Ruthie Designs.

Sweet Kimberly of Ruthie Designs emailed to let me know about her newly opened Etsy shop. Her illustration gamut ranges from creepy-cool to stunningly beautiful and are available as eco-friendly prints and pillows. Even better (almost) is that they’re extremely affordable if you’re looking to add to your art collection!


Win It: Design For Mankind.

I couldn’t have more love for Erin of Design for Mankind if I tried, so I’m thrilled to announce Win It: Design for Mankind!

dfm’s Inspiration e-zines have taken the design blog community by storm and spawned a much coveted poster in the process. (Check out Issues 1, 2 and 3 here if you’ve missed them!) Thanks to Erin’s generosity, one lucky Design Crush reader will be the proud owner of one of her awesome posters!

The rules are simple. Playing off the idea of inspiration, comment to this post telling me what in everyday life is your biggest inspiration. I’ll choose my favorite answer. You have until Friday, April 25th, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. CST to enter. Make sure to check back at the end of the week to see if you’re the lucky entry. Good Luck!


Strawberry Luna.

I fell in utter like with Strawberry Luna before finding out the company is based in Pittsburgh – my old stomping grounds for eighteen and a half years. Something about that endears them even more to me. I’m a sucker for a good concert poster and at Strawberry Luna I had a tough time finding one I didn’t like, in fact I couldn’t. Here are just a few of my favorites.



DKim is an artist working and playing in New York because she couldn’t make it as a ninja. She said so, I didn’t! I’m really glad that the ninja gig didn’t work out for her because her illustrations are beautiful and she has fantastic names for each one like ‘le sigh’ and ‘the stranger.’ Her work is available on Etsy and most pieces are around $30 with one exceptional $275 piece. Here are a few that I’d love to own.


Starshaped Press.

Starshaped Press is a design and letterpress studio located in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. The inherent charm of this method lies in the imperfections and hand-printed nature of each piece. At Starshaped Press, stationery, concert posters, invitations and business cards are custom-designed for each client and all projects are printed on antique presses using metal & wood typefaces, most of which are 50 to 100 years old. Here are some sweet examples.