LogoLand

02/03/2009

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Crazy amazing collection of mid-70’s logos on flickr.  I’ve been meaning to get these up for a while…  I was obsessed with these when I found them… Enjoy.

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I am working on a design project at the moment that has me wrapped up in Mexican roadside iconography. As a Latin American myself who has traveled pretty extensively throughout Central America and the Carribean, what stands out the most from my tropical roadtrips are the classic handpainted signs – Rotulos – that are sadly starting to be replaces by modern, inexpensive computer printing. Until recently, most signs in these third world countries, even corporate ads for Coca-Cola and Corona, were painted by hand.  It’s a business that has thrives in some parts of the world for hundreds of years…

I read an article recently about the fading trade, that is still hanging on in many parts of Mexico. According to the author…

A Se Vende or Se Renta (“For Sale” or “For Rent”) sign with an accompanying phone number can be painted on your façade for under $200 pesos (less than $20 US). This includes materials and the meticulous lettering styles that the artist in question learned at a special school in Mexico City. Hand-drawn signs are cheaper, according to the painter, but many Mexicans prefer to use the more modern services as they think somehow they must look better.

Really?  Um.  Nah.

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Everyday-scapes

12/31/2008

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These everyday New York City images by Yoanne Lemoine are what my world looked like as a kid growing up in Queens.  It’s funny how this French chick is so into this stuff.  These photographs capture all the things that made me desperate to get away, but now feel kind of bittersweet.  Europeans are always obsessed with things like this.

She also made a bunch of videos about “young New Yorkers” – none of whom are from New York.  Not so into those.

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Mann’s World

12/29/2008

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I absolutely love Charlotte Mann’s drawings.  I want to get lost in her chaotic world of outlines.

A graduate of Central St. Martin’s (of course she is,) she started her career in fashion design, and styling but has since moved on to focus on her illustration. She now teaches at the University of the Arts and is is an Associate Lecturer at St Martin’s, Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell College of Art, and the Prince’s Drawing School.  

This black and white is anything but simple.


Mann's World

12/29/2008

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I absolutely love Charlotte Mann’s drawings.  I want to get lost in her chaotic world of outlines.

A graduate of Central St. Martin’s (of course she is,) she started her career in fashion design, and styling but has since moved on to focus on her illustration. She now teaches at the University of the Arts and is is an Associate Lecturer at St Martin’s, Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell College of Art, and the Prince’s Drawing School.  

This black and white is anything but simple.


Chain Reaction

12/28/2008

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Fantastic timely and mood-dependent necklace by Mark Pawson.  It’s a big question under the candy-colored plastic letters. Really depends on the day I suppose…

Available HERE.

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I’ve been watching Grey Gardens nonstop for the past 72 hours. I’m unsure about whether these two women are completely possessed by their undiagnosed schizophrenia or the sanest women I have ever observed. In any case, there is something so enviable about total surrender to a life unaffected by the world’s opinions. I can’t figure out whether these women are my terrifying failure-deterrents, or who I should strive to become. Line after unscripted line, they seem to get life just right:

Big Edie: Oh, look. That cat’s going to the bathroom right behind my portrait.

Little Edie: Ughh, how awful.

Big Edie: No, I’m glad. I’m glad somebody’s doing something what they want to do!