Friday, January 30, 2009

What kind of Creative are you?

Youniverse has an extremely fun quiz you can take online that tells you what kind of creative you are, how you create and how you think.  Though of course general, I still thought mine was pretty spot on, especially considering the mission of my blog:

Eyes Wide Open Creative

"You have a great appreciation for creativity in all its forms.  You really admire talented artists and will always find time to seek out a new exhibition or show.  When it comes to your own creativity, you take inspiration and ideas from the world around you.  Your eyes are always open for new sources of stimulation.  You're a real people person, you like to bounce ideas about and share your inspiration.  You like to see creativity as something that is free, without boundaries and rules- you're a rebel at heart!"

Go ahead and take a Friday afternoon break to find out what kind of creative you are.  They are pretty broad and general but it is still fun.  And you never know, you could realize something new about your creativity!

Inauguration Illustrations

The New York Times shares Maira Kalman's illustrations of her visit to DC during Inauguration.

Curtis Steiner 1,000 Blocks

Curtis Steiner painted 1,000 walnut blocks with the same pattern then created 100 beautiful pictures and patterns with them.  It is amazing to see the endless possibilities of one identical block turned different directions.  These blocks are now part of the Seattle Art Museum's permanent collection.

Good Morning: Don't Get Lost

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Creative Wine Packaging

I've always thought it would be fun to design wine labels.  You can get extremely artistic and creative with it depending on the client.  Below are a few of my favorites (designs that is not actual wines):

New Super Bowl Logos

The New York Times had several top graphic designers come up with their own versions of new Super Bowl logos.  I love Stefan G. Bucher and James Whitney's version, which attempts to appeal to the nerdier scientific crowd bringing in a new viewership.  I am also enjoying the clean sleek design from the Pentagram crew.  

Not going to lie, the logo for this year is a lot simpler than any of these versions and reminds me of a bank logo.  This is actually the first logo to even feature the green field and looking at past logos many don't even imply football at all.  It is interesting though to look back and see how much the logos have changed (or in a way haven't changed at all). 

Good Morning: Stretch

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Toast Sale

Anushka Dress
Sofia Dress
Sofia Skirt

I am swooning over the winter stuff on sale over at Toast and wishing I had more of a disposable income to spend on the above.  I guess if I can't buy I can at least dream and share.

Warm and Comfy

Ruth Cross Teapot Cosy

Ruth Cross Sweater Collars
Musskett Mazzullo Blankets

The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian (The next book in my pile to read)

All this snow and ice is turning my thoughts to warm and comfy things.  I'd love to stay home from work today and bundle up in all of the above.

Good Morning: Frozen Dream

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lorenzo Petrantoni

I am falling in love with Lorenzo Petrantoni's illustrations.  His use of typography and black and white imagery is so beautiful.  I love the fact that he doesn't use any colors yet it is still so dynamic.  

Finally snowing in the district

I shot these photographs out of my bedroom window while I was getting ready this morning.  I love the human element in photographs so hopefully you don't get too creeped out that I was taking pictures of complete strangers!

Since I grew up in the south without a lot of snow during the winter, the smallest flurry still excites me. Living in DC we still have mild winters but always get a couple small snowstorms that satisfy my need for authentic winter experiences. I just love how it makes everything magical. The best part is that it gets so quiet and still. And then a few days later it is dirty slush. But for now it is still beautiful so I will take it for all its worth.

Ikea says embrace change

Day 24: Ikea says embrace change by RSchley.
While walking into Ikea I noticed this postcard scattered around the parking lot.  Apparently Ikea (like Pepsi) is trying to benefit from the inspiring messages of our newest President. This ad campaign doesn't get on my nerves as much as Pepsi's does as they are at least putting their own twist on it.  

I decided to visit their website and it turns out they take their campaign a step further where you can redecorate the oval office. In Ikea furniture of course.  Something tells me as much as Obama is instating change, he is not decorating his new office in Ikea. 

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Good Morning: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Monday, January 26, 2009

Washing Machine and Sink in One

As someone who used to have a washer in their apartment and moved to an apartment without one, lets just say I miss it dearly.  I understand sacrifices had to be made to live in the city.  But if I could have my way, the first thing I would add would be a washer and dryer.  And the 2nd best thing would be this amazing washer and sink.  What a dream for someone who lives in a cramped city apartment!  And the pink is just icing on the cake.

Unfortunately it does not look like it is available in the United States yet, so I will continue dragging my laundry down 4 flights of stairs.  Or lets be honest, over to my boyfriends house.  But I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this gem when it does make its way here.  

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Monday Morning Inspiration

I seriously couldn't have said it better.  

In case you can't read the poster it says: "Nothing is original.  Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.  Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.  Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.  Authenticity is invaluable, originality is non-existent.  And don't bother concealing your thievery-celebrate it if you feel like it.  In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take things from-it's where you take them to" - Jim Jarmusch


Good Morning: Float on By

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thought Bubbles

Blogger Color Me Katie had such an adorable idea of making thought bubbles out of paper and taping them around town.  Then when people walked by they would snap a picture.  This is definitely an activity I'll store in my bored saturday bank.

Inauguration Photographs

The view down the mall from the Washington Monument
A girl recording Obama's Speech
Crowd listening to Obama's speech
Everybody cheering when Obama became President
Flags blowing in front of Monument
Inauguration Crowd
The crowd from the WWII Memorial all the way to the Lincoln Memorial

I thought I would share a few of my photographs from Inauguration day.  Living 8 blocks from the Capitol, I couldn't pass up heading down to check out the festivities.  I must say it was total insanity getting down there and walking home, but I do think it was worth it to experience history.  Because we weren't diehard and didn't leave the house until 8, we could only get as close as the Washington Monument.  Luckily we got a spot right under a jumbotron and were able to watch from there.

It was a lot of fun to have the city so alive for a weekend, but I am very happy that it is all over with now.  Our city is finally getting back to everyday life again.  That is besides the fact there are tons more road closures for the March for Life.  But I guess that just comes with the territory of living in DC, it never really does go back to completely normal everyday life.  And I guess you could say that is one of the reasons I love living here.     
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