I've always dreamt about moving to NYC. Lately I've been fueling this fantasy-that-may-one-day-become-reality by looking into housing and apartments for sale in Brooklyn. How much does this place cost? What is it close to? Where is it on Google Maps? What does it look like in Street View? What's in this neighborhood? The whole Brooklyn community, especially the design community, is what makes it all so much more appealing. It seems like every second designer I follow or am really into is from Brooklyn so I figured why not do a roundup of all these wonderful people and designs (like the lettering by Erik Marinovich, seen above) who seem to be inspired by Brooklyn, and who then, in turn, inspire me!
Nacional is a freelance illustrator and designer living in (where else?) Brooklyn, NY. He's done a lot of work that have sprouted up all around the design blogs and I've definitely seen a few of his pieces on Tumblr. Maybe it's because I was starting a project involving a similar theme to this design, but I think this is one sweet tote bag graphic.
Mast Brothers Chocolate
Rick and Michael Mast are two beardy brothers who make and sell and hand wrap their own chocolate in Brooklyn. I originally saw this packaging on Lovely Package and it inspired me to work on my own repeated patterns and packaging design (a project currently on hold...). Based on the amount of places that sell these chocolates, I'm assuming they must taste damn good, but I'm pretty sure the packaging has a little something to do with it too.
Tanamachi probably has the coolest sounding job title: a custom chalk letterer. What this girl can do with a blackboard and chalk is beyond my comprehension, and the fact that most of the surfaces she uses are about 6 x 8 feet is just that much more impressive. She's currently putting her lettering skills to use working at Louise Fili Ltd. and you can (and should) check out more of her chalk lettering here.
Triboro is the name of the Brooklyn-based husband & wife team (awwww), David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler. Out of their devastatingly impressive body of work, I was drawn to this subway map of New York City because of its shocking use of the fluorescent red. And only the red. A red and white map for New York seems to natural, for whatever reason. This subway map (which I seemed to have discovered a year too late, for they're, unsurprisingly, all sold out) is actually the same size as the 45 x 58 inches MTA subway maps found in New York subways. Definitely a poster worth making room on your walls for.
Mucca Design did everything for this gourmet grocery store from the food packaging design to the interior space, and even chose the name Brooklyn Fare. The clever captions on all the products really stand out and are a cheeky way to develop a branding for a business. You can see all of the print and packaging collateral here in a little show-and-tell video (without the 'tell'), which has a suprising striptease at the end and a tagline that just proves how cheeky Mucca Design really is.
A graduate from Pratt Institute, Pisane worked as a book cover designer at HarperCollins before turning to freelance. This poster was available on his etsy profile, which is now bare and empty. For years, Manhattanites have been mocking Brooklyn and finally we've got someone biting back with the printed word!
Dirty Bandits is a Brooklyn-based design firm that specialized in lettering, as seen in this kooky calendar poster set. Usually calendars have an expiration date, but these ones are so cute that they've actually got a life after 2011 due to their sheer cuteness. I'm a sucker for screenprinting and Brooklyn designers, so these prints very easily won me over. Or, I should say, won me 'ovah'.
Parliament of Owls
This independent design firm is lead by three ladies who describes themselves as sharing a love for "illustration, lettering, and lunch". The above illustration is part of a guide to the annual Luckyrice Festival that takes place in New York and showcases Asian cuisine from different countries. That sunds delicious but the guide itself is even more appealing. The cover was printed with metallic gold and includes over thirty pages of beautiful editorial design and illustration. I want a copy.