Category Archives: Design-a-licious

[Chalk & Fashion]…Illustrations by Zoe Taylor

I’m not even going to begin to explain why I’ve been absent. There’s no point when I know full well that good blogging etiquette is to let readers know that there’s going to be a hiatus. I apologize. Other things more important than blogging just happen sometimes. Anyway, I’m back now with some new cool stuff. I can’t promise posts will be as frequent as they used to, though, so I suppose it’s nice to just savor them when they occur 🙂

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I’m loving these illustrations by London based illustrator Zoe Taylor….

These illustrations are striking to me because they look as if they could be made of crayon and children’s drawing paper. They are made using pastel & newsprint. I love them all the same though!

[Electric Beauty]…Photography by Krentz

These stunning images are by Dutch photography duo, Ulf & Denise Krentz. I LOVE the vibrant colors and styling in these photos. It’s so eye-catching.

Besides editorial work, Krentz has also done a lot of beauty and advertising shoots – and while the subject matter may be different, they always seem to find a way to add that pop of futuristic color. Great work.

[Cut & Paste]…

Awesome editorial for Dazed & Confused magazine. It was photographed by Damien Blottiere & styled by Robbie Spencer. I love how futuristic this feels & looks…very neat concept!

[Fifty & Fifty]…A 50 States Design Project

One of my favorite parts about going on road trips is the “Welcome To..” signs that you past when entering a new state. It always gives me a sort of nostalgic feeling for the old US of A and it reminds me how different each state is. So, with this in mind, I was thrilled to come across the 50 & 50 project, which gives artists & illustrators the chance to illustrate their state’s motto. The only restraint is that the illustration must be in red, white, & blue…

Arizona (God Enriches)

Minnesota (Star of the North)

Maryland (Manly Deeds, Womanly Words)

Georgia (Wisdom, Justice & Moderation)

Florida (In God We Trust)

Oregon (She Flies With Her Own Wings)

This is cool…although Maryland’s motto is sort of odd to me…

Anyway, I look forward to seeing the one for California…a new illustration is released every day, so check it out!

[Avant-Garde]…Fashion Styling by Holly Suan Gray

It’s the combination of photography & styling that always gets me with great editorials. That’s why I’m enthralled with the work of Holly Suan Gray, a stylist that has carried her vivid & avant-garde eye to Vogue UK, Vogue India, and many other fashion glossies.

While all of her work deserves to be checked out, I was most excited by these two editorials – The Sleep Walker & Sanctuary

Super stunning & oh, so vibrant!

[The Pairabirds]…Illustrations by Tabitha Bianca Brown

Lovely work to share by Tabitha Bianca Brown. These awesome wood grain & color illustrations certainly speak to my soulful side…

They come from Brown’s studio called The Pairabirds. I believe Brown is based in The Chi…which explains where she probably gets her inspiration from! I have already bookmarked her shop to buy the print above…I’ve got to have it in my home!

[A Typography Reincarnation]…Letter Revamps by Character

So here’s a neat idea…how about giving signage that’s dismantled another life by giving it new lights and a new home? That’s exactly what Finnish company, Character does. The goal of Character is to save dismantled logos and give them a new life by replacing the fluorescent bulbs with LEDs and then selling them as neat design objects…

This is such a neat idea. I have always wondered what happens to signs on buildings when stores go out of business or something, and now I know that many of that signage gets destroyed. That’s unfortunate because clearly there are tons of people who would love to have those letters as decor. I know I would!

[Help Japan]…

I have always felt a kinship with Asia, Japan most specifically. Everything about the people and culture fascinates me and I deeply respect the rich history and traditions of Japan. I’m currently studying Japanese and I’m making plans to travel there in the next few years. So when I heard about the tragic earthquake & tsunami that rocked the nation last Friday, I was immediately heartbroken, sad, and devastated. Seeing the despair that was (and still is) being felt by the people there haunts my heart, yet I cannot seem to turn away from the terrible images that are being transmitted around the world.

Amongst all the anguish however, I do have heart knowing that people and organizations the world over are bending over backwards to do whatever they can to assist in the relief efforts. Of course, being an artist, I am always thrilled when the art community steps up and contributes something, so if you appreciate art and want to do something to help, consider purchasing the print above by design studio W+K. All the proceeds go to relief efforts. I’m going to try & buy this when I get paid…and I’ll be on the look out for other prints, posters, and other forms of art that are being made to aid Japan…after all, it’s the least I can do.

[Homemade Is Best]…An Ikea Cookbook

I do enjoy a good recipe book. I think one of the main reasons is because the food photography is always mouthwatering or interesting. So, it was a delight to come across this recipe book for Ikea called Homemade Is Best. It contains 30 recipes for Swedish cakes and cookies and in true Ikea fashion, the images are orderly, unique, and well, different. Here’s what I mean…

Gosh I love this! The cookbook was styled by Evelina Brattell and photographed by Carl Kleiner. They wanted the cookbook to reflect the minimalism of Ikea’s kitchen appliances…and I think they do that really well! In most cookbooks, the images are usually of just the finished product and not the ingredients. Homemade Is Best is unique because it shows both the ingredients (in a really neat way) and the finished product. Great idea! You can learn more about it here.

[Retro]…Prints by Inalux

I’m swooning over the retro vibe & colors of these prints by Inalux

They’re just so nostalgic to me…I need to have some of these on my walls!