01/ Giant ocean waves made of wood and glass.
02/ I’m not much for the nail art craze, but love these watercolor nails.
03/ Matchstickmen – giant matchsticks with human heads.
04/ Check out Stick-lets then go build a fort!
05/ Overcast – an animated short about a guy followed around by a rain cloud.
06/ Pantone Pairings, a series of typically paired foods as Pantone swatches.
07/ Banknote portraits!
08/ This giant mirrored canopy – the Port Vieux Pavilion – is beautiful.
09/ A series of photos of a photographer’s girlfriend leading him around the world by the hand.
10/ Love these CMYK playing cards!
This week you might’ve missed…
We Hope You Like This Song
Win It: Artifact Uprising
Minimal Acrylic Jewelry
Home State Address Stamps
Animals Loose in NYC
West African Peanut Soup
The Daily Dish
Old English Company
There’s something equally fresh and classic about a black, white, and gold color palette. Old English Company‘s modern illustrations are simple, bold, and an easy fit for many styles of decor thanks to designer Ben Treanor’s discerning eye. So tough to choose a favorite!
Klari Reis is painting and sharing a petri dish every day for all of 2013 in The Daily Dish (she also did it in 2009). Reis creates each painting using reflective epoxy polymer, with the end result being very photorealistic. And if you think the paintings are good check out the names – titles like Moshing at a Pearl Jam Concert, Uma Thurman, and Eggplants in the Snow this project just gets better. Check in every day for the newest piece!
Hi. My name is Kelly and I’m addicted to West African Peanut Soup. I’ve made it twice in a week’s time. It’s super easy to put together (most ingredients are pantry staples) and even easier to eat. Spicy, healthy, and did I mention vegan? This soup is all those things and more. Credit goes to Cookie + Kate, with my only changes being the addition of 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro and a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Why are you still reading this, go make some NOW! I’ll be over in five.
When a dolphin got stuck in the Gowanus Canal recently, designer Thomas Wilder created wanted posters representing the history of unexpected reports of animals on the loose in NYC over the past ten years. Each case includes a description, location, when it was spotted and captured, along with the story behind it all. Check out all eight right here.
I’ve got a major crush on these Home State personalized return address stamps from Paper Pastries. Each one is hand-letterd by Margaret Haas making it extra special. They’d make a fantastic housewarming or wedding fit, don’t you think? And that white ink on grey is so good.
Last week I wrote about Sandra Fettingis and her latest exhibit, and today I’m sharing another of her talents – Sandra is also a talented jeweler! She creates the best minimal acrylic jewelry that I want hanging all over me. Get a load of those earrings, wouldja!
Ever since having one of my favorite Instagram photos printed on wood and hung on my wall, well, I’m sort of addicted to finding new ways to leverage the technological art form. My latest experiment comes courtesy of Artifact Uprising, a 40-page 8.5 x 8.5″ softcover book filled to the gills with my favorite Instagram shots. I spent an entire evening going through my 1,000+ photos, paring them down, and then designing my book. I can’t stress how easy they make it. You get to choose from several different layouts for each page, and then it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping from the photos you’ve uploaded, resizing if you’d like, and electing to add text or not. When my book showed up on my doorstep I literally tore off the packaging to see the end result – and you guys, it is so good. It’s printed on the most luxe 100% recycled paper and the ink is perfectly saturated (as a graphic designer this is something I’m always super picky about and notice). Here are just a few of my favorite spreads from the book I created:
I’m really excited about the possibilities of creating these books for friends and family after events, holidays, etc – can you imagine how excited you would be receiving one?! Well guess what. You have the chance to do just that, create one of your own that is. Artifact Uprising (PS: Great name, yes?) is giving away one of the same Instagram books that I made.
This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Rachel!
1. Find your favorite Instagram photo and leave the link in the comments section.
2. Make sure your email address is correct (it’s just for notification purposes).
3. Do it all before Sunday, March 10th at 11:59pm CST.
Giveaway Rules + Disclosure
Friends are important I think we all agree, they give you support, love, and hangover advice. If you’re lucky enough they become your family, the brothers and sisters held close by a bond other than blood – choice.
I’ve been friends with author Bree Housley for several years (though we’ve only hung out once in person, which is kind of awesome), and to know her is to know of her best friend Shelly Bridgewater. The two met in 4th grade where Shelly was the popular new girl and Bree was the introverted mulleted one. They quickly became best friends – navigating the rough waters of adolescence, rooming together in college, and making the transition of childhood to adult friends with ease. Bree went to portfolio school and started her career in advertising, Shelly got married and had a baby. And then passed away a week later due to complications from Preeclampsia. We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes tells the story of Shelly and Bree, and just what it takes to start the healing process after losing your best friend in the world.
I haven’t had as much time as normal to read this year, but I finished Bree’s book in less than 24 hours. It read like a young and awesome Judy Blume and I couldn’t put it down between bouts of laughing my ass off and wiping away tears. Do yourself a favor, read it. And then call your best friend.
Me and Bree, New Year’s Eve 2008