Very Merry Happy...

Alright kids... I'm gonna take a break from S.dot.G until January of 2009. If you can't go that long without my awesomeness (and I know it's hard) in your daily life then you can check me out this Tuesday, and next Tuesday, at 2modern... or shoot me an email and I'll send you a private design-licious post.

Here is a little card from all of us at Fenetik Design: Happy Holidays!


10 Best Typfaces '08

Visual Evasion has just posted their top 10 best typfaces of 2008. Check them out here.

I need a little FF Netto & Soho Gothic in my life... immediately.

FF Netto
Soho Gothic

The Vladimir

Check out the Vladimir Pallet Mirror made out of old shipping pallets! Who says rough and unfinished isn't the new black! (not me)

Millions of pallets are used everyday to move goods across the world. Many times, these pallets come from exotic locations and are made from native exotic woods. But through shipping and clumsy handling, many of these pallets are damaged. A lot of the time they are simply discarded after use. These beautiful samples of another world typically turn into landfill or mulch.

This mirror was made using two partially destroyed shipping pallets. The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old victorian french mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf.

The Vladimir is available on commission, please contact Karl Zahn with all inquiries.



Anarky For ever

I had to share this amazing photograph.



The Small Stakes with big rewards.

The Small Stakes is a design studio that comes up with some amazing work. They have a cool little promotion going on for prints during the month of December: Buy any 2 posters and you'll receive an additional poster of their choice for free. (all their work is amazing so your guaranteed a winner)

(These images are to entice my friend at SOD)

You can check out and buy all of their work here.



New Sweater

Dan MCarthy creates some amazing prints and illustrations. This is his latest print which is clever and brilliantly done.Check out the rest of his work here.


Time to Power up.

Digging this illustration of Power up Mushrooms by Poked Studio.

"found these power-up mushrooms in my garden, and thought I'd find out what powers they gave me...burp! inspired by the power -up mushrooms found in many video games such as super mario world.


Sweet Honda Music

This commercial for Honda was shot out in Cali, where they routed out patterns of grooves in the road so when the Civic drove over them it would make a series of sounds caused by vibrations (think rumble strips on the side of the highway).

Created by RPA.




Helvetica just took over my RSS Feed reader and I am a little bit giddy....You can grab it here.

Thanks to miss. swissmiss!


Classy Goon.

I didn't really get into wine (or goon) until my adventures in Australia. Alcohol is quite an expensive habit down under so many of the locals, or the ones that I hung out with, really appreciated boxed wine. I never really came across any boxed wine with eye-catching ( in a good way) package design... until now.

Now you can get a box wine that looks awesome and will get you drunk (win, win).
Conveniently available in 3L & 5L sizes.

Check it out at hauswein.de


Breakfast Keyboard.



Go Away

Hope everyone had a good Turkey Day... I know I did.



Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving folks!


Geared heart.

This is INSANE ! Perfect example of amazing Japanese design.

via core77


Finally! All of us Photoshop nerds can display our love of the software through these cool little buttons (badges) that showcase all the PS toolbar icons.
We should go one step nerdier and have something with the shortcut keys for each?

Grab them here.

via BLTD

Scale it back!

This stool by atypyk (from the saint etienne biennale 08) weighs you while you sit... make sure to keep this away from the dinner table this Thursday.via designboom


Design School Spam

There is a great article at Design Observer about Graphic Design School Spam and the bastardizing of an entire academic process...

Album Art.

Album art is one of the coolest forms of graphic design. I have drawn a lot of inspiration from album covers over the years so this Play and Dsiplay Frame is perfect for easily transforming your classic and contemporary album covers into a hanging works of art.

Make a feature of your favorite vinyl record covers with these clever frames. The front of the frame flips open with the touch of a finger to let you change your display at whim, while the cushioned back ensures both single and double albums can be accommodated.
Grab it here.

via BLTD

Three Monkeys

Damn it Dave Kinsey ! Why are you so damn awesome... and why is everything always SOLD OUT!?

Check out the new work by Kinsey...

This one makes my ears sweat!

Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru (Three Monkeys)


Historical Street Art

Everyone's favorite street artist/designer has already cemented his place in history during the 2008 US Presidential Elections with his posters and imagery of Barack Obama. Just when you think he couldn't be more of a big deal... he can be. The Smithsonian Institute is raising the $75K needed to purchase the giant, fine art version of the iconic Obama image used in the presidential campaign to put in the National Portrait Gallery.

This election has turned out to be historical on so many levels! I love it !
Long live street art!

via omgposters

Flip Book Madness

This flipbook video for Kraak & Smaak is awesome... reminds me of a Wes Anderson flick.



So after a month of growing out my luscious Octobeard... I have finally tapped out.
But don't worry I made sure some pictures, typography and a badass logo came out of it.

And remember... beards are way cooler than society has made them out to be.
Next step: Decembeard: This time its personal!


Things Done Changed!

via trendland



Stop reading this and GO...


Univ. of MD Homecoming

Best. Picture. Ever.

via dcist


Gui Borchert's "Words of Change"

This is another awesome piece of work by Gui Borchert for the Artist's for Obama gallery.

Buy this print here and check out the Artists for Obama prints here.

via rr

Pipe Wrench Fight !

This is a literal interpretation of everyone's favorite A-HA song ( I think it's the only A-HA song we know) It is hilarious... found myself LOLing.


How tie!

Finally someone has made my life easier by including the instructions for tying a tie, RIGHT ON THE TIE.
via dfm


Scotch ... Scotch... Scotch

If I were a single malt scotch... I would dress EXACTLY like this. How awesome is the packaging for Highland Park ?!

via dieline


Feeding animals

via dyt


Check out this awesome typographic navigation for the British Heart Foundation website... pretty clean and clever.

via cpluv


Lego Madness

I know there are a lot of things going around the internets about getting life-size Lego sculptures of yourself made for $60K... but this is waaaay better.

Check out Jason Freeny's Micro Schematic. Pretty redonkulously good.

via priek

Max Kerning

Max Kerning is a good dude...

via ilt

The Martyr

Check out this awesome light by The Play Coalition called the Martyr. The little guy is holding on for dear "light."

via designboom



I love these ink/watercolor illustrations by Nathan Manire. He uses swirls, lines and different shapes to make these awesome portraits of Hunter S. Thompson, Jack White and Tome Yorke. The use of shapes and lines to illustrate make the whole thing look very fluid and his subtle use of color really makes the portraits pop.
via mocoloco


Takeaway Videos

I just discovered La Blogotheque's Takeaway Video Podcasts and they are friggin' amazing. Here is the basic premise of the series...

Every week, we invite an artist or a band to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, or even in a flat or in an elevator, and we film the whole session. Of course, what makes the beauty of it is all the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectingly. Besides, we do not edit the videos so they look perfectly flawless, instead we keep the raw sound of the surroundings. Our goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.

The Take away shows exist since April 2006. There was Chryde, who wanted to shake things up and find another way to share music, and there was Vincent Moon, who wanted to film music differently. Chryde offered Moon to go and film musicians in the city, Moon seized the idea and glorified it. Since then, other directors across the world joined this project, and we plan to extend it worldwide.

I watched most of my favorite bands but I can't stop watching the Bon Iver videos. THe Takeaway video of 'Skinny Love' makes me wanna pack up and go to Paris for their show tomorrow night!



Different Romantics

I love the way these juice bottles are photographed...so quirky and original. Just like the label design. (by: Klas Ernflo)