Archive for February, 2010

Mid-Century Modern Flickr Pool

February 23rd, 2010

It’s a wonderful feeling to look back at older art & design. This particular group of images, sourced from a pool on Flickr called Mid-Century Modern Art & Design, are just a few of many that I really enjoyed.

Don’t let the great image of the Sands Motel fool you. Maybe at one point in its life it was an oasis but now, its far from it. I included this image because of my personal recollection of the motel and also because I wasn’t aware that the Sands Motels existed anywhere but in downtown Boise, Idaho. In the image above it looks gorgeous and like it was the hot spot. That certainly wasn’t the case in Boise back in 2002.

The Sands Motel as I knew it, was a trashy, run-down motel where drug deals and prostitutes went down. The sheets of the beds had burn holes, the knob of the sink came off to the touch and fell down the sink (whoops), and lastly the TV. My brother and I were little and of course wanted to watch some TV (more than likely to get our minds off the fact that this motel was sketchy) so our dad hardwired the TV back into working order because someone had cut the wires off the back of it for some unknown reason. On top of that I believe that when our dad went into the lobby to get a room, the guy was sleeping in his chair with his arms falling back to each side and his head tilted over the back of the chair, looking like he was dead. If this wasn’t an indication that we shouldn’t stay here, then I don’t know what was.

Alex Varanese

February 21st, 2010

Alex Varanese is a stunning visual artist based out of San Francisco. His work has a very unique and retro feel to it, using experimental type to really make each piece sing. Initially the detail is what I was drawn to, but after reading about Alex on various sites, I realized that the majority of his work is true 3D Illustrations. It’s extremely hard to tell because each piece has been completed so extensively. I could only imagine that each one of these pieces was substantially time consuming.

I would love to take the time to learn how to work with a real 3D program such as Maya or 3ds Max. It seems like there is so much that could be done design-wise. If you have any other great 3d design links, feel free to share them.


Venture Magazine

February 19th, 2010

venture magazine
venture magazine
venture magazine
These images are of a 1960’s magazine called Venture. It’s a shame there really isn’t that much information about the magazine.

Via the Retro America Flickr pool

Mesoesthetic Packaging

February 11th, 2010

mesoesthetic packaging

mesoesthetic packaging

mesoesthetic packaging

When large typography and monochrome color combine, I fall in love. This is without a doubt, one of my favorite package designs this year. The product, Ms men by Mesoesthetic, was designed by Espluga + Associados a Barcelona based design group. If anyone from Mesoesthetic just happens to be tuning in I would love to get my hands on some of this product.


February 10th, 2010



If you need on the fly icons to serve in your wire-frames or maybe even icons for your design then Helveticons are your savior. These are are beautifully designed icons based on the Helvetica Bold typeface. This set includes 245 icons in a slew of different formats to suit your need. I’d definitely recommend using the preview icons on the website as inspiration to create your own or purchasing if you can stomach the $279 price tag.

As a side note I just have to say that the Helveticon’s website is nicely laid out. The typography and ‘Preview’ section is what pulls me in. As you click to preview the icons, the page slides up as a reveal for more content. The motion is very pleasant and leaves your mouse with an ‘x’ to click, close and show the main page. I haven’t seen a site done this well in a longtime. Not to mention one with such a beautiful grid.

Read Kyle Meyer’s thoughts on the website’s design.

FWA + Designspiration

February 9th, 2010





Nearly every week for the last year and a half I’ve been viewing websites on The FWA for inspiration and then saving to my bookmarks. In these screen shots I’m loving the navigation systems combined with fullscreen imagery or video. In one of my current projects (to be launched very soon), I’m working with navigational elements in a similar way to make the most sense of the interaction.

You can check out the sites below–all are beautifully designed sites in flash:

• Note: Not awarded an FWA, but shown for relevance

Its Your Turn

February 2nd, 2010

If you’re hiding down below in the rss feeds, could you come out for just a moment? I am looking for your suggestions to improve the blog or how the content is received. Do you see bad links, errors or areas for improvement? Whether or not your idea is a design change or not is up to you, its your opinion. Maybe it’s even a suggestion about content type or a new music player that plays song after song in a post. Put your suggestion out on the table and I’ll do my best to step into your shoes as a viewer.

What suggestions do you have that could improve this blog or its content?

Murdock Young + Cutler Residence

February 1st, 2010

murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
murdock young architecture
The Cutler Residence was designed by Murdock-Young Architects and is located in Montauk, New York. The residence is a beautiful combination of wood paneling, concrete and dark metal helping it showcase its elegance.

It’s always interesting to know the client’s requirements for their home. In this case, the client requested that Murdock-Young design a house with a very minimal impact on the surrounding landscape and to maximize the views. Judging by the photos and open view, I think it’s safe to say that the view at sunset is nothing short of amazing.