I find inspiration in everything, including restaurant menus. If you’re familiar with Art Of The Menu, you’ve probably come across the striking design of The Arrogant Butcher. The restaurant is based in Phoenix and as soon as I realized this, I began pestering my mom to take me the next time I visit her. Never one to disappoint, she downloaded and sent me their beautiful PDF menu, details of which are shown below.
I love the attention to detail that Tunnel Bravo put into this project. The type, color and textures all fuse so well together. Even if I can’t eat half of what’s on the menu, you can be sure I’ll be visiting as soon as I’m in town to admire the branding.
I’m going to keep this post short and sweet; I just discovered Pantone wallpapers from their Plus Series and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!
2, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
2 is the third ceramic red cross in the My Cross To Bear series. This, along with a handful of new pieces feature neon yellow accents. I love how this color adds a modern edge to the stark back and white compositions. The three pieces below are composed on wood and also feature a layer of epoxy resin.
B, 11 x 8 inches
collage and resin on wood
After Dark, 11 x 17 inches
collage and resin on wood
10, 17 x 11 inches
collage and resin on wood
I also just finished two larger pieces that I hope to share later this week. Thanks for joining me on this fun new journey!
New (used) design books from Amazon that arrived today. It’s like Christmas!
One of the highlights of my week was visiting the community college I graduated from three years ago to be interviewed by the Integrated Media department as a “student success story.” My former instructor took the photo of me above on set. At that moment, I felt like everything had come full-circle and the last few years of hard work had paid off. Thanks, Mt. Hood Community College!
Simon and Schuster just sent me a copy of Rev Jen’s new book, Elf Girl which features a photo of my feet(!) on the cover. It was designed by my friend Anna and the whole process has been pretty surreal — even more so because Joey and I spotted the book in the window of the Hawthorne location of Powell’s this weekend.
A view of my current workspace. The Swiss influence is always present.
On Saturday, I joined my brother for a little adventure to the antique show. Needless to say, I think we were the only patrons under 50. This beautiful old book of typography caught my attention…until I realized it was $250.00! We were probably most entertained by a booth of creepy vintage dolls.
Akira Chicago just sent over this awesome double zip linen jacket and I couldn’t be more happy. It adds just the right amount of edge to everyday outfits.
Nobody does a vanilla latte better than Stumptown. I joined my friend Pam for a design brainstorm this week which was a little too inspiring…and ended up lasting for three hours!!! I’m off to get some family-time in before getting started on a design-fueled weekend. Hope you enjoy yours!
Image: Aline Weber by Camilla Akrans for Numero.
• Just Say No To Safe: I love this article and the accompanying Ellsworth Kelly imagery!
• Read an excerpt from I Want My MTV, an oral history that documents MTV’s first decade.
• A perfect article to read before the holiday frenzy sets in: How To Get Calm In A World Full Of Crazy!
• There seems to be two sides to Apple’s design aesthetic.
• Some of the best logos are very literal.
• I love this infographic that documents the anatomy of an agency.
• Make your own custom envelopes!
• New York Magazine explores feminist bloggers.
• I know this is a little late but The Hairpin has compiled a list of actually scary movies!
• Steve Jobs in his own words.
• Have you seen the very stylish La Sardinia camera from Lomography? Shoot in style!
• An entire attic full of suitcases were left behind when the Willard Asylum for the Insane in New York was shuttered decades ago. Now you can see their contents.
Full Circle is the third piece in the My Cross To Bear series which launches at Sequential Art Gallery in December. Though I shared a progress shot last month, today I want to show the finished piece; this is the first cross that I’ve ever done in this size! Measuring 18 x 18 inches, it’s custom-built out of wood (thanks to Joey’s handiwork) and features a collage-covered surface that is sealed with a layer of epoxy resin.
Thanks for tuning in as this series progresses! And thank you for all of the recent questions submitted to the Ask Nubby column — I’ve been very busy making new art and redoing my web portfolio but I wanted to let you know that read each and every one and hope to have some time to begin answering a fresh batch very soon.
Sometimes when everything you’ve tried in a design feels like overkill, step back and simplify. You can never go wrong with black & white paired with a basic type treatment. I’ve collected these examples from a few fashion magazines to demonstrate just how fresh it can be. When in doubt, don’t over-think!