photography

Unsplash

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I recently stumbled upon this awesome site, offering 10 new, free, high-res photos every ten days. I love it when a great resource just falls right into your lap. These work spectacularly as blurred backgrounds, a break from work to do some daydreaming, or simply as good ol’ solid inspiration. Today, I was of course drawn to the ones reminding me that warmer days are right ahead.

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That last one was for good measure—because if you don’t love an adorable puppy there is clearly something wrong with you.

Not only are the photos themselves great, but you can certainly get lost in clicking the links to each photographer, delving into a ton of new creative outlets. Enjoy!

Cheers,
J.

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Wanderlust: A Van in the Sea

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I’m having a bit of Wednesday Wanderlust today as I check out “A Van in the Sea,” a project by Alessandro Puccinelli. This guy is way cool for so many reasons. Not only did he buy a 1970s motorhome—the thought of restoring this baby to its original glory fascinates me beyond belief—and drove it along the coasts of Portugal; but he also pursued his passion of photography in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous and exploratory way.

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Every photo, while similar, has subtle nuances that make it a brand new masterpiece of its own. When asked why he took the venture, Puccinelli states simply, “I did that just to be able to take care of my personal photography project and also…because I just wanted to do what I like.” How lovely of an idea is that? Most of us have hobbies, but how many of us can say we took such a grand leap to satisfy a hunger for pure bliss?

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Are you inspired? Good. Now go out and do something today…just because you like it.

Cheers!
J.

The Hivernant

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If you took a peek in my closet, the assumption would be quickly made that I am, what many would consider to be, a “girly-girl.” But as I’ve started to collect inspiration throughout my design career, it’s become fairly prominent that I’m drawn to things that are actually quite manly in nature.

I suppose the argument could be made that men are more simple creatures than women—attracted to a “no frills” lifestyle. So designing for a predominantly male audience must obviously speak to this straightforwardness. The allure behind many of these manly muses that I’ve tucked away for future reference is most notably their unmatched simplicity.

That being said, today I’ve pulled from the files an Etsy shop that “MAN-ifests” (see what I did there?!) this burly nature. The Hivernant creates hand-restored camp hatchets that not only show their beauty through hand-painted handles, but also through the stories their rich histories tell.

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As designers, we appreciate all aspects of the things we create every day. Not only does The Hivernant make these great pieces of art, but the way his work is displayed is awesome design in and of itself! I love the layout, based with a topographical backdrop that sets the theme for the product right away. The surrounding objects are oozing with ruggedness and keep—for the most part—within neutral tones as to create an even greater emphasis on the bright blue head of the hatchet. Then, that bright blue ties right back on in with the bodies of water on the map. Now that, my friends, is what I like to call a complete circle of well-planned, well-executed design.

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Shop owner, Zak Fellman is a Minnesota native that is clearly adept to bringing a love of the wilderness into his work (my eye was, of course, drawn to that Field Notes book). The wonder and intrigue of forging into the great frontier comes through loud and clear in every piece. Be sure to check out his shop for more fantastic work and tons of inspiring manliness!

Cheers,
J.