Kate wants your Mixtapes

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I’ve been a fan of Kate Bingaman-Burt’s ongoing project Obsessive Consumption for quite some time. If you aren’t familiar with it, I recommend spending some time checking out the tons of illustrations she has on flickr .

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Now she is working on a new project and she wants your mixtapes. Mixtapes have played an important role in my life — if I can unearth some of the mixtape masterpieces that Sivan and I made, I will definitely send them in. Read below for Kate’s description of the project and submission information:

It is official. Mixtapes are almost impossible to find in the wild. Big thrift stores don’t carry them, small thrift stores sometimes have them, but not often. People are more likely to throw away or keep a mixtape instead of donating them to their local thrift store. Even when you donate to the goodwill they throw them away.

So, I want to draw your mixtapes. I want your sad songs, you love jams, your sing at the top of your lungs car tunes, your break-up tape, your make-up tape and your BFF-4evah cassette.

I am only drawing the tape. If you want to participate, please snap a picture of the best side of your favorite tape and email it to me or upload it to your flickrstream and let me know.

Check out some of the drawings of the tapes that I have already received.

Indie Mart is this Sunday!

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If you are in San Francisco this Sunday, stop by Thee Parkside for Indie Mart and say “hi” to Owen and me. It should be a really good time.

Here are all the details:
The Indie-Mart Street Fair
Sunday, November 8th, 12-6pm
Thee Parkside- 17th st & all down Wisconsin
ALL AGES- 21 to booze it up
$2 suggested donation

The Indie Mart is back for our last throw down outside before we move indoors for the winter. We’re bringing you the best in local designers, makers, the most vintage we’ve ever had, local rad stores, zines, rock tees, bakers, and about everything else you can think of. We’ve hand selected 100 of the best bay area vendors just for this event.  Is if that’s not enough…peep our DIY booth from Workshop, featuring demos every hour from 1pm on. Sewing stations where you we’ll customize your rock tees for $5- (choose one of 3 ways- the Tawny Kitean, the Benetar or the Lita Ford..yes, really). We’ve got ping pong going from 1-5pm on the street. Photobooth. Killer BBQ. Drink specials like whoah. and of course, Cheap beers.

JUST GOOD SHOPPING. GOOD FOOD. GOOD MUSIC. GOOD DRINKING. GOOD PEOPLE. GOOD ALL DAY FUN. THE INDIE MART.

My Tree and Me

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I have been weirdly into genealogy ever since I had to make a family tree in the sixth grade. And, as you may have noticed, we are pretty into information design. Give that, it is no surprise that I am really into Jen O’neill’s custom family trees from My Tree and Me. There are a number of custom designs available and a few DIY write-in versions as well. These would make a great present for new parents, or for yourself.
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Etsy Schmetsy: Cozying Up

Living in San Francisco, we’re all used to schlepping tons of layers around with us — I always have a pair of arm warmers in my bag and generally carry a scarf. While these lovely Etsy finds are always appropriate in San Francisco, for those of you who actually experience seasons, they will help ease your transition into the cooler weather in style.

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Row 1: Overcast; DeNovoStyle; kmknits
Row 2: deliriumkredens; rimadesigns; adventuresofjr
Row 3: CoquelicotSalon; adventuresofjr; ToastyKnits

Tracciamenti’s dresses

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I first saw Tracciamenti’s work a few months ago on but does it float, and I haven’t really stopped thinking about it since. I’m totally into the synthesis of geometry and art, and think her drawings and collages are beautifully executed.

You can view a ton of her work at flickr, and a few prints and drawings are available for purchase here.

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Marc Johns — Serious Drawings

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I am really enjoying Marc Johns’ drawings. He has so many that are so awesome that it’s very difficult to choose a favorite, but here are some that I thought are pretty great. Check out a ton more of his work, or just go ahead and buy his book.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…

It seems hard to believe, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Owen and I have been printing and designing like madmen and should have the shop filled with new holiday designs soon.

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While we do our best to photograph the cards accurately, they actually look much better in person than they do online. If you are in the Bay Area, we will be selling our cards at:

  • Indie Mart at Thee Parkside on Sunday, November 8th
  • RISD Alumni Sale at Ft. Mason on Sunday, December 6th

Hope to see some of you there!

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Etsy Schmetsy: Spooky, cute and handmade.

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Row 1: Little Vampire Hair Clip from emandsprout; Custom Haunted Mansion embroidery from giddygirlie; Ghost Friends Necklace by marymaryhandmade
Row 2: Creepy Crawly Spider Cross Stitch by youheartus; Handsoap set from foliage
Row 3: Ode to Romero pillows from brokesy; Hand Engraved Glass Candle Holders from daydreemdesigns;  Love devil from Mariska
Row 4: Halloween Faces Garland from paperacorn
Row 5: Skeleton Finger Puppet from cherylasmith; Halloween cookies from TSCookies; Pop-up Cat card from tracychong

Negative Space

We’re firm believers that a logo needs to work equally well in black-and-white as it does in color. Logo Design Love has compiled an awesome selection of logos that work fantastically in one color and put their negative space to great use.guild-food-writers-logoogden-plumbing-logo
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And while we’re on the topic of negative space, have you seen Noma Bar‘s work? He has a new book, so his illustrations have been floating around on a lot of blogs in the past few weeks, but for good reason. His work is just awesome.Noma-1
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Logo Credits:
TOP: Ogden Plumbing logo by Astuteo (left); Guild of Food Writers logo by 300million (right)
BOTTOM: Martin Newcombe Property Maintenance logo by buddy (left); WWF
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First Aid

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. I was shocked when I realized it was that long ago — I remember it so clearly. The site 72hours.org has some excellent information for actions to take in an emergency, and specific guidelines for making a survival kit. But, it is important to have first aid supplies available even in non-emergency situations. Here are a few first aid kits we thought were particularly stylish.

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And here us is a cute little how-to on making your own kit.