Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Bravo for Top Design!

September 4, 2008

I think I may have been the only straight guy (and Republican for that matter–GO SARAH PALIN!!) that sat down for the season premiere of Bravo’s Top Design last night. Wow! I think I may have found my show.

I’ve been watching Project Runway all season, but have no interest at ALL in getting into fashion or the fashion industry. (Imagine that… something that I actually DON’T want to do!) I admire and am inspired by the artistic expression and creativity of having to make a cocktail dress out of, say, lettuce and tomatoes. Now THAT interests me.

I kept seeing ads for the second season of Top Design and thought I’d give it a try. It’s like Project Runway, but with rooms and furniture. Being a “Visual Designer” I have some interest in interior design and would like to one day add that to my resume, but I’ve got bigger irons in the fire at the moment.

Last night the contestants where grouped into teams and had to design urban lofts in the style of their chosen clients. With a budget of only $2,000 (pennies when it comes to designers who are used to spending that much on a single lamp) each team had just hours to pick out furniture, paint, wall papers, fabrics, floor covering (one team decided to install hard wood flooring upstairs) and accessories to match the style and taste of their client. AND they had to all agree on everything. Oh the drama.

India Hicks is no Heidi Klum, but we can’t have it all, right?

Check it out if you have the chance. It’s on Wednesday nights at 10/9c on Bravo. Watch What Happens.

Logo Design Love

August 23, 2008

I came across this website/blog while looking for ways to tweak out THIS blog (stay tuned…some changes are in the works, yet again. Gotta keep it fresh, y’all)

It’s a blog dedicated to the art of logo design, a skill that some people are just born with.

Professionals. They always make it look so easy.

The One Flag

July 31, 2008

Design is at war with itself. We are taught that design is about finding solutions. But the success of these solutions is judged so narrowly – Did it ooze desire? Did it shift units? – that we find ourselves implicated in problems far greater than the ones we solve.

The time has come for a radical shift in priorities. We are now faced with some of the most daunting global challenges in human history. These are real targets, worthy of our problem-solving skills, ripe for our intervention. Yet those who have the vision to rise above national and political boundaries still have no symbol to rally under. You’re invited to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clichés – that embodies the idea of global citizenship. A symbol that triggers pride and cohesion, whether worn on a backpack, displayed on a door, or flown on a flagpole. A symbol for anyone to declare membership in a growing and vital human cooperative. Prove that design has a real role to play in the fate of our world.

Submissions will be critiqued by a panel of prominent design professionals, then featured in Adbusters and supporting design publications. The winning flag will go into production, ready for flying by the patriotic citizens of Earth. Deadline for entries is December 1, 2008.

Submit your entries here.

Victor Taba…just because

February 12, 2008

Most people would question the purpose of such a website and wonder what made this award-worthy. Well, just click the “next” button and be mesmerized as the patterns build on each other.

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spice it up

January 7, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised while I was food shopping at (of all places) Wal-Mart the other night. I was making my usual stroll down every isle to see if something sparked a need for an item (this is were making a list would come in handy, but then where’s the spontaneity in that?).

I had just made a turn down the cooking isle and glanced at the spices when a new brand caught me eye. The brand is Watkins and is 100% USDA Certified Organic. I loved everything about the packaging: how each spice has its own color and how it popped off the shelf. Be sure to keep your eyes out for them next time you’re out and about.

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fantastic & freezy!

August 8, 2007

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A designer is only as good as his arsenal of Photoshop brushes. Enter Brusheezy–A place for artists to download and vote for the best custom Photoshop brushes and Photoshop patterns on the internet! This site is updated every day so check back often and submit your own!

Check it out. You’ll find everything from urber-techno, to grunge, to japanese-esque styles. And the best part is…it’s free!

weekend project: make a wallet from duct tape

July 27, 2007

desktopography

July 25, 2007

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Designers spend 90% of their time staring computer screens. So the cool folks over at Desktopography have opened exhibits of cutting edge designs that are tailored made for computer wallpaper. Great idea. And great designs. Check them out here.