An online space to keep all those design finds we say 'that's nice' to. Could be anything design related from typography to fashion to commercials to wrapping paper. Enjoy the randomness and be inspired.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Infographics to wow

My daily log on to pinterest today showed up some rather lovely infographics, so I thought I'd share some with you... be warned - this is a looooong post, quite literally!
I've tried to provide the original source with most but couldn't find it for all of them. Also check out Holy Kaw where most of been referenced.

You've reached the end of the longest post to grace this blog... you want more? ok well check out Sharlene Boodram's pinterest board. I came across it right at the end of my collating and had to stop myself posting anymore - for all you infographic addicts there's some really great examples here.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Surface Pattern Course

Module 2 of the Surface Pattern Course started yesterday, check out the link for more details... I'm hoping to do a post on the wonderful designs some of the fellow students are creating soon

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Where's all that nice design been for the last 6 months?!

Well, firstly, happy new year! I hope 2012 is a great year for you all... You may have been wondering why this blog hasn't been updated in so long and my excuse is I had a baby! We had a little son early August and has since taken up all my time..! But he's very cute so I'll let him off. Whilst it has been difficult to get onto the laptop I have been beavering away on my iPhone getting addicted to pinterest. If you haven't yet come across pinterest it's a great site that allows you to save all that nice design you spot on the Internet and save all the images in digital mood boards for future reference. I think I've set myself 100 arty crafty projects to do and need to buy a mansion to fulfil all these great interior design ideas I've found on the site! That could be the next post!
Along with my pinterest addiction and becoming a mother I also signed up to a surface pattern design course featuring the highly talented designer Rachael Taylor. Module 1 is completed with modules 2 and 3 still to go. If you have an interest in surface pattern design I really recommend looking into the course, I've been very inspired.
So what's in store for that's nice design in 2012? I will hopefully start posting up some cool design finds much more regularly, try to do one special feature a month from interviews to design themes and twitter more!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

How very handy...

Check out this commercial for Samsung Galaxy.., and make sure you keep watching until after 40 seconds where is goes from 'he's a bit clever with his hands' to 'that's bleeping cool!'

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

For one day only... 11th May 2011

Check out the animation of the google logo on celebrating what would have been Martha Graham's 117th birthday. Martha Graham was an american choreographer born in 1894 and died in 1991. To find out more about her click here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

How to celebrate the Royal Wedding... and the Union Flag!

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next week has created a bit of a come back for all things British, particularly the trusted Union Flag... which goes through eras of being in and out fashion. Coupled with the 60 year anniversary of The Festival of Britain, and the London Olympics just around the corner it's a time to celebrate all things British...

I've always been a fan of the Union Flag and even wrote my final year dissertation all about it - the rise and fall through history, politics, the punk era and right up until Geri Halliwell and THAT DRESS!

The flag, sadly, has no reference to Wales (due to the fact that at the time the flag was designed in 1606 Wales was part of the Kingdom of England). But out of all the world flags this one is surely up there as one of the most iconic and memorable.

So here's your guide on how to celebrate the Royal Wedding in a very British fashion.

Step 1
Take your seats early (wedding starts at 11am) and place your butt on your very own throne from Made With Love... for extra support use a Jan Constantine cushion.

Step 2
Make sure any young guests are suitably attired in a baby sleepsuit designed by Powell Craft and available to buy from Snugg.

Step 3
Serve cupcakes decorated with Hunkydory Home's beautiful toppers...

Step 4
Don't forget the plates - for extra impact go for these original designs from KK Outlet.

Step 5
If the wedding gets a little boring make sure you have some nice prints to look at on the walls, go for a typographic map of Britain by Bold and Noble...

...or perhaps a little twist on the now infamous Keep Calm and Carry On posters by The Contemporary Home. The original posters were designed in 1939 under the threat of war and although a few million were printed they remained in storage through-out the war years and beyond. For more on the history of the poster, click here.

Step 6
Time to wash up some of those many Union Jack and Royal Wedding mugs. There were too many to feature so instead opted for this splendid tea towel by Betsy Bean.

Step 7
The wedding is almost over, time to pack it all away and save all the Union Jack designs for next summers olympics or just kick back and put your feet up on one of these John Lewis trunks...

Step 8
Did it all get a bit much? no fear, make sure you have these Lydia Leith sick bags to hand!

See you on the big day! or if you miss it you can always check out the highlights here...