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No More Black Targets

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Back in October, my friend Colin and I were catching up, discussing all things politics. The election was on the horizon and he was filling me in on his latest work. We both have an art and marketing background with a desire to use these skills to improve the world. When you live and breathe this profession, it offers a window into how clever pointed work can cut through the clutter to actually make a difference. He mentioned a project his agency was supporting, and I jumped on board immediately.

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The initiative is called NO MORE BLACK TARGETS and is a social art movement in reaction to gun violence in America. It highlights the black targets used on shooting ranges where people learn how to use a firearm – and asks that we as a society reinvent these targets through an artistic approach.

Artists, influencers and celebrities were asked to reimagine the basic shooting target. The results will be on display this Sunday evening, Feb 19th at 9pm at the Richard Taittinger Gallery. The exhibition will be followed by an online campaign and petition on Change.org.

Peruse the incredible work, make your own, and join us Sunday if you can!

Visualizing Global Warming

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Artists are sponges. They live, breathe and consume the world around them while figuring out how to add to the conversation. One topic that can’t be ignored is global warming and we’re seeing the visualization of this in the creative arts more than ever. Above, is an incredible handmade quilt from the Brooklyn based textile studio, The Haptic Lab.

We’ve written about their work in the past, but it was this recent instagram post that really grabbed our attention. Below the post, Emily Fischer, the founder, described the piece stating the gravity of the problem. This massive project describes sea ice loss in the arctic from 1979 to 2080, the approximate span of my lifetime. Climate change is real.

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In addition to collage, craft and home, these fashion pieces by Iniy Sanche and Martin Across translate a similar message. Both are unique and beautiful interpretations of their view on the world – one that incorporates colors, continents and geographic motifs.

 

How to Make Infographics Playful




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When my office was in Chinatown, I was a huge fan of the food delivery startup, Maple. Aside from their gorgeous app (a standard I would share when discussing digital ease of use), the food would arrive in elegant biodegradable packaging and cover all of the bases for a healthy, affordable filling lunch.

Now that I live and work in Brooklyn, I rarely use the service, but still get their newsletter. This week, it appears they’ve introduced business accounts in an effort to streamline office ordering…which makes sense. There have been countless nights in ad offices where we’ve all piled on to a singular mega order. Of course Maple wants in on that.

Today’s post isn’t about the prowess of this new business move, it’s more about the playful gif that arrived at the bottom of the email notification. Using chickpeas and green peas, their designer concocted an adorable graph that communicates growth and happiness through healthy ingredients. It resonated, as often times an effort like this falls flat. Here are a few screenshots I strung together to communicate their story. I love it, just like the service.

Spotting Australian Blues

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I just returned from a big trip abroad with my family. We spent two and a half weeks between Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo merging work, vacation and a glorious wedding. I basically used the last of the available space on my phone taking an abundance of pictures and videos. Now that I’m home, I’m starting to sift through the content as I string relevant themes together.

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A simple and obvious palette that surfaced on a daily basis was a blue one. Soft, varied and subtly textured, indigo tiles and textiles were scattered throughout all three cities.

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Some tiles, like the imagery above have been staples in Bondi and Melbourne for many years. The complex simplicity has been distributed through a paired down palette.

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In an illustrative and more linear approach, these aqua swim trunks from Industrie reflect the beach vibe of Sydney with a simple continuous wave.

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Tapping into the palette, yet expanding on the theme, these Liberty prints from The Fabric Store in Melbourne feel relevant to the category, as the conversational prints are muted, busy and neutral.

 

Safer Streets + Graphic Design

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It’s been a while since we last posted and I’ve been thinking a lot about what best represents the present and the future. Do I share imagery from a recent trip to Sydney and Tokyo? Do I talk about the US election? Do I continue posting Pattern Studio artist features? It’s an interesting spot – deciding what to break the silence with when you’ve gone a while without publishing.

In reality, all of these topics have merit. Though, I’d like to jump back in by highlighting a positive and action-oriented move that’s changing lives for the better. In an effort to curb car crashes at it’s busiest intersections, the city of Austin has enhanced it’s infrastructure by adding bold stripes, Twister looking polka dots and buffers throughout the city.


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This graphic approach is an affordable way to reclaim safe spaces for pedestrians and is a parallel solution that’s already up and running in New York and LA. While finding a harmonious relationship between cars and humans isn’t an easy feat, adding safeguards where possible is an important move when considering the future growth and appeal for walking cities in America and around the world.

 

Gifting Patterns this Holiday

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The holidays are just around the corner and we wanted to get our gift guide up and out the door in time for last minute decision making! Aside from charitable donations, travel and experiential classes, pattern and texture is the way to go when you’re in the market for something special.

Here are ten of our favorite items:

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1. DIY Wooden Doll Family Kit | $28

These minimalist figurines offer infinite possibilities. You can make all-over polka dots, stripes, or geometrics…or keep it simple or more traditional. This kit will bring out the inner child in anyone willing to roll their sleeves up for an afternoon art project.

2. Machine de Terre Ra Necklace | $285

Over the past two years, I’ve shared an office with three incredible business women. One of them, Randi Mates, the founder of Aesa, has blown my mind every time she’s released a new collection. Her pieces are the culmination of art, science, old world technique and a passion that’s often lost in today’s fashion world. This necklace embodies that.

3. Nicola Gariner Dinosaur | Price Upon Request

Like mustard, I collect dolls. And, while I don’t own this dinosaur, a good friend sent me a picture and a link, saying it was very me. She was right. Nicola Gariner makes playful dolls ranging from llamas, hens and fish, to patterned dino mash ups. I wouldn’t think twice about getting this for myself or my 10 month old son.

4. Terrazzo Rose Any Year Planner by Julia Kostreva| $32

I generally use the Fantastical App in place of apple’s iPhone calendar. There are times to go digital, and times to go analog. If you’re willing to do both, may I suggest perusing Julia Kostreva’s collection of planners and journals. Her patterns are stunning and the idea of keeping a log of a repetitive actions is a worthy challenge for the new year.

5. Aelfie Mahu Bath Mat | $38

Aelfie has been making colorful, quirky graphic home goods for several years now. One of my favorite bedspreads happens to be from them. If you’re looking for a high impact / low cost item that will get a lot of use, this bath mat is the way to go.

6. Harvest Navy Napkins by Hillery Sproatt | 6 for $30

Hillery Sproatt has mastered the art of whimsy and her latest illustrative collaboration with Unison is a fabulous one. Her watercolor narratives appear in a black and white toss on a set of cotton satin napkins. This is the ultimate I’m grown up – but not too grown up gift.

7. ARA 250 – Metallic by Matthew Shilian | $300

You’ll never go wrong with art. Actually, that’s not true…everyone is particular when it comes to this topic. I should have said, you’ll never go wrong with a piece from Matthew Shilian. His origami 3D masterpieces are something to behold. My husband and I have one of his works and we’re in constant awe of it’s mathematical manmade perfection.

8. Weekender by To the Market | $120

If you haven’t yet heard of To The Market, make sure to dive in and learn more about this wonderful and important company. Full disclosure – I’m a proud advisor of TTM and fully believe in their mission to economically empower vulnerable women through global artisan enterprise. Also, this kantha stitch bag is a timeless beauty for any man or woman in your life.

9. Hopper in Green Socks by Richer Poorer from Of a Kind | $12 a pair

Everyone needs socks – why not make them playful?!

10. Lumio Light by Max Gunawan | $125 – $190

Lumio graciously gifted me a light last week. Unsure how I would take to it, I slowly opened the box…I have to be honest, complete wonderment ensued. Both my son and I were sucked in, Harry Potter (or Lion, Witch and Wardrobe) style by the magical glow of the accordion light behind the unassuming book cover. For the practical buyers out there, it doubles as a phone charger. This is a wonderful – if not mystical gift for a new parent or anyone, really, who appreciates design.

 

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