Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kinfolk: Holiday Issue

Just a reminder that the Holiday Issue of Kinfolk is out! I've already gushed enough about how much I love this beautiful magazine so I'll just say that my copy is on its way and I can't wait to finally have it in my hands. Order it now and give yourself, or a dear friend, a nice piece of inspiration this holiday!

Preview below.

images via kinfok magazine journal

My Pinterest

First day of December and it's a snowy one here in Boston. Perfect kind of day to pin! Who am I kidding? Every day is a perfect day to pin. It's true that I'm mildly obsessed with Pinterest. Ever since being invited over a year ago, I've been hooked. Initially it can be an overwhelming experience, but once you learn to edit down your feed and create unique boards of your favorite things, you won't want to stop pinning either.

So join Pinterest! If you're already a member feel free to follow me. I will see you all at the PA (Pinners Anonymous) meetings.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Daughter, "Youth"

One of my favorite songs. Today, it inspires me.

Be vulnerable. Be honest, my friends, and I promise something incredible will happen.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

UPDATE: Klara Harden

Back in early March I wrote a post about Klara Harden, the incredible cinematographer from Austria who hiked across Iceland and documented the experience. I also introduced her new project, another documentary called WITH LOVE FROM MADAGASCAR, that she and director and cinematographer Karsten Prühl were planning to create. You can view the post HERE.  

Well, their adventure has begun and already they have learned so much about this endangered land and its inhabitants. Below I've included their recent trailer of the documentary and a few photos from their trip so far. 

Klara and Karsten are still in need of financial support to complete their project. To help you can go HERE to her website and make a donation. All proceeds will go to necessary production costs. You can also visit Klara's facebook for any news updates. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Good Fight

Fun Some Nights [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from eleventh street workshop on Vimeo.

I'm so happy for their success! I've been following both Nate and Jack since just about the beginning and am so happy the world is finally noticing the incredible talent they have and this video is really fantastic. It's been a long road for them I'm sure, but I enjoyed it every step of the way.

A little while ago, the company I work for was looking to do a special for Columbus Day. I'm not a fan of the holiday. In fact, it's not really a holiday at all in the Southwest or Midwest, so I shot them a link to James Victore's famous print "Celebrate Columbus 1492-1992".

To say I got some shocked looks would be a bit of an understatement. I then sent a quick tweet over to James letting him in on my ground disturbing act of the day and this was his reply:

"Brittany, keep fighting the good fight. I love your light. Cheers, James"

First, I was so caught off guard at the mere fact that James Victore just responded to little ol' me. Then, I read his words and found so much comfort in them. 

(This is where Fun and James Victore connect. I promise, there is an actual connection.)

It's the message! The message to fight that good fight. Keep working your butt off and you will get somewhere. It might be in an odd direction or straight for what you were aiming for, but the fact is your moving. You're learning. You're growing and forming opinions and creating. That is what matters. So I will keep fighting that good fight, James. Thank you for the inspiring work and inspiring words. As for you Fun, congratulations. It was a bullseye.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Tribute to Hillman Curtis

After returning back to earth from the "clouds of design heaven" known as The HOW Live Design Conference, I sat on my living room floor, attempting to compile the information, bags and bags of goodies, and the very real inspiration and emotions I had accumulated over the past few days. But, like a child with the task at hand of tiding up their room of favorite toys scattered across the floor, I was defeated by the power these ideas and creations had over me and got lost in them all yet again. Although there is a long list of subjects and content I wish to post and share from my experience at HOW Live, there is one very important and outstanding person I wish to bring attention to.

Hillman Curtis was scheduled to return to this year's conference and speak on his mastery of graphic, web, and film design and the irrefutable influence he had on the design field. As a loss to us all, Hillman passed away on April 18th after a long battle with colon cancer at the age of 51. 

There's a good chance that you have seen some of Hillman's work, especially if you're involved in the design community. His short films, commercials, and Artist Series have all captured their subjects in a way that gives you no choice but to fall in love with the experience and put your full trust in the story of the window placed before you. Hillman saw the truth and the beauty of every moment and every person he captured. In his Artist Series, he encapsulates the most brilliant and interesting people of our design community, which include Milton Glaser, Lawrence Weiner, Paula Scher, and Stefan Sagmeister to name a few. 

In the time slot when Hillman Curtis was to speak, his friend and fellow icon of the design community, Debbie Millman, led a tribute session to Curtis and his work. I attended.

As she always does with such dignity and grace, Debbie introduced the life of Hillman and his passions for creating, friendships, colleagues, and family. We then turned our attention to the screen where many of his short films and a few from the Artist Series were played. In a matter of minutes, I had already fallen in love, cried in sorrow, and smiled in celebration. He was truly a beautiful gift to this earth and I'm honored to have been in that audience of creatives. 

The last of the films was Graphic Design Textbook: Hillman Curtis. He says something that resonated with me which was:

"Be prepared to reinvent yourself. Be prepared to go out on a limb occasionally. Be prepared to do things that you feel strongly about that maybe other people don't."

It's a strange thing to have been telling yourself something your entire life but really feel at peace with it when someone you admire says it. In many ways I've gone out on a number of limbs. I'm not easily figured out by many people, and I'm okay with that...most days, but that is what makes life worth it. That is what, as creatives especially, we must be prepared to do. Hillman lived each day doing what he felt strongly about because it was a passion; not because it was popular or made money, but because he loved it. 

So, thank you Hillman Curtis for comforting us in knowing that life is simply about love. Love what you do and those around you and everything else takes care of itself.  
Below I've included Graphic Design Textbook: Hillman Curtis as well as some of my favorite films of his. You can view more at Enjoy!

HILLMAN from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

SHORT FILM: Bridge from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

ARTIST SERIES/DESIGN MATTERS: Lawrence Weiner from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

ARTIST SERIES: Stefan Sagmeister 08 from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Soon - 15 years VIB Branding

Soon is a Belgian studio that creates visual identities in combination with photography. Most of their work is hand crafted and afterwards transformed into a digital image. VIB is a life sciences research institute, based in Flanders, Belgium and for their fifteenth anniversary, Soon did the entire event branding, for which they used only chalk and a huge blackboard. For this event they also designed a box with nine books in it for which they made more than 200 large chalk drawings.

I've been seeing chalk lettering used more often in design. Of course, when I think of this particular medium and style one name immediately comes to mind, which is no surprise.  Dana Tanamachi put this beautiful medium on the design map. In fact, I saw one of her pieces a few weeks back at the Brooklyn Flea and immediately identified it as one of her masterpieces. It was even better in person.

This project by Soon was unique in it's incredible variety of applications. Chalk art was used for logos, print, signage, motion, and web.  I can imagine how much time this team must have dedicated to give this inspiring concept life. Below are a few images and videos of their lovely pieces. Enjoy!

images via soon

Friday, May 11, 2012

STAG - Provisions for Men

There are a few things that I miss most about Texas, Austin being the biggest. I love that city, just not as much as Boston. Still, there are days I wish I could just hit the road and have lunch at Curra's or Frank, walk SoCo hitting up all my favorite boutiques with my cup of joe from Jo's, and catching an amazing concert at Stubbs or the Mohawk that night while kickin back some Shiners.

STAG is one of those shops I would be sure and hit up. Started by 5 guys who brought together their aesthetic points of view to create this unique place for inspired gifts and modern fashion with a classic foundation. It's the best place to get any guy in your life an amazing treasure. They also have a great assortment of books and random pieces for your home. They carry brands such as Ralph Lau­ren RRL, Burk­man Broth­ers, Oliver Spencer, Pen­field, Dun­der­don, Uni­ver­sal Works, Life After Denim, Rock­mount Ranch­wear, Civil Smith, Alter­na­tive Apparel, The Hill-Side, Patch Scarves, Tan­ner Leather Goods, Ran­dolph Engi­neer­ing Sun­glasses, Frye Boots, PF Fly­ers, Clark’s Shoes, Min­netonka Moc­casins, Hava­iana flip flops, Malin and Goetz, Jack Black, and the list goes on. Plus, it's just an overall cool place.

STAG is also a business I would use as a perfect example of successful all-around design. Each product has been carefully selected to become a part of this super collection. You almost get a feeling of being inside a huge closet belonging to a guy with impeccable taste. The character of the room compliments the items so well and the music playing overhead polishes off the experience.

Take a look below inside STAG and be sure and visit their online shop as well as their entertaining tumblr and blog.

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