I love Pinterest, don’t get me wrong. But there’s nothing that beats my cork wall of pin-up inspiration. Everything from gum wrappers, paper swatches and fun stickers go up on my board. I just saw this Pattern Box: 100 Postcards by 10 Contemporary Pattern Designers from Princeton Architectural Press, and thought this is a MUST-HAVE. Thought a few of you out there would share the same urgency as me. Enjoy~
Leo Burnett London has partnered with Pantone to create a custom swatch book based on all the major outfits worn by Queen Elizabeth over the 60 years of reign. Each swatch lists the PMS number and date she wore the outfit. As funny as this is, not sure if its more on the creepy side…? Thoughts? (via The Jealous Curator)
BBDO launched a clever (yet not so “big”) campaign for Guinness where they printed a QR code onto a pint size glass where it can only be activated with a full glass of the yummy, smooth Guinness. Any other beer won’t allow the code to be scannable….sort of fabulous no? I don’t know what its done for the brand, but there’s an idea there I think worth mentioning. Let me know if you’ve been lucky enough to run into this campaign! (via adweek)
I had to post my friend Ursula who runs Pepper Press today. Not only does she have a wonderful personality, but she’s starting to make her mark as a letterpress stationary designer with her simple and well crafted cards. Pepper Press has a sense of femininity without the fluff and her cards always feel like they’re meant for those of you that want to say something special without overdoing it. I just saw some of her new cards today and wanted to share. Thanks Ursula!!
I live in the heart of hipsterville, and there are plenty of times where I look around and think, “really?!?!? are we on a movie set? where are the cameras?”. But deep inside, there is this little part of me that appreciates how some people just simply own it – especially when it has to do with design. Hence…today’s post: Hipster Player Cards. Gotta love them. (via Cool Material)
Saw this great book by Jim Merrell called, Type Matters!. Both a typographer and designer since 1982, Merrell decided to write this book in efforts to help designers with further understanding typography. Not only is the content useful and easy to understand, but his use of type design in each layout is smart and provocative. (via Typetoken)
You’re getting a second post today, which is shocking, considering how terrible I’m feeling today after an evening of catching up with old friends and having WAY TOO MUCH FUN! I came across this book and thought, not only is it appropriate to how I feel, but also, surprisingly has good type design. I thought it would be nice to share it for the design component, but also…perhaps can be helpful to a few of you as we start to approach the summer. This may be one of those books worth having on your shelf. You probably thank me later. (click here to buy)
House Industries have released their collection of Flour Sack Towels with graphic prints that come in black, orange or grey. You get 3 different designs in a set and can be great conversation starters when hosting for the sizzling summer that’s about to hit. What fun!
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.