Remember the awesome letterpress printed invitation booklets I blogged about last week that were created for Allison & Ryan? Well, there was one other part of that project that I didn’t mention yet: water-colored letterpress printed maps. When Allison and Ryan hired me to do their invitation books, they also had me print a few extra copies of their maps to send back to the original designer/mapmaker, Crystal Kluge, to be water-colored. I was just over checking out Crystal’s blog this morning and saw some images she posted of the finished maps and boy do they look fantastic! You can see a photo of one of them at the top of this post, and you can find the pics of the others here. Aren’t those great?!? And what a fantastic and beautiful keepsake to hang up on your wall. Love ’em!
This week seems to be shaping up to a week where I’m not only blogging about awesome things that we’re doing, I’m also blogging about awesome things that other people are doing and things that I love as well. Living in lovely, eco-friendly, Eugene, you see a lot of awesome-ly designed, random, different, or customized bikes around. Many of these bike owners have built or customized their bikes themselves, but nonetheless, it makes for awesome people-watching, as well as awesome alternative transportation for a city that’s keen on protecting the environment. I have a pretty awesome bike, that I ride all over the place when the weather is decent to nice, but I always thought it would be great to have a bike trailer to haul stuff around with. Well, what if your bike and bike trailer were an all-in-one, awesomely designed package? Check out the Madsen. It may be one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen this week.
If, like me, you work in some kind of design or creative field full-time, you’re sure to appreciate this video. You’ll also like it if you are just a fan of really awesome uses of typography.
F is for Fail is a short film about the creative process, and the failure we always encounter, but usually overcome. Told using the alphabet, each letter informs us of the state of the protagonist’s creativity/state of mind. Each letter has two words associated with it (except A and Z); sometimes the positive word overpowers the negative word, and vice-versa.
I work with a lot of people all over the world who are getting married. These people want to share their life with another person completely. They want to start families. They want to be there for each other and support each other through good times and bad. In my opinion, it is beyond all reason that two individuals who want to be wed and have families should be prevented from doing so. I think that it’s pretty powerful and very lucky if you believe you’ve found that one person in your life that you want to share everything with and can’t imagine being without.
I don’t know why, but I saw this this morning and I must admit that it made me giggle, just a little bit…
I was blog hopping earlier today and ran across this poster. The first thought that came to my head was, literally: “Dude, that would look pretty cool letterpress printed, with some nice old wood type.” The second thought was “Wow, that’s sad, but painfully true.”
(Image via Design Crush)
I’m headed up to Portland this afternoon to run a few letterpress-related errands and potentially do some shopping. While I’m away, you can tide yourself over with this lovely stop motion animation. I recently discovered Carlos Lascano, and I think that I may be in love (with his work). As another blogger put it: his talent truly runneth over. More letterpress tomorrow. Enjoy!