This is somewhat off topic, but I recently had a nice conversation with Anjula from DesignSessions about the Notes on Design Newsletter, which I’ve recently subscribed to and so far, I’m finding a lot of value in it. It hasn’t much to do with the world of interiors, but I still see a real value in checking it out because it gives a nice overview of what’s going on in the world of design, art, and creativity in general, like illustration, logos, packaging, and branding for instance. With so many of us online these days, and most with our own blogs and websites, I find that learning about the latest is helpful to me as a blogger. So many write in asking me how I created decor8 or my blog template, or who designed my banner, how did I develop my colors and style, etc. With so many of you interested in learning about new, creative ways to not only express, but to properly represent yourself and your business, I suggest subscribing to Notes on Design (it’s free!) and checking out their content online. They cover graphics, principles of design, the overall process of creating, etc. For instance, perhaps you are pulling together a blog and are trying to create a “look”. You could check out one of the leading color experts, Lee Eiseman, and her thoughts on Selecting a Color Palette, for instance (look in the left column for her name for the link).
Aside from their informative Newsletter, there’s an entire DesignSessions Community, with clubs available to all that cover an array of topics from jobs and networking, to a place for design newbies to meet as well as a web design club. Membership is free of charge and open to all who want to join. Check it out!
A special thank you for dear Anjula for introducing me to DesignSessions!
(images from designsessions)
You may recognize the top left image, as it appears on the cover of Selvedge magazine out of the UK. I was so swept away by this photo that I had to purchase the issue to learn more – the bold textiles in striking red and navy, her steadfast gaze, the fur hat (oh wouldn’t you love to have the courage to wear it!) and of course, the darling fish handbag. If you’re curious to learn who designed so much beauty, the artist is London-based Karen Nicol, a embroidery and mixed media textile designer with over 20 years experience designing textiles for fashion and interiors including many high profile clients. The cover features one embroidered ensemble that she designed for Michiko Koshino, however she contributed to many more – working on 3 of his collections in 2002/2003. Of course, there’s more to learn about Ms. Nicol, so please pick up a copy of Selvedge (they are available in America, check your local Borders or Barnes and Noble) and browse her website if you feel like researching her when you have moment. Her works are a lovely and inspirational journey into both the soul and the imagination to say the least. I’m sure you will agree.
(images from karen nicol)
The images above (drool) are from Daily Candy Philadelphia today which featured the design studio of JJ Fox. DC calls Fox “an amazing interior designer who?ll work with any budget. She takes crusty brownstones and transforms them with modern twists, while keeping the history and integrity of the buildings intact. She can lend advice, pick out furniture to complement pieces you already have, or draw up plans for renovations or complete overhauls.”
Don’t you love that turquoise sofa?
(images from jj fox)