I’m a long-time fan of Russian-born Peter Oumanski‘s delightful illustrations and video animations. His growing client list includes Maxim, Fast Company, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, New Jersey Monthly and MTV… just to name a few! Peter lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey with his wife Marina.
I grew up in Michigan and I still remember and love the taste of fresh Michigan sweet corn. However, having lived in the Garden State for the past twenty years or so, I’ve come to appreciate and look forward to Jersey-fresh corn every summer. Simply boiled in a pot of hot water with husks removed, or soaked in water and then grilled with husks intact, there’s nothing better than fresh corn on the cob slathered in butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. Here’s a recipe I discovered by Steven Raichlen for Mexican Grilled Corn. It’s a new take on corn on the cob that’s very easy to make and super delicious! You don’t even need a charcoal grill… I make it on a grill pan on my electric stove. (VIDEO)
Gardens are a work of art. We’re at the midpoint of summer now, my favorite season. Last week, I visited The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for the first time. I can’t wait to visit this artful garden again in the fall (my second favorite season). One of the current exhibitions is Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra and runs through August 21. It’s beautiful.
I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page this morning and had to share it. I like the typography, too! Enough said.
Lettering sculptor Gary Breeze takes the letterform and turns it into art. Born in Essex, England in 1966, Gary studied Graphic Design at Norwich School of Art followed by an apprenticeship with the letter-carver and sculptor David Holgate. In 1992 he worked as assistant to Richard Kindersley before setting up his own workshop in London a year later. Today the workshop produces lettering cut into stone and wood for a wide range of applications including private and public commissions and exhibitions. (MORE)
“Watch the Throne“, American rapper Jay-Z‘s debut collaborative studio album with Kanye West was released today. Jay-Z also has a pretty cool web site called Life+Times that reflects his knowledge and appreciation of great design. Life+Times covers the artist’s latest interests in the worlds of style, leisure, art & design, technology, sports, and of course, music. Check it out! DESIGN NOTE: The album cover artwork for “Watch the Throne” was designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci and rendered in gleaming gold by Joe Zeff Design.