New York Times>> Down With Helvetica: Design Your Own Font

Great article in the NYTimes about fonts. Yummy fontness to my Friday. The article itself has some great links, but here's the restaurant logo Woodberry Kitchen that is mentioned. I (of course) had to look it up! {Illustration by James C. Best, Jr. for NYTimes}


Window Wednesdays: Interesting Way to Say 'SALE'

Diesel Store, NYC
L'Occitane, NYC
Love the visual typography.
Victoria's Secret, NYC
Stitch your way to the sale.
Anthropologie, Flatiron District, NYC
What a unique way to use cupcake liners.


Tuesday Inspirational Links

From Debbie Millman's site:
-Embrance your future
-Short film essay about Charles & Ray Eames. Did you pick up your stamps yet? I did!

Some Illustrators i liked from this month's Communication Arts magazine:
-Ann Field
-Fernanda Cohen
-Thomas Broomé

Spotted this Illustrator/Designer in New York Times:
-Oliver Munday

HOW Conference Notes--Finally!

So I am getting ready to give a small presentation at work about what I saw, learned & absorbed at the How Design Conference. I know I blogged earlier about some speakers & sessions, but here are some more in-depth notes & pictures. I'm going to write about my favorite sessions.

My day began with Joe Duffy of Duffy Design presenting about living A Designed Life. The culture & space of this design firm in Minnesota is beautiful. They overlook the Mississippi River and the interior is a place that makes you want to CREATE amazing things.

I learned a lot about their design process and how they present their work to the client. One example of the many he gave was the branding of THE BAHAMAS. Remember this? I do! It took over the Manhattan subway system just when one would say be planning a vacation getaway! However, we just saw the ads and maybe the website. Once the branding was finished they did a limited edition branded book that went to the people of the Bahamas (in the newspaper) to explain how the re-branding was a positive thing and would add to tourism (which is the number one money maker for the islands).Some advice I took away from this presentation-
“WE BELIEVE the greater opportunity is about helping people live a designed life

It’s not about being a designer, or even a creative professional

It’s about discovering what defines you, what inspires you–personally and professionally–to create your best life, as you define it

It’s about a way of looking at things; a way of making decisions to create a life that is more satisfying in all aspects.

A designed life may look entirely different at 25 than it does at 52

It’s about your toothbrush, your music list, what you do for a living, what you do for fun, where you live, how you dress, where you vacation, and how you entertain.”

Have a healthy perspective on your work. There is no such thing as timeless design. What did Joe mean by that? I’ll give you his example. Duffy Design worked hard to design SMART START packaging for Kellogg’s. Remember this packaging? It was clean, different from everything else on shelf & really made an impact.
Now it looks like this!
Same goes for Classico tomato sauce and Minute Maid orange juice.

Charles S. Anderson Design 'DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR' Session
Courtney over at designworklife did a great job of talking about this session. We went to college together & it was great to share some meals & discuss the sessions with her in Boston.

The Handwritten Letter

This weekend I nonchalantly told my younger cousin that I'd be waiting for him to write me a letter from 'Camp'. He told me he would only be emailing, because writing letters is so 18th century. I was saddened to hear this. In camp we didn't have computer stations and mail-call was looked forward to each day. Yes some children received faxes from their parents, but even the fax was handwritten. I haven't written a letter in awhile and long for the days of picking out the perfect piece of laid stationary to scribe my thoughts. Not only do I love writing letters, but receiving them as well. There is nothing like original handwriting. It's a window into a person's soul. I love these thoughts from a Mohawk paper printed piece that I have here in the office.

Thinking of writing a letter or postcard this summer? The Modern Letter Project has some great post, products, and interviews to inspire you.


Window Wednesdays: Illustrative Observations

Illustrative styles are shining through. From paintings of creepy crawly things to illustrations created with thread.

Dress Barn, NYC
Container Store, NYC

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue, NYC

Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue, NYC

Starbucks, NYC

Papyrus Store, NYC

Mastercard Advertising, NYC


Ikea Brooklyn Advertising

Deutsch Advertising did a great job with the IKEA advertising for the new Brooklyn store. Watch a video spot here! I hope I come across some of the branded messages soon.{photos from http://www.advertolog.com/}

Window Wednesdays: Tory Burch Store Tour

The NYTimes had a great article showcasing the Soho Tory Burch store with a slideshow of images as well!{image from NYT}


CITIZEN : Citizen

This American Comfort Quilt by Bradley Prince and Joel Yatscoff of CITIZEN : Citizen caught my eye in Graphic Design USA Magazine this month. They take objects and make social messages out of them. Their site has a lot of interesting pieces.

"This handmade art piece, a limited series of ten, includes 58 logos of mass-market retailers, fast food chains and other corporations that participate in the creation of contemporary North American identity and condition. It is the problematic balance between familiarity and alienation which this quilt seeks to examine."{images from CITIZEN : Citizen website}


Window Wednesdays: Museum Co-Sponsorships & Color

GAP, Fifth Avenue, NYC
Gap & Whitney Museum of Art team up to create special edition t-shirts Buy some here.

Armani Exchange, Fifth Avenue, NYC
Armani's Fashion Superheroes celebrates SUPERHEROES: FASHION AND FANTASY at the Metropolitian Museum of Art. The exhibit runs until September 1st. It's on my summer to-see list! I like the graphic t-shirts and the oversized spools of thread.

Henri Bendel, Fifth Avenue, NYC
This packaging & merchandising is great! JFour Colour Project. More about JFour here.

Bergdorf Goodman, 57th Street, NYC
Love, love, loved the colorful pom-poms. So unexpected! Create this effect on your own.

Bloomingdales, 59th Street, NYC
Wear sunscreen!

Bergdorf Goodman Men, Fifth Avenue, NYC

Saks, Fifth Avenue, NYC

Esprit, Fifth Avenue, NYC

Louis Vuitton, Fifth Avenue, NYC