Happy Halloween!

October 30th, 2008

I’ve always been a sucker for all things Halloween, which may explain why I ended up at Ohio University for undergrad (where they happen to have one of the biggest halloween parades). I haven’t dressed up in years, but I still love seeing all the little kids in our neighborhood in their costumes. That’s why I am loving Mrs. Limestone’s excellent stoop party invitation:

The inverted image of her home gives this invitation a nice spooky feel and I love the idea of a stoop party in Brooklyn where the trick or treaters parade for candy in mass.

I’ll take mine milky

October 25th, 2008

My first job as a teenager was working at a mini-golf course where I would ring people up and hand out golf clubs and balls (you have no idea how many times I heard blue balls jokes). The owner of the golf course and his wife would hang out at the course during the day and sometimes I would offer to get the owner’s wife coffee at the local 7-11 when I was headed out to grab a Slurpee (hey, I was 15 and I lived in Long Island). She would usually say yes and then we needed to discuss what color she wanted her coffee, which meant we needed to look at knots of wood on the panelled walls and find one that matched a color that suited her coffee tastes.

Had she just had one of these color matching My Cuppa coffee mugs I wouldn’t have spent so much time discussing wood knots and milk with her. As someone who looks at Pantone chips several times a day, it makes so much sense to me to have a coffee cup that lets you consistently match your milk amount visually everyday.

Business cards design

October 25th, 2008

With my upcoming notecard and business card letterpress class mere weeks away, I’ve been checking out some letterpress samples on flickr. Alex passed along this set of business card designs on flickr a few months ago, where one can find all sorts of wonderful inspirations, like:

Melissa Nosal. I am loving that red gilded edge.

Koichi Sato. Hello monotone awesomeness!

Ellen Jackson. Such a great look for a portrait photographer.

Graphik Boutique. I am totally sucker for metallic ink these days.

Each card in this letterpress set is unique.

Mine SF. Simple when flat, but holding it up to the light to reveals the name. It’s almost magical!

Don Draper cocktails

October 9th, 2008

In the true spirit of Mad Men, I myself have been lusting after something on the show. No, not Don Draper (Ok, fine. Yes, I have.); it’s the choice of glassware at the Sterling Cooper office. The silver rimmed highballs have been calling my name since the earliest episodes and I have been looking for them ever since with little luck.

I knew it would only be a matter of time before these vintage glasses had a maintstream come back, but it looks like West Elm is the first to offer something similar. Check out their double banded platinum glassware.

It’s a close match if you want a modern twist on the design, but I was looking to kick back old school style with some rye whisky in a high ball. Actually, who am I kidding? Mine would be filled to the rim with a G+T. But, at least it would be a classy G+T.

Check out this diz beautiful chair

October 8th, 2008

A few days ago I was watching tv when a commercial came on (that I didn’t fast forward through strangely) for Audi that showed a beautiful series of changing rooms in a home with an even more amazing set of chairs that looked like a cross between an Eames chair and an Adirondak. As a fan of both of these designs, I started searching for the chair online to find out more and came across a post on Apartment Therapy that a had already identified the mystery seat as a Diz Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, a Brazilian architect and designer. I can’t track down the price without contacting a dealer, but I would guess it costs a pretty penny.

Sigh. I just love it.