Wednesday, March 31, 2010

shop update: Elephant art print

We've added another art print to our online shop...the letter E in our Alphabet Series!

Now we have the letters S, G and E!!

3 letters down, 23 more to go!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

how to design a logo story

Here's a cute story about the process of designing a new logo for Purl Soho. I happen to stumble upon thier blog, the purl bee, today and I'm so happy I did!

The evolution of their two stores joining into one large store this April is what lead to the re-designing of thier logo and it sounds like they had a lot of fun designing, with the help of Brooke from inchmark (another great blog!) and Natasha Tibbets, a digital art designer for the New York Times.

The evolution of the digital design to the hand tracing and how every slight change make all the difference is so interesting and beautiful!

( on purl bee via inchmark)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pinkerton recommends: Cicchetti

Looking for a new restaurant to try this weekend? Cicchetti (pronounced "chi-KET-tee"), which means small nip of wine or plate of food is a new Mediterranean restaurant in the Eastlake neighborhood. It's located right around the corner from it's sister restaurant and long-time local favorite, Serafina!

 - Octopus with salsa verde and chickpeas
 - Tunisian spicy carrot salad with harissa
 - "Oven-floor" cheese and fresh bread
 - Portuguese baked clams with spicy sausage

 - Caravan Spirit - a mix of fine Moldavian brandy, Oloroso sherry, lime and orange juices, with a dash of house made cardamom and mace tincture. (please note: not knowing what half of the ingredients are adds to it's allure, i think!)
- great wine menu!

Best for:
 - girls night out
 - casual date night
 - private parties (they have a "library room" located upstairs or a lovely patio outside!)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


When you send as many packages & letters as we do, it's nice to stick a little something special on there. I'm loving these new commemorative stamps honoring the Cowboys of the Silver Screen, designed by Carl T. Herrman (who also designed the Redwood Forest and Old Faithful express stamps).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

sorting things out

While eating lunch today and making the rounds thru my favorite blogs, I came across this very informative post on Black Eiffel about how to be more eco-conscious, including a list of books and films to read and watch to educate yourself. Personally, I've got the "conscious" part done - and how could we not when every where we turn there's reminders to recycle, eat local and ride your bike, not your suv. But beyond all that, the way to follow thru with what we already know is really about convenience and putting together a system that works for you and making it a habit

In order to create a more convenient system here at the studio, we installed this simplehuman recycling & trash bin system under our sink a few weeks ago and let me just say, it's a dream! It's so easy to sort thru our trash, recycling and compost when it's all organized and easy to pull out and see! Simplehuman has many other designs to make organizing our trash more efficient and easy.....I'm ordering one for home too!