They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I’m not sure it’s as simple as all that. Words can serve as a mighty weapon, or as effective tools, depending on who wields them…after all, it’s like our good friend Billy Shakespeare said… the pen IS mightier than the sword! This week’s Link List is devoted to the power of the written word:
- Embroidered Text by Maricor Maricar. In an age where typewriters are a thing of the past and hand written letters are almost prehistoric, it’s easy to forget that at one point someone actually had to design and physically create the fonts we use. This makes Maricor Maricar’s hand-stitched typography all the more impressive and beautiful.
- Filigreed Hard Candy Lollipops. You don’t have to know anything about typography to appreciate these lovely handmade sweet treats by Vintage Confections. Yum!
Today’s Link List pretty much reflects my week as a whole–random, and a little bit silly. I don’t know about you all, but after a long and crazy work week, I’m pretty happy the weekend is here. Thank goodness I have the internet to divert me, or else I may never have pulled through! Here are five things floating around the design world that I’m loving right now:
-Mrs. Jermyn’s Tedi Bears. I can’t say that I know Mrs. Jermyn personally, but whoever she is, I think she’s a genius! Her teddy bears, made from men’s button-down shirts are adorable.
- The Cardstick Ruler. This inventive little measuring tool has proved itself impossible to ignore! I feel like I’ve seen it on every design blog I’ve visited this week! And for good reason. This tiny sticker attaches to any credit card (and therefore fits in a wallet) and is bound to be insanely useful.
- Designer Richard Clarkson and his team have created what I consider to be a relaxation masterpiece with the Cradle Chair! The chair, which nestles it’s user like a hammock, creates a spherical rocking motion, scientifically designed to induce sleep. I need one. Seriously.
-Absolut Blank. Absolut Vodka is probably better known for it’s brilliant advertising campaigns than it is for it’s actual Vodka, and they certainly disappoint with their latest promotional venture. For it’s “Absolut Blank” campaign, the company teamed up with a group of artists who were presented with blank templates to fill in whichever way they chose. The results are fantastic!
-Workplace Resolutions: Words to Work By. This posters created by an ad agency in Sydney, highlight all the “don’t's” of the office-place. Don’t we all wish our co-workers would abide by these rules?
Watching your family and friends pack up their skies/snowboard/sleds/bikinis/surfboards and jet off on vacation while you’re stuck behind your desk in the freezing cold (or if you’re in the southern hemisphere – sweltering heat) can bring on a severe case of holiday envy. There are a million places you’d probably rather be than at work – so instead of blank-staring your computer screen while you daydream about the smell of sun tan lotion and taste of Mojitos, get productive. Start planning your next trip.
And be creative about it! The beach and sun can be fantastic, but if you want to get your creative juices flowing, try staying in an art or design hotel. While plenty of hotels use art as a selling point, few manage to blend art with experience to provide a relaxing and inspiring stay for art and design enthusiasts the way that boutique art & design hotels do.
Here are a few M.I.S.S. favorites to dream about spending your next vacation…
Hotel Fox (Copenhagen, Denmark) With 61 rooms designed by 21 of the world’s best graphic designers and artists, Hotel Fox is the holy grail of hotels for any art and design traveler. This room, #302 (Harmony’s Helm), was designed by Friends With You and is in the x-large room category (there’s also small, medium and large). Rates start at around 730DKK ($140US) for a medium room. You can even request your favorite room (no guarantees you’ll get it!). The staff are very friendly, and bicycles are available for hire from the hotel lobby if you feel like riding around the royal city. Visit Hotel Fox
Das Park (Ottenheim, Austria) Designed by Andreas Strauss, this experimental hotel is located in a park in Austria and is open from May through October (the rest of the year would be far too cold!). The rooms are constructed from re-purposed concrete drain pipes and the hotel operates a ‘pay what you wish’ policy. Visit Das Park
Propeller Island (Berlin, Germany) Designed by German artist Lars Stroschen, a much more appropriate title for this hotel would be a “living in a work of art” – a museum hotel where guests stay in the sculptures. Containing 30 unique rooms, all furnished with custom-made individual handiwork including ‘floating’ beds, nothing quite like it can be found anywhere else in the world. Visit Propeller Island
Art Luise Kunsthotel (Berlin, Germany) What more could any art lover in Berlin ask for than a gallery where you can spend the night with a view of the Reichstag building and the Spree River. A hotel for art enthusiasts, a hotel for individualists, a hotel for people who love the experience of something different. Visit Art Luise Kunsthotel
Baby Grand (Athens, Greece) With Mini Cooper cars turned into reception desks, graffiti murals commissioned by local artists and Smurf and Spiderman rooms, the Baby Grand is an unusual juxtaposition against the ancient ruins and art of the Greek capital. Doubles start from $278US per night. Visit the Baby Grand
Hotel Des Arts (San Francisco, USA) With 38 rooms painted by local and international artists (including Buff Monster and Shepard Fairey), Hotel Des Arts is a must for any traveling designer. Materials used include wall-mounted vinyl records, plastic bags, graffiti, fabrics, three dimensional art work and other installations. Visit Hotel Des Arts
We are looking for people with a strong interest in M.I.S.S who are looking to be part of the “Crew.” We’re seeking marketing and graphic design interns.
-experience with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
-organized and responsible
-knowledge of how to publish blog posts
-availability 1-3 days/week for a minimum of 2-3 hours per day
-enthusiastic and great attitude
–this is a “mobile” position – you can be anywhere – all assignments are given online
Graphic Design Intern
We are seeking a design intern with Photoshop and Illustrator skills such as:
-light photoshop skills – touch up, adding M.I.S.S. stamp
-this is a “mobile” position – you can be anywhere – all assignments are given online
The positions are unpaid but full of perks. A high school diploma is required and please send resume to MISSINTERNS@GMAIL.COM with MARKETING INTERN or GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN as the subject AND answer the following questions:
1. How did you learn about M.I.S.S.?
2. Favorite fashion and non-fashion magazines?
3. Favorite websites?
4. Most recent music downloads?
5. Favorite brands?
6. What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you know someone that may be interested in these positions, please spread the word. We look forward to hearing from you!! Good luck!!
Like that word that’s on the tip of your tongue – how many times have you seen a pair of sneakers on someone else’s feet and wished you knew what they were? Perhaps you suddenly remember a pair you loved as a kid, but haven’t seen or heard of them since. Or maybe you remember the brand and the colour, but not much else (except how cool they were). And then, like an itch you can’t help but scratch, you spend the next 6 hours of your life scouring the internet for them – only to come up with zilch.
Don’t you just wish someone would make a website where you could look up ever sneaker ever made? Well now thanks to the clever folk at Sneaker Freaker – that website exists. Say hello to the newly established Sneaker Freaker Museum.
Most people would agree that putting together a database of thousands and thousands of shoes would probably be best left to a centipede (or better yet, Imelda Marcos). Whilst not entirely a new idea, a database of sneakers is a massive project that requires some serious balls to undertake. Data entry, scanning, researching – not to mention man power to build and maintain the damn thing – all has to be accounted for.”We spent a lot of time punching in correct colour names, style codes etc. That was the killer part that really slowed us down. It’s been two years in the making,” Sneaker Freaker head honcho and driving force behind the Sneaker Freaker Museum, Woody, sums up. Sneaker Freaker were up for the challenge – and in the process, they’ve proved they are so much more than just a magazine.
“What we really wanted to do was create a single site where arguments can be settled once and for all. To that end, we tried as much as possible to include correct colours and style codes… because that’s the kind of stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” Woody says.
But where exactly did they get the content and how did they start the huge task of putting it together? “Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few catalogues from the 80s and 90s and this became the foundation of the museum,” Woody says. This was followed by two years of collecting data, images, colour names and style codes around the clock. “We had Memphis and Mike Cola (Sneaker Freaker crew) working on the uploading for month after month.”
Sharing it’s good looks with big brother Sneaker Freaker, the museum has a classy black-and-grey striped interface that features the spiffy new Museum Man mascot (designed by James Rogers and finished literally seconds before the site launched). The site allows you to browse or search by brand, style and/or model. Once you find the shoe you’re looking for, you’re provided with images and information about shoe including release date, colour, model number and much more.
To top it off, the Sneaker Freaker Museumhas the same community vibe that sneakerfiends everwhere already love about the Sneaker Freaker website – because users are able to contribute. Even though the site is living up to the ambitious mission of “Every shoe! Every colour! Ever made!” with a huge database that already includes over 7000 shoes, the Sneaker Freaker Museum will no doubt grow – with the help of contributors – into the biggest database of sneakers on the planet (if it isn’t already!).