Its a new year and if you’re anything like me, you may have de-clutter, re-organize, and simplify on your list of to-do’s for 2013. Here’s one way you can integrate your addictive crafty skills and clean up the area you love most…your bookshelf. (via remodelista)
Asia based company, Tea Time has created this delightful “ice flake” inspired package design for cold brewed ice tea. Using paper and origami folding structure and no adhesives, the package folds open with 6 vessels containing your tea bag. Looks yummy! (via Dieline)
Chip Kidd talks about book design and the integrity and sensitivity required to do it successfully. His cover designs are well known around the world. From book covers like Jurassic Park to David Sedaris’ “Naked”, Kidd is a master at what he does, and what’s even better, he’s unapologetic about what it takes to do good work.
The other day, I was on the train and a wonderful woman by the name of Audrey Joy (singer/songwriter/pianist) sat next to me. Audrey is blind, but it didn’t seem to inconvenience her one bit. She walked onto that train and sat right down and pulled out her NY Times weekly paper just like any other person would. I was taken away by her sense of confidence, but what really did it for me was her beautiful 11×11 white braille magazine she was reading. I couldn’t help but ask if she would be willing to share some with me, and like any other person, she handed me her business card and told me to email her. (not the response i expected!) Yesterday, I was delighted when I came home to find a package from Audrey of a collection of magazines ranging from the NY Times, Popular Communications, NYT Book Review and get this, Playboy. Who knew?
To me, these pages of braille are more stunning than any textile patterns I’ve ever seen–and the fact they are creating letters and words makes it even more magical. I later found out Audrey is the director of a non-profit called AJL Music which brings after school music programs to urban youths throughout the New York area. I think there’s a really good story here people…any film makers out there?
I think if you’re a lover of crafts, there’s almost no way you can’t be a lover of the craft of foods–and in this case, chocolate. Mast Brothers Chocolate, a local chocolate company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has made a huge effort to sustain the traditional art and craft of making chocolate while integrating all the tactile aspects of paper & design in their packaging. Its definitely paid off, and for us print/design lovers out there, you can’t but appreciate every bite even more. Enjoy~