Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Love Songs

He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens / As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips / Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him / Someday He'll call us and we will come running / And fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray / I want to fall in love with You / My heart beats for You

To turn away and not become / Another nail to pierce the skin of one who loves / More deeply than the oceans / More abundant than the tear / Of a world embracing every heartache

Pretty Please

Elizabeth & James Yellow: exotic. Nanette Lepore Black: Totally hot in a demure way.

Elizabeth & James

Nanette Lepore

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gee Dee Nerd Love

I played the violin and piano for years before deciding to put them both on the back burner and concentrate on the visual arts. I love being a designer and having the ability to create some really cool stuff. However, there are times when I miss the performance aspect. There is a unique and magical synergy that occurs between you and your instrument or you and your fellow players. There is nothing quite like it.

Or so I thought. It seems like this performance aspect has found itself a place in the visual arts, especially with shows like Project Runway and coming soon, America's Top Graphic Designer. Anyways, there is also this thing called Cut & Paste and it's a live GD competition at clubs. It totally glamorizes a potentially tedious and hard process. It is refreshing to see raw, unharnessed creativity splayed out there for the world to see, no matter how imperfect or incomplete. And its even more amazing to see how many people are in awe of and intrigued by the process.

Watch the clip from previous events here. Thanks to Roses.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama Sightings

Just read this article in the NYTimes about how the Obamas are so not your typical first family in the sense that they are out and about. You just never know when you'll have an Obama sighting, whether it's at a basketball game, local chili joint, or serving your food at the soup kitchen. I love how they're just so casual and normal. Here is the rest of the article.

The First Lady @ the local soup kitchen. I love her expression!
Photo courtesy of Win McNames, Getty Images.

At the Washington Wizards v. Chicago Bulls game.
Photo courtesy of Molly Riley, Reuters.

Hot Book Covers

This is probably the first of many posts on book covers. What can I say? I am such a book lover. I subscribe to Steven Heller's blog and today's post had a link to this awesome book cover blog. Lots and lots of goodies there. My fave for today is this series on some Jules Verne books. The combination of these intricate, mechanical drawings and elegant type is simply lovely. Designed by Ely Sarig.

Newspapers

A sampling of newspapers from the U.S.A., the U.K., Israel, and other various parts of the world, all in one window. Check it out here. Thanks to Curious.

Conversation Starters

When I was a kid, I used to absolutely love getting to know people by asking them the most random questions. Anything and everything from, "Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?" to "How did you and your wife/husband meet?" to "Did you grow up with a favorite stuffed animal?" Anyways, while organizing something, I googled, "Conversation Starters," and came across a few dating 101 sites at the top of the list with a few good ones:

What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

What's the longest you've gone without sleep?

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which one would it be?

Describe something that's happened to you for which you have no explanation.

Where do you go for advice?

What's your least favorite word?

What's the longest you've waited in line?

Have you ever been arrested?

Have you ever been in love with 2 people at the same time?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Credit Crisis Visualized

Feel dumb because you have no idea what is going on with our country's economy? No worries! Here is a very nice and easy to understand video illustrating our country's melt down. Watch it here.

Twouble with Twitter

Pretty funny commentary on Twitter and the internet world in general. Watch it here. Thanks to Sharky.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One Year

Dear SM,
Happy One Year Anniversary to us! It's been a year full of sarcastic attitudes, whoop's!, late nights, long drives, Cristallino's, introductions, good-byes, random nicknames, freaking out, getting beat up on emotionally, and yes, even mucking around in the program that starts with a Q (not going to ruin my blog by saying it here).

What a wonderful ride it's been so far. I have been blessed. And though things get tough sometimes, I think we can both still stand one another. I'm excited to see what's next!

Love,
Liz

Giuseppe Zanotti

Dangerous, sexy, and dramatic. This man is a genius.



Monday, March 23, 2009

more /M/A/S/H/

More from our friends down under. A promo piece for the Spicer's Paper whose concept was inspired by ramblings of a deranged designer. Everything is completely hand-drawn and it turns into a poster (last image).





MainStudio

Of the Netherlands. The backdrop of the photos in this catalog reminds me of Hiroshi Sugimoto's hushed sea scapes. See more work by MainStudio here.

MainStudio

Sea Scapes by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Friday, March 20, 2009

Rachel Yamagata

Current favorite track: Worn me down. Thanks to Minders.

Worn me down like a road / I did everything you told / Worn me down to my knees / I did everything to please / But you can't stop thinking about her / No, you can't stop thinking about her

Cardigans Redefined

Gap partnered with RISD apparel students in creating a line of spring cardigans. The design brief was short and to the point, "Keep them wearable." All 30 pieces were shown and sold out at Gap's White Space Gallery in Manhattan. Read more here. Kudos to all participants!

/M/A/S/H/

Found Australian design group, Mash, via a friend's Facebook posting. I was very drawn to their work on wine labels, a few of which appear below.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Magic Gardens

My brother David -- of David's Corner on Liz Likes -- visited Philly over his spring vacation. He dropped by their Magic Gardens, as pictured below. It is very reminiscent of this Tarot Garden I visited in Italy by Niki de St. Phalle, which is also pictured below, following the Magic Gardens.

Photos courtesy of David Seon

Photos courtesy of Liz

Greg White

I know. I've been terrible. I'm sorry. More to come, more consistently, I promise.

Anyways, today's like is photographer, Greg White. Lovely use of color and space. Check out the rest here. By the way, welcome to the blogger community Mindy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Missed Connections

Just found out about the Missed Connections section on Craig's List. It's where people go to post or to find a post about a person they felt a spark with on the subway, sidewalk, playground, basketball game and/or grocery store. Some leave you sighing like a romantic sap and the rest just crack you up. Below are a few from NYC, men for women:

walking down 95th street - m4w - 28 (Upper East Side)

we were walking down 95th between park and lexington this breezy evening. it was so quiet you heard the branch i stepped on and turned back to look. i noticed you were carefully looking at the interiors of the wonderful brownstones. i was just about to talk to you about it but you got a call on your mobile. well, let's go for a walk some evening.

You got on at 14th St w/ big, red headphones. - m4w (F train)
You had on a really cute, somewhat burgundy dress, those big, red headphones, and some tattoos on the back of your arms. We both got on the same car at 14th St., around 6:30. You got off at Carroll. I was wearing a tie and fedora, and couldn't stop glancing at you while trying to read my book. Rarely does one send butterflies racing through my tummy the way you just did. If I had tried to talk to you, they all probably would have come out in the guise of some incoherent jumble of words. So, thought I'd try here, and maybe you'll see this, and possibly want to get together for some coffee or drinks?

You Sit Across From Me - m4w - 23 (Flatiron)
You're a brunette with blue eyes. Sometimes when the delivery lady comes to the office you speak in Spanish...so charming! (Makes me smile! ) You always order some type of seafood for lunch: are you from the sea? A mermaid perhaps? I could be your sailor? Your ring tone sweeps me away and makes me want to waltz with you, just pick you up, and forget about the world we live in. Let's embark on a journey that we'll both never forget. An Eric for my Ariel.