Pantone 2011 Colour of the Year

Pantone annouced the colour of the year this morning. With much anticipation, every designer was trying to guess what it would be, on facebook and twitter. While I wasn’t too surprised with the choice, I was thinking it would be more of a rich red instead of being on the pink side of things. For now I honestly can’t stand the colour, but maybe it’ll start to grow on me as the year moves along. What do you think of it? Read more>>

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Marian Bantjes at Emily Carr

I went to a wonderful lecture at Emily Carr on November 24th, 2010. It was featuring Marian Bantjes and her newly created book called I Wonder I’ve always known of her work, but never really took the time to explore it fully. I felt like my eyes were opened a bit wider tonight after looking at how she has creates her pieces. It’s really truely a mind blowing process. Marian discussed how she started her career and failed to get a good start, but then continued to mention that she was fortunate and very lucky to get the jobs she […]

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500 Pencils

I will always have fond memories from my childhood of reaching into my shoebox full of coloured pencils to create amazing works of art, or colour outside of the lines. I’d draw for hours on end. It’s really amazing how something so simple can be so entertaining for so long when you’re a child. The point of this memory is that the other day I came across this beautiful collection of 500 pencils and it blew me away. Check out more from 500 Pencils: http://500pencils.socialdesigner.com/about

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Awesome Signage

For years i’ve seen this sign located near West Broadway & Fir street, it’s probably the best karate school sign i’ve seen…ever! And to think, the thing is super old, but it still does an amazing job at catching your eye on the street. And just a little something extra to set the mood:

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Ikea Catalog Circa 1965

Just as the 2010 IKEA catalog comes out, I came across a few photos of a catalog from 1965. It’s funny, the layout and fonts still manage to  give off that “ikea” feeling. I think the images really speak for themselves and honestly I wish they still made some of the pieces that are shown in these pages.

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Yarn Bombing

Remember when you were younger, watching your granparents, aunts and others, knitting and crocheting various items. Well it seems the art of crocheting and knitting is back. I’m really loving these designs by KTBdesigns on Etsy. They’re too adorable for words. See below. As for knitting, i’ve spotted some city buses covered up in it and then did a google search and discovered the term for this is called “knit bombing” or “yarn bombing.”  This means that people knit large amounts in various colours and then place it on a random object as public art. It makes quite an impact!

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Retro Style Japanese Cars

It’s true, Japanese cars are stylish, small, fuel efficient, affordable, eye catching…the list could go on and on. I’ve been seeing these cars on the streets of Vancouver a lot lately, most people look at them and think they are from the 1950’s, but they’re mistaken, they were actually produced in the late 80’s. There’s two cars I’m specifically in love with. The Nissan Figaro The Nissan Pao Both of these cars were created in the late 80’s and come in the most amazing colours. Their price range is anywhere from $4,000 – $14,000 depending on their condition.I must own […]

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