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June 11, 2009

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Font-y Friday: Tuscans

June 6, 2009

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Did you like the giant S from French Vogue Kirsten pointed out a few weeks ago? Us too!

This style of type is called Tuscan and it originated well before printing. Tuscans can be identified by bifurcation of the terminals — some have speculated that the bifurcation in the earliest examples may have been a typographic equivalent of the sign of the fish, an attempt to signify Christian faith in the letters themselves. Tuscans really hit their stride in the 19th century, during the age of handbills (each trying to outdo one another in typographic excess). This is when the form started mutating like crazy: the ends trifurcated, bulges or spikes erupted mid-stem, letters split into two, swashes and flourishes sprouted out.

Tuscans can be extended or condensed, rigid or expressive: some of the newer digital ones are hand-rendered. So versatile a type style, it’s a shame it’s rarely used contemporarily outside of circus- or western- themed work.

Credits & analysis, after the jump. (more…)

So Awkward

May 28, 2009

We don’t generally post things like this, but I just came across this amazing blog. Jessica and I could hardly breathe we were laughing so hard at some of these. At one point I literally almost fell out of my chair and was covered in mascara from crying. Check it out if you need a laugh.

Here are two of our many favorites.

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The ties that bind

May 27, 2009

So, father’s day is coming up and you can’t figure out what to give the guy who has everything? There’s always the safe bet of a tie. (Actually, the hipster ties we’ve rounded up here are probably more suited for your beaux, or yourself, than your dad.)

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Credits and lots of commentary after the jump.

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oslo national academy of the arts

May 26, 2009

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It’s always interesting seeing what design students are working on these days. Pretty nice colors and textures found on Under Construction.

my new chair

May 20, 2009

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Thought I’d share with you all my new chair. Funny how a new piece of furniture can bring me so much joy. If you like vintage furniture as much as I do, definitely check out Amandromeda online!

hues for you.

May 18, 2009

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Thought I’d do a little post with some old photos I’d taken while out and about in San Francisco. Funny how these photos were all taken at completely different places/times, but they somehow all go together. Happy Monday!

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May 14, 2009

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Some really great prints I wouldn’t mind having on my wall. I especially like that the last two pieces have the words forest + girl in the titles!

All prints are available through artstream.

nice chairs!

May 5, 2009

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Some chairs I’m drooling over from Wyeth.

wood burning

May 4, 2009

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My new project–making custom wood plaques for people to hang in their houses.

just a little something

May 3, 2009

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It’s really gloomy out today and I was up early with a bunch of nervous energy for some reason. Oddly (or miraculously, rather), the only thing that helped me calm down was seeing this silly little thing that I made one restless night. It’s small and simple, but it made me happy, so I thought I would share.

installation art wonders

April 28, 2009

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This piece by collaborating artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen is breathtaking. Makes me miss doing installation art when I was back in college.

Sunday inspiration

April 26, 2009

Since I was feeling a little blue about coming into work on a Sunday, Paul cheered me up by taking me for a walk on San Francisco’s Coast Trail that runs along the Presidio to the Cliff House. These little snapshots are nothing exciting, but the walk reminded me to not take for granted the interesting and beautiful things that are all around us.

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4 videos that blew my mind last week

April 18, 2009

The best stop motion animation using photos I have seen. I love that it keeps changing up its rules as it goes.

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On the opposite side of the coin from a video made using photos is a video that appears to be still as a photograph. This sort of “bullet time” effect first popularized in The Matrix, is made breathtaking use of here, even telling a [admittedly, action packed] narrative as it pans around its scene.
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I am so excited about this. It’s not even that I am a huge fan of the book actually; it’s the Jonze/Eggers/Arcade Fire/natural lighting/handwriting-even-on-the-production-company-logos part that’s an arrow to my heart.

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Aaaaand on the opposite side of that, possibly the worst trailer ever. Which is endlessly fascinating and rewatchable. Does it know that it’s bad (e.g. parody or art)? How can it not?

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Please do watch and enjoy, and if you have any videos to recommend, let me know.

Some fall in love; I shatter

April 13, 2009

In case you haven’t already seen this on 100 other blogs (e.g. itsnicethat) it’s a collaboration between designer Craig Ward and photographer Jason Tozer. They both have some pretty amazing stuff in their portfolios, though this one really gets me. Here’s a writeup on the making of it.

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When I saw You Blow Me Away a few weeks back, I was reminded of another photographer whose frozen explosions are pretty phenomenal: Martin Klimas. I was first introduced to him via the always-fantastic Morning News galleries (which feature several works + an interview with a different visual artist, regularly updated: hundreds of ’em since 2001!)

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Inspired by looking at these artists’ work, I looked on flickr for high speed photography, to try to collect my thoughts, when I found this lovely lovely shot by Aden Tranter that to this designer’s eye is a few words of type away from being an amazing album cover, say for this single for the Handsome Family.

I had nothing to say on Christmas day when you threw all your clothes in the snow. When you burnt your hair, knocked over chairs, I just tried to stay out of your way.
But when you fell asleep, with blood on your teeth, I got in my car and drove away. Listen to me, Butterfly, there’s only so much wine you can drink in one life, and it will never be enough to save you from the bottom of your glass.

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What is it about these shots that impresses me so? Certainly content has something to do with it: Ward and Tozer’s shattering of that phrase of type, and Klimas’ shattering of kung fu figurines each add layers of delicious meaning… And though Tranter’s shot is of a simple bottle, his choice of reddened water and a dull green backdrop are critical, and if you were to crop the Jim Beam logo out leaving only liquid and glass, some the resonance with drunken abandon is lost.

But content aside, I think the root of the appeal can be found in the design-professor-favorite phrase “happy accidents.” Photography and design both involve impeccable, balanced, beautiful composition/layout — and it is usually achieved through careful planning, staging, grid and so forth. And yet sometimes you have a happy accident — whether it’s mistakenly dropping in the wrong cropping of an image or splashing ink or a light leak — which makes the composition work, usually by virtue of its unpredictable disorderliness.

What these high-speed photographers have done is carefully arranged happy accidents. They can’t be assured how the pane of glass, figurine or bottle will break… but they can capture, and then exercise their judicious cropping and editing on, the compositions that the physics of destruction create. The process must be tiresome, messy to clean up and aggravating at times, but when you can catch something as beautiful as these, it is totally worth it.

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(Klimas, again)

happy friday photo

April 10, 2009

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Here is to a beautiful springlike weekend!

Onthetable

April 10, 2009

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On the topic of fonts, the creative agency, “Onthetable” has created a beautiful book of fonts (along with a bunch of other great things).

How does your garden grow?

April 7, 2009

Do you love gardening as much as I do, but live in a city, therefore, do not have a backyard? Well, let’s solve that problem by getting tips by local gardening expert Flora Grubb! Flora will be speaking/offering tips for gardening in small, urban dwellings at the Design Within Reach on Fillmore Street in San Francisco (Thursday, April 16th, from 6-8pm).

To rsvp, and get more information about this event, visit the Design Within Reach site.

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once you go blackbird fly…

March 30, 2009

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It takes pictures on standard 35mm film, and seemingly can do all the graininess, double exposures, vignetting and oddball colors we’ve come to love in film (I’m convinced Holga and Lomo benefitted from the rise of digital photography while those cameras that tried to rise above film’s vicissitudes were destroyed by it)

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Oh did I mention it can be set to shoot square and to expose the film out to the sprocket holes?

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It’s called the blackbird, fly. It’s available here for those of us in the US. There’s a great flickr pool from which the above shots were taken (credits plastic nico, artpunk, and miho+miho+) And… it’s really cute and it comes in orange.

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Someone get Samantha one of these, stat.

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