Friday, November 20, 2009

let the paper do the talking

As I was trolling Etsy for Christmas gift ideas I came across these designs and thought to myself:

If anyone ever gave me this at a bar...

I'd really wish I had one of these to hand back to him...

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Perfectly Unperfect

I spend all day designing and thinking about greeting cards and invitations. Trying to get them just right: type in the right spot, color palette just so. Sometimes something so un-polished and un-invitation-y is a relief. My friend Pete, a writer in Amsterdam, sent this out for his son Oli's first birthday. Perfect. And happy birthday Oli!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekly Favorites

A Seattleites guide to all things coffee.

I love a good Jamie Oliver recipe...and it looks pretty too!

Look what twitter says about us!

Do you have an overwhelming list of "honey-do's" to get done this weekend? If so, call on these gals!

Check out our newest blog find of the week! I feel like the last one in the all-things-design-blogosphere to come across this lovely, inspiration-filled space and I'm so happy I finally did!

Here's what we've been listening to this week (and I'll be seeing them in 2 weeks!):

I hope you all have a lucky Friday the 13th and a lovely weekend!

image found here.

tweet! tweet!

Rumor has it that Pinkerton's tweeting. A few little birdies told us so. Why don't you follow us on over and see what all the commotions about...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

creative cuts

Amazing, right? This hand-cut map is the work of Karen O'Leary, an architectural designer who's creative goal is to replace the common with something more beautiful. The patience and determination that must have taken, not to mention a steady hand with the sharpest exacto knife. Wow! She describes it as "removing the unnecessary, leaving valuable information to navigate with color defining the main paths of the city".  I call it awesome!

First, she started with an ordinary map like this:

From there she began slicing away at each and every street in Manhattan, all the way up to 120th street and parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

She's also done a map of Paris and is currently working on London.


If you want to be wowed some more, she also does a series of prints using repeated vertical lines indicating the streets of Paris using the simplest form, pen and paper. Up close it doesn't look like much, but the farther away you are the more amazing and obviously extraordinary it becomes. Check out her etsy page for more designs.

advent calendar thanks!

Why don't you take a minute or two and click on over to The Stationery Place and check out the amazing post that Lyndsey wrote about our advent calendars and holiday cards! We're honored to be her first holiday card post of the season!  Her blog is sure to be a new obsession, as I have just spent the last hour scrolling through page after page and have yet to find a design I did not like. Thanks again Lyndsey!

And a big thank you goes out to Design Mom for blogging about our advent calendars too! We're flattered and so happy you liked it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This Place Doesn't Blow.

In a city known for a lot of rain, a new bar has opened that's sure to keep Seattle from drowning in our sorrows. A new style bar, that is.

Swink Style Bar, downtown Seattle's new blowout & makeup style bar has women flocking to it. With a menu full of a variety of styles and names like "The Cosmo" and "The Knock Out", this spot is sure to be a hit! The best thing is that each style costs only 30 bucks and takes a half hour!

We also couldn't be more happy that Swink is carrying Pinkerton cards! This one was practically made for them!

When we first got their call, we couldn't believe our ears. This is exactly what Seattle has been waiting for! What a great idea before a special date, a girls night out or just because!

Swink is bound to be Seattle's new happy hour spot!