April 25 – May 1, 2010

May 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

004 – Another week of great design inspiration…


Ben Heine creates Pencil Vs. Camera: some incredibly unique and creative art that is, simply put, fun. This is similar to another series, Real-Time Travel: 15 Fantastic Photographs of Futures Past, I’ve come across where an old photograph is held up over the current location. For example, a photo of a building in early 1930s positioned in front of the same building/street today.

With this same base philosophy, Heine’s creations are in combination of photos and illustrations – with some of those sketchings being realistic and others not-so. Unless you’s seen a donkey or two sporting sunglasses-party-style. And, if you have, let me know where.

“Ben Heine is a Belgian artist/photographer hybrid who puts himself front and center in his ongoing experimental series Pencil Vs. Camera. Heine combines a mixture of camerawork and illustration, held by his own hand, in his pan-European adventures spanning France, Belgium, and Portugal at current tally.”

You’re able to checkout the entire series through Heine’s Flickr Stream

(via @BenHeine)

0to2550to255 ::
“0 to 255 is a simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color. Perfect for hovers, borders, gradients and more”

In other words, Shaun Chapman created 0to255 as a quick access, easy-to-use tool for you to grab the HEX codes for your designs – and it offers other variations from a color scheme too. Is that purple too pale? Is that green too army? Check out the options quickly and compare. It’s a huge time-saver and I love anything that is colorful and saves time.

(via @shaunchapman)

KloutKLOUT ::
Through @RyanBickett‘s tweet, here’s an interesting site that I discovered this week. Klout measures influence on topics across the social web to find the people the world listens to the most. It states where you lie in the Twitter-World and does not show me in the best of light. Yet.

“JenniferWilke is a casual…
You don’t take this Twitter stuff too seriously. People towards the lower left corner are probably very new to social media. Most people in this quadrant tend to engage with a small group of friends that they know in real life. If you’re in the upper right corner, you have succeeded in building a strong audience, but need to engage and be more active to jump to the next level.”

And, with this, I now want to throw myself on the mercy of the Klout jury. In my defense…

  • I started actively using Twitter only 4 months ago. Perhaps a bit late to the game but considering how long Twitter will probably be around, I still consider it the second inning. I always prefer to show to a game a smidge later anyway – the hotdog lines are shorter (meaning I wouldn’t jump off the Golden Gate Bridge just because everyone else was doing it — and, I do prefer that all the bugs have been worked out).
  • I suppose it’s honest to say, that I wrote off Twitter in its first three years (which opened for the public to use in April 2007) to be purely a virtual water cooler; sans the water; and talk being perhaps fun but superficial. I was wrong.
  • Because, what I know now is that the design behind Twitter is the community of knowledge; the sharing of insight; the ability to stay up on the trends (no matter what your topic-trend-of-focus is) without having to break your bat, so to speak (trying to keep the baseball analogy open is a little tough).
  • It looks like I’m closer to the upper right than the lower left – so I’m getting there – and I do take it “seriously”.
  • So, now, with all these things in mind, maybe, CASUAL can have a new meaning for @JenniferWilke. Like the cool kids in school – looking all laid back and nonchalant; looking like they don’t care; but studying extra hard in the ball pit.

To find out where you play, register and enter your Twitter name over at Klout – and get in the game: Connector; Persona; Climber; Casual

(On a side note, baseball season started… Go Cubbies!)
(via @klout)


iconshockIconShock is going crazy in their giveaways. First, I came across Picasso: A Free Social Media Icon Set which is lovely little pack of unique social media icons in (hence the name) Picasso-style.

For the readers of Vandelay Design Blog, Free Travel Icons from IconShock is a free set IconShock created that includes 10 icons in PNG and .ai format.

Besides being the largest icon design company out there today, IconShock has tons of freebies that are ready for the download, design tutorials to expand the knowledge, and a worthwhile blog with UI and design articles.

But, I digress. Let’s get back to the freebies!

The biggest one yet actually… here’s IconShock’s sweetest offer…

Massive Giveaway of Iconshock Icons available at Webdesigner Depot

“10 full subscription licenses to ALL their icons. Yes, you read that right, ALL their icons. The value of all these prizes is an astonishing $4,990!”

To participate, read all the juicy details – and do it quick because the contest ends May 5th.

(via @iconshock @sixrevisions @vandelaydesign @DesignerDepot)

THIS DAY IN HISTORY :: April 26, 2010 ::

We Are Happy To Serve You

We Are Happy To Serve You… The designer of the most famous coffee cup passed on April 26, 2010. His legacy is to not only coffee and New York City but one to design also. You see, Leslie Buck designed the The Anthora Coffee Cup – an icon to NYC diners, street food carts, and urban tourist memorabilia alike.

Buck, born Laszlo Büch on September. 20, 1922, was a Nazi concentration camp survivor, found his way to the Big Apple, joined Sherri Cup (later absorbed by the Solo Cup Company) and, without any formal art training, created the Greek-styled design. And, while the design may not be the most beautiful and inspiring creation that has ever graced the streets, it is one of warmth, familiarity, and tradition. Something every designer (in any style – with or without training) hopes to achieve someday.

The simple graphic became as potent a New York icon as Milton Glaser’s “I Love New York” or the “Law & Order sound.”

In short, Buck’s contribution is one that few will notice closely but is a mainstay in cultural urban design and history. And, one that will keep hands warm, too boot.

Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

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