Design, Designers, Film, Graphic Design, Uncategorized

Clever Design: Movie Puzzles by Designers Anonymous

To celebrate Fox Film Studios’ 75th anniversary, London-based design firm Designers Anonymous created a mural consisting of six movies representing each decade.

Rather than present a straightforward representation of each film, the designers fashioned cryptic graphics that can be deciphered based on one’s cinematic knowledge.  An accompanying book provides solutions to each puzzle as well as information about the film.

Photographs courtesy of Designers Anonymous

Standard
Uncategorized

Sketches of a Foodie

I’m really loving Erin Jang’s new blog, Food Sketches, which marries two of my most favorite things: food and design.  Yum yum!

Cake from ParmCity Bakery pretzel-croissantSandwich from Lenny’sPizza from BalaboostaChocolate cherry roll from Amy’s Bread

Standard
Birthday, Children, Parties, Special Occasions, Uncategorized

The Coolest 5-Year-Old Birthday Party

Erin Jang slays me.  First, she shows us the cutest, non-cheesy baby shower of all time and now this awesome birthday party for her 5-year-old nephew, Jacob.  Based off his request for a “thunder-and-lightning-and-Thor-in-an-airplane party,” Jang designed wrappers for Trader Joe’s fruit leathers, bundles of sweets from Economy Candy, goody bags emblazoned with a portrait of the birthday boy and customized temporary tattoos (!!!!).
But the most touching aspect of this party lies in the theme of thunder and lighting, as described by his mother:

[He] doesn’t love thunder and lightning. They scare him…His is a fascination sprung from fear. He checks out books about thunder and lightning from the library and studies the pictures with a stoic face. He faces every thunderstorm that rolls through our area with commendable (though not always successful) attempts at bravery. He is getting better. He tells us so himself.

He may as well have said to me, “let’s have a party about the thing that scares me most.” How could I say no to that?

My son is five, and he is brave.  

Somewhere in there, is a lesson for you and me.

All images courtesy of Erin Jang and Mount Custard and the Untoppable, Unstoppable Baloo

Standard
Art, Artists, New York City, NY, Uncategorized

Paris vs New York, Part Deux

Remember that Paris vs New York blog? Graphic designer Vahram Muratyan has created more posters that I couldn’t help but share, especially since the one above provides a nod to NYC’s Fashion Week.  Since launching his site last October, Muratyan has snagged a book deal with Penguin and inspired a sale at Colette.  Bravo!

Standard
Accessories, Art, Artists, Bedroom, Business, cards, DIY, Event Planning, Graphic Design, New York City, NY, Parties, Uncategorized

Weekend Reading

Photos courtesy of Laura Joliet

If you’ve gone outside today, you’re well aware that our friend the humidity has returned.  So, I’m starting today with a popsicle and coffee.  Hee hee.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with a/c, popsicles and cold beverages!

This made me smile. I wish it was in New York.

Speaking of the City, living here is like being in incredibly dysfunctional relationship –so screw you, New York!

I love this wall.

The blogosphere went nuts a few weeks ago over these well-designed, clever, temporary tattoos.  And now there are new ones!

How Russians take yearbook photos.

I love these party invitations.

A potty mouth + love of fonts = this

How I wish my mom packed these for my elementary school lunch!

I looooooooove this bedroom moodboard.

Gorgeous clambake.

DIY your next handbag.

Gorgeous inspiration for a relaxed, mid-century modern event.

Biz cards: clever graphic design and a study in mixing fonts.

Standard
Art, Artists, Design, Designers, Film, Movies, Uncategorized

Greatest Movie Posters, Part II: Brandon Schaefer

I love the design and thoughtfulness of Brandon Schaefer’s movie-themed work.

Standard
Art, Artists, Design, Designers, Music, New York City, NY, Uncategorized

The Piano Man


I’ve played piano for as long as my memory spans, so this Sing for Hope charity auction is the perfect amalgamation of my passions: music, design and fashion.  Every summer, the Pop-Up Pianos project places 88 pianos throughout the New York City to encourage its residents to share their love of music.  Once the installations are complete, the pianos are then donated to schools, hospitals and various organizations.  This year, ten are up for auction via CharityBuzz, including instruments designed by noted designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Isaac Mizrahi.

via CharityBuzz

Standard