Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




Origami Inspiration

{ Friday, January 11, 2013 }

After watching the PBS documentary, Between the Folds, all we could think about was how the art of origami could be applied to packaging design. The documentary reveals how the Japanese tradition of paper folding has redefined art and science. It is fascinating and breathtaking to see how a simple piece of paper can be transformed. As designers and creatives, our minds were racing with how we can use origami as inspiration for packaging design. Origami can be used to create unique, efficient, and gorgeous packaging. We cannot wait to use these new ideas for our next packaging project.

If you haven't seen the documentary we absolutely recommend it. You can watch it here

A Touch of Texture

{ Friday, January 04, 2013 }

Even just a hint of texture can spruce up an invitation, a purse, a poster, or anything at all. Adding that extra element of texture makes any piece more visually appealing but also the enhances the tactile quality of a work. Some of our favorite textures come from nature and vary from wood grains to crystal patterns. Here are some textured pieces that we find absolutely beautiful and inspiring. 

Happy Holidays

{ Friday, December 21, 2012 }

Warm wishes and happy holidays from the DFM Team!

Design Blog of the Week: This is Paper

{ Friday, December 14, 2012 }

This week's design blog of the week goes to This is Paper. This is Paper curates a well rounded collection of architecture, product design, fashion design, interior design, fine art, graphic design, and photography. The blog features works that reflects an elegant and delicate design aesthetic full of soft pastels and neutrals complemented by clean lines and a touch of wood here and there. Aside from This is Paper's impeccable taste, we want to highlight that the blog often showcases student work. It is nice to see young artists and designers with fresh new ideas and even nicer to see well-known blogs recognizing the importance of supporting the up and coming not just the established. 

All Images via This is Paper

Get Warped!

{ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 }

The "warped" look is a current design trend that is translating to new art forms such as photography and fine art. The style first emerged as scanner manipulation and evolved into the aesthetic style seen in the images below. It is interesting that artists and designers are just starting to explore warped and organic forms when Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi mastered the style in the late 1800s. To see some of the master's work click here

All images via Tumblr 

Big and Bold

{ Wednesday, November 07, 2012 }

Current design aesthetic is moving towards all things bigger and bolder. Everything from typefaces to gridlines and even colors are getting punched up. This new trend is playful, loud and hard to ignore. The style even filters over into fashion with bold color blocking and oversized silhouettes.

Images via 1. Nagel Probe 2. Supaire Frappe 3. Tumblr 4. Alt Studio 5. Tumblr 6. Celine 7. Celine

Margiela for H&M

{ Thursday, October 25, 2012 }

Maison Martin Margiela designed a collection for H&M and it's safe to say that all of us at DFM are beyond excited. We have admired the genius of Margiela for some time and now it's just within reach. With affordable prices and to die for pieces, the Margiela for H&M collection has DFM in a frenzy. We are counting down the days until the collection hits stores on November 15... see you in line!

Margiela H&M

All images via Vogue

Vintage Photo Shoot Inspiration

{ Monday, October 15, 2012 }

We've been busy worker bees these past few weeks, and our poor blog has been feeling a little neglected! Nobody puts baby in the corner (or, more accurately: we can't put our blog in the corner for long before we begin to miss it and feel terrible for not attending to its needs!).The DFM calendar is packed with a ton of fun in the next few months. First up is a launch / holiday photo shoot for our client that is the retailer of vintage / vintage inspired engagement rings later this week. Before any photo shoot, we always make a mood board to capture the feeling and aesthetic we're aiming for (which also helps us buy awesome props, I might add). Here's our mood board for the upcoming shoot: vintage meets modern paired with love, stunning jewelry, and just a little quirkiness. Can't wait!

All images via Trunk Archive

Nightfall in Los Angeles

{ Friday, September 14, 2012 }

This video, called "Nightfall" by Colin Rich, is a three minute tour of light through our very own city of Los Angeles. Shot using mostly time lapse through dusk and dawn, "Nightfall" captures the beauty of Los Angeles like we've never seen it before. From Rich: "I shot 'Nightfall' in an attempt to capture Los Angeles as it transitioned from day to night. Nightfall in particular is my favorite time to shoot time lapse. Capturing the transition from day to night while looking back at the city as the purple shadow of Earth envelops the eastern skyline and the warm distant twinkling halogen lights spark to life and give the facing sun a run for her money - this will never grow old or boring to me. I hope you enjoy watching it as much and I enjoyed creating it." Below are a few of our favorite stills from the video, but the beauty of the time-lapse is best captured in video form. Check out Colin on Facebook by clicking here.

All images from the "Nightfall" video by Colin Rich.

Living in Color - Hot Red Orange

{ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 }

Love these flowers in Pantone Warm Red C from Pike's Place Market in Seattle. What an amazing color!

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