Posts Tagged ‘Design’



Well Branded: Cavalier Essentials

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011


Photography by Collin Hughes

I have an affinity to men’s accessories. I think it’s the classic materials of leather, metal and glass that create such a glamorous scene. Designer Taylor Pemberton created this line of gentlemen’s accessories and fine goods for a school project.

Naturally, Cavalier Essentials has received quite a bit of attention; just look at those details! The subtle black-on-black notebook and the etched metal scream rustic sophistication. Unfortunately these products aren’t available for purchase just yet but Taylor says if the demand is big enough he’d consider launching his manly kits. Check out this interview with Taylor on The Madbury Club about the project.

Hands down one of the best students projects I’ve ever seen. I’ll be the first in line to purchase some of these beauties for my husband when they do become available but until then, we can admire the beautiful styling and impeccable pieces from his Cavalier brand!



Pretty Package: Bloom Organics

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Images via: Mahon & Band

I admittidely buy products based on packaging. As a designer, I can’t help it. All the bottles in my shower have to match even down to the bar of soap! Maybe that’s a little more OCD than designer but I like to to call it “coordinating”. Either way, I’m constantly on a look out for pretty pieces.

Unfortunetly Bloom Organics isn’t available in the states but I can still appreciate the lovely packaging! Designed by Mahon & Band in Australia, the use of botanical illustrations is striking but appropriately elegant and refined for a beauty product line. I particularly love the added twine detail to the soaps!



Well Branded: Girl Scouts

Friday, February 25th, 2011



Images via: Original Champions of Design

In honor of the delicious Girl Scout Cookies that are undoubtedly making their way into our homes as we speak, I thought I’d share the most recent re-branding from Original Champions of Design (OCD). Since being founded in 1912, the Girl Scouts logo has maintained an iconic three leafed Trefoil but it wasn’t until the late 70’s that Saul Bass redrew it to include the positive-negative faces we’re all so familiar with.

The modernized version of the logo, by OCD, carefully simplifies and modernizes the girl silhouettes. The hair and faces were updated without loosing the charm of the original mark. Even the color green got a face lift and the type was set in all lowercase for more approachability.

My favorite expression of the brand are the patterns and textures that were created using elements from the mark. It’s a brilliant way to bring the brand to life while adding a sense of depth and whimsy to the collateral. Now, if only the packaging could get some TLC, it’d be a fantastic! Check out OCD for more images and an in depth look at their process behind the GSUSA re-branding.



Inspired By: A Creative Mint

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Sadly, I only just discovered A Creative Mint about a month ago. Sad, simply because I felt like I’d been missing out on this fantastic party that everyone else knew about but me! Well, consider yourself officially invited! If you haven’t already seen Leslie’s work, you absolutely need to check it out right this second!

Leslie has an impeccable skill for styling, watercolor, design and photography; all of which come through in her stunning images. Her sense of color is equally as brilliant and I promise that you’ll love every single page of her blog. Cheers!



I Heart It

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

With Valentine’s Day in the near future, I have hearts and the color red on the brain so this piece by designer Camila Drozd caught my eye! Created for self promotion and using only hand-lettered type, she created a bookmark with a list of a few of her favorite things.

The attention to detail is stunning and she did an exquisite job all around. I just love the paper wrap and the bright red bellyband holding it all together!

Via Pinterest