Creative Envy


OBAMA MERCH.
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 10:45 pm
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While this blog isn’t really intended for political conversation, I don’t really make it a secret where my loyalties lie this election year. I’m a big Obama supporter and am constantly impressed by not just the amount of Obama merchandise out there, but the quality of the design.

Obama designs are everywhere and they are pretty great.

Obama designs are everywhere and they are great.

(To my Republican friends, please overt your eyes during this portion of the post and proceed to the pretty – and I use that word loosely – McCain shirt I’ve posted for your benefit down below.)

Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it: I strongly believe that most “creatives” (i.e., those in a creative field involving design, music, writing, web, what have you) tend to sway Democrat and that is why when you compare the merchandise of the two parties, you’ll see a really drastic difference in aesthetic. There, I said it. Call me a design snob Democrat; I really don’t care. My proof:

Make Mine Barack by Sidedown

Make Mine Barack prints by Sidedown

Retro Obama designs from Xtrapop

Retro Obama designs from Xtrapop

Just 3 of the vast examples available at Cafepress

Just 3 examples from the huge pool at Cafepress

Definitely the most genius site I've seen in awhile. Keep clicking and it spits out different things Barack Obama has done for you! barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com

Definitely the most genius site I've seen in awhile. http://barackobamaisyournewbicycle.com/

Buttons from Democratic Stuff

Buttons from Democratic Stuff

Stickers from Munk One

Stickers from Munk One

Tees from Urban Outfitters

Tees from Urban Outfitters

I don't care who you support; this artwork is beautifully done.

I don't care who you're voting for; you can't deny the talent behind this artwork.

So those are just a few examples….and yes, I realize they skew to a younger audience but I think it’s effective and it’s critical for engaging young voters. Also, check out this article about the Obama brand (courtesy of my friend, seibuone).

And now I bring you the best McCain shirt I could find. Not completely horrible, but I guarantee it was designed in Microsoft Paint. I rest my case.

McCain shirt from Cafepress

McCain shirt from Cafepress

Links to merch above:
Obama collage courtesy of Fubiz
Make Mine Barack
by Sidedown
Designs
by Xtrapop
Shirts and bag from Obama section of Cafepress
Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle
site
Buttons from Democratic Stuff
Stickers from Munk One
Obama graphic tees
from Urban Outfitters
Obama Hope
, 2008 by Shepard Fairey
Progress poster by Scott Hansen
Hope by David Choe and Upper Playground

(really? you want it? okay….fine.) McCain shirt

UPDATE: looks like the girls over at The Scoop share my sentiments.



EYE CANDY FROM KATE’S PAPERIE.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 10:10 pm
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Kate’s Paperie in Soho is a paper fiend’s dream store. I was actually pretty good and restrained myself while I was there last Sunday but it was tough.

Kate's Paperie, NYC

Kate's Paperie, NYC

Here’s what I picked up.

laser cut card by Charlyn Koo

laser cut card by Charlyn Koo

detail

green paper insert highlights the laser cut and the best thing is that the recipient can re-use this card...just replace the insert with whatever color you want. love that.

more detail

more detail

silkscreened card by Spruce Avenue

silkscreened card by Spruce Avenue

silkscreen detail

silkscreen detail

thank you silkscreened card by L2 Design Collective

thank you silkscreened card by L2 Design Collective

detail

detail

SMILE silkscreened card, also from L2

SMILE silkscreened card, also from L2

detail

detail

vintage ad for false teeth is screened in the background.

vintage ad for false teeth is screened in the background.

Does anyone else have a really hard time parting with cards like these after purchasing? I seriously want to hoard them all or even frame them for posterity! It’s hard to imagine a person receiving these little pieces of art and just casting them away in the trash at some point, which I suppose is inevitable (unless you’re like me and hold onto it for years and years because you might want to reference it later for creative inspiration)!

Confession: I’m guilty of saving cards of this variety only for recipients who I believe will truly appreciate them. There, I said it…now you can all evaluate the next time you get a card from me.

Links:
Charlyn Koo
Spruce Avenue
L|2



BACK TO THE GRIND.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 9:46 pm
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I’m back from NYC completely inspired with all kinds of ideas for upcoming posts. I’m hoping the rest of the work week won’t be too crazy (i.e., late nights) and I’ll be able to share everything in the coming days. It’s good to be back. Kind of.

Soho post box

Soho post box



HEADED HOME.
Monday, September 8, 2008, 4:21 pm
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It is a sad, sad day. I’m so not ready to leave NYC…but my feet are.



GIGANTORE DISPLAY OF KNITTING.
Monday, September 8, 2008, 4:19 pm
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At The Modern next to MoMA.



COLUMBUS CIRCLE.
Monday, September 8, 2008, 4:16 pm
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TIMES SQUARE.
Sunday, September 7, 2008, 9:52 pm
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