Saturday, 30 January 2010
Did you ever feel guilty that you abandon reading books in favour of spending more and more time in front of the computer? Now you can pretend you don't. At least when you go out and walk the streets holding you MacBook under your arm. It will seem like you're holding a big, old and presumably very smart book!
via UPPERCASE Magazine (you can preview the latest issue, featured at the blog)
Thursday, 28 January 2010
I have to admit it's enough of the paper graphics for this week. I decided to check the Peter Gregson blog then, to see if they came up with any interesting new designs. I was not disappointed to discover their lates package design! I especially like the packaging at the top, with hand drawn illustrations to give you the sense of homemade food.
This week seems to be all about amazing paper designs! I don't know what got into me. I should be looking for inspiration in furniture and house decorating, as I'm moving to my new apartment new week. And I haven't even picked out my sofa yet... OK, I found these these beautiful pop-up cards by Daniel Baer at the Grafik Magazine blog.
Yulia Brodskaya. It seems like she's doing a lot of advertising these days, but I'm glad there's opportunities for amazing projects to be comissioned and paid for by someone.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Pierre David took the Pantone colour book we cannot live without, and used the idea or arranging the colours to create an anti racial statement. He created 40 swatches based on skin colours of employers at the Modern Art Museum in Salvador. 40 different shades of skin were arranged from darkest to lightest, they were assinged chemical formulas to create real paint, and exposed in cans, with a photo of an employer on the packaging of the paint created from his skin colour.
I really like this - some people are so crazy about typography, they are willing to eat their favourite font!!Beverly Hsu made cookie cutters in the shape of Helvetica typface and can stuff herself with freshly baked typography. With milk.
Monday, 25 January 2010
-20 Celsius when I had to go to work this morning and it's something I would like to deal with very often! I was wrapped in ten layers of clothing, looking like a fat snowman, having trouble to lift my arms. I was not fashionable at all. To prove I'm still interested in fashion though, here's a selection of great woolen scarves by Celapiu.
Zim And Zou. Searching for more examples of work based on paper, I found the amazing works by a Danish artist Peter Callesen. Callesen creates his papercuts from a single sheet of paper and all shapes are glued or folded from the scraps he cut out of that one sheet. Three dimensional figures seem to come to live from two dimensional, flat surfaces of the paper, sometimes they are accompanied by modest use of colours or sketches.
Last week I went to see the Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus, but I wasn't that impressed. I thought I would see an explosion of imagination, incredible ideas and visually stunning scenes. There were few, I have to admit, but all in all it left me wanting more. Anyways, speaking of imagnation, here's a few collages by Jonny Wan who has fascination with shapes, facial expressions and hand drawn freeform lettering. There are many more collages after the break, so continue reading!
Oh, and if you're interested in Jonny's background, check out this article on him at Counterfeit Magazine.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Do you remember the amazing papergraphics from Yulia Brodskaya? I posted them a while ago and you should have a look here if you've never seen any of her work. And the beautiful designs above, cut out of paper as well, are by Zim And Zou, from the portfolio on Behance. There's more full size photos after the break. Check the out to see if you can come up with anything like this in your free time, with scissors, paper, time and a big kitchen table... via Zamas People.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Recently I've been looking around to see what the private labels packaging looks like in different countries. Most producers and chain stores owners do not realize that private labels can communicate more than just the fact they are cheaper than the regular brands. They can look chic and even premium. The one above is a German label REWE Feine Welt. I will publish more of their product design for sure, as it's simply stunning. Check out looooaaads more photos after the jump!
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Last night I dream of summer and running around in flip flops. I will have to wait for that happy moment for a while (it's middle of a very snowy winter here) but here's a great inspiration for my new summer flip flops. They were designed by Weronika Libiszowska and Emilia Noceń (Pracownia Blok Techniczny) for "Souvenir from Poland" competition announced by Cepelia.
Labels: polish design
via Dezeen: Polish architects Wojciech Kakowski, Natalia Paszkowska and Marcin Mostafa have been chosen to design the Polish pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The building’s perforated cladding is derived from Polish folk-art paper cut-outs.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
When I was a kid we used to saw our own dolls at school, during art classes. Not that they were very pretty or worth remembering, but these cuties reminded me of good old times...
Alexander Girard was so smitten with Marilyn Neuhart’s dolls that he asked her to make 100 for the 1961 opening of his Textile & Objects store. Since they were the catalyst for his creative partnership with the Neuharts, we asked Marilyn to create four new designs. Made in the USA with Mexican cotton from the same family-owned mill that she used for her originals.
Monday, 4 January 2010
I've been looking for some cheap yet decent looking furniture lately, so obviously I could not avoid visiting IKEA. Apart from the usual collection, they also have one with pieces by best designers. Your affordable, top class design, as they like to call it. Pieces that caught my attention were these lovely wall decorations designed by Hella Jongerius. In the story that you can listen to at the IKEA PS collection page, she says her inspiration comes from numerous fairy tales from the childhood, where animals play strong characters and can tell a story without words, giving your work strong identity. The decorations are hand made in India, as a part of UNESCO program, allowing mothers to work and earn money for their children education.
Labels: my home is my design