Friday, August 29, 2008

not too far from home

The internet makes this world seem so small. I found the Hypothetical Wren's Flickr sets looking up "Folk Typography". Turns out he/she has a bunch of pics from Denver, Durango and other surrounding areas. A great bike set. And tons of vernacular type.


St Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture is hosting an International Exhibition of Calligraphy. And because most of us won't be anywhere near Russia September 16th - 21st, you can peruse many beautiful examples on the website. Be sure to check out the student work, too. Really really good stuff.

Via BibliOdyssey.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

the poster list

This must be poster week. I am on a roll.

Via M Stetson Design I discovered The Poster List. Crazy affordable posters that are both artful and humorous.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

holy crap

Tomorrow Partners is an incredible shop. I stumbled onto their site via Modern Craft's posting on their Archer Farms stuff. Everything they have done is recognizable and SO GOOD.

Monday, August 25, 2008

advice to sink in slowly

While researching for Friday's post about Frank Chimero I came across Advice to Sink in Slowly. It is a project that was first piloted at University College Falmouth in 2006 when 24 posters were given to 300 students enrolling on visual arts based courses at the college. The project has since expanded with more posters and more schools. Between Frank's inspirational design posters and these advice posters, you can wallpaper a whole room with all the right stuff for perfect creativity.

Friday, August 22, 2008

frank chimero's flickr

I have blogged about Frank Chimero before. He is a graphic designer out of Chicago. His States posters are so cool. I keep waiting for "Georgia". And his Inspirational Design Posters are collectibles. They have been all over the world wide web lately.

Check out Frank's Flickr. You can see all of the above plus some wonderful pics from The Field Museum and more of his illustration.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

a new small

The fall issue of Small just came out. It is chock full of more gorgeous photography and cool layouts. A small part of me wishes that this were a printed periodical. That way I could rip out the pages and put them on my wall.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

1972 Olympics

Here is a VERY comprehensive site featuring all of the designs from the 1972 Munich Olympics. Tons of color and clean designs. Otto Aicher was a leading German graphic designer. All of his designs are still modern looking, a sign of true talent.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

taste it! - before and after

My lovely friend Diana of Wine Goddess Consulting is amazingly talented. She is also incredibly funny, which makes for a fun evening whether you're drinking wine of not. Be sure to check out her "Cheap n' Good Wine List" featuring wines less than $20.

Diana recently sent us a new client. Taste It! is a wine store opening soon in Wheaton, IL. Just like the name suggests, you will be able to try every wine they carry. The thought being that if you like it, you'll buy it (or just walk out really really tipsy). They have been sitting with the same logo for almost ten years and Diana suggested that they look at changing it.

Here is their original:

And here is where they have ended up:
We LOVE what they picked. Fresh, modern and approachable.

And here is everything else we sent:
I call the ones on the left "The Williams Sonoma" logos. The one in the middle "The Saul Bass" logo. And the ones on the right are updated versions of their old logo. They had quite a heart for the old one and we thought it would be smart to give them newer versions.

Monday, August 18, 2008

keri smith

Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator and author out of NY. I totally want to be friends with her. She has a new book out, How To Be An Explorer of the World. It is full of wonderful truths and hints about the creative process. You can see a sneak peak of the book here. Keri's blog is beautifully written. I was particularly taken with her excerpt: On Motherhood. She captures exactly what it feels like in a matter of a few paragraphs.

And if you have even more time, check out her Flickr sets. Great ideas and vibrant color.

Friday, August 15, 2008

thank you very little

A little something to get y'all through the weekend

Colie Parks is a photographer living in Orlando, FL. She takes massive amounts of Polaroids and posts them to her Flickr site. They are beautiful. Both of these are from her Adventures in FLA set.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

radio silence

We have been on vacation for a week and a half. And we returned home to a flooded basement and projects that need to be finished. I promise to post more next week.

In the meantime, we had a great time in the North Woods and Chi-town. Living in the desert makes me appreciate water so much more! This pic is from a wonderful morning at a beach in Rogers Park with very missed friends.