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Monday Inspiration: Tavi Gevinson

by tatiana on July 30, 2012

Have you heard of Tavi Gevinson? I heard about this fashion-blogging wunderkind a few years ago, but never took the time to check out her blog (or new online magazine!) until today. She started a fashion blog at the ripe age of 11 and has done great great things to make the internet a cooler place for girls, in my opinion.

Photo credit: thestylerookie.com

Anyway, on this Monday, the beginning of the work week, here’s a pretty video featuring the fierce Tavi.

For a glimpse of Tavi eloquently expressing her views on women and girls in the media and just “figuring things out,” check out this TED Talk.

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I’m constantly poring over, seeking out and collecting books, magazines, and basically anything I find inspiring and neat. Here are some things I think are pretty neat at the moment:

1. FUDGE Snap Book 2012 (Spring & Summer) / NYLON Japan (June 2012) | 2. 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design by Stephen Heller & Veronique Vienne | 3. Collage Design Works by scrap-graphic | 4. ELLE Magazine (July 2012) | 5. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (cover by Gregg Kulick — or someone at Harper Perennial) | 6. Computer Arts Collection – Branding 2012, Vol. 1, Part 4

 

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Aside from Daria, Beavis and Butthead, and Sorority Life (remember that show?), Wonder Showzen was one of my favorite shows on MTV. This piece in particular will always stick with me. Not only was Clarence one of the most annoying puppets, maybe of all time, but he also taught us an important lesson – that it’s important to be patient.  And sometimes, even when it’s really hard to be patient, for some reason – it’s still important to be patient… or maybe more importantly to try to find a way to escape from whatever is making you feel impatient .

And since I couldn’t find the video clip of Clarence talking to people about being patient, here’s a clip of the Beat Kids segment. Sing it with me! Kids on the beat, kids on the street – beat kids!

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Thursday Inspiration: Vintage Cartoon Typography

by tatiana on February 24, 2011

What’s up, doc[s]? I’ve decided to start throwing the inspiring image-stuffs I find online, print collateral I scan, or photos I take of things I stumble upon into a Flickr set called Graphic Design Inspiration. Here’s my first image in the set. I found it while perusing Molly Crabapple‘s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School site (which is amaaazing). Definitely check it out. Inspiring image lies below!

powerhouse_stomp

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Wednesday Inspiration: Margaret Mead

by tatiana on October 27, 2010

“All social change comes from the passion of individuals.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Cultural Anthropologist, Revolutionary Lady

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Things things things

by tatiana on September 28, 2010

Sometimes life feels like it’s moving way faster than the speed limit. What is the speed limit of life? I don’t know, exactly, but things are moving at around 90 miles per hour these days. There’s so much I’d like to do/accomplish but so little time! So, I’m writing it out here. Why? Why not.

Business-Owning Bad-Ass

Well, not really, but doesn’t that sound catchy and awesome? I recently applied for a business license for my brand Babushka Designs in the county of San Francisco. It arrived on Saturday! Yayyyyy. What does this mean? It’s time to get serious…-er. I have so many ideas in this 8 lb. brain of mine (and in my fancy molskine) but time is the most important factor. I have 3 more slipper styles in the works, a handful of hats and some rad neckties that I need to finish up and get in the shop.

What’s that smell?

In other handmade news, have you seen my bedroom? And by my bedroom I more specifically mean, the pile of thrifted gold that’s laying on the floor? No? Well good because it’s crazy. I have about 5 dresses, 4 skirts and a sweater that I’ve accumulated over the past 6 or so months that need my attention. These things are dying to be worn around this kick ass town. I will be all over that this weekend, fo sho.

Working it.

In more techy news, mama needs to revamp her sad little website. I’ve been so focused on my blog and other web and print design projects that my personal site has fallen by the wayside. But, baby steps are acceptable at this point in time, so I will start by updating my portfolio, and adding a pdf of work samples to my blog. I think that would suffice, for now at least. As usual, I have big plans.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday! Sorry this post is sans-photos (ahem, Cathy).

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I haven’t visited my fam in four months (which is the longest I’ve been away from home! Ack.) and in that time my Taschen catalogue arrived! I finally got to flip through it while I was waiting (for 3 long hours) to board my flight. But anyway, these images kept me company, as well as the lady next to me who kept glancing over. Sorry I didn’t scan these, but I think the iPhone worked just fine. Enjoy! [click to continue…]

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Zero Days of Summer: The Playlist

by tatiana on September 9, 2010

(Photo Credit: weheartit)

Howdy, kids! I know my last post was music-related, but here’s a lil playlist I put together today.


Get a playlist!

So, as some of you may know, summer has not quite hit San Francisco – it’s been 65 degrees and cloudy for the last 3 months. As such, I’m trying to keep the summer spirit alive (and hopefully not get too mopey with my vitamin D deficiency) in hopes that it will be warm and sweater-free soon (at least for a few weeks) with these songs that remind me of summertime. Enjoy!

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It's a lovely day for a picnic!

by tatiana on August 30, 2010

It wasn’t really a lovely day for a picnic at all… I just like quoting Little Women as much as I possibly can. Anyway! I have the kind of fun task of designing the t-shirt for our annual company picnic. We’re doing a one color print on a Kelly green shirt. Not my usual task, but it is a challenge I have accepted and I hope I can pretend to be an illustrator and do my best. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at pretty picnicing pictures for inspiration (even though the shirts will look nothing like these). Enjoy!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), an Australian film about a group of girls on a Boarding School trip to Hanging Rock. Taking place in the Victorian era, not only is this movie unsettling and eerie, but it’s also delightfully beautiful – a combination that makes this movie a must-see. (And, who doesn’t love black tights with white dresses?) [click to continue…]

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