Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Went for another stroll through Cape Town today. Stopped for breakfast at Jason's Bakery on Bree Street, check out his website here - http://goo.gl/ySe8l. I had an amazing cranberry Danish, check out the picture below that does it no justice, and one of the best cappuccinos this city has to offer. Next we went to trawl the innumerable bookstores of Long Street....this all begs the question, where your most inspiring place in Cape Town?
Friday, 16 September 2011
Liam Mooney is really synonymous with stunning handcrafted designs and chic interiors. I was browsing around the interwebz and found a showcase of his work, and thought that it would be great idea to get into contact with him. Here is a little bit more about him and his designs
Thursday, 15 September 2011
This is the third palette is a collection that Plascon has complied as part of their color forecast and for 2012. Bookmark these posts because they could very well be the picture of tomorrow. These shades may appear to be geared more towards interior design, but they are versatile - they can be adapted to fit in with any of the design fields that you can think of.
This is the second palette is a series that Plascon has created as part of thier color forecast and predictions for 2012. Pay close attention to these, because they could very well become the tones and shades of the future. The colors contained within this palette not only apply to the interior design trade; they are flexible.
This is the first palette is a series that Plascon has put together as thier color forecast and predictions for 2012. Bookmark these post because they could very well be the colors of tomorrow. These colors not only apply to the field of interior design, they are universal; any of the design faculties are open to interpret these hues in their own unique way.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
I just happen to be watching Expresso this morning at a really ungodly hour, and just my luck because I happened to catch Danela Conti giving her opinion on the trends that she reckons will hot this summer.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
We all know about the famous Café de Flore in Paris, that has played host to literary greats such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus. Yet being here in sunny South Africa means that we cannot sit on the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and muse about life and her meanings, no we have to make do with the likes of the lovely Honest Chocolate Shop and the Yours Truly Cafe. Sigh, our life is so difficult... This is a collection of as many cafe's, coffee shops and convents in Cape Town that I could find to inspire you.
I found this almost-life-changing image on mandarinmoon's Flickr page, check it out here http://goo.gl/wFV0Q. I was so inspired by these colors that I created an accompanying, or a couple of accompanying, color palettes...
This officially kicks off the all-you-need-to-know-interviews for Cape Town Fashion Week. We start off with the a well-known brand in local fashion circles, Danielle Margaux. Here is exactly what you need to know about her, her brand, her expectations and her vices for Fashion Week. Remember to subscribe and you can visit Danielle Margaux's website here - http://goo.gl/D0Ql5.
I was browsing around one or other site and stumbled across this really great company. What first attracted me to them was thier website, but after this quick interview I have learned that there is definitely more to this brand. They are lively, inspired and proudly South African. Here is a little bit more about them and their groovy little shop in Cape Town.
Monday, 12 September 2011
This week, it started on the 9th of this month, marks the start of the much anticipated Creative Week, here in sunny Cape Town. This stellar idea is being used to show the world exactly what Cape Town can do in terms of design, music, film, theatre, business, innovation, digital media, fine arts and crafts.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Coffee is almost always on people's guilty pleasure list. It is the first thing people embrace in the morning, it comes in innumerable blends from a thousand different places across the globe, but above all it is just so damn good. Here is the a-list of coffee logos, showcases and all things caffeinated...
With the onslaught of spring/summer, comes brighter more, jovial colors. To get you into the spirit I have decided to share some kitchen brights. The kitchen is the heart of the home, which is really great because it allows for more freedom when dealing the impact colors. Here is a couple of shades to get your creativity into a summery mood...
Inspiration is all around us, but if you are in a funk then look to these stellar sources of inspiration for a bit a help. Here is seven great, and sometime understated, places to look for a shot of creative mojo....
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Creativity is essential for the design industry and in today's fast paced world we need all the help we can get. Your brain relies on carbohydrates for fuel as well as Omega 3 fatty acids which are the essential building blocks that keep your brain running. Here is the skinny on foods that boost creativity as well as some killer recipes to match...
I have decided to inspire my loyal followers again with a great spread of floral logos, that covers a massive range and a lot of interpretations. Here are just a couple of the really great logos that I found while browsing around our dear friend, LogoPond.com...
Nothing inspired creativity like travel. Seeing strange sites, immersing yourself in foreign cultures and just experiencing things that are totally out of your comfort zone, just seems to jolt the juices. I stumbled upon this great website, http://www.opentravel.com, and found some great travel images that are brimming with color and character. Read on...
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Now this is a real treat, I got to do a quick interview with a powerful and well known name in South African, and international, photography; Inge Prins. She is published, has exhibited across the globe and still calls the south of Africa her home. Here is a little bit more about her and her work:
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Silver Bullet Productions; These guys really know their stuff. Here is a sweet collection of some of their work, that is really something impressive. If you want more from them, check out their Vimeo account (http://goo.gl/6mfxs) or visit their website (http://goo.gl/S6Tu2) to fuel your addiction. Grab your popcorn, because here we go...
Have you even heard about Cape Town's Design Route? The organizers behind the really awe inspiring Design Indaba (http://www.designindaba.com/) have compiled this great map that showcases the best in local design. It shows off the individuality of the Cape's shops, warehouses, boutiques and collectives. Everything that designers are intrinsically drawn to. Here is a little bit more about some of the shops that nothing, if not phantasmagorical.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Passionate, driven and truly inspired, Jesse Breytenbach is a beacon to all of us creatives when we need a creative jolt or a potent punch of artistic vooma. Here is a little bit more about her, her massive collection of work and her views on the world of art and design. In her words, when your stuck in a creative rut, "Just start":
Here is a collection of random things, from around my world that are quirky, cool and that inspires me. I have decided to share them with you in the hopes that it will be a well of inspiration for you as well. Remember to spread the word, and keep on designing:
Heath Nash is a man of few words, but his work and talent speaks volumes. He has exhibited numerous times, racked up international acclaim and left his mark on the world of design and art. Heath Nash is a true artist at heart. Here is a little bit more about him, his work and his views on the creative world.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Being both fun loving and focused, Tiffany Mclean is a true designer. With years of experience and a love of all things simple, functional and beautiful, all of you better keep an eye on her; she is going places. Here is just a little bit about her, her views, opinions and musing about the world of interior design, design in general and the inner workings of the creative industry.
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Got a great opportunity this week to pass along a few pressing question to the master of color inspiration, Design Seeds. Here is what she has to say about color in general, inspiration and what the future holds for color. So if you want to know about what colors are going to be hot in 2012 or if you are just looking for something colorful to inspire you, look no further. You can also check out Design-Seeds.com (http://goo.gl/xEDpF) for daily doses of color inspiration.
Saturday, 3 September 2011
I have been browsing around local websites recently from South Africa, and have been seeing some reoccurring trends that run through all of these websites. I have decided to share my musing about these trends with all of my loyal followers, so here goes.
I have decided throw everything to the wind, and move away from the trend of flashy colors and hi-tech design elements, in order to go back to the lazy days of vintage birdcages, drug store novels and quaint teacups. Here is exactly how you can get back the good old days
Friday, 2 September 2011
With an early start in the field of design and development, Brandon Clapp was learnt a lot, given a lot and contributed a lot to the design and development world. His talent and skills have put to good use through a range of projects and clients. I got the opportunity to shoot him a few questions to get to know just how this powerful designer/developer's mind works; here is what I learnt, so pay close attention.
I came across this amazing logo design agency via Twitter, while I was looking for epic quotes and savvy words of wisdom. LogoBird is a quirky agency with a badass list of clients and a seriously powerful portfolio that packs a punch. I have decided to share some musing on them and their work, to inspire the fowl inside you.
I got a great opportunity this week to ask Jessica Colaluca from Design-seeds.com a couple of pressing questions about the color predictions for 2012. Here is the really exciting scoop so pay close attention 'postalers'.
With a lot of tools in his skill set, Alessio Atzeni has developed a unique sense of style and has translated his experiences into a strong sense of design. I got a great opportunity this week to get the low down on this force of nature in the design and development world. Here is exactly what we can learn, so pay close attention.
Wanting to blog about the weather might not inspire you to create something wonderful, so I have decided to say a few words rather about 'feeling blue'. Here are a couple of cool colors that will have you singing the blues.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Taking the design world by storm, Space Puddle (Bryan Barnett) is both relaxed and focused, humorous and dedicated in everything he does. With a solid background in design and a keen eye for the ins and outs of the design world, Bryan Barnett has been places and will definitely go where no puddle has gone before. He is a little bit more about him and Space Puddle.