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For several weeks, I’ve been noticing the playful expressions of playing card design (if that’s a thing) floating around the internets. I began collecting examples to create a blog post, then I came across the work of Illustrator Jonathan Burton for the Folio Society, which was so great, he deserved his own post. I’m absolutely in love with his “Odd Bodies” set of playing cards, the jack of diamonds above being my favorite (above). My first thought was, how amazing would these be as a large scale prints? Looks like Burton is a step ahead of me as you can purchase prints in his shop. I want one so badly!!! I can’t find a link to buy the cards online so I’m not exactly sure what these were used for. Maybe they sold out already? I can see why! See more of the Odd Bodies set below. Get into it!

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Last week I stumbled across the street photography of Vivien Maier, a nanny living in NYC in the 1950’s that lead a prolifically creative life, but also one that was fiercely private. Some regard Maier as the female Cartier-Bresson but all her work was unknown until just a few years ago. In 2007, John Maloof went to an auction near his home and purchased a unlabeled trunk full of negatives for less then $400. Inside the box contained hundreds of negatives and rolls of film belonging to Maier that had never been seen by anyone else. The find of the century! Since then, Maloof has shared her legacy to the world and is even producing a documentary about her life. Can you imagine if these photos had never been found? And what’s even more puzzling is why Maier kept this all a secret? Even those closest to her had no idea about her secret double life as a photographer, possibly regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th century. Check out a selection of Maier’s work here on her official site, read about her, and watch the trailer for the documentary here. I can’t wait to SEE more and LEARN more about this amazing photographer! Get into it!

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The negatives Maloof purchased in 2007.

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Who could have known these breathtaking photos were contained inside?

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Today I got quite the surprise in my inbox from the folks at Behance. My work for Jonathan Adler is being featured on Typography Served, a site with curated work from leading creatives on Behance. What an honor! Thanks Behance!

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Today on tumblr I stumbled across the collage work of Chicago-dweller/designer Emily Haasch. According to her bio, Emily describes herself as the following,

Emily Haasch is a designer, collage artist, art student, ordinary nerd, tiny person, pixel enthusiast, avid reader, exhaustive writer, Newcastle drinker, friendly dog-petter, obsessive researcher, brand maker, risk taker, True Life watcher, witty storyteller, loves the city of Rockford, hates the city of Rockford, parking lot explorer, amateur jalapeño farmer, conceptual thinker,practical doer, Wal-Mart shopper, and future owner of an Internet timeshare.”

Whew, what a description right? I love these small collages and her Wrestler series, which I’ll share later. Her work is simple, graphic and enjoyable to look at. If you want to see even more of her work, check out her website, tumblr and follow her on twitter. And if you want to own an Haasch original for yourself, check out her store.
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In March, one of my favorite blogs, A Lovely Being blogged about Macon & Lesquoy‘s Travel sketchbooks from a trip to NYC. I created sketchbooks like this from my travels in Copenhagen and I keep meaning to get back in the habit. I have a fresh pack of Moleskines that are just begging for this treatment. So until I get back in the habit, enjoy these from Macon & Lesquoy!

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Jonathan Adler!

 

 

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This weekend, UK-based artist D*Face posted pictures of a recently completed mural in Puerto Rico (pictured above). Much like Shepard Fairey, D*Face’s work first began popping up as “tags” and small-scale pieces on the streets. Today, his work can be seen as large-scale murals on billboards/building walls and in galleries all over the world. While Fairey is known to have a bad rap, D*Face seems to have evaded the controversy and lawsuits that plague Fairey. I began following D*Face once I saw his work plastered on walls in NYC’s Meatpacking district. I love his Lichtenstein-inspired illustration style and the characters that pop up in his work. One fun fact, he designed the album artwork for Christina Aguilera’s 201o release, Bionic. Very graphic and very colorful, just what I like!

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D*Face in LA, Going Nowhere Fast show at the Corey Helford Gallery, 2011 (above and below).

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Kapitza Geometric + 100 Geometic Pattern Fonts

Months ago I stumbled across Kapitza’s Geometic pattern book while researching textile design and feel deeply in love with the colorful visuals. How great is it that designers began developing pattern fonts much the same way pictorial or symbol fonts exist today. The book was developed by sisters Nicole & Petra Kapitza who together run the independent design firm Kapitza. According to abduzeedo.com, “Both sisters share a passion for everyday life, minimalism, patterns & colour. Their studio is based in East London, a vibrant and dynamic area which forms part of the inspiration for their work. Other inspirations include nature, people and software. The sisters have been developing an extensive series of unique picture fonts and illustrations that lie somewhere between image resource and art project.”

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So you may ask, what are pattern fonts? “Pattern fonts can be installed on your computer just like any other font. But instead of letters they contain a graphic shape on the keys. The power of pattern fonts lies in the way they allow patterns to be created in any software application (from word processing to graphics); and standard font features – like size, leading and letter spacing – make tweaking and tuning pattern designs limitless and easy.” – abduzeedo.com

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Sadly, it appears the book is out of stock, but check out the website to see if more are available here. You can also purchase just the pattern fonts (here) or vector art (here). So get into Kapitza’s Geometric pattern book with the video and happy patterning!

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Brutalized Portrait of a Gentleman 2 – Chad Wys

Back in December, I stumbled across the work of Chad Wys on Pinterest and quickly feel in love with bold graphic nature of his paintings. If this is a genre or modern “style” of painting, I’m totally into artists and designers creating work this way (Wys’ work visually reminds me of Julio Alan Lepez – I blogged about Lepez back in September here). I love the idea of taking old paintings and objects and deconstructing, reclaiming or re-presenting them in new ways. Aesthetics aside, the work of Wys is smart and I appreciate the writing that goes with it. It shows the thought he channels into the creation of his work. He’s not just sitting there adding paint splatters to paintings to be controversial or ironic. Wys has a large variety of work spanning different mediums, but together you can tell they were created by the same person, without looking redundant or repetitive.

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Nocturne 103 – Chad Wys

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On his website, Wys writes, “A major strand throughout much of my artwork, beyond the broader inquirers into what art means socially, is the notion of object: object ownership, objectification of history, objectification of people, objectification of artwork and its many mediums; objectification of aesthetic pleasure; etc.  I often explore/exploit the idea of objecthood: how we decorate our lives with arbitrary, as well as meaningful, things; how we objectify the ones we love and the strangers we see; how we objectify pain and death; how we objectify complex and sensitive cultural histories … My artwork is also, at its core, an experimentation in composition, color, and form. Through a variety of mixed media I have chosen as my inspiration a color palette that is at times complimentary and at other times purposfully contradictory, or seemingly destructive. The literal destruction of an object is secondary, in my mind, to the overall effect created by color (dis)harmony and the overall aesthetic-emotional experience of the reclaimed and reinvented object.” – Chad Wys, 2012

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How cool are these “Know Your Color Charts” series?

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I also think this series above, Arrangements in Skintones, is pretty great too. Wys currently calls Chicago, Illinois home and if you’d like to learn more about him, or see more of his work, check out his portfolio site, follow him on tumblr or twitter and you can even like him on facebook. Hope you’ve enjoyed Chad’s work as much as I do. Get into it.

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It’s been a while since my last post but a lot has happened in the last few months! No longer am I an unattached freelance designer, free to design for any client of my choosing. I’ve entered into an exclusive long-term (design) relationship with …. Moroccanoil! In a few days I’ll have been there 2 months. Time really does fly. While adjusting to a full-time work schedule, I’ve tried to blog here and there but I haven’t been able to get back into my grove, but I plan on changing that soon. I have a huge list of artists, designers, illustrators and photographers I’d like to share, and hopefully some new work of my own too.

I also want to celebrate that for the past FOUR consecutive months, I’ve hit 2,000 page views. While that pales in comparison to many design blogs out there, it’s miles away from the 17 views a months I had back in May 2010. This blog has been a great outlet for me to share inspiration and put into words my goals and passions, especially when it comes to design during my two years at Pratt Institute. Blogging turned into cheap therapy for a grad student that never felt at home in an MFA program. Good bad and ugly, it’s all here. And some really GREAT things have come from this blog too!

While studying abroad, I blogged about Scandinavian Textile Design and was featured on a few blogs about my travels through Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Blogging about the artists we saw and the showrooms we visited ignited my interest in learning more about textile design and writing about design in general. It also gave my blog a particular focus. Last summer I was completely shocked when I was invited to interview with a creative director that has and continues to make work I greatly admire. Last month my thoughts on resume design and interviewing were featured on another blog, also to my surprise. So while this remains a side hobby, no matter how small, your hobbies and interests can open doors! So here’s to opening new doors in the coming months and sharing more stories.
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See more of my pin’d type quotes (here) on my pinterest.

Lastly, a quote from one of my favorite posts, and read more about Marimekko here.

 

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Today I stumbled across the hilarious work of Mason London, a London-based designer and illustrator. There’s not a ton of information about London online, but one blog writes,

Mason London is an illustrator from London, UK. He picked up his first felt tip at age 6, drew a 400 page comic about a man that turned into a car and he’s never looked back. These days he spends most of his time making drawings that are heavily influenced by 80s Hip Hop and New Jack Swing culture and wishing he could grow a hi-top fade.’ –link.

I love the sense of play and fun you find in his work. Some may call it lowbrow, but I love smart and talented designers that don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s quite refreshing. So get into the work of Mason London, check out his website (here), see what he’s up to on Dribble (here), and buy prints at his shop (here).

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