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June 28, 2010

labels








Sending your child to daycare, school, or summer camp involves more labels that you can possibly imagine. Everything needs a label - every article of clothing, backpack, sippy cup, lunch box, bathing suit, towel... basically everything your kid owns! I heard about Mabel's Labels a while back from Design Mom (love her) and I adore these labels. They go through the laundry with no problem and I love the colors and design options.

June 21, 2010

texture


It's not always easy to find a great fabric texture image. Thankfully I stumbled across a blog entry at Think Design with a package of downloadable fabric textures.





I really like the range of colors and textures in this package. A great source of inspiration. Enjoy!!

June 16, 2010

web designer playing cards


How cool are these cards?!?! I can't get over how amazing they are. And how much I need to have them.



Gorgeous!

June 11, 2010

it's world cup time

To celebrate the opening day of World Cup 2010 - it's a big deal in my household - let's check out the World Cup logo and look back at previous logos. Some of these made me laugh out loud. Enjoy:



2010 - South Africa
Nice colors and movement but what happened to scalability? There's way too much going on.




2006 - Germany
This "world cup" sure looks like a fun place to send the kids in the summer!




2002 - Korea/Japan
I'm not sure if this trophy-like logo was designed for 2002 and is now a required element (see 2006 and 2010) or if this was a designers way of taking a required element and making it the main focus. Either way, I like it. I get a sense of the global nature of the competition, that it is a competition, and that it involves sports. Not bad.




1998 - France
I really like the concept behind this one but I'm not sure I love it's final outcome. I think the land mass is kind of messy-looking and the thick border on the ball is too heavy. Still, what a cool way to show how important soccer is around the world.




1994 - USA
I will admit that I didn't even know we hosted the world cup in '94. That being said, this is a pretty US-centric design but I appreciate it's simplicity and scalability. Too bad it didn't succeed in turning Americans into major soccer fans. Sorry about that. (also, the typography at the top makes my eyes hurt)




1990 - Italy
Speaking of making my eyes hurt... eek!




1986 - Mexico
When you consider that this was the mid 80's it really could have been worse! I appreciate the typography and the globe imagery but why on earth are they covered in distracting horizontal lines?





1982 - Spain
Simple and straightforward graphic but the type makes me nauseous. Seriously, I gag a little when I look at it for too long.




1978 - Argentina
I kind of adore this one. Maybe I'm in a retro mood but I love the abstract lines that act like hands holding the ball (wouldn't it be more effective with just the one blue line on each side? I get that they're referencing the flag but I still think it would work better my way). It also looks like a trophy of course. I'm a sucker for simple and abstract, what can I say?

June 9, 2010

new camera



My new camera arrived a few days ago. It's really awesome. I know next to nothing about photography but this camera makes me look good. It's a Nikon D5000 and my favorite setting so far is "child mode".



My model is my 2.5 year old daughter, Nadia. She doesn't spend a lot of time holding still but even in this low-light situation I got some great shots of her playing.

So much fun!

June 7, 2010

alphabet bags



How cool are these alphabet bags? They come in black on white, white on black and be-dazzled! I have to say, I think my favorites are the punctuation bags.



Brilliant.

June 2, 2010

recipe goodness







I think all recipes should include photos like these. I have so many cookbooks that I don't like to open because they have too many words. Finding recipes online is so easy and when they are presented with such amazing photos they can be very inspirational!

Who wouldn't want a dark chocolate and raspberry muffin? Yum!