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It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Fornasetti plates. Piero Fornasetti was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped.” The “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variation) plate series based on Cavalieri’s face numbered more than 350.

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Don’t these look great together? It’s easy to see why they could so easily be turned into patterns for wallpaper. It just goes to show if you have a good idea, or beautiful art or illustration, the applications for that art is limitless! Today the “Theme & Variation” plates have been turned into dinnerware, wallpapers, and printed on just about any object you can imagine.

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Aren’t there great? Check out the wallpaper in use in these interiors below.

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One day when I have a home of my own, I can’t wait to collect the plates and have a Fornasetti bathroom or kitchen! Stay turned as I continue to post about the magical world of Fornasetti. Get into it!

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I’m alive world! After not blogging in almost 9 months (gasp!), I’m ready to come back. A lot has happened since June 2015: I escaped the oppressive rent, freelance design culture, stress and poor quality of life in NYC and headed south for greener pastures. By day I’m an Interactive Art Director based in Atlanta, GA. Outside of work, I’m still passionate about all things relating to fashion, advertising, patterns, and textiles. I have a few creative projects in works, so I’m excited to get those off the ground and share on here (and other places – stay tuned).

To get back in the swing of things, I’m going to devote this entire week to the charming and whimsical world of Fornasetti. I’m obsessed with their trademark plates (pictured above and below) but the world is Fornasetti is filled with many more curiosities I’m sharing this week. So get into it!

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Sephora_Holiday_2014_2Hope everyone had a merry merry Christmas! Another brand I’ve had my eye on this holiday season is Sephora. I saw their store windows in both San Francisco and NYC this year, and I’m loving the playful patterns, bright colors and model images mixed in. Looks very festive and “holiday” looking without resorting to making everything red and green. I also love how elevated everything looks. Job well done Sephora! Check out more images from the campaign and their Holiday packaging below. Get into it!

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Cute right? Hopefully you saw some of this stuff under your tree this year. If no, go treat yo self!

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While I don’t like to get super “political” these days, the the events in Ferguson (and across the country) have been on my mind. In some ways it’s amazing how far we’ve come as a country, but these events are a clear reminder of how far we still have to go. I’m reminded of images from a 1968 Civil Rights protest in Memphis. The images are so strong and powerful, and from a design/type sense, quite beautiful and well-designed. We’re all men (and women), all the same.

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i_am_a_man-poster4“All men are created equal …” Equality is a beautiful thing! Get into it.

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Recently I stumbled across the a-mazing collaboration between Scandinavian streetwear brand Wood Wood, and Disney. This capsulate collection was first released at Colette in Paris, then online in Europe. I was immediately drawn to the abstracted patterns and prints designer Brian SS Jensen created of Disney’s Mickey Mouse. How inventive and creative! It’s frankly surprising a mega-brand like Disney would license their creative in this way. So forward thinking and cool of them. I can’t get enough of this entire collection. What do you guys think?

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Recently I stumbled across the illustration of Andreas Samuelsson and quickly fell in love with the simple style and bright colors he uses in his work. His bio states, “Letters, stylized objects, symbols and details are important elements of Andreas Samuelsson’s creativity. He likens his way of working to a musician sampling audio clips. “I like to put the pieces together and build up pictures quite freely”, he explains. “The goal is to break down an image so that it becomes as pure as possible.” –Molly & Co.  Awesome huh? Scroll below to see a few of my favorites. If you’d like to see every more, check out his entire portfolio site here. Get into it!

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Hort is a creative studio based in Germany who’s work has been floating around the design blogs for a while. Since I recently blogged about the Brooklyn Nets Logo, I thought I’d keep the sports theme going. I love that Hort’s work for Nike is so experimental and creative. High design and abstract. It’s pretty remarkable a huge corporation like Nike is trusting and open to promoting their brand this way. Definitely gives the brand new life and an edge. Hort describes themselves as, “A creative playground. A place where ‘work and play’ can be said in the same sentence. An unconventional working environment. Once a household name in the music industry. Now, a multi-disciplinary creative hub. Not just a studio space, but an institution devoted to making ideas come to life. A place to learn, a place to grow, and a place that is still growing.” Pretty cool right?

Get into their Nike work below.

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Nike x LeBron James Shirt (above) – awesome drawn typography!

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Nike USA, WITNESS CAMPAIGN (above and below).

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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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Windows of New York is a project by NYC-based graphic designer José Guizar. Each week Jose draws different windows he sees during his travels around NYC. You’re probably thinking, windows? Why would anyone be inspired by windows? As someone also living in NYC, I can attest to the large variety in architecture that appears throughout the city. This is such a simple idea and José illustrates his area of exploration so well. This project really speaks to his skill as an illustrator! So take a trip through NYC with José and his Windows of New York. See the entire project here.

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See them all here – Windows of NY.

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Today while exploring the wonderful world of Pinterest, I stumbled cross the work of Foundry Co, a Dallas,TX-based design collaborative. Quickly I feel in love with their typography, crisp vector work and layering, which seems to signature of work from this studio. I particularly enjoy their sensitivity to color, which is apparent in several of their different projects. If you find yourself working for one brand (ie, an in-house situation, as I do), it is quite refreshing to see work from independent studios that cover a range of projects and brands. I enjoy seeing the freedom from these independent studios and finding ways to push my brand forward.

So let’s see some of the work! First up, Weld: A collaborative photo studio

Weld is a collaborative creative space in the industrial district of Dallas, therefore the building and space is the product that sells and furthermore the brand itself. Our goal with the logo was merely to accompany the space so we had to do something in the spirit of the building: industrial, clean and simple.

Urban Organics is a local organic food co-op that retrieves crops from local farmers and brings them to the city, allowing members to purchase local organically grown food direct from the farm.

Emporium Pies is a boutique pie shop in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff Dallas.

And finally, here’s a sampling of some of their branding projects.
I particularly love the branding for Ashlee Renee (below).

How awesome is this church branding?? Can I get an amen?

If you’d like to see more of what Foundry Co. is up to, check out their website, blog and see their work in progress on dribble.

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