Posts from November, 2009

November 18, 2009

Scientific American

Raleigh, NC artist Liz Bradford has just launched a new online shop full of her awesome hyper-realistic scientific illustrations.  And there’s a sale. Sales are the god damn best. Until Friday, make an order from her shop and get 10% off.


And it’s for a good cause. Good causes are also the god damn best. Liz had her bike stolen in Raleigh. It was her pride and joy. Proceeds from the sale go into her “re-buy my awesome bike fund”. Bikers, assemble!



November 18, 2009

Nuria Mora


There’s something captivating about Nuria Mora’s street art. I really like street art that doesn’t really have a message… it’s just there to look at. Then again, maybe this has a message and I’m just missing it… ah hell, I dig it regardless.




November 17, 2009





Fontfabric makes some pretty sweet geometric typefaces. What’s even sweeter is that you can get all of these fonts for free! Fontfabric has 10 free fonts available for download here. Thanks Fontfabric!


November 16, 2009

New from Alex Lukas

Planning on seeing The Road or 2012?  Skip ‘em. Head over to the recently updated website of our friend Alex Lukas. His masterful snapshots of anonymous, post-apocalyptic scenarios should tide you over.



If you’re in the NYC area, Alex has a show at Glowlab that runs through 12/6.  Go check it out!


November 13, 2009

You Can Afford it Friday (x2)


I have a few excuses as to why I missed You Can Afford it Friday last week. But they’re lame so I’ll spare you. To make up for it, I’ve got double the under $50 goodness this week. Inspired by a suggestion from @cort1278,  I’m doing a hostess gift/for-the-table round up, just in time for Thanksgiving.  First up are the hostess gifts:

[1] Handpainted ceramic bowl by Stephanie Kao, $45 via bliss [2] Vintage cocktail set from Trampoline, $35 [3] Squid Ink Kollective has a bunch of screenprinted, squid-themed linens, $15-22 [4] Set of 3 vintage tumblers from Macho Machismo Vintage, $12.99 [5] Letterpress coaster set from Lucky Bee Press, $12 [6] If you’re feeling crafty, these scented/flavored sugar recipes from Martha Stewart are a great idea. [7] Twiggy chopsticks! Anthropologie, $10 [8] 5-piece shot glass set from CB2, $21.75 [9] Whatever you bring, bring it in a screenprinted moose bag from Linda & Harriett, $3.


Now for some under $50 items to spruce up your Thanksgiving table. I’m going to go ahead and admit I’m looking forward to hosting my first Thanksgiving, mostly so I can decorate the table and be the uber-dork who sends their family invitations to Thanksgiving. (By the way, did you see the Chellé Paperie Thanskgiving invitations this week? Drool. Katie’s not a dork, just awesome).

[1] hand towel with measurement conversions, Bailey Doesn’t Bark, $22 [2] Artisian hammered flatware, Sundance, #35 [3] Silver banded glasses from 5 Gardenias, $18.50 [4] Wooden Bowls from Trampoline, $18 [5] Antiqued silvery votive set. I’ve seen these in person and they’re really pretty. Shoestring Home, $54 (come on, you can cough up the extra $4). [6] Tree trunk mug from Anthropologie, $18 [7] Birch candle votives, Crate&Barrel, $3.95-9.95 [8] Woodblock cocktail napkins, Dwell Studio, $28 [9] Silverplated sugar spoon from the 1920s, Vintage Pretty Things, $15

As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com. See you next week!


November 12, 2009



I’m always looking for inspiration whether it be design, music, fashion or beauty related. Sometimes I come across someone that inspires me completely. As in- lifestyle, personality, I totally want to BE you, sort of thing. I’ve been a huge fan of Gena Rowlands and her phenomenal director/husband, John Cassavetes for quite sometime. My older brother introduced me to her famous gangster flick, Gloria when I was a teeny tiny 8 year old wanna be Gena. Man, having older brothers is the shit. Truly.


I just wanted to take the time to share this incredible woman with you all. Ladies, we’ve got to have role models. Personally, I like my role models with glamorously wavy hair, a fierce mouth and the ability to kick the shit out of your life with a single sentence or stare. I love you, Gena Rowlands. Thanks for being the best kind of lady.

See some clips from two of her films, Woman Under the Influence (with Peter Faulk!) and the aforementioned, ball-busting and thrilling, Gloria after the jump!

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November 11, 2009

odds & ends


My friend Lena Bondar makes beautiful things. On top of being a talented designer, she also makes gorgeous felted accessories available in her Etsy shop, Odds & Ends. I’m not exactly sure how felting works, but I’m into it!


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