I wanted to send a quick wish saying Happy Thanksgiving. I’m going to be away from the blog for the rest of the week, but no worries, there’s still a Mixcast waiting for you come tomorrow. Be sure to tell your family and friends that you love them no matter what you celebrate!
Manischewitz, it’s already Wednesday. This week is flying by and it’s only going to get better with the addition of this new desktop wallpaper. This week’s Desktop Wallpaper Project contributor is a guy named Jez Burrows. You might remember Jez as one of the co-creators of the book We Are The Friction that I posted about a couple months back. He’s also a fantastic designer and just recently updated his online portfolio, so be sure to check it out.
For this week’s wallpaper he’s put together a simple and beautiful piece consisting of a small town with a red string making it’s way all around it. It’s a really elegant design that should only boost your creativity throughout the day. Also, If you’re an iPhone owner I’d suggest downloading the corresponding version, it’s pretty rad.
I’m loving these intricate little collages pieced together by the talented Ciara Phelan. Ciara is a freelance designer working in London who “particularly likes cutting things out of paper.” I think that she should definitely stick to paper as she makes some really cool collages like the ones above which she created for a series of record sleeves. Lots of fun randomness that somehow comes together and makes sense.
I’m always in awe of people who can create interesting repeating patterns. Like when I look at the work of Micah Lidberg, I think about how easy he makes it all look, and that if I sat down with a bunch of paints I could totally do that…. yeah, right. Micah’s work is extremely layered and detailed and definitely not limited to patterns, though I think there’s the same sort of rhythm to everything he does. Be sure to visit his site and check out the huge images and soak in all the details.
Last July I got an email from a guy named Jason letting me know that he started a small leather goods line and asked me to check it out. Cut to last week as I’m opening up the newest issue of GQ, looking through their holiday gift guide. Checking out their pick for the best wallet you could buy is a wallet by Makr, the company which is owned by that same guy named Jason and the very same wallet I carry in my back pocket every day.
Shortly after he sent me that email he sent me the wallet, so I’ve been carrying it around for about a year and a half now, and it’s still in amazing shape. Honestly, I keep waiting for the threads to break or something, but they’re still holding fast like the day I received it. The style is called the Angle Wallet, and it’s designed perfectly because it makes you edit all the crap out of your wallet, like too many store coupon cards and random business cards.
As GQ describes it, and as I can testify, “Like a pair of leather long-wings, this wallet breaks in and gets better every day.” Congrats Jason!