i have always been terrible at planning. i don’t plan my day or my week or make lists or any of that stuff – i know i should. and sometimes when i do manage to sort myself out it is almost always handwritten. i tried to use list apps and other techno things to help me out in that department once, but actually having a piece of paper with a list of things i need to do or remember – that is the most helpful to me.
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.
courtesy of frank chimero
wow, check out these awesome custom covers by richard perez of his top ten albums of 2010. psh, makes all other top ten lists look pretty pathetic in comparison, eh? i’d like to see everyone make album art from now on, please.
thanks for bringing this to our attention designworklife (stellar as always)
Being a graphic designer by trade, of course I saw my wedding as a magnificent design project. One of the first things I told Tamara is that I would love the whole effort to be very DIY driven … We wanted every element of our wedding to be one-of-a-kind. We stamped and wrote details on each invitation and thank you tag by hand, cut and tied the ribbon, hand made windmills and made the pocket squares from scratch.
things i like right now by katherine of anything goes
- Picnics. There’s not much to compare to the simple pleasure of a baguette, cheese and a bottle of wine – particularly when enjoyed on the banks of the Seine.
- Stripes. Print by Valerie Galloway.
- Shoes by United Nude. I still haven’t got myself a pair of these yet, but the lo res design are my recent favourites. United Nude is the footwear brand co-founded by architect Rem D. Koolhaas.
- Babies. Perhaps because my sister just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. I’m not usually that maternal – so I’m expecting this phase to pass :)
- Street art spotted while wandering.
- Fresh flowers. Especially when bought at a local market.
- Caramel au beurre salé glaces. (Salted butter caramel ice cream) I first tasted this in Paris and recently made my own batch from this recipe.
- Guerlain perfume. Specifically, Mitsouko, created in 1919. Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. In fact, I’m a little scent obsessed … look out for a post on that soon…
- I have to admit I’m a fan of the the rom-com genre. Intellectual it’s not, but sometimes a girl just needs a good laugh and a little romance from a movie. L’Arnacoeur (The Heartbreaker) make me laugh out loud – watch it, if only for the dance scenes! *disclaimer – I may have been seriously affected by jet lag when judging this movie.
- Spotify. Sadly, not available in SA yet.
- Geeky specs. Just because.
- And finally, Pedicures. Nothing like a little pampering. It’s time to pack away the boots and put on sandals.
- Mattson Creative’s Lost Season 6 Posters – Ty Mattson runs Mattson Creative, a California-based agency that has worked for a number of impressive clients. His signature illustrative style communicates complex ideas in a simple, idiosyncratic and often charming manner. I really enjoy the recent series of illustrations created for each episode of the sixth season of Lost (greatest show ever aired – tell your friends).
- Rubicon – Since Lost ended earlier this year, I’ve had to make do with new episodes of Dexter and old episodes of Ed to sate my appetite for TV. No longer. Rubicon is a well crafted cloak-and-dagger suspense series revolving around main protagonist Will Travers as he tries to solve the mystery surrounding the death of his father-in-law. It helps that Travers works at the American Policy Institute – an intelligence agency that increasingly seems to be less “independent” than it claims to be. Another hit from AMC (who brought us Mad Men & Breaking Bad).
- Michelle Monahan – Mission Impossible: III was awesome for two reasons. JJ Abrams’ superb direction and Michelle Monahan. Her roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Gone Baby Gone thankfully cleaned the palate of the aftertaste that The Hearbreak Kid and Made of Honor left. Michelle comes across very open and is instantly likeable and that makes her my celebrity crush.
- Flip board for iPad – I tried this app out on my boss’ iPad earlier this month. Killer app? Most certainly. Once the day comes that I own my own magical tablet, this will certainly be the first app installed and it will easily replace my current Twitter, Facebook and general browsing solutions.
- Boston Terriers – Our first Boston Terrier was unfortunately put down. He lost his sight and picked up weight to a point that was difficult to witness. Of all of the pets my family has owned thus far, our Boston Terrier had the most character. As soon as our second-floor unit becomes a house with a garden, that garden will find a friend in Gimli the Boston Terrier. [Photo credit]
- Last Exit to Nowhere Tees – Last Exit to Nowhere offer t-shirts and hoodies sporting designs of fictitious organisations and institutions torn from the celluloid of cult SciFi, Horror and Comedy films. They’re pricey but the joy felt when people recognize the reference is priceless.
- The Jaguar XKSS – Money be damned, I will own one of these beauties. As a production model of the Jaguar D-type racing car, the XKSS says much that I agree with.
- Rosemary & Balsamic Dressing from Sonja’s Foods – There are all manner of excellent food products available locally. Head and shoulders above all others is Sonja Foods Rosmary & Balsamic Dressing. We discovered it at our local Spar, this has become more than a condiment. Whether it’s on tapas with the Sonja Foods Egyptian Dukkha or as a salad dressing, I usually see this bottle as being half empty.
- PacMat Drink Coasters – Time for my shameless plug. It’s tough to follow great work, but that’s what I’m forced to do here. It’s mainly because I felt too sheepish to put these first, but I digress. Nostalgic consumers take note, these inexpensive perspex drink coasters are proudly crafted and assemble by myself and sold through my site. Hit it up and pick up a set. It’s almost Christmas, for goodness sake!
- Joseph Gordon Levitt’s wardrobe – After starring in the flawless Brick, JGL’s comeback has been as fun to watch as I imagine it was to create. (500) days of Summer made me want to be more like Tom Hansen. This was as much about his wardrobe as it was for his close proximity to Zooey Deschanel. (500) days may have piqued my interest, but Inception set it in cement. Mr Levitt has usurped Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden as my style icon.
- 1 Million by Paco Rabanne – It’s the best.
- Fish Eye – I love this camera, it’s something I raise a toast to.
- The Gold watch – for the brave. It’s bling, but not 50-cent. It makes a strong statement and it’s making finally making a comeback after years of sitting on the bench. Get one. Or steal your father’s.
- Persol Eyewear, Sun collection – I want them all. Can’t wait for summer…
- Designer Track Pants – bring it.
- Steph Weiss – Delicate, smooth and creamy. Liquid velvet. This has been my number 1 beer for a while now. Think creamy vanilla.
- Plaid Tie – I need one. Not sure why, but I need one. Just a gut feeling.
- Weber Q300 – It’s the push button ignition, the stainless steel burners and the 100 square cm cooking area that seals it for me.
- Eternal Pursuit – A book published by Ogilvy & Mather about David Ogilvy’s philosophy applied to today’s advertising agency. Focuses on the 8 Habits of Highly Creative Communities. Published internally at Ogilvy & Mather and distributed internally. Unavailable elsewhere. It’s my golden pocketbook. Kinda like my advertising mini-bible. As you can see it is well-read.
- YUM YUM Characters – Toy designs have boomed over last few years and I haven’t seen a better crafted collection than this. I WANT them. I love their subtle character nuances. The video is damn funny too.
- Hipstamatic – I love this iPhone app right now. It’s vintage and it makes almost anything look stylish. It’s like having a designer in my pocket
- The Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2010 – This will be my next car. Not only am I currently driving one, but I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember.
- Fleet Foxes – I am in love with this band. The “drunken Texas sun” shines on my every time I listen to them. It’s winter music, warms the heart. Top songs: Oliver James, White Winter Hymnal & Ragged Wood.
music philosophy is a weekly graphic / typographic interpretation of philosophical song quotes by mico toledo. i really had a hard time picking my favourites to feature, i pretty much love them all. words to live by.
Daily Drop Cap is a project I started in September of 2009 in which I illustrate a decorative letter every day (or at least every work day). The project will continue for approximately twelve alphabets and are available for non-commercial use as drop caps on your personal blog.
she really is an exceptional typographer (and illustrator and designer). ok i can’t resist, here’s some more: