Category Archives: so-fine design

touch wood

i am not normally a fan of television commercials.  a team has to be extremely punchy, witty and artistic to move me in any way.  so you will understand my admiration for the precision, dedication and utter genius of this japanese smartphone commerical. the team engineered a massive xylophone to run down the slope of a forest hill. a wooden ball, rolling down the length of said instrument plays Bach’s jesu, joy of man’s desiring! amazing – yes.





the phone isn’t hard on the eyes either *wink*

she asked him…

my best person is getting married!  i am so so excited to be involved, not just as a bridesmaid, but she trusted me to create her wedding invitations.  it was so much fun and something really different for me try my hand at – pixel art!

xanite and rob – i wish you two absolute awesomeness!  we are going to have such a party in december!

two tales are better than one

this brilliant poster series campaign “come with a story and leave with another” was designed by bogota-based graphic design studio lowe-ssp3.  can you identify the couple of intertwined stories in each image…

learning your colour tarts

these delicious little pantone tarts are the creation of french food and style blogger emily griottes.  mmmm….edible colour


this typographical experiment by tien min liao brings new meaning to “handmade.  click on the images if they dont animate on their own…

{via colossal}

the golden snitch of rings!

these fantastic kinetic rings are the creations of kansas-based metalsmith, dukno yoon.  his da vinci-esque designs mimic the flight of birds when worn and flexed on a finger…

brown paper packages tied up with string…

another christmas-y post on a few of my favourite packaging ideas…




{katherinemarie photography}

{martha stewart}


{urban comfort}

{blissful inspiration}

10 things

i was asked by the talented people at nicework to contribute to their magazine‘s 10 things feature.  since it was the last volume of the year my 10 things had to centre on christmas – such fun to share a little of what year-end festivities mean to me.  nice magazine is a wonderful design e-zine and well worth a read!

paper fox project

anyone who checks in regularly with the sometimes zoo will know how much i adore foxes!  so imagine how enchanted i was when i came across the storybook project of sydney-based artist, jeremy kool.  i have got to get my hands on one of his prints!

happy whatever!

a lovely festive label design from seattle-based urban influence

as natured intended

in the spirit of eco-friendly, organic living, i found these delightfully  ‘al naturale’ design images on i believe in advertising…enjoy!

leg hair font


i have been an i heart marketeer for nearly a year now but i know there must be many of you, not living in durban, who have never been to this gorgeous monthly affair.  so i thought i would post some pictures courtesy of the i heart market facebook page & the lovely lauren stetterberg-jenkins’ blog glossary

two hoots

as i have mentioned previously i have an achilles heel when it comes to fine branding & packaging.  show me a cleverly-boxed or branded product and i will covert it, whether i need it or not.  two hoots wine collection, designed by maegan brown, is no exception…

{via nicework}

it’s just so type-ical!

here’s a small collection of typographically-pleasing things i have found on my interweb travels…

{click on the image for its source}

poster love

sharing a little retro-style poster appreciation…

{apologies for the lack of links/sources}

moon cheese

as mentioned before, i am a complete sucker for clever, arresting  packaging.  the brief for this project was to create a piece of packaging based on a myth.  student, tim sumner, took inspiration from the children’s fable of the moon being made green cheese and employed the surface and cycles of the moon to replicate the strength of the cheese.

happy trails!

this is my latest bout of freelance work – a wedding invitation for fun-loving couple, sarah & warren.  this lucky bride & groom are getting married at old mac daddy’s in elgin!  hence the retro-trailer theme…had so much fun designing this invite, thanks guys!

do love to be beside the seaside…

i don’t often do packaging posts (even though i am a complete sucker for good design & colour) but i found this amazing range via good friend, wolfeyebrows, and had to share it…supa frank was approached by the royal national lifeboat institution to redesign their confectionery range:

“The brief was to engage with visitors across the country and to remind them of ‘beautiful days by the sea’. We visualised the British seaside using various scenarios and nostalgic elements that are simplistic, positive and coherent across the range.”

one can dream…

it is my birthday in just under a month and, in the spirit of things, i thought i would put together a wishlist of my current material lustings…

{a classic swiss army knife}

{the kite day dress}

{mid 180o’s lapis anchor intaglio signet ring}

{arredamenti saporiti bookcase}

{blackbird fly twin lens reflex camera}

{balloon bench, a sculpture created by japanese designer satoshi itasaka}

{this gorgeous bird jacket}

wood & words

i came across these works by brooklyn-based artist & graphic designer scott albrecht on pinterest.  his latest exhibition along the way opens in a fortnight.  i really like his clean-cut, geometric colours and organic use of wood…

honey : it’s cooler than jam..

nicework is a jo’burg-based “communiations company of the design variety“.  they are a team of savvy creatives who not only provide their clients with design solutions in branding, illustration, web-design, copyrighting & publishing but also produce a gorgeously slick e-zine.  below is the small gifts package they bestow on their clients…i love the honey: cooler than jam… part of the parcel!

an army of frogs

this is a brilliant info-graphic of odd & interesting facts by french graphic designer florent bodart (a.k.a. Speakerine)

{via nicework}

dust jacket design

book city jackets has produced these wonderful “artists editions” to adorn your bookshelves and replace sad, tired-looking dust jackets.  i love the battling robots design below!

leaves of grass…

i am loving these!  and very close to ordering a set.  created by yuruliku and a receiver of a good design award in 2010, the green marker is a set of grass blade-style post-its that can double up as bookmarks to tell you in a horticultural fashion which page you are up to in your latest read…

when food looks happy…

how wonderful is this branding?  it was designed for los angeles pie shop, i heart pies by christopher lee, a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator hailing from californiait is just so happily delicious!

{via cath at nicework}