Another free label post to help you with your guest toiletry organisation – my latest obsession, I’m afraid. I’ve been obsession over the jars to put them in, what type of toothbrushes to buy (decided for bamboo, but they aren’t in these photos as they haven’t been delivered yet) and whether to buy bath robes and slippers for the guest bathroom. I know, I’m going all Martha Stewart (in a random sort of way), but can’t help myself. Anyways, hope you can find a use for these!
For all clients with a payment gateway website: please be informed there are new rules for eCommerce merchants regarding the CVN/CVV2, which is the 3 or 4-digit security number on a credit card.
On the 1st of April, Visa and MasterCard mandated that all online transactions must include the CVN/CVV2 from the credit card being used. By now your merchant bank should have been in contact to advise you of the required changes. This mandate is now being enforced, and non-compliant merchants are being contacted to ensure their website is updated to capture this field.
If you are currently processing transactions without capturing the CVN/CVV2, you need to update your website to make this a required field on your payment form. In the near future, transactions processed without CVN/CVV2 data will be rejected by the gateway.
What you need to do
Your “Credit card processing” field under Site Manager – Web Forms should already include the CCV field. If that is not the case please get in touch as soon as possible to allow us to fix this for you.
On May 2nd, the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog has released an update to their HTML & CSS coding guidelines doc. Several notable recommendations below.
I always like to brag about my clients, so here’s April’s crop. It’s so lovely to see lovely people and products getting the attention they deserve.
Produced by legendary Chuck Jones, this little film about the love between a freedom-loving (female) dot and a dependable (male) line is a treasure of sprightly language and delightful visuals.
It is enchanting, charming, witty – everything one could expect from a master of animation who was responsible for creating such cultural icons as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner. And incidentally, The Dot and the Line won the 1965 Oscar for Best Animated Short movie. Read more
Just a bit of random fun, that proves drawing is the answer to everything, even to understanding mathematics (Pythagora and the Greeks knew that).
Gorgeous bit of type history discovered on Imprint: In 1937, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Bauer Type Foundry in 1837, the firm issued “Bauer’s Family Tree of Printing Types.” It’s a whimsical, slightly inaccurate and completely gorgeous work of art, a rare treat for any typography aficionado. I just love how you can visually follow the history of type.
So lately I find myself drawn again to jars (old obsession). And since I have bought quite a few of them recently, a revamping of the pantry was quite in order, complete with colourful labels and pretty patterns. Which I now offer to you for free download, should you feel the spring clean itch.
Steve Jobs died yesterday and the news pretty much paralised me for most of today. I hadn’t realised how much this one man did for me. How many of the things I love in my life I owe to him and his vision. So I have to say this, as publicly as I can:
Thank you Steve. For my tools of the trade, for my toys, for giving me the means to create things I can be proud of. For making it believable that it is not necessary to compromise on one’s dreams. For making it that bit easier for me not to compromise on mine. Thank you and I hope you’re having fun reinventing Paradise.
I’ve nopticed these new, extended sitelinks about a week or two ago, but it seems they are now here to stay. They are 12 links deep, with a snapshot of each page under teh corresponding link, and take up about 90% of the results page. What search terms do they show up for? What do they mean for your business? How to get them? All that and some images after the jump.
Little type illustration done when brain airing was required.
If you read this blog before you’ll know I’m a fan of Annie Leibovitz. I also happen to love Angelina Jolie for a whole lot of reasons. I’m not into the whole Louis Vuitton “brand yourself as middle class by hanging a bag that spells its label on your shoulder” kind of thing, but that’s irrelevant: they are at this point in time the world’s biggest luxury brand, ahead of Hermes.
And yet, despite this formidable partnership comes a floppy campaign, based on a lie, bad Photoshopping and a complete disconnect between the brand values and the said campaign.
I found Dana Tanamachi’s work a while back via Dribbble – she’s pure magic with the cheapest of materials: chalk. Photos a video after the jump, and make sure you head over to her wonderful chalk lettering website fore more beautiful illustrations.
Lactobar Retro-Bistro is a new and very popular restaurant in Oradea, Romania (Lactobar means milk bar, in Romanian). Obviously, the drink of choice is not milk, but bear, however what’s interesting about this joint is the outlandish, crazy, cool and perfectly kitsch decor.
From an old Romanian car embedded into the wall to doilies, old newspapers, tapes, dolls and vacuum cleaners, this place reuses all the odds and ends one usually finds in one’s attic or grandmother’s house – and mashes them into a highly polished, friendly collage.
Sheer genius, it reminds me a bit of the Kitsch Museum, opened in Bucharest sometime during the early 00s. Anyway, lots of images – and a video – after the jump!
So I spent most of May and a good part of June travelling Europe with my husband – it was a wonderful, wonderful vacation: we ate our way through loads of good food; we drank too much and walked 10-12 hours a day. We visited Paris, London, Florence, Rome and finally my city of birth, Bucharest. We came back thin, exhausted, enthralled and with some 3000+ photographs, which I’ll now have to sort out. Only fair, I took most of them. New camera. Couldn’t help myself.
Anyways, while making full use of my new zoom lens I took more than 100 photos of lions, all around Europe. I don’t think I ever appreciated how important the lion is in the art and heraldry of Europe until I started noticing it everywhere.
I woke up this morning to an interesting story: Markets for Change and GetUp have put together a controversial ad about Harvey Norman (Australian furniture retailer) contributing to Australian deforestation by their timber sourcing policies. The ad was subsequently banned, and an irate George Harvey came on television to say he’s getting aggressive emails from his customers threatening to never buy again.
A while back I published an article about a Haagen Dazs campaign for the bees of United States. Well, since then the bee problem has spread to the rest of the world, and while the phenomenon seems to be in decline in America according to Time Magazine, it has become a problem Europe has to reckon with.
Gary LeMaster is a NewZealand born, US educated linguist, with a PhD in Spanish from the University of Iowa and who speaks five or six languages and is colourblind. NOT your usual Art grad. He’s witty, articulate and funny, and his eggshell art is downright unbelievable.
Just a little chicken egg that I just finished painting – not varnished yet, so no pretty gloss, but since I wanted to post this before Sunday it’ll have to do. Almost midnight where I am, so Happy Easter everyone! full image after the jump – and more to come, once it’s properly varnished)
It so happens that once in a while my world stops in its tracks while I lose myself in admiration for someone’s style. It happens quite a lot, and since I love sharing everything I find beautiful, this new series is what I’ll use to celebrate style and beauty – not only in design, but in fashion, art and personal glamour.
The first in this series, Princess Margaret of Great Britain – chain smoking, hard partying, beautiful and rather tragic younger sister of Queen Elizabeth – with her bouffants, off-shoulder dresses and mesmerising eyes. I hope she is in fashion and love heaven.
It seems to me, of late, that everyone is attracted to circular logos more than any other type. I have started avoiding providing a circular option – unless I am very happy with it, for fear my clients will choose that over stronger, non-circular concepts.
And yet what is it about circular logos that attracts people so? The symmetry? The balance? The comforting, enveloping shape? The association with authority (police and army badges), or with money (coins)? I wish someone could riddle me this, but in the meanwhile enjoy a handful of my favourite – or crowd’s favourite – circular logo designs.