Monday, November 14, 2011

Autumn Windows

I've been super biz-ay as of late so was pleased to have the day off Friday, and I took the day to walk around the city and, among other things, update my Window Display Flickr set. Here are some of my faves:

You can't miss this Kate Spade window! Tons of brightly-colored ribbons are draped throughout the display with a screen looping their current (super quirky) Give Colorfully holiday campaign video.

I thought these New York Marathon-themed New Balance windows were so clever— love the crushed cups and map route graphics!

I know the stacked old teevee concept has been overdone at this point, but I thought it was quite appropriate for these "Lacoste Live" windows, plus the over-sized red stamp is quite fun!

PS: I also went to the Daphne Guinness Exhibition at FIT, and I must say, I'd kill for that wardrobe!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Hi! I just realized I haven't blogged since July. For shame! More to come soon...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mood Board // Neon

Whoa, where has the time gone?! Summer is half-way through and I am way overdue for a mood board. Since the weather is bright and steamy, neon feels like an appropriate theme. It seems like day-glo hues are everywhere. I see lots of ladies with neon nails, and I've even seen some florescent locks! There is no doubt that electric shades were big in fashion for Spring 2011, and the neon/neutral combo is easy to pull off. Neon hues in graphic design add a fun, youthful effect and I love the illustrative work of Laundry!, who often incorporate splashes of neon in their work. And finally, florescent lights in window displays are a great way to attract attention from the street.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ICFF 2011

I went to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) over the weekend and came across some great design. As an environmental and print graphic designer, I actually found some of the booth designs and promo material more exciting than the furniture itself, but there is no denying that it was all inspiring!

Love the wrapping-surface vinyl typography throughout this display (plus the aqua-colored type goes well with the glossy pale pink and black lighting fixtures!)

oink oink. AREAWARE

When I get rich and can afford fancy furniture, I am getting everything from the Portuguese company Boca Do Lobo. I even adore the black-on-black zebra-print wallpaper!

This was a really cute way to distribute promotional material at Dupenny.

I've gotta be honest: I'm generally not into the whole eco-friendly design thing, but I was super impressed by these designs from Art of the Board which recycle broken skateboards to create furniture, environmental displays, etc.

Metropolis Magazine had my favorite booth design; they used cyan, magenta, and yellow strings to create the booth's structure and displayed old issue covers along the top.

Love Dorthy Draper! So of course I fell for this furniture by Kindel.

See more photos here!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mood Board // Botanical

It's almost 70 degrees here today and I'm totally ready to wave goodbye to this icy, frigid winter and say hello to some bright sunny flowers! Nothing says spring collection like some lady-like flowers, and there is an abundance of botanical adornment to chose from out there, particularly on shoes. These Nicholas Kirkwood Alice in Wonderland heels are amazing. Also, has anyone noticed the "flowers as head" editorial trend? Very kitschy, and I love kitsch. And botanicals have always been a fitting element in the beauty realm, but as far as I'm concerned, Anna Sui is the queen rose. She's managed to make flowers looks cool, sexy, and even a bit dangerous with her ubiquitous cosmetic packaging.

Now I am super ready for the real thing... c'mon Spring!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Exquisite Corpse: On Holiday Mix

As I mentioned in a previous post, my friend Liz and I are working together on creative projects under the nom de guerre Salt & Ash, and one of our non-client undertakings is an exquisite corpse project where we create mix albums along with coinciding artwork. The ball is once again in my court, and Liz passed me the design element "source of light". Having just got back from a long weekend in Jamaica, I've got the travel bug so decided to dedicate my mix to "going on holiday" (say it in a British accent)!

Feel free to download here!

Liz: Your element for the next album is... a "burn".

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bloomies Windows

The integration of bold black graphics with spectrum-colored lighting in these Bloomingdales windows is super sleek and striking! It's reminiscent of the L.A.M.B. perfume bottle and packaging that I'm fairly obsessed with. Great combination. As always, more photos of window displays here!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mood Board // Feathers

When I first think of feathers the words "hippie" and "nature-y" come to mind: two descriptors I admit do not appeal to my aesthetic sensibilities in the least! However, the recent trend of feathers are definitely more glam than granola. Feather dresses, jewelry, and accessories are all over editorials of late. Stylesight, a fashion trend forecasting company, even created a "For the Birds" mood board showing feathers in recent advertising campaigns. I must say though, I am more captivated by the emergence of feathers in beauty: check out these amazing feather lashes from the shu uemura Tokyo Lash Bar! Finally, in a more gothic twist, two of my favorite visual artists, Polly Morgan and Kate MccGwire, both incorporate feathers into their artwork to create hauntingly-beautiful taxidermied sculptures and utterly stunning, intricate installations.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Window Displays // Sale!

There are a helluvalot of post-holiday sales going on right now. That being said, I noticed very few stores did more than add some vinyl window lettering or generic poster boards to existing displays to promote these mark-downs. These are some impressive windows I came across that stood out by going above and beyond:

1. Diesel had some fun with bold orange yarn and etching-style scissor and needle cut-outs (see another view here).

2. Though not complicated or necessarily expensive, Lacoste's sporadically stacked "S" "A" "L" and "E" boxes were really playful and eye-catching.

3. Forever 21 propped their mannequins on washers and dryers and had them hang their "S" "A" "L" and "E" laundry on clotheslines—how delightfully unexpected (see another view here)!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mood Board // Glittery

My first mood board of the year reflects my optimism for 2011: it's gonna be bright, bold, and sparkle-y! I've made some fairly brazen moves already and am really looking forward to pushing myself this year: creatively, professionally, and introspectively. I hope to look back a year from now and think that the risks I've taken have allowed myself to reach a level of success I could not have achieved by playing it safe. Here's to a DAZZLING new year!