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Elegant Austin Opera Invitation Design

12 Jan

Here’s a recent project I did for Austin Opera. They wanted an elegant invitation designed, along with a reply card, benefits insert, and envelopes. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Originally, a small floral mask icon was placed above the return address on the envelope. However, to keep the printing cost down, we decided to leave it off. I think it still came out looking great keeping it nice and simple!

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Travel Feature Magazine Design

9 Jan

This is a feature layout I did for The Society Diaries, a high-end glossy magazine. When laying out a feature about a destination, I feel that the pictures should be the focus point and be able to speak for themselves. With this, the opener started with a two-page spread image with just the header and subhead. A few key words were highlighted in a complementary blue to make it a little more interesting than just keeping all the text white. Since the feature was about paradise in Hawaii, I felt it was important to keep the layout clean, simple and breathable. Ideally, I would’ve liked to have another spread just for the island photo shown on the second spread. It’s such a gorgeous photo and it encompasses the beautiful island of Hawaii. Overall, I’m really happy with how the feature turned out!

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10 Cool Unique Modern Shelves & Bookcases

4 Apr

1. Bolla Shelves

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2. Chelsea Book Shelf

3. Comic Shelf

4. TarGetBooks Shelf

5. Serpent Modular Shelf

6. DC Library Corner Shelves

7. MYDNA Bookshelf

8. Umbra’s Conceal Shelf

9. the library bookshelp

10. Book Shelf Model 1

IKEA – Not As Cheap As It Looks!

16 Feb

This is a really cool IKEA poster by design company ifsodoso as a call to support British design.  They used the original blueprint of all the furniture pieces that were available at the time. I could probably stare at this all day!

Dollhouses Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore

20 Jan

Ever wish you could own a modern luxurious house furnished with pieces you’d rather gaze at than sit in?  brinca dada, a New York based toy company, has made it possible with their minimalist doll houses with matching contemporary furniture.  Here are a few of my favorites!  (Now, if only I could get a hold of the “Honey I BLEW up the Kid” machine…)

Bennet House

Bennett House by brinca dada is an oasis in the sea of glitzy toy houses. Heavily influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, it emphasizes lines, squares and rectangles in asymmetrical patterns while minimizing color. Fans of Rietveld’s Schröder House will recognize another influence. Architect Tim Boyle explains how Bennett House breaks out of the townhouse genre: “Townhouses are typically a stack of floors with a few windows on each floor, and no inside/outside relationship. I prefer architecture that reveals structure and engineering, hence windows extend past floors to show the weight and thickness of the structure.”

Bennett House is more than just a pretty façade–its clever design and use of space invites play whether open or closed. The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom.  And Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains, so it is easy on the environment.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 36” x 21” x 21”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of bamboo and other eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $599 (Purchase Here)

Edward House

Inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Gary Cooper’s home designed by A. Quincy Jones, brinca dada’s Edward House features many distinguishing architectural features like glass corners, minimalist cut stone and hardwood floors.  The Edward House has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Edward House enjoys year-round sunlight. Finally, the dollhouse is easy on the environment with only  eco-friendly woods and non-toxic and lead-free paints. Assembly required.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 17” x 17” x 26”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $349 (Purchase Here)

Dylan House

Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, Dylan House features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. The Dylan House has five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. Furniture is sold separately.

Details
  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 23” x 15” x 16”
  • Eco-friendly MDF
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail Price: $149.99 (Purchase Here)

Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set

The Maison Furniture Collection from brinca dada is the perfect complement to both Edward House and Bennett House. The line’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic mixes classic modern design with contemporary “in fashion” highlights. In the words of designer Cecilia Reboursin, “The key was to work on every detail to add an extra dimension of authenticity to the line.  We used American black walnut as a common thread, giving a contemporary feel to each room. We then added color as accents, but also as an attraction to children’s sensibilities.”
The Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set is comprised of 40 different pieces and offers furnishings for seven rooms, plus two sets of accessories.  All furniture elements are made from high-quality woods and fabrics and are fashioned with non-toxic, lead-free stains and paints.
Details
  • Designed by: Cecilia Reboursin
  • Scale: 3/4″
  • 7 rooms,plus 2 sets of accessories, 40 pieces
  • Materials: Wood, fabric
  • Retail Price: $399 (Purchase Here)


Cool “Hidden” Art in Downtown Austin!

6 Jan

Here’s a little hidden treasure of awesome graffiti art tucked away up on a hill in downtown Austin on Baylor St. (between 10th and 11th St.).   The place looks like there used to be a building there that’s now been demolished (just a guess — I’m probably completely wrong…).  Thanks to some amazingly talented artists, they’ve transformed it into cool urban outdoor art gallery that can be enjoyed by everyone.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth checking out in person!

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2011 – Don’t Miss It!

14 Dec

This past weekend, I went to Austin’s 11th annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar event.   If you love arts and crafts, or are looking for a unique Christmas present, you are bound to found something there!  Plus, you’ll be supporting the local artists!  They open 7 days a week 10am – 10pm from Nov. 3th0 to Dec. 24th.

Here are some things there that I thought were pretty cool:

High-End Audio Magazine Design

4 Oct

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some of my work, so here are cover and feature layout designs for The Absolute Sound Issue 215 and 216.

TAS Issue 215

This one was really fun and challenging at the same time.  This was my first time ever directing a shoot remotely.  On top of that, I had never seen the equipment in person before.  After meeting and discussing the shoot with California-based photographer Randall Cordero of Cordero Studios on the phone, I thought it would be cool to have the equipment shot against a red vignette background to give it some depth and contrast.  All in all, I’m quite please with the results and Randall did a fantastic job with the photos!





TAS 216

Austin-based photographer Joel Salcido and I spent hours just trying to get the perfect angle shot for the opening spread!  I love it though! All in a full days work of pita chips and hummus!