Seen: Design Roundup 2

There has been so much design goodness online recently. I could not resist sharing some more inspiration this week.

Clockwise from top left: vintage type on a suitcase(Typehunting); book cover for Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (AIGA Eye on Design); Time Changes Everything, Lodhi Colony of New Delhi (Bored Panda); shot from Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000); the last Shell Oil Clamshell station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Atlas Obscura).

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Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 4.20.51 PMTime Changes Everything and installation detail (Bored Panda)

Time Changes Everything,  is a haunting example of site-specific typography created by grafitti artist Daku. The installation, located at the Lodhi Colony of New Dehli, uses sunlight and shadow instead of paint to reveal a message. The piece explores the concept of time with words such as curiosity, charm, love, reality, and life that can be read only from 09:30 AM to 14:30 PM – when a shadow falls directly on the wall. As the sun sets, the letters fade. For more images, visit:

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Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 4.23.16 PMAino-Maija Metsola’s designs for a series of Virginia Woolf’s  books published by Vintage Classics (AIGA Eye on Design)

These gorgeous covers for a series of Virginia Woolf ‘s books published by Vintage Classics are a collaboration with Marimekko designer  printmaker, and illustrator  Aino-Maija Metsola.

Using a water color case that she’s had since age 14, Metsola depicts her natural surroundings on textiles, book covers, and postcards. ‘I love how with watercolor you have to be very present and you can never plan that much, the end result is always a surprise.’

See the entire set of covers as well as some of Metsola’s work for Marimekko:

The Last Shell Oil Clamshell StationScreen Shot 2016-09-05 at 4.25.34 PMThe last Clamshell Shell Oil station in Winston-Salem NC (Atlas Obscura)

I have a fondness for novelty architecture (buildings designed to look like things). Perhaps this is because I grew up in a town with a building shaped like a giant elephant.Her name is Lucy and she is on the National Register of Historic Places. Novelty architecture differs from other structures called follies. Follies are unusable architecture whereas novelty architecture is an actual usable structure. Check out the last Shell Oil Clamshell Station in the US, located in Winston-Salem, NC. Want to learn more? Visit:

Beautiful Vintage Typoography

If you love vintage vernacular typography, you will want to visit one of my favorite blogs for inspiration:

2016 Oakhurst Porchfest PosterScreen Shot 2016-09-05 at 5.47.46 PM2016 Oakhurst Porchfest Poster by Methane Studios

The Oakhurst neighborhood in Decatur, GA hosted its first Porchfest in 2015. Adopting a concept pioneered in Syracuse, NY Porchfest features 180 plus bands playing on front porches throughout the Oakhurst neighborhood. I attended last year and had a great time and heard some terrific music. What a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon. This year’s poster is designed by Atlanta’s own Methane Studio. Methane is known for their hand-illustrated and screen-printed gig posters. They have designed for artists like Jack White, Neko Case, Wilco, the Hold Steady, Greg Allman and many more. Methane donated the poster for Porchfest, the colors and pattern are a celebration of fall. Appealing design for a fun event.

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willbebloodTop 3 Film’s of the 21st Century from the top: Mulholland Drive (2001) David Lynch; In the Mood for Love (2000) Wong Kar-wai, There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson.

It may seem we are not far into the 21st century, but already there is a list of the top films of the 21st century. BBC Culture quizzed film critics, academics, and curators from 36 countries across every continent (except Antarctica) to compile an international list of the top 100 films released since the year 2000. The top three films on the list were Mulholland Drive (David Lynch), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai) and There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson). There may be some films on the list that you (and I) missed or would like to see again. For the entire list:

The best 100 films of the 21st century, according to 177 film critics around the world




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