Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Found on Design Seeds

I'm in love with the first palette! The second one, not as much, but was mesmerized by the image. The third one I really like, but not as much as the first! Follow me?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mixing Textures

After reading that WWD article, I have been thinking a lot about mixing textures, whether it be actual 3D elements or just the look of them. Here are some interesting pairings I found on

Monday, February 27, 2012

Le Cuir A Paris

Le Cuir A Paris textile earlier this month had some fantastic exhibitions showing off ideas that can enhance fabric, especially leather. Here are some of my faves.

I love the shapes within a shape of this briefcase. The shadows the triangles create add to the design!

How the leather of this chair was manipulated creates an amazing effect that almost looks like something you would find in a coral reef.

I love the contrast of the gold metallic paint on the cognac leather. Adds another dimension.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Happy Friday! I thought I would end this week of Dieter Rams' Principles of Design with this ever-so powerful statement. Here's to a inspirational weekend and continuing to think outside the box!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mark Rothko

The Mark Rothko painting that we saw at the MOMA still has me in awe. I liked placing it with design rule #10 because to me, the beauty of it is the simplicity of it. It's not over-done, but still well thought-out. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Francesca Woodman

This immediately made me think of Francesca Woodman. Her photography wasn't trying to pretend to be anything else than what it was. It was raw and sometimes disturbing, but I love that it was real. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Exploded Views

Jim Campell's Exploded Views really exemplified Design Key #8 for me. The amount of meticulous timing that goes into creating the images in his light installation is almost insane (the good kind).

I love the images we captured of this piece, where in each one you see something different. What our pictures created to me is organized chaos. Something so thought-out transforms by becoming blurred and distorted. In more researching, I discovered "Lacking a point of reference, horizon, or certain depth of field" a topic on But Does It Float. The images there show the perfect examples of seemingly random, but well thought-out and purpose driven things can have a sense of randomness and chaos involved. Oh and check out the image I spotted that drew me to the site!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Good Design Is...

I thought I would revisit the key steps to design we saw during the Dieter Rams exhibit and point out what attracts me to the pieces I post.  

This Dieter Rams chair is the perfect example of long-lasting and influential design. It's simple, useful, and brilliantly subtle in it's design aesthetic. I decided to find more of what I feel exemplifies this key of design. In searching for examples, I discovered Arne Jacobson, and like Dieter Rams, immediately recognized his work. I think what makes these pieces long-lasting is that they are still utilitarian without giving up on creative design. I think doing this exercise by being inspired by Dieter Ram's keys to good design, will lead to more discovery and deep-thought about why good design works.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Found on UPSTAIRS.

I had this planned before we went to MOMA. The organic paths that are formed in the agate are beautiful. I love the "flaws" in agate, the unique starts and stops in nature's design. Here's to an inspiring weekend! Talk to you soon.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Northern Lights

I got to thinking about light shining through"speckles", which along with bubbles in water, it made me think of northern lights in the stars. I love how soft the waves of light are, but still feels powerful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Found on UPSTAIRS.

Happy day-after Valentine's Day dear friend! I found a new site full of images so entrancing, I think I am addicted. Scanning through, I was drawn to this images because of the water in it's many forms. Bubbles, droplets, dew, condensation...reminded me of your ink project too. What do you think?!

Monday, February 13, 2012


This weekend I went to a MeatPaper Magazine block party celebrating their new issue with a "bones" theme. Needless to say, I was inspired!

Friday, February 10, 2012


All images found on Entropy

Here's what I pulled based off our talk about mountain formations. I love how there is a daunting and ominous feel to this photos. P.S. look at the last image...what do you see?