Posts Tagged "design"

March 16, 2011


I love old large metal light-up signs. No shocker, right?

Aleksi Hautamäki + fellow designers at Bond-Agency have scavenged old light-up signs, gutted them and added some new LED hotness. It’s always great to see iconic things from our past brought back to life with a new age twist. Especially when the photos look this good.

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February 17, 2011

Fifty & Fifty

Fifty and Fifty is a curated collaboration of visual interpretations of each state’s motto.  It’s puppetmaster, Dan Cassaro of Young Jerks, is now posting the individual mottos about once a day over on the site.  The roster is stacked with the likes of Aaron Draplin, Friends of Type, Ken Barber, Jessica Hische, Mark Weaver, Mickey Burton, Meg Hunt, Richard Perez…  you know, all the internet-famous designers we know and love.

I assume Cassaro directed the illustrators to use a two color design (a beautiful shade of red and blue), and judging by the way the illustrators have used those colors, I can foresee a letterpress/screenprint edition coming soon… We can only hope.  I’d drop some simoleons on a few of those already…


February 4, 2011

Bráulio Amado

Meet Bráulio. He’s a Portuguese design student with loads of work already under his belt. He’s got a pretty good grasp of typography, which really helps his work shine. Check out his music posters & his blog that he regularly updates with new work. Dig it.


February 2, 2011

Andy Blenkinsop

I am a sucker for infographics and Andy “the infographic machine” Blenkinsop’s flickr photostream is chock full of goodness.  To create a successful infographic, designers not only need great technical skills and accurate information, but their layout needs to be both user friendly and clever as hell. So Andy, fist bump.

I wish history books had more infographics in them. That would have made it much easier for us visual learners to remember facts and stats back in highschool. Did you hear me Doc Brown?

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January 4, 2011

trevor basset

As a mega-music-fan + (obviously) a design fan, show posters are is A#1 in my book, and it’s always exciting to find rad new designers working in that niche. Trevor Basset is pretty prolific poster designer + you can check out his work here + here + you can buy prints + goods here.


December 15, 2010


Man, I love to hate on W+K sometimes. Mostly because I imagine they all get paid in trillions, wear free Nikes + make fun stuff all day long. I think at least one of those is true. Enter, the W+K shop. I don’t think it’s called GOODS but I like calling it GOODS. They sell…goods. Lots of ‘em. And they’re mostly…good. One of the trillionaire fun-time-having sneakerheads emailed this morning to tell us about some new holiday letterpress pieces up in the shop now. You should totally check them out. You should also buy that t-shirt in the grid. Do you know why? Two reasons. One: it’s awesome. Two: our own Carolin Harris designed it. Big up CH!


November 12, 2010

OPTIMISTS CLUB: The pros and cons of positive thinking

A friend of mine once bought me a thrift store t-shirt that read “Optimists Club” on the front. It was an eye doctor’s softball team jersey from the 70s. The irony being that I am neither an eye doctor nor an optimist in the sense of…perspective. In fact, I’m probably closer to having a medical diploma than seeing the bright side of things and honestly, I don’t even know what a femur is.

However, recently I’ve been “blessed” with losing my job for the second time in one year. This has forced me to take long, introspective walks. That, and figure out what the F I am doing with my life. Bravely, my husband stood along side me and said, “you know, you’re a pretty negative person. Maybe you should fix that first.” He’s so much smarter than I am. He’s also got a pretty good point. In order to make shit happen in my life, I think I need to join the club. The Optimists club!

For all of you aspiring designers, business owners, artists, magicians and straight up lost souls generally of the half empty type – this is a look into my thought process before making the very serious commitment to *positivity.* I sincerely hope it helps you on your long walk to figure shit out. More after the jump…

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