Tuesday, November 25, 2008


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.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Who knew pop could be so cool?

WE8 (West/East 8) was an artistic and cultural exchange that brought together eight artists from the East with eight musicians from the West to interpret questions such as: What opens your heart? What does good fortune look like? What makes you smile? How do you live in harmony with the environment? The results were eight, special-edition bottles and eight original songs, all included in a eight-city world tour ending in Beijing on August 8, 2008.

When two artists are asked to interpret the same question creatively the result can be so diverse based on their own personal aesthetic, experiences, and ideas. Linking the two idea together could then add another level of interest to the end product.

This project demonstrates the merging of cultural differences to come up with something that is visually interesting while also adding another element of creativity...music. Aesthetically, the package design has a strong look typically found in Eastern design. I haven’t heard the accompanying songs but I wonder if these are a contrast to the Asian feel or if the two create any form of synergy.

This makes me ask: What impact can the arts have socially on two different groups of people? And what other types of similar projects could we benefit from on a small and large scale?

Be sure to check out the Coca-Cola website. You can "Design the World a Coke" and view the work of other artists. Pretty cool.

Mr. French

These super-cute, blue-q-esque items are from the CSA Images webshop.

1 Inch Buttons are $1 Each.
From Left: Cock of the Walk • Who’s There? • Sea Horse • Cold Fish • Top Down • Hay There

Memo Books are $5 for a 2 Book Pack.
From Left: Scratch Pad • Book Leaf

Dinnerwear: $9 a Plate.
From Left: Tweats • Don’t feed the Animals • Naked Lunch

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't forget to VOTE!!

No matter how tired or busy you are this Tuesday please take some time to vote! Some important reasons why you should:

• For democracy to work properly citizens, young and old, should be active participants.

• If you don't vote you have no right to complain about government decisions you don't like.

• Because you can. People have fought and even died for this right and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

(I don't know who the artist is on this painting but isn't it cute?)