50 ways to be creative

I found this list on BauBauHaus and although I think it should be called: What To Do When Stuck,  I agree with a lot of the tips; they work for me; for instance "finish something".
It's an interesting topic, even if this was maybe meant tongue in cheek. Maybe more later. Please post your own favourite method for clearing Creative Bottlenecks.


Internet Movie Cars Database

I came across an interesting sibling of the IMDB, the IMCDB, or the Internet Movie-Cars DataBase. It's this huge awesome archive of cars as they appear in movie's. Every make, model, is represented and presented in the same bureaucratic but clear order that defines the IMDB itself. This archive is not only paradise for car-lovers, but also for movie stills-lovers, sociologists, anthropologists and historians (or designers like myself) or a combination of all. Here are some samples (Yes, I like 50's and 60's movies and cars). Dive into this site and get lost forever.


The works of Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a Brooklyn based illustrator and graphic artist. She makes brilliant work. She really controls her tools and is very experimental with styles, materials, colors and textures. I love it.
She also has a blog in which she shows her sketches.

penguin series

This is a fantastic Book series from Penguin; GREAT LOVES. Beautiful serene illustrations and extremely sober typography. This are some small samples. I came  across the whole series in the bookstore (uncoated paper covers, just the right weight). A lot of the covers are illustrated by Victoria Sawdon (site is inactive) whose work I realy like. The series has a flower/plant theme and all illustrations are botanical metaphors for the stories inside. The authors, subjects and styles are diverse and eclectic; kierkegaard, Turgenevd, Sagan, Updike, Boccaccio, Nin. I found this link on the NY Times books blog where David Pearson (who made one of the most beautiful covers) explains part of the design process. Pearson (link to his site) is a designer over at Penguin Press and one of the most talented book designers and illustrators workin today. The whole illustration is done with rubber stamps (which seems to me to be a complicated way to add texture and tactility, although I appreciate the crafty gesture and it makes for great original artwork). <br>There's an interview with Pearson here, in which he talks about his influences and about the other elaborate and fantastic series he did for Penguin: Great Ideas, which has a much more typographical appraoch. His work is stunning. <br />Penguin has alway had a stable of the best designers and illustrators, and they keep up this tradition. I love their bold, clean and imaginitive approach.
Besides Great Loves and Great Ideas there's also a Great Journeys series. Again an illustrative series with very limited and distinct color pallettes which tie the whole series together.
There is one thumbs down for penguin; I found out, looking for this series over at Penguin's that they don't credit their cover designers in the info sections that go with the books. So I hope it's is okay for me to do this for them and praise them with this post.

Penguin Great Loves: Giovanni's Room

Doomed Love

Something Childish But Very Natural

The Kreutzer Sonata


eye movement of women when looking at a man

Public Collectors published this scan from an old book on psychology -  Psychology - The Fundamentals of Human Adjustment, by Norman L. Munn, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1946. More psychological illustrations from this book here.

The Bridge through the Living Room

From the site of Girder & Panels -  a vintage toymaker that seems to be back in business. I love this photo!


chrysler advertisement goodie


some more fine examples of old branding

beautiful Lux soap packaging

I want to spend post on some beautiful examples of packaging. I am really into food packaging at the moment . I found this great Lux soap wrap in an article and found the pictures on ebay where someone offers a 1940 bar of soap for 4,99 dollars !

I also love the back of the packaging. Such tempting copywriting.