Inspiration: Craft out of Hometown love

I like this trend in creating and selling art out of place names and maps.

It reminds me of loyalty, and hometown comfort and pride. But in a simple, cute package.

All featured in The Bold Italic shop.

t Necklace - By Honey & Bloom
West Coast Necklace – By Honey & Bloom
San Francisco Map Scarf - by Jennifer Maravillas
San Francisco Map Scarf – by Jennifer Maravillas
Topography Letterpress Print - by  Western Editions and Melissa Small
Topography Letterpress Print – by Western Editions and Melissa Small

Not about space. But about color ūüôā Which, I love too.

Color Wheel Pendant - by Yellow Owl Workshop
Color Wheel Pendant – by Yellow Owl Workshop

And, another extra: CinqPoints’ designer ¬†minimalist architectural toys.

home - by CInqPoints
home – by CinqPoints

Design links: Prettily creative kids’ crafts’ site; Hiroki Nakamura, my style icon, fun typography features and manufactured-ly “vintage” design


Aaargh, visually arresting site for crafting with kids!

I love the rainbow sprinkles-popcorn feature and all the rainbow objects!

2.  Hiroki Nakamura and VISVIM

This man is one of my style icons. ¬†Not all his products really, but more of how he carries himself. ¬†And how he’s able to pull off green bead necklaces with crisp shirts, and still seem like a gruff, straight but sophisticated man.

I also like his backpacks, and his retail philosopy.

VISVIM Laminaria Kudu

3. Onion Typography featured in CMYBacon

Onion Typography by André Baumecker

4.  Mid-Century Modern Typefaces Identified, featured in CMYBacon

Lubalin Graphic Bold – MCMTypefaces.Tumblr

5.  I like the old school, rough and artisanal design feel, so I enjoy this list of

40 Vintage and Retro Web Design Inspirations from InspirationFeed

5 Things I found nice today: the quietest place on earth, homemade butter, anime, prints and Harvard cooking lectures

1.  Cool..

It’s so quiet that after 45 minutes, some people have had hallucinations.

Welcome to the quietest place on earth.

Anechoic Test Chamber - Orfield Laboratories

2. The Little Friends of Printmaking

via Think.BigChief

3.  Q&A with Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry

Butter is a great one start with. It always works, it‚Äôs quick, and it‚Äôs totally magical.”

Yay ūüôā

4.  Cooking and Science Рbrought to you by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. via Open Culture

5.  5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Pretty things: rainbow thread art, Pantone tarts, design and wedding blogs, beach nostalgia-hue business cards

1. Gabriel Dawe‘s Plexus No. 9 via Designspiration

Made of just thread, painted wood and hooks.

Plexus No. 9 - Gabriel Dawe

2.  Katani Lifestyle business cards by Motherbird. via Designspiration

3.  Pantone Tarts by Emilie de Griottes via designboom

4.  Decor 8.  A group I found through an Emilie de Griottes post (she just joined their team).

Really pretty content.  Watercolors, wallpaper, crafts.  Excellent visual femininity orgasm.

Sushi Print - by Miss Capricho
Catalina Estrada Wallpaper
Therese Sennerholt prints

5. Browsing through Decor8 led me to this picture:

Which was featured in Green Wedding Shoes.

Frankly, the best wedding idea blog I’ve seen. ¬†Each featured wedding is beautifully photographed and I bet brides’ll go crazy over the little detail inspirations in the posts.

The image above is of a backdrop created from rolled paper ribbons, made by the bride herself.

Most handsome wedding ring I've seen!

Yellow ombre cake!

Surf trail: for Handmade Zakka Craft

Googly-eyed girl alert.

I saw this book called Handmade Zakka Craft. ¬†Turns out “zakka” refers to “small, various¬†products used in everyday life”, but now also “represents a style of art and craft that is simple, charming, and of Japanese esthetic”¬†according to squidoo.

Searching about the book led me to all these beautiful blogs featuring or mentioning the book.

Hello Sandwich by Ebony Byzis

She’s also the creator of a prettily-crafted Tokyo guide.

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Grab bag: Design and architecture

Still cleaning up open tabs.  This will end someday and I will get around to actual writing. Soon, soon.

Accurate fake sunlight.  Beautifully practical Japanese objects. Friends of Type. Mon Zamora photos. A graffiti motion capture program. Andy Baio essay-article on the limits of intellectual property in design.  Design documentaries. Business card design. Brand memory game. Old-school medicine labels. Papercraft infgraphics.

1. ¬†Daniel Rybakken‘s smart optical trickery – “subconscious effect of daylight”. ¬†Replicating the appearance of sunlight in a windowless room using 6000 LED bulbs. Cool. via Couleurblind

Rybakken's "subconscious effect of daylight"

2.  I like how this book celebrates the Japanese regard for the beauty and aesthetic of everyday objects. Yay for the Japanese Ministry of Economy! via

365 Days Charming Everyday Things


3.  Beautiful pictures by Mon Zamora. via bumbumbum.

by Mon Zamora

4.  Discovering Friends of Type from popandshorty, a fun blog collating work by four type designers/graphic artists.

"Always Play Amongst Friends" - Friends of Type


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PROFESSIONal by VitaBrevis: Eric Arakawa on Pursuing What He Loves

I am all for doing what you love.

I love hearing about artisanship, dedication to craft, as I’ve always wanted to talk about.

I love watching footage of people who chose to devote themselves to something they’re passionate about, no matter how atypical. Or, I guess, I like it more when it is atypical – when they go out on a limb for it despite what other people think is the normally “accomplished” way of living life.

VitaBrevis‘ profile video, on Eric Arakawa, an independent surfboard designer, is a great example of what I just said.

via TransWorld Surf‘s Five Flick Friday