Design

Great Fashion Moments From 13 Classic Holiday Films

By

We’ve guided you to offbeat holiday films, classic holiday films, anti-Christmas movies, excellent holiday movies, lousy holiday movies, and a holiday movie so lousy it’s excellent. Now let’s talk about holiday movie fashion. Sometimes I watch old Christmas movies just to ogle the stunning, shimmering formal dresses inevitably worn by the female leads. It’s a productive use of time over the holiday break, clearly.
…Read More

Literary T-Shirts for Last-Minute Holiday (or Treat-Yourself) Gifts

By

I’m obsessed with literary T-shirts because they’re my version of band T-shirts — exactly the kind of geeky, nerdy, not-quite-hipster item that fits my personality. I won’t mention how many I own. And a Jane Eyre T-shirt was my most treasured MFA graduation present. So, in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d honor night seven of Hanukkah and the penultimate eve before Christmas Eve by sharing a few perfect literary T-shirts to purchase for yourself or a loved one before the year ends.
…Read More

Creative 2015 Calendars to Inspire You in the New Year

By

Another new year, another new calendar — because nothing makes us feel the trembling of our mortality more than tracking time each and every day. If you’re like us, sometimes a digital calendar just won’t cut it. Enjoy putting pen to paper and watching the days flip by? Pick up one of these beautifully designed 2015 calendars that are sure to get your creative juices …Read More

Beautiful Pastry Shops Around the World

By

Desserts aren’t just delicious. They’re a sensory experience meant to be savored with every bite. The perfect pâtisserie offers more than just sweets. Bakers and food artisans have known for eons that nothing excites our palettes more than beautiful surroundings filled with delicious treats that tempt our eyes before our tummies. We traveled around the world to bring you some of the most beautiful pastry shops, where delighting in a decadent dessert is an art.
…Read More

Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

By

There’s nothing like seeing the working versions of a soon-to-be-iconic pop culture artifact — that fascination with process is at the root of our love for studio music bootlegs, handwritten writing drafts, deleted movie scenes, and the like. The promotional images for the Star Wars movies unquestionably hold a hallowed place in film and cultural history, and they’re all beautifully reproduced in Star Wars Art: Posters, the fifth and final volume in the George Lucas-curated series. But even better are the initial pencil sketches and work-in-progress drafts of those images that fill in the gaps. Lucasfilm and publisher Abrams Books were kind enough to share a few of those rough drafts with us, along with some additional bits of alternate poster lore; check them all out after the jump.
…Read More

Jaw-Dropping Redesigns of the ‘Harry Potter’ Books

By

Everyone loves the Harry Potter books — 450 million units sold, at last count — but one Hungarian design student took her love for those books a step further, and came up with something rather (dare I say it) magical. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) “The Harry Potter books are so magical, so mysterious, and so adventurous,” writes Kincső Nagy, introducing her BA degree project at the art showcase site Behance. Nagy says that she chose to redesign them “to show this extraordinary atmosphere of the books.” She created covers for the entire series and devised ingenious “interactive illustrations” for the inaugural volume; check out our faves after the jump.
…Read More

Fictional Heroes Drink Booze, Pop Pills, and Read Karl Marx in Lichtenstein-Inspired Illustration Series

By

From Disney to superheroes to Star Wars, the lives of our favorite pop-culture characters are well documented. But, of course, if they were real people, they’d do plenty of things that wouldn’t make it to the page or screen. In a fun series of illustrations titled The Secret Life of Heroes (which we spotted via Fubiz), Grégoire Guillemin takes stylistic inspiration from the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein and imagines what these fictional icons’ private moments might look like. Click through to see Scrooge McDuck read Das Kapital, Darth Vader nurse a stiff drink, and Aladdin‘s own Jasmine pick up a pack of the birth control pills that (almost) share her name.
…Read More