Monday, 31 January 2011

Exit >>

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A graffiti by Banksy, via Cocomale

I just finished watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film I thought it was about Banksy. I was so wrong.

Banksy is one of my idols for sure. He sees art, politics and our everyday life from a very creative and singular perspective. He's a genius to me.

Back to the film: if you enjoy street art (or just art) you really have to find the time to watch it. It gives us a valuable lesson and makes us think how we see art and how we choose who is good and who is not. What's the big difference, can you tell? I don't...

Number 8 by Jackson Pollock, via ibiblio

Look to Pollock's paints, anyone would pay millions to have an original at his home. Well, not me. I see non-sense and no technique in the so-called action painting, it's just...nice. Or the 4'33'' by John Cage: I would be outraged if I payed for a concert where I only listened what was around me. Was his intention to make us be aware of what's happening around us and not being so selfish or materialistic? There are better ways to do that...

What is art to you?

P.S. Yesterday I tried to do the latte art, as I promised. And then I realized it's a difficult technique to master so I didn't take any pictures. I'll try harder next time, I promise.

And don't forget to watch the trailer, it's a masterpiece too:



Saturday, 29 January 2011

Typewriting

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Tipewritter, via We Heart It

What Tereza Anton and Hank Moody have in common? A typewriter. Which reminds me a child story: mine; and I want to share it with you.

When I was little I loved to visit my father at his work, because there I could use his typewriter and imagine silly stories or just type, type, type. The sound of the fingers hitting the keys was inspiring and pushed me to write word after word. And when I heard the sound of the carriage tinkling... it was amazing.

One day I will buy one for me. Typewriters are so romantic.

I always loved this music by Leroy Anderson too:



Friday, 28 January 2011

Latte art







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Hummm... It's so good to wake up with a cup of coffee, taste its dark flavour and smell its sweet perfume... And it's even better when we see art on it! 
Coffee is already a pleasure for itself, it only needs the art to make it, but it's always fascinating to see creative people. So, today, I will present you some coffee art (with recipes you can try at home) and coffee cup designs. I hope you'll like it!





Coffee Latte
Latte art. Designed by yoshiko314, via Flickr


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Coffee art. Designed by the uncool hunter, via Lost At E Minor

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Coffee. Designed by Rabellu, via deviantArt

Cortado. Designed by Ignacio Pilotto, via NOTCOT.ORG

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Roller Coaster. Designed by Etay Amir, via Design Boom

Pantone coffee mugs. Via Visual Culture

I didn't forget the recipes: on e-how (I really like this website) you can find a step-by-step tutorial. If you are a visual person, check out this video:






And you, what are your favourite drinks? Share your recipes and your coffee cups!

P.S. I'll try to do latte art and then i'll show how it came out. Show me yours too. :)

Thursday, 27 January 2011

working place

Everyone wants their liberty and I'm no exception. I dream of a house of my own and how I will decorate it. Today I'll show you some pieces that I would like to buy to my workplace at home.

Cloud Chair. Designed by Lisa Widén (Sweden), via Bem Legaus


Hand Pen Holder. Designed by Urban Outfiters (United States), via Bem Legaus


And when that idea doesn't want to come out...

Speed Bag. Designed by Everlast (United States), via Bem Legaus

What are the items you can't be apart of in your office?

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Jewelry is a girl's best friend

Like every girl in the world, I love jewelry. And I'm very picky in what concerns that. Yeah.

But Catherinette Rings has the most absolutely gorgeous steampunk rings, necklaces, watches, you get it...

I didn't even know what steampunk was until I met his work (yes, it's a guy) .

Dive with me:

Steampunk bracelet Blue by *CatherinetteRings on deviantART


Steampunk Jewelry Clear by *CatherinetteRings on deviantART


Reptile eye cuff links wheat by *CatherinetteRings on deviantART


Victorian Antique Button Cuff by *CatherinetteRings on deviantART


Steampunk Watch Silver by *CatherinetteRings on deviantART


He sells his stuff on ETSY, it's not very expensive regarding the work and the beautiful pieces he create. Go check it and buy one for me too. ;)

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

I care about the outside!






Packaging Massada. Maqueta.
Massada, Limited Edition. Design by Leif S. (Spain), via Flickr

Packaging is the science, art and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use. Packaging also refers to the process of design, evaluation, and production of packages. Packaging can be described as a coordinated system of preparing goods for transport, warehousing, logistics, sale, and end use. Packaging contains, protects, preserves, transports, informs, and sells. In many countries it is fully integrated into government, business, institutional, industrial, and personal use. 

This is what Wikipedia tells us, which is quite accurate for the average person. But not to designers.

The designer always wants to send a message. Packaging needs to be aesthetically agreeable, to stand out the best features of the product and surpass all the others around.

In my opinion packaging should be made like something to treasure. We're giving a bonus to the consumer for buying our brand, our product, our service and that's why he buy it: to get something more. I know I keep the most creative (or just beautiful) packages I see on the market. Want to see?

This one had a necklace inside, I think.


And this, chocolates. ^-^


There are two of blogs I follow with content about packaging: Lovely Package and The Dieline. Some of my favourites are:

Meteor. Designed by WORK Labs (United States), via Lovely Package

Art graf. Designed by Mário Jorge Lemos (Portugal), via Lovely Package

Wedding invitation. Designed by Chris Trivizas (Greece), via Lovely Package

Mayrah. Designed by Eulie Lee (Australia), via The Dieline

Matchbox City. Designed by Happy Forsman & Bodenfors (Sweden), via The Dieline

Cleanup Soap. Designed by Hideaki Matsui (Japan), via The Dieline


What do you think a package must contain? How do you like it? What are your favourite designs? Tell me everything in the comments.

Thank you!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

ID

I have a new identity, a logomark to identify my works. It was first created to put in my CV but I decided to extend to all my design personality.

The theme, as you will notice, is around the playing cards. I'm a club, I'm a heart. Club for creativity, heart for emotions.



What do you think?

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