Posts Tagged 'websites'

lettercult | best custom lettering of 2009

Prepare to swoon. Via Quipsologies, with all credit to Lettercult.com (check out their site for more…it’s pretty inspirational). Some of my favorites:

Jessica Hische. As I was putting this  post together, Lettercult named Jessica 2009 Person of the Year. Well deserved. Read more about Jessica and her work here.

Michael Doret.

Carolyn Sewell.

Richard Perez.

Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols.

B.T. Livermore.

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state of the internet

I promise, with this infographic, I will walk away, and not revisit pretty charts and graphs for another few weeks.

This one actually has useful (and surprising) information. Via mashable.com with credit to Focus.com. (Thanks Ann)

design + coffee | an extra shot, please

From my new favorite blog, Dear Coffee, I love you. This spot on art was done by Brian W. Jones. Just to give credit (where it’s so clearly due), his studio website is Welcome Design. While you’re there, check out Pie Lab. And hold the cream, just the coffee please, with an extra shot. (first scouted at BB Blog)

Update: Poster credit goes to Adam Brackney at Workerman. T shirts available, too.

Mustang~Journey of Transformation

Ever have a friend whose talent, adventures and pure productivity takes your breath away? Who always has a story that leaves you in awe? Who inspires you to reach just a little deeper into your own creative toolbox?

imagesWe’ve known Will Parrinello for over 30 years. He was a “radio guy”  when we were all students (we were newspaper folk) in Chico in the 70’s. He’s one half of Mill Valley Film Group, along with his partner John Antonelli. Their films all have a spirit of curiosity, adventure, creativity and inspiration, and it’s been a thrill to watch them (the filmmakers and the films) over the years. Will’s latest film, Mustang—Journey of Transformation, premiered at the Aspen Short Film Festival earlier this month. And now it’s headed to NY to screen in competition  at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. Tribeca was started by Robert De Niro and his producing partner Jane Rosenthal in the wake of 9/11.

Mustang – Journey of Transformation tells the story of the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang, a Tibetan culture saved from extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites. It is narrated by Richard Gere and is truly inspirational. Mustang lies on a windswept plateau between Nepal and Tibet in one of the most remote regions in the world. Isolated by both geography and politics, Mustang–known as the Forbidden Kingdom–has been completely off- limits to westerners for 50 years. This starkly beautiful place is home to one of the last surviving repositories of Tibetan sacred art from the 15th century. In 1991 Nepal opened Mustang’s border to the outside world.

What the first visitors found was shocking: the ancient monasteries were on the verge of collapse; the Buddhist wall paintings were disintegrating; the community was deeply impoverished. The people needed health care, education, and jobs. Surprisingly, the King’s first plea to outsiders offering help was to save the monasteries. The King understood… saving the art would save the people, because without cultural identity there is nothing. Mustang -Journey of Transformation is a tale of hope and rebirth told by the people who helped save the Forbidden Kingdom.

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Restoring Mandala by J. Sanday

Will describes my favorite character in the film, Luigi, the Italian art restorer. “Luigi Fieni is the head art conservator on the Mustang restoration project. Luigi is like a beacon of light, and his energy jumps off the screen. Through his work in Mustang, Luigi has become, what I call a guileless Bodhisattva… through his open heart – we met dozens of his Loba friends. You have to see Luigi in Mustang – because he’s like the Pied Piper – everywhere he goes young men and women… and more women, come running to greet him. He’s universally loved for the great work he’s done, for his generosity as a skilled teacher and for the professional knowledge he’s shared with the Lobas, and for his amazing spirit.”

Interesting. I think Will’s energy and spirit are pretty amazing, too.

Please keep your eyes open for this film at your local film festival. And if you’re in NY, please consider attending one of the Tribeca screenings (April 27, 30, May 1 and 3). Then find Will and tell him you’re a friend of mine. I guarantee you’ll become a friend of his.

To learn more about this region and the people , check out the American Himalayan Foundation.

Urban Sketchers

The internet is a wonderful thing. It transports you, distracts you, delights you, and enables you to waste more time than is really healthy. Like a mini-vacation. And the site, Urban Sketchers, makes that vacation even more tangible, in a virtual way, of course.

Urban Sketchers is a network of artists from all over the world who sketch and post daily. The site is constantly being updated, making it possible for you to visit the cafes in Italy, the shops in Paris, or the streets of India, anytime.

I visit almost every day, and it’s always a worthwhile meander. See you there.

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buy:design | ReForm School

It’s been a serious week here at re:design, so it’s time for a little Friday shopping therapy. Headed straight to ReForm School, and I confess, I want it all.

The website is a treat, like hanging out with the cool-clever-nerdy-arty-vintage-kids, drinking espresso, listening to obscure jazz, and smoking clove cigarettes. But without the cigarettes (because that really isn’t cool).

My picks:

The Non-Planner Datebook by Keri Smith. It promises me a sense of framework, without feeling constricted or bound by predictability. That’s good, I think.

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The Skateboard Clutch by Beck(y)

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Polite Cards by Bob and Roberta Smith

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And in a lovely full circle moment, the 1000 Journals book (Voyeuristic. Inspirational. Entertaining.), chronicling a project I wrote about here (and reminding me to order my 1000 Journals film from Andrea Kreuzhage).

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Easy to get into trouble here. And I didn’t even touch the hammock made from seatbelts. Honest.

Girls for a change

Some of my most meaningful work has been with Reach India, an organization that works with poor women and adolescent girls in rural India, helping them develop the life skills to change their own lives and create their own future. I visited the program last year, and it was an inspiring experience that will always stay with me.

Reach India is supported by Nike Foundation, and they have a true understanding of the power and potential of girls. This video, done by Wieden + Kennedy has been around, but it’s so important to my work, that I want to share it here.

As a communications piece, the video is simple, clear, powerful and inspiring.

For more information, check out girleffect.org.


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