The Ministry of Type

March 17, 2009

There are several design blogs that I try to keep up with to keep inspirational juices flowing, and keep up with the latest design trends. One of my favorites is The Ministry of Type, by English designer Aegir Hallmundur. Not only because the site itself gorgeously designed, he has this compulsion with tracing everything, which I love. It’s the design/illustration equivalent of taking something apart to see how it works, and it’s something I feel like I should do more of every once in a while. You can look at all the inspirational images in the world, but in taking them apart you’re going figure them out so much better.

Some of his retracing inspiration (but visit the site, they look better in context):

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The Fall

January 9, 2009

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I finally got around to watching The Fall last week, and I have to say it’s perhaps one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve ever seen. The landscapes and the colors are just so unreal, it’s hard to believe that nothing is computer enhanced. I’ve probably watched it three times since I rented it, and then both commentaries, just because I wanted to see how they set everything up. It completely works as a fantasy/storybook version of India.

(For a slightly more realistic, gritty, but still cinematographically great version of India, Slumdog Millionaire is also gorgeous. I think I’m going to have to add both of these to my very small dvd collection.)

More of my favorite stills below, as well as the opening title sequence, which is graphically brilliant.

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Title Sequence:

Google’s put out a call for ideas to change the world, and they’ve introduced it with this adorable little video. They’re pledging $10 million to fund up to five of the best ideas, though the winners get nothing but warm fuzzies and good karma (and it might look good on a resume, but that’s not why you should do it!) Find out more here and submit your ideas here. You can also create a 30 sec. youtube video to illustrate your idea. Any attempt to change the world for the better gets a thumbs up from me.

Bell Canoe Works

September 21, 2008

I’m in love with these ads for Bell Canoe Works. I could seriously look at them forever. From the heavy, printmaking paper to the watercolor/collage inspired illustration to the handwritten taglines… I want to hang these in my house. And hey, they got me to link to their website. Check out more below. (I can’t decide which is my favorite.)

Found via Graphic-Exchange (of course).

Who Says Words with My Mouth

September 5, 2008

This is gorgeous. I’ve been such a sucker for poetry lately (which is a bit new for me). And coincidentally, Clair de Lune has been making frequent appearences on my iPod quite a bit lately as well.

Damn, you caught me

July 30, 2008

(via frank chimero)

Ouch, definitely guilty of this. All the “inspiration” in the world doesn’t mean anything if you never do anything with it. But on the less talk, more action front, I finally sucked it up and bought one of these:

and I’m hoping to get my photography bug moving again. I have the 35mm version, but I’ve been finding shooting with film a lot less satisfying lately without easy access to a darkroom. (Another one of those perks of being in college.) And there’s just something about that instant feedback. Though I know getting myself back into photography is going to result in a “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” scenario. (“Give a girl a camera, then she’s going to want some new lenses…”)

I like this.

July 20, 2008

via frank-c on flickr