Happy Tuesday! Here is a new themed compilation for you…all tunes that will offer you a slice of paradise. Enjoy!
( Listen on Spotify )
01. ”Stars” – Sures
02. “Don’t Run” – Bad Veins
03. “Further Out” – Beat Connection
04. “Tokyo” – California Wives
05. “Where Have You Gone” – Carousel
06. “Boy From The Sun” – Niva
07. “Tropics” – Polarsets
08. “Mr. Overtime” – Punks Jump Up, Dave 1
09. “Stella” – San Cisco
10. “Roosevelt” – Sea
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My fiancé (!!!) figured out how to get me back on Spotify without a Facebook account. So, in honor of that and summer, I decided a new playlist was in order! These are the songs I’ve been jamming out to lately. Perfect for a sunshine-y convertible drive, or just sippin’ sangria outdoors.
While we’re on the topic of tuneage, if you haven’t checked out the new Empire of the Sun album, “Ice on the Dune“ yet, you really should. Literally every song on there is amazing.
Cheers to summer (even though rain has predictably made a temporary reappearance here in Seattle). It’s still officially in full swing according to the calendar, which for now is good enough for me!
( Listen on Spotify )
01. “In A City Without Seasons” – The One AM Radio
02. “Power Lines” – Telekinesis
03. “Best of Friends” – Palma Violets
04. “I Found Out” – The Pigeon Detectives
05. “Miracle Mile” – Cold War Kids
06. “I Don’t Know I Know” – Jonquil
07. “Kill For Love” – Chromatics
08. “Alive” – Empire of the Sun
09. “Summerlong” – Xylos
10. “Half Asleep” – School of Seven Bells
11. “Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)” – Kele, RAC
12. “Instant Crush” – Daft Punk, Julian Casablancas
13. “Ocean” – Taragana Pyjarama
YAY! I can finally share! Today, a label suite I’ve been working on at my 9-5 finally hit the beer section at Whole Foods!!! It’s beyond gratifying to have been involved with this project…and I feel so humbled, fulfilled and ecstatic to see my work out and about in the world. My co-pilot on these, David, was awesome to work with (thank you, David!) — I feel like our styles meshed so nicely for a final result (above) that just kicks ass (if I do say so).
The best part? It’s not just some mediocre beer –it’s AMAZING. The Imperial Rye IPA is the most gloriously hoppy delight. It makes me feel sorry for other IPA’s; we are truly spoiled here in the Northwest. Thank you, Reuben’s, for letting us clothe your fantastic beer in a wardrobe that is just as special! :)
Just to show a bit of the process, below are the mockups from the first round that I did (initially, die-cuts were cool, but mid-process, that changed and we had to adjust the design)…from there, David and I tag-teamed the rest of it until we ended up with what you see above! It was one of the most fun things I’ve gotten to work on to date…packaging design is my jam. I just love the way the “R” is so recognizable and really pops out off on the shelf. If you’re local (Seattle area), get on down to a Whole Foods and pick some brews up for yourself. You won’t be sorry!
And the flat final (below) for good measure so you can see the detail…
HOORAY FOR BEER AND DESIGN!!!
Read more about Reuben’s here, here, and visit their website here.
How stunning would a giant version of these look on a wall? Aerial photography always gets me, and these beauties from Steve Back are fantastic whether they are bright or subdued. In fact, I can’t decide if I like the punch of color in the pink lagoons (top) or the neutral tones of the salt flats better. Hmm… maybe I just need them all.
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Loved the mysterious vibe and beauty of the stillness in this series by Elizabeth Moran.
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Some fresh music for the work week! This mix should put you in a nice lucid, relaxed state to tackle whatever you’ve got on your to-do list. Rumor has it that I get to work on a fresh new beer bottle label later this week…my favorite. :) Can’t wait to share the previous one I’ve been blathering on about for ages. It will finally go to print in early April and you’ll be able to pick up a 22 for yourself at Whole Foods. Hooray!
Enjoy the tunes…
( listen on 8tracks )
01. “French Kiss” – Still Corners
02. “Genesis” – Grimes
03. “Real Is a Feeling” – Pictureplane
04. “Campus Martius” – Keep Shelly In Athens
05. “England Just Will Not Let You Recover” – The French Kicks
06. “Lions and Tigers” – Asobi Seksu
07. “Dream World” – Majical Cloudz
08. “Nevermind the Phonecalls’” – Earlimart
09. “Money In the Afterlife” – Saturday Looks Good to Me
10. “On a Letter” – The Sea and Cake
( photo in album cover )
Last week, after I posted some of my abstract photos, I thought it fitting to share this series by Taisuke Koyama that I love so much. It’s amazing how fragments of surfaces and their textures can make for such intriguing and artistic subjects. I’d highly recommend buying his book, which showcases the whole series. Truly stunning.
Here is what Taisuke says about his work:
“Life and matter, the city and the nature, micro and macro, moment and trace, I sense equal things which is in a process of a change and the circulation. And I shoot superficial phenomenon.”
I’m hoping to take and share more photos soon :)
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This has been one of those weeks where I’d like to do a mind-wipe. Forget who I am and start over with a new identity. Maybe I’d be a gal named Adelheid milking cows in the Swiss countryside which I’d later make cheese from (the milk, not the cows — and, second time I’ve mentioned cheese this week; clearly an essential part of my diet). Maybe I’d be a garbage lady.
I am just feeling like I need a change of scenery. Boredom has started to creep into every part of my life, yet I am so fixed in my routines… I have this stupid notion that I’m stuck in this career path and sometimes I wonder if I chose wrong, though I feel too far in (which is dumb). Don’t get it twisted, I love being a graphic designer, but it does bum me out how much of my life is spent sitting and staring into a backlit screen. I wish I could be more active. Maybe I should just get one of those treadmill desk things.
Bear with me here, stream of consciousness in full effect. My mind has been overactive lately. I think I’m starting to feel old, which I KNOW is crazy (only 26). I have tendencies to think too far into the future and overanalyze what I’m doing with my life. Will I have time to accomplish all my dreams? I still would love to make furniture, learn metalsmithing and a different language or two…travel for extended periods. I want to see the world, create in all kinds of mediums, appreciate nature constantly…hopefully have a garden someday, make more of my own foods. I realize there is plenty of life left (hopefully)…but with only two weeks of paid vacation a year (which doubles as sick leave) I wonder how I will ever have time to see out all my goals. And then that leads into me being frustrated with this situation we’ve created for ourselves as human beings (er, Americans)…this whole workaholic mentality. I get sad thinking about it. Do you? Or am I just an idealistic freak?
Well, there was another scattered rambling, courtesy of many sleepless nights this week. Happy weekend! Any plans?
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Ahh, Mercury retrograde. I can always feel it immediately. Things just don’t seem to move forward easily at all, starting new projects is a complete nightmare, things break (especially electronics). In fact, as I started to write this post, I discovered that our refrigerator stopped working…bye, bye brand new block of Beecher’s cheese that I just bought. Go figure!
Anyway, I have decided I’m going to spend this month working on developing those tips and tutorials I talked about sharing, so I can take some time to refine the content and present them in the best way possible. March is looking like it’s going to be a wild ride…so taking one thing at a time seems like a smart move.
This is a photo I took of a glass; it came out looking really abstract and cool to begin with, and I went to town editing until it ended up looking like what you see above. I have been really into arty photography lately, especially still life and more conceptual pieces like this. I find it very soothing (and fun!) to take a seemingly ordinary photo through a series of manipulations…always yields interesting results.
We are so ready to get out of our little apartment this Spring! I’ve been thinking about bigger spaces and checking out Craigslist offerings a lot lately. Hoping that a cute house will come available when our lease is up. A place with a yard is a must (Oliver says so) and we are hoping to find a home with a basement or even a loft/attic to use for a studio or hobby area.
Looking at rental homes has only led me to dream about what my ideal home would look like…and about being a homeowner. Whenever we actually start looking to buy, I would love to have a basement with blue-stained concrete floors. I saw that picture in the upper left earlier this month, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how gorgeous that would be to look at and walk across everyday (obviously, that will be a renovation we have to do, but so worth it). I’d also love a huge kitchen with a gas stove…and white brick walls. Plus…tons of greenery and flora outside with a deck that overlooks the Puget Sound. Pretty lofty, I know — especially in this pricey market — but one can certainly fantasize.