Colorized History

11 October 2013   //     6 comments   //   color, design, photography, vintage

I just discovered this treasure trove of colorized photos from the past, and I have spent the better part of today looking at the photos there. Many (most?) of them were done by two artists: Mads Madsen, from Denmark, and  British artist Jordan Lloyd.

Here are a few to whet your appetite. But do yourself a favor and check them all out.

Click the images to see them larger.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 68

05 April 2013   //     Comments Off   //   365, design, step away from the screen, vintage

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This is a little gift for my pal Laurie White.


Revival Market

25 July 2011   //     Comments Off   //   announcing, design, leap work, save the world, vintage


Friends. Texans. People who love food. I’m excited to show you something we made. It’s a logo and a website. For an amazing place: Revival Market. Revival is a locally-sourced grocer, butcher shop, coffee shop, and restaurant all wrapped up in one hip store that opened in March, in Houston. We had the great honor (and luck) of getting to design for these folks, and we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. Co-owners Ryan Pera (from Charlotte, y’all!) and Morgan Weber were the best kind of clients: smart, interested, opinionated and creative. No wonder the store is so filled with awesome.

The website just launched and let me tell you — it seriously makes me wish I lived in Houston. Drought be damned.

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I hope you have a chance to take a look at the site. And if you live in Houston and have not been to Revival yet, please. PLEASE. Do yourself a favor and head over there this week. I promise you’ll thank me for it.



vintage carnival gambling boards

23 April 2010   //     1 comment   //   color, design, ephemera, vintage

Just found these Vintage Carnival Gambling Boards over at the always exciting Modern Fifty. What do you think they are?

Regardless, wouldn’t they look fantastic in a kids room?

Buy them here.


vintage records

13 April 2010   //     1 comment   //   ephemera, kids, vintage

Wow wow wow. Just, wow.

Moddern Kiddo has a phenomenal post up today with about a million vintage kids’ record covers. If I weren’t careful, I’d end up posting every one of them here for you to see. But instead go over there and check em all out. I’m always a sucker for the drawn-on-a-napkin, bleedy technique above. And the red title on the pink background? With the fox’s purple hat? Is fantastic.

And the panels in this one. With the crazy color palette. Red, moss green, yellow, flesh and navy? Are you kidding me? I can barely stop staring at it.

La la la la, lightbulb.

(All photos are credited at the original post. Go see.
And thanks Modern Kiddo for being so altogether awesome.)


fun with logos

09 February 2010   //     Comments Off   //   caught my eye, design, signage, vintage

I was browsing the groovy tshirts at Desteenation this morning and I found this one from Fuel Coffee in Seattle:

And check it out — we’ve got our own pride and joy Fuel here in Charlotte: Fuel Pizza.

Vintage design is fun, eh?


mad men on the brain

02 February 2010   //     8 comments   //   conferences, design, vintage, wearable

Peggy in checks

Its February and you know what that means – Mom 2.0 Summit is coming!

2010 Mom 2.0 Summit - FEB 18-20

There are so many things at Mom 2.010 to be excited about that I can’t process it all, so I’ll take it step by step. Right now I’m spending time thinking about the Thursday night welcome party: Martinis, Music and Mad Men. What to wear?

If you know me personally, you’ll know that clothes aren’t really my “thing.” I mean, I care what I wear, but I’d just as soon wear the t-shirt + jeans variation uniform every day if life would allow it (and mostly it does). But a Mad Men party is a Mad Men party. You just don’t skimp on that one, right?

So I went to the Mad Men site to do a little research and 2 hours later I emerged with a sense of direction. It’s the gateway between the 50s and the 60s. This means prints, pencil skirts, cupcake dresses, pillbox hats, matte lipstick, and so on and so on.

Betty in Summer

And to make it easy peasy, I had this brilliant idea: Our awesome neighbor Hong Kong Vintage has, without a doubt, the perfect costume outfit waiting for me. I’ll report back after I go. (And hey – they have an online shop too!)

What are you wearing? Need some suggestions? More tips on how to dress like a Mad Woman here.



11 January 2010   //     2 comments   //   announcing, design, photography, vintage

So I loved seeing the photos of all the cool CES gadgets flying around the internets all week. But this one made my jaw drop. Then I jumped out of my chair. New Polaroid cameras! That will work with Polaroid instant film!

Have you heard of The Impossible Project? If not, go to that link and read. And be sure to click through the pictures and read the captions. It’s an amazing story about how Polaroid Instant Film is being resurrected. The film is supposed to be available in February. I assume the cameras will be ready to go then too? Hope so!

(Thanks Electricpig for the news and the photos.)

Edited: The direct link to The Impossible Project wasn’t working when I first posted. But it appears to be back up now, so go!


mix tape usb hub

06 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   caught my eye, clever, design, vintage

When we moved from Durham to Charlotte a few years ago, we purged our world of hundreds of cassettes that we had either obtained digitally or which we were pretty certain we wouldn’t listen to again. This pretty much left us with a big box of mix tapes that we don’t listen to but would never in a million years get rid of. And as much as I love the convenience and portability of digital music, I do miss tapes and the way they rattle around and slide clattery into a tape deck.

But now, thanks to Urban Outfitters’ keen eye for kitch, you can keep a tape on your desk in the form of a USB hub!

Find it here.


highbrow pulp fiction

05 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   caught my eye, ephemera, vintage

I love unlikely pairings. Like cucumber and chile flavored popsicles.

But from the point of view of a writer/designer, what could be more fun than Pulitzer Prize winning plays disguised as pulp fiction!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Rose Tattoo

I love the Thomas Hart Benton art on Streetcar. Doesn’t it feel exactly like the play?