Posted on April 23, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on April 22, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on April 21, 2014 by designquixotic
Spring has finally sprung in NYC and you can just feel the happiness and relief in the air… FINALLY! Of course I had to document (in flowers) this new season that’s upon us…. I hope it’s a nice, long season… I’m ready for long walks, outdoor dining and naps in the park.
Posted on April 17, 2014 by designquixotic
Today I bring you the fantastic lettering work of Drew Melton. As he describes,
These words resonate with the method and ideas that Drew has taken on as a designer from day one. His passion for art and design started young and grew with him as he went from boyhood into the bustling world of adult life. He followed his passion and studied graphic design at a highly sought after college of art and design. However, as the years passed his curiosity and longing to do more (and stop twiddling his thumbs) pushed him to leave school and pursue a career as a freelance designer.
Starting Justlucky in 2009, he quickly made a name for himself in the design community. In early 2011 Drew started The Phraseology Project as a way to interact with the world of design on a greater scale and began to fine tune the skill of hand lettering. The more he worked on lettering the more he found his calling. Design and illustration will always be in his ever growing portfolio but lettering, along with his wife Kelsey (and coffee), holds his heart.
Drew has put in the work, continues to put in the work and is constantly humbled by the process. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and stacks of books, working as a letterer, graphic designer, and occasional illustrator. Though he has moved across the country and changed titles within the design world, his passion still remains.
Below are a few of my favorites from his amazing portfolio.
Posted on April 16, 2014 by designquixotic
Happy Wednesday! Today I bring you the work of Laura Blythman, a Melbourne-born designer, illustrator and creative director renowned for her vibrant style and cheeky sentiments. I adored looking through her work, and was particularly drawn to her art prints, a few of my favorites are below. Enjoy!
Posted on April 15, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on April 14, 2014 by designquixotic
It took me about 8 years of living on the East Coast to realize that the most necessary time to go on vacation is in the middle of winter, and preferably somewhere warm. Last year it was Tulum- which was amazing (I was fantasizing about moving there by the end of my trip), so this year I wanted to continue the tradition… but I was craving something more than margaritas, massages and pool time. I wanted to have a more meaningful experience, (not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with margaritas, massages, and pool time!).
So, when my friend Patricia, (an amazing yoga teacher and a big inspiration to me) mentioned that she was going to lead a yoga retreat for the first time (!!!!) I was totally on board.
This is Patricia showing us how to do a pose on the beach. Miss that day.
The timing was perfect, (last week in February), and, although I hadn’t taken a yoga class in over a year, I was excited by the idea of meditation, two yoga classes a day, and surf lessons- all while staying halfway in the jungle, near the beach, in Costa Rica- a country I’d always heard amazing things about.
From the minute I landed, I could tell Costa Rica would live up to everything I’d heard (we landed in the middle of majestic mountains). Wild, jungles and beaches, not too touristy or commercialized.. oh, and AMAZING beaches for surfers. A few other tidbits about the country that I adore: Costa Rica has a long history of environmentalism and sustainability (long before it was trendy), and is the only Central American country without a standing army (peace!).
We stayed at Vida Asana, an eco lodge situated halfway between the ocean and the jungle. A little more rustic than most of my travel accomodations, I quickly embraced my new life: 6AM meditation, 7:30 AM yoga, a breakfast of fruit and homemade juice, pool time, surf lessons, hammock naps…. no tv, music, computers… just great company. After the final yoga class of the day (around 7PM) and a vegan dinner, I usually fell asleep by 9 PM.
No filter needed… the sky in Costa Rica was often this magically bright turquoise color…
Jacob, the other retreat leader, catches some sun after discussing Buddhism with me by the pool. Such a great afternoon.
Nancy, our awesome (and patient) surf instructor. Yes, she WILL be doing a fitness video soon on how to get that body… (sold!)
All photos by me, (except for the one of me, above) taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO cam.
Posted on April 9, 2014 by designquixotic
I discovered the work of Himanshu Sharma via one of my favorite fashion illustrators- Katie Rogers, who mentioned on Facebook that he designed her (beautiful) identity. Everything about his work is perfectly executed to me- perfect typography, perfect illustration, perfect color and energy. What a talent! Below are a few of my favorite projects from his site. Enjoy!
Posted on April 8, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on April 3, 2014 by designquixotic
Mike Smith is an amazing designer who got into the field through skateboarding (and a desire to make gig posters all day long), and has since become a pretty fantastic print and branding designer. But, I’m not going to show you any of that, (you’ll have to head over and take a look for yourself!). Instead I’d like to share with you his street art- which really captured my imagination. Enjoy!