December 14, 2012 2 Comments
We wish you a Happy Holiday and colorful New Year full of creative inspiration.
August 28, 2012
The architecturally-inspired footwear of United Nude proves that artists and designers who seek inspiration from sources outside of their disciplines can yield captivating results. UN’s shoe designs stand out through unique concepts and details that push the boundaries of footwear in terms of form, structure, and materiality. Read more of this post
July 6, 2012 1 Comment
The City of Cincinnati is dressed in its best to host the 2012 World Choir Games, currently underway in venues throughout the city. The World Choir Games began in 2000 and is the largest choir competition in the world. Its motto is “Singing Together Brings Nations Together”. This week, Cincinnati becomes the first city in the USA to host the event, which has previously been hosted in Austria, South Korea, Germany and China. A quick walk through downtown today was truly inspirational. I’m so proud of my city I had to write about it!
June 6, 2012 4 Comments
Sometimes when I feel like I’m experiencing imaginative stagnation – or if I’m just bored while waiting for the serving staff to deliver my meal – I search for a way to kick-start my creativity. My mother and I used to scribble on the back of paper place mats to give each other some doodle direction. We would turn the paper until we could see an image in the scribble, and then we would develop another place mat masterpiece. I later upgraded this practice to scribbling with watercolor paint because it allows me to better see where my artwork originated. I have since called this practice technique “Blobbing.” It is a great exercise to strengthen your visual mind, and to keep you keen on spontaneity. If you have ever spent some time lying in a field making shapes out of the clouds, then you will know exactly what to do. Read more of this post
May 30, 2012
Recently, a team of FRCH’ers joined 13 other local design firms to participate in Herman Miller & APG’s Good Design Challenge. Each team was presented with the iconic Eames molded plastic chair and asked, “What Inspires You?”
The only rules were that the base must remain attached to the chair. Any and all transformations were fair game and the end results were a little bit of everything.
April 30, 2012 5 Comments
Crate and Barrel is the one store that makes me wish I could remove everything in my house and start over. (Except for my family, of course.) They are known for great merchandise displays, always presented as a story. Even ordinary goods, like white plates, can be assembled and coordinated in an eye-catching manner.These photos are from the Madison Avenue store in New York. They were shot in January, I’m sure the spring displays are even more appealing.
April 4, 2012 2 Comments
Inspired by Stephanie Calabrese Roberts’ book “The Art of iPhoneography“, I had the opportunity to practice some iphone photography in Lima, Peru. The architecture and scenery in this decades-old city made the exercise easy! Focusing on using the Lo-Mob, Hipstamatic, and Photosynth apps, here are a few of my favorite places. Above, a panoramic view of the Plaza Mayor, photographed with Photosynth.
March 6, 2012
Inspired by our recent ArtsWave campaign and a good recommendation from Paul, I spent last Sunday afternoon at the Cincinnati Art Museum. There is a lovely Monet exhibit happening now, as well as some great Picasso sketches. But for me, Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are really the showstoppers.
February 15, 2012 3 Comments
Those of us who have visual minds find that although we dream in color, there is one fact that is inherently black and white. We are cursed to picture things in our mind that we would rather not – but on the flip-side we are blessed to have the ability to envision a draft-worthy product before we even have the materials ready to sketch. Some visual-minded individuals, like Nikita Nomerz of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, are blessed to see things that do not exist, and have the ability to bring them to life. Nomerz has brilliantly personified a collection of towers, dilapidated buildings, and deteriorating urban spaces by forcing us all to see what he sees. Read more of this post