Alyson & Levi’s Wedding Invitations

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Some lovely typographic and textural eye candy for you today, Alyson & Levi’s wedding invitations.  I was waiting so patiently for all her wedding details to be unveiled over the summer, then August turned out to be a crazy month and I’m just now seeing all of them.  Absolutely love!

{image shown via Oh So Beautiful Paper}

Flour Pot Packaging

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Hand-lettered typography is just so perfect.  You can never go wrong with something handmade for a handmade product.  Love this packaging for Flour Pot by Sara Nicely (via frolic!).

{image shown belongs to Flour Pot; designed by Sara Lovely}

Tarien’s Dress

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

How amazing is the detailed lace on this wedding dress?  Even though I wasn’t the type of bride to have black on my gown, I still love this dress.  Via 100 Layer Cake.

{image shown from We Love Pictures}

David Burdeny

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Gorgeous landscape photography from David Burdeny.  They remind me of paintings.

{images shown belong to David Burdeny}

What Were You Thinking?

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Can’t help but blog today about the lack of design skills used to make the new Gap logo.  I’m truly sorry, but what a joke!  I am a firm believer that to stay competitive, established brands need to grow with the changing market over time (I’m talking about decades, not every year).  This includes updating a logo and brand approach from time to time, but one should design these carefully to grow from an existing brand (for example, how Crayola built their branding changes on the past).  Otherwise your brand appears inconsistent and confuses your consumer… or in this case, just irritates them.  It appears no thought or concept went into this new logo, and it doesn’t feel connected to their old brand at all.  Looks like someone watched Helvetica a few too many times!

And, if you want your own horrible logo, check out this spot on the web (via Gawker)… too funny.  I’ll be forwarding this to my design friends today…

*UPDATE on 10.12.10: They heard people’s disdain for the logo loud and clear!  Back to the old logo.  Thanks for the update, Caroline!

{image shown via New York Daily News; logos belong to Gap Inc.}

Radicchio, Apple and Pear Salad

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

With a full bushel of apples, I’ve been busy making all sorts of sweet things in the kitchen (apple crisp, apple cake, apple cinnamon oatmeal pancakes, applesauce), but now I’m looking for ways to use apples during a meal.  Using apples in a savory meal, or the crisp crunch to brighten a salad.  This salad from Smitten Kitchen looks like a good first bet in steering away from the usual.

Radicchio, Apple and Pear Salad from Smitten Kitchen

Know of any apple recipes for meals or side dishes?  Please share!

{image shown belongs to Smitten Kitchen}

34 Typographic Sins

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As a designer it’s hard sometimes not to be a type snob.  You can’t help it, you’ve learned so many rules at art school, things to never do and things to keep in mind.  When it all goes right and you see a grouping of type that just makes sense… you can’t help but say aloud, “ahhh… SUCH nice type.”  Type can be so… satisfying.  I had a similar reaction to this poster by Jim Godfrey, printed by Rowley Press.  For lovers of good typography (or dorks like me).

{image shown via Rowley Press}

Brittany + Paul

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Such a super cute wedding!  Check out Brittany + Paul’s wedding on 100 Layer Cake and see what I’m talking about.  Scandinavian details, wearing her mom’s wedding dress (re-styled), and huge (I mean huge) paper flowers.  Love.

{images shown via 100 Layer Cake; photography by Ali Degraff}

Mushrooms & Lichen

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I have a serious love for lichen, moss, and mushrooms.  If I bring a camera with me on a walk through the woods, you can guarantee I’ll be photographing them.  I can only imagine what I must look like when I squeal “oh my gosh, look at THIS lichen!  WOW!”  I think you can tell I don’t get out much.

Here are some of favorites from a hike from this weekend.

{for more of my audubon sanctuary images, check out my Flickr}

Apple Picking Season

Friday, October 1st, 2010

They said it would rain, but that didn’t stop us.  Good thing too, because it didn’t end up raining after all.  Thursday we spent the afternoon picking more apples than we know what to do with, but had such a lovely time doing so.  I’ll be making apple crisp, apple pie, apple cinnamon muffins, apple pancakes, applesauce, and anything else I can think of for a bit.

I hope you get to do something fallish this first weekend of October… don’t let any rain stop you.
- Colleen

{for more of my apple picking images, check out my Flickr}