Best Of Tumblr Gift Guides
Tumblr is great for the holidays too! The diverse group of bloggers on Tumblr has scoured the Internet and together have found gift ideas for everyone on your list. These can make some great last minute gifts - there’s still time! But if already you know that your gift won’t be making on time this year have no fear. We’ve got just the greeting card to send ahead of time...
Interview - Michelle Lasalvia (Pirichi)
Home Notebook & Greeting Card. Available in the shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? It turned out to be a very romantic design but I wasn’t thinking of a valentines day card. I think it was just what I had in mind at that moment, the music I was listening to. Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a child? The blue one How did...
The Internet Meme Gift Guide
We all have some of these people in our lives: geeks, nerds, teens, tweens, IT people, people who always remember their smart phone but always forget their keys, old people who like trying to be “hip”, people majoring in internet phenomena, people who want to refresh their meme-ory (hehe),… this gift guide was put together with these people in mind. It is also for those of...
A Christmas (Card) Story
Snowman Greeting Card by Shanty Shawn It’s Christmas. Party Down Greeting Card by City Hall So party down. I Feel Good by SassaTattoo Feel good. Santa Dude by Shanty Shawn Wish for peace for all. Darth Octopus by SassaTattoo Even Darthtopus.
Interview - Amaranta Martínez (Piktorama)
Baby Cupcake Card, Notebook & Poster available in the Chirply shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? I’ve always loved sweets specially cupcakes and I think everyone likes to have a cute and sweet something on their desk. Weather you can eat it or not so why not make everyone smile : ) Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a...
Ultimate Darth Vader Gift Guide
The best gifts for the Darth Vader aficionado in your life this holiday season are a lot different than the merchandise that played such a big role in turning a late 1970’s sci-fi movie into the cultural phenomenon known as Star Wars. While most of these things could be classified as “toys” in the larger sense, since they are playful and fun, they’re not toys for kids or...
We'll Tumble 4 Ya | Our 4 Fav (Forgotten?) tumblrs...
This week, we’re looking way, way back, even as far back as 2007 (wow!), the year tumblr got its start. I know, I know for many of us it is hard to imagine yesterday let alone four years ago. And who would want to? Obviously, anything old is not cool, and everything we see today is the coolest-thing-ever (even if it is something that is old but we’ve never seen it before) So,...
Life's Little Notebook
There are only a few things that you take with you everywhere. Of course, everyone needs their phone, wallet, and keys. Beyond the crucial access-granting tools of contemporary life, what you carry is a choice based on the person you are and how you want to live. Carrying a notebook isn’t an obvious choice since there isn’t a need to write down your to-do list, sketch a profile of...
Interview - Zulfikri Mokoagow (Fikri)
Destiny by Zulfikri Mokoaogow (Fikri). Card and Poster Available in the Shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? Everything around me. Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a child? Just pencil and pen. How did you end up doing what you’re doing now? Did your parents/teachers want you to be a lawyer? Nope, they just wanted me to be what I...
Classic (& New Classic) Movies To Watch At...
What’s Cooking? - Four ethnic households celebrate Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, gather ‘round with your friends and family to celebrate life, eat, and then watch really great movies while you’re recovering from the incredible amount of food you just ingested. A Charlie brown thanksgiving - “Charlie Brown! Oh, Charlie Brown!” - ”I can’t believe...
Interview - Mike Brand
I Love You by Mike Brand - Available in the Shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? I had just made some Christmas cards that I was quite fond of, and decided to try something a bit different - a Valentines card. I was initially creating it for my partner, but it ended up not really being his style, so I decided to offer it up to other people who may be able to make better...
Best Use Of Apple Logos On MacBook Laptop Decals
Chiquita Carmen Miranda Considering the amount of time many of us spend on the computer, or the amount of time we spend starring at others on their computers at cafes and offices, it makes sense that seeing the glowing apple of the MacBook computers so much would eventually turn on a glowing lightbulb inside our heads and we would come up with some really clever ideas of how to incorporate that...
The Coolest Polaroid Land Cameras & Who They Want...
The Polaroid Land camera model 95-B said, ”Instead of a hipster I would rather have my user be an Art Director because I like the black horn-rimmed eyeglasses they all wear.” Polaroid Land cameras have seen a resurgence - just in time to save them from extinction. But, alas, since much of their recent popularity is due to those over-connected, trend-hunting bunch the...
Interview - Craig Watkins (Wotto)
Munsterday notebook, card and poster by Craig Watkins What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? I like monsters and I like birthdays so I combined the two to make the design. I also wanted something bright and bold, too many greetings cards are dull nowadays. Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a child? I used to draw a lot with ball point pens as a...
Geeks, Get Your House In Order
If you’re a technology professional who has moved to the Bay Area in the last year for a dream job at an industry-disrupting startup, then there is a high statistical probability that your grueling pace of work has led to you living in a geek bachelor pad with decor best described as, “bare bones, meager rations.” This post will try to help you improve the user experience...
10 Things to do in a World Without the Internet: A...
The employees of an Internet company imagine what their lives might be like in a world without the Internet, and, now faced with unemployment, what they might do next. I’m sure you all heard that the Internet crashed for 10 seconds on Monday. Due to a bug in a Juniper router firmware update people on the Time Warner network lost service. Here’s the story from Business Insider about...
We'll Tumble 4 Ya - Hungover Owls
“Oh God…even my face is curled up into a fetal position.” Our favorite tumblr this week : Hungover Owls No matter how bad you feel (or look!) after a night of drinking too much, you can take comfort in knowing that at least there’s no popular tumblr blog posting photos of you ‘the morning after’ with sharply written captions underneath. “Turns out, I’d...
Cameo by verogalbraith Pretty new design submission for all to vote on! Vintage Geisha by smashedbullet No Gas by ChaX
The Craziest Things to Happen at a Marathon
Christoph Neimann Live-draws the 2011 NYC Marathon We’re not sure at what point simply completing a 26.2 mile marathon became too easy for everyone, but it seems every year more and more people find some way of making things much more difficult on themselves by doing something ridiculous. This of course makes it a lot more fun for us the spectators, and does make it that much...
Interview - Budi Satria Kwan
You Are My Favorite Proton Notebook by Budi Satria (radiomode) Available in the Chirply Shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? Geeky love and chemistry bonding. Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a child? Blue. You have an A3 paper. Half of it is the sky, and the sky is always blue. How did you end up doing what you’re doing now?...
Industry Insights | Design*Sponge Scholarship,...
2011 Design*Sponge Scholarship Today I am thrilled to announce the 2011 D*S Scholarship is live! Since the beginning, it has been one of my biggest priorities to celebrate and support the next generation of great artists and designers. Not only because they need our help, but because these are the people were are going to be writing about and being inspired by for years to come. So today I’m...
We'll Tumble 4 Ya | Our 4 Fav tumblrs this Week
TypographyFeed | Your Number 1 Source for Daily Typography Inspiration. Startup Quote! | Daily Wisdom about Startups. Art in My Coffee | A collection of foamy awesomeness. Prettify* | Nice icons and wallpapers for the discerning individual, collected and curated.
Best Halloween Candy Packaging Design
The ultimate candy wrapper, unchanged since forever. The candy we’re hoping to get this halloween isn’t candy that we necessarily like the taste of, or cause we enjoy the extra calories and scolding from our dentist, but because we like the way the packaging looks - at least compared to the rest of the typical candy and chocolate brands out there. Design nerds, yes, but hey, this...
Interview - Spencer E Holtaway
OMG! you found the perfect greeting card, Spencer’s OMG Cupcake. What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? I actually drew the original cupcake back in 2009 when I had just been made redundant. The original text was actually a lot ruder.. may have had some expletives in it! Out of the 8 color crayon box, which one did you use the most as a child? Probably blue? The ocean...
Illustrators of the Week
Paule T.B. The french-canadian from Montreal, studied traditional animation and fashion Illustration in New York. In her work she focuses on children’s and fashion illustration. Mike Lemanski works within the idea that “design is art and illustration is design. Nacho Diaz (Naolito) is one of those illustrators whose worse work still makes you smile. Many of his...
Top 13 Classic Illustrated Horror Movie Posters
INDESCRIBABLE! INDESTRUCTIBLE! NOTHING CAN STOP IT! It’s our top 13 classic illustrated horror movie posters! Even if you don’t have an appreciation for the anxiety, sleepless nights and the need for therapy that horror movies can give you, you can at least appreciate the scary good illustration work on these classic horror film posters.
The Supermarket Street Sweep Is Coming And You're...
The Supermarket Street Sweep is a bike race that benefits the San Francisco Food Bank’s mission to deliver food to local senior centers, homeless shelters and youth programs. We’ll thrilled that by donating some notebooks and greeting cards as prizes for the riders, we’re helping in a small way to add to the 37,333 meals that have been swept up and brought to hungry people over...
36 Awesome Pattern Designs
The COLOURlovers + Chirply Pattern Design Challenge only started a week ago and already there are 36 awesome submissions! Don’t worry, submissions are open until November 15th, 2011, so you’ve got plenty of time to get your design in. Check out the latest Pattern Designs and vote!
We'll Tumble 4 Ya | Our 4 Fav tumblrs this Week
Dark Silence In Suburbia | Intended to promote and share art and artists. Things Organized Neatly | Things Organized Neatly, created by Austin Radcliffe. Typeverything | by Andrei Robu, Craig Ward, Dana Tanamachi, Darren Booth, Dominic Le-Hair, Jeff Rogers, Ryan Feerer, Maia Then, Matt W. Moore, Neuarmy, Simon Ålander. ARTchipel | A crossroads of contemporary artists....
Halloween On Our Minds
Witch by Emmy Cicierega The air is getting thick and murky with strange sightings of fog where no fog should be. Illustrators are pulling out their brooms, hats, cauldrons and getting ready for another Halloween. By the looks of things we’re in for some delicious illustrative treats with witches, art nouveau zombies, day of the dead, and spooky looking houses coming out of their heads. ...
Design Break | Fun Desgin Fails
Things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes during the life of a design or branding concept things gets overlooked or taken out of context, or sometimes the execution isn’t exactly flawless. It’s not until it goes to print, hits the shelf or lands in the hands of the client that it becomes painfully obvious that this is not what we meant it to be. Of course these...
Illustrators of the Week
Andrei D Robu is a designer, illustrator and typographer whose work more often than not makes us say, “dang, that’s good.” Besides being an awesome designer, he contributes to the inspring tumblr Typeverything and Designers Go To Heaven. Solenn Larnicol’s humor and whimsy carry us away every time we see her work. Which is quite often, cause we can’t seem to...
Industry Insights | Ways to fight Creative Block &...
Illustration by Oscar Ramos Orozco for the 99% by Behance Industry Insights provides useful and interesting links, inspirations, tips and insights from some of the best minds in art and design. This week we learn ways to fight creative block, find out the truth about the chances of finding great design furniture abandoned on the street, and we see highlights from London’s MART exhibit. 7...
COLOURlovers + Chirply Pattern Design Challenge
COLOURlovers & Chirply want to wrap you and yours in good design this holiday season, and we want your help! We are looking for great patterns for gift wrap, greeting cards and notebooks, and were teaming up with COLOURlovers, with there great software Seemless Studio, to do so. ENTER NOW! How To Enter Use Seamless Lite, download Seamless Studio (free 15-day trial), or any of your...
We'll Tumble 4 Ya - Old Timey Cats
Our favorite tumblr this week : Old Timey Cats About: Cats from the past = hilarity for the present.
Artists Remind Us To Coexist
Coexist by Tang Yau Hoong @tangyauhoong In art and design we celebrate unique perspectives and original ideas. Things that we only find if we are open and can see without prejudice. Everyday, artists, designers, and illustrators help us see things differently than we could see on our own, but they’re not the only ones. Meeting and talking to someone who is of a different ethnicity,...
Interview - Brian Walline
I Miss You Like I Miss My Right Eye Greeting Card & Notebook - Now in the Shop! What was the inspiration behind your Chirply design? Honestly, I was just messing around with the brush settings on my Wacom tablet. Next thing I knew, some roguish blue-haired devil was staring me down. He was handsome, but evil… I feel like the sentiment he expresses on the card is probably a common...
Art Prints & Posters? Yup, Chirply's Got Them!
Munsterday Poster by Craig Watkins (Wotto) Now you can get some of your favorite designs as art prints & posters in three different sizes! Of course all those greeting cards still make wonderfull small prints, and don’t forget to keep track of your print collection in a notebook. Other Art Prints & Posters Leaving Home Poster by Maxim Cry Recycledwax Baby Cupcake Poster by...
Card Writer Caption Challenge!
Get In On The Fun! Write a caption for this image on our Facebook page or use twitter (include #cardwriter + cc: @chirply). When You Win! (1) Everyone who likes fun and submits a caption will get 50% OFF a purchase in the shop! (2) The selected winner with the best caption will get a $20 credit to use at Chirply.com… and glory, lots of glory!
Making a Living - Representation & Job Boards
SyndicateBleu is a recruiter for creative talent in interactive design, advertising & traditional media. Those of you in San Francisco, Los Angelas and New York might want to check out SyndicateBleu for their next job or creative talent search. Making a Living It isn’t always easy making a living as an independent / freelance artist, designer or illustrator - and that goes for those...
“What up.” Curly by Aleksandar Topic (ChaX)- Up for Voting Now!
A Visit With Friends by grumble_bee - Up For Voting Now! Don’t be scared of good design and you won’t soon forget these hauntingly fun characters by Grumble_Bee. Haunting Fox by grumble_bee - Up For Voting Now!
As the great Grain Edit says, “Brent has a great eye for mixing the clean with the colorful. His bold, bright work is engaging and historically-informed, a real pleasure to look at.” The San Francisco based designer doesn’t have any submissions for greeting cards, notebooks, or posters on Chirply but you can follow his work on Twitter, flickr, dribbble, Etsy, Friends of Type,...
Run Forrest Run Notebook
Run Forrest Run Notebook by Patswerk - In The Shop Now! If a tree can run you can surely come up with some witty writings in this fine notebook by the all-star illustrators Patswerk. A nice wood grain and slight textures, the beauty is in the details, and that’s not a bad idea to keep in mind when you’ve got something to write. The sheer happiness of the tree will help you relax and...
We'll Tumble 4 Ya - Did You Know?
Our favorite tumblr this week : did you know? About: Did you know tumblr is a fun blog with a collection of awesome, interesting, weird and fun stuff to tickle your brain.
Look Out! New Spectacular Design Submissions!
Eye Ballz!! by Rigo Ortiz Support great designers! Check out the recent design submissions on Chirply and vote to help decide which will get printed next.