Back in January I noticed a really sweet jacket in the back of the J.Crew catalog, the Baracuta jacket you see above. As it turns out, my nose was pointed in the right direction, as the folks over at Valet did a write up about the jackets enduring cool factor. Aaron Levine, design director over at Hickey sums it up best:
“The amazing thing about the Harrington is its resilience to trends, which is what I love about proper clothing… it can be worn with whateverâ€”jeans and a T-shirt or madras trousers with an oxford and a tie.”
I’ll take 3, thanks.
I’ve been loving these crazy, borderline OCD pencil drawings by Emma McNally. I don’t really know how to describe them other than having lots of lines and dots all over the place, but in an artistic way. It’s kind of like trying to find meaning in gray static on TV, but you know, the beautiful kind. You can see more of her work on her flickr account, here.
Last night I decided to give the site some minor tweaks, just to freshen things up. I wanted to keep things similar to what I already had, but still make things feel new. I decided to take some inspiration from the two magazine covers above, both are from last month. After I finished some things last night I kept thinking, ‘Oh, it’s Watchmen flavored”, but that’s not where the inspiration came from.
The title is set in Helvetica Ultra Condensed Bold, which gives it sort of a Metropolis magazine or Metal Gear Solid feel. The background was inspired by my Postalco notebook and it’s perfect little grid paper. The second image is from the book Japan Style, which inspired the background of the header as well as trying to clean up the design overall as well.
The last piece was installing Firebug, which allowed me to find and tweaked the code. I’ve known about Firebug for about six months now, but hadn’t used it until now. It seriously was my saving grace last night.
I hope everyone enjoys the subtle shift. I’ll be adding and tweaking to the design over the next week. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!
This morning Apple released a redesigned version of their brightly colored, bite sized iPod Shuffles, though this time around they’ve gone even more minimal. First off they’ve ripped out the controller on the face of the player, placing them onto the earbud cords, similar to the iPhone controller. One of the biggest new advancements is called Voice Over, which tells you the artist and track name of the song or podcasts you’re listening to.
I think these look great, and yet again Apple has made some great even greater. I just hope they bring back all those fun colors, something I’m sure people really love.