Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Monday, February 8, 2010
Girard used traditional folk art to infuse color, whimsy, and humor into vibrant modern design. He was able to capture the essence of Latin America while still creating designs that were fresh and contemporary, finding the perfect balance of high and low art forms. Girard managed to inject an uninhibited use of color and a clever playfulness into the industry. He turned to countries like Mexico and India where a handicraft, or folk art, tradition still thrived, their processes, motifs and colors not yet threatened by an industrial culture. These pieces inspired Girard to develop a new method of coloring and patterning that proved to be a vibrant counterpoint to American modernist furniture.
To get started let's check out this quick retrospective from House Industries http://girard.houseind.com/
Nativity poster by Alexander Girard. The poster is for an Exhibition at the Gallery of Art in Kansas City in 1962.
Girard pillows - an affordable way to get a legendary designer's accents into your home.
Designer dolls - Girard remarked that "toys represent a microcosm of man’s world and dreams; they exhibit fantasy, imagination, humour and love."
Many Girard designs were well suited for natural textures.
Check out this Girard inspired nativity scene - can they make one lawn size?
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sketch - Hand-Drawing
Creating your own design elements is a great way to add a personal touch to any site. Don't worry if your drawing skills are rusty, this isn't going in a museum.
The Huge Header
Takes up a lot of room and can be risky as you’re taking up valuable space, but done right it looks great and makes an impact.
Like old Wild West "Wanted Posters", these bold typefaces can really get attention.
What's old is new with these sites!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Why not serve up a little sophistication at your next holiday gathering? Check out these chic party favors - better than a double shot of egg nog!
Time to re-think that boring gift wrap - try a simple retro print like below and top it off with some holly and pine cones.
We're so cool we don't need color! Check out these urbane mantel pieces, your grandma may not even see them.
Don't forget the kids. With this gear, your wee-ones will think they're in Whoville!
Last but not least, is this fuzzy wreath. I can't decide if this is genius or tacky. I'm leaning towards genius, but I'd love to hear from our readers.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- Our fabulous and devoted followers of "Cut to the Paste"
- Our amazing coworkers at JB Chicago who put up with us each and every day : )
- Our families and friends who support us each step of the way
- Awesome designers who inspire us to do great things
- Other design blogs that keep us entertained and distracted from the work we should be doing
- The best company in the world, Apple, who willingly make our wallets thinner each year with every new product they put on the market
- iTunes, who supply us with killer music all day long (half the reason why we are so damn talented)
- Our place we call home, Chicago, the greatest city in the world
- The clients that approve our stellar designs without revisions : )
- The empty seat on the train/bus for that long commute home
- Delicious food, that makes our mouths water and our bellies full
- And much much more...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Through the creation of applications for Facebook, Twitter and the Web, we reached thousands and informed them of the benefits of Tetrapak cartons - "milk boxes" that are good for you and better for the environment. Moms loved the idea of passing out a healthy alternative this Halloween. And with each click within the apps, participants were donating to World Wildlife Foundation, making this a win-win across the board.
We have to give special thanks to all the bloggers who supported us during this campaign. With their help, we were are able to spread our message to a much wider audience. Please show some love and visit the following: