Gorgeous Gilded Lettering by a Graphic Designer Turned Baker

Curator: Tina Hardison
date: February 23, 2015
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design
Tags: Bakery, identity, Packaging
Graphic designer turned bakery co-owner Aron Tzimas designed the beautiful identity and packaging for San Francisco's newest bakery, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. 
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What 360-degree Views of Gothic Cathedrals Reveal

Curator: Bec Brittain
date: February 20, 2015
Categories: Architecture
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I've been revisiting Gothic cathedral structure again and getting so inspired. Columbia University has been mapping as many as they can with 360-degree panoramas, so you can poke around up on the ambulatory roof terraces and really get a sense of the exoskeleton scaffolding of the buttresses.  

I love the idea of primary, secondary, and then tertiary layers of structure. Of course, many of them are failing and falling, but I love the makeshift measures  (as seen in the second pic) to keep the buildings up, it's just adding another layer of support.
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Beautiful "Failed" Mars Rover Parachutes

Curator: Bec Brittain
date: February 19, 2015
Categories: Product Design
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I think these parachutes are such beautiful forms and patterns, especially with their slight translucency. The best part, though, is watching them open up–the squid-like movement before they pop into final form is so graceful. The failures, which take longer to open up, are my favorite.
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Formafantasma's Vase Made of Blown Lava from Mount Etna

Curator: Bec Brittain
date: February 18, 2015
Categories: Product Design
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This vessel is a from a collection of work reacting to Mount Etna and the surrounding community. As they describe it, "Mount Etna is a mine without miners–it is excavating itself to expose its raw materials."  

This piece was made by reheating the cooled lava from the volcano and blowing it like traditional glass.  I think it's such a clever and poetic use of material that instantly communicates its natural properties and characteristics. I'm in love.
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Alberto Giacometti's "Floral Chandelier" in the Picasso Museum

Curator: Bec Brittain
date: February 17, 2015
Categories: Art, Product Design
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This chandelier is really my jam right now; it's a combination of so many things done well. It has lovely structure, a simple repeating geometry that ends up feeling organic and not too rigid. The plaster treatment, which gives that "wiggly line" feeling of a Giacometti sculpture, and simple flowers that are somehow not too precious make this a real winner.
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