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.}




One of the best things we get to do at DFM daily is dream up new ideas and execute beautiful work. We love design in all forms, but when we were flipping through a magazine the other day we found something new and truly stunning : creating clouds in an interior space. Where did our mind go first? How cool would this look in a retail space?! After a little further reading we learned these atmospheric designs pioneered by Berndnaut Smilde last only a second, captured through photography before they dissipate. But hey, a designer can dream! To learn more about the artist and his methods, check out this article in The Washington Post

1. Dezeen 2. Science of the Time 3. Zilla Magazine 4. Science of the Time 5. Zilla Magazine 6. Installation Mag 7. Nihil Sentimentalgia 8. Leandro Elrich

Colorful, Aerial Food Photography

{ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 }

This month we're ecstatic to be working with a new client that caters fresh, gourmet food for events, business meetings, and weddings in Los Angeles. In our research to determine the brand look and feel, we've discovered a new category of food photography that we absolutely love: colorful food shot from an aerial view. This view is so atypical compared to a lot of food photography out there; so much so that we find it very appealing! The photography itself is fresh looking, and when the shots are of beautiful, colorful food, the final photos make quite a statement! See some of our favorite colorful, aerial food photos below.

Images via:

1. Aran Goyoaga, Cannelle et Vanille  2. Papillon  3. Food and Cook by Trotamundos  4. La Tartine Gourmande  5. Pinterest  6. New York Times  7. Sweet Montana  8. Karen Kimmel Studios

LK Griffin Photography

{ Friday, February 07, 2014 }

Anyone who knows the DFM team personally is well aware that our Creative Director, Jen, isn't typically one to share too many details about her personal life. However, Jen and her husband Geoff are expecting another son in the very near future, and in this case she wanted to share a few pictures from the family photo session with LK Griffin Photography this past weekend. Their photographer, Katherine, captured some amazing moments of the White / Duckworth family (including their son, Fox) and the results were just too precious not to share. See more from LK Griffin Photography by clicking here. 

Stunning Still Life Photography

{ Monday, November 04, 2013 }

November is here and the temperature is finally starting to drop here in Los Angeles. We're starting to prepare for the upcoming holiday season by creating some ads and other photography for our client, Trumpet & Horn, inspired by dark, stunning still life photography. See some of our favorites below!

Images via:

1. Bas Meeuws via Photography Served  2. Pinterest  3. Colleen Farrell via Flickr  4. Marcel Christ via Trendland  5. Paulette Tavormina via Bon Appetit  6. Citrus Still Life via Speckyboy  7. Kevin Best via DzineWatch  8. Julia Gartland via Sassy Kitchen  9. Kevin Best via Flicker  10. Girl in London on Tumblr

Hipster Statues

{ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 }

These comical hipster-dressed classical statues really do speak for themeselves. The brain-child of photographer Leo Caillard and photo retoucher Alexis Persani, these odd mash-ups prove that anything old can be made new again. 

Images via: Today I Learned Something

Chloe Sells Exhibition

{ Thursday, June 20, 2013 }

A RISD friend, Chloe Sells, is exhibiting her new photographic collection, Senescence, at the Michael Hoppen Gallery starting tomorrow! If the exhibit wasn't all the way in London, the DFM team would definitely be there in person - Chloe's new work is absolutely stunning. From Wall Street International Magazine:

"Each of the works is a unique analogue C-type print, handmade by Sells using conventional negatives overlaid with colour and patterns in the darkroom, subverting the tradition of the meticulously created tableaux. The darkroom process itself is physical, dynamic and time-consuming, constituting a further mapping of the journey. The artifice created through unusual colour and warped light is used to heighten tension between the familiar and the exotic. Image fragments and oddly cut prints have been sketched and painted upon so that each outcome is unique."

Congratulations on the exhibit, Chloe! Click here to visit the Chloe Sells website to see more of her work.

All images via Chloe's website, ChloeSells.com

Designing Sophisticated Femininity

{ Friday, May 24, 2013 }

When we design websites, it's all about the imagery. Big, beautiful imagery can do WONDERS to transfer the look and feel of a brand to an online e-commerce website. The goal is not just to get customers to buy; we also want to make them feel and experience the brand, and essentially fall in love with the site so they will want to visit over and over again. The challenge we face this week is designing a site that communicates sexual, sensuous femininity in a classy, sophisticated way. High-fashion photography can easily skew overly provocative, so finding inspirational photography with the right balance of sex appeal and high-class, modern taste was somewhat of a challenge. Of course, Trunk Archive came to the rescue, delivering up the images below from various photographers in the fashion world. Many of these might not make the cut to the final website, but in this stage it's mostly creating an atmosphere and nailing down the look and feel of the brand that we're after. Stay tuned for the website to launch a few months down the road...

All photos via Trunk Archive

1. TRU704122 by Patrick Shaw  2. TRU438817 by Walter Chin  3. TRI823753 by Kai Z Feng  4. TRU665953 by Yelena Yemchuk  5. TRU671164 by Theo Wenner  6. TRU665954 by Yelena Yemchuk  7. TRU477403 by David Burton  8. TRU887366 by David Roemer  9. TRU888709 by Ellen Von Unwerth

Blogger of the Week: Mimi Thorisson

{ Monday, March 11, 2013 }

Mimi Thorisson of the blog Manger (French for "to eat") is someone all the women of DFM secretly aspire to be someday. One part What Katie Ate and one part Julie Blackmon, Mimi's blog is full of delicious looking recipes (many with a French or Chinese influence, reflecting her heritage) and candid shots of her large family, all photographed beautifully by her husband, Oddur Thorisson. With a rustic, vintage feel and enough recipes to make your mouth water for days, Manger is one blog we'll definitely add to our RSS feeds. Click here to visit Manger.

All images via Mimi Thorrison at her blog, Manger

Matthew Brandt Photography

{ Friday, February 08, 2013 }

Matthew Brandt is a Los Angeles photographer that's really caught our eye with his unique "Lakes and Reservoirs" photo series. A California native, Brandt specializes in startlingly beautiful interpretations of traditional landscapes. He shoots landscapes (all of them involving water), then soaks the prints in his darkroom with water that he has collected from the same body of water captured in each photograph, anywhere from a few days to a few months. Brandt usually has no idea how a photo will turn out before he starts - it often depends on the amount of sediment found in the water, which can create really interesting and beautiful effects on the final piece. In some of Brandt's other work, he has used a variety of unconventional materials like candy, dead insects, and tree branches to achieve the strange effects in his pieces. Whatever the method, we're loving it. See a few of our favorite photos by Matthew Brandt, below.

All photos via Matthew Brandt Photography

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

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