Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Another design post out of London ...

Peepshow Collective is a a group of designers, illustrators, and art directors who work independently within the collective. Their client list is amazing. And their website is super cool. The slide projector is easy to navigate. And it is satisfying to click through work with this old school apparatus.

Be sure to check out the Peepshop, too.

Monday, September 29, 2008

little people pics

I loved the books The Littles and The Borrowers as a kid. It probably spoke to my creative side to see how they used our everyday small items for their tiny purposes. And it probably has something to do with my obsession with tiny people photography. We have featured little people pictures before (here and here) and now we have found yet another wonderful site out of London: Little People - a tiny street art project.

Friday, September 26, 2008

pilllpat (agence eureka)'s flickr

I have never seen so many amazing scanned images in one place. This Flickr photostream rivals the digital libraries of Duke and Princeton. From anatomy to botanicals to vintage magazines to children's book illustrations there is so much good stuff here. Be sure to check out all of pita ou franck's blogs. Art is universal ... there is no language barrier.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

door hangers

Michael Lebowitz of Big Spaceship (an amazing digital agency out of Brooklyn) posted his grandfather's collection of hotel door hangers on the Big Spaceship blog. So many wonderful type examples. They make me want to go somewhere and collect something.

via: grain edit

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

life of color

Kris is a fashion designer out of Italy. On her blog, Kris's Color Stripes, she takes objects and scenes from her everyday and creates color palettes. It is similar to what ColourLovers (featured earlier on S/C ) does on their color trend site. Kris's results are always beautiful and sometimes surprising. I love what she did with the nebula. Nature always tends to give us a cohesive palette.

Via: Modern Craft

just a season

Whenever I was going through a tough time a friend of mine used to say "Remember, it's just a season".

That phrase has been running through my head a lot lately. We all seem to be in a pattern of waiting, in a time when our patience is truly tested. Whether it's in the life of this world, our government, our financial state, or our personal state.

For those that just joined us, we are expecting our second kid in late November. Nothing like pregnancy teaches patience. There is no hurrying the growth of a brain, heart and body.

My Dad had a massive stroke in early June. I just visited him over the weekend and was able to see the enormous amount of progress that he has made in just a few months. But he is ready to move on. Hours of grueling therapy fill his week so that he is only able to come home and eat and sleep. He wants to be able tell us everything that is in his head. He wants to be able to get up and walk across the room. He longs for his freedom. He longs for the use of his hands so that he can paint again. His patience is unbelievable. He says that there is no room for frustration ... "what good would it do?" he asks.

The garden we planted in May is giving us so much more than we need. I obsessively checked it for fruit all of June, July and August. Nothing. But come September we have had over forty cucumbers. The tomato plants are spilling onto the sidewalk and giving us baskets full yellow and red sweetness. The cosmos that I planted from seeds are six feet tall with magnificent blooms.

The advantage of living in multiple places is that you understand that sometimes seasons last longer than you want them to. Atlanta stays too hot too long. And in Chicago it's just the opposite. But if you take it day by day it always gets better. Just when you think you can't take another day, everything has changed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Heading down South for a bit. New posts in a week.


There is something incredibly satisfying about this site. Ingenious and so simple.

via: Here are things I like

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

draplin design

Aaron Draplin is very talented. And he exhibits the kind of design snobbery that can only come out of the Midwest. All of his logos are beautiful. And his catalog work. Residing now in Portland, he seems to have cornered the snowboarding market.

Be sure to watch Aaron share his views on America:

America Is F*cked.......(Graphically at least) from Jess Gibson on Vimeo.

{warning: if you are at all offended by strong language, do not read the website or watch the video ... in other words: skip this post altogether}

Monday, September 15, 2008

swimmers in the sea

Denzil Strickland is a former boss from one of the many agencies where we've worked. Fortunately for us, he is also our friend. Denzil is an amazing writer, both in the copywriting sense (you should see his list of One Show awards and CA features) and in the creative sense. He crafts like it's nobody's business. I had the honor to read one of the first drafts of his newly published novel. It is a gripping story, redemptive in all of the right ways. His portrayal of gritty New Orleans and the South is spot-on and puts him into a category of authors for whom anthologies are put together.

You can read an except from the book here. And you can buy Swimmers in the Sea here.

flickr friday

Missed posting on Friday. And I actually was looking forward to sharing. I discovered the 10 cent designer on Uppercase Gallery's blog. Lori Andrews is an interior designer out of Calgary. She seems to live the best of all possible worlds: life surrounded by her friends, views of a stunning landscape and a business filled with fabulous design.

Her Flickr sets are the most diverse I have seen so far. From outside to inside, her life is beautiful. I love storybook, 10cent home, hiking, and FYI most fav's.

Be sure to check out her blog. She has totally lost her head.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I featured Nikki Farquharson yesterday. Check out this detailed, beautiful and all too appropriate illustration. This is how I feel most days.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

random got beautiful

It is a wonderful thing to find beauty and order in the chaos of this world. And and even more wonderful to find it through color.

Random Got Beautiful is a project started by Nikki Farquharson out of England. The online collages are created with her own photos and those submitted by others. It is a great vehicle for self promotion. Each photo serves as a link to the photographer. Check out the "details" section. It is cool to see how international the project has become.

via: Here Are Things I Like

color color color

Pantone recently issued their Spring 2009 Fashion Color Report. The misnomer here is "fashion". Everything in the retail and design worlds seems to fall out of this report. I dig Super Lemon and Dark Citron.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

what's your dream?

Year of Creativity is a project to get people talking, to get us all to unite in creativity, to get us to be more curious and imaginative. Be the Change is their first project, allowing anyone and everyone to choose a new profession. They have fully designed business cards for you to download with your own info. Super fun professions with well designed cards.

Monday, September 8, 2008

the supermarket

The Supermarket is an online store featuring all handmade goods directly from the designers. It's a lot like Etsy, but easier to wade through. There seems to be less junk.

I have featured all prints here because that tends to be what I gravitate towards. They also carry really cool clothing, accessories, jewelry and stuff for your home.

Friday, September 5, 2008

A B C ... TRUCKS!!!

Eric Tabuchi has a marvelous collection of Alphabet Trucks. Two things that are near and dear to our two year old's heart. I would love to know how long it took him to get all of these pics. I would also love for the collection to be available in the USA. How great would these look framed on the wall of a room?!?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

misprinted type

Misprinted Type has a new website AND new fonts. I love Handmade and Le King.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

No. 17

Number Seventeen is an agency out of NYC. Comprised of two women, they have an unexpected approach to business that is SO refreshing. Check out all of their comic strips. Lots of great advice, with just the right amount of humor.

Via SwissMiss

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

more book covers

This site makes me want to expand my library (that is already exploding from boxes in the basement). So many beautiful covers and subjects.

Via Modern Craft.