Field Notes memo book

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You ever have one of those moments when your postal carrier hands you a package and you can see a tear fall from his eye? He might be crying because of the joy he receives from delivering little packages but most likely its because he opened your package around the corner and is emotionally struggling to give it to you. Well I haven’t had this experience yet, but the delivery of my Field Notes memo books might of been a good place to start.

Thanks to the man behind Draplin design for sending me a fresh package of goodies, including a pack of Field Notes. Field notes memo books are the product of Draplin Design and Coudal Partners latest collaboration and were inspired by “agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list”. Each book contains 48 pages pages of lovely gridded paper and a list of practical applications including “escape routes” and “shoddy sketches”.

My previous economy class memo book is a pitiful sight (seen above) so, I was excited to upgrade to the stylish business class Field Notes. I’ve started to fill the book with random notes and silly thoughts. What I like most about Field Notes is the fact that it easily fits into my back pocket. Its pretty durable as well, so if you sit on it, it’s not going to fall apart.

If your still looking for stocking stuffers for Christmas, this makes for a great gift.

Now available at Field Notes Brand

Fred McNabb and the house of the future

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Illustration by Fred Mcnabb c1956

Well here it is, the “house of the future”. Mom’s making oven fresh algae, grand pa is chilling in the living room in his chocolate love suit and grand ma is cleaning up the kitchen in her finest elf garb. For the house of the future it looks a lot like the house of 1956. I realize not every house in 1956 had steel beams and case study furniture or a garbage disposal unit that spits out freshly pressed Victorian lacies. I guess I was expecting something a little more “futuristic”, like some sort of flying magical orb.

(great illustration via Plan59)

Swiss Modern ski resort brochure

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Grisons is the largest canton (state) in Switzerland. It is home to some of the best ski resorts in the Swiss Alps. The promotional brochure seen above serves as a guide to the ski resorts in the area.

No date listed, but most likely from the early 1950s. Printed by Orell Fussli in Zurich. We posted a map of Zurich produced by Orell Fussli a month ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a look.

Modern Christmas cards

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Check out these super cool modern Christmas cards that Jo at design to inspire made. The deer and the type for the word “Christmas” came straight from our Holiday clip art gallery.

Raymond Savignac poster giveaway winner!

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Congratulations to Jessica Taylor of the UK! We pulled her name out of a bright orange Ikea trash can just a few minutes ago. She is now the proud owner of the Raymond Savignac poster seen above!

Thanks to everyone for signing up for this giveaway. We received a ton of emails.

Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Neither fish nor fowl : Jim Datz

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I think I’ve found my new favorite illustrator and his name is James Datz. His portfolio of design work found at Neither Fish Nor Fowl is really impressive. Fun and playful material executed really well.

(Via the excellent – Here are things I like)

Update : Raymond Savignac poster giveaway

You have till 11:30 am (Pacific standard time) today to sign up for our Raymond Savignac poster giveaway.

The winner will be announced at 1pm (PST) so stay tuned!

Erik Nitsche Subway poster

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Hey everyone, I’ve been out all night gathering photos for an upcoming post. Ok, so maybe the whole night wasn’t dedicated to photos. There might of been some sushi and sake involved along the way. I’m pretty tired but I wanted to get this little design gem up before I went to bed.

If you like this be sure to check:
Erik Nitsche : General Dynamics 1958 annual report
Erik Nitsche : Design and paper #34

Bauer Alphabets : Fortuna Type Specimen

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Fortuna or the typeface formerly known as Fortune also known as Volta first arrived on the scene in 1955. No wonder why the layout of the type specimen booklet seen above is yodeling with schizophrenia. This type face is having an identity crisis! Even if the name is confusing, the design is still beautiful.

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Tavis Coburn posters

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Seems like everyone has been talking about Tavis Coburn lately and why not? His work is great. A beautiful marriage of vintage illustrative styles and images with contemporary techniques. This makes perfect sense in light of a recent interview with Josh Spear where he admitted to being “obsessed with anything from the 1940s – 1960s”. I was excited to find out that limited edition prints are available at Tavis Coburn’s online shop. Each print is signed and numbered.