Wendy MacNaughton is such a talent and her new book, Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words looks to be a very special collection of illustrations and notations, capturing all the corners and characters of her home city -- from the library to an intersection to a few moments with a city bus driver. Bravo!
We created invitations and illustrated table signs for Eve & Nick's wedding on the rooftop terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Great to see it featured on Style Me Pretty this past November! You can view the full gallery there.
Eve writes: "A brunch-themed cocktail hour included egg and cheese crostini, french toast bites, and mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. In lieu of table numbers, we assigned each table a New York City landmark, illustrated and calligraphed by Paperfinger, who also designed our invitations. We set locations based on the guests seated at each table — for example, we sat at the Museum of Natural History table, the New York landmark where we got engaged, and in a winking nod to our sense of humor, we sat the groom’s high school friends, all native New Yorkers, at the Times Square table."
Svenskt Tenn is an interior design company located on Strandvägen in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, who recruited Josef Frank to the company 10 years later.
(*shout out to ms. cate-ums)
Gavin Aung Than illustrates inspiring quotes in the form of comic strips on his blog, Zen Pencils. I loved this one featuring a quote from Bill Watterson (the brilliant Calvin and Hobbes creator/author/illustrator) in a graduation speech he gave at Kenyon College in 1990.
(*via my awesome sister! ...and Slate.com)
Beautiful and smart design by Emiel Remmelts. These stacked object designs use objects to space and hold the shelves, each design unique and flexible in its construction. I especially love Emiel's drawings below. The concept and designs were greatly influenced by the work of Russian architect/artist/designer, El Lissitzky. (More on him tomorrow.)
(*via Design Milk)
Waterlife is a silk-screen book, printed by hand on handmade paper with natural dyes in Chennai, India. It is published by Tara Books. There are 3,000 hand-numbered copies available. Author and illustrator Rambharos Jha uses a traditional style of folk painting known as Mithila. Remarkable. You can also find it on Amazon.
(*via Brain Pickings)
A masked man who goes by the name "Maeztro Urbano" in Honduras' capital city Tegucigalpa, is creating street art to draw attention to the social issues his community faces, particularly violence. According to a story I heard on NPR, he holds a day job in advertising -- it's his knowledge of how advertising works that got him interested in spreading a message through mural painting and graffiti. From the interview: "He says we put this message in the streets for all the people who can't, because of the repression in our country. We are their voice."
This project, "Cut and carry / Recortar para llevar" represents the empty promises from politicians (food, education, security, etc.), who paste their campaign posters all over the city's walls.
I'm in love a little bit. 8 Soles de Viaje is a darling masterpiece, from the independent Columbian publisher, Festina Lente Libros. The story was written by Juliana Toro Suarez and Natalia Peez Penagos; illustrations by Natalia Perez Penagos; and calligraphy by Juliana Toro Suaez. The book was created as a personal project and their statement below explains a bit more:
8 soles de viaje is the diary of an anonymous traveler who goes to another galaxy trying to escape from his own reality, revealing human situations through the metaphor of a journey. While El inventario de palabras, is the explorer's legacy in the shape of an A-Z bestiary of creatures he has found in his life, simulating stereotypes of the everyday people. The first book is constructed from a single strip of paper that unfolds much like any journey, while the second contains twenty six postcards meant for the reader to send away. Our books are meant to form emotional bonds through narrative, empathy, and the aesthetic love for an object.