Month: May, 2011

Hip Hip…

I just came across this blog called Hip Hip Hooray! which is completely dedicated to planning kids’ parties—invitations, decorations, food, etc. Seriously, the whole thing.

And holy cow, there is some super cute stuff. Check out some of these snippets they posted:

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Homemade sprinkles from Kitchen Daily

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Mr. Boddington Birthday Invitations at Paperless Post

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Steph Loves Ben Etsy shop

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Supergirl party from Tortoise and the Haire

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Cardboard box party from Hello Lucky

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New work from Pentagram

Pentagram recently posted a history book they completed for MICA in Baltimore. Project lead and designer was Abbott Miller along with Jeremy Hoffman. Printed on Mohawk Loop Silk Coated 80lb Text and Mohawk Loop Antique Vellum. Lovely! An excerpt from their project page:

The book design integrates the institutional identity designed by Miller for MICA in 2007. Bridging the school’s history, the cover of the book features the Main Building, built in 1908, wrapped in a translucent jacket of the identity’s graphic pattern, which was inspired by industrial elements in the school’s architecture and the high-tech frit of the iconic Brown Center, built in 2004. Inside, the story of the school is traced through 450 images including historical photographs, illustrations, works of art by students and faculty, building plans, artifacts and ephemera. The design uses fonts of the identity, Giza and Griffith Gothic, the latter of which was originally designed by a local designer, Chauncey Griffith. Lexicon is the text font.

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Blurb’s ProLine Books

Blurb just introduced great new paper options from Mohawk: Blurb Proline featuring two new professional-grade papers, a curated selection of four new end sheets, and new hardcover linens. When Blurb first started, I remember they had some super well-designed templates that you could work within, but you weren’t able to totally customize and design your book. Now you can. Prices are totally reasonable, and unlike a lot of on-demand printing, you can actually choose some great paper for books up to 160 pages.

Can’t wait to try it out!

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Fair Trade you say?

What’s in a label?

“We’ve all seen Fair Trade products as we browse the grocery store shelves, but do you know what the label means? It’s a symbol that the product has been certified by a Fair Trade organization as having been produced under a set of principles that include fair labor practices and environmental regulations. Most of the raw materials we consume are grown and harvested by farmers who live in abject poverty. Fair Trade products try to correct some of that imbalance by guaranteeing fair prices, investing in communities to improve quality of life, and insuring fair treatment for the people producing raw goods.”

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A collaboration between Good Magazine and Bradley R. Hughes. More info on Fair Trade products can be found at Fair Trade USA + The Fairtrade Foundation.

Present Tense: The 2011 D-Crit Conference

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Starting right about now in NYC is the D-Crit Conference. Presented by the MFA Design Criticism Department at SVA, all 11 students will be presenting their thesis work this afternoon. The event is moderated by Adam Harrison Levy with the keynote speaker Rob Walker. Some of the topics being covered well into the evening include: The Design and Art of Storytelling; Designing Sound: Aural Agency in the 21st Century; Untangling the Naps: The Afro Talks Back; Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design. Should be some interesting stuff… check out the full schedule here.

AND, it is streaming live!