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Full disclosure, I spent a good couple of years in Denver, and I do call it my second home since my fiance is from there. One weekend in Denver and I became a Tebow believer... well, maybe not totally but enough to love this phrase to put it on a snazzy shirt. JUST in time for the holidays! It also makes a great gift for those Tebow haters. You can get yours here: http://motherlanddesign.spreadshirt.com/
After 3 days of hustling the mean streets of Portland we have more than 68 Motherland shirts out in the world. Thank you all who bought one! The good news is we still have a couple more laying around that need a home. You can order online HERE and get your very own. More products coming out soon!
It's Timber Joey's birthday on the 25th of June so over at Motherland we built him his very own iPhone wallpaper. Happy birthday buddy. And you can have Timber Joey all for yourself too! download that big burly mug right HERE. If you want more of Joey, just leave a comment and Motherland will make him for your desktop as well!
Since not everyone has an iPhone, I thought it would be nice to make some desktop wallpaper for all your size needs. iPad wallpaper in there as well. Enjoy. Click on the size below to start your download. Watch for more coming out very soon!
Growing up in the Pacific North West and spending the last couple of years in Colorado, nature walks are not uncommon. Now living in NYC, It's just not the same. So now, I have come up with typography nature walks. This is where I walk around this city with my iPhone in hand, capturing type in it's native state... in the streets. This was from my Sunday, February 20th walk around the East Village / Lower East side.
Sometimes you find type, and sometimes type finds you. Probably have walked past this door a couple of times and didn't notice the beautiful PULL type till now. Shame on me.
Full disclosure, I use to work for Nike golf. So in my mind, they can do no wrong. This design from Edwin Tofslie once again is amazing. All of his work is, but I always love to see what he does for Nike golf. Now... if they can just get Tiger back to winning...
I had seen the commercials for a while now... It was something that could be well done, but I wasn't jumping out of my seat to check it out. I did stumble across the site one day and was pleasantly surprised. From what I could find, the Martin Agency is responsible for this. I love how it's idiot proof. Nothing to click or find, it just starts for you. Good looking design for the target. The only thing that really grinds my gears is waiting for more episodes that are "coming soon". With that, you kind of lost me. I am a 1 hit wonder and if you have me coming back... it's not going to happen. still, check it out for yourself... pretty funny to see Shaun White clueless.
* Warning, this is all a joke. This is to show you should do your OWN work. If your style is just to copy everyone else's style... well, then you have no style of your own. It also shows, no matter how well you can copy, it never looks better than the original. Sorry Matt, had to.
After seeing Kyle Tezak start his 4 icon challenge project, I have been wanting to do my own. Why should he get all the fun? I could of done a movie, but I wanted to make this personal. Dustin Tomes CP+B art director all-star was up for the challenge, so we decided to throw down. Of course, I had to draw the line in the sand first... and here it is. What you got Dustin?
Dana Tanamachi is a country music loving designer residing in Brooklyn. When she is not working at Louise Fili, she is defacing perfectly good chalk boards all across New York. I am proud of myself when I can get a good bubble letter "Hi" written in chalk. This just takes it to a whole new level.
I am guilty of this... even after going to "art school" I still don't know my history as much as I should. So this is my history lesson to myself. Stefan Kanchev (1915-2001) was one amazing logo designer. Since most of his work was done behind the iron curtain, His name might not be as familiar to you. His work is truly amazing and inspiring. Over at logoblink they put together a 160 pg PDF of his work. What is really impressive are his sketches... they are so well crafted it makes me feel ashamed of mine. Take a look for yourself over here. Or you can just download the PDF.
You know you are a type nerd when... You go to the movies and you point out to your girlfriend what font they are using and how they should of kerned it better. Luckily for me, I have an amazing girlfriend that will see this before me. It usually goes down like this.
Me: Oh god, did you see that...
Amy: Yeah, you could of drove a truck between the A and V.
All of which lead me to this link of all things Movie titles. When i say all things, I mean all things. from the 1920 to 2019! This website is from the future, no wonder it's so good.
The "the" project is just genius. It's one of those words designers have locked on to. There is no greater way to start or break up some heavy copy with totally unique "the". Now, someone was smart enough to put them all in one spot. Thanks Doug for giving this secret away.
Old news in the dribbble world, but if you haven't seen this idea yet go to his site now! Kyle Tezak has challenged himself to try and capture the essence of an object or idea with only a few lines while maintaing its elegance. Great idea and a great test in keeping it simple. I showed this to Mr. Tomes and we are going to battle each other with this idea. We are going to make 4 icons that represent the other. I will keep you up to date as this battle progresses. Thanks for the great idea Kyle and can't wait to see these progress.
Whenever I am asked to make a website with more drop shadows, rounded corners and reflections. I will just point them to this beauty for IWC above from Odopod. Easy to use, looks elegant with out trying too hard, and tons of information. It's just simply well done all around.
Michael Weinstein is rebranding the NBA, one team at a time. According to Mike, when he is not designing he is hooping it up. So why not combine his two passions into one? Since it's hard to design while playing basketball, Mike too the safe route and has started to rebrand the teams instead. smart. It's also inspiring, since seeing this I have started thinking up one for myself. Great stuff Mike!
Nothing like a quick trip to MoMA to make you feel like a spec of lint. To be surrounded by the wealth of artwork in 1 location is almost mind boggling. I will not try to talk Art history with you because I barely passed that class. I will say, watching people watch art is almost as entertaining. A little juvenile yes, but here is a little of what I caught through my Hipstamatic lens.
Just wanted to close this project out by saying thanks. Thank you to all who designed, tweeted, blogged, or just spread the good word about this project. Sorry for all the missed links, wrong names and (er) wrong genders I might of labeled you along the way. Besides learning that I still can't spell Resolution (thanks dyslexia), I learned how lucky I am to find myself as a designer. Tip of the hat goes out to the people I thought were beyond this little blog, yet exceeded my expectations. I'm humbled to be apart of such an amazing community. And of course a huge thanks to Amy Kirby, the most amazing spell check & support staff I could have.
I am excited to see what is up next for Motherland and myself. I will continue to post new projects, events, amazing design, and yes... even the occasional advertising spot. This is not the end of the to resolve project, but just a beginning of something great. Thank you all.
Leave it up to Aaron RONLEWHORN Scamihorn to show us all how illustration should be done. Damn you. OK, so Aaron has been diggin' the motto "stay thirsty" for a while now. As he says, "it's the endless pursuit of awesome that makes him tick." Beyond design, this can work for your daily life as well. Aaron elaborates for ya "Go for it. Don't let yourself be satisfied or comfortable. Enjoy it as it comes along, but the next big thing is just around the corner." If this doesn't get you ready to tackle 2011 and make it yours, something is wrong with you. Stay thirsty this year. I raise my glass to your good sir.
If you live in a city, you could be very guilty of this like myself. Hailing a cab often is they easiest way to quickly get around the urban landscape. Mig want to challenge himself to save money and actually explore the city without cabbing it. Then he won't miss the small mom & pop shop jems that can only be found on foot. Designers thrive off their environment for inspiration. Like Mig, I would also like to hoof it more this year and who knows what will be discovered out there. Thanks Mig for the 3 in 1 resolutions!
Greg has a great take on a resolution... keep on doing what is working for you. Greg had a pretty good 2010, so why would he want to go and mess with a good thing. Greg found himself compulsively rolling up the sleeves on his many button-down shirts as of late. Greg likes the way it implies getting after it and working hard. So for this new year, his resolution is for the sleeves to stay rolled up. He thinks it will be an easy one. Looks like it will be easy after he hammered down and got this so quickly to me. Thanks and keep em up Greg!
This one may need to apply to me today. Douglas being the good man that he is, sent this in a while back. It slipped my mind and in my inbox... till now. May need to sharpen that mind a little bit more in 2011. Too bad I can't replace my brain like I do my blades. Thanks for the patience and submission Douglas.
This file took a road trip much like Juan's upcoming resolution. Somewhere in cyber space this file decided to hang a left and it's taken me a while to find it again. Thankfully for us, it finally made it's way to the project and we couldn't be happier. Sorry for the delay Juan!
Nicolas is so new to this game, I can't even link this beauty to anything. So for now, we can only enjoy this resolution from our young Belgium designer. There seems to be a lot of work / life balance going on for 2011. From the USofA to across the pond and beyond. I hope you stay balanced this year Nicolas, thanks for the submission!
This resolutions is pretty straight forward from Ann. People put a lot of restrictions on themselves. That is what a lot of resolutions are about, less of this, less of that. Ann reminds us that there is scientific proof that chocolate is good for you and the soul. Why not make your life a little better. Thanks for the submission Ann.
Rob is apart of new young design studio in Buffalo New York called Queen City Studio. Rob's resolution is a pretty simple one. Meet more people. When you're the new kid in school, it's always good to get out there and let your name be known. After looking at their site and blog, I don't think you will have a problem. You will be voted most likely to succeed in no time. Thanks for the submission Rob and the whole Queen city Studio.
Liz brings us a simple yet great idea to drink more water. How could this clean design not make you want to drown yourself in H2O? Drinking water has a bunch of health benefits, but if you are like myself you're guilty for forgetting to hydrate on the good stuff. Liz is from beautiful Colorado, where the altitude can get the best of you if you don't drink up. So if you're parched daily, use this as a reminder to drink more....H2O that is. Thanks Liz!
Daniel take a great interpretive take with this resolution. Many things seemed impossible throughout history but people kept on trying. Just now look at how far we have come. (besides flying cars). So this year, Daniel will try to do what he thinks is impossible. Thanks for inspiration!
Aaron decide to poke a little fun at himself with his resolution. As designers, we do fall in love with certain fonts. Maybe now with this gentle reminder, you can branch out a little this year. Of course you will always have your old favorite in your back pocket when you are in a pinch. Who knows, you just might find a new favorite. Thanks for the reminder Aaron!
I am honored to have have Mr. Chris Glass contribute to this project. He has worked for Mr. Obama, enough said. Chris took his time and thought long and hard about this project. The result is great, devise schemes to create more spare time. It's been a mantra of his for a few years now. You may like to procrastinate Chris, but you're timing is great on this one. Tip of that hat to you as well.
I am never one to talk for someone else's work, so I will let Jeremy take it from here.
Ketan has a simple resolution, they usual are the best. You can remember them, and you can usually accomplish them as well. For Ketan, it's to get off the couch a little more often and go outside. You can spend all day looking at your screen without even looking outside, let alone going out into the elements. Good reminder Ketan.