I´m not feeling too great today. I´ve got a cold, a headache and a toothache, and I feel like curling up in bed with a hot cup of tea, many pillows and a warm sweater.
Problem is: it´s summer outside! (photos via Dress, Design, Decor & Garance Dore)
Last week I watched Julie & Julia and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not the greatest movie ever, though Meryl is extraordinary as always, but I loved the story and watching them cook. I enjoyed every second. Cooking really is an art, and I love the fact that you can also be creative.
I think I liked it so much, because I really enjoy both cooking and eating!
This made me smile.
These tips by Michael Beirut really come in handy when you overcomplicate yourself or get stuck.
The Lazy Designer’s Guide to Success
1. Keep it simple.
Avoid ideas that require the same level of craftsmanship as those of, say, Canadian graphic designer Marian Bantjes. “Her work is extraordinary,” says Bierut. “I never have ideas that call for that same amount of effort, though.” Referring to the simple illustrations he creates for The New York Times’ editorial pages, Bierut explains that if commissioned in the morning, a designer should have an executable idea by 5 p.m. the same day. Otherwise, turn down the job.
2. Don’t reinvent the wheel [Part 1].
Instead of starting a project with a clean slate, take the MacGyver approach. “I come on the scene and think, there’s got to be something around here I can use,” says Bierut. The logo for the New York restaurant The Oak Room has gone through a series of changes since its opening more than a century ago. After trolling through some of those logos, Bierut decided to restore the original logo.
3. Don’t reinvent the wheel [Part 2]: Rotate the tires instead.
Keep what the client has, just tweak it. “I say, ‘What you have is great, it just needs some improvement’,” says Bierut. For the signage he created for Saks Fifth Avenue two years ago, Bierut kept Saks’s age-old cursive logo in the square, but created a program that sliced the square into 64 smaller squares. The smaller squares are randomly assembled on 90 pieces of packaging, including gift bags and gift certificates.
4. Do as you’re told.
Simply following the client's instructions will yield wonders. For Bierut – who likes limitations – creating the gargantuan sign for Renzo Piano’s New York Times building was fairly straightforward. The Times Square Alliance mandates that all buildings in the neighbourhood feature bright, large signage, to "keep Times Square looking like Times Square,” says Bierut... (continue reading) (Article published by AZURE)
Now that we are moving, we are trying to plan how we´ll organize all our things in a new space. One of our issues, is that we have to have a workspace, as we both work part time at home. Having only one room that has to function both as a dining-living room and an office is a challenge.
The other issue is that the room has a very dark floor, and we really need to lighten it up, both visually and literally. We also have a lot of books to fit in, which we don´t want to weigh down the space with.
Here are some things that are inspiring me now.
One of my favourites.
The white desk really lightens it up and I love the shelves being interrupted by a very graphic poster.
We´ve been looking at apartments for quite a while, since our contract is ending soon, and I´m very happy to say we´ve found one! It´s sunny, quiet and peaceful, and we´re absolutely delighted! These images are close to the colouring and style of the apartment. I´m looking to similar spaces for inspiration. Yeah! here comes the fun part! I´m so excited!