Sorry Clients…Things We Designers Have All Heard Before

We’ve all cringed at them before. Those illustrious comments from clients that upon second thought sound utterly nonsensical. In a review meeting you’ll say “Sure. I’d be glad to make that sandwich more playful.” However, when you get home and sit down at your desk, not even your glossy Mac screen can cheer you up at the prospect of crafting a sandwich that has a little more spring in its step. For these beautiful and cheeky posters we can thank Sharp Suits, brainchild of designers Mark Shanley and Paddy Treacy of Mark + Paddy. Even better, the sale of posters will benefit Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

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Bill Gold

What girl doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn’s classic style? Well here’s to the man that put it in print. These three posters are designed by the famous Bill Gold who did many illustration style movie posters from the mid-century. I love the crisp treatment of text and color-blocked illustration.

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Makri for The Row

This post harkens back to my motivation for another post, The Problem with Being a Graphic Designer…. The logo for Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s clothing line, The Row, immediately caught my eye. I am definitely a sucker for logos with combined letter glyphs, when letters blend together.

What then got my attention though was the great new line of jewelry done by Makri for the Row. Check out this beautiful round eye ring in 18k pink gold with green, burgundy and black diamonds. In my pretend life where I am a millionairess, I would definitely be splurging on colored diamonds as a beautiful alternative to classic white diamonds.

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There is a trend circling in the design of album and book covers right now. Both Mylo Xyloto from Coldplay and Steve Martin’s book An Object of Beauty channel the knockout lettering filled with abstract/colorful designs. I’m not sure that there is an explanation better than that, haha, so just take a look.

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Everyone Needs a Chair

When I was a kid I would visit my grandmother’s farm in Maryland. I loved her antique furniture. Especially her green armchair. This armchair, however, was her armchair and I spent the better part of my childhood trying to finagle my way into getting to sit in it. I finally decided that when I had my own place I was going to have such a chair, one that fit me perfectly and that only I could occupy. While mine isn’t the dreamiest of interior decor it is absolutely perfect, accompanied by my coffee table topped with none other than Grace Bonney’s new book, Design*Sponge at Home.

I was lucky enough to see Grace Bonney speak last night in Savannah and get her to sign my copy. Yay!

And because everyone needs their own special chair, here is more chair inspiration from one of my favorite illustrators, Maira Kalman. I saw her exhibition at the Jewish Museum this summer in New York. Absolutely lovely.
And, the chair is pink. Even better.

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Anima Mundi

One of the reasons I love having the Marc by Marc Jacobs store in downtown Savannah is there amazing curation of art and design books. The other week I happened upon American artist, Philip Taaffe’s Anima Mundi and it is now on my list of to-buy’s. Taaffe combines geometry, color, and nature to create new landscapes that keep me mesmerized forever. Read about the original exhibition of this body of work here. And buy the book here.

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