Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Changing Perception

Here's an interesting Ted Talk by Rory Sutherland. Funny and insightful. Worth the 15 minutes of your time.


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Saturday, November 8, 2008

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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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Collaborate

It's not always easy to find additional design resources when you need them. Sometimes the people you want to work with are working full-time, busy on other projects, or out of town. There's now an interesting new website called CollabFinder. Creatives upload their profiles, highlight skillz, and link to samples of their work. It's a great concept. I'm anxious to see how it grows and develops. Right now it seems very web-focused, but I'm hoping it will branch out different areas of design as more people sign up. And a search function would be helpful moving forward. Let's see how it goes...

Click here to take a look.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

If you build it

Where Apple goes, the rest are sure to follow. We love our iPhones. We buy them cute cases, and socks (in case they get cold). We match them to our outfits, upload our favorite music, movies and applications. There is an endless supply of ways to customize your iPhone. Now you can get designer iPhone/iTouch wallpapers from designers and illustrators around the world at Poolga.com. So go ahead.... make a statement.

Click: Poolga

by Piktorama

by Pawel Jonca

by Paolo Lim

by David Pache

by Yeah You're Right

{as seen on notcot.org}

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Art Star

Here's a great link that a friend sent to me. Art Star is a gallery, boutique and on-line shop based in Philly. They exhibit and sell handmade items from artists around the globe–everything from prints and ceramics, to jewelry and clothing. You can find a really great variety of work on the site. It's so addicting to look through. I'd love to get to the shop one day. The exhibits rotate every 6 weeks, so check back often for interesting new finds.

Click: Art Star Philly
Here are a few of my favs:

Bud Vase – by Little Flower Designs

Giclee Print – by Jen Corace

Necklace – by Jenna Colby

Print – by Bella & Boo

Print - by The Black Apple

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shadey


I saw this over on NOTCOT, and just had to share. This is a solarised lamp shade. First of all, I just love how beautifully they've captured the iconic London skyline. But beyond that, the artwork is printed on a thermochromic layer. Which is a fancy way of saying that the shade gradually lets more light in, giving the effect of the sun rising. It sounds like a much more pleasant way to wake up than a blaring alarm clock!

The light can be purchased online at Rockett St. George. A British site that sells cool and eclectic home decor, and fantastic jewelry. It's worth a visit.

Click: Rockett St. George


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ted Talks – Awesome!



TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
It's tag line is: Ideas worth spreading.

Every year, since 1984, the worlds most preeminent thinkers get together to discuss, share, learn and grow ideas that can change lives, and the world. More than 1000 people now attend this conference, and 50 speakers are required to give the best 18 minute presentation of their lives!

We're talking about hobnobbing with the likes of Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Amy Tan, Yves Behar, Bill Clinton, Bono and Richard Branson. Unreal. The clip playing above is of Bill Strickland. I was privileged enough to hear him speak at the HOW Conference last month, and I'm so happy I can share a bit of his inspiring story with you here.

From their website:
The Ted Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend -- indeed, the event sells out a year in advance -- and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn't work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.

You must be approved to join the TED conference. The fee is about $6,000
(though a regular membership is free and anyone can join). It's out of the realm for most, but us "little people" now have access to some of the most insightful speeches ever given through Ted Talks. They are free and you are encouraged to share them. I, for one, am completely addicted. It is time well spent.

Click: TED

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My Favs

We all have websites that require a daily visit. These may range from news sites and business related blogs, to fun sites that just make you laugh. I certainly have a long list of bookmarks that I must visit each day. Here I'll share some of my favorite stops for a bit o' inspiration.

1. NOTCOT.ORG
A constantly updated site with cool finds ranging from home decor to packaging design and animation. If it's cool and new, you'll probably find it here. They also have sister sites for food and fashion, which are worth a visit as well. Content can be uploaded by anyone, so it is a great range of intriguing info.
click: notcot

2. DailyCandy.com
A great food, fashion and event website. Updated daily with easily digestable snippets of info. You can search by subject, or by what's happening in a given city. You can even sign up to have daily emails sent to your inbox.
click: Daily Candy

3. Trend Hunter Magazine
Ok, I actually find this site a bit tough because there is SO MUCH info. Like NotCot, anyone can sign up to contribute. There are currently 20,000 contributers world wide looking for the next "micro trend"... so you'll always find something new on here. Unlike NotCot, this site also has a lot of other features. Notably, you can purchase a distilled trend report each year, watch a video of Jeremy Gutsche's "unlocking cool" presentation, and join their community.
click: Trend Hunter

4. The Dieline
Yes, this is a slightly shameless plug as I do write for the Dieline. That aside, it is a great resource to see what is new and exciting in the world of packaging design. You can search by brand or studio, or simply by industry. It's inspirational and a wonderful way to stay on top of the market and trends.
click: the Dieline

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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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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: thedieline.com. 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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Friday, November 30, 2007

It's Alive!



For the past few months I've been working on rebranding Forward Industries. From the logo, to the website, we did it all. They compete in the technology sector, and really needed a brand image that fit with such a fast paced industry. I think we achieved our goals.

The site has finally launched, and I couldn't be happier with it! It's always nice to see your work come to fruition.

Click here for the new site!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The Power of Design

Design 21: Social Design Network is a UNESCO partner which aims for "better design for the greater good." From their website:

We want to use the power of good design for greater purpose.

We believe the real beauty of design lies in its potential to improve life. That potential first manifests itself as a series of decisions that result in a series of consequences. The practice of social design considers these decisions on a greater scale, understanding that each step in the design process is a choice that ripples out into our communities, our world and our lives. These choices are the result of informed ideas, greater awareness, larger conversations and, most importantly, the desire to do good. Social design is design for every one's sake.

It's wonderful to see an organization tapping into talented designers for the benefit for non-profit work. I've actually been a member for a while, but I've finally just made my first contribution to the site. I've entered a contest to design the logo for the UN Film Festival, called "Stories from the Field." (You can see my entry above.) The competition is open until 11:59 PM tomorrow, if you're interested! The winning designer is paid for their work, and they have the opportunity to work on additional collateral materials.

It was so nice to work on something that wasn't purely for profit, and may actually make a difference. If you register with the site you'll be able to view and vote for your favorite designs
(Pick ME! Pick ME!) from Wednesday on.

The other interesting aspect of all of this, from a design standpoint, is viewing 1000+ designs for the same project and brief! Where else can you do that? It's an amazing range of work and thinking. Some is really phenomenal, a lot is average, and there are a good percentage that are just bad (not following the brief, spelling the festival name incorrectly, or changing its name all together). Very interesting.

Click here for the Design 21 website.
Click here to read more about the contest.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lime Interlude



Just a quick break from 100% Design, to announce the launch of a new website for Blue Lime. We've been working on the site for a few months now, and it's nice to see it up and running. I worked on the design, while an interactive company (Shazamm) did the programming (thank goodness!).

The challenge was to create something fresh and fun, with just enough information. I can't show too many pix here because it would spoil the surprises. But take a look for yourself when you have a bit of time.


Click here to enjoy Blue Lime's website.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cool link




This is pretty interesting. Blogger.com (which hosts this blog) has launched a new application that shows all the images being uploaded to Blogger, in real time. Some silly pix, some interesting pix, some really bad pix. But a fun link to check out. The great thing is that if you do see something that peaks your interest, you can get more information and be redirected to the site it was posted on. Fun fun.

Click here to see what's going on.

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Just because...







... it's too pretty to pass up. Veer always manages to find new and creative promotions. From quirky fashion and accessories, to "summer activity" books, and beautifully designed catalogs. I love them because they talk to designers in a language we appreciate... beauty.

Here are some pix from their stunning "type city." Who would have thought typefaces could be so gorgeous! They now sell these images as perfect letterpress prints. A set of 10 is available here for $55.

Click here to explore the city for yourself. (The interface is equally sweeeeeet.)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

LiveSurface

This is so cool! As a print and packaging designer, I spend a lot of time "comping" digital images to show how designs will look on pack, on a bottle, on a hang tag, on a display, etc, etc. This requires copious amounts of scaling, skewing, perspective, shadow and highlight placement. And while it looks ok, it's never perfect. So I am smitten with LiveSurface.

They have created a stock catalog of some of the most common items that need comping. They're all photographed as a blank canvas and saved as a hi-res TIF, which is good enough for offset printing! Beyond having a blank canvas to work with, they've created layers and masks in Photoshop, and pre-built vanishing point planes. It all sounds a bit technical, but basically you size your flat artwork on their template, paste it into the appropriate layer in Photoshop, and the vanishing point planes snap it into the correct position/perspective/etc.
All this, and only 30 bucks a pop! Also, if you sign up with them, you'll receive a link for 1 free download.

Check out the video here to see how it works. Or browse the shop here.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Transport Museum





Perhaps this may only be of interest to those who love London, but I hope it will appeal to those with an affection for iconic design, history, or transportation.

The London Transport Museum has been undergoing extensive renovations of both the museum and the shop. The Museum is due to open in August, but the shop has been open for a while, and it's really fantastic. I usually find gift shops a bit cheesy, but this one is nothing of the sort. From the architecture, to the prints of every tube poster, to an extensive library of transportation, art and design... it's just great. We spent hours there one day, just looking around.
So, if you're in London, definitely pop by. And if you're not... well, you can still shop online!

Click here for the museum website.
And
here for the shop.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Trunkt

Here's another online shop, similar to Etsy. It's called Trunkt. It was originally founded by Ayesha Ahmad as a physical trunk show event around NY for independent designers. Now you can search for for art by category, artist, or even color. Finds include jewelry, photography, note cards, prints, bags, ceramics, etc. You can create wishlists, or shop the featured designers. So have fun browsing, and supporting independent artists!

Work featured below: silver necklace from Twigs and Heather, gocco card from the Printshop Girl, print by Wolfie and the Sneak




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Monday, June 25, 2007

Sneak Peek




I saw this posted on the How Design Blog a while ago. The site, called This Ain't No Disco, gives you a peek into the offices of creative agencies around the world. It's interesting to see the differing personalities of companies, and perhaps to "borrow" some ideas.


Here's a descriptor from the site:
"It’s a well known fact that some agencies spend huge chunks of their hard earned money turning lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity. These interiors provide insight as to the breadth and depth of their thinking and creative execution. They create spaces to envy. Places to shout about - loud.
The interiors we feature vary from the most well known to the most obscure agencies across the world, the one thing they all share is that they provide an environment to nurture creativity, fun, frolics and damn right posing.

Whilst our main focus is to showcase these interiors we also hope that this site will act as a good resource for seeking agencies of different specialties across the world, providing information about the agency, contact details, specialisms and a sneak peak into the four walls that encompass the company."


Take a peek for yourself here.
Below are some pix from the most recently uploaded agency, The Happy Corp, in NYC.




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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pop Pattern

Angela Adams has such fantastic patterns and home goods on her website (in conjunction with Sherwood Hamill's furniture designs). I love browsing through the site for inspiration on color and pattern. She also has a blog which updates the latest places that her work can be seen, and you can see what inspires her as well.

P.S. I totally want one of her bags... cute on the outside, fab pattern on the inside. If only my birthday were sooner...

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Monday, May 14, 2007

A to Z

I was alerted to this site just a few days ago while browsing Print & Pattern. A to Z is an interesting blog all about the setup, distribution and running of a craft/design business. It discusses things like choosing a logo, creating business cards, selling online. But, beyond that, they have adorable products and prints. I love their use of silhouettes, pattern and color. They are truly running the type of company that I aspire to have one day. (Except for the sewing part. I'm very bad at sewing.)

Here are some items from their etsy shop. Click here to see more.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Shoes








Yes, I love shoes. I do. I don't know why. Maybe it's a genetic predisposition. Maybe it's my creative side that loves the fun colors and shapes. Maybe it's my inner fashionista just looking for an outlet.

So, imagine my joy at the new shoe website by Gap, Inc. called PiperLime. They sell a wide range of shoes by various designers, and the prices range from affordable to "time-to-treat-myself."

Take a look at some of the pretties...



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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

3191









Here's an intriguing site that I stumbled across through a link on Paper Pony. The site is called "3191: A year of mornings." It was started by 2 photographers/crafters/designers who live 3191 miles apart. They each take a photograph every morning (M-F) and post them without prior discussion. The results are usual everyday objects that seem to become art through the lens. They are always interesting, and sometimes karmic. This will definitely be on my "must check daily" list.

Click here for the story.
And here for the pix.

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