Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays

We will return to our regularly scheduled blogging after the new year! Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fashion Bags

Here's an interesting article from the NY Times, sent to me by the lovely Dana. Basically, it reports that a lot of hi-end (and not-so-hi-end) retailers have been spending oodles of money to redesign their shopping bags. The assumption is that consumers are happy to continue using retail bags if they're of nice design and good quality. Of course, it's good from an environmental standpoint to reuse bags, but the real profit is in continuous advertising. The caveat is that you must have a good brand to begin with. I don't think people will be lining up to reuse their WalMart bags!

I definitely think this has been around for a while... the little brown bag from Bloomingdales, the green carrier from Harrods, or the bright orange bag from Selfridges. But those who remember my "it bag" posts about Anya Hindmarch, know that it's been a growing industry. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.

Click here to read the full article.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Breaking News

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will now be a weekly contributor to the packaging design blog: Check it out when you have a chance. And see my latest post on No House Wine. It's for a great cause.

Click here for the dieline.
Click here for more info on No House Wine.

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Paper Source

I {heart} Paper Source. It is such a great resource for gorgeous papers, cards & envelopes, albums, and crafts. I wish I lived near one of there stores. I went to the one in Boston once and spent hours perusing the goodies that it held.

Luckily they have a great online shop as well. Click here to see for yourself.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Kid Art

I first saw this on the Rag and Bones blog, and it blew me away. The website is called "The Monster Engine" and the artist is David DeVries. Basically, he started taking children's drawings of monsters... usually simple colors and single lines... and create a "realistic" version that brings their drawings to life. And they are amazing! While they are stylistically very different, the similarities are striking. The imagination of the kids and of David is truly inspiring.

David created a book out of this, and is working on others books including superheroes and underwater worlds.

Click here to see more of David's work, and choose your favorites.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I Heart Method

Ok, so I've written about Method before. But it deserves another honorable mention. A while ago, I started reading the blog of Tom Fishburne. He's a blogger, a cartoonist, a marketer, a creative mind, and he is working on launching Method in the UK. Busy guy.

Anyhow, I've started to frequent Tom's blog. He has interesting insights on brands and marketing, and he really cares about eco-products. When I asked Tom about finding Method products in London, he was kind enough to send me a box full of fabulous products. I love the thought that went into it... a personalized note, all the products were the same scent and color (see pix above), and he sent some of their coolest products, since he knew I was a designer.

It's that attention to detail that really makes a company stand out from the competition. There's such a difference between a company that "talks-the-talk and walks-the-walk" and a company that just talks. These guys know how to walk.

The products are now proudly displayed on our kitchen counter. And, if you know the size of our flat, that really is a place of honor, since there's not much room to begin with!

The best part is that they smell great, look great, and really do work. Thanks, Tom!

Visit Method here.
Visit Tom's blog here.

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