Design

Pete Cromer

birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.

Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer

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Golly

sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.

Our mission was to create a “ladymag” that didn’t feel cringeworthy, one-note, and/or vapid, and we looked to magazines like LIFE, Gentry, and mid-century Esquire for inspiration as we went about putting it together. As we began brainstorming this project, we knew that we wanted this to be a print venture. Risky, we know, but so worth it. We’re currently seeking funding through Kick Starter, a campaign that is going very well, I might add. The fund raising will allow us to continue working with amazing contributors, including Heather Sten, Amanda Jasnowski, Lizzie Garret Mettler and Jimmy Marble.

Allison (whose blog i have been a fan of for years) was kind enough to send me their first issue and i am still making my way through it! highlights: a round table discussion with successful editors in the publishing business (think Refinery 29 and Rookie), a beeeaaaautiful editorial called TOO HOT and an interview with pâtissier Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow fame. you can pre-order your copy by supporting their Kickstarter campaign here.

they also have a great tumblr & cool instagram to follow.

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Blog Milk Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!


Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

i am so excited about this giveaway because it’s something close to my heart… beautiful blog themes! as a designer (and blogger) i really appreciate a nice theme. many times it influences whether i will visit a site again or not. understandably it’s not always possible for the average person to afford the services of a graphic designer to design their website, and sometimes it’s frustrating to find a theme that doesn’t look like it came pre-packaged with whatever platform you’re using. and that isn’t already used by a million other people.

with designer Ana Degenaar at the helm, Blog Milk designs beautiful minimal themes for both Blogger and WordPress. i have been a fan of her work for a long time. they just released their latest collection of themes Off the Record. 12 new themes  – one for every month.

today FOUR people stand the chance to win a theme of their choice. worth $98. this is how:

1. head on over to Blog Milk and look through their themes.
2. leave a comment telling me which is your favourite theme & where you plan to use it
3. share the giveaway on instagram, twitter or pinterest using the hashtag #missmossblogmilk
4. be sure to leave your instagram, twitter or pinterest name so i can check.

that’s it! my personal favourites? May & September. those are good months.

Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk
Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

See the demos for all the themes here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

RULES: 4 winners will be chosen at random and they will each win one theme of their choice. please leave a valid email address so that we can contact you. Blog Milk themes work on both Blogger and WordPress. the WordPress themes only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, NOT WordPress.com. if you win you may specify your platform preference. you will only receive a theme for ONE platform. a downloadable zip package with installation instructions will be delivered to the winner via email. please check Blog Milk’s FAQ if you have any questions. The giveaway is open to all readers internationally.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 August.

Oliver Munday

i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.

Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday

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Ciara Phelan

discovered the work of illustrator and designer Ciara Phelan on DWL this morning. i like the pic of Ciara on her website working with what looks like a glue gun. it’s always nice to be reminded that loads of creatives still make things with their hands.

Ciara has a particular passion for collecting vintage ephemera and textile patterns, this love can been seen throughout her work. The foundation of her practice is mixing analog and digital media both on screen and with a scalpel to create playful, colourful and dynamically composed illustrations.

Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan
Ciara Phelan

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Identity Designed

have come across some wonderful identity designs lately. please click on the images to be taken to the original designer and more information on their process.

designed by Tata&Friends for Mr Marcel School (wonderful website too!)

Designed by Tata and Friends

designed by Hvass&Hannibal for The Conference:

Designed by Hvass Hannibal

designed by Rudi de Wet for Willem Dirk du Toit:

Designed by Rudi de Wet

designed by Hardhat for Alex Fulton:

Designed by Hardhat

designed by Neue for Tregde Feri:

Designed by Neue

designed by BVD for Nina Jobs:

Designed by BVD

designed by Non-Format for nyMusikk:

Designed by Non-Format

designed by Jonathan Garrett for Frida von Fuchs:

Designed by Jono Garrett

designed by Michelle Viljoen for Monique Ferguson:

Designed by Michelle Viljoen

designed by Nicole Dalton for Elford / De la Foret:

Designed by Nicole Dalton

designed by Shaz Madani for Russell’s of Clapton:

Designed by Shaz Madani

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A Poster A Day

Alex Proba is a German designer, now based in New York, who spends 30 minutes of her day after work designing a poster – A Poster A Day. she has made 250 so far. the poster designs are a combination of manipulated found imagery and designs and patterns that Alex created herself. i love these kind of self-initiated projects that push already busy creative people to flex creative muscles that might otherwise be neglected in a working environment.

As a designer it is easy to spent a whole day tweaking just one tiny part of a graphic and it’s also easy to never be pleased with the result. I knew that the only way the project could work would be to give myself a 30 minute time limit. It was challenging for me to do this at first and equally difficult to incorporate into my daily routine. Making a poster is now the last thing I do before I head to bed. It’s like brushing my teeth. *

see all of the posters at her tumblr. quote via Sight Unseen, where you can read a great interview with Alex herself.

Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY

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Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a Danish graphic designer and artist who combines different materials and their surfaces to create fascinating designs that you can buy as prints. you can see more & purchase at her online shop.

I think the strong mix of these exclusive and cheap textual materials such as marble, ply, wood, cork and paper is an interesting an unexpected combination that I love. My inspiration comes from the things and objects that surrounds me; a beautiful old parquet, a perfect color combination on a building, a stone floor in a church, a bike ride through Copenhagen – among many other things.

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2014

last year i did a post on 2013 calendars and, well, the time has come. 2014 to be exact… so here are 14 calendars for 2014.

there are only 5 Mondays left and then it’s Christmas!!

 

Snug Studio:

Marimekko:

minerals by Lindsay Jones:

Linda & Harriett:

Scandinavian florals by The House that Lars Built:

12-Month Desert Shapes by Leah Duncan:

Silhouettes by 1 Canoe 2:

bookhou:

a cat’s life by Gemma Correll:

robins by the paper bird society:

Frankie:

Helvetica by Yumalum:

colour composition by Moglea:

Cute Animals by Loopz:

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