Design | Signage @ Reading Terminal Market: 6.7.11

A few weekends ago my sisters and I met in Philadelphia to enjoy some quality sister time. Our hotel was located just around the block from a little slice of local market heaven that is the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Full of a colorful assortment of...

Design | Italian Doors & Door Ornaments: 5.25.11

I normally don’t think much about doors. More often on my mind is whether or not I can find my keys. But when I was in Italy last month I have to confess. I kind of obsessed on their doors…and door ornaments. There were heavy duty wooden doors with iron...

Design | Japanese Packaging #2: 3.24.11

In a previous post I’d mentioned the book How to Wrap 5 More Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging by Hideyuki Oka. And I’d promised to post more images of Japanese packaging in an upcoming post. So here I’ve picked out several of my favorite images...

Design | Japanese Packaging: 2.15.11

A very quick look at traditional Japanese packaging design. I was inspired after seeing a copy of Hideyuki Oka’s book How to Wrap 5 More Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging. Some of the items I saw in Oka’s book brought back memories of things my Japanese...

Design | Russian Movie Posters: 2.2.11

I couldn’t believe my good fortune when during a research session at the Mid-Manhattan Library’s Picture Collection I ran across these lovely examples of Russian movie posters from the 1920s. I was so drawn to the bold colors, images and typography that I...