I love everything tropical and been working on creating patterns with tropical elements for quite some time. They are very popular specially when summer comes and to my eyes they are beautiful on pretty much everything: clothes for women and men, backpacks, iPhone covers, notebooks, sneakers, leggings, activewear…
They, also, often times come back on the runway. This year, you could spot tropicals in Zuhair Murad Resort 2017 collection, Valentino Resort 2017 collection, Max Mara Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection amongst others. And according to Fashion Vignette, Style Council of NYC already came up with a moodboard for SS 2018 with palm leaves all over it so we should expect to see more tropicals next summer and I, sure, won’t complain.
You can also find tones of great tropical prints on Patternbank.
For my tropical collections, I like to use watercolor, a lot of juxtapositions and play with transparency.
You can discover my most recent tropical collection on my site here, hero also available for purchase on Patternbank.
I came across this great article in Adweek. It is from 2013, which I know is fairly old, but I still believe this is relevant and that all companies should keep storytelling in the center of the business. If people believe in your story, it means they will buy to your values and your missions which means they will become active protagonists and endorse your brand, no matter where they stand, on the external side (ie. customers) or the internal side (ie. employees). If a brand tells a story and communicate that story in a cohesive manner through all its channels, people will identify and the message will resonnate giving a lot of credibility to your brand. It is also a brilliant brand guideline, that is always there, to remind everyone what the brand stands for.
I selected an illustration from Luisa Rivera.
I came across, Australian based, Frankie Magazine, randomly in a book store in downtown Brooklyn in NY about a year ago. I really liked the cute, quirky style of the magazine and the illustrators and articles featured in it. So I started following them on all media channels and check their site from time to time. Lately, they featured Leos Heerink photography work. Leos Heerink project is about Vietnamese street bike vendors and portraying the visual compositions made of flowers, fruits and vegetables, by photographing them from above. This is an ongoing project and she initiated a kickstarter campaign to publish a book of her "Vendors From Above" project.
Have you ever been in this situation, where you are stuck at a party, with people you don't know, talking about the weather and you have reached the state of boredom and wish you would be home watching Netflix? I have been in these situations way too many times and can relate way too well. It's just so painful and sadly takes a bench of drinks for things to get more bearable. If like me, you have been there before (and I am sure, you have been), and are so done with small talks, then you should read this article. I also, very much like the illustration from Matteo Berton used for the article in Wired.
I came across these very nice illustrations from Sarah Gogal. I like the use of colors and that handmade/watercolor feel to them. These illustrations were made for an article about the vending machines culture in Japan for the Herschel Supply Journal and I discovered them as I was browsing through their site in my search for the best backpack.
We have Sonos at work and I get notification of the songs playing. This little illustration kept on showing up as Devendra Banhart's album Mala was playing and caught my attention. Love the color combination, composition so googled it. This very cute illustration is from designer and photographer Ana Kraš.