Friday Footnotes

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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.

Friday Footnotes

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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.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Everygirl Site

You know those days where you just get lost in the Internet, going from one page to the next? Well that’s what happened to me this week after seeing a pin of this print from The Everygirl. I saved it for a later Monday Musings post and as I perused the website, I just loved the design of it. Especially the drop down menus. Seriously amazing and beautiful design so I just had to know more. After going through a few Google pages, I found the designer! Alaina Kaxzmarksi and her team just launched this site this week funny enough! So here’s a huge shout out to them… and seriously go check out the site. So many fun finds around every turn and click.

2. Gin Script

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful G’s I have ever seen… I seriously got lost in how the flourishes wrap around the word and the circle… #nerdalert… Found via The Dieline.

3. Galena Illustrated Map

And another design goody that I gawked at for a few minutes. So many details without overpowering the usability of the map. Plus the colors, flowers, type, all of it just made me really happy. Just gorgeous work with a few more images of the suite hereFound via Pinterest.

4. ToGo Burger Packaging

Apparently I did some more “gawking” at my computer screen because this design super impressed me too! What a marvelous idea! Seriously, some people are pure genius! Designed by Seulbi Kim, found via Looks Like Good Design.

5. Embroidered Wallpaper

Beautifully intricate embroidery work created on wall surfaces: wall panels and wallpaper murals; using leather, silks, and vintage papers. So pretty… Created by Claire Coles, Found via Mint Design Blog.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Gulp Milkshake

I think the majority of graphic design students have to illustrate an action word, making that word into an image of itself… after seeing Gulp Milkshakes, they would totally win! Found via The Dieline.

2. G & J Monogram

Seriously one of the best monograms I have ever seen in my whole life. Gorgeous work! Designed by kissmiklos, found via Pinterest.

3. Smart Lids

Another ingenious packaging design: travel lid changes color to show hot temperatures!  Designed by Smart Lids System, found via The Dieline.

4. Presents from the North Pole

Is it too early to be pinning Christmas wrapping ideas?? Because I could not resist seeing this oh so adorable and creative packaging that makes each gift a special delivery straight from the North Pole! Originally from LMNOP, found via Pinterest and Lolalina’s blog.

5. Bird Cage Table

While I am no fan of birds… inside or outside… I do think this table is pretty cool! Designed by Gregoire De Lafforest, found via Looks Like Good Design.

Evernotes Every Friday

This will be my last Evernotes Every for a couple weeks… but do not fret, you’ll still be getting your Friday fill with guest posts by Amie on some wedding DIYs as well as from photographer and mommy Jess from J. Rose Photography so please check back!

1. Design*Sponge Travel Guides

So why will I be taking some Friday hiatus’? Well I will be jetting around the north east corner of America! So of course I had to delve into all the travel posts on Design*Sponge! I love the division of these posts between Shop, Eat, and Experience. So helpful in finding things to do and most importantly, where to eat. To see more Design*Sponge travel guides, click here.

2. 21 Signs You’re Dating a Designer

I found myself goofily smiling while reading this post on 21 Signs You’re Dating a Designer. And I bet any of my friends who read the article will find the humor in just by knowing me as well… in particular [#1] my pointing out ugly restaurant menu typefaces, [#9] the stress of buying me gifts, [#14] custom handmade gifts, and most importantly, [#17] always making sure they have stellar wedding invitations, and now baby shower invitations! Read the rest of the list on buzzfeed.com, found via swissmiss.

3. Saving Mr. Banks Movie Poster

Oh how I have been impatiently waiting for any and all news updates on the upcoming Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks. Just last week the movie trailer finally came out and then this week I saw this poster on Facebook. Couldn’t be more excited to see “Walt” walk down Main Street, USA, this coming December.

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4. The Pixar Theory

Speaking of Disney, this site was cracking me up with their witty creativity! The Pixar Theory proposes that the entire Pixar family actaully exists within the same universe. Starting with Merida’s (Brave) discovery of the magical wisps to The Icredible’s Buddy releasing the Zero Point Energy that ends up powering toys to come to life (Toy Story) and the advancement in fish I.Q. (Finding Nemo). All this culminates in the destruction of the human population on the Earth (Cars and Wall-E) and the evolution of the animals turns them into Monsters (Monster’s Inc). Whew.

Go read the Pixar Theory for yourself, so entertaining and mind blowingly creative.

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5. Lumi Co’s Print Fabric with Light

I originally saved this for the design on the front of the box, but the more I looked into the more I want to buy the starter kit. Seems like a pretty neat idea. Design*Sponge even posted a DIY using these photosenstive dyes. Found the Dieline.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Ryan Hamrick Lettering

Loved this video created in reply to the question, “Where’s the best place to get started in lettering?” And a big thanks to Ryan for this wonderful post on some of the tools of the trade—now I want a felt pen!

2. Nike Air Packaging

Makes me want to buy a pair of Nikes just to be able to pop the packaging! Found via The Dieline.

3. Pipe Shelves

With our office barely done… okay its been months—I am already yearning for a new project for decor and storage! Found via A Beautiful Mess.

4. How to Find Sanity by Separating Work and Life

Found myself nodding and nodding and nodding while reading this article—of course a freelance doesn’t really fit the mold when its over and above the 9–5 job… via Braid Creative.

5. Wedding Placemat Ideas

Let’s come full circle, since we started this post with lettering—looking for creative ways to label the guest seats at the upcoming Pankratz wedding—loving this type treatment and look of white ink on Kraft paper. Love love love. Found via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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1. Willy Wonka Jr.

How unbelievably fun does this project look! Turnstyle branded this stage production of Willy Wonka for a local elementary school which included posters, programs, candy-bar wrappers, Golden Tickets, cast t-shirts, and various other props. Found via the Dieline.

2. Rejected Movie Posters

What a neat look behind the scenes at some of the reject movie posters, while their counterparts became quite the icon. See more from Clockwork Orange and Pulp Fiction on Creative Bloq, found via Nubby Twiglet.

3. Share a Coke campaign

Potential gift idea for your Coca Cola loving friend?

“We are delighted to be launching the Share a Coke campaign, which sees the iconic Coca-Cola script transformed and personalized for our consumers for the first time in our history. We understand the value of offering consumers an authentic and personal brand experience, which is why we are inviting the public to have fun finding the names on our products and taking the time to Share a Coke with their friends and loved ones, both in-store and online” Jon Woods, Managing Director for Coca-Cola Great Britain

Found via the Dieline.

4. Allison Chamber’s Student Project

Not only do I love this retro inspired branding, the goal of reducing waste at baseball games would definitely be achieved!

“In addition to brand development, this project called for creating a strategy to reduce packaging waste at baseball games. Nostalgic script from by-gone days inspired the logo. Fans can re-use their ‘Game Seasoned Nuts’ tin game after game, or even store a prized baseball. Season ticket holders get the branded tin holding their tickets, a coupon for nuts, and a baseball signed by the players. The goal of the project is to increase loyalty and fan base, while developing a sustainable, environmental solution.”

Designed by Allison Chambers, found via the Dieline.

5. Publico by Noote & Netoo

I am not normally drawn to Art Deco pieces, but I really love this new branding for the restaurant Publico. See more on Art of the Menu, designed by Noote & Netoo.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. A Beautiful Mess App

Within the first day there were quite a few #ABeautifulMess app posts but in case you haven’t heard… the wonderfully creative blog, A Beautiful Mess, has launched their own photo editing app. The app not only has filters for your photos but it always has type, graphic and border overlays to make your photo even more personalized. You can read more about it here, and download it here.

2. Old & New

Here’s another new project that I just heard about (thanks to Allan Peters!).

Old & New provides a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It also aims to introduce a new online audience to Biblical art, attempting to replace popular, yet sometimes low-quality, contemporary Biblical artwork with the kind of accessible and honorable work that has historically been associated with the Bible.

I really loved going through the various illustrations, each one is just so good. Top quality illustrators in such a wide range of styles and concepts. Each graphic is available to purchase as a print to benefit a cause, depending on which round their in (currently benefitting blood:water).

3. “What’s Your (Color) Story?” Workshop with Anna Bond at Design Ranch

I loved following Courtney’s time in Texas for Design Ranch. In particular, I really loved the process she went through in Anna Bond’s color workshop. I love Anna’s work at Rifle Paper Co., like love love. But the process she shared through the workshop was very cool… encouraging you to have a color palette of only 24 colors throughout all your work, with each individual project consisting of “a light, medium and dark color; a vibrant, medium and muted color, and at least one warm and one cool color.” (Promise Tangeman said something similar in her guest appearance on Creative Live, something I took notes on that I’ve been meaning to post about!) Anyway, what a great exercise Anna created, and thanks Courtney for sharing!

4. Underpantones

These are so hilariously cool… I think every designer should own a pair in their favorite Pantone! Designed by MARK, found via the Dieline.

5. Jungle Cruise Model

I seriously am amazed at the top notch quality in personal projects. The following model was created just for a guy’s desk and just because he wanted it! So he built it.

And then he showed how he built it. These models truly are so amazing for the tiny scale!

P.S. Imagineering Disney is a really awesome Disney blog, if you’re looking to follow one.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Costco Rebrand

A group of students from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco created a complete redesign of the Costco brand: Kirkland. They also created another sub-brand called Ollie’s which would house the cafe and bakery items. Altogether they created  almost 80 – 100 fully comped items. Wow! Here’s just one item, Ollie’s Olive Oil. Each item is so detailed and well constructed! Very impressive! Found via thedieline.

2. Treasures

With so many of my friends having babies, I just fell in love with this diaper packaging! After you use all the diapers, the box can become your child’s new favorite toy! Shown here is a car, but there’s also a wagon and a house too! Found via thedieline.

3. Photo Wall with Picture Ledge

I’ve been looking for ideas on how to decorate our upstairs hallway wall — that you can see from downstairs right when you walk in the front door. And, well, this is just perfect. Found via Pinterest.

 

4. Ivan Bügel: Live Fast

I just adore the typography accompanying this illustration. Like love love love it! Designed and illustrated by Ivan Bügel, found via designworklife.

5. Jon Contino

I have seen his work before but I have never dived into it before. Allan Peters posted a blog about Jon Contino’s work, along with this interview, and I fell in love with the intricate lettering. His process includes researching different time periods of his pieces to figure out the exact amount of texture and grunge a piece will need. View his site here along with his clothing company, CXXVI.