I don’t want to blog about this website presentandcorrect because I’m scared if I tell you lot about it you’ll buy all the stuff and there won’t be anything left for me. Maybe though you won’t feel as desperate a need as I do to own some 1950’s Czechoslovakian bon bon bags or some vintage money bags with nice typography and some holes in them. (Why not?)
I don’t know what I’ll do with them when I have them apart from save them for A Really Special Occasion in A Really Safe Place (for A Really Long Time probably).
They also have lots of useful things like …. um … these …
for putting paper clips in.
My lovely friend over at thetreasurehunteruk first mentioned this site on her blog and I am forever grateful to her. She is a good spotter of good things.
Saul Bass is probably my favourite and my bestest graphic designer. When I’m stuck on a project I pop down the internet and have a little look at some of his work.
Y’know the iconic Hitchcock posters?
That’s him. The super slick logo for United Airlines? That’s him. The stylish and fun film credits for it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?
Yup, that’s him.
(If you have a spare minute go take a look, it’ll make you smile)
So, I’ve heard tell of a children’s book that Saul illustrated in 1962, Henri’s Walk to Paris. Searches on ebay proved fruitless (or expensive) but now finally it has been reprinted and is widely available again. The mighty Amazon delivered it to my door 4 weeks earlier than they said (good work Amazon Elves), and it is as beautiful and inspiring as I imagined.
Go buy it.
Finland does good graphics, great fabric and weird sweets (mostly liquorice or peppermint, often together, always in stylish packaging).
The town we visited was called Oulu. Friendly, quiet and famous for hosting The World Air Guitar Championships… AWESOME! If you don’t believe me look here.
The fabric in the top right of the picture is from marimekko and bottom left are some coasters I picked up for ‘my-new-house-that-doesn’t-actually-exist-yet’ from the Moomin Store in the uber-cool Helsinki Airport. For all things Moomin go here now!