Posts tagged ‘design’

February 7, 2012

Things Organized Neatly

by Jillian Douglas

These aesthetically appealing photos were all found on Things Organized Neatly, where Austin Radcliffe curates photos of- you guessed it- things organized neatly.

ed: Barbie utensils, I think. I really like this, I don’t care how straight it is.

I find it fascinating to comb through all of the submissions… subjects range greatly from a massive toy car collection to vintage keys to sandwiches. Also popular are photos showing the contents of people’s bags.

Old keys.

SUBMISSION: Cucumber Sandwiches. :)
the blog out and see if you’re inspired to photograph a part of your life freshly organized!

All photos acquired from the Things Organized Neatly blog.
January 26, 2012


by Jillian Douglas

Check these lil’ babies out!

I found these the other day on Lovely Package, a blog dedicated to “curating the very best packaging design.” The packaging design was pretty stellar (scroll down more), but I just happen to like the product itself- a simple lid that will make any canning jar into a spill-proof mug. You just put replace that metal cap and screw on the rim part.

Isn’t that neat?

To purchase, visit the Cuppow site

Here’s some more coffee wonders:

What can I do with all these used coffee grounds?

It all started with goats.

You’ll never guess which country consumes the most coffee. Okay, the U.S. But I bet you’ll never guess the third-leading coffee-consuming country!

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

November 16, 2011


by adandelionchild

I’m really excited to share with you about this project that I found (via {*wit + delight}). It’s called The 15 Friends project. Twig Creative invited 15 artists and designers to participate in a collaboration to make two unique canvases that at the end of the project will be auctioned and the profits given to charity.

I’m excited to see what the other designers add. I’ll will probably be checking in at the Twig Creative Blog daily, but I am so interested by the little additions already completed. I think they’re already off to a great start.

The first and only (so far!) collaborative art project I’ve been a part of was The Sketchbook Project, which is organized by the Art House Co-op. The guys and gals over at the Art House Co-op are passionate about getting everyone involved in art, especially people who think their artistic abilities are limited to stick figures and crayons. They are trying to accomplish by presenting pre-made projects that don’t limit creativity and are open to everyone without any pressure. They put on different projects every couple of months and it’s easy to get involved. Check out The Sketchbook Project, A Million Little Pictures, and The Fiction Project.

I participated in The Sketchbook Project in 2010 and did one sketchbook as a collaboration between JJ, our amazing high school art teacher (Mama D), and myself. We thought it would be fun to do a piece of artwork together and JJ and I thought it would serve as good motivation to continue with our artwork during our first months of college. We made the mistake of also trying to tackle an additional sketchbook each. On top of school and work demands (and my time management *cough*…or lack thereof) we struggled to do our share of the collaborative work. Luckily Mama D undertook finishing the second half of the sketchbook so we could send it in on time. She did a wonderful job, and we were happy that we had been able to do at least a little collaborative work. If you’d like to, check out JJ’s sketchbook here.

While things with The Sketchbook Project didn’t pan out exactly how we imagined it was still a fun piece to work on and I was very proud of what we did accomplish. Plus, I’ve always loved working in groups, whether it was on Homecoming or making up a skit for chapel. Being able to use the same kind of teamwork and feed off each other in a piece of artwork was so inspiring. If you haven’t tried doing a collaboration, I highly recommend it. It is one of the easiest ways to find inspiration. I found especially that it made me more flexible in my artwork; I would get a couple ideas or have a strict plan in my head then decide on something completely different when I saw what my friends had done.

Now I feel excited to start my own collaboration!  What should we do next, JJ?!

October 12, 2011

Ombre Everything

by Jillian Douglas

Color is so important in design. It can really make or break something, like that ugly chartreuse sweater your auntie gave you in junior high (chartreuse, then = geeky. chartreuse, now = edgy & hipster. how things have changed…)

So what really gets me about ombre is that it’s appropriate for any color. Ombre means the item is one hue, but fades into different tones. It’s a subtle but also striking technique. I love this Blueberry Rainbow cake, made by Swedish blogger Lisa Lundqvist…

I find this monochromatic (one hue, different shades) style so lovely and elegant. I think it originates from the glory days of tie dye, using a basic dip-dye effect. Regardless, it matches almost every style, from traditional or preppy to bohemian or indie.

This yellow ombre bag from Teddyfish would look great with so many different outfits… And this Happy Birthday Card from Social Proper is just lovely. Anthropologie got it just right with this emerald ombre covered dish (at $28, that sounds like a steal, taking into account the depressingly high prices over there).$redesign-appcat$

Do you readers agree? Do you have a favorite ombre item? I’d love to hear about them!