Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pop Pop Fizz Fizz

At the HOW Conference, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation by Charles S. Anderson of:
1. Charles Anderson Design

2. CSA Images
3. Pop Ink (in conjunction with French Paper)

I'm a huge fan of the work that CSA has produced. The Pop Ink work is especially interesting/pretty/funny/wicked/twisted/etc. You could fill in almost any adjective. It's great stuff. I'm also a big fan because Mr. Anderson has accomplished what I dream of doing one day. Namely, establishing a kick-a$$ design studio and creating fabulous art to be licensed and sold.

From the Pop Ink site:

Pop Ink merges low art and high design into an infinite visual universe of saccharine sweet, slightly disturbing yet strangely compelling art and artifacts for a (post) modern world. Pop Ink products have been featured in numerous publications including: In Style, Dwell, The New York Times, ReadyMade, Martha Stewart, O Home, and Communication Arts, among others.

Pop Ink products are the result of over two decades of work by Charles S. Anderson Design and are produced in collaboration with French Paper and Laurie DeMartino Design. Established in 1989, Charles S. Anderson Design's work is a continuous evolution inspired by the highs and lows of art and popular culture. They have produced award-winning art, identity, packaging, and product design for a diverse list of clients.

Characterized by its visual impact and humor, Charles S. Anderson Design's work has been influential in the design industry both nationally and internationally, and has been exhibited in museums worldwide including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York's permanent collection; The Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Nouveau Salon des Cent-Centre Pompidou, Paris; and The Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo.

click: Charles Anderson Design
click: CSA Images

Pop Ink

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

How Recap

The HOW Design Conference was a whirlwind of networking, resources, networking, classes, networking and workshops. Some bits were better than expected, some were worse, but most of it was really great and inspirational. There's nothing quite like being surrounded by 3500 designers! The highlight was definitely the presentation by Bill Strickland. He's an amazingly inspirational speaker. I would sum up his speech, but could do no justice. So I would highly suggest purchasing his book: Make the Impossible Possible. I know I will. Of course, there were other juicy nuggets that I picked up and will share with you over the next few weeks. So stay tuned.
Here's one fun taster...

Stefan Bucher of 344 Design and Daily Monsters spoke in a session about arriving at creativity. He believe that you should do one creative thing every day... aside from your regular work. This will allow you to explore your creativity without limits, and get your mind working in different ways. That was how he devised the Daily Monster. He creates an ink blot on a piece of white paper, and makes a monster out of it... every day. If you're lucky, you'll get signed on for a book deal, like he did (100 Days of Monsters in now available). Either way, you'll stretch your creativity and mind... which can only be a good thing.

click: 344 Design
click: Daily Monster Blog

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Friday, May 16, 2008

How Now

Tomorrow I leave for the HOW conference in Boston. I'm so excited. I've never been to one, but I just can't imagine how amazing it will be to be surrounded by over 3000 other designers. Hopefully I'll come back with oodles of inspiration!!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jen Skelley

I found the work of Jen Skelley through a friend, and I was immediately smitten. Her illustration style is so sweet... with a great use of shapes, patterns and colors. You can view her portfolio online, and even shop for some goodies to decorate your own home.

here for Jen's site.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Give an iota

A friend sent me this site, and I think it's a great find. Iota is a colorful stationery company, that is eco-friendly (using recycled content), and affordable. Iota means "a very small amount or thing, a jot, a whit." The company believes that little things can make a big difference.

And frankly, it hard not to smile when you view their line of products. They're just so happy! I love the color and pattern combinations. You can buy a range of items, including gift wrap, notebooks, stationery and greeting cards. Unfortunately you can't buy online directly from iota, but check their "how to buy" section for an extensive list of retailers.

For the designers in the crowd, they have a great resource for some color inspiration. Click on "
colour palettes" link to view some exciting color combinations. Click here to explore the website. Thanks for the tip, Lisa!


Friday, May 2, 2008

It's alive!

The Nori Studios portfolio site has been revised, refreshed, and polished up. It's now all shiny and new. So take a look, I'd love to hear what you think.

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