Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. — Abraham Lincoln

Apr 28 2009

The Incredible Louise Fili

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One of my favorite designers, Louise Fili, has revised her site and I can report to say that it is absolutely, deliciously beautiful.

If you are not aware of Louise Fili’s work then you are in for a real treat. Louise specializes in logo, package, restaurant, type, book and book jacket design (her three loves are Type, Food, and Italy).

A bit of history
From 1976 to 1978 Louise was senior designer for Herb Lubalin. As Art Director for Pantheon Books (1978 to 1989), she designed over 2000 book jackets. Louise also has won numerous awards and medals and has taught and lectured on graphic design and typography. And as if she that’s not enough she has also co-authored (with Steven Heller, Lise Apatoff) and written several books. Her award winning designs and achievements have gained her an induction into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

Her inspiration
She’s considered a Design Archaeologist because she searches and hunts down hard to find old typefaces, old books, tins, and other old packaging at flea markets. She’s inspired by 1920s and 1930s design and she masterfully blends these old styles into new simplistic, contemporary designs which have given her a world renowned reputation.

Her office and collections
You can find photos of Louise’s office and collections at Design*Sponge. If you haven’t been to Design*Sponge yet then I suggest calendaring some time for this site because it’s a given that you’re going to spend hours looking at all the cool and helpful stuff.

My own small efforts
Inspired by Louise Fili, I designed a label for a batch of homemade coffee liqueur. These bottled treats were given away as Season’s Greetings gifts.

Coffee Liqueur Label

Apr 20 2009

Oodles of Doodles

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Oodles of Doodles


You know, those little drawings that you do while talking on the phone, sitting on a bus or train or while you’re in a meeting. Sometimes those doodles are just nonsensical scribbles and sometimes they are masterpieces of art.

I recently joined a group of creative individuals who in like-mind wanted to exchange these little works of doodle art. Within weeks doodles were doodled and mailed out by the deadline April 15th.

I have since received many doodles from across the US and from Canada. The thrill of getting small art pieces from people that I’ve never met face-to-face has been a blast and a not to say the least an inspiration and jolt to my own creativity.

For more information about how it all started check out the Doodle Swap Blog. Contact Mary, she’s the head mistress of the Doodle Swap.

Here’s the original thread started at the HOW Magazine Lounge Forum.

You can also see all the cool doodles that we have exchanged with each other at the Doodle Swap Group Flickr account.

Apr 03 2009

Gallery of Artistic Computation

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Artistic Computation Art

I came across Jared Tarbell’s beautiful art by chance and was shockingly surprised that he does it all with code. He uses algorithmic methods and manipulates the code to craft the semantics of each program. The results are remarkable.

He became interested in computers in 1987 and has since grown in direct relation to his interest in computation. He says ” I write computer programs to create graphic images.” I think they are brilliant works of art.

Along with artistic talent Jared seems to have a since of humor too. He says he’s one part Magical Mystery Tour, one part Brandenburg Concerto, and one part Somnium (Robert Rich).

Visit his site to find many more examples. His creativity is truly amazing, beautiful and thought provoking.

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