Friday Footnotes

footnotes-TITLE

1. The Bible of Barbecue

I love when my world of design overlaps with my hubby’s world of BBQ. This overlap could not be more true in the form of this consumable book… pages are torn and ripped from their spine to create a meal complete with salt, foil and a dishtowel! It’s pretty amazing… pretty beautiful… pretty one of a kind! If the below video isn’t showing up, click here for more on the project.

The Bible of Barbecue — Tramontina from JWT Brasil on Vimeo.

2. Paper-crafted SXSW

Ever since getting into scrap-booking, I all the more appreciate the time intensive, all consuming detail oriented art of paper cutting! Please take a moment to appreciate this beauty… from Zim & Zou for the SXSW Film Festival. Found via Brave the Woods.

3. 3D Newspaper

Fun stuff! Found via swiss miss, designed by Felipe Salazar.

4. Pinterest Illustrated

I loved watching this short video and animation on how Pinterest works… it truly is a phenomenon and one other amazing way the whole world connects. And of course, the designer in me, loves the case study on coming up with the icons and a breakdown of the various stages the design went through. Read more in Matt Stevens’ portfolio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc

5. Sony’s Flower Petal Explosion

Individually hand-picked flower petals, to represent each one of the 8 million pixels in Sony’s new TV exploded from a Costa Rican volcano, creating one beautiful visual! I love the behind the scene images of the crews there to document the petal explosion as well as a teen skateboarder cruising down the petal covered street. Found via The House That Lars Built.

Friday Footnotes

footnotes-TITLE

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!

Friday Footnotes

footnotes-TITLE

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.

Friday Footnotes

footnotes-TITLE

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.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Texas Monthly, Jon Contino

I love when the different sections in life spill over into one another, in particular when the husband’s BBQ world collides with my design world. So when I saw this post by the wonderful letterer and design, Jon Contino, for Texas Monthly I just knew I had to share it with you all. From the saucy titles on the cover to the handdrawn map of southern BBQ—there’s truly some amazing work to see plus a video on the “painting with BBQ sauce” process. Check out more photos from the magazine on Jon’s site.

2. Starbucks Coffee Perfection

Can you even fathom the man hours to create such a promotion? Cutting all the smallest of pieces of paper, manipulating the characters on the screen in between each take, but the joy and gratification of seeing the final product must totally outweigh all of that! What a beautiful work of art! Here is the finished commercial, be sure to check out the behind the scenes work from Rogier Wieland on Design Work Life.

Starbucks Coffee Perfection from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo.

3. Easy, Tiger Cards

Another post from Design Work Life… a greeting card vending machine!

4. Zizzi

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the way they insert the Specials so inventive? I love it! Found via Art of the Menu.

5. American Presidential Wrestling

Maybe I would be more interested in politics if they truly did wrestle! Found via Vintage Me Oh My.