# more art
# more beauty
# more time for important thoughts
# more handmaking
# more risk
# more output
# more reading
# more fresh air
# more laughing
# more cello
# more baking
# more thinking first about myself
The new year is arriving and so are the thoughts about a new calendar. Planners and organizers are my passion. If I could, I would have at least 5 of them. Sadly this would make more mess, than it would help to organize myself.
I have kept all my calendars since I was 13. It is a pretty nice collection. And once in a while on a lazy sunday I would take them out of the box take a trip down memory lane.
Every December I am getting really excited about searching the ONE for the upcoming year. To pick the right one, can be very difficult. It has to have a beautiful design and needs a practical layout, it has to have the right size and can not be to heavy. I will look at it every day, so it has to be love at first sight.
There are so many different ones – fun ones, amazing ones, just nice to look at ones, functional ones,...
Here are my TOP EIGHT that have been in the inner selection for 2012:
TYPODARIUM – The Daily Dose of Typography
FEDRIGONI ANALOG-DIGITAL – concept by PHAGE
TYYP – with different types of paper and special designers infos (for example, DIN scales) equipped
LAUREL DENISE – the concept and layout is very well thought trough. (My very precious one for 2012)
BUBBLE CALENDAR – pop a bubble every day
TYPOGRAPHIC WALL CALENDAR by Harald Geisler – not that new, but still amazing that modern vintage touch
DOT ON – a simple and functional way to organize projects throughout the year (This wall calendar is already hanging at my studio wall waiting for its dots)
There is only one more thing to do...to design my very own Frl. Pfeiffer calendar for 2013...
[© Typodarium, Phage, Tyyp, Laurel Denise, Bubble Calendar, Peter Bil'ak, Harald Geisler, DotOn]
I like to do things with my hands. Ideas I create with the help of my sketchbook. Invitations I send out self made to real addresses and not to an emailaddress. Painting, cutting, sticking... I am not into "digitalism" at all actually. But with all the great software you are able to produce beautiful design as well... But in the end – the printing part. Again: Silkscreen, Letterpress,... I am very much into the crafted finishing on paper.
That's why I was very skeptical when I heard about this new App called LetterMpress founded by graphic designer John Bonadies and programmer Jeff Adams. A program that simulates a letterpress studio. First I was distracted by the odd sound effects and – for my personal taste – a bit too complex and slow navigation of the tool palette.
Last Friday I had a children's pancake party at my house and I thought, why not try this App again and play around to create the invitation card. After all I have to admit that I kind of fell in love with this program. Its a lovely tool for experimentation and playing around without getting your hands dirty...
Certainly worth it.
Still – the smell and the excitement of a real letterpress studio is definitely missing.
[© Fräulein Pfeiffer]
As an Austrian girl I am a big fan of Austrian designers (of course).
I came across INA KENT and her storytelling bags about a year ago. I loved the multiple functionality of the bags and the colours and the shape and the quality of the leather... everything – I fell for the bags immediately and I had to buy one immediately too. Only a small one for my small pocket though.
Today I came across the design studio who is responsible for the corporate identity of INA KENT. I like the simplicity of the logo and the luxury impression the image concept is giving. It perfectly fits to the extraordinary bags. They are located in Austria too (of course): MICK GAPP I am curious if they are fixing Ina Kent's website too soon...
Now I started saving for a big bag.
[photo: © MickGapp | Lisa Fleck | Helmut Rasinger]