Some fall in love; I shatter

In case you haven’t already seen this on 100 other blogs (e.g. itsnicethat) it’s a collaboration between designer Craig Ward and photographer Jason Tozer. They both have some pretty amazing stuff in their portfolios, though this one really gets me. Here’s a writeup on the making of it.

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When I saw You Blow Me Away a few weeks back, I was reminded of another photographer whose frozen explosions are pretty phenomenal: Martin Klimas. I was first introduced to him via the always-fantastic Morning News galleries (which feature several works + an interview with a different visual artist, regularly updated: hundreds of ’em since 2001!)

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Inspired by looking at these artists’ work, I looked on flickr for high speed photography, to try to collect my thoughts, when I found this lovely lovely shot by Aden Tranter that to this designer’s eye is a few words of type away from being an amazing album cover, say for this single for the Handsome Family.

I had nothing to say on Christmas day when you threw all your clothes in the snow. When you burnt your hair, knocked over chairs, I just tried to stay out of your way.
But when you fell asleep, with blood on your teeth, I got in my car and drove away. Listen to me, Butterfly, there’s only so much wine you can drink in one life, and it will never be enough to save you from the bottom of your glass.

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What is it about these shots that impresses me so? Certainly content has something to do with it: Ward and Tozer’s shattering of that phrase of type, and Klimas’ shattering of kung fu figurines each add layers of delicious meaning… And though Tranter’s shot is of a simple bottle, his choice of reddened water and a dull green backdrop are critical, and if you were to crop the Jim Beam logo out leaving only liquid and glass, some the resonance with drunken abandon is lost.

But content aside, I think the root of the appeal can be found in the design-professor-favorite phrase “happy accidents.” Photography and design both involve impeccable, balanced, beautiful composition/layout — and it is usually achieved through careful planning, staging, grid and so forth. And yet sometimes you have a happy accident — whether it’s mistakenly dropping in the wrong cropping of an image or splashing ink or a light leak — which makes the composition work, usually by virtue of its unpredictable disorderliness.

What these high-speed photographers have done is carefully arranged happy accidents. They can’t be assured how the pane of glass, figurine or bottle will break… but they can capture, and then exercise their judicious cropping and editing on, the compositions that the physics of destruction create. The process must be tiresome, messy to clean up and aggravating at times, but when you can catch something as beautiful as these, it is totally worth it.

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(Klimas, again)

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Here is to a beautiful springlike weekend!

Indie Parade

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Owen and I are really excited that our Thank You cards are being featured on Indie Parade. Indie Parade is a blog that features work by independent crafters and designers that is submitted by its readers. All of the images/products are reviewed by Indie Parade, and if selected, get featured on the site. You can submit your own work (which could be a good marketing tool) but, someone else submitted our cards. There are a bunch ways you can search for products and because the items are submitted by different people, there is a good range of aesthetic tastes.

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On the topic of fonts, the creative agency, “Onthetable” has created a beautiful book of fonts (along with a bunch of other great things).

TypograFriday: Contemporary Type Abundance

There’s been a trend in the last few years dubbed maximalism. We’re particular fans of how it manifests calligraphically and typographically. Here’s some of the finest, and six words about each:

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Words and pictures both very good.

Marian Bantjes
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We have one; it’s laser-cut awesomeness.

Jessica Hische
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This will be a tshirt soon.

Si Scott
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Pen in hand, makes his mark.

Niels “Shoe” Meulman
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calligraffiti inventor. Yep, how it sounds.

Seb Lester
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Silver on black plike. Pretty rad.

Yulia Brodskaya
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OMG that’s quilling? That’s insane yo.

Etsy Schmetsy: matryoshka

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It’s no mystery why Russian nesting dolls are as popular as they are. Check out some of these great finds from etsy:

Row 1:
Block-printed magnets by Amanda Kindregan; Hand-printed cotton handkerchief set by HippieJo

Row2:
Photographic print by Angie Muldowney; Hand-sewn journal by art kitten

Row 3:
Organic T-shirt by maryink; Acrylic brooch by A Skulk of Foxes

Row 4:
Set of hand-carved rubber stamps by Cupcake Tree Designs; Adorable baby shower invites with coordinating thank you notes by inky livie

Row 5:
Set of 5 unpainted dolls from sherla; wrapping paper from enna

Louise Body Wallprint

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Just a very quick post about something that I came across yesterday. There are some fantastic wallpaper designers out there and Louise Body Wallprint is one that I really like. She creates dreamy wallpapers, fabrics and handpainted cushions. I’m partial to the lace designs (of course), but I kind of love them all.

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Keep Calm and . . . full circle

Y’all know about this poster, right?

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The classic sfgirlbybay edition as seen in the final issue of
Domino magazine, RIP.

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Maira Kalman’s version from
The Principles of Uncertainty. She’s wrong about the WWII thing, sort of (more on that later).

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‘s clever reversal (note inverted crown); the 1937 original poster hung in an old bomb shelter, apparently.

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Optimistic crafty homage by Matt Jones, available on 20×200; snarky, but true parody by Osborne Villas from flickr.

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Printable 2009 calendars by etsy seller littlebrownpen, available in a version for Women and one for Men.

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Rubber stamps
from Rubber Soul; lip balm from etsy seller leastlikely2breed (these should totally say keep calm and carry balm instead…)

But OK, what about these? Yikes!

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These are very very real though I think they are not intended to be quite so creepy as they come across. via BoingBoing via David Byrne!

I trace and analyze this phenomenon as best I can after the jump.

Continue reading Keep Calm and . . . full circle

pomme-pomme prettiness

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I wanted to have a supermodel photo shoot with the two new Blythe dresses that I just received from pomme-pomme, but I sadly haven’t had the daylight to do it. Unfortunately, these photos don’t do them justice, but I just had to share as soon as I could. They are so crazy adorable and well-made, I absolutely wish they came in my size.

How does your garden grow?

Do you love gardening as much as I do, but live in a city, therefore, do not have a backyard? Well, let’s solve that problem by getting tips by local gardening expert Flora Grubb! Flora will be speaking/offering tips for gardening in small, urban dwellings at the Design Within Reach on Fillmore Street in San Francisco (Thursday, April 16th, from 6-8pm).

To rsvp, and get more information about this event, visit the Design Within Reach site.

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