Cool Package Design

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on October 31, 2011

Package design is very important. Sometimes, it’s the first thing a consumer sees when encountering a brand, and therefore, is the first impressive. Here are some highly imaginative and creative package designs:
package design

package design

package designVia Design Inc. Studios.


Sylvia Plath Could Draw

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on October 30, 2011

While I’m not an angsty teen or a depressive, I’m a big fan of Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar is one of my all-time favorite books, and I think her life story is rather fascinating, albeit, sad. As these drawings, soon to be on exhibit in London, show, Plath was not just an author, but a fairly skilled artist as well. Many of her drawings accompanied her poems and letters, and feature scenes from around her home in England. I love the detail within the line work, and wish I lived overseas so I could see these in person.

Sylvia Plath drawing

White plaster tenements on cliffs over fishing bay. Benidorm, Spain.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

"I had removed my patent leather shoes after a while, for they foundered badly in the sand. It pleased me to think they would be perched there on a silver log pointing out to sea, like a sort of soul-compass after I was dead." - The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath Drawing

Cambridge -- a view of gables and chimney-pots.

Plath would have been 79 yesterday. You can read the whole story here.

ReBlog Friday: Art & Technology

Posted in Uncategorized by Natalie on October 28, 2011

Leo Caillard mixing art and technology.


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Watercolors Can Be Cool

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on October 27, 2011

I love painting with watercolors, but most watercolor art out there can be pretty kitschy and lame. However, Lora Zombie might be the antithesis of kitschy and lame. Her trippy watercolors are amazing, and the narratives are equally kooky and awesome. Enjoy!

Lora Zombie
Lora Zombie

Via Buzzfeed.

Data Art

Posted in Social Media, Web by Natalie on October 27, 2011

data visualization

As I’m sure you can tell by now,  I’m a fan of the infographic. And these visually stunning data visualizations take the infographic to a whole new level – one could say,  a more artistic one. These graphics were compiled by Wired Editor Thomas Goetz using various artists to help in the project. The results are an online exhibition of fancy infographics and animations depicting online behavior. Goetz sums up the idea best,

“Basically, I wanted to use the digital medium of the web to show data visualization – to show it in a new and robust way,” he says. “I landed on showing how digitalized people’s lives are, through Skype, tweets and Facebook – the part of our lives we do online.”

And, it’s true. We tend to forget that online activities have a history to them. Even if we consistently clear our cache, the analytics behind our behaviors remains – making digital communications fascinatingly traceable and visualized.

The images and animations are derived from data centering on 3 themes: Wikipedia as a crowd-sourced network; how Twitter’s platform of followers, interactions and re-tweeting ranks its various users; and the “impact and fluidity of an online financial social network” – read more about it here.

data visualization

Art of the Menu

Posted in Art & Design, Typography by Natalie on October 26, 2011

This is awesome! Art of the Menu is a new blog from UnderConsideration, which chronicles all things graphic design. Art of the Menu explores beautiful menus from around the world (they even have one from Pittsburgh!). I could eat out every day of the week (although, sadly my budget doesn’t allow it), and I think it’s great when a restaurant takes the time to work on their brand image, and the menu is a key part to this. Everyone that comes to your restaurant is going to look at it, so it better look good! It’s one of your first chances to represent yourself and impress your customers. Check out some of the awesome designs:

art of the menu

5 Leaves in Brooklyn (Great Coffee!)


Death + Company, New York


art of the menu, clyde common

Clyde Common, Portland (One of my favorites!)



Posted in Web by Natalie on October 26, 2011

Emailology: The Science of Looking Good in the Inbox” is a web guide to designing and developing email newsletters. How useful!

Check it out here.

Type Tuesday (Via Wednesday)

Posted in Art & Design, Typography by Natalie on October 26, 2011

Sorry I’m late. I had car trouble….True story! My sincere apologies for bringing Typography Tuesday to you a day late, but I was dealing with tow trucks, dead batteries, dealerships, and warranties yesterday. Ugh. But without further ado here’s a few type tidbits:

typography poster

For Web Design Nerds

typography on media minded

The #9 on Lettercult

comic sans graph

Valuable Instructions

rainbow fonts

Rainbow Types

Vampires & Zombies

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on October 23, 2011

Getting in the mood for Halloween. So I present you with vampires and, well, Muppet zombies.


kermit zombie

miss piggy zombie

Via Buzzfeed.

Science Isn’t Just for Nerds

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on October 19, 2011

Another gem from Design Souffle
Artwork by Nicole Martinez.

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