, visit their website at www.firstbook.org.

This drawing is priced at $23. $3 is to help me cover the costs of Etsy, Paypal, and supplies. When you pay for this drawing, I will turn right around and donate $20 to First Book via their website. You will be sent a copy of confirmation of this donation with the drawing so that you can be sure your money was indeed donated. $20 is enough to provide EIGHT new books to children in need.
These images below have already sold, but stop by Haikubird's shop on Etsy for current drawings for sale and read more about the project at Haikubird's blog. (images and quote from haikubird.blogspot.com)




Laser cut skate decks

An absolutely stunning Flick set of laser cut skate decks from Refill Seven. (link and image via notcot via core77)

Kate Spade: Black and white story

Great set of note cards for any occasion, available from kate spade. (image from)

March 09, 2007

Carol Lobel-Fried

Beautiful linocut pear print by Carol Lobel-Fried available at her Etsy shop. Check out more of her work, including gorgeous hand colored prints, at her website.

Starbucks fun

Found this fun little Starbucks create-your-own-drink-icon-thingy via a great post on Poppy about handlettering.

March 08, 2007

Moleskine City Notebooks

I'm a big fan of the Moleskine and a classic small black sketchbook goes everywhere with me. Spotted these new City Notebooks over at MocoLoco and love the idea of having maps and travel notes all in one. These are available at Amazon.com. Now, if only I could visit every city that they have one of these for! (link and images via MocoLoco)

Helvetica: The Film - Official Film Poster

"Meet the cast." Very clever. . .I like clever. You can get your own copy of the official Helvetica film poster right here.

Green Chair Press

Nothing like an Etsy purchase to start off the morning! This 8"x 10" wood type collage broadside (letterpressed with wood type) was only $10 from Green Chair Press. There was only a limited edition of 8 printed and lucky for me, it looks like I got 8/8!

Update: Green Chair Press noted in the comments below that there are a few more of these available, so head on over to Etsy and pick one up quick!

March 06, 2007

Jen Stark

Every once in awhile I break for a dose of color. . .and these beautiful hand-cut construction paper sculptures by Jen Stark are well worth it. I like the simple and clean forms with the bold pops of color. . .all I can say is "wow!" (link via k-style, images from jenstark.com)


1 or 2?

This little collection of "1's and 2's" in kim's (of desire to inspire) newly rennovated bathroom made my morning: (images from desire to inspire)


March 02, 2007

Si Scott

Another great design find in the latest issue of Blueprint was this gorgeous illustration (on page 98):


A peek at the credits and a quick Google search led me to the amazing portfolio of Si Scott, who also has prints available for purchase online at 4wall and Soma. (images from 4wall)

Blueprint

Like many others out there, I've also enjoyed the latest issue of Blueprint and agree it's made some moves in the right direction editorially; third times the charm, right? The content is right up my alley, but I have to confess that I'm actually more smitten with the design of the magazine; isn't the image and layout of this contents page just gorgeous? (images from March/April 2007 Blueprint)


Typographic sensory overload!

I'm hoping that they move to doing it monthly so I can get my fix more often. . .but in the meantime, I suppose their {just as equally visually arresting} new blog, Bluelines, will have to do.

Kitchen update

Our kitchen is finally up and running! And one of the first things I "made" was a cup of tea =)

For the meantime, we decided to just roughly patch/sand and paint the backsplash area in our kitchen while we search for just the right wallpaper, which will take awhile for a picky graphic designer and architect to agree on the same one. I'll post more pics of the kitchen later, but a couple of things I'm putting on the "cook's wishlist" that would go perfect with the red and white scheme:

This tote from Seabags is made of recycled sailcloth and would be perfect for grocery shopping. (image from March 07 Domino magazine)


This Quiche Apron from Anthropologie. Love the print on either side, looks like it would be slimming when worn. I'm all for helpful optical illusions! (image from anthropologie.com)

March 01, 2007

March!?!

I can't believe it's already March! It's as warm and sunny as summer here in Florida, so maybe that's adding to my feeling of the year just flying by way too fast. Life as of late has been a busy stream of work, work, eat a little, sleep even less, then back to even more work!

Last night I finally had a few moments to page through the March 07 issue of Domino, which I really enjoyed as the entire issue featured well-designed eco-friendly products. You name it, clothes to cars, food to floors to fabrics, this issue had it all! I was really amazed at all the details they provided about how each product deserved "eco cred."

I love the floor in this little galley kitchen (feature in this issue). . .who knew linoleum could look so good?

On a magazine side note, I'm very excited that there were enough international sign-ups for the magazine swap that Holly had set up and I was set up with someone from the UK! I'll be sure and post pics about it when my mags arrive.