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

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!

It’s Happening Now…Go!

AIGA has put together an event called “One Day for Design” and it is blowing up on Twitter [which is a good thing.] So many topics about design that need to be discussed are actually being brought forth! I’m actually really excited about this. So go and join in on the conversation.