Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dart Hook Coat Hangers




I was recently assigned as Director of Levity at the office. One of the few things I'm responsible for is to make the office space around us quite lively and intriguing. A creative environment for the creative challenges we face daily. So, once again, going through SUCK UK's website, I found something that I think would look great in our office; Dart Hook Coat Hangers. They're so cool! Would we even want to hang our coats on them and hide them?

Dart Hook Coat Hangers




I was recently assigned as Director of Levity at the office. One of the few things I'm responsible for is to make the office space around us quite lively and intriguing. A creative environment for the creative challenges we face daily. So, once again, going through SUCK UK's website, I found something that I think would look great in our office; Dart Hook Coat Hangers. They're so cool! Would we even want to hang our coats on them and hide them?

flickr photo of the day : in her hands.


"47/365 Offering" by teenytinyturkey.

bakers dozen.






Such lovely goodies from Bakers Dozen, a little shop filled with the work of a variety of artists, all in limited editions of thirteen. (Via Abby)

Design is....


Design is 70% dealing with people, 3% the idea, 2% selling the idea, 2% the brief, 2% being pig headed, 1% printing, 3% eye for detail, 6% invoices, 2% coffee, 7% tracking, 1% warm glow, 6% panic, 1% 4am, 6% staring, 2% checking, 1% letting go, 8% keeping hold, 7% estimates, 3% checking, 4% proofs, 1% colour, 9% understanding, 4% marketing, 1% checking, 8% beach ball, 5% mice, 3% keynotes, 4% persuasion, 2% bragging, 5% smiling, 2% knowing when to stop.
- Duane King

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Design is....


Design is 70% dealing with people, 3% the idea, 2% selling the idea, 2% the brief, 2% being pig headed, 1% printing, 3% eye for detail, 6% invoices, 2% coffee, 7% tracking, 1% warm glow, 6% panic, 1% 4am, 6% staring, 2% checking, 1% letting go, 8% keeping hold, 7% estimates, 3% checking, 4% proofs, 1% colour, 9% understanding, 4% marketing, 1% checking, 8% beach ball, 5% mice, 3% keynotes, 4% persuasion, 2% bragging, 5% smiling, 2% knowing when to stop.
- Duane King

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Usability Analysis of Apple.com: Why is it so Good?


As designers, we all have been influenced in some way by Apple, whether it be their brilliant OS, stunning industrial innovation, or the trends they have started in web/application design. Apple focuses a lot on usability. This can be seen in their products, and Apple.com. It is important for Apple.com to be a usable site, because it leaves a good impression on users, and they will therefore be more likely...read more

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Usability Analysis of Apple.com: Why is it so Good?


As designers, we all have been influenced in some way by Apple, whether it be their brilliant OS, stunning industrial innovation, or the trends they have started in web/application design. Apple focuses a lot on usability. This can be seen in their products, and Apple.com. It is important for Apple.com to be a usable site, because it leaves a good impression on users, and they will therefore be more likely...read more

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Monday, March 30, 2009

thought of the day : missing.



"I miss holding you," from Argyle Whale's Wooly Bear Print. There is something so sweet about this. ($8)

the happiest chair

Last week I found myself longing for another chair to use while making stuff, and wondering away on where to find a chair. Then, over the weekend on a whim we stopped at a Value Village and we found this old Danish chair for $9.99. It was a little banged up with a hideous 80's pastel faux velvet upholstered cushion, but just perfect for us.

So we brought it home and I cleaned, removed the seat, and wiped down the teak wood using some orange oil furniture polish. I knew exactly which fabric I wanted to re-cover the seat with: some wonderful lollipop flower fabric I picked up from Leslie's A Little Goodness shop some time ago now. It was so quick and easy to do - I just cut a piece with about 2" extra all around the shape of the seat, eyeballing the print to sit nicely. Then I pulled it real tight and stapled it all around on the underside using a staple gun which I borrowed from my Dad.

All cleaned up, our new little chair is feels so very happy to me - I just love looking and sitting on it. Adelaide calls it the POP CHAIR and she really loves it too - perhaps a little too much - for I keep catching her licking the seat cushion!

happiest chair by you.

Chest Hair Anyone?

Hilarious typographic tshirt, found at veer.com among many other really cool designs.
Horrendous chest hair formed by beautiful typographic swirls. Who would've thought!!!

Chest Hair Anyone?

Hilarious typographic tshirt, found at veer.com among many other really cool designs.
Horrendous chest hair formed by beautiful typographic swirls. Who would've thought!!!

new mailing labels

My little company lovelydesign has run out of official mailing labels for what seems like forever now. I've been wanting to design more, but have been improvising with my packages in the meantime. Then the other day, I found myself with a little bit of time and decided to make up some new ones, and quick! Here are the results... I am looking forward to sending out lots and lots of packages addressed with them all.

new mailing labels by you.

Fruit Juice Packaging by Naoto Fukasawa







I bumped into this post on thedieline.com. These are fruit juice packages by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. So simple yet extremely ingenious!

“I imagined that if the surface of the package imitated the color and texture of the fruit skin, then the object would reproduce the feeling of the real skin.”

Fruit Juice Packaging by Naoto Fukasawa







I bumped into this post on thedieline.com. These are fruit juice packages by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. So simple yet extremely ingenious!

“I imagined that if the surface of the package imitated the color and texture of the fruit skin, then the object would reproduce the feeling of the real skin.”

Final Destination


This is a an image taken by a close friend. Here's the text that comes along with it.Very touching.
For more similar inspiring posts, visit www.survival-first.com. You'll be surprised!

"Granted the title and the picture might seem to point towards a very grim comment.
That is not my point here.

When I took this picture, I just thought the idea of a helium balloon - originally designed to bring a smile to someone - floating out of a garbage bin was a curious sight. In this case, I guess the curiosity is doubled, and the effect amplified by the wind (not captured in the picture) toying with both balloons, bringing them closer together to the point where they almost kiss, then pulling them apart again.

The tragedy of it all is that the two balloons were placed in separate garbage bins.
Seems like a Happy Never After kind of story to me. " -Fadi

Final Destination


This is a an image taken by a close friend. Here's the text that comes along with it.Very touching.
For more similar inspiring posts, visit www.survival-first.com. You'll be surprised!

"Granted the title and the picture might seem to point towards a very grim comment.
That is not my point here.

When I took this picture, I just thought the idea of a helium balloon - originally designed to bring a smile to someone - floating out of a garbage bin was a curious sight. In this case, I guess the curiosity is doubled, and the effect amplified by the wind (not captured in the picture) toying with both balloons, bringing them closer together to the point where they almost kiss, then pulling them apart again.

The tragedy of it all is that the two balloons were placed in separate garbage bins.
Seems like a Happy Never After kind of story to me. " -Fadi

interior inspiration : vintage masculine.

My friend Abby recently mentioned wanting to emulate the masculine vintage look of Portland's Ace Hotel in her & her husband's home and asked for some inspiration, so I thought it would be fun to do a post dedicated to that style (a style that my own husband is also rather enamored with.) Dark wood, deep colors, and antique accents. I love it.

Also, if anyone else needs inspiration for a certain kind of look, please let me know. I would love to help!















Sources (from top to bottom): Tim Young Interiors, The Selby, Debi Treloar, David Giles, Beach Studios, Suzy Hoodless, Design*Sponge: Tyler Doran, Shoot Spaces, Remodelista, James Merrell, Inspace Locations, Chris Everard, and Airspace.

flickr photo of the day : felt & floral.


"arrangement" by chizuru-bis.

Fire Bucket Ashtray


If you haven't heard of SUCK UK, you should visit www.suck.uk.com
They have some of the coolest stuff ever and I recently found out that Virgin here in Beirut has some of their products.
This retro mini fire-bucket ashtray is definitely one of my favourites. Also available at Virgin.

Fire Bucket Ashtray


If you haven't heard of SUCK UK, you should visit www.suck.uk.com
They have some of the coolest stuff ever and I recently found out that Virgin here in Beirut has some of their products.
This retro mini fire-bucket ashtray is definitely one of my favourites. Also available at Virgin.

I must say...

“Everything is design. Everything!”

-Paul Rand.
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I must say...

“Everything is design. Everything!”

-Paul Rand.
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