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4 by Leo Reynolds. See more on Flickr here

This fall, my humble little design blog turned 4! This August also marks my 4-year anniversary of moving to New York City. How time flies. I started this blog while attending Pratt Institute and earning my Design MFA. In a Motion Design studio we were to document process and inspiration for the semester and speak about design. Now, almost 200 posts and 61,000 views later my blog is still chugging along. Today there’s a tighter focus design, be it Scandinavian design, textiles, prints and patterns, photography, advertising, fashion or my rants about life. While this blog is no “Design Sponge,” or the myriad of other blogs out there, it servers as an opportunity for me to share what I’m into, curate content and write about design. This has been particularly useful for getting jobs and getting my name out there, something I never expected. So I just wanted to say thanks for browsing and following me these 4 years. So here’s to the next 4! 

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See more photos by Leo on his Flickr page. 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 want to blog about a cool NYC store, with an even cooler blog, Saturdays Surf NYC. I know what you’re thinking … surfing in NYC? Sounds weird right. Shortly after moving to NYC I noticed all these people with shirts that said “Saturdays” on them – what brand was this? Later I was reading QG magazine, and there it was: Saturdays Surf NYC! While I love the shirts and the clothes they carry, I instantly fell in love with their blog. In April during slow moments at work, I flipped through the entire thing, two plus years worth of posts. I love the overall design aesthetic of their design work (invites, flyers, etc) plus the curated content. While I don’t consider myself a huge beach/surf person, I appreciate the beautiful photos of the waves, surf culture, NYC (past + present) and artists they spotlight.

According to their website, In August of 2009, Saturdays opened its doors on a small, cobblestone street in Soho. Determined to suit a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living and working in New York City, Saturdays began selling boards and wetsuits while sourcing and selling books, fine art and other lifestyle accessories. Today, Saturdays creates, designs and produces its own line of menswear focusing on high-quality craftsmanship, authenticity and traditional style. In the years since Saturdays opened, it has served as a hang out for some of New York’s most influential artists, surfers and thinkers, all of whom have helped redefine what it means to live, work and surf in New York City. – Saturdays Surf NYC.

So I highly highly recommend checking out their blog here, and I dare you to not spend hours flipping through it. Here is a selection of some of my favorite posts. Happy surfing!

On their blog, they have these ‘Quoted’ posts, some of them are really great, and I love their design aesthetic.

The blog features lots of great vintage NYC shots like this one (above).

Manhattan. – Ella.

Doesn’t this typography look great? Simple and clean.

Funny store about this one. Alex is from NC and while going through the blog, I found this ‘Quoted’ post by him! Alex also now lives in NYC and worked at the store. Small world.

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Willy Vanderperre for Jill Sander Spring/Summer 2011

Today I’m sharing the work of one of my favorite photographers, Willy Vanderperre. I noticed Vanderperre’s Jill Sander ads in all the fashion magazines this season while freelancing recently as an Art Director in fashion advertising. I love with how Vanderperre plays color and backgrounds, especially white backgrounds. It’s clear to see Vanderperre + Jill Sander make a great team as all their campaigns are equally striking. I’m just so in love with the Spring/Summer ads (above, below) … the huge type + graphic images – looks very graphic-designy. Vanderperre does a lot of great men’s fashion photography which is also great to see.

According to models.com, Willy Vanderperre knows the secret of using light to exquisite effect and has an innate sense of style, as his work for magazines such as Another Man, Pop and a recent cover of British Vogue featuring Kate Moss, proves beyond all doubt. This native of Antwerp, known for his tall, adolescent figure and legendary discretion, is close friends with designer Raf Simons, for whom he has directed several ad campaigns, as well as working for Jil Sander and Givenchy.” -Vogue Hommes International A/W 10

Willy Vanderperre is represented by Management + Artists, where you can see more of his great work, or follow him on tumblr!

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I love how different each campaign is .. so futuristic and minimal.

Love the red coat and hat! Looks like a movie still.

Notice the Prada retro flame shoes! from An Other magazine.

Throwing this last one in b/c was shot in Soho, NYC. I pass by the Corner all the time. Love the neon sign.

Promo shots for Kanye West’s 808’s and Heartbreaks

V Magazine #69 shot by Vanderperre

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Need someone to shoot me like this!

Hope you enjoyed! Follow Vanderperre on tumblr!

 

 

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Razz Matazz – Love #5 by Mert & Marcus, Spring/Summer 2011

Continuing with my series of new found photographers, today I bring you the work of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, better known as Mert & Marcus. According to wikipedia,

“Their work and style is heavily influenced and shaped by the photography of Guy Bourdin and also the use of digital manipulation of which they have pioneered the use. They have defined the look of the past decade and as a duo are one of the most respected and acclaimed photographers working today. Strongly known for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women, Alas and Piggott’s photos lend an air of grace and unmistakable perfection to advertising. “The difference between us and other photographers is that we care a lot about appearance,” says Alas. “We spend most of the time in the make-up and hairstyling rooms”. The team works today for magazines such as Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numero and Arena Homme Plus.

Most recently you guys will recognize their work for Madonna’s MDNA album art and art direction of her latest video, “Girl Gone Wild.” I loved the MDNA album art from the beginning so it was no surprise that Mert & Marcus were behind the project. I love their pioneering use of color and the sensational stories they depict in their photographs. Next time you flip through Vogue, Love or W and find yourself loving the work, don’t be surprised if it’s by Mert & Marus.

Here are some of my favorites:

Razz Matazz – Love #5 by Mert & Marcus, Spring/Summer 2011

 

Vogue France: 90 ans d’Excès

Interview Magazine – August 2011

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Its been over a month since my last post and a lot of new (and exiting) things have happened. First up, I finally received my diploma for my MFA in design degree from Pratt Institute. Talk about delayed gratification! Later in March, I left my design job of 8 months, turned 26 and entered the world of fashion advertising as a Jr. Art Director. It’s been a HUGE change adjusting to a new schedule, pace and skill set needed for art direction in beauty/fashion. But it has also been rewarding. Everyday I get to look at work by amazing photographers so I want to spend the next couple posts sharing some of my favorites. When I was in Copenhagen I learned so much by researching and writing about the textile designers I saw, so I want to do the same thing with fashion photography. Today I present the work of Kenneth Willardt. I blogged about Kenneth’s work a long time ago when I saw the Maybelline ads in the subway for New York Fashion Week. For the longest time I had no idea who photographed them, but while looking for ideas for a photo shoot, I stumbled across his work!

I’m obsessed with this series … the black and white + pops of color. If you think about it, it’s the perfect concept to advertise make up. Simple concept that makes a colorfully bold statement that is ever so eye catching. While I enjoy seeing the ads take over the NYC subways and buses for Fashion Week each year, I love that now I’m learning about the artists behind the work. It also feels great to return to photography after years of design, and learn how these fashion stories are created. Ideally one day I’d love to work in-house for a brand and creative direct photography and graphic design, but for now, it’s fashion design boot map. You can check out some behind the scenes action from the 2011 Maybelline New York Calendar.

And here’s a bit more of his work. The Maybelline stuff is hands down my favorite but its worth checking out his site for some cool ideas.

 

Really love this last series, from Vogue China – love the colors and all the mixed patterns!

 

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As I’m deep in thesis/school production mode, I find myself collecting these quotes from tumblr. Some are fun, some inspirational, others are simply beautiful. I thought I’d share what I’m looking at these days. There’s almost nothing I like more than quotes and type, hope you enjoy.

Wanna see more?? Check out my tumblr!

 

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