Monday, November 21, 2011

Turn Your Child's Drawing Into A Softie

I wished I found this site earlier this year. They make your kid's drawing into a plush doll. Unfortunately, they are booked and will be open for orders after January 2012. Check out their blog to see their wonderful creations. How awesome would it be to give one of these keepsakes to your child. I can't wait to turn my oldest's unicorn dinosaur drawing and my youngest's vampire mermaid sketch into one of these plushies!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vanity Barcodes

How fun are these barcodes from Vanity Barcodes! Ok, this a necessary element needed on products. Sometimes it is overlooked and it becomes a last minute addition. Yes, there tends to be time and budget constraints so the barcode is left to just be simple boring stripes. And yes, sometimes you have to keep it simple. BUT, what a great idea if you want to use it as part of your product identity and elevate the barcode as a statement piece. This company has templates you can buy (and they work as barcodes) or they can create a custom one for you. So how cool would it be for example if you did a dessert recipe book and had the ice cream sandwich barcode on the back? Or if you design gift bags and you have the barcode shaped like a gift bag at the bottom of the bag. The ideas are endless. Check out the site. My fave must be the cassette tape. I get all nostalgic. What's your fave?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Foodie Goodie

Well, it's been a while since I posted something. With the freak snowstorm and power outages, kids being sick, I being sick, and urgent deadlines, I sadly had to take a step back from my blog. I hope to be up to speed with things in the next couple of weeks. Have lots of things to share.

While nursing a bad cold with non-working taste buds (which can be depressing for a foodie like me), I was inspired to look into drawings of food. There are a ton of drawings on this subject matter out there. Here are a few that I enjoyed checking out. Each having a very different and interesting illustration style.

1) Food Menu by Erin Jang. Wouldn't mind having that Grilled Polenta with Gruyere at this moment.
2) My guilty pleasure, a Cheese Doodle by Maira Kalman (one of my fave children book illustrators).
3) An important message in this drawing by Claudia Pearson. Wish there were more farmers markets around my town. At least the groceries have been pointing out if the items they are selling are from local vendors.