September, 2013


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Sep 13

Mile High Awesomeness

TheeBlog-SpewbagChallenge When it comes to flying, I’ve realized that I’m the type of person who simply cannot sleep in planes. If I’m not watching TV, listening to music or working, chances are I’m doodle-practicing or playing with letters. And for a while, I thought I was alone in this habit… But then, I discovered the stunning work of Australian Typographer and Letterer Gemma O’brien, and her in-flight lettering masterpieces. I’ve been a fan and follower of Gemma’s enviable talent, technique and lovely work for quite some time, and I am excited to share her recently launched mini-site called The Spewbag Challenge, featuring some of her beautifully lettered ‘airsickness bags’. This one is a must-bookmark!
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Sep 13

The Quiet City

TheeBlog-TheQuietCity Last week I received a great email from someone who watched and enjoyed the Rio post (HERE) so much, that he is now planning a trip to Brazil! After all, that is the goal of this blog :) Speaking of traveling, my friends just got back from their European vacation, and seeing their photos made me realize how much I’ve been wanting to visit Europe and how I should really stop postponing this idea. So, to get us all in a happy, adventurous mood, today I want to share a lovely video I’ve had bookmarked for a while featuring the magic of Paris. The Quiet City features Paris’ beauty and iconic landmarks in a way we usually don’t get to enjoy. During winter…
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Sep 13

JWT London’s GIFs Exhibition

Although many people might refer to animated GIFs as the ‘cool new thing’ due to their massive boom on mainstream media, they are not that new… Au contraire my friends! Animated GIFs have been around for many, many years. To celebrate their awesomeness and how much they have evolved since they first appeared and internet cats became famous, JWT London organized a fun and hypnotic animated GIFs exhibition called Loop, featuring some of the most recognized and talented names in the business such as Robin Davey, Paolo Ceric, David Pope, Ian Acton, and many more. Check out some of my favorite pieces as well as some extras from each artist.
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23
Sep 13

Brand New Conference 2013!

TheeBlog-BrandNewConference2013 Last week, I was very fortunate to visit New York City and attend, once again, my favorite branding and design event, the 2013 edition of Brand New Conference, organized by my good friends and extremely talented, hard working power-couple, Bryony and Armin (UnderConsideration). Although this was my fourth consecutive year attending this conference, (ahem, Armin) I must say that it felt as fun and refreshing as the first one, as it was full of inspiration and delivered a unique combination of talented attendees, stunning branding and design presentations, lots of learning, humor and great camaraderie. And of course, an impressive list of speakers including Stuart Watson (venturethree), Jason Klein & Casey White (Brandiose), Josh Higgis (Obama 2012 Campaign), my buddy Debbie Millman!, the iconic Bob Gill, Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag), Matt Stevens and of course, Michael Bierut. How could you not learn and be inspired with such a lineup? As it has become tradition with these post-event write-ups, I wanted to share some of the conference’s most memorable moments and some of my personal inspiration and learning takeaways, accompanied by some photos I was able to capture…
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Sep 13

The Happy Show

TheeBlog-TheHappyShow There are many Designers who I truly admire, look up to and study. Stefan Sagmeister is definitely one of them. I mean, who doesn’t? His provocative and stimulating work has influenced us all in one way or another, and his constant search for happiness is something we should all emulate. (Specially if it involves sabbaticals in Bali!) One of Sagmeister’s latest projects/exhibitions is The Happy Show, touring different US cities and currently in Chicago until Septmeber 23rd (better hurry if you are in Chicago!) It is based on Stefan’s experiences, learnings and search for happiness during the past ten years. The Happy Show offers visitors the experience of walking into Stefan Sagmeister’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. Add this exhibition to your must-do list.
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17
Sep 13

Different shades of Walter White

TheeBlog-WalterWhitePortraits_final When it comes to TV series, there are very few that manage to become instant classics and part of people’s routine conversations, life and culture. Think of shows like Sopranos, Friends, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Entourage, The Walking Dead, Maury… all these shows have made a tremendous impact on society. And although I have less and less time to watch TV and catch up on shows, I know - specially thanks to my walking IMDB co-worker - Breaking Bad is part of this select group of successful franchises which enjoyed great chemistry with its audience. (saw what I did there). So, since I know most of you love this show and to celebrate its series finale (September 29th), I wanted to share a collection of great fan-made Walter White portraits. Enjoy!
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16
Sep 13

1960s Letterheads

TheeBlog-1960sLetterheadss Those of you who know me well or that have come to know me through this site know how much I love Design and how sentimental I get when I find/talk about vintage influencers and materials from the 50s and 60s. If you are like me, and love that kind of nostalgia, you are in luck because today’s post features an enviable collection of lovely 1960s letterheads from companies, agencies and iconic Designers including Paul rand, Saul Bass, Heman Miller, Landor, and many others… Frank Mulvey, son of the addressee in all these letterheads is the person responsible for this awesome collection recently made available online. Thank you Frank!
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11
Sep 13

Q&A Session: The Fashion Poet

TheeBlog-TheFashionPoet When we talk about Miami, most people immediately associate it with beautiful beaches, hot women, warm (or scorching) weather, food and nightlife. But there is so much more to Miami that most visitors, and even locals don’t know. We are an eclectic melting pot where creative, passionate dreamers and doers share ideas and collaborate on a daily basis. A hub for all things creative, inspired by the vast amount of mixing cultures and backgrounds. Today, I want to share a fun Q&A I had with my friend Annie Vasquez, who I can honestly say exemplifies perfectly all these Miami attributes and might be one of the hardest working women in Miami when it comes to Fashion. If you are from Miami, I am sure you know her or have met her, and if you are not, get to know her through this interview where we talk about Fashion, Miami and her new film, screening this weekend at the Miami Fashion Film Festival…
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9
Sep 13

RIO

TheeBlog-RIO For these past couple of days, all conversations with friends, rivals and family members have focused on next year’s World Çup, and the qualifying games going on this week. I mean, is there a bigger and more important sporting event in the world? Don’t think about it, the answer is no. And of course, since the World Cup will take place in Brasil, we’re all either practicing words or checking out videos… just in case. Today I want to share a lovely video I recently found featuring the majestic beauty of Rio de Janeiro and its iconic landmarks like Copacabana, Cristo Redentor, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca, many more… This post is also dedicated to my dad, whose always awesome tales about his favorite city have sparked my curiosity and hopefully, future travels. And who is probably Rio’s biggest ambassador! :)
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6
Sep 13

Beautiful Fashion Photography by Erik Almås

TheeBlog-ErikAlmas As Fall swiftly approaches, so do Fashion related conversations and posts. Take New York Fashion Week for example, currently going on now, which has become the unofficial Fall/Fashion kick-starter and tends to set the mood for the final quarter of the year. Not to mention its media power and coverage – It truly impressed me when I attended last year. So, in honor of all you fashion lovers and bloggers in the middle of Lincoln Center, today we feature the beautiful work of San Francisco based Erik Almås. His stunning portfolio is full of surrealist beauty, hypnotic colors and artistic compositions that tell many stories. Enjoy some of his work after the jump!
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4
Sep 13

Vincent Connare talks Comic Sans

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Although we all know its demonic reach and power, specially in the hands of ‘creative’ school and office administrators, Comic Sans keeps popping up every now and then. So much that I usually get asked by my students ‘who and why was it designed then’? Well, the Huffington Post decided to interview its creator, ex-Microsoft employee (see what I did there?) Vincent Connare and talk about its origin, uses and his defense… Oh, and also a couple of really dramatic ‘activists’ whose main goal in life is to ban this font… Check the interview here. - Thanks for the tip Ivan!