Friday, December 31, 2010

Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Back when I was a Communication Design student in Parsons, I had the amazing luck to have Michael Robinson as a professor for an Advance Design Studio class. He was, and probably still is, very much a cult teacher. Maybe misunderstood by a few, but certainly loved by everyone else! I first heard of Burning Man thanks to him, "Don't think about it, just go!" he would say to all of us. He also took our class one day to meet the artist Alex Grey at his NY gallery, COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors). That was a  mind-bending trip of a class!

On the project front, well that was the coolest part. One was to design the entire corporate identity for a discount airline inspired by Pink Floyd's The Great Gig In The Sky! The U2 iPod had just come out, so another project was to design a Fashion [Designer] iPod: We had to choose between some cult names like Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons and Jean Paul Gaultier (I forget the rest...). And my favorite one: To make 2 movie posters. One for Naked Lunch(1991) and the other for Crash (1996), both directed by David Cronenberg. And let me tell you one thing, these are certainly NOT the movies that your mamma would want you watching! These are complex, in your face, challenging stories. No Hollywood nonsense here. And again, I remember us watching them both together in class. Such a happy and confused bunch!

This is the poster that I designed for Crash
Not bad at all for student work ha?!

MR also used to bring a diverse selection of reading material for us to take away after every class. To create a context, to inspire, to instruct... You know, it doesn't really matter what software you're capable of using if you have no knowledge of visual (art, graphic design, fashion, etc...) history to reference in your work, no understanding of codes and concepts to play around with, and so on and so forth.

So I wanted to end 2010 with a very special 'printout' I got during that course, so many years ago. It is Bruce Mau's (He's a Graphic design Jedi Master if you must know...) Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. Whether you are a designer, or a creative of any kind, this manifesto might just turn into your new bible. Your credo. Your new 43 commandments. It's so simple, so true, so enlightening! 

Here is the original copy I got:
I taped it [back then] to the door of my NY apartment, 
so I could see it every day!
(Click on it, zoom it, and you'll see it)

N.  8

Allow yourself to wander aimlessly.
Explore adjacencies.
Lack judgment.
Postpone criticism

N. 37

And here is the link to the Bruce Mau Design website and the Manifesto, written in 1998. Incidentally, my Crash poster (above) was designed thanks to...

N. 18

Stay up late.
Strange things happen when 
you've gone too far, 
been up too long, 
worked too hard, 
and you're separated from 
the rest of the world

Have a great NYE, and may 2011 bring you all everything you wish for and much more!!

Lots of Love, D.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bright Lights & Window Delights

All in all, I can safely say that Madrid is a very lively place during December (although it is very 'lively' here always): Full of colorful lights, kids in fluo wigs (I think NYE here is a sort of carnival??), Sponge Bobs and Shreks around Plaza Mayor (go figure) and so on... It's not even that cold! So I totally recommend it. And since I have been walking around with my parents A LOT, here are a few more pics I took along the way:

More xmas lights!
Yes, they make me really happy for some reason...
They should keep them up all year round!
It carries brands such as Celine, Dries Van Noten, 
Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Pierre Hardy,
 Rick Owens, Viktor & Rolf and Wunderkind
These are their really cute windows now:
 Fendi [At least the boxes are...]
Like a drunken disco dream!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Baubau Haus

I discovered this website not so long ago, the way that many people find out about things these days: Through Twitter. Isn't that the trend anyways?... That you don't go looking around for information anymore (R.I.P. Googling), but that random knowledge finds you through Social Media. Long live the tweet-length article!

Whatever the case... Baubau Haus is a place that offers inspiration: Whether you're a designer, an artist, an illustrator, a photographer, a whatever. It's like going through different kinds of magazines, all at once. Sort of like in your art school library (Yes, I was an art school library geek!). All for free. What's not to like?

Here are a few of my favorite finds:

[My thoughts exactly!]
Source: All images via Baubau Haus

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Daisy Eau So Fresh

Brooklyn based duo Reed + Rader created this little film, inspired by Marc Jacob's new Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance, exclusively for AnOther Mag. In what looks like an animated collage of different mediums: [In this case] Illustration, animation and film.

You can read more about Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The LOVE XMAS Calendar

The LOVE Mag has created a really nice December interactive calendar. In which everyday you'll find a new little surprise, in form of a video, a photograph, etc. Check it out!

Dec 21: Marc Jacobs!

These are 2 of my favorite vids:
(Dec 1 is also a fave one, so go and click on it!)

XMAS Days...

Paul & Joe window display. So adorable!
My street ♥
All ready for XMAS dinner at my aunt's place
She has the best collection of Asian furniture 
and art from her years in Kuala Lumpur
For my aunt, from Botero. So jealous!!
What Santa brought me!

Friday, December 24, 2010

All I want for XMAS is....

...well let's face it, too many things!

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in over a week, but the last few days have been really crazy! To begin, last Thursday we (the Coolhunting class at IED) had to present our final project. Meaning, finals! And like with any good final, I was pretty much locked in my apartment from Sunday till Thursday, and sleep-deprived for the most part. But it was totally worth it. T and R from my group, and I, are completely in love with our project. We made a complete trend report for S/S 2011, plus created this amazing 360° communication campaign for Hawaiian Tropic España, which is the brand that sponsored the course (Meaning: We got a lot of freebies!). And I somehow managed to make the final document in InDesign (all 55+ pages), plus a presentation file. So after all that, I thought my eyes and fingers needed a much deserved break from the computer.

Also, my parents just arrived in Madrid last night for the Holidays! Which means that I have been cleaning away for the last few days. Cinderella lives! But more importantly, and as the new year approaches, I though a de-cluttering session was much in need. So I have been throwing away bag-fulls of stuff. And putting up some 'art' on the walls. I feel better already!

This is my little doll house of an apartment now: 
(With xmas lights and all)
 This is a pic from the Love Mag- Jan 2010
Good as gold!
 Mom arrived!
I'm so excited that mom and dad are here! It finally feels like xmas. I will take them around the city soon to see all the xmas lights, which are really pretty and abundant here in Madrid. And I promise I will post pics straight after, so stay tuned...

But until then, this is how Serrano looks:

And now back to my Holiday Wish List...
Well, I'm sure if I gave it a week to think about, I would most definitely end up with a very long loooong list. But just to keep things simple, these are the few things that would make me most happy now:

M/M Posters:
M/M is an amazing design studio from Paris that collaborates quite frequently with fashion and luxury brands... and I will dedicate an entire post to them in the weeks to come. But for the purpose of this post, they have a special 'xmas poster sale': Buy 2 and get the third one for free, and you can choose from their many series. From fashion to more graphic ones. They are all 250€ though. So if you feel generous, this will make me really happy! Because since last year I made the desicion that I would buy 1 art piece (limited edition posters, photograph.... cheaper things you know...) a year. Last year I got a limited edition photo from Marcel Wanders at Lumas (the one at the end of the right column here). 2011 could be all about M/M!

The Punctuation Series
(Karl Lagerfeld)
 The Alphabet
Sophie Dahl
Frankie Rayder
 Art Posters
with Liam Gillick

Or otherwise...
Still really cool for my walls and slightly cheaper (Around $100): Friends With You Posters. I can't help but being a total fan of randomness, and these posters will add a perfect touch of that to any apartment! (Yes, I'm very much into decorating these days...)

...I have also very recently decided that I want to 
have a very pop-esque apartment....
Pourquoi Pas?

On the fashion side of things:

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel 
Cherry Print T-Shirt via
J'adore Sonia Rykiel!
Roger Vivier Spring 2011
How can you not want this??
via WWD
Proenza Schouler
ANY color would do!
Venessa Arizaga
These accessories are my new obsession!


Last but not least...
 An Impossible Project polaroid camera
(Although they are all currently sold out...)

Holga + Polaroid= A match made in heaven!
How cool are these right??

....and ANYTHING Miu Miu, of course!
[And this was supposed to be the 'short' list remember?]

But do you know what would make THE BEST xmas present ever for me?... and it's free! If you would just press the little 'Follow' button on the right side column! I know you're around (Page Stats you know...), and you're just being lazy!

So I will like to wish all of you 
(and specially to my 20 beautiful followers)
 a very merry xmas 

Full of love 
and laughter
and family  
and great food 
and wine

Presents are the least important part of it in the end...
Little xmas tree created by moi