Minimal living is having a heydey and with home prices soaring from coast to coast and around the globe, the trend of families moving into small spaces in an effort to amplify their lives is on the rise. We came across this amazing space in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood as featured on Dwell last year and were more than inspired to start trolling Redfin for our own space. Not to mention, immediately post all the crud currently housed in our garage on Craigslist. This clever, and we must add talented, couple (Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Designs and David Friedlander, Communications Director at LifeEdited) proves you really can make it work in under 700 square feet of space, of course a strategic eye for design and luxurious finishing helps too. All photos shot by the talented Matthew Williams. “One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” -- Francis Jourdain, 1876 Photo: Matthew Williams
Casey Neistat is a filmmaker based in New York City, USA, he has been producing game-changing videos on YouTube since 2010. Since the end of March 2015, Casey decided to challenge himself by creating vlogs, it's a creative insight of his everyday life and his love for New York City. As for me, Casey Neistat inspires me to be creative everyday. Using the tools that are provided to you, working with your hands and just create. Follow his Vlogs right now and watch his videos via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat Links More info about Casey Neistat: http://casey.nyc/ Follow Casey Neistat on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat
Raul Alejandro is a freelance illustrator and a designer living in New York City. Raul started a series on Behance called Hand Type Volumes and it’s basically Typography Sketches all obviously hand drawn. We must admit this kind of typography is one of our favourites! All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro All Rights to Raul Alejandro Links More info about Raul Alejandro : http://www.iamraulalejandro.com Follow Raul on Behance: https://www.behance.net/raulalejandro Follow Raul on Instagram: http://instagram.com/draw_ul Via Behance
Again discovered another artist named Rama Allen when I went to the last OFFF Festival in Quebec. His talk was really inspiring and very thoughtful. Rama Allen is creative director based in New York and has worked for clients like HBO, Levi's, Microsoft, Grey Goose, MTV, Sony Records and American Express. ...I develop and direct for multiple mediums from film to interactive to experiential design. From blank page to strategy, design through implementation, I manage teams over the course of the entire think + make process. Killing Kennedy / Director's Cut Vikings Opening Titles Vikings Opening Titles - Making Of "Orbital" Citibank / JFK Airport Installation Bag Of Bones "Hold Your Breath" True Blood Opening Titles Links More info about Rama Allen: http://www.rama-allen.com Follow Rama on Behance: https://www.behance.net/phantomship Follow Rama on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/ramanaut/videos
Ryan and Tina Essmaker are the kind folks behind The Great Discontent, a beautiful magazine based in New York City. The online magazine features interviews with creatives from a variety of disciplines—including many of our designer friends—and focuses on themes of beginnings, creativity, and risk. Now, The Great Discontent is printing its first issue via Kickstarter. Since its debut in 2011, The Great Discontent has inspired readers all over the world. Now, TGD is reaching out to that community, not only to help make a magazine, but in doing so, to build a foundation for the future. All Rights to The Great Discontent About their Kickstarter Project The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1, will be a beautiful way to preserve some of the content TGD has previously featured online. The magazine will be a gorgeous, full colour piece around 240 pages and will feature 15 interviews with individuals who have also taken leaps, including Sara Blake, Scott and Vik Harrison of charity: water, James Victore, Zack Arias, Elle Luna, Ike Edeani, Debbie Millman, Joshua Davis, and more! Select interviews will include updated images and commentary from the interviewees.The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1 on Kickstarter:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/essmaker/the-great-discontent-maga… All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent About The Great Discontent All Rights to The Great Discontent Ryan and Tina Essmaker are the husband-and-wife team behind The Great Discontent (TGD), the online magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk. In August 2011, the pair cofounded TGD as a side project to fulfill their desire to work together outside of their traditional day jobs. Since then, they’ve published 117 interviews with individuals from a variety of creative disciplines, reached readers in over 170 countries, and launched the online film-based series, Two Minutes with TGD. In January 2014, Ryan and Tina took the leap and left their day jobs to focus on The Great Discontent and other content-related projects via No Little Plans, their creative studio based in New York City. Their work has been featured around the web on Mashable, 37signals' Signal vs. Noise, 99U, Communication Arts, .Net Magazine, Daring Fireball, A List Apart, Seth Godin’s blog, Lifehacker, and Quipsologies by UnderConsideration. Links More info about The Great Discontent: http://thegreatdiscontent.com The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1 on Kickstarter:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/essmaker/the-great-discontent-maga…
Over 2 years ago I posted the first round of Paris vs New York and today we are ready for round 2. A friendly visual match betweens two cities Told by Vahram Muratyan, a lover of Paris wandering through New York. To find out more about the series visit parisvsnyc.blogspot.com.
I'm tumblr addict and other day I just stumbled with a blog called Daily Dishonesty, a parody of quotes we use for ourselves day-by-day. For my surprise the owner of the blog is Lauren Nicole Hom, a young graphic designer and art director from NY, USA and also one of the main speakers of Montreal Meets 3. Today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with her, so please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from it. You can see more from Lauren at the following links: homsweethom.com laurennicolehom.com Daily Dishonesty 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you t. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career? Please show us one of your early artworks Thanks for having me! I guess it's easy for me to talk about the beginning of my career because that's exactly where I'm at. I'll be graduating from the advertising and graphic design program at the School of Visual Arts in about a month, and I couldn't be more excited. I began my freelance career about two years into school, designing vector art and wedding invitations. Most of my first design jobs I found on Craigslist actually haha…everyone's got to start somewhere, right? 2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine. Well, I'm a part-time freelance designer, so I work from my little desk at home. I always start the day with a cup of green tea and a smoothie. I keep a pretty tight to-do list on my desktop that's organized by the day and week. If there's any sketching, drawing, or hand lettering work to be done, I do those things first. There's something nice about starting the day with a pencil and paper, since I spend so much time staring at a computer screen. My daily routine is mostly made up of designing, corresponding with clients, and eating haha. I try to leave the apartment to get some fresh air and walk around as much as possible too. The streets of New York are much more inspiring than a computer screen will ever be. 3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us. When I'm not designing, you can find me in the kitchen. Cooking and baking have always been favorite hobbies of mine. I've found that I'm happiest when I'm creating, whether it be a poster or a chocolate cake. I'm also equally as happy when I'm eating that chocolate cake. 4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years? Professionally, the next step for me will be finding an agency or studio that I want to work for full-time. Or there's always the possibility of freelancing full-time. I'm completely open to all the possibilities that lay ahead. You could say that my personal goals are intertwined with my professional goals, because I want to follow through on a bunch of personal design projects this summer. It feels like there's never enough time to do all of the things I want to do; one of the gifts/curses of being creative is that it never shuts off. As for my creative field, I'm sure there will be new innovations and trends over the next five years. However, I think that at the core of every great design is an even greater idea, and that will never change. Designers were coming up with just as many great ideas 50 years ago as designers will be coming up with in the next 50 years. 5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point. - The internet is AMAZING. Get your work out there. No one cares if you're brilliant if no one knows who you are. - Find inspiration away from your computer - read books at the library, walk around and study signage, go to a concert. That's where the good stuff is, not in pixels. - Make business cards and always have a few with you. You never know who you're going to meet. - Try to only work on clients/projects that get you excited. It'll help steer your portfolio in the right direction, and you'll be a happier and more sane designer. - Work hard. Snack often. 6) What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why? The best thing: being able to work in my pajamas. The worst thing: I'm always wearing pajamas. Just kidding…my best thing about working as a designer is that I get to be creative and pay the bills by making beautiful, fun things. Honestly, I can't think of a "worst" thing about the business. I really do enjoy it all…the process, the clients, everything. 7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes? My design heroes are Louise Fili and Gail Anderson. I took Gail's communication design class during my third year at SVA, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. She introduced me to Louise, and I interned for her for a semester. They've both accomplished so much, and it's because they've stayed true to what they love. Gail does a lot of playful work with type, found objects, and illustration. Louise works heavily with type and creates beautiful identities for restaurants and gourmet brands, all with an Italian touch. When looking at their work, you can see what they're passionate about and feel their personalities, which is what I aspire to achieve. Gail AndersonLouise Fili8) Tell us in one picture how you're feeling about your life right now 9) Now for some quick and short answers: - A Food: grilled cheese - A Animal: chow chow - A Color: chartreuse - A Tool: my trusty Wacom tablet - A Person: Julia Child - A Place: underneath the covers - A Song: happy birthday to you... - A Movie: Totoro - A Book: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby A Quote: "It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly room for more wine." - a very wise person 10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect. It was my pleasure! My last message to designers who are starting out is a silly, but true one: Think of your design as a person you're going on a date with. If they're very attractive but have no substance or personality, you won't be interested for more than a night. If they're very smart and interesting but you're not attracted to them, you probably won't call them again. However, when you meet that person who's got the beauty and the brains…that's when you'll stick around. A beautiful design without a great idea won't be remembered, and a great idea without a beautiful design won't be noticed. My point is this: Design things you would want to date. Hell, make designs you'd want to put a ring on. That's what you should aim to do.
We always talk about the importance of personal and side projects to learn something new and reinvigorate the mind as a diversion from our day to day jobs. Enter The Windows of New York project by Jose Guizar, a project we stumbled upon and just had to share. We hope this post inspires you to slow down and take a look around as you never know if the simple elements we take for granted everyday may evolve into the centerpiece of your next creative work. The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up. - Jose Guizar Jose is a graphic designer living in New York. He has a great range of work in his portfolio and we highly recommend that you check it out at http://www.joseguizar.com/ 675 9TH AVE. - HELL'S KITCHEN 617 9TH AVE. - HELL'S KITCHEN 162 STANTON ST. - LOWER EAST SIDE 461 WEST 47TH ST. - CLINTON 113 THOMPSON ST. - SOHO 962 LEXINGTON AVE. - UPPER EAST SIDE 92 CHRISTOPHER ST. - WEST VILLAGE 147 EAST 18TH ST. - GRAMERCY 308 CANAL ST. ― CHINATOWN 347 WEST 46TH ST. - MIDTOWN 152 SPRING ST. - SOHO 20 MINETTA LN. - WEST VILLAGE For more information about The Windows of New York project visit http://www.windowsofnewyork.com/
Are you guys familiar with Vine? It's an app that creates short and looping videos in a simple way to share with friends and family. Mark Weaver, a New York based art director, designer and illustrator decided to take this simple app to another level! Entitled LEGO Vines, Mark created this fun stop-motion art project using LEGO and of course Vine. For more information about Mark Weaver, you can visit his LEGO Vines Tumblr and his website at mrkwvr.com.
DACS is back this year with another exhibition entitled: Reclaim. A collective that unites creatives from all around the Word to shake their skills and raise awareness against child trafficking. Reclaim is based around the story of a girl named Mint. Mint is a former trafficking victim and a current employee of our friends at The Blind Project in their Biographe Lab in Bangkok, Thailand. We've shared Mint's story to provide personal insight into her experiences and hopefully inspire you to share her story with your friends and family. For more information about Dacs, you can visit Dacsunited.com , follow them on Twitter @dacsunited. Rob Shields All Rights to DACS Ricardo Juarez All Rights to DACS Sara Blake All Rights to DACS Soemone All Rights to DACS Corrine Reid All Rights to DACS John Mark Herskind All Rights to DACS Diego L. Rodriguez All Rights to DACS Alexis Marcou All Rights to DACS Emma Leonard All Rights to DACS Tarin Yuangtrakul All Rights to DACS Chris Valentine All Rights to DACS Tarin Yuangtrakul All Rights to DACS Rik Oostenbroek All Rights to DACS Wojciech Pijecki All Rights to DACS Mart Biemans All Rights to DACS Nathan Walker All Rights to DACS Gaétan Weltzer All Rights to DACS Sonya Fu All Rights to DACS Kseniya Lvova All Rights to DACS Giga Kobidze All Rights to DACS
Sara Blake, also known as ZSO is an interactive art director, designer and illustrator living in New York City. She graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentration in Graphic Art and Postmodern Studies-I. These days you can find her at Euro RSCG where she focuses on digital design. But by night she also doubles as an illustrator for clients such as Yen Magazine, The KDU, Hurley, SGCNY, and Koko & Me. She'll also be having her very first solo gallery show at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney, Australia, September 2010. Hello, I'm ZSO. (On paper you may also know me as Sara Blake.) I'm an Interactive Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator living and loving in New York City. ZSO (pronounced |z?|) is a collection of letters that I find aesthetically and phonetically beautiful. Together they make sound much like “so,” the adverb which means "to such a great extent.” I am a person of extremes, for better or worse (most often the latter), so the ring of it was fitting, and the moniker has since stuck for good. For more information about Sara Blake visit her website at http://www.hellozso.com/. As usual be prepared to spend hours on her website and blog because it's totally awesome! Some Works Flight Print SGC Decks Filthy Process Sample from Sara Blake on Vimeo. All Our Idols "All Our Idols" is an ongoing freestyle portrait project. All work is pencil, watercolor, and digital. Phil Knott's Tally Ho Iseult for Depthcore's "Mythic" Iseult for Depthcore's "Mythic" from Sara Blake on Vimeo. Design Collector 7 Wallpaper submission and Tshirt design for Russian design empire Design Collector to celebrate 7 years in the running. Artists were tasked to subtley incorporate the number 7 somewhere into the design. ZSO + Design Collector from Sara Blake on Vimeo. DACS DACS from Sara Blake on Vimeo. YOU ARE WE — KDU