Drooling Over: Garance Doré

I was recently introduced to Garance Doré thanks to the new collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. It was then that I realized how many of her illustrations I’ve seen in the past—I just never bothered looking into them. (Silly me.) The illustrator and blogger, originally from the French island of Corsica, has done work for Vogue Paris, Tiffany’s, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Céline and Gap. Even though I have a fine arts degree, illustration was never something I pursued, which is why I think I have a tendency to gravitate towards it with other’s work. Garance’s The Cape illustration is one of my favorites, followed by the Belle De Jour illustration. I feel like there’s a level of sophistication in her illustrations that any girl would love to achieve in real life. Besides these prints/posters, she has a stationary line. I’ll take one of everything please!


1. Femme Française  /  2. The One  /  3. Bell De Jour  /  4. The Cape

Current Favorite Instagrammers

The other week Tim wanted to show me a picture that a friend had posted to Instagram, so I handed him my phone so he could look for it. After scrolling through a couple pictures he said, “You follow too many people!” and then exited out of the app. I follow just over 200 accounts, which is not “too many” in my opinion. I just love seeing how other people view life, and finding new places to put on my “must travel here someday” list.

Michael J. SpearChelsea Spear
This husband-wife team take some gorgeous photographs of Alaska. I don’t care how cold the Alaskan winter is, I would totally go explore with these two.


Zach Reed
I have a slight obsession with looking at his pictures of the Pacific-Northwest, especially the abandoned Vance Creek Bridge.


Alex Strohl
I have never wanted to visit Canada more than after seeing all of his photos. He makes Canada look breathtaking.


Sang Han
I actually had the privilege to work with Sang for a short bit, and I can attest that he is one talented guy. He’s now working for Apple, so I get to enjoy looking at all of his pictures of the CA coastline.


Paris in Four Months
Because who doesn’t want to look at pictures of Paris and dream of walking through its streets?


The Everygirl
Fantastic lifestyle imagery with tons of inspiration.


Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.
I adore this shop and own a few pieces myself. I just love her illustration style!


Anna With Love
So many girly things. And I want her office.


A few other favorites include Folk Magazine, Design*Sponge, Home Polish and LH Calligraphy. Happy Monday!


Beer Poster Series

Love these poster by Dave Murray. Very Picasso–esque. Check out all of them here.

State Poster Inspiration

Since I’ve been at work since 7 AM this morning, I’ve decided to take a break a post a few design related things that I’m loving right now. This one is the 50 and 50 Project curated by Dan Cassaro. He’s giving 50 designers, 1 per state, the chance to illustrate their state’s motto. Not all 50 are complete, but a good chunk is.  I’m excited to see all of them once completed. All illustrations are equally awesome, but these are a few of my favorites.

–Have to include my home state’s! I’ll probably end up purchasing this one, though I’m not sure if this is our motto anymore…
Nebraska: Equality before the Law


–And of course the state I now live in.
Missouri: The Welfare of the People Shall be the Supreme Law


–I just love the illustration on this one
New Mexico: It Grows as It Goes 


New Mexico

–The typography is what got me with this sign.
New York: Ever Upward 

New York

One Day for Design Recap

A week ago, the AIGA held a conversation all about design…how the industry is growing, what could we do to make it better, what the AIGA could do to make it better, and more importantly the future of design. Actually, there was so much more than just those few things mentioned and discussed. The conversations were talked about over Twitter, and moderated by eight professionals on One Day for Design’s website. So you could watch each of the moderator’s discussions and interactions with those who tweeted back with ideas, concerns, thoughts, and opinions. At one point, #1d4d was the number four ranked trending hashtag. That’s pretty impressive. I was even able to get a conversation started [go me!] about how I would like to see the AIGA work with colleges/universities and step up when it comes to graphic design business courses. We aren’t really taught anything about the business side of design in school, we’re just taught how to design. It’s a huge hurdle I’m still trying to get over and learn about.

Anyway, I caught screen grabs of a few of my favorite tweets from the day’s discussion and just wanted to share. You can catch more quotes from One Day for Design’s website. I’m intrigued on how they will act upon some of the things discussed!

On a separate thought…
I don’t know if anyone [mainly my mother] has noticed, but to the right of the screen [under the Links section] my Twitter feed is displayed. Since it’s real time, you can often times see what I’m up to when I’m not posting. I’ll tweet about working on a project, but I may not get it up on the blog for a few days. Good ways to keep tabs on people…without being a creepy stalker. [ha!]

Happy Wednesday!