Let’s Appreciate The Planet

9th December 2013

I love this poster series by Ukrainian graphic designer jDstyle.

See the whole series here.

(via We and the Colour)

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Pantone Eggs

19th August 2013

I know we’re not even close to Easter but these Pantone Eggs are so pretty you could make them at any time of the year.

My DIY list is getting longer every day!

(via HowAboutOrange)

Pick 2

19th June 2013

Yes my friends, you can only pick 2 – because 3 is not always the magic number.

BringMeJoy / Moo

11th June 2013

I’m so excited to pick up my latest Moo Cards, although I’m a little miffed you still have to pay a £2.50 ‘delivery’ fee for collecting them yourself.

I’ll let you know when they’re available to buy!

Whitney Museum

5th June 2013

This Wired article about New York’s Whitney Museum logo redesign is an interesting read.

I love it’s flexibility (the W is responsive), it’s simplicity, and that it took 2 years to complete.

Because you just can’t rush these things you know.

I’m Sorry

31st May 2013

This card was designed especially for me.

It’s awesome on a whole new level.

Claire Heffer

30th May 2013

Fellow CSM graphic designer Claire Heffer has some sweet prints for sale on her Etsy shop.

I especially love the quotes and this Paul Coelho Universe Print in particular.

Côte&Ciel

24th May 2013

I’m pretty chuffed with my new Côte&Ciel laptop sleeve. This, inside my Wanderlust Tote makes up my new computer bag.

Way more fun that your average backpack, no?

John Eng Cheng

15th May 2013

John Eng Cheng is a LA based artist and designer who uses motifs from nature, heritage, pop-culture (pokémon anyone?) and religion to create surreal illustrations and paintings about life and relationships.

I really love this Four Winds piece … too bad I missed the chance to win it as a print giveaway!

Check out more of his work here.

(Thanks Anita)

 

DIY Screen Printing Kit

30th April 2013

My über-talented designer friend Justin just sent me the link to this awesome DIY screen printing kit.

It’s not just a pretty box either – packed with everything you could possibly need to set up your own screen printing empire, it looks perfect for anyone who wanted to start screen printing (me/him). Think we’re going to split it.

Mrs Eliot Books

26th April 2013

Oh yes I am.

Loving this card collaboration series by London designer Mrs Eliot Books and photographer Xanthe Berkeley.

My First Year Poster

24th April 2013

Reading about the Redesigned Birth Certificate reminded me of this cool My First Year Poster I saw a while back on Etsy.

Cute huh?

Birth Certificate Redesign

24th April 2013

I love this redesigned UK Birth Certificate by IWANT design for ICON Magazine’s ReThink series.

Using the information found on the original birth certificate – mother, father, name, registrar – extras include birth location (with mapping co-ordinates for the digital version), time of birth, type of birth, physical attributes including weight, length, head circumference, hand and foot prints, blood type and eye and hair colour.

Astrological and astronomical details (moon cycle, ruling planet, weather), the etymology of the baby’s name, the birth flower and stone, the religion and the ruling monarch are a sweet touch. The certificates come in 4 colours to represent the season of birth and combine a mix of graphic icons and typography.

The certificate is then presented in a heavy, gloss, white envelope with the baby’s basic information embossed on the front with a wax seal. Beautiful.

This is something that would surely be displayed, rather than tucked away in an office filing cabinate.

I love design.

(via dezeen)

Chalkboard Charm

17th April 2013

I discovered The Elli Blog a few days ago, and fell in love with their beautiful customisable invites, announcements and stationery.

They also have some sweet downloadable ideas (like these monogram stickers) that can be customised to match your stationery, and I love that they’re giving them away for free.

Beautiful.

A Long Forever

15th April 2013

So excited to see the guys over at Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar are now doing cards and custom prints.

A Long Forever Love is awesome.

Pantone Colour Flashcards

8th April 2013

These Pantone Colour Flash Cards are brilliant. 18 cards with 2 tones of each of the 9 basic colours including Lollipop Purple, Starfish Orange, and Grasshopper Green.

“Each card features a solid colour on one side, such as Duckling Yellow (Pantone 1215). When you flip the card over, additional colours in the same colour family (yellow) are introduced in the context of an illustrated pattern, so that a child can pick out which shade is Duckling Yellow.”

Never underestimate the importance of teaching kids about colour.

Heart Of Gold

26th March 2013

Can’t wait to go and check out Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong‘s latest collaboration at Salon 91.

Heart of Gold opens tomorrow and is on until April 20th.

Be sure to stop by if you’re on Kloof Street.

Luck

22nd March 2013

This week I’ve been busy doing all kinds of fun things – flower arranging, invite designing, some crazy art working, report designing (not quite as fun!) and now it’s the weekend and I haven’t put anything on here today.

Instead I will leave you with one of my new posters. Keep it real dudes.

See you next week! x

Design Indaba 2013

4th March 2013

I ended up popping into Design Indaba for a quick run around yesterday morning, and these were some of my favourite finds…

Farah Hernandez
I’m a sucker for succulents and the little guys potted in Sara Hernandez’s gorgeous ceramic hangings were absolutely divine.

Nina Du Plessis
These wooden geometric wall hooks were amazing … and very reasonable at R80 a hook.

Milame Design
Emma Atkinson’s ink drawings were cool and reminded me of one of my favourite prints by Supermundane.

Mona Pants
I completely fell in love with Simone le Roux’s creatures. She has some awesome illustrated characters on her Behance site, but the handmade dudes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

The Tale of Balaclava Bear / Sootcookie
I’m always drawn to Tanya Laing’s work and last year I picked up a Sootcookie ceramic paper plane which I love. The Tale of Balaclava Bear is a collaboration between her and Alex Goldberg and although I’m not so into the bears themselves, I think the story behind them is awesome.

Jinn
The simple elegance of Jeanine Benjamin’s bracelets and rings were lovely. Too bad she didn’t have that triangle bracelet at the expo because I would’ve bought it for sure.

Mervyn Gers Ceramics
Although this brand felt a little commercial (and have designed ranges for some big name restaurants and vineyards around Cape Town) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these African/Chinese plates. The dragon, rhino and machine gun combinations were beautiful and bizarre.

20eight
Concrete jewellery, lighting and bowls with some lovely angles.

Simple Intrique
I spotted this folded African map on some Design Indaba signage before going into the expo and it was even more beautiful in real life.

Design Indaba 2013

28th February 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, when the best of the South Africa design world come out to play at Design Indaba.

Like always I wish I had some spare cash to actually see some of the conference (Jessica Hische is speaking on Saturday) but I’m happy enough to pop down tomorrow to get inspired, and I’ll put a post together next week of all of my favourite finds.

Stay tuned!

Here & Now

21st February 2013