It's a new week and we have a new guestblog! It's is my sincere pleasure to introduce a new guestblog at particular aesthetic by graphic designer, Ellen. She works at a major firm in New York and has an incredible portfolio of freelance work as well. I'm really looking forward to having her occasional input on the site, as I'm sure you will too. See her first post below.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I was in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago for work and discovered these amazingly small plant keychains in a department store. I immediately assumed they were Japanese since they're so darn cute, but they're actually made by a French company called Babytree.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
One of the cooler ideas I've seen in a while: FLOWmarket, the creation of Danish designer Mads Hagstroem, addresses "imbalances" in "individual, collective and environmental flow," transforming them into "aesthetically designed (empty) packings with humorous and thought awakening" text. via carpe+item
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
On Saturday I had the fortune to meet John Robshaw, purely by chance, at an art show. He was so polite and gracious, and I rather accosted him and gushed about how much I like his work. Here are a few prints from his collection of blockprinted cotton-linen. Clockwise, from top left: hibiscus, cinde, atasi, gent's stripe.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Lace fence, part of 'Sideways: A Smart Art Project,' a campaign to promote the Smart Car through an "aesthetic approach to environmental issues." via inhabitat.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Cuba's only design school, El Instituto Superior de Deseno Industrial, has its first two master's graduates in Management and Innovation Design, Miriam Abreu Oramas and Sergio Luis Pena Martinez. via Core77 Design Blog. photo by Ellen Sitkin.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
If you are reading this and you are in the business of making packaging, I'd like to have a word: PACKAGING TOTALLY MATTERS. Of course, you knew that, but maybe you should think again. It helps if the packaging is clean, informative, and tells a story above and beyond the product (humor? social/environmental responsibility? anyone?). Case in point: the people over at Help say,
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Silver woodgrain cuff by honeybee, faux bois magnets by jessicajane, faux bois dress by oh my cavalier, jane tote in woodgrain by anatomyofaskirt, new growth print by groundwork, cast faux bois log by somethingshidinghere, plank ring by dillondesigns, against the grain necklace by blockpartypress, woodgrain satchel by keykalou.
Clockwise, from top left: sinivalko from Fukuya, bins from Studio Clip, ring from Hoya Crystal, black playing cards from Visions Coax, wooden briefcase by Takumi Shimamura, chocolate pencils from Le Chocolate de H,
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The Tap Project, a campaign that helps UNICEF provide safe drinking water for children around the world by asking a minimum of $1 for the tap water diners normally enjoy for free, is coming to a city near you during World Water Week (March 16-22). I'm going to stop by my local restaurant that week to contribute my $1 and see if I can get one of these nifty bottles. I think they're just for advertising purposes though.