Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview: Lindsay Nohl of Paper Bicycle


Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Lindsay Nohl of Paper Bicycle Creative. Lindsay is a highly motivated, creative genius and wears many different hats. She teaches at MCAD and is the owner and creative director for Paper Bicycle Creative. The agency provides a variety of services specializing in product design and development. Another side of Lindsay and PB that has generated some excitement, is the shift in focus of the Paper Bicycle blog. The shift in the blog is to create a daily pattern, and have her fellow creatives at PB assist in the production. They've definitely found a niche and the things they produce are amazingly fun, creative and inspirational. She has great taste and a great sense for trend. Please browse their portfolio to see for yourself. Lindsay has been a tremendous source of help and inspiration as I delve further into my passion and appreciation for trend and product development and it was great to be able to pick her brain a little. Thanks so much Lindsay!

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Q: How did Paper Bicycle come to be?
A: I've always loved working in art and drawing, I used to make my own stationary at home. After working for a couple of corporations I realized that it was possible to have a job where I could just draw and design art all day. If I wanted to draw cupcakes all day, I could, and I could have a job doing it. I was freelancing and licensing my art, and in that process was building a client base. As I started my business I realized that I was enjoying the whole process of the product development cycle more than just the art production, so I altered my plan to include more of this work.

Q: With the shift of the blog to the daily pattern, which do you find more fun? The pattern making, or the product development?
A: The pattern making is sort of like a return to free association creative brain dump, like free writing or free drawing. It's a place where I can show some personal work that I like doing, but the product development is definitely a fun challenge. I like the challenge of thinking across all of the small pieces of a collection. Creating each piece from the endcap to the thing that sits on the shelf; that's what I find most exciting, seeing a collection from birth to production.

Q: Where do you see the blog going/growing in the future?
A: We'd really like to have the blog be more interactive and have more guest artists. In July we started an open contest and called for submissions. It would be great to get more people involved.

Q: What is your favorite bird?
A: Red Factor Canary

Saturday, July 16, 2011

West Elm Indian Wood Block Prints

A friend (thanks Mel!) shared this with me the other day, and I thought it was super cool. I have a passion for printing and love seeing it in action. Plus as this deals with things for the home, it's definitely applicable here, on this blog.

It looks like West Elm has chosen "the world's great hand-block printing artisans" from Rajasthan India to create the print and pattern for a new line of textiles. Beautiful colors, amazing details and fantastic craftsmanship. Definitely worth a closer look.

Below are video and a couple images about the collection from West Elm.



Monday, July 11, 2011

Trend Board: Bald Eagle Inspiration

In honor of the recent 4th of July holiday, here's a trend board for mens' summer clothes inspired by our national symbol: the Bald Eagle.

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The Bald Eagle is a majestic, strong and graceful bird. It is a fairly simple bird in terms of its appearance, presenting shades of brown and white with yellow beak and talons. I used this simplicity as well as the ideas of texture and lines to create this trend board. I focused on shades of brown, with white and yellow being the accent colors. The clothes are straight forward and for the most part of pretty casual, but could be dressed up a bit too. Pieces include a suit, pants, shorts, shirts, shoes, along with some fun accents of a bright yellow bracelet, satin tie, and flashy yellow socks.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Trend Board: Puffin Inspiration

As a lover of birds, I continuously find them inspiration. This is the first in a weekly series of posts where I use a bird as inspiration for a trend.

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I chose the puffin because I've been thinking about them for a while. I don't know why that is, but regardless they've been on my mind. They've always been one of my favorite birds because they are so interesting looking. I love their colorful beaks and the pops of bright color they have. The expression on their face is one of playfulness, curiosity, and youth. I also associate adventure and rugged outdoors-y-ness with them because of their coastal cliff habitats. I also love the variations in textures they have, from the hard and chiseled beaks, to the soft feathers, down to their slick webbed-feet. They have some great attributes that I thought would work well for boys clothes.

The trend board I've created showcases many of those attributes. The collection of clothes for boys ages 5-10 that emulate the puffins playfulness and sense of adventure. Pieces include graphic tees, hoodies, shorts and pants. Using neutral grounds with bright accent colors in the graphics and on the stitching, collars, cuffs that echo the puffin's beak. The graphics used would be more simple shapes, but with various textures. The themes of the graphics would be playful, adventurous, natural/outdoorsy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Espadrille Shoes

This morning, I ran in the Go Commando 5K Adventure Race. It was a lot of fun, very messy, but overall a good time. During the race you encounter numerous obstacles and a few of them can ruin your shoes. Those shoe killing obstacles include running through part of a swamp, running in a muddy track, a water slide, jumping over fire and then running through the large mud pit right before the finish line. As I said, very messy.

After finishing the race I went to get cleaned up at the changing tents, and outside the changing tents I saw a place where you could recycle your shoes. I forgot the company's name that was doing this, but needless to say there were a lot of shoes in the pile, and it was not even half way though race day. I imagine that at the end of the day they would have several 100 pairs. After I saw that pile of shoes I started thinking about how they would have to be taken somewhere to be processed and cleaned, and cut up and pulverized and then maybe cleaned again and then treated somehow to make them ready to be reformed into new shoes or possibly something completely different. It just seems like so much work to go through for something that, after that whole process, might have little to no impact on the environment. What if there was a different way to make shoes? That didn't mean more processing and even recycling, but just a natural method with natural products?

And those questions can be answered by a company I came across the other day. It's a company called Industry of All Nations. "In April 2010, Industry of All Nations became a design and development office founded with a commitment to rethink methods of production for consumer goods and to connect local manufacturing with world fashion." (copied from their website here.) One of the projects they have are biodegradable shoes, the Espadrille. Apparently designed back in 1907 Brazil, now being updated with a hightop version. The shoes look very simple, practical, and would make an easy entrance into the summer weather casual to semi-casual shoe category. I bet after you break them in the jute sole just becomes and extension of your own, would be curios to try them.




Granted, the Espadrille is definitely a fashion shoe and probably wouldn't do too well in an obstacle course 5K, but the fact remains that there are more eco-friendly methods available to produce and get rid of shoes.

Images taken from Industry of All Nations at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quantum Table by Jason Phillips




I saw a post about this table on Design Spotter and was immediately inspired by what I saw. I did some other searching and found some more images from Yanko Design. Such a great juxtaposition of form and materials. Other than possibly getting your legs tangled in the base during dinner, this table is pretty sweet.

Details: Hand-formed, powder coated heavy gauge steel wire base with lacquered orange corian top.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Stylish Wallets by Dosh

Classic: Wasabi

Street: Caddy

Luxe: Trick or Treat

Wallets by Dosh made of a flexible polymer. Flash some style along with your money.