Monthly Archives: July 2013

site share | maker's row

maker’s row |

i don’t know about you but i’m always coming up with products i’d love to create in my head. the only thing that usually stops me from expanding past an idea is having no idea where to start. for instance, if i wanted to make some amazing five panel hats, i’d have no idea where to start to look for a manufacturer. and just like that my dream is dead. well, your dreams of making a product no longer have to die.

maker’s row is a relatively new site started by 3 new yorkers that tries to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. from first time designers to large corporations, marker’s row provides access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the united states. so what are you waiting for? time to get started on those products you’ve always wanted to design.

design daily | word. brand identity

design daily | word. brand identity
design daily | word. brand identity

word. brand identity |

uk-based studio passport developed the identity and collateral for word., a copy writing company.

word approached us wanting a complete brand identity. we created the concept of “copy with character” and designed a flexible and daring brand around this theme. a primary logo was created using custom blackletter typography, whilst a further three variations of this logo were designed using distinct and different tones of voices to represent the wide variety of copy that word creates for different brands. a “highlighter” neon yellow was used across the identity to create an unexpected element that sets it apart from its competitors, whilst also hinting at the service word offers in creating copy that really makes you pay attention.

why i love this design?

if you take a look around this blog you’ll see that i’m all about less being more. this design is right up my aesthetic alley — minimal with some pop, plus i love the name. as a type junkie, i’m loving how they used a few of my favorite typefaces including gotham and luftwaffe. and i’m all for the highlighter yellow accent color, especially used on the back of their stationary. i saw this a while back and was inspired to play around with this color theme for some brand collateral for the native new yawker.

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interior envy | dvf’s manhattan penthouse

interior envy | dvf manhattan penthouse
interior envy | dvf manhattan penthouse

i first caught a glimpse of fashion designer diane von furstenberg’s penthouse over on architectural digest and fell in love immediately. now on a normal day, i’m a minimalist by heart. but i’m also a leo and i love things that are glam, glam.. glam! this penthouse is that and more. i love how lively and fun the space feels.

“When I was young, I lived like an old woman,” the 65-year-old grandmother of three explains, “and when I got old, I had to live like a young person.”

von furstenberg’s six-story, 35,000-square-foot space compromised of her design studio, flagship store and the penthouse is located in manhattan’s meatpacking district. for the construction of this particular spot, she hired the architecture firm WORKac to merge a pair of victorian redbrick buildings she acquired back in 2006. there is now a concrete staircase that leads from the ground floor to a rooftop lair containing a live/work space and, above that, a 900-square-foot master suite with a terrace where there once was a gap between the structures.

dear diane, right now i envy you. dear future self, take note. your place needs to look a little something like this.

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design daily | apex studio branding

design finds | apex studio

sometimes pinning isn’t enough. sometime i have to bring inspiration right to your readers. daily design is a daily series where i showcase some great design work and what i love about it.

apex studio identity |

apex studio is a new graphic design studio in portugal that had the initial task of creating their own identity. the concept was to develop a brand that could be promoted as a ‘visual graphic blog’, where inspirations and methodical process could be reflected in the main logo, presenting itself not as a static image, but rather as an ever changing form that doesn’t lose its true identity. as promotional material, the studio made a low cost limited series of four illustrated business cards entitled ‘first print edition’.

why i love this design?

if you couldn’t tell by now, i’m huge fan of primarily using black and white in designs. that, mixed with a kickass grid and the usage of strong thick black lines to make the negative space pop have me absolutely in love with this project. my favorite pieces from this project definitely are the invitation and the four limited series illustrated business cards. this project has me rethinking some ways to now promote this blog. maybe i’ll give it a shot of my own limited edition business cards. just maybe.

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lunchtime linkage | 03

Lunchtime Linkage | 03

it’s yet another monday. is it just me or do the weekends just fly by? it’s like i’m so excited on fridays for the weekend and then next thing you know i’m getting everything ready for work before #whodunnit on sunday nights. my birthday is coming up soon in a few weeks, definitely going to give myself a four day weekend by taking a friday and saturday off. but anyway, let’s get into some interesting finds i’ve found over the internet within the last few days:

want to increase your productivity during the day? stop tweeting. inc. shares seven simple ways to boost your productivity.

“if we are obliged to buy something, we have to buy something intelligent, which has longevity, so that you don’t put it in the trash five years later because it no longer a good look.”

french designer philippe starck argues that timeless design is not cliche. consumers should be buying products that will last for generations rather than following trends. a nice, quick read that provides insight to a new way of thinking when it comes to buying things.

battle these hot days with some cool smoothies. martha stewart’s smoothie app offers tons of delicious smoothie recipes for weight-loss, meal replacements, detoxing and more. only $3 in the app store.

i appreciate a good discount as much as the next person. although i’m no longer a student, i still hold onto my id for discount purposes. here’s a list of 36 amazing discounts you can get with your student id.

i never really been a big fan of naked juices as i’ve always felt they were too sweet.. and really not all that healthy for you. well, come to find out naked juice is being forced to remove ‘all natural’ from labels.


what if rappers had a chance to get their own cereals? hip hop cereal boxes is a hilarious collection of some awesome photoshopped cereal titles for rappers including jay z, kanye west, gucci mane and many more.

a new yawk min..

there is an 11-story, luxury apartment block coming to the high line in chelsea at 520 west 28th street. the new residential development will include a communal garden, generous terraces, private courtyards and 11-foot ceilings just to name a few things. i need to hit the lotto like tomorrow.

hope everyone has a wonderful week!