Monday, June 15, 2009

mid-century modern - the incredibles style

i remember taking my daughter to see the pixar movie, the incredibles, a few short years ago, anxiously awaiting the anticipation of not just another animated movie, but a movie that focuses on the everyday lives of a superhero family known as the incredibles. the name comes from their father—a washed up, overweight superhero once known as mr. incredible (a.k.a. robert parr).

i always fantasized about living the life in a james bond-esque world. perhaps this is why i prefer the old sean connery james bond movies that started in the early 60s, than the most recent ones. there was this mod style that I always grew fond of and daydreamed about, but to see it on the big screen as a cartoon was nothing short of exhilarating.

here are a few movie stills of their mid-century modern interior. enjoy!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

to keep or not to keep?

trying to figure out what to do with this old apple ibook g3 clamshell laptop, is not an easy decision. for those of you who are familiar with this iconic computer, you know that not only are they truly a classic design, but they're on the verge of being considered a collector's item. especially the unique lime green color design.

i purchased this computer a year ago used on ebay, and from that point on, i upgraded the operating system, installed extra ram, added a wireless airport card and replaced the keyboard—all myself. so not only is it special to me since i worked on it from the beginning, the classic retro design is what keeps me from coming back.

however, when i sold it on ebay a month ago, the buyer chose to look at this computer, not as a classic, if you will, but something more intricate. hairy details aside, the buyer chose to send me the computer back for a full refund. upon receiving the computer yesterday afternoon, i immediately gave her a full refund. back to my dilemma once again. i am now debating on whether or not i should choose to keep it and enjoy its whimsical style and ease of use, or try and sell it for another go. what would you do?

now keep in mind, i am not a superstitious person, nor do i believe in karma, but a huge part of me is thinking the reason it arrived back on my doorstep was that maybe, just maybe, it was a sign it came back in my life once again. then of course, the other part of me is thinking $$$. although this computer looks pretty sharp by its outer casing and carrying handle alone, we must remember, at a whopping 366 mhz processor, this computer can't go much faster than my daughter's scooter. and that's with high speed internet.

regardless, i wanted to post a picture of my lime green baby for now, at least to mull it over for a while and see what I decide. ultimately, i know my decision will be the right one for me, but for now, it's at home, safe and sound sitting on our kitchen counter.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

taste of fort collins

considering the continuous rain we have been getting here in northern colorado for the past few weeks, we were all thrilled to look outside this morning and saw a beautiful sun-filled day. thankfully, with the taste of fort collins being this weekend, we were happy to take part in these annual festivities.

because we're lucky enough to live in a loft in the downtown area, this festival was just in our 'backyard' and within close walking distance. since we were all a little bit overwrought with cabin fever as a result, we were nothing short of elated to enjoy the gorgeous weather outside.

letterpress printing - it's back with a vengeance!

i recently had the pleasure of heading to the stationery show in new york city a few weeks ago,and as i strolled through the trade show, nothing pleased me more than to see an array of letterpress designs throughout. It easily mingled an eclectic style of old world printing mixed with new world modern flair.

while i was there, i had the opportunity of meeting with many letterpress printers who not only inspired me, but gave me some clear and concise insight into the world of letterpress printing.

one company that really stood out to me was Hello!Lucky letterpress printing. their work is simply elegant and timeless, but their color palette was so vivid, i had to post a few pics to give you a sampling of their gorgeous work.