Sunday, December 28, 2008

RAWTOASTDESIGN

Awwweeeeeee. This print makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and I'm not even wearing E's "Warm N Fuzzy". If you didn't like Say Anything then I suggest you take a trip to OZ ASAP to get yourself a heart.

RAWTOASTDESIGN is the commercial and non-commercial work of Jesse Kuhn. Jesse Kuhn was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri. He studied animation at Parsons School of Design for a short period of time and then received his BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration with a minor in Marketing and Advertising from Missouri State. He currently resides in the wonderful city of New York, New York and works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator at his one man studio, RAWTOASTDESIGN. Jesse also helped develop and publish the educational children's book series, The Quirkles. The Quirkles® are 26 imaginary scientists that help children everyday, all over the world, develop a love and appreciation for science.

Very cute too. This is Ellie Electricity and and Ollie Oxygen.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lushes


I like this.

It's called a "Necklush". It's a scarf/necklace made of out cotton jersey loops.

I also really love anything in this heather gray color. It reminds me of that soft comfy feeling. Yum.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Klimt on Klimt

"I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist, the only notable thing - ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do."

-Gustav Klimt

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Power to the Planet



I noticed one of these Element “Power to the Planet” ads recently and thought it was really well done. The message is simple yet stylish with great portrait photography. The majority of the people featured in the ads are athletes or artists and they still managed to put some personality in each photograph.

From their website:
Element was created with an unwavering dedication to making a positive difference in the world. We continue this quest by supporting great causes, creating school programs and camps, and nurturing our sustainable and organic product lines.

Recently, over 60 Element family members joined together to tell their stories, inspire others, and raise raise social and environmental awareness. “Power to the Planet is about taking a stand, having a voice, and making change.

Products:

Peaches on GMPD

The January 09 issue of Nylon had a music review by Peaches Geldof. It featured “the music and fashion she’s most excited about for the new year.” One of the bands she listed as “doing it for me at the moment” is none other than Youngstown's own Gil Mantera’s Party Dream. I found her description somewhat amusing...

Their live sets often involve this ludicrously named band’s two out-of-shape frontmen doing push-ups, dancing like embarrassing dads, and pretending to fellate their keyboards. So if you like drunken dudes in shiny gold thongs berating audiences and pouring beer on each other while miming badly to cheesy 80’s backing tracks, then this band is for you.

If you feelin’ like a pimp Gil, go and brush your shoulders off.

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Next Career


If getting a job after college wasn't an issue I probably would have majored in spacial arts. To me, making fancy cakes seems like a good mix of design and sculpture. I'm sure it would have moments of sheer frustration but it seems more like playing with playdough all day. I found all these images online from a store called Cake Nouveau. Amazing aren't they?

You know what would be super cool, other than if that Alice in Wonderland cake wasn't pastel? A Lite-Bright cake :)

Cake Nouveau
206 North Fourth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-4033

ilovetypography


Great website for fellow design geeks. Focuses on typography and font-based work from artists and designers.

FYI - I think there should be a modern day version of the phrase "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword".

Work from Tsang Kin-wah and Seb Lester.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Urban Forest Project


The Urban Forest Project is a series of unprecedented outdoor banner exhibitions taking root in cities around the world. In each location, artists, designers, students and the general public will employ the idea or form of the tree to make a powerful visual statement on banners that will be displayed throughout the community.

The tree is a metaphor for sustainability and, in that spirit, the banners at the close of each exhibition will be recycled into totebags and auctioned off to raise money for a local non-profit organization. Each local project will also incorporate or support an environmental call to action such as tree planting initiatives. The program can easily be adapted to address a number of green and creative initiatives in a variety of ways to shape a project that is unique and expressive of the local community.


The project – an initiative of Worldstudio – was launched in New York's Times Square in the fall of 2006. Worldstudio is currently in discussions with a number of cities, community groups and corporations around the world who want to execute and sponsor The Urban Forest Project.

To see examples of the banners and visit the NYC, Denver, and Baltimore sites.




Friday, December 12, 2008

Kruger



I’ve always admired the work of Barbara Kruger. I find it to be humorous and slightly disturbing. It’s like a big bitch slap in the face of society. As a woman and a graphic designer, how can you not be inspired by this work?

Kruger was strongly influenced by photographers and fashion magazine sub-cultures. A majority of her work focuses on aspects of social life, such as the relationship between the sexes and the circulation of power within cultures. Her work illustrates the kindnesses and brutalities of how we interact with others. Kruger’s printed work consists of black and white photographs with a message written in white letters against a red background. She includes phrases that are usually declarative or accusatory and make use of common pronouns. The text and image are unrelated in an effort to create anxiety by the audience that plays on the fears of society.

For the past decade Kruger has created installations of video, film, audio and projection. She is currently a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.



Saturday, December 6, 2008

David Hollenbach



David Hollenbach

dhollenbach@nyc.rr.com

Represented by
Frank Sturges
(740) 369-9702

Daniel Chang


Daniel Chang's style is reminiscent of a modern folk art. Nice.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Julie Verhoeven

Julie Verhoeven is a designer and illustrator active in the fashion industry. Love her whimsical style of illustration. It has an ethereal beauty but yet feels edgy and strong.

Julie Verhoeven has worked in numerous ways across fashion and design, from illustration to creative direction and design consultancy. She studied fashion at Medway College (now Kent Institute), graduating in 1987, and began her career as first design assistant to John Galliano, continuing this role with Martine Sitbon in Paris. She went on to head Italian brand Gibo. She has collaborated on fashion projects on international fashion brands including Louis Vuitton and Mulberry. Verhoeven contributes regularly to publications including Dazed and Confused and Self Service.

Verhoeven's love of drawing is always at the heart of all the work she undertakes. Since 2002 she has exhibited extensively, with recent shows including solo exhibitions at ZINGERpresents (Amsterdam), Riflemaker (London), Public art murale in Bristol Harbourside and film presentation at Sketch. Two books have been published of Verhoven's work: 'Fat-Bottomed Girls' and 'Gas Book 13'. She is also a part time tutor on MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art.


Christmas at the Butler


38th Annual American Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show

Dec. 6 & 7 • Admission is $5

Saturday, December 6 10am to 5pm
Sunday, December 7 10am to 4pm

The Butler sponsors the most interesting and highest quality show in the region. All work exhibited is handmade and represents the best of ingenuity, artistry, and craftsmanship.

The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502 (330) 743-1107

PICS:
Jewelry
Sara Coast • North Olmsted, Ohio

Architectural Mosaic Glass
Mary Ann Vigliucci • Pepper Pike, Ohio

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Everything is Illuminated

I just finished reading Everything is Illuminated tonight. I LOVE this book. I saw the movie and thought it was ok. The movie doesn't even touch the book. No comparison.

I find myself strangely interested the holocaust. It's like I'm trying to wrap my mind around it and I can't even go there. There's something about the dark side of human nature that is so fascinating and terrifying to me at the same time. In the grand scheme of things, the holocaust didn't happen that long ago and that fact alone scares the living shit out of me. I just don't understand how people become so full of hatred? And on top of that, how do survivors recover from things like this and go on living a so-called normal life?


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Greenween Kermit

I found this online today (when I was working on "No Home for Styrofoam") at a store called truffleshuffle.com. F-ing awesome name. It's almost as good as my greenween. By the way, I'm claiming the copyright to greenween so none of you bitches better try to steal it. Speaking of greenween, I want this. I sort of have the urge to color that picture tho...

Long live the muppets!!

Jill Serra


According to her website:
Born & raised in New York, Jill is an Illustrator, designer, rollerskater, and cookie-baker extraordinaire.

She enjoys the following: obsessive drawing, patterns and lines,
skeeball, mix tapes (creating and receiving), making lists, and crossing off items on said list. She is a member of The Ladies Auxiliary, (a women's design collective in Brooklyn). And will someday learn to play the accordion...

Images:
Untitled, privately owned
Textile, jillserra.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MissyIndustry

As a child of the 80's I can't help but love this cassette tape necklace. The rings are pretty bad ass too. All by MissyIndustry.

Who's loves the Boss?!




I used to date this guy a few years ago that was obsessed with Bruce Springsteen. I think he just wanted to date me because I have red hair like Bruce's main squeeze (or ex main squeeze if I remember correctly). My dad always liked Bruce when I was a kid so at the time I secretly liked him but pretended to hate him. We got along like oil and water back then. Now, I can really appreciate Bruce and it's not because he did a song about Youngstown.

To me, the best music is when someone is singing and you can just feel how in that moment they are. Emotionally committed and putting it all out there on display. It's like the energy is just oozing out of every little pore in their body.

So now I'm ready to come clean. Yes, I like Bruce Springsteen.

And back in the Asbury Park stocking cap days... damn he was fine.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

BBC Enviro Graphics

This is from an innovative series of environmental graphics done by BBC World.

“To get people to ask their cable companies to carry BBC World in their cable channel lineup, we created compelling scenes from current world news stories out of the actual coaxial TV cable that led into people’s apartments and homes.”

Great Idea. Must have been a bitch to install.

Done by BBDO New York.

Cute Cookies


Better Bit of Butter cookies are the creation of Christine Mehling, a Cleveland Institute of Art grad. She says:

“I combined my favorite thing about cake decorating, which was fondant, and my second love, cookies, and came up with the Better Bit of Butter cookie. Combining these two treats plus admiration for bold graphic and repetitive images gave me what I was looking for."

The cookies contain no trans fats or preservatives and are baked with locally produced organic butter, and cage free eggs. These would be a great little gift or party favor.

The photos show her wedding and everyday designs. Ordering and pricing info can be found online.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Michael C. Place

I was looking for a clip of Michael C. Place from the Helvetica movie, which is the best part in my opinion, and I found this instead. I want to be friends with this guy so I can just hang out in his studio. In the movie he talks about how he sees beauty in the everyday objects that most people would overlook. This is one of the many reasons I started this very blog. One day, when I find the clip I'll post it. For now enjoy this.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Deviant: beaucoupzero

The Pump & 123fourFive by beaucoupzero

Nice integration of photography and traditional art.

Wonderland by Tim Burton

November's Vogue had a story on the actress Mia Wasikowska (pictured above) and that’s how I heard about Tim Burton's upcoming film of the classic Lewis Carroll fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland. Burton's version will be in 3-D and is scheduled for release in 2010. Rumor has it that Johnny Depp will play the Mad Hatter. Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter will also make appearances as the White and Red Queens. The final product will be a mix of live action and motion-capture animation. Between this and the Where the Wild Things Are movie there should be much to look forward to on the big screen.

Burton says of the book:
“The stories are like drugs for children, you know? The imagery, they've never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story. So I think it's an interesting challenge to direct."

It concerns me a bit because Mia Wasikowska seems too old for this role. Alice was just a child in the book. I guess I can overlook it as long as there is no singing! Sweeney Todd was ok and all but a musical version of this would kill it for me. I do have to admit this Pretty Women song made me want to gag:



barf. Although my friend did reenact this for me after the movie and that was much more amusing than the real version.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Love Lovejoy

Designed by ID Branding in Portland, Oregon.
"The name embodies the spirit of Portland, Oregon, and of vodka in general. Lovejoy was a pioneer settler of Portland and, love and joy seem integral to the vodka experience. We designed a series of four labels so customers could choose the design best fitting their mood or occasion."
And talk about a beautiful bottle design, this Trillium Absinthe Supérieure is also featured on the Integrity Spirits website. Gorgeous.

Non-Format: Love Song

These images are from Non-Format: Love Song, the first hardcover retrospective of seven years-worth of projects from Non-Format, an Anglo-Norwegian design duo.

Cool. Love the silver text and Mickey ears.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Alice by Ji




Today, at the end of my workday, I had a rare moment of clarity where I wasn't running around like a maniac trying to do 10 things at once so I decided to Google Alice. I stumbled upon these Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Korean artist Kim Min Ji. When I first laid my eyes on these my pupils turned into tiny red hearts and I fell in love at first sight. These illustrations are so very beautiful they make me borderline giddy.

I especially love Alice’s short red hair which gave me an idea...this would be the perfect Halloween costume for Miss Cheeks in 09. Next year could be my Halloween triumph! By then I'll be 30, which means soon I'll have to grow up and become a responsible adult who no longer participates in holidays for children. My first thought is if I start recruiting people now I could have the whole Wonderland entourage! I'm now taking applications for the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat. Those who apply after these positions have already been filled will be forced into dressing as either Tweedledum or Tweedledee. Last person to apply has to be Humpty Dumpty.