I don’t know where you currently are, my dear reader, but I can tell you that the weather here is terrible. Like in „Can we please, please, please switch from rainy to…not rainy?“ terrible. It is so dark and gloomy outside that you barely notice the time of day. Let me telly you it gets confusing when you don’t know if you are supposed to get up or if there is plenty of time to get a good dose of sleep. Okay, maybe I’m slightly over dramatising here, but you get idea: I’m craving some sunlight. That is why I instantly fell for this beautiful picture by Jenny which she shot in Hawaii. I hope you have spent a wonderful weekend nonetheless and be assured that with that post the little weather chit-chat is covered for a while. Good Monday everyone!
Image: Aubrey Road
A week of silence wasn’t actually my plan at all, but somehow time sneakily passed by and this blog ended up all empty and abandoned. I don’t know about you, but the month of December always passes in a blink of an eye. There are always a million of little things on the list that have to be done…no, correction: that you want to be done. A whirlwind passes by of lovely evenings and cosy afternoons and then, all of a sudden, you stand in front of the Christmas tree, ornaments in hand. They say that tomorrow is the last day of 2012 and I try my best to nod my head in agreement, even though that fact didn’t really sink in until now. But maybe, as always, all it needs to get real is the lovely bunch of friends, clinking glasses, telling (awesome and weird) stories and some dancing. Then, eventually, I will come around. 2013? Let’s do this!
Image: Definitely Golden
So, we spoke about trends in terms of design and more specifically websites and blogs, one of them being handwriting. It clearly has stepped into the spotlight of the design scene and managed to reach pretty every area by now. From packaging to magazines, there is more and more use of this particular element and it seems that the trend will go on (yes, I actually wrote down those words…). So, I had this little observation in mind and at the same time I mused about my personal relationship to pen and paper. That made me think that the internet is one curious thing (yes, I just said that as well. That sounds oh so profound of me. A blogger gets philosophical and all. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one weird day). I would like to elaborate on that.
As you saw in my yesterday’s favourite list, I always carry a pen and a notebook with me. Sure, there is by now an app for every task ahead of me and I do make use of quite a few of them. They are very practical, by the way. Nothing gets lost (where did I write the number down?), nothing is forgotten (goodbye little post-its) and nothing has to be written four or five times from top to bottom (to accomplish a story without editing is a fairy tale). Everything is taken care of and in theory, I hardly need those classic tools. If you will, they almost seem like prehistoric relics in this digital age. I guess, this is something which is not even that far away from the truth. Even if we still make use of them, the frequency changed for sure. I guess, some people use a pen uniquely for the purpose of signing their names by now. With this evolution in mind, isn’t it astonishing that handwriting has become a trend in the design area. It almost seems like it made its way from paper to screen, being banished from one medium, it conquered another one.
Image: The blue hour
To throw in the word „trend“ at some point in a conversation or an article is maybe mostly common in the fashion field. The word comes with a heavy connotation a lot of baggage. Some people use the term reverently, some people do the contrary. Of one thing one can be sure, though: it will not relinquish its place of one of the most frequently used words when it comes to garments, fabrics and cuts.
Yet, as we know, trends can be observed pretty much everywhere. When you take a look at the blogosphere and website landscape, for example, you most certainly are going to notice a few elements which pop up repeatedly. Those elements are used either in the exactly same manner or they have been pushed a little or a lot further. If you will, they are a testimony of a certain taste which has developed over time, a certain visual preference which is shared by more and more people. A few years ago, for example, there were two materials which were very much beloved when it came the choice of the background: wood planks and patterned wallpaper. Those ones really got around, so I’m sure you encountered just a I did, many many versions of them. That’s not to say that this is something I think disdainfully of. Sometimes I fall for a certain aesthetic and well, why shouldn’t I? It happens that just after a little while, I’m visually satiated and I can’t see it any longer. But it is not unlikely that this while lasts and I end up liking the idea for quite a long time.
Right now, we can see more and more handwriting ruling the design world. I guess, it is not that hard to know how I feel about that trend. In my opinion, it adds something organic to a lot of straight lines and when done right, it adds a little bit of warmth and a personal note.
A few things during the weekend should be obligatory like a lot of sleep, really good coffee and beautiful weather. Unfortunately we can hardly have any influence on the latter, but happily the first two are pretty feasible. So let’s strike the last one out, replacing it with something else. That something else would be, at least in my case, flowers.
About half a year ago, our apartment started to be filled with a few little (and not so little) bouquets of flowers on an almost weekly basis. Each and every corner transformed itself in a blink of an eye and the effort was comparatively small. Somehow some kind of routine set in and we found ourselves more and more often in front of the little flower shop. As it happens with routines (at least with the good ones), we got used to that little extra in our surrounding. When not around, there was something missing. It must be said, that there are no plants in any of the rooms to tide us over that fact (and that for many reasons or three to be exact, I will come to that in another post). A next visit was inevitable.
Now, buying or receiving flowers is hardly a ground breaking invention, I decided to rave about. What I’m aiming after here, is to tell you that the time factor is really crucial. There is a huge difference between having flowers around „from time to time“ and „regularly“. Buying flowers week after week means exploring all the different possibilities which come in form of shapes and colours. And all those possibilities give a lot of room for change when it comes to the atmosphere of any room.
Who could resist that?