Tag Archives: design

New year, new website: moving to localcolorhawaii.com

Happy New Year! Big news for 2015: I’m relaunching my studio as Local Color Design in Honolulu.  So, I’ve moved this blog over to the new website and will be now blogging there: localcolorhawaii.com/blog. So please follow me there, and update your feed reader. Or subscribe to get email updates — just go to the new site and scroll […]

June letters, news and moves

This first week of June, things are feeling summery and full of changes at my studio. For one, I’ve temporarily moved to a studio collective in Mitte for the month, after the Multiverso studio collective closed its doors in May. This Monday, I celebrated my first day (Einstand) in the traditional German manner by bringing my colleagues something sweet — strawberries from one […]

Needle-sharp package design

The design of this packaging, for sewing machine needles, caught my eye. It looks quite Modernist to me, with the simple grid with a space for a different fabric and/or stitch pattern for each type of needle. Schmetz is an old German company, founded in 1851. However, I saw these needles in California.

Lover, lover, torn in two

Last week, a poster in a glass case in one of Berlin’s subway stations caught my eye. Or rather, half a poster. The whole poster, including the word (Love? Lover?) and the image (a woman’s face) had been torn in half from top to bottom, and only the left side remained.

New year, long life, eat well

Tonight’s the eve of the Lunar New Year, tomorrow the Year of the Horse begins. Wishing you a year as full of sweetness and longevity as these colorful cans of condensed milk I admire in the local Asian supermarket. To begin the year right, I suggest my grandmother’s fried dumpling recipe, which was featured here […]

Bettering my lettering

Were you one of those kids who loved to sketch letters as a child? I certainly was. Pencilling shadows onto bubble letters, using a highlighter’s chisel tip for blackletter, filling notebook covers with interlocked words… As a graphic designer, I have the option of continuing to enjoy this hands-on, absorbing activity and using it my […]

Cheese wrapper of the month

This wheel of cheese landed in my shopping basket simply because I liked the wrapper. It’s a simple, soft-ripened cheese, like a large, plain-tasting Camembert. The label declares it a handmade (actually, “hand-cheesed”) speciality of Saxony, flavored with caraway. Neither the typography nor the illustration are the world’s most refined, but I like their straightforwardness […]