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The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

December 10, 2012 |  Category:   art + design holidays life nyc outings

We had a fantastic weekend. How was yours? It always feels good to have a stellar day at a holiday market, particularly when you’ve stayed up late preparing for the show after a hard week. It makes it all worth it. Thanks to our friend Megan who took both the girls for a sleepover Friday night which enabled us to work uninterrupted through the night organizing for the market and made setup in the early morning easy at the event site. Since the girls weren’t home, I put on the first season of American Horror Story while we worked and pretty much powered through the entire season in one sitting. What a crazy show (though Breaking Bad is still my… CONTINUE READING

Today

Today

November 13, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life

Feeling weirdly deflated and sad today. What the hell is this? Post storm crash? Pre-holiday craziness blues? Well, whatever it is, I’m sure it will pass.   Photos taken at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho.… CONTINUE READING

relics and artifacts from the not too distant past

relics and artifacts from the not too distant past

October 17, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life remembering

I was at a birthday party held at a place in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard called Construction Kids and while watching the kids build objects out of pieces of scrap wood, I found these old graphic design tools hanging on the wall. Unlike the bins of supplies and building tools in the room that were in regular use, these rusted drawing tools were hung as a display. I know it seems so obvious, but sometimes it’s not until you see these objects arranged like artifacts that you realize just how many of these tools that we used to use every single day are obsolete. It’s not like I ever declared “it’s time to retire the T Square!”, but it… CONTINUE READING

Dumbo, the Arts Festival, and caught in the rain

Dumbo, the Arts Festival, and caught in the rain

October 1, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

There was a lot going on in the city this weekend. Seems like so many events are packed into the late September/ early October weekends and you have your pick of things to do. After a brutal week of many many cookies that ended in a very successful day at the Chile Festival where he sold out of most everything (almost felt like holiday cookie madness times), Mark finally got a day off. It’s good to end a crazy week with a great day at an event and feel like all your hard work is validated. People were lining up to buy the Chocolate Curry fudgesicles. They are slowly gaining traction every week and even though we’ll be wrapping up… CONTINUE READING

Lena Corwin’s Maps

Lena Corwin’s Maps

September 19, 2012 |  Category:   art + design friends

What is it about maps that are just so fascinating? I’ve been long obsessed with how the intricate network of streets create these complex patterns, totally unique to each city, and creating maps have often been a recurring theme to some of my work projects. I think that’s why I’m so fascinated by Claudine’s obsessive map-like maze drawings because of this long standing fascination with urban typography.   And then this book.   Lena is an artist and designer who I’ve known about and long admired for a really long time, but had only met earlier this year. We have quite a few mutual friends in common so I’d like to think that it was only a matter of time… CONTINUE READING

New Metric conversion posters

New Metric conversion posters

September 5, 2012 |  Category:   art + design the biz

What, it only took 2 years to get a Metric Kitchen Conversion Poster designed! But it’s here in 3 colorways (so far). I’ve gotten so many requests for a metric version of our popular Kitchen Conversion poster, but I think what was throwing me was that the use of graphics couldn’t really be translated in the same way. This poster is much more typographic with some references to the kitchen graphics used in the original poster, mainly as a pattern motif in the background.   Available now in our Etsy poster shop and coming to our website soon.   PS. Don’t mind the “mess”in our etsy poster shop. I’m contemplating moving the few photos I have left off to a… CONTINUE READING

Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library

Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library

August 27, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life Seattle & the NW travels

One of the places I wanted to visit on our trip to Seattle this year was the Public Library designed by Rem Koolhaas. I first became familiar with the work of Rem Koolhaas when I was working on the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture website redesign nearly 12 years ago, where Koolhaas is a professor. Also around that time, the innovative Prada store designed by Koolhaus had opened its doors in Soho. The Seattle Library is probably the nicest library I’ve ever been in. While the architecture of the NY Public Library is steeped in history, having recently celebrated its 100 year old anniversary and guarded by a pair of large stately lion sculptures on either side of its wide… CONTINUE READING

wackiness (and art) on Governor’s Island

wackiness (and art) on Governor’s Island

June 15, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

Governor’s Island seems to get more crazy every year. Such a difference from when it first opened up to the public 4 years ago when there was nothing there. Granted, we had no idea that there was an art festival going on that weekend, and then when we figured it out we were sort of relieved because suddenly every weird and bizarre thing that we came across actually made more sense, like a pole dancer on a bicycle powered boat float – so random. And this woman dressed as a firebird (2nd photo) who summoned the girls over to play. The island wasn’t crowded at that early hour and we had no idea that this was going on, so it… CONTINUE READING

the gardens at the cloisters

the gardens at the cloisters

June 12, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

One of the highlights of any visit to the Cloisters is sitting in one of the 3 enclosed gardens that are carefully planted with herbs, flowers and fruiting trees gleaned from information gathered from Medieval poetry, tapestries, and other documents. It’s a great place to chase butterflies too, though the girls had a different tactic of attracting butterflies by standing still as statues with their arms outstretched, expecting them to land on them like in the movies (I don’t think a single butterfly did). It’s funny…a reader commented how great it was that we take the kids to museums rather than malls. Well, we do that too, and in actuality we probably only go to museums just a few times… CONTINUE READING

the cloisters

the cloisters

June 11, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

There are a few places in the city that can transport you to a different place and time and make you feel like you’re not in the city at all. The Cloisters, located in Fort Tyron Park on the northern tip of Manhattan, has to be one of them. It’s been a good 14 years since I was last at the Cloisters and before that, not since we used to take trips up during my art school years. I still feel like it’s a hidden gem, perhaps because of its location. But if you’re in NYC and interested in Medieval art, this is the place to visit. Part of the collections date all the way back to the 9th century.… CONTINUE READING

an 11 year collaboration

an 11 year collaboration

May 9, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life me

I know I don’t talk about my design work very often (ask my family; I think it drives them nuts that I don’t like to talk about the projects I’m working on). I often reference that I’m “busy with deadlines” or “I’m slammed with work”, but have never specifically talked about any of the client projects that keep me busy. The truth is, my freelance work takes up so much of my day – sometimes 15 hours a day if I’m double or triple booked on projects – that it’s the last thing I want to write or talk about, especially if it’s stressful, and often times it is. I’ve managed to keep it fairly separate from my personal life… CONTINUE READING

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