Posts in the "Design" Category

February 5, 2013



If those are your last names, as designers, you have an obligation to start a sweet ass studio. That’s what Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass did in 2006. The work they’ve produced since is even more impressive than their moniker.

The duo has worked in damn near every format imaginable (awards, interiors, print, textiles, environmental, etc etc) and it’s never diluted their trademark style. Something to aspire to.

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December 3, 2012

The Shape of Music – Martin Wattenberg

Ever think about what music “looks” like? Many songwriters talk about visualizing the shape of their songs. Frank Zappa used to “draw” his music when he composed, visually represent it through arcs and blobs and stretching blips. Martin Wattenberg, as he states on his site “created a visualization method called an arc diagram that highlighted repeated sections of music–or of any sequence–with translucent arcs.” COOL.

The above diagram represents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Autumn. You can listen to it here.

Of course, as someone who is discovering music (theory, performance, composition and really why I like the shit I like) all over again as an adult, this, I imagine, is how an eleven year old boy feels like when he opens a certain drawer in his father’s dresser while home alone for the first time. It also may be helpful to express my musical ecstasy by providing you with a visual of the guy who introduced me to Wattenberg’s work. My piano teacher, Mike Effenberger:

I mean, look at the dude. He’s obviously a mad genius. (Photo by Enna Grazier at a PMAC fundraising event – p.s. PMAC is AMESOME).

He also happens to be the perfect fit for me as a teacher. Proof being that he knew how much of a visual person I am and that, to make the connection between the seeing and hearing world would be a huge turning point for me as a student, artist and not to get too dramatic here (but it is So. True.) a better fucking human being. If you like smart experimentation rooted in supreme knowledge and curiosity, you should check out one of the 80 projects Mike is a part of. It’ll change how you see and hear the world.

But, back to Wattenberg…

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October 15, 2012


One of my favorite aspects of working at Wieden+Kennedy is that I get to be around and be inspired by so many amazing artists, many of whom have been featured here. Today—let’s add Ramon Coronado and his side business to that list. His bio is impressive and humbling—and so is he. Public-Library is a non-traditional design group formed by himself and equally as impressive Marshall Rake.

Keywords: Swiss inspired, experimental and well-considered typography, unexpected and superbly executed design.

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October 12, 2012

30 Reasons.

Second round of 30 Reasons. Second time loving it. [You guys know where I stand politically] This one, by Elizabeth Amorose, is rad. Check the site daily or subscribe to the emails. And then—go vote.




August 20, 2012

Poetic Jewelry: Giulia Ruffatti

Giulia Ruffatti is an Italian artist creating pieces of wearable history, or more simply, jewelry about you. If you have a certain memory, passion, dream or identifiable trait, Ruffatti (with the help of several people now that her business has grown) will select and create a variety of bobbles, creatures, symbols and materials to create a necklace, bracelet or even a compass to represent her customer. Oh, and she’ll pair each piece with an original poem that further describes you, the wearer.

On the surface, if I hadn’t seen the actual pieces, this description alone might make me cringe and think of patchouli. That may just be because I’m a fairly cynical, judgemental beotch. However, I’m also incredibly self-absorbed and the idea that someone could make a piece of loudly over-sized jewelry that would describe my deepest desires and nightmares for all to see around my neck – well that made me look.

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August 16, 2012

Rio 2016


Now that the London Olympics have (sadly) come to an end, we can all go back to watching crap reality TV.  Oh, and getting excited about Sochi and Rio.

After the not so warm reception of the London 2012 logo a while back, it’s nice to see a really beautiful logo waiting in the wings for 2016.  Below is a short film about the agency and thinking that went into Rio’s Olympic logo.

Making of Rio 2016 from Tátil Design de Ideias on Vimeo.


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