Posts about 'humor'

five fun things from fred and friends

do you need a laugh today? if any of these newly created products from the clever folks over at fred and friends don’t make you smile just a little, i don’t know what will!

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the calf and half creamer

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fingerfood hors d’ouevres plates

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airfork one children’s utensil

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salt and peeper dual shaker

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feet first: finish line doormat

i know a few people who would get a kick out of that doormat.

see more fun and find out where to purchase these gems at fred’s website.


retro 80’s jazz tunes by the lost fingers

if you like django reinhardt (who i prefer to call mango – sorry) and 80’s pop music too, then i hope then you have two minutes to look at and listen to this awesomely awesome arrangement by the very clever band from beautiful quebec called the lost fingers.

the lost fingers website is still getting put together, so for now enjoy you can their musical stylings and see what they’re up to over at their myspace page. brilliant!

via le zèbre bleu


bent objects food art – behind the scenes

if you enjoy beloved indianapolis talent terry border’s humorous bent object food art like i do and have four minutes today, check out this video interview below that he did with rhett and link. they show us terry’s studio and thoughts behind some of his greatest vignettes. it’s some interesting insight into an agile, creative mind.

terry’s book will be out next year and it is going to be great. say hello and get a taste of what you have to look forward to on his website.


fauna chico keychains

i never wanted to carry a stuffed animal around with my keys until i saw these humorous handprinted keychains from new york’s salvor fauna. they’re pretty big — about 3″ x 8″ — so now i just need a purse big enough to keep it in.

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find these pieces and see their other supercute animal accessories at design public.


embroidery by dee clements

here is the greatest combination of handicraft and technology i have seen in quite some time: embroidered my space profiles carefully crafted by local chicago artist dee clements onto old handkerchiefs.

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what proficient skill and what a hilarious project! i hope these go up live somewhere so i can see them in person.

say hi to dee at her blog, the paper crane. see more of her genius work on her website and see what’s for sale at her etsy shop too.

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naughty betty cards: let’s chat!

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i nearly spit my drink out when i opened my birthday card from a dear friend recently. actually i may have and i am still a little embarrassed about it, but i couldn’t help it. it was a laugh-out-loud funny, harsh and absolutely inimitable naughty betty card, from the dark and stormy minds of chicago designers christine montaquila and courtney weinberg. christine and courtney clearly have a bright sense of humor and a keen sense of style. their cards are sharp and truthful but are tempered with just a skinch of sentimentality. this formidable combination has enough visual jet fuel to teleport you to a playful place, stand by patiently idling its engines while you play around there for a bit and get you back to planet earth satisfied and smiling. let’s have a chat with c + c and find out more!

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q: where do you live, and where do you create your collection?
a: we live in the northern suburbs of chicago. we’re minivan driving, latte drinking suburban moms. can’t even try to hide it. we either create our cards in our home offices, borders, or crouched in a broom closet so our toddlers don’t find us.

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q: how did you two come together to create naughty betty?
a: we worked together as a writer/art director team at ogilvy & mather in chicago. we did many, many campaigns for women’s brands that we loved but never made it out the door. so we started to craft a voice and look we loved that was brutally honest, and talked to women the way women talk to women.

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q: can you tell us a bit about your creative process? how do these cards get out of your head and onto the paper?
a: it really is a very organic process. a lot of our inspiration comes from our lives. our hectic, crazy, extremely average lives. we tend to write down funny stuff along the way and see how it feels as a card and if it captures a sentiment just right. then we revise, revise, revise.

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q: your collection is so memorable thanks in part to its bold and clean graphic style. do either of you have a design background?
a: the design is courtney’s gig, but since i’m the writer i will speak for her. she’s got a design background and a fabulous eye for cool, modern things. she obsesses over every color! she’s really a design whore. (ed. note: this is the quote of the week.)

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q: the laugh-out-loud, descriptive imagery in your cards really hits the nail on the head and takes me (and i suspect everyone else!) to a specific place and time. have you drawn on your own experiences while creating them?
a: oh yes. all of it. i suspect my husband secretly watches porn, and i have been that drunk girl peeing in an alley. when courtney was ten she french kissed her pillow with braces on. anything you read, we’ve lived.

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q: what inspires you to make the line?
a: we love the idea of connecting with women and creating this dialogue about modern life. we certainly live differently then our mother’s did, working, raising children etc., so part of it is a social commentary on it all. after working in advertising for 15 years, we also love the honesty we’re able to have. you simply couldn’t be this blunt in an ad, but the truth is, people love the truth. they respond to it. and we love being culturally relevant too. greeting cards have a shelf life, so we can talk about things in the world that work now, but may not in two years. plus, life is just a hoot. senators having gay sex in bathrooms, people eating cockroaches on tv… this is good stuff!

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q: exactly who is naughty betty? any relation to ugly betty?
a: naughty betty is the name we came up with on the phone when we realized all the other names we liked were trademarked. it was a bit before ugly betty got so big. we loved the idea of it being a woman’s name, and the naughty gives us permission to offend people with our harsh language. “We’re not Politically Correct Betty” is what I like to say!

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you can purchase naughty betty cards at multiple choices and paper boy here in chicago, as well as paper doll in portland, heartfelt in san francisco and nancy nancy in brooklyn. if you are a retailer contact calypso cards for distribution info, and for more general hilarity and to contact christine and courtney, see their website.

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thank you ladies!


michelangelo’s kite by atypyk

what am i on a michelangelo kick today? maybe. how funny would it be to look up in the sky on a breezy summer day and see the hand of god sistine chapel style, courtesy of the fun folks at atypyk?

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pretty darn funny, i would guess.

this product is not quite available for sale yet, but in the meantime, see all of atypyk’s other fun products right here — great stuff!


abr’s cul is cool stool

hah! i enjoy my designy (window) shopping posts so get ready for a few fun ones. look here at the reproduction rear end of michelangelo’s david, made new again by ramón ubeda and otto canalda, of spain’s abr. this fresh fanny is made of polypropelene and unlike the stone original is apparently quite lightweight.

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you can purchase the stool in berlin at bcn. the red version is a special edition and you can find it over at the conran shop.

see more designs by the witty duo at abr.


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