Wallpaper* City Guides.

I want to own these. Yes, of course I’d love to visit all of these cities. But more than anything I just want to look at them on a daily basis because they’re so damn graphically pleasing. If you are in it for the travel the Wallpaper* City Guides are pocket-sized and discreet which won’t make you feel like you’re walking around wearing a fanny pack and a camera around your neck. Forty guides are out right now and you expect ten more later this year as well as in 2008.


Happy Pills.

Everyone needs Happy Pills at some point and what makes you happier than candy? (Very little if you’re me.) studio m is the brains and beauty behind a tiny blink-and-you-miss-it candy store in Barcelona called Happy Pills. The design is spot on and I love, love, love that it’s targeting adults. Perhaps a little risque with the red cross mark with all the lawsuits surrounding it these days, but brilliant nonetheless. This is a franchise opp just waiting to happen.

:: Design Milk, MoCo Loco


The London Design Festival.

This would make for an incredible Thursday. Or any other day for that matter.

The London Design Festival is in its fifth year and fast becoming a solid fixture on the creative calendar. The Festival boasts over 200 projects and audiences of 300,000. It’s serves as an umbrella by working in partnership with a network of organizations and individuals – from museums and retailers, to educational institutes, creative businesses, trade shows, magazines, designers and cities. The Festival aims to mirror the unique eclecticism that the city of London eminates.

Pentagram is responsible for the identity of the Festival and did an incredible job with the branding and design.


Gee Beauty.

Yesterday sucked to put it bluntly. At work I was lacking my normal inspiration and creativity. Things only got worse once work ended. I went out to my car – ten feet away from the front door in the parking lot – to find that it had been broken into and the drivers’ side all keyed up. Luckily nothing was stolen, but it was the icing on the cake that was my day.

This is where I would have rather been. Gee Beauty in Toronto. It just looks so relaxing. Unfortunately Oklahoma is nowhere near Toronto, but even browsing through their site was somewhat calming. I’m totally into their minimalistic packaging with quirky names like Inside every worn down pencil is a point dying to be sharp (eye pencil sharpener).


Get Outta Here: Moleskine.

Lengendary notebook maker, Moleskine, has just introduced an incredible new line of City Notebooks. So far they exist for Boston, NYC, San Francisco, DC, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Prague, Rome and Vienna. They cover all possible information you could need in a city you’re only visiting or already live in. The Key Map summarizes the overal layout, showing the metro system and listing stations. That’s followed up by Zone Maps that show large-scale maps of the city’s center and an alphabetical street index. Up to 76 blank pages give you space to write notes, while there’s also a 96-page tabbed section to organize information and thoughts. As if that’s not enough, there are 32 removable sheets and 12 translucent sticky sheets to overlay maps and route as you go. Oh, and did I mention they’re only hardbacked, 3.5 x 5.5″ and $16.95?