A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its...
Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Here’s a new way to reinvent old landmarks– a fresh coat of latex paint transformed this historic Church in Ward 6 of Washington DC into an explosively colorful mural. Atlanta-based graffiti artist Hense painted this mural/installation as part of the neighborhood’s movement towards art and design: the up and coming...
Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Pennsylvanian husband and wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the master craftsmen behind Tugboat Printshop, which produces consistently gorgeous, richly detailed original woodblock prints. Each print is lavishly elaborate, with intricate shapes that add fantastic visual texture to the flat, illustrative medium– my eyes just jump from detail...
Shattered Floral Photography: Flowers Soaked in Liquid Nitrogen Smash Into Pieces

Shattered Floral Photography: Flowers Soaked in Liquid Nitrogen Smash Into Pieces

This is pretty amazing– in his series titled “Broken Flowers,” photographer John Shireman takes perfect floral specimens, shatters them into millions of pieces, and photographs the before and after. This effect requires soaking the flowers in a liquid nitrogen bath beforehand, and the final photo of the smashed petals is...
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Tasty Layers of Paper Ingredients In The Sandwich Book

Tasty Layers of Paper Ingredients In The Sandwich Book

Polish designer Pawel Piortrowski designed The Sandwich Book to depict the tasty layers of a typical sandwich in a compact paper form. By alternating photos of ingredients with actual paper recreations, the artist uses each page of the book to convey the various textures and tastes, enclosed in a bread book jacket, of course. I’m...
Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

London-based, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery creates these enormous poetic billboards set in simple type to fill urban landscapes with a little dose of poetry and magic. The ambiguous and often melancholy lines are further emphasized when lit up with crisp neon or set on fire to burn away into the night, with letters slowly dropping...
Muted, Subtle, and Slightly Eerie GIFs Animated in Sweet Pastels

Muted, Subtle, and Slightly Eerie GIFs Animated in Sweet Pastels

I can’t stop posting GIFs, not when the internet keeps producing ingenious variations on our modern-day animated art medium: these slightly creepy GIFs by 21-year-old French designer Guillaume Kurkdjian are pretty amusing. The muted pastel palette belies how subtly macabre or eerie each GIF can be– Kurkdjian’s little figures are constantly battling an array of...
Rolls of Paper Sculpted Into Crisp, Lovely, Abstract Forms

Rolls of Paper Sculpted Into Crisp, Lovely, Abstract Forms

Rest your eyes today on these wonderfully simple abstract paper roll sculptures by Mexican artist Ana Bidart– there’s absolutely no additional adornment to these plain rolls, except for the carefully carved lines and chiseled edges, whittling away the bottom of each roll. There’s a sense of slowly progressing decay as each roll loses more and...
Quirky and Cute Individually Hand-Stamped Kokeshi Matches

Quirky and Cute Individually Hand-Stamped Kokeshi Matches

I’m very amused by these quirky, individually hand-stamped matches by Japanese artist Hiromi Hirasaka– everything from the illustrated matchbox to the delicately detailed faces is delightfully weird and precise and adorable. Named Kokeshi Matches after the familiar Japanese wooden dolls, the match faces started off being drawn by hand, and then were updated to stamps...
Vivid, Energetic, Animated GIFs from Motion Addicts

Vivid, Energetic, Animated GIFs from Motion Addicts

The hiatus has gone on for too long– back to the blogging grind, now with some fresh new GIFs from the motion graphics duo at Motion Addicts. Their vivid, energetic GIFs are lovely to look at, especially due to the precise timing on each image: there small, subtle pauses and rushes in the animation that...
Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

Clean, Simple, Minimal Stamped Packaging for Japanese Honey

I haven’t written about packaging in a long time, as it can easily get lost in the massiveness of art galleries and openings and installations. This packaging of Onuma Honey by Akaoni Design kept drawing me in, and I have to admit its a huge breath of fresh air from the overly slick packaging I’m used...
The Human Printer: Painstakingly Recreating CMYK Halftone Printing, by Hand

The Human Printer: Painstakingly Recreating CMYK Halftone Printing, by Hand

Prepare to be astounded by the sheer level of detail: The Human Printer is an amazing design collaboration amongst University of Derby students who can reproduce the CMYK halftone printing effect… by hand. By layering of dotted color in a pattern to create full-color imagery, the students mimicked the work of an actual digital printer,...
Introducing: Ads On The Blog

Introducing: Ads On The Blog

I’m really pleased to finally announce this on the blog– if you haven’t noticed, I’ve recently started running ads! I’ve had a fantastic time partnering with Nectar Ads, who have been providing beautifully designed and design-related ads on the right sidebar. Paid advertising is one more step towards bringing better and better content to you...
250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

This installation is pretty old in interweb years– Stefan Sagmeister and his team completed it in 2008– but it still deserves a revisit for the lovely presentation of a statement that many a designer can resound with. On September 13, 2008, Sagmeister and his team began laying out 250,000 Eurocents on Waagdragerhof Square in Amsterdam...
RRRRRRRRoll: Mesmerizing & Playful Spinning Animated GIFs from Japan

RRRRRRRRoll: Mesmerizing & Playful Spinning Animated GIFs from Japan

I know, I know– the internet already adores RRRRRRRRoll, but I still feel that this fun single-serving Tumblr deserves its own post here. RRRRRRRRoll is run anonymously, and it features only one type of movement in its clever & playful animated GIFs. Something or someone (well, its always the same solemn Japanese girl in every...
Things Organized Neatly: Carefully Knolled Objects Photographed Perfectly

Things Organized Neatly: Carefully Knolled Objects Photographed Perfectly

I was pretty thrilled to find the Things Organized Neatly tumblr a few months ago, but only recently came to the realization that the best of the best out of those knolling photos were all taken by Portland-based photographer Jim Golden. He has a solid collection of perfectly knolled objects (read up on the skill...