When you think of people who are “Instagram famous” you’re probably imagining a photographer. Well Daniel Patrick Simmons is “Instagram famous” but not because of his photos, it’s for his remarkable lettering. What’s even more remarkable is his personal story, the 5 minute version being that he left a good job at Apple to follow his passion for lettering and it’s paying off.
He was nice enough to create an awesome wallpaper for today featuring one of his favorite Pablo Picasso quotes, which says “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Too true. I love that he chose to shoot his entire process on a desktop, showing the time and work he put into his piece. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram where he posts lots of behind-the-scenes photos of his work in process.
I can’t say that I buy into the fad of drinking coconut water but I can buy into well-done packaging design. Marx Design, a branding agency based in Auckland, New Zealand, has created a vibrant and fresh look for The Coconut Collective, which draws it’s inspiration from the “saturated tropical hues of Sri Lanka’s markets, textiles and architecture.”
I’d say the whole effort is quite charming. I’m obsessed with the color palette of each, properly representing each flavor, and the subtle details really sell it for me. I like how the C’s in Coconut Collective swoop down at the top, the way the flavors look cut-out with the background color popping through, and the red “stamps” at top and bottom which really pop off the packaging.
Designer and intelligent idiot (his words) Frank Chimero updated his personal site, creating a homey location for his digital self to live. He found inspiration in the work of the Eames, wanting something that felt modern but lived in, that you could see the fingerprints of the maker on the site itself.
I wanted something homey. Better yet: homely. Americans think of homely as something that’s unhandsome, maybe even ugly. But the Brits observe the root “home,” since they invented the damn language. Homely, for them, is like a house: familiar, comforting, easy. There’s a rightness to it. For me, the Eames house is homely, because they filled it to the gills with the things they loved. How great would it be to have that online, where you would not run out of shelves? It’s an old dream, and one that’s still alive, but we’ve outsourced it. I think that shelf belongs at home.
It’s certainly interesting on a conceptual level, and I think he does achieve his goal, but I think it could have been cool to see more charming details scattered throughout. Perhaps more charming fonts? Wing dings used for dividers? Subtle textures here and there, like dusty corners of an attic? If Frank has truly built himself a home on the web, I hope he keeps adding on to it and building it into something even more charming and lovely.
I discovered the work of Karolis Strautniekas recently while reading an issue of Creative Review. His editorial illustrations are fantastic and I love the texture and colors that he uses. The images here are taken from a piece he worked on for the french magazine Usbek & Rica. I particularly love the image above which was used for a piece about education and technology in Estonia. I love the perspective he uses and – if you visit his Behance page – you can get a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the stages during the image’s construction. I don’t know about you, but I love when illustrators share that type of thing!
Earlier this morning Apple announced CarPlay, it’s plan to integrate iOS like functionality into cars. The system is actually an extension of the iPhone itself, allowing you to easier use some of the features the phone has to offer. Out of the gate you’re able to, with the help of Siri, make phone calls, answer texts, put on music, or get directions. Kind of the standard things you do while driving.