Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
British Design 2010 is released today. Beautifully designed by Taxi Studio, the book's title is pretty self-explanatory.
Perhaps this limited-edition copy of the Pictorial Websters is a bit out of my price range. I don't think the $4,600 price tag is swing-able, but the trade edition is doable ($35!).
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
On Christmas morning when I was nine years old, I sat drowsily under the tree, basking in the newness of my presents. As I contemplated if what my (younger) brother had told me about Santa Claus was true, my mother handed me a box wrapped in sparkly red paper. “This is the last one,” she said. I tore through the wrapping and tissue paper until I found, nestled toe-to-heel, heel-to-toe a pair of pearly, satiny pink pointe shoes.
I had taken classical ballet since I was six, and the artistic director of the company maintained the traditional belief that ballet dancers should be “en pointe” before they hit puberty. At the ripe age of nine until I quit seven years later, I bloodied my toes, sweated through six-hour rehearsals and adored every moment as a ballerina-in-training.
Ballet was my first love, but I knew early on that I was not cut out for a professional career. I didn’t have body, and although I possessed the drive, natural talent plays a huge role in a dancer’s life, and I didn’t have that either.
I haven’t danced in six years. The calluses that once battered my feet have softened, and if I point my toes for too long my arch cramps. Few things are better than a night at the ballet, and it is still difficult to forget the steps I memorized years ago. But my perspective has changed. Now I sit in a red-velvet, upholstered balcony seat with a sometimes perfect view of the stage, and no longer wait in the wings for my cue.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
My best friend, Joe, decided to start a zine at the University of Missouri that focuses on sexual awareness and health. When he asked me to design the first issue of BodyTalk, I was thrilled. It was a challenging project. There are so many visual cliches for sex and virginity. I wanted to keep things light, spontaneous and avoid generalizations. I struggled a little with finding the right balance of consistency. I wanted each layout of the zine to maintain a cohesive identity but also be completely different from the one before and after it. It was fun stepping out of the structured comfort zone that comes with editorial design to do something slightly more off-the-wall. I spelled out a title with tampons! It helped that I was collaborating with a great designer: Marcos Roman designed the logo and contributed several illustrations, including the hilarious pink unicorn. Check out the complete zine here, and let me know what you think. Read the stories too — they're short and sweet, and since the issue theme is the "first time," some are quite amusing. Join the Facebook group too!
Illustration by Marcos Roman
Tighty-Whities by Marcos Roman