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1. A Map of the World Book

I’m kind of obsessed with maps, especially maps as art. I’ve even posted a whole blog on the maps and globes we have around our house (I think our collection has doubled since that post too!). Anyway, I am loving this book of maps that has been illustrated by a variety of designers.

While Google Maps and GPS systems have become our tools of choice for navigation, contemporary maps have evolved into platforms for cutting-edge illustration, experimental data visualization, and personal visual storytelling.

See more images and purchase the book here.

2. Newsprint Vendors

Thoroughly enjoyed this post on Nubby Twiglet… I love these behind the scenes posts! She generously shares her printing vendors, and I hope she knows how appreciative we all are of her for that! And I have actually wondered quite a few times how to print a newspaper, especially since the Design*Sponge blog started their newspaper a few years ago.

3. A Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Ads Work

Pretty cute animation on how ads work on the Internet! Designed by illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel, commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau in the U.K… found via swissmiss.

4. Make Your Own Typographic Art

I love making custom artwork for our home (did you see my DIY wall art earlier this week?)… especially when it comes in large oversize type! Ever since my first college class in typography, I’ve never looked at letters the same. Each one is a piece of art in itself and once the letter or number is blown up and cropped, it because so abstract and a completely different shape. Anyway, enough gushing on the beauty of type….

I am a huge fan of A Beautiful Mess’ DIY projects! HUGE fan… especially when they first unveiled using engineer prints (seriously awesome cost effective way to print big!). This new DIY project though plucks at the inner middle schooler in all of us, didn’t we all make collages out of magazines when we were 13?? But who would have thought to scan and print these ransom note-like letters into large scale pieces of art for the home! See the whole tutorial here.

5. 9 Tips for Better Jumping Photos

Okay, I’m obsessed with all the creations that come from A Beautiful Mess… so yes here’s a second feature on them! But this post on acheieving the perfect jumping photo, along with the history of the jumping (aka jumpology) photo had me smiling from ear to ear!

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1. Jeff Roger’s McDonalds Ad

I love putting a face to a design that I’ve known and loved. I had seen this McDonald’s ad awhile ago, loved the painted textures and typography but never knew who created it. THen I ran acorss Jeff Roger’s portfolio. And his behind the scenes process images! And then I loved this ad even more. It’s just gorgeous work! See more of this campaign and more of Jeff’s work here.

2. Seasons Cover by Eiko Ojala

I’m obsessed with the intricacies of paper cutting… largely because I have no patience for it so I am in awe of what people can create with it when they take the time and have that inherent passion for creating art from scraps of paper. All that to say, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the teeny tiny details of this magazine cover for Seasons, from Eiko Ojala‘s portfolio on Behance. It is so intricate and chock full of details. See more here. Found via Mr. Cup.

3. It’s a Small World Book, Illustrated by Joey Chou

Not long ago, I posted about this new Disney show inspired by the It’s A Small World Disneyland attraction . I really loved the look of the show since it was heavily inspired by Mary Blair’s work. So when I saw this book at the Wonderground Downtown Disney gallery, I just had to have it! Illustrated by Joey Chou, the layouts are just gorgeous and so full of life! See more images of the book on Joey’s blog, purchase on Amazon here.

4. Classic Disney Animation Recreations

Speaking of Disney art, you may have seen this image floating around the web this last week or two…. artist Tyson Murphy took a screencapture from 101 Dalmations and then painting over it to practice and explore the lighting of the scene. Really beautiful work. Love the little bits of debris and other items caught in the light. Also see one from Sword in the Stone.

5. Aged Wood DIY

I love Jess’ Whip It Up Wednesday posts… where she posts a quick little craft project. They’re usually pretty easy and something that can be “whipped up” within an hour or so. But I was super excited to see this DIY!

A few months ago, her hubby Scott made me the most amazing shelves that used this painting technique. And I seriously love them—for so many reasons—but the paint job is my favorite!

Follow this link to see the rest of her post. I’ve already painted a frame following her tutorial, it was seriously so easy!

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1. Kickstarter Campaign: Tatay’s Gift

I’ve been meaning to post about Brad and Krystal Woodard’s latest adventure… a children’s book, written and illustrated by the Woodard’s…

In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad).

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other… Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

This book is beautifully illustrated, but with each purchase you are also teaching the world about giving back.

With only a $25 payment, you can not only get the book but also a digital copy! And for $10 more you get a second copy of the book… I think that’s what I will be getting. Would make a perfect gift for one of my many “nephews.”

Check out their blog post about the book here, and their Kickstarter campaign here.

2. Feltron Report

For years now, Nicholas Felton has published a in depth infographic of his life yearly. Ranging from how many cups of coffee he has consumed to how many and which documentaries he watched. You can see the 2012 report here.

But now Feltron has released an app that can help you keep track of the random activities in your day. The app will prompt you throughout the day and will only require seconds to place your response to questions like “are you working today?” and the app will also monitor the temperature of the day, weather, etc. for you. Pretty neat! Get it on iTunes here.

Found via swiss-miss.

3. J&B Limited Tattooed Edition

25 limited edition bottles of scotch blend whisky were literally tattooed! Each and every bottle is totally unique… How cool is that?! Found via The Dieline.

4. Plants for Indoor Use

This is the time of year that I normally start buying plants for our backyard and in a very small way, I’m conquering keeping outdoor plants alive… but when it comes to these household plants, I just can’t seem to get them green. I was overjoyed to see this post on A Beautiful Mess which recommended this great site. Thank you Amber for such a great list! Check out her post as she goes into detail on the best light and temperature for each plant! Really great resource.

5. 30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge

Starting on the 1st of April (not as an April Fool’s prank) I want to attempt this 30 Day Ab & Squat challenge! Of course I pinned this (from Heather Price) just days after pinning an “Edible Cookie Dough for One” recipe. ha!

This pin was originally found via Losing Weight, from Tribe Sports.

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1. Lettering Index

Feeling so very thankful to Brad Woodard for sharing this wonderful lettering resource! The Letter Index is a jackpot of letters and words in a variety of styles from script to logo to hand made. It’s just amazing. Quite often I’m asked to write out someone’s name and just my handwriting will be used for their logo. That’s quite a lot of pressure on my little pen and me, so this will be a hand resource to look up interesting and new ways of adding flourishes to make their letters a little more unique. I’m going to start pinning some right away! See my Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy board here.

2. The Hidden Sea

For another jaw dropping typo-centric piece, I’m loving Jon Contino‘s new type and illusration work for The Hidden Sea‚ it’s just gorgeous! I’m already a big fan of Jon Contino, especially his other nautical inspired designs, but this just blows them out of the water (pun intended)… And I just love how the flourishes emulate waves… I just keep staring wide eyed at the letterforms. I kinda want to get a bottle of the wine just to have it on display in my nautical themed office. 🙂 View more images here on The Dieline.

3. Oh Joy! at Target

I just love all these new Target collections by bloggers and designers I’ve been following for years—I posted about Dana Tanamachi’s collection a few months ago! Here’s a video and sneak peek of  Joy Cho’s party collection. So adorable!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkJ73ciP94

4. Peek Calendar

I haven’t been a fan of the iPhone iOS 7 calendar ever since first installing it. It lost quite a lot of features that I loved, even though it added quite a few! So I was definitely smitten when I saw this new calendar app called Peek Calendar on swiss miss.

5. DIY Concrete Countertops

How amazing are these concrete counters?! I seriously love them! Cost effective and super duraple! Should I add more exclamations to emphasize how much I love them??! See more on A Beautiful Mess.

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1. Modern Art Museum Wedding: Kathleen + Allan

I’m still just so darn excited for my friend Kathleen that her wedding was featured on the wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes. A site a post from frequently here and check on a regular basis! So amazing. If you missed my post about it earlier this week, please go check it out!

2. How to Draw an Ampersand

A few times now I’ve been requested to letter an ampersand (the “&” symbol) for a design in my Etsy shop. For being my favorite character out there, you’d think I would be an expert in crafting this little symbol… but it’s so much harder than it looks! I actually had to Google it this past week in an attempt to get it right! So in case you also struggle with this funny little character, here’s a great resource!

3. Mary Blair Style Sheets

I’ve loved Mary Blair’s work for so many years now (see previous posts) and I get so excited when others post about her work too! In such a fun collaboration, I saw Mary Blair featured in Style Sheets on the House That Lars Built blog!

Style Sheets is a monthly collaboration where Jessica Williams, a Brooklyn interior designer, illustrator Michelle Christensen, and I re-imagine the interior of one of our favorite icons.

4. It’s a Small World – The Animated Show

Oh and speaking of Mary Blair, there’s a new tv series coming to the Disney Channel that is heavily inspired and influenced by her style. Of course, this makes sense as the show is inspired by the Disneyland attraction its a small world, a ride that Blair had immense impact on. You can see 10 short episodes here. Thanks Rachel for showing this to me!

http://youtu.be/kiz1bi5bh2Y

5. A Guide To American Football Video

And let’s end with another video shall we…. I have to say, I learned quite a lot watching this very well illustrated and animated video. Probably learned more in those few minutes than I ever have about football actually. So thanks Fraser Davidson! Found via DKNG Studios.

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1. Jasmine Star’s New Site

And she did it again. The amazing photographer Jasmine Star and designer Promise Tangeman just launched a redesign of the already amazing site: jasminestar.com. With gorgeous photos to display, the website vertically scrolls (y’all know I love that feature) showing off the details with top notch typography. And of course, Lindsay Letters created some custom lettering work for the site. Basically all 3 of my favorite female work idols busted out a gorgeous new project and I am in awe. See the site here.

2. Flourish Forum

I get so so excited over every single purchase made through my Etsy shop—like seriously overjoyed—but when someone purchasing something hand lettering I get so much more excited to bust out the pens and write away to my heart’s content. And I know there are so many more people who feel this way. So many that a forum has been created called the Flourish Forum. How awesome is that? Thanks to Besotted Blog for the tip!

3. Bookjiig Bookmarks

How I love these typographic chalk designed bookmarks! I think I need one or two, or five. Designed by Russ Gray, found via The Dieline.

4. Screen Print DIY

Oh man, I so want to do this. Not this print exactly, but make my own prints. Oh the ideas… can you imagine the creative cogs in my brain grinding away?! Full DIY post on A Beautiful Mess.

5. Tangled Restrooms, WDW

With very limited time this week to read very many blogs, I did take the time to read this rather long post on the new Tangled bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Why do bathrooms get a whole post and get featured as a Footnote here? Well they’re awesome. And I want some Tangled restrooms at my home park, Disneyland. Complete with a stream, bridge, charging (yes charging, not changing, for phones and whatnot) stations, and hidden Pascal’s. Plus the womens’ restroom looks like Rapunzel painted the whole thing. It really is awesome and is just one of the many reasons that Disney rocks at theme parks. See the rest of the many photos and all the glorious details here on Micechat.

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Oh this week has kicked my butt… the flu—or some variation of the flu—has descended into our home and is not leaving! On top of that, work has never been busier… I think I’ve had two full days off this whole month year, which I’ve used to catch up on my Etsy shop. So all that to say, I’m very drained and very tired and very little web reading has happened. But what I have had a chance to read are some blog posts by some very inspiring women posting their 2014 goals and resolutions—oh did I mention I am about 3 weeks behind in my blog feed? So I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts I’ve been inspired by this week.

1. Lara Casey’s 2014 Goal Setting Series

Lara Casey’s blog is always inspiring. Yes, always. Here’s just a snippet from her Goal Setting series… and you can read more on her blog here.

We’re going to take this day by day, in small powerful chunks, because there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills   …  You can microwave some goals and have a pretty little 2014 list by Monday, or you can dig deeper and set goals that matter to you over the next week or so with me.  You can pray hard about them and really weigh whether or not they are the best use of your time.  You can set goals that are twenty levels below the surface, where the fiery good stuff lives.  Or you can just make resolutions that get forgotten and tossed aside come February 1.

2. How to Set Goals, Jasmine Star

The easy part is talking about a Dream…the hard work begins when you Do. Success only comes when you stick with a course of action to achieve what you want. However, don’t forget that research proves setting a specific goal ensures you have a chance of getting precisely that. In light of this, I like to think of broad, lifestyle goals (like what I hope to experience or how I want my life to feel) and then use my Dreams to help me get there.

Read more about the “Do” from Jasmine Star here.

3. Kathleen’s Coaching for Creatives

I always love Kathleen Shannon and Braid’s creative exercises… and this one is another great one! She suggests reflecting on 2013 to enable the dreaming for 2014. Then burn that list right up! Read more on the process here.

4. Happy New Year from Nole

What I loved about Nole’s New Year’s post was that all her resolutions are a more general, day to day lifestyle change that have lasting effects way past 2014. From spending more time with friends to travelling more, read the list here.

5. Emily Henderson’s NY Resolutions

While the last post was a more general lifestyle resolution, Emily Henderson got super specific on her goals for the year, ranging from work to her personal life to getting her hair done once a month. She wanted to be specific because…

The more specific you get I think the more you can actually achieve the goal. It becomes a rule, not an abstract suggestion. Listen to me get all self-helpy on you … but I personally just think this actually works.

I really loved her resolutions, go take a read here.

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1. Ticketmaster Ticket Redesign Concept

I just adore personal projects… the detail and passion behind them really shines through every time! Hey Ticketmaster! Check this out!

Dear Ticketmaster,
It is time to redesign the master of all tickets.

From the size to the reformatting of information, it’s truly a great new look. Created and designed by Medium, found via designworklife’s Quick Links.

2. First Birthday Infographic Invitation

I’m amazed at this birthday invitation for 2 reasons… 1. How awesome would an infographic be for your baby’s first year… what a great way to remember all the little firsts and victories in their lives… and 2. how in the world did this baby’s mama have time to create this special little momento? Kudos to her! [Another find] via designworklife, designed by Misty Manley.

3. Media Kits

Great article from We Are Branch on media kits: why they’re needed and what to include in them.

4. Paper Maché Maps & Globes

Sweet maps and globes all made from paper maché and found and recycled materials! Created by Sara Drake, found via Brave the Woods.

5. Big Brush Pen

I’m somewhat addicted to buying art pens… like every time I see a new post or recommendation on one, I just have to have it. So it’s a given when one of my favorite lettering idols (1canoe2) posts about one, I needed it, like, yesterday!

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1. Skillshare Class: Art of Modern Calligraphy

I finally did it, friends—I enrolled in a Skillshare class! After months—seriously—of debate… I chose a calligraphy class. It seemed like something that would have the best effects over the long term, an “investment” (haha more on that in a sec.) in myself and my Etsy shop that uses tools that I for the most part own but haven’t figured out how to use yet!

The best part, and the reason why I finally bought now, is that until this evening at 11:59, all the classes are 25% off in celebration of the New Year (code NEW25)—plus you get $10 off your first class—so this big investment that I have put off for many months turned out to only be $5 which was also bought with a giftcard from Santa. Whoo hoo!

So the class—Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy—is open ended, working at your own pace—which is super fabulous since there’s no way I have time to start this class until later next month—creating a one of a kind alphabet. But until then, I will wait anxiously because I am just so gosh darn excited to get started!

2. Type Shoes

And speaking of calligraphy—how awesome are these type covered shoes? Designed by Jessica Hische, found via Mr Cup.

3. Device 6, iPhone App

Doesn’t everyone love discovering new apps? I was pretty excited to see a “best of apps” article on Design Work Life, my favorite design blog. And even more excited to find Device 6

Part novel, part interactive experience, Device 6 occupies a new space between gaming, puzzles, and books.

Now doesn’t that sound interesting?

4. Handmade Notebooks

I’ve always wanted to create handmade notebooks, but have never taken the time to do so. And after giving handmade gifts this year to many of my friends and family, this may make the perfect gift for my girlfriends next year! (Ladies, what do you think?) DIY found via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

5. Owning Original Art

Wow, did this article inspire me to go shopping for some original art pieces. I loved this line in particular:

It is my preference to have a relationship with a creative person and to live with work they’ve created.

Isn’t that true? It still amazes me how much energy and how much of my soul goes in to every project I work on, no matter how small it may be. Its time I start investing in the art around me, starting with local artists.

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1. Vacation Momentos Photo

I love how Evie creates such gorgeous collages from various vacation momentos… This particular one is from a recent trip to Florida, and back in November she posted her first “nature collection” from South Carolina. It’s really a classy way to “save” all those treasures.

2. Wacom Website for the Intuos Creative Stylus

For Christmas, I got a Bamboo stylus for our iPad and I absolutely love it… This particular page shows a fancier pen than I have, but it still basically does the same thing. Anyway, I love the Wacom website—well I just love most websites that incorporate scrolling with all the content held within the one page. And I particularly like how they section off the site with contrasting black and white color backgrounds but how the stylus brings them all together by crossing sections.

Do you use a stylus? I’m still learning, but I sure do love it so far!

P.S. There’s still 3 more Footnotes… so please keep scrolling and check out the Wacom site while you do. 🙂

3. Newborn Photo with Stats

This birth announcement is so darling… they brought in the clock and ruler to show the delivery time and height! So creative… really this concept could have looked cheesy but with the vintage styling and the addition of Scrabble letters and whatnot, it really looks great! Thanks Jess for pinning! See the original post on Life Unexpected.

4. Light Up Marquee

After seeing the Junkyard Gypsy at the Vintage Marketplace, I’ve been trying to find a place in my home for a light up marquee… and while I still haven’t found a place, that doesn’t mean I don’t want one still. Of course I’m partuclarly drawn to making on of an ampersand. Of course, of course. Thanks to A Beautiful Mess for this DIY!

5. Gilded Picture Frames DIY

I’ve been loving the look of pewter or tarnished silver for my guest room, so I was particularly drawn to this DIY to create your own gilded picture frames. DIY found on Paint in my Hair.