Monday, August 24, 2009

Mood Board // 3D Type

This week's trend is 3D Type. As a type aficionado, I am completely amazed and tickled by the creativity behind fabricating dimensional typography, with materials ranging from cardboard and fabric to raw meat and fur. And although I prefer the handmade variety, I also appreciate the use of software to create virtual dimensional type. Even the new highly-controversial SyFy logotype is rendered in 3D!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mood Board // Surrealism

I am really amused by the emerging surrealist trend, defined by elements of "surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur". There are countless trippy surrealist gestures in fashion advertisements this season (check out some impressive Balenciaga ones here), but I'd have to say my favorite surrealist nod is the Dark Disco in the Park poster I've seen posted all over the city.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Barneys Windows

I am currently reading the highly-entertaining book "Confessions of a Window Dresser" by Simon Doonan, the flamboyant, cheeky creative director of Barney's since 1986. Inspired, I headed uptown on a pilgrimage of sorts to see the current window display. I was not disappointed. You can see more images of his notable, and sometimes notorious, displays here and here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mood Board // Birthday

So at first I just saw balloons everywhere, but recently I've noticed a trend of other birthday elements as well, including cake, letter banners, and other festive decoration. Though right now this trend is most prevalent in photo shoots, I'm sure it will find its way into other media soon enough. I'd like to think I spread some of the birthday love myself by carrying my 10th Anniversary issue of WAD magazine through a number of city parks and subways last week.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mood Board // Triangles

Triangles are everywhere! This trend has manifested itself into branding, fashion, art, product design, etc. etc. Triangles seem to be the prevalent shape to emerge from the overarching geometric trend (which I attribute to conceptual design programs such as Yale; Gluekit does it well).

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Custom Woven Labels

I have been apprenticing at a millinery studio in the East Village for quite some time now, and recently have been attempting to make my own cocktail pieces for myself and friends. Which is why this birthday gift from my friend Elen is so incredibly rad and thoughtful. She had these personalized labels made that read "Made Especially For You By Christine" that I can sew into my creations. I love the tomato-red/brown color combo and the victorian silhouette enveloped in a wispy border. The design completely compliments the retro aesthetic of my work. See the variety of designs available here.