The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...
You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.
Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.
So what's left to do? Make your own.
Okay, okay; no, this doesn't have anything to do with crafts, or design, or making stuff, but I'm sort of in love/totally addicted to Isle of Tune. It's a music/loop sequencer that adds components and parts by visually representing them within a neighborhood.
The liquor store is not the place to be showing off fancy design work. I'm pretty sure that you could put an Eames lounge, Frank Gehry builiding, and the Mona Lisa in my neighborhood carryout, and I'd find them as dingy as can be.
BUT! Lurking between the boxes of wine and the 99 bottle opener end caps, you can actually find some pretty amazing product design.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
@QueueNoodle is a Twitter account that lets you know when Netflix Watch Instantly movies are about to expire, so you watch them while they're still available.
A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.
"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!"
In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at Good.is got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth referencing.
Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as possible?
The new Tumblr blog Nerd Valentine subtitles itself, "Valentine's Day gift ideas for the nerd in your life."
And, it delivers. But! I don't really find the picks to be particularly directed at geek culture fans. I mean, some of it isa little tech-heavy, but what isn't in 2011? I just think they're good, solid, well-designed, and thoughtful picks. Unless I'm a nerd and don't know it...
There are all sorts of way to expand your understanding of typography: great books,iPhone apps, online tutorials...Each are great, when you're into studying black text on white pages and copyright-free examples, or when taking the flash card approach.
But, what about real world examples? What about seeing the typefaces you love not in a menu somewhere, but on a billboard, in a magazine, or in a logo at the grocery store?
That, my friends, is where Fonts in Use comes in.
Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.
Like a tour? Of course! Welcome.
I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?
Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.
Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst characteristics.