Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kate Spade: Live Color Fully

I popped by the Kate Spade website and was delighted to find a fun and colorful video introducing spring. (Via Black Eiffel.)

Simon Evans, Island Time

London-born, Berlin-based artist Simon Evans has the raddest exhibition right now at James Cohen Gallery in New York. The show's title is "Island Time," which is a nod to Robinson Crusoe and the handmade objects he needed to survive on a desert island. Evans implicitly compares being shipwrecked, to the role of the artist as an outsider, to his own experience living in a foreign city. He's also obsessed with counting and charting, "an activity key to survival as a castaway," says the gallery. Don't you love his work? Above: Everything I Have. Below: One Hundred Mix CDs for New York. (Via A Cup of Jo.)

Photographic Dictionary

The Photographic Dictionary is dedicated to defining words through the literal, figurative and personal meanings found in each photograph. This made my day! (Via Swiss Miss.)

Top photograph (Abandon) by Mikhail Wassmer. Bottom photograph (Submerge) by Harold Diaz.

Oscars for Title Sequences

There’s an Oscar for pretty much every aspect of filmmaking, except one: the title sequences. Titles, though, have always played a significant part in motion pictures. They may have started out as simple black-and-white cards. But in the days before sound, they already did more than identify key players: they communicated dialogue and advanced plot. And as filmmaking evolved, so did title design. Titles have become wonderful bridges from reality into the cinematic world and back out again. At their very best, they are themselves innovative, emotional experiences, microcosms of their movies. Go to to view more title sequences.

Examined Life: A Film by Astra Taylor

"The unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas.

Christian Dior and Chinese Artists

"Christian Dior and Chinese Artists", which opened November 15, 2008 at Beijing's Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, is the latest public clinch between fashion and art. As well as sumptuous and outrageously flamboyant recent Dior pieces by John Galliano and original Christian Dior creations, the show also features specially commissioned works by top Chinese artists, whose brief was to comment on what Dior is, stands for, or makes - basically they had to artistically express Dior.

Above: "The Stranger In The Glass Box" by Quentin Shih. Below: "Hole In The Wall, Hope In The World" by Wen Fang. (Via Wallpaper magazine.)

How can communication help to resolve conflict?

Yossi Lemel interview - How can communication help to resolve conflict? from Good 50x70 on Vimeo.

In the first of a series of video interviews with Good 50x70 friends and supporters, Yossi Lemel, an Israeli poster artist, kindly spoke about his views on social communication and graphic design in general.

You can see the three videos here, in which Yossi tells how to make a good poster, analyses his favorite social communication poster and explains why social communication is important in resolving conflict.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some Paintings

R.L.2 print and Wave, June 22, storm 14x19 by Alex Kanevsky.


Not only do I love their work, I love the website of A2/SW/HK, a design firm based in London.

Old School Style

... a few vintage inspired pieces from the always-clever Present & Correct. (Via Oh Joy!)

Support My New Favorite Organization: Charity:Water

The Exhibition:
Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, killing more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. We invite you to learn about the people affected by this global water crisis, and the sustainable freshwater solutions being used to save millions of lives each day.

The Wishing Well:
As viewers learn about the global water issue, they'll have a chance to donate by throwing change into a custom-built wishing well. 100% of the donations will fund the construction of freshwater wells in developing nations

The Event: Charity: Water at the Chelsea Market
When: Tuesday, March 10th. 9:00 P.M. - Midnight.
WhereE: 75 9th Avenue, NYC. (between 15th & 16th Streets.)
What: A cocktail reception to launch the 3-month-long charity: water photographic exhibition at Chelsea Market.

100% of your ticket price will directly fund freshwater solutions in developing nations.

Music by The Kin, Rob Murat and others. Cocktails by Alex Ott.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

I love checking out what's going on backstage. This is at Proenza Schouler. (More at

Currently listening to...

“Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay brings me back to 1986 when I was a little one, running around without a care in the world. I grew up in the south and the guitar sounds so “twangy” and comforts me.

I'm loving this cover of Purple Fashion magazine with DVF.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Objectified NYC Screening: Ticktes On Sale

The Objectified Special Screening will be on Thursday, April 9th, 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Visual Arts Theater. They’ll probably be sold out in two seconds. Get yours here. (Via swiss miss.)

About the film: Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

A Unique Gift — Clean Water for 20 Years

Send a beautifully wrapped $20 bottle of water to your loved one and give one person clean water for 20 years. 100% of your donation goes to building wells. Charity: Water. (Via bblinks.)

Tilt Shift Video

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

I found this video very interesting. Here's a note from artist: This is a personal project that would not have been possible without the support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Thanks to the entire team for their generous access during training exercises and patrols this Summer. Since the Service began in 1973, it has carried out more than 21,000 missions ranging from urgent patient transfers to dangerous search and rescue missions.

The Service depends entirely on the generous support of sponsors and the community to stay flying. Donations can be made here:

The time-lapse flight sequences in this film would not be possible without the skill and patience of Chief Pilot Peter Yates. Thanks also to Trevor Cracknell (for getting wet!) and Family.

“CLEMENTINE” (Megan Washington)
Performed by Washington
© 2008 J Albert & Son Pty Limited
Used with permission

Via bblinks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thank You SPD

I am loving the new work section on the SPD website. It's great to see new work and the process behind it. The top spread is from Hector Sanchez, the new Creative Director of Portland Monthly magazine. Apparently, Portland is home to an amazing creative community and is truly, the "beardiest city in America!" The second spread is from Scott Dadich and his creative team over at Wired. It is worth reading his post about "design under constraint." And the last two pages are from Boston magazine which was redesigned by Patrick Mitchell, founder of PlutoMedia. All of these are wonderful examples of smart, simple and sophisticated design.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dear Sir Obama: Presidential Advice

A few days after the election, 826 Valencia's Programs Director, Jory John, asked students from 826 centers (nonprofit writing workshop and tutoring centers) around the country to provide advice and guidance to their new President. The result was a stack of hilarious, heartfelt, and occasionally downright practical letters loaded with advice, such as the following, for President Obama:

I really hope you put America back together. No pressure though. — Sheenie Shannon Yip, age 13, Seattle

A wonderful collection of the letters emerged from the project and was compiled into the book Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. The book, published jointly by McSweeney's and 826 National, would be a great addition to your Obama memorabilia collection, the perfect gift for your favorite teacher, or a immensely pleasurable read to keep on the nightstand.

Ted Talks Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

Swiss Miss

Last week I had the opportunity to see Tina Roth Eisenberg aka Swiss Miss speak at the AIGA/NY and Apple for the series, “Pro Sessions: Design Remixed.” Tina is the force behind, a design journal of infectious ethusiam and inspiring finds. Tina, who refers to herself as a “Swiss designer gone NYC”, started swissmiss in May of 2005 as a personal catalog of her daily discoveries. Currently, she stimulates the imagination of an average of 350,000 monthly visitors from all around the world. Her readers appreciate the wide range of design related topics, which span from graphic, furniture, font design to illustration, architecture and designy gifts. Based in Brooklyn, swissmiss broadcasts with an European viewpoint and a love for clear, Swiss functional design. She has worked at several prominent New York City design firms, including Thinkmap, Inc., where she designed the award-winning Visual Thesaurus. Tina is the founder and creative director of swissmiss studio, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

It is always inspiring and encouraging to see successful women designers who also are able to balance their career and family life. It makes me believe that I can do it too. Tina is a prime example of someone who set out to do something and actually did it.

Spread the Love

A fun project from the girls at Paper White Studio called I Love You More Than Blank. The interactive site {not shown here} lets readers submit answers on the last part of that statement and read what others have to say...some of my favorites: I love you more than Blair Waldorf loves to gossip, I love you more than dill pickles, I love you more than iced chai and a library full of vintage books, etc... they also have fun fill-in-the-blank totes {shown above}. Click here to read more...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Je t'aime + Happy Vday

...these cards by Yellow Owl Workshop are perfect for the upcoming fest o' love tomorrow... but also so sweet year round. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day! (Via Oh Joy!)

To Do

I found this on swiss miss's flickr site. Here is what she wrote: On my way to my office this morning, I came across a H-U-G-E wall of post-its saying 'TO DO'. I stopped and started watching peoples reactions. I can not even tell you how many smiles this art installation (?) created. People stopped, pulled out a pen and started scribbling on the post-its. This type of unexpected sighting is one of the reasons why I am so in love with New York. I could not have had a better start in the day. A big thank you to the creators.

UPDATE: This project was created by in July 2007. Sorry, I'm a little late, but I still love it.

Keep Calm Gallery

.... for my art collection. Available for purchase at Keep Calm Gallery.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I love these notes/sayings from the image bookmarking site, ffffound.

Lovisa Burfitt

I came across the illustrations of Lovisa Burfitt via ffffound. What first caught my attention were her loose (and messy) sketches. How awesome is H&M for commissioning her to create wall illustrations for their Milan store!

A little bit more of clicking around and Googling shed more light on this obviously talented lady. In fact, she is a designer by trade, and have her own line, Burfitt for close to six years now.

It is not difficult to discern that there’s a punk undertone to Burfitt’s aesthetics. In fact, it often an overtone; however, the photoshoot for her S/S 09 collection is actually girly.

Beautiful Type

I always love seeing what calligrapher Jenna Hein is up to on her blog/portfolio...see more at Love, Jenna... (via Oh Joy!)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue

I just found out about this. I haven't gotten my issue in the mail yet. Can't wait!


I saw this painting on Lauren Rosenberg's (art school + roommate in Florence) facebook profile and immediately thought, "I want one too!" I can't wait to see what she paints next. Maybe an elephant?

MoMA Atlantic/Pacific

In a gift to the city’s subway riders, MoMA takes over Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street subway station, filling the station with reproductions of over 50 works of art in the MoMA collection. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, walk through the station to see images of works by Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Charles Eames, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and many other great artists, filmmakers, and designers.

We know you’re moving at warp speed to get from here to there, but take a breath and take a look. We hope what you see in the station changes the way you see the world today, if only for a moment. And it’s a reminder that the real MoMA is only a short ride away.