Saturday, November 8, 2008

Retro Fabulous

I adore these gorgeous retro posters from Lab Partners- a design and illustration duo from San Fransisco. This set is from their recent "Hunt & Gather" show. I love everything about them. From the paper stock and color palette, to the fabulous little details that make each illustration so special. Here's a write up from the website:

Hunt & Gather is a series of works drawn from a mishmash of experiences at flea markets. To us, the flea is a festive event, one filled with both delightful curiosities and people. There is something tantalizing about arriving at a market with the hope that you might uncover some hidden gem amongst the endless rows of objects from the past. It is this fascination of a time far gone and the thrill of the hunt that draws us (and undoubtedly others) to continually return.

here for the Lab Partners website.
Click here to visit their Etsy shop.


Dear Mr. President

1. Spend election night with Barack Obama. Watch the slide show tell the behind-the-scenes story of how the Obama family spent such an historic and emotional night. Enjoy. (Click)

2. Click here to see an interesting array of headlines from around the world the day after the election. The world was certainly watching.

3. Check out this chart highlighting what the last 12 President's did their first 100 days in office. (click)

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

You can judge a book by it's cover

I shop for wine and books in the same way... by their covers. But while there is a lot of coverage in the design world around wine label design, you don't hear quite as much about book covers. However, books are the epitome of design. They have to draw a reader in and give them a real sense of the book before they open it. They are highly conceptual and often painstakingly illustrated. Many covers are works of art in their own right.

Recently, I found a blog called FaceOut Books that focuses on the product and process of book jacket design. I love the detail given on each project and the design process. It's a great source of inspiration as well. Below are just a smattering of interesting covers I found on it. Click here for the website.

Designer: Paul Buckley
Photography: Fredrik Broden

Designer: Jennifer Wang

Designer: Philip Pascuzzo

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