I came across these lovely stills from Print magazine done by Henry Hargreaves the other day. They were done for the regional design annual and each piece was to express a local identity. I don’t think the small frames below quite do them justice, as they really looked very cool on the spread of the magazine. I’ve tried to do a photo of them but a combo of a really shitty camera and a really shitty photographer doesn’t help much. It’s just to give an idea.
Visit Henry Hargreaves.
Everytime I see the products by Malin + Goetz I am totally seduced. I have no idea what the products are like, I just love the Helvetica typework. Nearly bought the entire range at Wood Wood the other day when I noticed they were 30% off!! But I came to my senses and thought of the cabinet at home brimming with products I can’t use because they are too lovely. So I’ll just have Malin + Goetz in safe keeping here.
Visit Malin + Goetz.
Filed under: Illustration/Art, This and That | Tags: Marimekko Table ware
Phew! It’s a busy week. My computer died last weekend (may it rest in pease) so I’ve had to catch up a month of work in a single week. So everyone, BACK-UP NOW!!!
Looking forward to tomorrow though as I’m going on a bit of a mini break to Helsinki visiting the family. So of course I must share something Finnish today, and that’s why I’m giving you Maija Louekari. Maija does such lovely illustrations in various media and has had great success with her work for Marimekko. I have fallen in love with one of her recent series, “In good company”, so in love that I am in fact planning to carry back 12 plates when I come back. Hopefully I’ll enjoy lots of great dinners in good company on them :-)
Visit Maija: http://www.maijalouekari.com
Filed under: Graphic Design
I am so in love with Swiss design from the 50′s, especially anything to do with medical supply or chemicals. It’s a weird passion, I know, but it’s just so cool how everything is totally clear and colourful. Nowadays it’s all white, tiny type and dull dull dull. Just look at this set of pics by insect54 on FLickr. They’re mostly taken from books by ABC Verlag.
Filed under: Photography
Did anyone see the amazing documentary on American photographer David Lachapelle last night on Danish tele? If not you really should have.
I think if I could choose any photographer to work with I would choose David Lachapelle. He is not only a photographer but an artist and a very skilled communicator. Although celebrated like a rockstar in most of Europe, he is hated in large parts of the States for his erotic portrail of women. But I don’t think his work is degrading to women at all. His photos are absolutely beautiful compositions in vivid colours and if anything they are taking the piss out of men’s fantasies rather than degrading the women in them.
See lots more of his work: http://www.lachapellestudio.com/
Filed under: Illustration/Art
I really am a sucker for great fashion illustrations so when I came across Sandra Suy I was quite happy I love the contrast between detailed areas and really rough sketching and there’s also lovely and delicate work with colours.
See more: http://sandrasuy.com/
I’ve been using a few of these photo illustrations in my class but only just came across the creators, Lucy and Bart. I am totally smitten with these two. Their work shows such a great approach and a playfulness which should not be forgotten by the lacy experienced designer. Even their website is a delight although it basically only has two clicks, but check out the cool morph with their portraits. They got me!
Check it out at: http://www.lucyandbart.com/
Sorry, but I must do a brief flash back to Christmas. The reason is that I just stumbled upon the lovely packaging design for this year’s Christmas mustard from the Swedish pharmacies. I know that the ceramic cup was done by Höganäs but I am not quite sure who did the overall design. Aren’t they just lovely though?
Finally managed to get out a little bit, I guess 2010 doesn’t look that different yet. So did anyone decide on any New Year’s resolutions? I’m doing the usual “loose 10 pounds and work out more” version, will fail miserably in about 3 weeks. But if anyone is looking for a design related resolution you should join the “make something everyday” movement. I recently came across Brock Davis’ contribution, I wonder if his was a New Year’s resolution. Anyway, I do admire everyone out there doing this. Although I do get up to the odd self initiated project I don’t do one thing everyday, apart from this blog I guess. Of course the quality isn’t top notch every day, but it’s more a question of doing something. I did really love the shots below though.
See the whole year here.
Happy New Year everyone!! I’m coming to you from my bed in my PJs and I have not managed to go out an face the new year yet.
Anyway, it’s time to get cracking. I’ve noticed that using wood is quite hot right now especially in beauty products like prefumes and lotions. I think it’s a beautiful trend communicating a tendency of going back to nature in a sense. Just look at these two series of perfumes from Nasomatto and Anicka Yi and Maggie Peng.