This campaign is my idea of brilliance. These ads are the perfect blend of unobtrusive design, edgy satire, and straightforward messaging. Not surprisingly, the ads, created by Team Detroit for the city’s College for Creative Studies, have gone viral. One only hopes that this encourages even more parents to talk to their kids about art school.
I got a little too excited when I came across this article last night. Modern art that is both beautiful and edible? I’ve died and gone to heaven. As an artist and avid watcher of all things Food Network, I pay close attention to plating, styling, and the general “look” of food — after all, we eat with our eyes, right? Finally, someone has taken the technique of food styling to the next level and created beautiful works of art that look almost too good to eat. Almost.
Today is National Handwriting Day. How fitting, as I wrote my love a letter on the bathroom mirror this morning. It may have been a to-do list, but it still counts :)
“Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, faxes and e-mail to communicate. Fonts are the same no matter what computer you use or how you use it. Fonts lack a personal touch. Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence.”
I thought I would celebrate by highlighting one of my favorite calligraphers, Dallas-based Nicole Black of the Left Handed Calligrapher. She offers a wide range of styles to fit any occasion, which I think shows amazing skill. I would love to hire her — I just need an event to design first. (Any brides out there — I’m talking to you!)
I love Nicole’s simple statement describing her work: “embracing beautiful writing and the art of the handwritten note.”
I think we should all take a little time today to do just that.
Here’s a little story for you. I discovered Amos Lee when he performed at my college in the spring of 2007. He put on a great show, so I decided I would start listening to more of his music. A few days later, I boarded a train to NYC to begin a summer internship. The DC-to-NYC-via-Philly train is notorious for being overbooked, so I was forced to sit in the “cafe/business” car until I spotted an open seat. The moment I saw a man get up at the next stop, I jumped up and settled into my new seat.
A few minutes later, a man tapped me on the shoulder to retrieve his water bottle and magazine from my new seat. Apparently he had just gotten up for a bathroom break. My bad. I looked up to see Amos Lee. I stole Amos Lee’s seat. I was horrified. All I could think to say was, “Oh, sorry…by the way, you played an awesome show at my school last week!” He thanked me, smiled sweetly and walked away.
All of this was to say, I have a huge crush on Amos Lee, so I wanted to share with you his new music video for “Flower.” It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before — made almost entirely with white paper. Enjoy.
Book cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith inspired the masses with her revitalization of these classic books. As she sees it, her job entails bringing timeless works into the modern world through design. She says her job is “to echo the inside on the outside.” Beautifully stated, yet simple — just like her designs.