Italiano 1999

I did some spring cleaning this weekend and came across a small plastic bag with some very random articles from a trip I took to Italy. It was this month 10 years ago with my good friend Aaron (he is the guy in the photos on the couch). I can’t get myself to throw this stuff away. This is why spring cleaning is always so difficult and such a long process for me. I find this stuff to bring back great memories of that trip and it also acts as a visual inspiration. Enjoy…

Lira, Alitalia spoon, Alitalia ticket, receipt

Lira, Alitalia spoon, Alitalia ticket, receipt

Alitalia Straws, B.I.T. pass, Sant,Onofrio, B.I.R.G. pass, Cupola pass

Alitalia Straws, B.I.T. pass, Sant, Onofrio, B.I.R.G. pass, Cupola pass

Alitalia boarding pass, Prefettura Della Casa Pontificia (pass to see the pope)

Alitalia boarding pass, Prefettura Della Casa Pontificia (pass to see the pope)

5000 Lira

5000 Lira

refettura Della Casa Pontificia (pass to see the pope on St. Patrick's Day

refettura Della Casa Pontificia (pass to see the pope on St. Patrick's Day)

Copy of my passport

Copy of my passport

Boarding pass or bar receipt?

I’m all for being “green” but on a recent flight I realized how cheap it felt to get a boarding pass that was no different than the receipt I got from the airport bar. I liked the official-ness of the old tickets with the heavy stock and the real perforation that the attendant would rip before you boarded. I also loved the jacket the ticket would sit in. Now they just highlight the ticket when you board like when your leaving The Home Depot and the security guard marks your receipt to see if you stole anything. Gone is this like so many other good things I loved about flying. I think the future will hold a totally new and better experience at airports from check in through security, at least I hope so. I just hope they consider the design experience more.

Boarding pass or bar receipt?

Color inspiration

Last weekend I was going through my mothers basement and I found my Color-Aid book from College and an old Bustanoby’s color manual. These things have been in hiding for too long. I love everything about both of these items; the way they smell, feel, look. With all the complications going on in the world the thing I love most about these are how simple they are. They are so simple and innocent, yet what you can do with color theory and these color swatches are endless. Now I’m stressed out again. O well, enjoy.

J.Crew’s old look?

I brought in the mail today and received the March 09 J.Crew catalog. The cover caught my attention because it seemed so different from their usual catalog covers. J.Crew’s new look?  It’s mostly black with large Bodoni type that reads “AMERICA…” and a small inset photo of 2 people in an antique MG with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I first thought Tommy Hilfiger, but then thought Vogue. It’s really  a combo of both. Is this all because Michelle Obama wears J.Crew? I thought the reason Michelle wore J.Crew was because they were J.Crew. Now I feel like their trying to be someone else. I’m all about companies keeping their look fresh and evolving. I feel like J.Crew is going down the conservative and same road when I thought we were asking for fresh and change?

J.Crew Catalogue March 09

J.Crew Catalogue March 09

Michelle VOGUE and J.Crew

Michelle, VOGUE and J.Crew

font vs. font

This week I had a conversation with a client about the readability of a font verses another font and which was better? It was Filosofia vs. Minion Pro. The thing is both of theses fonts are fine and it’s not about the font… well it is about the font but it’s a lot more. It’s about composition, texture, density, value, color, proportion, leading, kerning, line length,  line breaks, rags, “design”. It’s also about the AMOUNT of text just because you want to say everything doesn’t mean you should. If you make the page difficult to read no one will read it! How do you explain this all to a person over the phone who has no design background, they just want to make the font bigger? I try over and over to explain to clients the importance of typography. It’s like a car. I don’t expect people to exactly understand how it works but a Mercedes rides better than a Kia and if you had the choice you would drive the Mercedes. I hope my design speaks for itself and communicates clearly, and it usually does until the client says “make the font bigger” or “we need to add more copy”. I’m not sure the answer to this? I guess I need to keep producing and let the work speak for itself… I’d love more insight.