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Horsing Around

Why no one thought of this sooner is a big mystery to me, but I’m so glad that South Korean designer Eungi Kim ponied on up!

A shortlisted entry in the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010, organized by Designboom and the Seoul Design Foundation, Horsey is an after market attachment that is supposed to fit on any bike. The idea may not be overly practical, but that wouldn’t keep me from getting all giddied up and pedaling off into the sunset.

This gets 3 our of 4 high fives from me!

via Fossil Blog


I heart me some good creative thinking. And cat stampedes. (happy sigh)
Have a great weekend everybody!

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Happy Fontastic Friday everyone!  What an excellent way to help us get to know our fonts, non?  Manifested by San Francisco based art director Tor, this great visual representation of the marriage between design and pop culture makes me dream of my favorite mustachio-ed men… (which I never mind doing)

Let’s see, I think my long time love Tom Selleck (aka Magnum, P.I.) is a classic Chevon and can’t be represented with any of the above brackets, but a young and super dreamy Sam Elliot is definitely rocking the Mr. Century Ultra.  And as much as I don’t really love being on the receiving ‘smooch’ end of a big ol’ mustache, I do appreciate the man-ness of them and wouldn’t kick either of these fellas off ma’ lips that’s for sure.

For more Tom Selleck magic be sure to check out this goodness here.

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A/V: Timber Timbre

I love checking out how bands interpret their songs visually with their videos. Sometimes it fits for me and sometimes, it don’t.

When I went hunting just now for a video for the lovely ‘Lay Down in the Tall Grass’ by Montreal’s Timber Timbre, I came across someone else’s visual interpretation of the song and I think it’s a very nice fit. Beautiful colors and perfectly lazy subjects. ‘Lay Down’ has a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins ‘I Put a Spell on You’ vibe that is perfect for my grey skied, but productive work day. Dig it.

(For the full song and other Timber Timbre goodness, I recommend buying their album.)

Gimme!: DIY Cabin in the Woods

This sweet & tiny forest pad belongs to lucky ducks Mariah Morrow & Ryan Lingard.  It measures in at a miniscule 130 square feet and yet seems to provide room enough for all things necessary for a cozy, marshmallow toasting getaway.

To see more photos and get the full story on how this little nesting nugget came to be, click here.  The story was photographed for Sunset Magazine by the talented Tom Story and written by Laura Dye Lang &  the very sweet Miranda Jones.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, Miranda, and 3 other talented Sunset folks (Jess, Ebby, & Sue) when they came up to photograph a story with me a couple of weeks ago.  More to come on that sooooon…  for now, I’m shouting out a big ‘Gimme!’ to THIS story’s star!

It’s finally time to reveal the super secret project I was so busy working on this spring…   A STONEWARE PLANTER for FOSSIL!!

Fossil teamed up with four of their favorite artists specializing in vintage-inspired art forms.  Each artist was asked to create one original work using their favorite media that illustrates what LONG LIVE VINTAGE means to them.  I was lucky enough to be included!

Fossil has been re-imagining the coolness of bygone eras for a good long while now – clothing and accessories that offer up some high style ‘past’ pieces in gorgeous & thoughtful new ways!

(Their website is amazing and fun to go wandering around in!  Especially their FOSSIL.LIFE.STYLE section.)

I’m deeply in love with the Mid-Century aesthetic, so for this project I went straight to the classic chairs from that era for my inspiration.  After a bunch of noodling around with my sketch book and plaster wheel… voila!

To see a video of my process, click here (from this main page, click (gently please) on my face).  And once you’ve had enough of watching me use my exacto knife, please check out the amazing work of the other 3 very talented artists/designers that were also part of the LONG.LIVE.ART project, Dolan Geiman, Hatch Show Print, & Yellow Owl Workshop!

(Note: Residents of the U.S. have an amazing opportunity to enter a contest to win a custom letterpress poster by Hatch Show Print! You can enter on their artist page from the above ‘video’ link. Contest ends Sept. 18th, so hurry and enter now!)

IN STOCK TODAY! Standing proud at 6″ tall, this little guy holds a standard 4″ potted plant and would be delighted to help support your great indoors!  (He would also be equally excited to hold your pencils & rulers…) Now go on, click here to get one (or five…) of your very own!

A huge high five to the Fossil team for the opportunity to work with them.  It has been one of my favorite design experiences to date!  (Thanks guys!)  And a special extra low ‘five’ for Micah, my patient and hard working contact!

Sea Legs

Love this print by Portland, Oregon based duo Jolby (Josh Kenyon & Colby Nichols).  I’m feeling a pull towards the sea today…

Unfortunately the first print is sold out from their etsy shop, but they have plenty of other beauties to oogle at.  (like the above ‘Traditions’)

Also check out grain edit‘s post on their handiwork here.

And if you haven’t had enough of the sea, have a peak at my all time favorite sea illustration here.

This is one sexy abode.  And I think it’s a perfect post with which to kick off my new category entitled, “Gimme”.  This heading will go before things/places that I reeeeally want (like, a lot):  to have, live in, taste, pet, horde, or experience.  Things that, upon seeing them, fill me with a strong desire to own ’em.  Very materialistic of me I know (though, note that I included ‘experience’ in my list above.  Sometimes I just want to feel the weight of something in my hand or know what it smells like…) but I became a product designer for a reason;  I love things.  Good things.  Well designed things.  Things that are the representation of smart & thoughtful, well crafted ideas.   And this particular category is for the things that I would want to have and share space with.

Things that I appreciate and admire, but maybe wouldn’t offer up shelf space to, will just get another heading that’s all.  So let’s get back to my morning ‘gimme!’ designed by Maxwan Architects

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STUDIO NEWS!:  I just received my beautiful matte copies of UPPERCASE Magazine #6 where on the upper right hand corner of page 9, my Wild Life Camper sits proudly.   Canadian creator/publisher/editor Janine Vangool has put together another juicy collection of talent and inspiration.  I’m so happy to be included in this issue’s wandering wonder.

If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco this week, stop by The Curiosity Shoppe and meet the team behind the UPPERCASE magic!

Super(S)mart #22

If you’re having trouble finding a smile, can’t remember which drawer you put them in, just watch the video below and it will help you track one down.

This couple walked into the Mayo clinic for their check-ups and worked this bit of smile magic. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be turning 90 this year. AND they’re still smiling… (I especially love how he keeps patting her bum when they switch sides) Thanks for this one Dayna!