Posts Tagged ‘design’

Saul Bass new release…ish

January 24, 2011

It may be an obvious or cliche choice for favorite designer…but I really do love Saul Bass. He is best known for his poster design as well as his creative approach to opening titles in film. For those of you not into old movies and poster art, you’ll know his logo for United Airlines.

I was excited to find today that his film,”Why Man Creates”, created in 1968 was for the first time uploaded to youtube in it’s entirety. The film explores and discusses the nature of creativity as it is broken down into 8 stages.

It aired for the first time, as a shortened version,  on the first broadcast of “60 Minutes” in 1968, and also won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Feast your eyes on the genius of Saul Bass!




Well Thats Just Charming

January 14, 2011



Creative marketing agency, John St. in Toronto, Canada recently added this charming case study based on pink ponies and the saturated market of children’s birthday parties. Marketing strategy has never been so cute!


July 18, 2010

35mm from Pascal Monaco on Vimeo.

Can you name the 35 movies represented in this brilliant display of minimalist design and animation?

A Two-fer Deal!

June 1, 2010
2 In 1 Zipper Shoe

2 In 1 Zipper Shoe

I cannot get enough of these supre cute and GENIUS 2 in 1 zippered sneakers by Nat-2.

This clever hightop sneaker design zips apart to reveal a comfortable looking sandal underneath. They come in lots of great styles and even as a lowtop design.

2 in 1 Zipper Shoe

2 in 1 Zipper Shoe

This design team from Germany has dedicated itself to innovation in style. They’ve been the recipient of multiple design awards such as the Red Dot award, the Innovation and Design award in 2007, the ISPO Brand New Award, and was named one of the 50 shoes that changed the world by the London Design Museum.

Their 4 in 1 Stack design converts a clog to a low top, high top and boot with detachable pieces.

4 in 1 Stack

4 in 1 Stack

How great would all of this be for travel??

I want…I want them all.

Megnificent Design

March 14, 2010

You may have noticed a new link in the side bar. I have decided to link up my online portfolio to the blog here with the Design icon to the right.

By night I am an avid crafter, but by day I make my living as a Graphic Designer, photographer and Illustrator. I have worked for many years as an in-house graphic designer for a cafe, as well as for t-shirt design companies, and printers. I am currently working freelance in New York as I await my residency in Australia.

This portfolio has a small sampling of the work I have done over the years and you can expect it to change regularly. There is plenty more to come in the way of photographs and new projects.

Take a look around at my work and consider that I can put my skills to work for you!

Creative Wall Paper

March 6, 2010

Here is some creative inspiration on how to turn your drab walls into a creative expression!

Paint Swatches

Paint Swatches by Scott Pendergast

There is a growing movement of artists that collect those free paint swatches from the local hardware store and put them to use creating beautiful and bright collages. Scott Pendergast found a unique new function for these freebies by coating a wall in his bedroom. I love the way he created a gradient across the wall…and so well spaced! I wouldn’t say it is easier than painting but it is worth the trouble. If you don’t feel right taking off with Home Depot’s supplies, design*sponge suggests contacting the paint department to see if they can order in a custom selection of swatches for a small fee.



These incredibly unusual wall paper designs are created by a Design company in Weimar, Germany. Surrealien takes into account door frames, windows, plugs, switches and wall hangings to custom warp the pattern in a  wallpaper of your choice. The results are impressive! Check out more designs at their website and find out more about ordering.

Christiaan Postma

Christiaan Postma

This cool Calendar wallpaper allows you to stand back and absorb an entire year of activities and events. I really love this idea. At the moment it is just a concept by designer Christiaan Postma in Stockholm, Sweeden. I would hope that the final product allows you to wipe the slate clean and start fresh every year! What a fun idea!

Light Emitting Wallpaper

Light Emitting Wallpaper

This wall paper, called Ecco luce designed by Jonas Samson, incorporates LED lights into the wall that illuminate it’s surface. For a first run concept there are plenty of features that make this wallpaper desireable. As well as being a more eco-friendly lighting solution, each design is entirely customizable. Your designs can move, dim, and interact when touched. For more details you can visit the Ecco Luce website.

Liza Rietz

February 27, 2010

This morning I stumbled on a designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been creating custom clothing since 2001 and has sold her designs to high-end boutiques in major cities across the US and even has her own shop in Portland. You can find her designs at her web page,, or stop by her Etsy Store!

Her designs are unique and beautifully structured, and completely wearable! I really like that her clothing is made with clean natural fabrics, and the pow comes from unique silhouettes and structures and folds that are very unique and very well done.

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Ruffle Dress by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Kimono Sleeve Jumpsuit by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz

Wool Cloche Light Gray by Lizarietz


CreativiTea Two

February 10, 2010

Yesterday I started this series on creative tea package design. I have always really loved package design and they are some of my favorite design projects to take on. Unfortunately packaging projects are less common for me. The following designs take something ordinary and turn them into beautiful works of art. For those of you that are not picky about the origins of your tea and the status of the leaf, these designs…regardless of the tea they hold… encourage buyers of all sorts if only for the uniqueness of their design. You can expect the creative posting to continue into tomorrow!

Origami Tea Bag

These little works of are are by a Russian designer named Nathalia Ponomareva. She has combined the Japanese art of Origami with the Japanese art of tea. Each bag is folded into a different Origami animal and slowly unfirls as it steeps. I also think the graphic design on the box is well done. I am a big fan of clean lines and flat color. The folded tea tab is a lovely touch as well! I am curious though whether or not this tea is available for sale. The package does not seem to have a brand and the shot seems very rendered in places. Either way, I hope it is something making it’s way to the market if it is not there already!


This design for Tpoda is by designer Elisabeth Soos. At this time it is just a concept. The design is creative, and I like that the focus was given to the tab rather than the back. I’d like a better shot of it in action. It seems the boat is a bit large, or rather the mug is a bit small. I wonder about the length of the string in relation to the cut as well…All things I am sure are worked out in the testing of this concept! I would also like to have seen the designer show off a little more how she would have packaged this design. But I love the idea of a little boat floating in my tea 🙂


February 8, 2010

I love creative package design. It was always something I wanted to get really involved with while I was in design school. Tea is another love of mine, and these beautiful package designs are too creative to ignore!

Hanger TeaThis beautiful package design is by designer Soon Mo Kang. Unfortunately at this stage it is still just a mock-up but hopefully in the future they will be available for purchase. A few practical points had come up with this design regarding the amount of empty space, and whether or not it could successfully ship without losing the T-shirts on the rail.  I am not a big fan of the way it hangs from the edge of the cup…however, during my barista days we often served teas by hanging them over a stir that rested on the rim of the cup. Much more ideal for the coat hanger although not something people would normally do at home. I think that the negative space is OK since the majority of purchases will be made on the factor that the design is novel and it makes sense to be putting them on display like this. Keeping those shirts in place for shipping could be an easy fix. A few slits in the rail to nest the hangers into could be made, even adhesives could be explored. Regardless, it is a beautiful design!

Tea Package

These tea bags are adorable. They relax in your tea like a hot bath (which is normally how drinking tea feels!)

Tea PackThe tea bags feature different characters and come in creative packs that not only hold them securely, they display your characters in their settings. There are also school buses full of kids, A morning radio show setting, and holiday boxes full of reindeer and santas. These bags are designed by a design firm called WDARU for a tea company called MNUM…from what I can gather from their foreign website! As far as I can tell, MNUM tea isn’t for sale yet, at least not in the US!

Two more creative teas to come tomorrow!