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
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.”
I recently discovered Ink and Namu on Etsy- a Los Angeles based studio. I love their typography-heavy, minimalist designs and I’m always a sucker for a coffee mug with a message!
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.