Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs’ Favourite RestaurantsSaturday February 9 2013
I’m loving the subject and design of this new book by Phaidon and Kobi Benezri Studio. It details around 2300 restaurants from around the world, personally recommended by chefs. The design was inspired by 1960s phone books and uses that vintage style of covering each inch of the page (including the paper edges) in advertising. Pick it up for a bargain price at amazon.
Mulberry invitationSaturday November 10 2012
Just found this spectacular piece of print on September Industry. It’s an invitation designed by the inhouse design team at Mulberry for the launch of their Autumn / Winter 11 range (better late than never to find this!) From the SI website: Packaged in a black covered box with a slip lid, this invitation is quite an elaborate piece of hand-finished paper engineering. The only way to describe it is as a ‘fortune-teller’ format, where the corners unfold to reveal the various details of the event. The finely-detailed artwork is produced in a combination of foil blocking in metallic gold and screen-printed white on black uncoated stock.
Jimmy PikeThursday August 16 2012
I was in WA on the weekend and saw an exhibition of Jimmy Pike’s work at the Fremantle Prison where he taught art during the 1980’s. Jimmy Pike was a great storyteller. Touched with a lively sense of humour, his art depicts the dynamism of life in the desert: waterholes, the landscape, animals and plants, as well as Ngarrangkarni or Dreamtime stories, people, and modern technology. He passed away in 2008 but has left us with some truly inspiring designs. There is an exhibition of never before seen drawings on until December 12 at the University of Western Australia.
The £25 logoThursday August 16 2012
Maximo Riera’s ChairsThursday August 2 2012
Love. Love. Love. Maximo Riera.
Gig postersWednesday June 20 2012
Cool gig posters by Mark and Robert at Methane Studios.
Dawn Vachon CeramicsTuesday June 19 2012
How lovely are these pieces by Dawn Vachon! Dawn’s a Melbourne based ceramic artist, she experiments with adding coloured stains to clay and the result are these beautiful pieces. Dawn has a blog and her work can be purchased at SMALLpieces shop in Brunswick East but does not currently have items available to sell online, (although I really wish she did)!
The fox with the golden furFriday June 15 2012
Clever and beautiful packaging design by US studio Ultra Creative. The placement of the chocolate bars create individual scenes and stories. The chocolate pressing itself is beautiful – too nice to eat!
Aled Lewis Great Gatsby cover designMonday May 7 2012
I’ve mentioned Aled Lewis once before on this blog. But this cover design caught my eye recently and I just had to know who created this magic. It’s exactly what a book cover should be – entertaining, enlightening and breathtakingly beautiful. Nice work Aled.
Shaun KardinalFriday March 23 2012
Seattle based artist Shaun Kardinal creates these lovely hand-embroidered oversized postcards. I find them fascinating. Vintage landscapes and city icons framed by textured geometric shapes. What a unique style.
Dinosaur Designs commission from GoMASunday March 4 2012
On the weekend I visited the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia and saw these beautiful resin discs (each spanning around 1.2 metres in size). Dinosaur Designs were commissioned for the task, to mark the 5th anniversary of GoMA. There are 8 of them in total and they’re absolutely striking!
MarniSunday February 26 2012
Marni is the fashion label of Consuelo Castiglioni. These graphic pieces of jewellery are crafted using resin, vinyl records and foil. I love the playful feel.
New typeface ‘Ribbon’Wednesday February 15 2012
Bold & BraveTuesday February 7 2012
Vetter identityWednesday February 1 2012
Muller Van SeverenTuesday January 24 2012
I’m in love with this design collaboration between Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen. Check out their site and their stunning sculptural furniture collection. The above are cutting boards and heat rests created out of geometric shapes and interesting colour palettes.
Cut & MakeSaturday January 7 2012
Fantastic stationery concept by Berlin based company CM (Cut & Make). Their products are literally that – cut to shape but rarely printed. These lovely pieces take on a sculptural quality of their own.
2011 Typefaces (a retrospective)Saturday December 31 2011
Here’s some of my favourite typeface’s from 2011:
1. Fiance by Miguel Hernandez for South American foundry Sudtipos
2. Gordon Black (caps) by Lan Huang for Letterbox
3. Bookeyed Jack by Crystal Kluge
4. Neplus Ultra by Mark Caneso
And my most regularly used font of 2011 (although designed in 2008) is Museo by Jos Buevenga
Max KnightWednesday December 21 2011
Last week I met London photographer Max Knight. Max directs music videos and has some very cool photography to view on his site.
CalouretteMonday December 19 2011
Marianne Rautureau’s jewelry label Calourette is so much fun! I particularly like the Flags necklace.
Jenny BowersSaturday December 10 2011
I recently came across Jenny’s work on Peepshow. I really like her style and use of colour.
LemniscateWednesday November 16 2011
Lovely new font by designer Rositsa Gorolova. Available for free download too!
Kate WilsonTuesday November 8 2011
I recently came across the portfolio of London based illustrator Kate Wilson. Lovely work and an impressive client list.
One Marylebone Road identityMonday November 7 2011
Lovely new typographic identity for One Marylebone Road by Dry UK. Contemporary and nostalgic both at once.
Design Attractor blogWednesday October 5 2011
Here’s a very nice interior design blog by Czech Republic based creative Jan Skácelík. I love the mid century furniture in these photos, I wouldn’t say no to an office like this.
Teatul packaging assignmentTuesday October 4 2011
Some lovely work by illustration student Khadia Ulumbekova who is based in Moscow.
PaperluxTuesday September 27 2011
German design group Paperlux have created some very nice examples of luxury branding. Here’s some close ups of a few of my favourites.
House of HollandMonday September 19 2011
I saw this a while ago on September Industry but it’s so nice I have to post it (albeit a little late). London design studio Egelnick and Webb have a stunning collection of work on their site. I think this particular piece for House of Holland is a colourful explosion of joy. Are they real pantone swatch cards? I don’t know, but it’s very cool.
DK monogramMonday September 12 2011
An interesting and stylish new look for Diet Coke, designed by San Francisco agency Turner Duckworth. Clever use of considered space. The monogram is understated and self assured. I like it.
Burn the Book identityTuesday August 30 2011
Nice identity and print finishing for UK creative agency Burn the Book.
Barnes and Noble ClassicsThursday July 28 2011
Ok, so I’m a bit of a fan of Brooklyn Based designer, typographer, illustrator extraordinaire Jessica Hische (featured on this blog a few times before). Her recent project – designing the covers of Barnes and Nobles classic books is really beautiful. My ‘inner goth’ likes the cover design for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. I also enjoyed looking at her “I can haz art school” where she shows her high school work and early college work. What a brave girl. It truly is a pile of awful, yet we all know we did work just like it. And it’s refreshing to reflect on how far we’ve come.
Let’s make some great artWednesday July 27 2011
As featured in August’s Creative Review, this gorgeous art project book by Illustrator Marion Deuchars is superb. I know what I’m getting the nieces for Christmas.
RecycledThursday June 23 2011
I like this piece of work by university graduate Luke Elliott. Once a a discarded old cupboard, he’s created a typographic woodblock and printed his own posters. Nice!
Zoe Williams stationery designWednesday June 22 2011
Tea SamplerTuesday June 21 2011
Some lovely packaging design work by Michelle Gadeken.
Lovely patternsMonday June 20 2011
Founds these geomtric patterns (of which there’s 101 of them), designed by Nicolaz Grohl (& himself). He has a very cool website and other nice work worth checking out.
Robert Geller New YorkWednesday June 15 2011
T&CakeMonday May 23 2011
Fun identity for a new Yorkshire based cafe called T&Cake. Designed by Build.
Studio NewworkMonday May 16 2011
Victor Alfaro IdentityFriday May 13 2011
Design studio Marque have created a sharp identity for fashion label Victor Alfaro and have applied it beautifully to packaging design and labels.
Bang your own drumTuesday May 10 2011
Leeds based agency The Consult have created this rather cool identity for a a communications firm. Fantastic use of a different substrate for the business card.
Vintage inspired soap packagingFriday May 6 2011
Nice soap packaging, inspired by vintage imagery. Designed by US based studio Aesthetic Movement.
April & May interiors blogMonday May 2 2011
April and May is a stylist with a lovely blog. It’s an excellent resource for interiors, furniture and products. All reported and executed with stunning photography.
Here DesignSaturday April 30 2011
The London based collective responsible for one of the loveliest designed books last year (The Geometry of Pasta) caught my attention again on the September Industry blog. A few months back, they designed a publication for the Heimtextil Trend Show 2010/11 in Frankfurt, which showcases forthcoming trends in home fabrics. The coloured ribbons and exposed spine combined with perforated Pantone swatches gives the book a very ‘hands on’, tactile feel – one that’s appropriate for the nature of the piece. Check out Here Design.
Command LP designsMonday April 18 2011
Aled knows bestThursday April 7 2011
Jos Buivenga’s exljbris Font FoundryWednesday April 6 2011
Charmaine OliviaTuesday April 5 2011
Sweet girly drawings by San Franciscan illustrator Charmaine Olivia.
Buttermilk fontMonday April 4 2011
ReinaFriday April 1 2011
Lovely new font called Reina by Maximiliano Sproviero for Lián Types, Argentina. Available to buy here at myfonts.
Jon ContinoThursday March 31 2011
Jamie NelsonWednesday March 30 2011
I recently came across photographer Jamie Nelson’s online portfolio. A fashion photographer based in New York, her work is textured, graphic and just beautiful!
Pietari PostiMonday March 28 2011
A Daily Drop CapFriday March 25 2011
Sergey Shapiro marksThursday February 24 2011
Sergey Shapiro is a designer and calligrapher who lives and works in Moscow. He has created a very niche style to his identity work as he specialises in flowing, calligraphic marks. I like the way he is able to get such unique personality into each one. From a traditional mark for wedding accessories to a contemporary mark for a design studio in Chicago, he clearly understands the subtleties of type and its power to communicate an identity.
Black Swan posters by La BocaTuesday February 22 2011
I’m a little late in finding these, but London agency La Boca created some teaser posters for Darren Aronofsky’s film, Black Swan late last year. I really like the vintage style, it feels reminiscent of classic poster designers such as Abram Games and Batiste Madalena. The red, black and beige gives these a striking, contemporary edge. Very nice.
May the force of typography be with youTuesday February 15 2011
Some fun promotional posters from agency H-57 Creative Station based in Milan.
Stranger & StrangerWednesday February 2 2011
Very nice packaging design by award winning agency Stranger & Stranger. They create over 100 drinks brands every year with bespoke bottle shapes and innovative openings. With a string of awards under their belt and offices in London and New York, they’re certainly doing something right.
Clair Estelle PhotographyFriday January 28 2011
My very talented friend Clair Estelle has recently launched her new wedding and portrait photography website. I am not being biased when I say these photos are absolutely surreal in beauty. This recent shoot she did in Northumbria is breath taking. There is a real honesty to Clair’s work, I absolutely love it.
Me & My PenThursday January 27 2011
Lovely hand rendered typography by Manchester designer Daren Newman (aka Me & My Pen). I’m a sucker for this style and really admire the labor of his typographic love.
Delicious Design LeagueWednesday January 26 2011
I love the illustrated work of Chicago based design duo Delicious Design League. Their illustration style varies from highly crafted shapes and textures to very organic ‘messy’ line work. They say on their site: ‘we strive to create the most insightful, well crafted, impact full and uncompromising work that we can’ – and although it seems that a lot of design studios claim to do the same, I genuinely believe it from Delicious Design League.
What Katie ateTuesday January 18 2011
My friend Mark sent me a link to this beautiful food blog by Katie Quinn Davies, a professional food photographer and stylist based in Sydney. Stunning photography and mouth-watering food inspiration!
Julian ZimmermanSaturday January 15 2011
Lovely website and work by Julian Zimmermann. An interesting and unusual design project – a corporate identity for an African King who among other things, works in Germany as an auto mechanic.