One of my favourite artists is Blanca Gomez, a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Madrid. This London image is from his City Prints series which is a set of three images based on three fashionable cities, Paris, New York and London.
I am inspired by his ultra clean and simple style. His work has a wonderful nostalgic feel about it and his images could have come straight out of the picture books from my childhood. I am especially love his use of clever lines combined with blocks of colour and texture.
His illustrations remind me of the the series of books titled This is… by Miroslav Sasek. The first book of the series was This is Paris and was published in 1958.
Lampshades can be so expensive, that’s why it’s nice to buy them second hand, but even nicer to make your own. I spotted this tutorial today on the very friendly named knitting blog called Pickles.
Amongst the items you will need to make this very eye catching lampshade are:
A very large balloon
Yarn or wool
I am currently working on my first ever icon set. I am planning on eventually creating a set which will comprise of 6-8 icons in total.
These two are for email and my computer. The rest of the set may or may not include icons for; bin (empty and full), internet, a folder (empty and full), music library, skype and of course the very essential solitaire.
Dymo produce 2 different types of label maker. One prints labels using thermal printing and the other is an embossing label. I prefer the embossed label because it has a lovely irregular quality about it which suits my work.
I have never been able to write a word with mine with all the letters straight. Also the labels remind me of school where Dymo lables seemed to be on everything from lunch boxes and pencil cases to cupboards and drawers full of school supplies and art equipment.
I have made this set of buttons using a Dymo embossed label maker (using a mixture of red and blue tapes). I have tried to think of the most common words of phrases that people might want to have as part of their navigation for a website.
I think when designers use handmade or scanned objects from the ‘real world’ on their websites, it gives it a nice unique or eclectic feel.
Have you ever noticed that when you stare at a website with a white background for either too long, or at night time that it can really strain your eyes? I really like websites with white backgrounds because, if done well, they can look really clean and stylish, but sometimes they can end up being so bright that it can hurt your eyes to the point that you end up squinting at the screen.
I have been trying to find a nice neutral colour that was close enough to white as possible, but with a warm twinge to it. I normally go to a website called december.com to find inspiration for colours whenever I get stuck for ideas. I highly recommend this site, the colour charts are sorted into categories for ease of use like neutrals, warms, greens, blues and purples. However, I couldn’t find a colour that I thought was ‘just right’.
I am (slowly) decorating my flat at the moment and I really love the colour I am using on the walls which is a really lovely warm white colour from Farrow and Ball called Pointing. I am using this in their Estate Emulsion finish. I thought it would be a nice idea to find a hexadecimal colour that looked just like the Pointing paint colour. I tried to find a colour that matched the paint, but the best colour I found was by using the actual paint.
I think that the nice thing is that now the background colour (#FAFFED) of my website is the same colour as my bathroom and kitchen walls. So when I am standing in my kitchen cooking dinner i.e. heating up custard, I look around me and think…hmmm, I must post on Majolo again soon :)
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I do love a nice cup of tea! I recently bought an old fashioned white and blue enamel tea pot and I’ve been looking for a nice tea cosy to go with it for ages. I finally found a lovely one made by British designer, Sarah Parry.
I didn’t want to get anything too twee but I still wanted it to look traditional. I love the way that Sarah has taken the bold design elements of the Union Jack flag and mixed it with homey striped and floral fabrics in muted reds, greens and blues. The back and lining of the tea cosy are in a coloured and striped cotton fabric and filled with polyester wadding to insulate and keep my brew nice and toasty.
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