Jun
18

Rikka Sormunen

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I’m crushing hard on the work of Finnish artist Rikka Sormunen these days, particularly her illustrations. In a world of crazy visual effects and all too real 3D simulations, it’s refreshing to lay eyes on some exceptionally beautiful 2D art. (And once again, there’s that muted retro color palette that I fall for time and time and time again!)

 

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Jun
09

Prints: June Edition

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Affichette Lune by  // Akvarelprint by Stilleben // Ash Grey by Watercolor by Muren //
its monday and thats okay by The Motivated Type

 

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Owl by Stephanie Cole Design // Star Cards by Present&Correct //
The Crown of the Chrysler Building by The Lab // Crystals by Andrea Lauren

May
23

Happy Weekend

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01/ Check out Cover Blubber, a stretchy, reusable airtight food wrap.
02/ Two anonymous art students illustrate motivational quotes on a chalkboard.
03/ No need to worry about cloudy night skies with MOON.
04/ Glacier Skywalk is a glass-floored walkway that hangs over the Canadian Rockies.
05/ These ice books are studded with local seeds and released into rivers.
06/ A guy spent years covering his Volkswagen Beetle in thousands of pieces of wood.
07/ Donate frequent flyer miles to The Extra Mile and people in need can see terminally ill loved ones.
08/ Would you stay in a hotel set up in once abandoned caves?
09/ The Beer Foamer creates the perfect foam to enhance flavor and looks good doing it.
10/ Design legend Massimo Vignelli is very sick and requesting your letters.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m all in when it comes to Yolanda Sanchez‘s paintings.
Work your creative juices with these 10 May DIYs.
Dreamy, beachy summer artscapes from Anna Topuriya.
Amping up school design with some modern classroom style!
Marc Aspinall has mid-century style nailed down.
I demand you make this Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce this weekend.
BIG NEWS! Design Crush The Marketplace is open for business!
Just putting this summer wish list out there for the universe.
I shared how I remix grocery store flower arrangements.

May
21

Marc Aspinall

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Marc Aspinall has an illustration style that will surely stand the test of time. You can see the mid-century influences plain as day, so much so that I would never guess that these pieces weren’t created decades ago. Marc also shows off a great use and understanding of color reminiscent of the golden age.

 

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May
13

LaMalconttenta

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Let’s just make today all about summer, shall we? This time I’m talking about LaMalconttenta, a line by the uber talented Lydia de la Piñera. Ceramics, prints, jewelry, and more that convey the casual effortlessness of the warmest days of the year are all present in Lydia’s Etsy shop. All with the perfect balance of white space and intensely pigmented colors to balance it all out.

 

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May
12

Quercus & Co.

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My walls are practically bursting at the seams with art, but that doesn’t stop me from ogling everything at Quercus & Co. The Sydney-based wallpaper design and printing company shows off an obvious love of pattern and color and has a gift for combining the two. Every design available is either hand-painted or drawn before being printed onto eco-friendly paper. I’d be lying if I didn’t say my wish list has just grown by an item or two!

 

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May
08

Prints: May Edition

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Be Present by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. // Blueberry Pattern by Georgiana Paraschiv // The Future Is Bright by Jimmy Marble // Their Ancestors Were Wolves by Luka Va

 

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Live Musically by Honey & Bloom // Say Yes by Foundry // Should I Wash My Hair Today? Flowchart by Chipper Things // Triangle Pattern by Georgiana Paraschiv

May
05

Gingiber Cards

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I’m so excited to share that one of my favorite illustrators – Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber – is launching a line of cards this month at the National Stationery Show! I’ve been a fan of Gingiber since its start, and can’t wait to stock up on the thirty designs being offered. Each card features an original illustration and is backed with a coordinating hand drawn pattern. The fox above has always been one of my favorites that Stacie has drawn, and I’m looking forward to owning a miniaturized version sometime soon!

 

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May
02

People You May Meet

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When I first saw the work of People You May Meet – aka Tracie Pouliot – I knew we had to work together. Quirky might as well be my middle name (I don’t have one, so the spot is wide open), and Tracie’s style is exactly that. I’ve been wanting a family portrait of sorts with me and my animal menagerie for some time and Tracie was totally into making it happen. I sent her a bunch of photos of the six of us and she captured everyone’s personalities so, so well. I wish you could have seen the size of the smile on my face when my illustration showed up in the mail this week! For now our family portrait is hanging on the refrigerator until I get it framed, but I suspect I’ll be working with Tracie again and again in the future for one of a kind gifts.

 

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Apr
19

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01/ Check out the Alphabet Sandwich – an A to Z of food between two slices of bread!
02/ If my dentist had an office like Horacek Dental I’d be there more than twice a year.
03/ Mutaro the hedgehog models masks made just for him.
04/ A poster that shows off the categorization of The Many Varieties of Whiskey.
05/ The Man Behind the Mountain, a look at the artist behind Salvation Mountain.
06/ Food Textures showcases texture, shape, and form rather than edibility.
07/ Plastic bags as art isn’t a new concept, but plastic bag landscapes are.
08/ An illustrated guide to the bicyclists of New York City.
09/ A world map using every country’s coinage.
10/ Awesome 3D optical illusion classified ads!

This week on Design Crush:
If you missed it on Monday,  have a listen to Mixtape #35: So Young and Full of Sparks.
Have a hoppin’ Easter Sunday with these 17 projects!
Intoxicating work from Bing Wright featuring shattered mirrors and sunsets.
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on – thought about a gift yet?
Beautiful, colorful, geometric textiles from Cotton & Flax.
Show-stopping handblown glass pendant lighting in the Neverending Glory Collection.
Kinetic paper sculptures by Matt Shlian.
Check out innovation that excites with Nissan at the New York International Auto Show.
Stay creative this month with these 12 April DIYs!