Food Studio is a Norwegian collective of food professionals, designers and photographers who love, well, food. and natural, Nordic food at that. i first came upon their beautiful design work done by Oslo based studio Bielke + Yang, and then delved a bit into what makes Food Studio tick. they host interesting events, like this one that marries food + music, and set out to challenge the daily way we think about and work with food.
i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.
Seb Lester is a designer & illustrator from the UK who practices calligraphy to sharpen his skills as a type designer. he shares snapshots of his sketchbook on Instagram, showcasing his impressive skills and doubly impressive foul mouth. these made me laugh, it’s always nice to see people not taking things too seriously. be sure to watch the video at the end of the post to see just how immensely skilled he is, crafting an alphabet in real time.
Lauren Hom contacted me about her Daily Dishonesty project which is simply super rad. she’s a graphic designer based in NYC who started a series of hand lettered posters that document the little lies she tells herself on a regular basis. i can definitely relate to all of them. she also takes on weekly guest posts – this one by Emma Hopkins made me laugh. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my phone…” so true.
AÃRK Collective is a Melbourne based company that deals in some of the spiffiest watches I’ve seen in a while. but not only that, the design details of their website and all their collateral is so brilliant. i love it when the branding of a company wins me over almost more than their products (almost).
a sure-fire way to know that the holiday season is upon us (apart from the christmas carols playing ad-nauseum in the supermarkets) is the sudden appearance of the new year calendar. just in case you needed to be reminded that 2012 is O-V-E-R. on to the next! here are some of my favourites (there are a couple in my recent gift guides too).
design i like that seem to have a common thread of pastel colours and bold type.
01: footnote to a project by ok-rm / 02: pino by bond agency / 03: debbie teale id by brogen averill / 04: regina by tsto / 05: teatre cccb by hey studio / 06: literary classics from juniper books / 07: bar milano by established nyc / 08: academy by academy / 09: strata bakery by p.a.r. / 10: studio worldwide by studio worldwide / 11: bear rene by marque / 12: monograph of artist olaf mooij by studio beige
i really like the idea of Love vs. Design where you can choose templates for your wedding stationery, personalise them and then have them printed yourself (or get them to print for you). this obviously isn’t a new concept, but the fact is that there are some really nice designs to choose from – so it’s a pretty cool option for people who are on a budget and don’t have the luxury of hiring a designer to whip up their wedding invitations.
i’ve been looking forward to the launch of Our Paper Shop ever since Emma mentioned her and Bre‘s new collaborative online project on her blog. well, they’ve just launched this week – so go check out their shop (i love the paris postcards, naturally). they even have a beautifully photographed lookbook… these are not your average paper pushers.