A little downtime at Fresco means I get to play and playtime means inspiration. On a day of browsing through some of my favourite sites, I started to notice the return of the monogram (not that it ever left, but seems ever more present). There is something so simple and elegant about the positive and negative spaces, the boldness, the modulated forms. I’ve montaged a few of my favourites for you but you can see more at these sites: anagrama, Valentine Group, Peter & Paul and Conor & David. Enjoy! Leah 7.04
The designers at Fresco Creative love to draw inspiration from those amazing people out there that approach art in a completely unique way. Alexa Meade is one such person – she is an installation artist based in Washington DC who paints real people into unique 3D portraits. Most portrait artists start with a blank canvas – not Alexa! She starts with a fully clothed person and applies the paint directly to the skin/fabric/shoe/background to create the impression of a more traditional painting – but her works are anything but traditional! Check out her Flickr page for a closer
I thought I would give you all a giggle to ride out the last hour until we’re set free for the glorious and rare four day weekend. Maybe you told your mother you’re engaged to a lovely young fellow you met at the pub last night or told your boss you’ve won the lotto and today will be your last day, or maybe you were a little more creative like these guys. Enjoy and have a wonderful Easter. Leah 1.04 For more giggles, check out Urban Prankster.
We love it when big ideas come to life and the Kid’s Republic Bookstore in Beijing is an example of such a phenomenon! KR’s designers (Japanese architects Sako) have gone hell for leather to create a bookstore that you just won’t want to leave! They have raided the Pantone Swatch Book to create a meandering rainbow that captures the imagination. Kids and adults can curl up in to the appropriate sized nook with a book, sit in their wooden honeycomb tunnel or wander through the rainbow cave. Count me in! Andrea 1/4/10
If Napolean Dynamite ever left Idaho & his dancing shoes behind & made a living out of his creative hand – it would have been in the form of these cards. Perhaps he is Able & Game’s long long long lost cousin? This a stationery label aims to create greeting cards that stand out from the crowd. Much like Napolean himself. Able & Game use humour & real sentiment to convey messages that are quirky, poignant & personal. The cards feature hand drawn designs with references to pop culture & trends that people easily identify with. The statements made on the cards have peo
I’m new at Fresco Creative. Hi everyone! I was lucky enough to go to the Sydney Semi-Permanent design conference last week and it has inspired my first blog entry. My favourite speakers were Frankie Magazine, Tin& Ed, The Glue Society and Jessica Hishe. Jessica, typographer extraordinaire, showed off her exquisite and inspiring recent work. She has been working on “Daily Drop Cap” which is a project which involves her designing a letter a day until she has completed a hefty 12 alphabets! Check her out at http://jessicahische.com Andrea 24/3
The Art Of Conversation: London—Berlin. Trailer / Half way teaser from The Art of Conversation: on Vimeo. What do you get when you add 20 young and established designers playing a visual game Chinese Whispers over skype? Awesomeness, that’s what. The Art of Conversation will exhibit the results of ten designers from London and ten from Berlin, who have been asked to play over the course of 90 days, each being involved in one stage of the chain. Each participant is presented with a work/idea from the previous participant in the chain via a Skype chat. They then have 3 days to interpret i
At the end of this week Im off to Melbourne for a business trip. I love, love, love Melbourne, its so inspiring from a design perspective, not only the graphic design, but fashion, furniture and architecture. Even the hotel Im staying at has that Melbourne cool… Bloomfields. This gem was a tip from my favourite blog, the Design Files. With its rooftop pool, customised individual room design and a funky art deco diner. Take a look for yourself ans stay tuned for my review next week. Gertrude street here I come! Triscia 24/03