Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Trendy (part 1)

The next few posts are going to be dedicated the trends popping up for 2007/2008. A special thanks to my fearless friend who sent me the highlights of this report. You know who you are!

Late last year, Gunnar Frank (trend researcher from Amsterdam) presented his views on the newest trends for house and home. But as we know, what starts in one category will eventually be absorbed by other forms of design. A lot of these trends you will see sprouting up already, while others we'll have to keep a look out for.

So, I attribute most of these findings to Mr. Frank. So if you disagree... take it up with him :)

Today, on the heals of my Pantone post, I start with color. Yellow is everywhere, all hues ranging from happy-go-lucky buttercup, to a more serious mustard, and a spicy curry. Kelly green is also making a huge appearance in fashion and home goods. And, apparently, white is the new black!

The new curry-yellow line at Paper Source.

Kelly green coat from Top Shop.

New white bag as seen at Principles.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to go shopping...


Friday, February 23, 2007

Pretty in...

Pantone® has asked some well known fashion designers for their color picks of 2007. While they were referencing paint color, the palette can be applied to any project. It's fresh and fun to see new color combinations... as it's often too easy to get stuck in a rut.

Take a look at all the scrumptious hues.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Cut it out

I was originally sent some of these images as part of a forward (thanks, Jeff). After a little research, I found out that the artist is Peter Callesen from Denmark. His work is beautiful, smart, and simply amazing. In researching this, I came across a lot of wonderful paper artists. But the thing I love about Peter's work, is that he uses both the positive and negative space to tell a story. Nothing is wasted and it all has meaning.

Here are some of my favorites. Take a look at his site for some more eye candy.


Sunday, February 18, 2007


Today begins Chinese New Year – 2007 is the Year of the Boar.

Those born in the Year of the Boar are said to be good companions, intellectual and persistent. They are honest and sincere, and expect the same of others. Boars do have a tendency toward desiring materials goods.

I suppose if Boars work so hard, then they should be able to buy what they want :)

Personally, I'm a Snake. I don't know how I feel about that. But I'm said to be: wise, charming, romantic, and intuitive. I should avoid procrastination (isn't that the truth!).

On the design side, Chinese artwork is steeped with symbols and tradition. Colors and style choices all have meaning and should be well thought out. I'm far from an expert, but I did work with Tsingtao beer for a while. We launched their 2006 Chinese New Year campaign (Year of the Dog), and it was an eye opening experience.

Below is a snap shot from the festivities around London today.


Friday, February 16, 2007


I just came across this store online. A shop with floor to ceiling books on all things designery. I'm so excited! Looking forward to a field trip to the brick and mortar store soon! I'm sure I'll come back with some fantastic new ideas. Gwyn and Dana – I'm sorry I didn't know about this when you were out here. It would have been perfect!

Since we're talking about books... here's a little eye candy. I happen to own this gorgeous piece of art and love to just browse the pages when I need a creativity kick-start. I'm lucky to live close to their store. Take a look if you have time, it's just all so pretty!


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Street Fair

Say what you will about graffiti. It's dirty, ugly, rude, degrading, illegal. Yes. Sometimes. But it's also raw and expressive and interesting. It can be inspiring if you look at it for the art it is.

Lisbon: crazy cartoon characters in bright colors were prevalent.

Retro style: graffiti made of tiles in Paris

And graffiti as advertising? Yes. This is for a trolley tour around the city of Lisbon. I've seen more and more of this lately. It has a cool look, but I'm not sure how I feel about advertising invading this form of art and expression.

If you want more info on the history of graffiti, click here.
If you'd like to see some more examples, click here.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy heart day

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Tile me crazy

Tiles, tiles everywhere! Oh, what a sight. Lisbon is a stunning city, full of history and art. Not only public displays of art (of which there were plenty), but of more functional art... ceramic tiles to be exact. These tiles are a typical sight throughout Portugal. While functional in nature, they add distinct character and beauty to the city. For more info on the history, click here.

But enough of that. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Next up: street art.


Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Sunshine, here I come...

Taking a holiday today to enjoy the delights of Portugal. (And hopefully some brighter weather than London!) I look forward to bringing back some inspiration from another country.


Decal Delight

As a follow up to yesterday's post about pattern, decals and their mainstream availability, take a look at the great pieces being sold at Urban Outfitters. These are just entirely too much fun! I wish I had endless blank walls to decorate. The best part is that some of these are "do it yourself" which allows for individual taste and creativity.

Even the deer have patterns in them! And they're PINK! It doesn't get much better than this.


Patterns, patterns, everywhere!

Let me be clear. I LOVE PATTERNS! More specifically, I love patterns used in unusual ways or places. Sure, we're all used to seeing beautiful wall paper, china, or upholstery. But now we have wall decals, packaging, tables, etc... all decked out in gorgeous patterns. The best part is that it is now becoming mainstream.

As a packaging designer by trade, I'm especially keen on the aesthetic value that patterns can add to a product. For example, Pearlfisher did a beautiful job on the
Cowshed line of products. The design hearkens to historic patterns, but manages have a modern appeal.

And BrotherSister create intriguing furnishings that will brighten any room.

So keep a look out for patterns popping up around you. And, as my cousin so astutely pointed out... Candelabra patterns are the next "big thing." I bet she's right...


Tuesday, February 6, 2007

So it begins

Welcome! I've been a member of the online community for quite some time now. I have my little website showcasing some work that I'm proud of. But it always seemed like a 2-dimensional existence. I could tell you what I wanted to, but there was no simple way to get a response, and updates come around yearly, if we're lucky.

So it's time to take advantage of technology with a more interactive forum. Hence, this blog!
This is an opportunity for me to put down my thoughts on design, trends, business, and art in general. I hope that it will be fun and interactive... perhaps even insightful at times! I assume that it will grow organically, so I'm leaving the parameters open. But I look forward to the process.

Thanks for visiting, and please do come again to check out the progress!