31 July 2008

Lollapalooza has come.


It's finally here. Tomorrow begins Lollapalooza. Sweatapalooza. Why-is-it-always-so-hot-apalooza?

I'm pumped beyond belief and frightened by the weather forecast. I have plans to drink water all weekend long. Water and rock. That's what it's going to come down to.

Friday night is the big night this year. Radiohead is headlining with no competition from the other stages. As long as I don't melt, I shall regale you all with stories come Monday...or Tuesday...whenever I'm alive again.

A far as the rock goes, I'm going to run down a few highlights for each day:
Friday: Radiohead, The Raconteurs, Rogue Wave
Saturday: The Ting Tings, Wilco, DeVotchKa
Sunday: The Weakerthans, The National, Iron & Wine

Buckin' Ham.


I took this Saturday night. Yes, our fountain is full of ham. Good, ol' Buckin' Ham.

25 July 2008

24 July 2008

Gansta Babies


It's been a few days, but I come bearing gifts in the form of Gansta Babies.

Meet Pookie, Benjino, Rey Rey and Big Deuce. For real.

Check out all that bling!

18 July 2008

BEE


BEE (Beauty Engineered Forever) products hail from New Zealand with the goal of producing environmentally friendly products that are functional and fun. "We believe being green doesn't mean you have to compromise on beauty and performance." They sure didn't compromise on the beauty. The colors, minimal graphics, and great type make me want to fly the eighteen hours or so to New Zealand and buy everything.

And how much fun are the names of the products? Why buy powdered laundry detergent when you can buy something called "I Triumph Over Grime and Evil" ? Do you want dishwashing liquid or "I'll Give You Some Sparkle" ? It's a no brainer.

BEE just proves you can have a great looking product that has an even better cause behind it.

16 July 2008

Better than Spilled Milk.


This morning didn't start so well.

In a not so smart move on my part, I decided to eat my cereal in bed. I was tired, the bed looked better than the table. I feel asleep and awoke to cold milk spilling all over me. Not fun.
On my way to work, I also was priviledged to see a poodle throw up. It was one of those moments when you look at the wrong place at the wrong time. I turned my head while driving to catch someone's poodle hack something up. Again, not fun.

With that kind of a start to my day, it could only get better. It did. I received a lovely comment on this blog from the great people at Typography Shop. They expressed their thanks for being included in the Typography T Roundup. Love that. Great design and products, unlike poodle puke, deserve to be noticed.

14 July 2008

11 July 2008

Ork Neighborhood Posters


I love when designers design for themselves. No clients, no committees- designed by you for you. That's the story behind these great city neighborhood posters from Ork. The Chicago-based designer wanted a Chicago neighborhood poster that didn't cramp her style. She couldn't find one, so she designed her own. The poster was such a hit, she did the same for other major cities. I may be biased, but I think Chicago is the best.

Music News:
If you're a Ludo fan, or just plain curious about them, make sure to check out Ludo on Leno tonight. Michael Kane is also a guest. Ludo + Michael Kane, how can you not watch?

10 July 2008

Check It: Bubble Wrap Calander


Who doesn't love bubble wrap? The bubble calendar is a poster-sized calendar with a new bubble to pop every day. Do I need this? No. Do I want one? Absolutely.

The only downside I see to this brilliant piece of fun is self-restraint. Not much is going to prevent me from plowing through a whole month's worth of bubbles on a whim. It's hard to stop.

If the concept alone isn't enough to sell you, it's set in Helvetica. Nice.

08 July 2008

"Due" Not Enter


I'm a huge fan of The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks. It's in my daily reads. I've been wanting to submit something for a while. This week, I came across this beauty. It comes to us from a parking garage in the west loop. Not only do the quotations kill me, but the spelling is a complete mystery. Keep an eye on their blog and see if my submission gets used.

Cast Iron Ampersand


If I had $200 to spare, I'd get myself one of these. For the design nerd in your life, I give you the cast iron ampersand. It's just another reason to love House Industries.

07 July 2008

Check It: Subliminal Dinnerware


I squealed abit over these new items from CB2 this weekend. Subliminal dinnerware features a collage of loverly letters with a not so secret message for your dinnerguest.

Also offered: matching glasses and coordinating salt & pepper shakers.

This is a good beginning to a week.

02 July 2008

End of an era.


On my way home from work today, I stopped by the River North Paper Source. The Paper Source is cathartic, especially after work. Today- not so much. In making conversation with the girl at the register, I found out that the semi-annual Paper Source warehouse sales are to be no more. She had no details as to why, she just attempted to offer condolences. I wasn't having them.

If you aren't familiar with a Paper Source warehouse sale, let me try to explain. Have you ever seen news footage of 500 brides outside of Macys at the crack of dawn? They're all crazed, blood thirsty and completely willing to trample one another to get what they want. The warehouse sale is like that, but with all things paper. It had become a tradition for my friends and I. Fueled by coffee and the promise of a hunt, we went. Up the stairs into the stuffy warehouse on Jefferson, past the sleeping husbands, and into a room filled with angry bride-to-bes looking for cheap wedding invites. It's not an event for the faint of heart, but we always walked out with bags of merch for practically nothing. I'll miss you warehouse sale, maybe one day you'll come back. I'll be ready.

Warehouse sale nostalgia, clockwise:
A sweet monkey rattle we bought
Bounty of paper bag envelopes
Mob scene
Baby in a box- Yep, you can buy those too!
Sleeping husband
Coffee and breakfast afterword [not pictured, breakfast]

Typography T Roundup



Design and type t-shirts are popping up everywhere. It's a good time to be a type geek.

A few of my favorites, clockwise:
Alphabet at Angry Store
Baseline at Veer
Cooper Black at Wire & Twine
Quick Brown Fox at Threadless
Helvetica at Typography Shop
Bold Serifs at We Are Campfire

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