VISUALLY LOVELY {12}

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Over the holiday weekend I saw the movie Frank, it was pretty weird, but I loved it. One thing I really loved about Frank was the movie poster. In the beginning of my career I designed movie posters. So I am always on the lookout for nicely designed posters. Knowing what goes on in making a poster, I have a bigger appreciation for them. So I decided to put together a short list of some of my favorites (classics and current). 

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THE MOVIE THAT STOLE MY HEART

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I know I am really late on watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. I finally saw it a couple weekends ago and feel completely in love. Wes Anderson is a genius with beautiful imagery, colors and overall design.

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I especially loved all the graphic elements, from the packaging and fonts for the Mendel’s shop. I even loved the small details like the book carried in the opening scene.

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I think one of the best parts of this film was the beautiful symmetry represented throughout the film. Although that is his signature trademark it just shinned in this film.  

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I love when a movie inspires me, it doesn’t happen that often but when it does it sticks with me for a while. It is a strong statement to say, but I think this was one of his best films to date, although Royal Tenenbaums is still my favorite. 

MUST SEE: CHEF

Normally I don’t write reviews about movies, but after seeing the movie Chef over the holiday weekend I had to share. It is rare when I see a movie and it really sticks with me long after I have seen it. It is such a great story about an incredibly passionate chef played by Jon Favreau

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He takes you on a culinary journey through the U.S and along the way rediscovers is passion and love for cooking.

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Being an artist I completely related to this character, there are times in my career where I felt stifled and stuck and you try everything to get that passion back. Sometimes it just takes starting over to rediscover that passion. 

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Not only did I relate, but now I have a strong desire to visit Austin and eat some amazing BBQ. 

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Watch this movie, it is a must.

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DESIGN'VY #12

I realize I haven’t posted designs that I love in awhile. I came across this awesome monster alphabet by Chris Dedinsky and instantly started searching for the purchase button. I love typography and always wished my drawing skills were good enough to create something like this. It definitely inspires me to practice; I use to draw all the time when I was younger but slowly stopped as I got older. In the meantime I will just enjoy these monsters.

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ARTIST CRUSH: MAYA HAYUK

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I remember seeing Maya Hayuk’s work in the process stages at the Hammer Museum awhile back (I even photographed it). Not knowing whom the artist was I was instantly drawn to the bright, bold colors and angular shapes. So when I recently came across her work, I made the instant connection. She is pretty amazing; I am obsessed with her murals and installations. I can just stare at her work all day long.

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ARTIST CRUSH: STEVEN HARRINGTON

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I am a big fan of Steven Harrington; one of his prints hangs on my wall. Last Saturday we was a part of a book signing at MOCA Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, that I unfortunately missed out on. But I can still admire his work from my sofa and now my computer.

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I am totally obsessed with his collaboration with Element Skateboards; I really want this series for my home. I love his use of color and shapes. His style reminds me of the skateboard graphics from the 80’s. Love this guy!!

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ARTIST CRUSH: LADYFINGERS LETTERPRESS

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When I came across this video from oh so beautiful paper, I instantly fell in love. Arley-Rose Torsone from Ladyfingers Letterpress creates such beautiful custom hand lettered invites. I can sit and watch this video over and over again, there is something so mesmerizing, watching her create these amazing designs. 

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Her talent is definitely something I am envious of; I have never really mastered hand lettering. This does give me the drive to start practicing again. 

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PRIVATE MOMENTS

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A couple weeks ago my good friend Amir sent me a link to these wonderful images of private photo booth moments; captured by Charlotte Niel. I instantly fell in love with them. There are some really great moments; a group of friends crammed together, a kissing couple, a little girl being hoisted up by her father. There is something so innocent and special about each image. I especially love the  bright-saturated  colors. Niel explains, her thoughts behind her beautiful series. 

“How many times have we looked at an old photograph and wondered about the person in the frame? People or family members we never knew, set in places we never visited or that have changed beyond recognition. Photos are often the only means to link us to our past or the past of others. They help us not to forget. They become visual memories. For these reasons, I find it fascinating to watch what happens at photo booths at county fairs. People come with family and friends to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, friendships or just to make an annual visit to the booths. For others, it is just a way to capture who they are or with whom they are at that moment, on their own private stage. The result is a body of work of people who shared with me moments that took place in front of and behind the curtain, documented for unknown viewers. With my camera, it became a transformation of a private moment into a public one.”

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INSPIRATION

I know I have been a little MIA the past few weeks. Things are starting to pick up again, new freelance projects and squeezing in some adventures along the way. 

I wanted to write about inspiration. I started writing this post last week, and walked away from it. Good thing I did, because I was chatting with a friend about inspiration and he said something that was quite beautiful; “Staying in an inspired state is one of the biggest challenges in life and I think people that can do that, are the ones that make a difference as they often have the ability to inspire others through it.” It got me thinking about inspiration and what I do to keep that fire going.

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When starting a new project I always try to get out and get inspired. It is so easy to sit in front of the computer and click endlessly through my bookmarked websites. It’s nice to get out and be inspired by nature, architecture and even people. I started scrolling through my photos on my phone; I realized I have a ton of sunset pictures. You can get some amazing color combos from those spectacular sunsets. 

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I feel that you can find inspiration in the most random things. I found a photo I took of a container ship. I loved how the giant containers created this cool color grid. 

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Sometimes I will even visit on of my favorite places in LA Eames house in Pacific Palisades. It is such a beautiful space, the views, the architecture it’s pretty great.

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Even a recent visit to Vegas can be inspiring. I visited the Neon museum and was surrounded by typography and color. It is filled with visual eye candy; I think my brain almost exploded.

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I think I have created a new motto be open to everything; you never know what might come out of it.

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ARTIST CRUSH: MAPLEXO

I love anything involving skateboarding. I have been thinking about creating a piece of skateboard art above my bed. Thanks to my friend Ben, he introduced me to this rad company called MapleXO.  They create beautiful jewelry, iphone cases (I need one), and special one of kind pieces all out of recycled skateboard decks. Since I am particle to stripes I immediately gravitated towards these pieces above.

They also have an instagram page that showcases even more amazing pieces and the stores behind them. I am officially a fan!

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DESIGN'VY #10

It is no surprise that I love ice cream. So when I came across this extremely cute identity for this company Eyescream I nearly fell out of my chair. Designed by M Barcelona, this entire identity has everything you need, cute little ice cream characters, super clean menu and who doesn’t love your ice cream staring back at you. I only wish this company was in the U.S. it is such a great concept. 

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