On Etsy: Lisa Congdon

Today I’m featuring the work of Lisa Congdon on my On Etsy series. I’ve been a long-time admirer of her work, her story, and her general attitude and approach to work and life, which has been hugely inspiring to me. (You should check out her blog, Today Is Going To Be Awesome here). Her work exudes a celebratory exuberance and positivity that just make me smile, and I hope it has the same effect on you!

Stay Awake Art Print

Begin Anyhow Greeting Card

High Five Greeting Card

I’m a Mess Without You Greeting Card

Be You, Greeting Card

Higher Greeting Card

Shine On Notecards (Box of 10)

You Rock Greeting Card

Les Poissons 11×14 Art Print

Large Landscape Study Print

Inspired by… Danny Jones

Today I bring you the work of Danny Jones, currently a designer at Google VR, specializing in 3D interaction & visual design. The project featured below is a series of 3D badges he did while at AQUA, for a Nike workout app. Each badge could be unlocked after varying degrees of time spent working out. Enjoy!

Inspired by… Pentagram

When I was at a dinner party last week and my friend asked me if I had seen the cannabis packaging Pentagram did for Snoop Dogg I thought she was messing with me. But, luckily for me, and the world, she most certainly was not! I made her show me everything, right there at the dinner party. Design parties.

What was striking to both of us, was how Pentagram and Snoop steered away from the stereotypical marijuana aesthetic (always so cheesy and repulsive to me), and went in a completely different direction- elevating the concept of cannabis in this beautiful, lush, fashion-inspired story. The patterns, multiple color stories, and typography direction feels both elegant and casual at the same time. I love how Pentagram described the process on their blog:

As a forefather of West Coast rap, Snoop is closely associated with California, and this comes into play in the packaging. Clean and simple on the outside, opening the flower boxes reveals a fresh blast of colorful California cool. Sliding off the box cover exposes images of green palms, sunny beaches and blue pools in angled slices that echo the LBS logo. Users encounter other surprises as they handle the packaging: The surface of the outer box is covered with a custom cannabis paisley pattern, printed in a clear, tactile spot varnish. “We chose Paisley because it is one of Snoop’s favorite patterns, borrowed from bandannas,” says Oberman. Opening the box also reveals a colorful collectible sticker featuring a phrase like “Ooouuuweeee” or “Puff puff pass” handwritten by Snoop; the reverse of the sticker features humorous instructions for use the weed.

 

“It’s like working at the end of Prohibition,” says Oberman. “Everything is changing, all the time. Laws change from week to week, and affect what you can do. It’s incredibly exciting, but it’s also difficult, so we had to keep it simple.”

 

Inspired by… Sion Hsu

I discovered the work of Sion Hsu via Pinterest, and was taken in by the detailed simplicity of his work. When I went on a search for more of his work, I was really touched by his own description, which states that he is devoted to redesigning rural culture, and as he describes, “Trying to show the world how beautiful his hometown is by non-stop designing. It is a declare that design in not just belong to the City. It should be everywhere.” Featured below are some of my favorites from his portfolio.

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Inspired by… Matt Dorfman

Today I’m sharing the work of Matt Dorfman–illustrator, designer, and currently art director at The New York Times. I discovered Matt’s work from a book cover image I came across on Pinterest, (for those of you who follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed my obsession with book covers…). So, in honor of a well-designed book cover, I’m sharing some of his below! Be sure to check out the his site to view his other work, particularly his editorial work. 👌🏻

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On Etsy: Three Potato Four

Today I’m sharing a favorite Etsy shop of mine with you- Three Potato Four.  As they describe,

In 2007, we began Three Potato Four through our love of found objects. We’re collectors, and to us, all products and belongings tell a story. We live by stories and we shop for stories. Through the years of buying and selling found vintage pieces, we were inspired to take some of these amazing objects and make them again in a new way for today.

You can click on each image to learn more.

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