Just got back from yet another killer talk from creative mornings. Although I find it difficult to be that “up” that early in the morning two cups of joe and some inspiring design talk was a lovely way to wake up.
If you are in one of the cities with a creative morning (or if you’re not you should could start one!) I highly recommend trying to attend a session. It’s a great way to meet new people or meet people you may only know by interweb handle.
The best part is all the talks get posted online so even if you can’t be there in person, you can still benefit from the inspiring talks and discussions.
Watch Chicago Creative Mornings here:
And this week’s sponsors were amazing:
Chicago Portfolio School
King of Brand Consistency
So maybe I am a little slow on this one, but I ran across this fellow David Iglesia’s book and was really impressed with the BK work. Having worked with a few global brands with extremely diverse businesses across the globe I wonder how difficult this engagement must have been. Especially given the franchise model of Burger King I can’t imagine it was an easy feat to roll out. Despite how complex it probably was, the result is a really nice system of elements and some really fun illustrations that communicate a lot with very little words.
via David Iglesias
Beautiful illustrations from Brooke Weeber
These illustrations are just lovely, and so is the rest of her work. I recently read a little about her journey through the country from west to east coast and how that informed her work. (which you can read and see more lovely images on cool hunting)
After reading that post, be sure to check out her site for more beautiful work. I just love the combination of black ink and really atmospheric uses of watercolor beneath. Beautiful style and definitely one of those artists I will be keeping my eye on!
via: cool hunting
Seriously who doesn’t move that the internet is so chock full of kittens? Well as a cat love (borderline cat lady) and internet cataloger, I am definitely never sick of seeing cats/kittens combined with other things.
This David Meowie one is a personal fav, but you should check them out for yourself!
Just a little ode to an arrested development quote.
Evil Robot lamps = amazing! I wish I was crafty and talented enough to think something this fantastical up!
Check them out at freshhome.
This is a lovely sampling of sketches from a fellow named Kyle – also a Chicagoan according to his behance. Very cool and inspiring. Check him out: behance.net/gallery/Sketchbook-Summer-Oh-Nine/256744
Additional La Croix design ideas
I was thinking more about this little personal project and I thought it would be interesting if they used a minimal amount of ink on their cans and use an embossing stamped technique. Yes? No? Good idea? Bad idea?
Any if you missed my orignal post it’s here:
La Croix sketches
Google Reader gets a makeover
Google has been redesigning many of their products lately and finally my favorite of google’s products has gotten a facelift. As will all of google’s products, I would not go as far as to say they are aesthetically beautiful – but this is definitely a step in the right direction. I am always a little tickled to see large digital companies show investment in the important of visual design – Amazon it’s you turn.
Screenshot of Desktime by One Design Company
I LOVE this idea – and will undoubtedly be taking advantage of the site soon to get some workspace. The concept is awesome and like all awesome ideas it’s fairly simple and meets a need. So the gist is this: you need a desk or office? or have an office or some space to share? This site helps with both. And its on your terms. A lot of listings can be rented by the day, week or month. There are pictures, addresses and easy way to sign up. Such a great idea! W00t!
Check it out at desktimeapp.com