Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alex Varanese


What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.

I've explored that idea in this series by re-imagining four common products from 2010 as if they were designed in 1977: an mp3 player, a laptop, a mobile phone and a handheld video game system. I then created a series of fictitious but stylistically accurate print ads to market them, as well as a handful of abstract posters (you know, just for funsies).

I've learned that there is no greater design element than the anachronism. I've learned that the strongest contrast isn't spatial or tonal but historical. I've learned that there's retro, and then there's time travel.

The irony is that all post-modern, smugly self-referential retro porn aside, I'd gladly trade in my immaculately designed 21st century gadgets for these hideously clunky, faux-wood-paneled pieces of ?ber-kitsch. Sorry, Apple.

fashion favorite: lovely 'lashes

via drawpilgrim
some history:

False eyelashes were invented by the American film director D.W. Griffith while he was making his 1916 epic, “Intolerance”. Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life. A wigmaker wove human hair through fine gauze, which was then gummed to Owen’s eyelids. “Intolerance” was critically acclaimed but flopped financially, leaving Griffith with huge debts that he might have been able to settle easily – had he only thought to patent the eyelashes.

lou shabner

Let's Colour Project

via iheartartblog

Shot by Adam Berg over the course of four weeks and in four countries (France, Brazil, London and India), the sole purpose was to rid the world of "gray areas." A total of 120 different hues were used to give vibrancy to the under served and forgotten communities across the globe. To learn more about this initiative, visit Let's Colour Project by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Big Caption is where jokes and captions are made using typography

>>>this one is my all time favorite>>>

Vintage Art Supplies

Christian Montone has a flickr of just that...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Speaking of my cousin, Kate, who I infrequently mention on basis of inspo, and ideas... MTV nominated her to be in the running for the first MTV TJ. Yes, Twitter Jockey. She didn't enter, she was found... so with that I suggest if you have a Twitter, a Tumblr, Facebook, or Flickr, friend her or follow her! I think you'll like what you see.


Flickran old favorite of us:


via my cousin, Kate
Grum - Want U

June Inspos

floor fans + window fans, my credit card, more zombies, tour de sugar, sewing, working, science!, community festival, boating, shopping, water parks, grilling, tanning, kissing, and embracing.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

M. Gandhi


Best Tumblr!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010


We had a girls' movie night, and watched Splash with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah from 1986. Why do I not own this? It's so dreamy and sweet, and Daryl Hannah is the coolest 80's mermaid. It all started because Raina said I looked like Madison (Daryl) hahah who is the mermaid! (my dream) I want this movie for lyfe, and think I want to get that mermaid just to design it!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Old School Tomato Sandwich

I'm going to start putting up recipes I find and use, like the blueberry ricotta pancakes, and potatoe skins. I Didn't think it was of value then, but I'd like to hold on to them for future use! Made this sammich today tho! YUM! I also want to learn how to do foil wraps on the grill this summer.......with fish!!!