A New York City design blog, featuring single serving suggestions of design that Jeannie likes.
Monthly archive October, 2011
Bendable Print: A Magazine Cover That Ripples With Colorful Triangles

Bendable Print: A Magazine Cover That Ripples With Colorful Triangles

German design studio Paperlux designed an astounding series of bendable magazine covers for the November issue of the Novum magazine–small, colorful triangles are punch cut from the cover, so that you can bend, fold, and ripple along the geometric lines. The color schemes alone (there are 6 versions of the same cover!) are astoundingly complex...
How To Deliver A Great Idea: Making The Humble Proof Bag Into Walking Billboard

How To Deliver A Great Idea: Making The Humble Proof Bag Into Walking Billboard

These delightful and quirky proof bags made me smile– designed by Magpie Studio, each bag has a life-sized image screened onto its side, so that it looks like you are toting around random objects, to humorous effect. The client, Gavin Martin Associates and Colournet, wanted something that would stand out as advertising not only when...
Spotted Porcelain Vases: Sandblasting Dots Out of Ceramics

Spotted Porcelain Vases: Sandblasting Dots Out of Ceramics

Singaporean design studio Hans Tan takes porcelain pieces that have traditional patterns on them, and transforms them by sandblasting dots out of the glaze. Titled “Spotted Nyonya”, it’s named after the original Nyonya ceramic pieces that they start with, which are native to Chinese-Peranakans in South Asia– the flowery, pastel patterns glazed onto the surface...
Danmala Mandalas: Elegant, Intricate Circles Made From Nature

Danmala Mandalas: Elegant, Intricate Circles Made From Nature

With the unerring eye (and hand) of an artist, Kathy Klein makes these beautiful, intricate circles out of nature’s forms in unexpected combinations of color and texture. She calls these creations danmalas, based on the vedic sanskrit words dān (“the giver”) and mālā (“garland of flowers”), which translates to “the giving of flower circles”, although...
Tiny, Perfect, Hyper-Realistic Gems: Painting on a Four-Inch Canvas

Tiny, Perfect, Hyper-Realistic Gems: Painting on a Four-Inch Canvas

This is no photo– these are tiny, hyper-realistic, and exquisitely detailed oil paintings of semi-precious gemstones and minerals, painted by Toronto-based Carly Waito. She takes specimens of nature’s baubles to the microscope for a macro view of their intricacies, and all of this happens on canvas that can measure as small as 4.5 inches across....
Bold Strokes and Delicate Layers: Stunningly Realistic Graffiti by El Mac

Bold Strokes and Delicate Layers: Stunningly Realistic Graffiti by El Mac

LA-based artist El Mac is a master of murals– from far away, his spray-painted subjects take on a softened edge with deep shadows, and it isn’t until you get close to the wall that you realize how intricately each layer of spray paint has been laid on top of each other for this amazingly realistic...
Bright Colorblock Buildings: Sweden & Austria

Bright Colorblock Buildings: Sweden & Austria

I love seeing visual concepts span locations– these two buildings are located in two different countries, but their bright, colorblock walls surprised me with their similarities. They are unapologetically colorful, with a clear repetition of specific shapes, and each stands as an unmistakable landmark in their own right. The first building is located in Gothenburg,...
Grove Bamboo Backs: Lightweight Protection with Glowing Laser Cutouts

Grove Bamboo Backs: Lightweight Protection with Glowing Laser Cutouts

I’m smitten with these Bamboo Backs from Grove that attach to Macbook Pros– made of lightweight bamboo, each sheet of protection is lightweight and wonderfully textured, adding some warmth to that cold aluminum Mac body. Small symbols can be cut into the bamboo, leaving room for the glow of the Mac apple to shine through;...
Mr. Button: Threading Eyebrows & Moustaches Onto Your Clothes

Mr. Button: Threading Eyebrows & Moustaches Onto Your Clothes

A short post to start off this morning– these buttons by John Caswell have little men on their faces, and when you thread them to your clothes, it naturally creates eyebrows and moustaches for the little guy! Even the name of the button pack is cute: Mr. Button. Of course, since swiss-miss posted it yesterday,...
Surprising & Beautiful Type: Making Words Out of Moss, Cookie Dough, and Masking Tape

Surprising & Beautiful Type: Making Words Out of Moss, Cookie Dough, and Masking Tape

Artist Anna Garforth uses unusual objects to create wonderful type pieces– using unexpected mediums such as moss, cookie dough, and masking tape, she creates beautiful examples of typography that span the width of walls, gates, and baking sheets. I’ve seen plenty of inventive typography around the internet, but the organic nature and slight imperfections in...
Unbelievably Tiny Foodscapes: Miniature Food Made of Clay at a 1:12 Scale

Unbelievably Tiny Foodscapes: Miniature Food Made of Clay at a 1:12 Scale

Shay Aaron is a miniaturist from Israel who can hold entire banquets on his thumb– using polymer clay and an astounding attention to detail and craftsmanship, he recreates different food objects on a 1:12 scale. Sushi rolls become smaller than the head of a pushpin, gingerbread houses can be balanced on one finger, and shish...
Masque of the Animals: Ingenious and Witty Paper Masks

Masque of the Animals: Ingenious and Witty Paper Masks

Linus & The Feel Good Factory is a one-man operation based in Hong Kong, where paper props and masks are used to humorous effect in photography. I was particularly fond of his “Masque of the Animals” series, which features different interpretations of paper animals– sometimes they meekly feed from his hand, and at other times...