Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ugly Children's Clothing Norwegian Lice Sweater Body

Make sure to keep your lil loved ones nice and warm this cold New Year's Eve with these stylish "Norwegian Lice Sweater Body" onesies by Ugly Children's Clothing. Purchase your own by clicking here.

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MoovCulture's Heart-Warming MoovBoots

MoovBoots are the brain child of sisters Meisha Strykowski and Bryony Proctor who decided to design their own boots after travelling the world and spending years getting wet in their competitors' boots which were made out of sheepskin. These boots are amazing, not only are they warm & fuzzy on the inside and water resistant on the outside, but they are also adorned with some of the most uplifting patterns I've ever seen. Snag a pair by clicking here.

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Kapitza Geometric Patterns Book

Kapitza is an independent design community company run by sisters Nicole & Petra Kapitza who share a passion for everyday life, minimalism, patterns and colors. Their studio is based in East London, a vibrant and dynamic area which forms part of the inspiration for their work. The sisters have developed an extensive series of unique picture fonts and illustrations that lie somewhere between image resource and art project. Make sure to check out their latest book, which you can purchase on their website by clicking here.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Audrey Dodo Closes Her Eyes to See

Thanks to Audrey Dodo, a task as easy as grocery shopping has now been simplified for everyone, including those with vision problems. She created an alternative to Braille, packaging that utilizes a tactile and graphic language, benefiting everyone (including people with sight). To see more about "Fermer Les Yeux Pour Voir," click here.

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Christiane Engle's Merry Illustrations

Christiane Engle is a freelance illustrator who lives in London and has illustrated for school books, picture books, award-winning ads, and much much more. Her style is colorful and textural, ranging from animals and people to landscapes and 3D creations such as plush creatures. The shapes are simple and pure, although each are highly recognizable and organic. To view her entire portfolio, visit her website by clicking here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pancho Tolchinsky's Modern Christmas Color Palette

Pancho Tolchinsky is not only an extremely talented photographer, he is also a traveler that collects imaginary corners around the world. Born in Mexico, raised in Israel and from an Argentine family, his untraditional upbringing enables him to view the world differently than most. Each captured scene is taken from its context to be framed under a new light, as a distillation process for extractng a bit of essence of the portrayed object. Since it's the holiday season, I thought I'd post a few of Pancho's work that hold a modern and unexpected Christmas color palette. Visit his website to see the rest of his work, and visit Poolga to download free background images of his work for your iPhone.

Andy Goldman's Monopoly Repackaging

One of my good friends introduced me to Andy Mangold, a twenty-year-old designer/craftsman/dooer of things from West Chester Pennsylvania currently attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He is passionate about riding bikes, climbing trees, wood, good music, and all things design. If he was able to make a living building things out of legos and making rubber band guns, he would :) Below is one of his projects, a repackaging of the infamous Monopoly game with a modern twist. He reworked the color palette and simplified the design, creating a classier version of the already classy board game. To see more of his work (and maybe offer him a job building things out of legos and making rubber band guns) visit his website by clicking here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Unreal & Co.'s Recognizable Wrapping Paper

Are you still wrapping some last minute Christmas present? Instead of wrapping your gifts in the traditional Santa Claus or snowflake wrapping paper, try Unreal & Co.'s designer wrapping paper that is illustrative, typographic, and just plain fun. The colors are quite contemporary, really making your presents pop under the tree. To see more of their products, click here.

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My Christmas Tree

I went home for the weekend to help my mother decorate our Christmas tree, and although now I'm snowed in, I feel pretty good about it! We didn't have anything for a tree topper, so we made our own with ribbon. The colors we picked this year, gold and red (although you can't really see the red too well, the photos are really low res, sorry about that).

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Because Studio.

Because Studio. is the freelance graphic design practice of Loz Ives, a young chap from the north of England with a keen eye for detail and a passion for simplicity and relevance within his work. It is more than obvious that Loz loves what he does, from the quirky posters to the playful identity systems, his passion truly shines through. His work becomes an extension of his personality, but it also completely represents his clients, giving them a face and reaching out to their audience. To see the rest of Loz's work, visit his website by clicking here.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thirsty for Typography #7

The First 47 is the creative footprint of Dublin-based photographer, filmmaker and designer Alex Synge and the seventh "Thirsty for Typography." Not only has Alex's work been exhibited in Dublin, London, Chicago and LA, it has also appeared in publications such as Semi-Permanent, Pencil Fight and Art Prostitute. I wasn't as impressed by the shape of the letters or the playful inconsistencies of the repeating letters as I was touched by the strong concept behind this piece. The link between the image and the words is undeniable and infinite, creating a different emotion for each viewer, may it be happiness or sadness or anything in between. To see all of The First 47's portfolio — which actually focuses on photography, make sure to visit their website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Orla Kiely Simply Has Great Patterns

The world of Orla Kiely is one where color, pattern, graphic control, texture and rhythm continually work and rework together. Orla has a unique, immediately recognizable design language, developed through graphic patterns that celebrate her optimistic spirit. As down-to-earth as her designs are popular, the key to what drives Orla is her fixation on the evolution of a signature style, devotion to quality and practicality. Make sure to check out her site by clicking here.

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