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06

Apr
2011

mary katrantzou by erik madigan heck

On 06, Apr 2011 | In Fashion, Selected Posts | By sue

This series of photos by Erik Madigan Heck for Nomenus Quarterly beautifully showcases designer Mary Katrantzou’s fall 2011 collection. Heck is the founder of Nomenus Quarterly, a limited-edition arts and fashion publication that at one point cost $6,500 an issue (very possibly still costs that much).
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02

Apr
2011

more book covers by coralie bickford-smith

On 02, Apr 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Yesterday I posted about Coralie Bickford-Smith’s beautiful covers for Penguin’s Great Food series. Bickford-Smith has also created many other visually striking book cover designs for Penguin, from the starkly dramatic Gothic Horror collection to the cheeky, retro Boys’ Adventure series. Her work combines a clean, modern graphic design sensibility and offbeat, old-fashioned patterns and design elements.
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01

Apr
2011

mike kelley’s “kandors” glass art

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Artist Mike Kelley’s new book “Kandors” chronicles his decade of work creating and recreating images of Kandor. Kandor, for non-Superman fans (that includes me—Batman forever!), is the former Kryptonian capital, shrunk and placed in a bell jar by a villain. Inspired by this story, Kelley creates installations using colorful hand-blown glass bottles and bell jars.
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01

Apr
2011

firework studies by pierre le hors

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I was organizing my bookmarks (a great way to avoid GRE studying) yesterday, and I came across Pierre Le Hors’ Firework Studies (2009). I initially thought these were pastel drawings, but they’re actually photographs. Le Hors digitally manipulated the photos to achieve a raw, often abstracted look.
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01

Apr
2011

coralie bickford smith’s great food covers

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a consistently brilliant book cover designer at Penguin Books. She’s the creative mind behind their popular Hardcover Classics clothbound series. Now, she’s created gorgeous covers for Penguin’s new Great Food series, a collection of 20 books representing “the finest food writing from the last 400 years.”
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01

Apr
2011

“spomenik” by jan kempenaers: yugoslavia’s forgotten monuments

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts | By sue

These imposing, space age, Halo-esque structures are monuments of former Yugoslavia’s Socialist Republic. For his project “Spomenik: The End of History,” Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers spent three years traveling around the Balkans to capture the forgotten structures. During the 60s and 70s, the Yugoslavian government commissioned hundreds of monuments (“Spomeniks”), built at sites of WWII battles, concentration camps, and cemeteries.
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01

Mar
2011

richard mosse’s psychedelic, haunting infrared photos of eastern congo

On 01, Mar 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I’m loving Richard Mosse’s recent infrared photography of Eastern Congo. The combination of psychedelic, lush colors and beautiful landscapes with the grim evidence of violence and poverty is really striking. The photos have a whimsical element of magical realism, but the use of infrared also reflects the intangibility and ubiquity of the conflict taking place in Eastern Congo.
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01

Mar
2011

enviably awesome business cards

On 01, Mar 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

I’ll know I’ve made it once I have a really cool business card. My obsession with business cards stems from high school, when my friend’s older brother got a voucher for free printing and promptly ordered rainbow cards reading “Winner, Dreamer, Achiever.” What can I say, I had excellent role models. Here are some fun and creative cards I found recently.
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17

Feb
2011

double jeu by sebastian kim

On 17, Feb 2011 | In Fashion, Selected Posts | By sue

This Numero editorial completely blew me away. Shot by Sebastian Kim and styled by Charles Varenne, Double Jeu features Constance Jablonski in some of the most striking fashion photography I’ve seen in a while. The images are visually bold, with strong graphic shapes, and yet there’s a mysterious, hazy, spookiness to them as well. Gorgeous.
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01

Feb
2011

awesome graphic design resumes

On 01, Feb 2011 | In Design, Selected Posts | By sue

For the last few months, during my job search, I’ve been thinking a lot about resumes and cover letters. You want to stand out, but you have to do it within very strict parameters. Graphic designers get a lot more latitude with it, though. I came across a cool infographic resume yesterday and proceeded to spend way too much time combing the internet for more fun resumes.
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12

Jan
2011

vogue tries, fails to get it right with models of color

On 12, Jan 2011 | In Fashion, Selected Posts | By sue

I want to talk about “Gangs of New York,” an editorial showcasing the work of several prominent New York designers. It’s from the February issue of American Vogue, and was styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Mario Testino. For each photo, a group of models styled to look alike wears pieces from a designer’s latest collection. There’s a blonde punky group, a brunette waspy group, a pale wispy romantic group…and an Asian “hip creative” group and a black “tribal” group (my descriptions, not the magazine’s).
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10

Jan
2011

kenji hirata

On 10, Jan 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I recently came across the artwork of Kenji Hirata. I love how much Hirata is able to convey using simple shapes. The rhythmic patterns in his art evoke both nature and technology, from retro video games to futuristic worlds. What sets Hirata’s work apart, for me, is that it’s never too slick: It’s bold and visually appealing, but always retains a sense of playfulness.
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