Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do You See What I See?

Synesthesia, which I wrote about here, is endlessly interesting to me. As a creative person, the idea of this additional sensory experience is incredibly intriguing. (Am I missing out on certain sensory awareness?) I was reading this post about the condition, which mentions the documentary Do You See What I See.

At my high school, all students were required to give a speech to the entire school in order to graduate. My speech centered on perception and the idea that everyone sees things—including color—differently. I concluded that people's differing perceptions are what makes self expression so important. By expressing the way you see the world, you're sharing something with the rest of the world that might not be evident or exist otherwise, due to differences in perception. It was admittedly a 17-year-old's version of this topic, and much more based on my own beliefs than rooted in science, but ever since then (and even before), this idea of differing perceptions among people is one that has amazed me.

Do You See What I See explores these differences as related to color. Apparently, even language limits (or enriches) color perception; when words for certain colors don't exist in a specific culture, its people don't see a difference between that color and another one. (As a side note, I do have to wonder about the researcher's methods in the trailer below. He shows a member of the Himba tribe a TV screen with different squares of color and asks him to identify the differing square. I can't imagine TVs are very widespread among these people, and wonder if that's really the best way of testing them?) In any case, the documentary looks like an interesting one, and I'd like to check it out. Watch the trailer below for more information.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two new ways to waste time

Two new websites to check out for all your (unrelated) humorous needs:

1. Halloween or Williamsburg - Is that a costume?

2. Trend List- Design trends seen a lot. Not really sure if this one is supposed to be humorous, but it me, at least.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Luctor et Emergo

Possibly the nicest graffiti ever. Seen on 14th Street.

(Luctor et Emergo = "I struggle and emerge")

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Flick Chicks

Mindy Kaling, you're so right.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New York from above

New York from above.

Photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Conversations with Siri

Me: Siri, you're so smart.
Siri: Thanks for saying so!

Me: Siri, who made you?
Siri: Like it says on the box... I was designed by Apple in California.

Me: Siri, will you marry me?
Siri: My End User Licensing Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies.

Me: Siri, you're pretty.
Siri: Oh, stop.

Me: Siri, you're fat.
Siri: You're certainly entitled to that opinion.

Me: Siri, I love you.
Siri: I hope you don't say that to those other mobile phones.

I don't, Siri. I don't.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spreading Good Cheer

I'm liking the Cheer redesign (didn't they just redesign, though?) Even the banner ads are fun to watch; I caught one on the sidebar of my Spotify. Very different for a detergent (navy blue?), so I'm sure it will stand out on the shelf.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pentagram Papers 41: WTC

I'm a little late on this post, but Judith Turner's photographs of the World Trade Center (as featured in Pentagram Papers 41: WTC, released for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks) are beautiful. Check out more information here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oliver Jeffers

Between paintings, picture books, and illustrations, Oliver Jeffers has a bunch of great work. I especially love looking at the pages of his sketch books.

You also might know him as 1/3 of You and Me The Royal We.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boardwalk Empire

As an awesome ad campaign, Boardwalk Empire (HBO's show that takes place in Prohibition-era Atlantic City) is running a vintage subway train on the 2/3 line in NY. Read more here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Do you Pinterest? If so, follow me here...It's becoming my new obsession.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kiss My Spatula

A new food blog I'm liking: Kiss My Spatula. Especially nice because, at the end of each recipe, she lists a "music pairing" to match the recipe (and many great photos). It's no secret I love anything that combines my multiple interests. Food + photography + music? I'll take it!

Visit the site here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rock me like a hurricane

For your hurricane entertainment, a mishmosh of hurricane songs for you, from me:
Hurricane Mix

Stay dry, people...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Art of the Menu

Combining my loves: Art of the Menu.
Already including some of my favorites!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tesco Home Plus

Here's a smart and awesome idea: Tesco Home Plus, a grocery chain in Korea, devised a way for people to buy groceries while waiting for the subway. They've created graphics that look like supermarket aisles along the station walls. People can use their phones to scan QR codes printed on each "item" in the aisle, which adds the item to their cart. They can then pay and have their groceries delivered to their house. It's like FreshDirect on steroids!

Tesco's argument is that because Koreans are hard workers, they have little time to do their grocery shopping. This system allows for an efficient use of time. Read more here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gavin Potenza

Nice illustration work by Gavin Potenza.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Little Dragon: Ritual Union

Take a listen to the new Little Dragon album here.

Il Lee

Il Lee's ballpoint drawings on canvas are beautiful.

© Art Projects International; Courtesy of artist and Art Projects International, New York

Monday, July 18, 2011



After turning 30, Jonathan Harris began the personal project of taking photos every day and documenting them online.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Have you seen Typeverything? There are all kinds of wonderful typographical goodies to be seen.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jeseok Yi

Speaking of's another great use of them for advertising purposes by Jeseok Yi, as well as some of his other great (and very clever) work.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guinness Genius

This ad by Frank Anselmo for Guinness is old (2001), but I've never come across it, and it's pretty brilliant. The matches emulate the look of a pint of Guinness. Read more about his work here.

Tunes for you.

A new playlist for you...admittedly a bit of a mishmash on this one.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day of letterpressing

Below are some pictures of the recent letterpress workshop I took through the Type Directors Club and the end result: a letterpress version of my business card.

(Printed at Kallemeyn Press, 130 Dobbin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)