Design

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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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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Studio Arhoj

remember those insanely cute ceramic Ghosts i posted about? well i revisited Studio Arhoj to see what they’ve been up to, and luckily for us there is a new SS 2014 collection to peruse. founded by Anders Arhoj in Tokyo in 2006, the studio is now based in Copenhagen. they make all sorts of interesting pieces each with a story behind them.

In addition to exploring the relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture we are interested in keeping alive traditions and knowledge about old crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. We are in love with the honesty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can produce, creating objects that are both affordable and unique.

they do not sell online, so for stockists visit their website.

Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj

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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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Kontora Sisters

the Kontora Sisters are Katya and Nastia from Simferopol, a city on the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine. Katya makes jewellery and Nastia is an illustrator (she also takes the photographs seen here). i like that their styles complement each other. also check out Nastia’s other illustrative work here and follow Katya on instagram.

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Eugène Séguy: Insectes

just gonna file this under coolest things ever. these are illustrations by French entomologist Eugène Séguy, from a book detailing his illustrations of insects and colourful decorative compositions of their patterns and colouring dating from 1925. he was, understandably, more well-known for his brilliant pattern design than for his work as an entomologist – though the two are undeniably intertwined. read more about him here.

Eugene Alain Seguy was one of the foremost French designers at the beginning of the 20th century. Working in both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, he published many design folios utilizing the pochoir technique, a printing process that employs a series of stencils to lay dense and vivid color. *

images c/o the Beineke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, part of the Yale University Library. you can actually download the entire catalog in PDF form.

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New Friends

i briefly featured the work of NYC based New Friends, aka Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski, last year – but i thought they deserved their own post because their work is just soooooo good. they were also featured in the UO blog last month and i just loved seeing a little tour of their studio.

New Friends design and produce weavings, textiles and housewares. They weave unique objects that combine the rich history of textiles and contemporary visual culture. The fibers used in their vivid, oddball collections range from locally sourced, plant dyed wools to man-made metallic threads.

photography c/o New Friends, studio images c/o the UO Blog, photographed by Jody Rogac.

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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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