This Week's Loves

On the Rocks

On the Rocks   illustrated by  Sarah Ferone

On the Rocks illustrated by Sarah Ferone

The raw brush strokes and mid-century inspired shapes and color palette of this illustration by Sarah Ferone lend themselves to an unexpectedly minimal and abstract take on a glass of whiskey. ...just lovely.

Prints of this piece, as well as many other lovely works, can be purchased from Ferone's Society6 shop.

Vintage Geometric Illustrations

scan of a page from   Perspectiva Corporum Regularium

scan of a page from Perspectiva Corporum Regularium

I could gaze at vintage illustrations for hours, taking in every detail of the intricate line drawings, fine penmanship, and aged paper. Vintage geometric illustrations, though, are my favorite. ...there’s just something about geometric shapes that has always appealed to me. Therefore, I’m loving these scans taken from Perspectiva Corporum Regularium, or Perspective of Regular Solids, designed in 1568 by German goldsmith and printmaker Wenzel Jamnitzer. The illustrations are scientific in nature, a study in shapes inspired by the five Platonic solids, but they have been executed at the level of art.

One Minute With

I find it fascinating to read interviews — especially those of people working in a field similar to design. It’s always a pleasure to discover how much I can relate to their experiences, learn from their mistakes, and grow from their advice. I was excited, therefore, to discover One Minute With, a site created by Conor O’Driscoll and dedicated to interviewing designers, developers, and illustrators. ...I might be a little late to the game in sharing this, since the last update was in 2013, but the site is still up and running and packed with awesome interviews.

Dear Design Student

Some of the most prominent designers and developers have collaborated to form Dear Design Student, a space in which they answer those questions about the design industry that are usually left unaddressed by design schools. While this resource is geared toward design students, its poignant advice will surely be helpful to designers of all experience levels.

Slow Down & Enjoy Life

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time.

Slow Down … to Enjoy Life, an article by Leo Babauto of Zen Habits, really hit home for me. It offers up an eye-opening reminder to make time now to savor what truly matters in life because, despite what we may think, there won’t be enough time to do it later.

The Sign Painter

Sign painter Mike Langley reveals his attraction to the craft in this lovely short film. ...I am infatuated with it for all the same reasons.

Colored Vinyl Records

I’ve seen records pressed in one color, a few colors, and even a psychedelic combination of colors, but I had no idea how many other treatments are being applied to them these days. 25 Unusual and Creative Records, an article by Colored Vinyl Records, is a curated list of some of the most interesting, including records pressed on chocolate, carved from wood, etched into glass, and even filled with blood… The Colored Vinyl Records website is quite nice as well — the spinning hover effect applied to the record images is super cool!