One of the more thoughtful and elegant strategies I have ever seen implemented by a company. Read their story and browse their website. All of their content is inspiring and provides you with a sense quality, craftsmanship, and above all, that they lovingly care and are invested in their customers.
Harder said than done. Especially, if your just a paper company.
When I think about what inspires me to design, I don’t think about blogs, annuals, websites, aesthetics, or typefaces, I think about Elvis.
In the span of the King’s career, he released 78 albums. That, is a lot. Every few months, teens would rush to buy the latest Elvis album, eager to see what new horizon of hormone-driven angst Mr. Presley could push next.
What does this have to do with design you ask? I believe that design shouldn’t be precious. Without forsaking quality for quantity, I believe that there is more room for design and imagery in our lives. Rather than be overly researched, full of forced conceptual ideas, or just plain stale, design should inspire and elevate ideas, brands, products, and objects to something beyond the status quo. This means being bold, taking risks, and not being afraid to follow one’s instincts - much like the King himself.
Its taken me over three hours to watch "Eames: The Architect and The Painter" on Netflix. Every single time the documentary gets moving... I have to stop and Google the bananas out of their projects and re-watch the magic in its full form. I highly recommend it, especially as someone who has taken the time to watch the majority of their archives. It's a beautiful overview of their life work. The only negative is that its narrated by James Franco, which might be a plus for others who enjoy slow-speaking Americans that model for Gucci. Here is the Polaroid one which is fantastic. Wait for the instructional part. It REALLY gets EPIC around the 5:00 minute mark.
Makes you really want a SX-70.
UPDATE [May 9th, 2012]
Here is a new link:
Here is my professor (who has an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus) teaching a little book binding sesh: [slideshow]
I took some pictures using Instagram, but never got around to posting my pictures here. These are my new cards! Of course, I had beautiful ones made about a year ago (and barely passed out). So now I have two sets. Haha.
Letterpressed with hand-painted Turquoise Edging!
Hand-made in Brooklyn by moi!
Happy Halloweenie! [slideshow]
Hand made with love in Manhattan... And with lots of spray paint.
Um yes: http://vimeo.com/632802
As some of you may know, I really enjoy making home-made Halloween costumes. I always make them night-of, but nonetheless, I enjoy my one-hour craft.
This year Professor Robinson is hosting a Halloween Typography Challenge. So please come! Find the info here.
I am already very excited about starting my creation and hope I can get something going in the coming week. If not, I will be cutting cardboard day-of.... And we'll just have to judge my Olfa knife cutting skillz.
Some costumes from the past. Exhibit A, B & C:
Here, a specialty costume made by a talented friend [Alana R.]:
If someone (or a lot of you) are interested in doing the whole alphabet. Hit me up.
Here are some logos I made last week. They were for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. They were interesting to make. The design brief included instructions to use the building logo for the 25th anniversary and a predetermined color palette was already selected. We also had to use a tagline.
Inspired by all the summer-time festivities, I am just itching to bust out the craft paper and glitter and get my craft on. Too bad there isn't a Micheal's Craft store in the East Village. Bummer. So, instead I've been living vicariously through others. Here are my new favorite craft-a-licious blogs.
[Disclaimer: Not listed in any rank/order. Excited?]
3. Spine Out by John Gall [book covers]
Just finished working on some resumes for a software engineer. Never met him so it was a bit of a challenge to whip something out of thin air. But, I went for a classic corporate resume with a touch of cyan blue and an internet-cursor inspired logo. I chose the typeface because it was masculine and minimalistic, and I thought it would be a great match for a smart young software engineer.