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Brilliant movie title sequences by Saul Bass

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By Josie Portillo in Video on Friday 2 March 2012

Among the best purchases I’ve recently made is this massive 428 page book on Saul Bass, who was one of the leading graphic designers of the last century. He is responsible for some of the best movie title sequences I have ever seen, including titles such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man With The Golden Arm.

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Nixon album cover design by Josie Portillo

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By Josie Portillo in New Design on Friday 2 March 2012

A few months back, I was commissioned by the indie pop label Cloudberry Records to design the artwork for Swedish musician Nixon’s upcoming album. The album will be a 7” vinyl, which made working on this project all the more exciting for me.

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Feathers handbag: designed by Effy and Alexander Girard

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By Josie Portillo in New Fashion on Thursday 1 March 2012

Just when I thought my love for handbags and everything Alexander Girard had reached their limits, I come across this collaboration between The Alexander Girard Trust and Effy. Effy, a high end fashion accessory brand based in Japan, used original Alexander Girard textile patterns for this handbag collection.

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Elrod House designed by John Lautner

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By Josie Portillo in Architecture on Wednesday 29 February 2012

The best part of going to Palm Springs Modernism Week 2012 was the chance to go on a private tour of the Elrod House designed by the famed architect John Lautner. The house is composed of beautiful geometric shapes and consists of spectacular 270 degree views of the desert, which really helps integrate this massive concrete structure into its natural environment.

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Eunice San Miguel

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By Josie Portillo in New Illustration on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Lately, I’ve been swooning over the artwork of LA-based illustrator Eunice San Miguel. I especially love the way she manipulates traditional mediums in order to create a combination of surreal, and nostalgic imagery. All the fine details in her paintings are executed really beautifully and gives you the sense that she has a patient hand.

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Wooden Swiss Army Knife

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By Josie Portillo in New Products on Wednesday 29 February 2012

I recently discovered a new found love for Swiss army knives. Their practicality and ingenuous design make them a must-have. And what better than this wooden Huntsman Swiss Army knife to accompany you on your next outdoor adventure?

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