2/27/12

Love Krove, Krakow

Love Krove illustration, Krakow

I was walking around the Kazimierz the other day and this really great logo jumped out at me. As I was late to meet friends I snapped a quick photo as a reminder and was on my way. Upon further research, it turns out Love Krove (a play on words for the Polish word for cow) not only has amazing design but it also serves gourmet burgers! WHAT?! Needless to say, I definitely went back. Generally I think good design is a pretty good indication of a quality place, as if the owners care enough to put time and energy into working with the right people for branding they likely care about other aspects of the business just as much. Love Krove did not disappoint. The triple cheese burger was delicious, the space was laid back and the graphic design blew me away. I inquired and found out that the illustration for the interiors, logo, signage and menus was done by a Krakow illustrator who goes by the name Why Duck. The rest of his work is also pretty great, definitely check him out.

Unfortunately it's my last night in Krakow as I would have loved to follow up more on Why Duck. So, if you like design and find yourself in Krakow, track him down for me! And, if you like burgers, go to Love Krove and eat. A lot.

Love Krove logo, Krakow

Love Krove branding, Krakow

Love Krove, Krakow

Love Krove, Krakow

All photos courtesy of Why Duck.

2/23/12

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow


As mentioned before, I really love museums. As such, I went to see Schindler's Factory today. I was expecting a small tribute to the man and his work with a chance to explore a recreation of his famed enamel factory. In reality, the former factory space space hosts a massive permanent exhibition detailing all aspects of WWII in Krakow and I spent nearly all afternoon there. Tucked in a corner near the main entrance, so much so that I nearly missed it on my way out, was this temporary exhibit dedicated to women in Krakow during the war. Yes, it was pink. But, it worked. The design and typography was clean, the space was layered and tactile and the colour served to highlight the black and white images and documents in a very profound way. It's spaces like this that remind me why I want to be a designer.

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow      Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow

Schindler's Factory, Krakow




2/14/12

Massolit, Budapest

Massolit book store


I've been hanging out a lot this week in Massolit, an English bookstore and cafe a couple of blocks down from my hostel. The coffee is good, the wifi is free and you are surrounded by comfy chairs and hundreds upon hundreds of books.

I've been working on a bit of a different project that's taken up a lot of my time and finds me in need of such a cosy space. A good friend and former colleague has me designing and writing a cross-stitch pattern book. So far I have been working off of the nearly 100 pages of printed copy to create a simpler digital version to work from. I've forgotten how much I love technical writing and it's been a great opportunity to practice those skills. Really looking forward to settling on the copy though so I can move forward with the design portion. Also, photos of words on my MacBook screen are hardly inspiring. So, check out this awesome space instead!

Massolit book store      Massolit book store

Massolit book store      Massolit book store

2/11/12

Frequent Flyer

travel note
As many of the upcoming legs of my trip require me to fly, I spent today planning and booking a bit of an epic flight plan, and this doesn't even include the flight to South Africa that comes at the end of it all. I had hoped I could do a lot of my trip overland but, with a few key places to be and people to see, not to mention water to cross, I am taking to the air once again. There will be room for travel by car, bus and train as I make my way through Poland, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK as I plan to see more than just the above mentioned cities. Also, to ease the panic that ultimately ensues every time I commit to set plans, I don't have any real itinerary outside of these flights. Putting my credit card away for now and looking forward to many window seats, packages of peanuts and single serving bottles of wine!

2/7/12

Printa, Budapest

Printa, Budapest


I've really fallen in love with Budapest. I know I was whining in my last entry but I've made an effort the last few days to do what I originally set out to do with my trip, that is to live my life in another country. By this I mean I've taken time to chill out, sleep in, design, wander the neighbourhood, laugh with girlfriends, drink coffee and eat good food rather than bustle around from place to place. I'm staying in the Jewish quarter of Pest, which is an amazing neighbourhood full of cafes, bars, cheap food and independent shops. It feels good to be here and there is still much to explore. So, for now, I think I might stay awhile.

While out and about today I came past Printa, a design shop, gallery, silkscreen studio and café just down the street from where I'm staying. Their coffee is some of the best I've had and the space is incredibly inspiring for getting work done. I ended up staying for way longer than intended, making me late for a coffee date down the street, but it was totally worth it. I bought their limited edition Printa's Pest map, pictured below. It highlights some of their favourite spots in the city and is a beautiful example of their silkscreening. It also came with four postcards, which I have been doing so well with lately! It's such a cool project to share your city and it got me thinking of how I could do the same for Calgary when I return in the summer.

Looking forward to a bit more time to check out some of Printa's recommendations and for returning for a few more coffees at this beautiful shop.

Printa, Budapest      Printa, Budapest

Printa, Budapest      Printa, Budapest

Printa, Budapest      Printa, Budapest

Printa's Pest, an illustrated guide to Budapest
Printa's Pest, an illustrated guide to Budapest
Printa's Pest, an illustrated guide to Budapest
Printa's Pest, an illustrated guide to Budapest
Printa's Pest, an illustrated guide to Budapest

2/6/12

"Disposable" camera, Budapest & Vienna

Hipstamatic disposable camera, Vienna
Vienna (me)


I am going to be honest, this has been a bit of a rough week. I've been moving around a lot lately, have had a bit of a designer's block and the weather has finally turned to winter in Europe. I really hate to be the asshole who complains about being on vacation, but this week I was really in a bit of a funk.

Something that has been really great the last few weeks is sharing "disposable cameras" with Steve. I've never used Hipstamatic before but he introduced me to their disposable camera app.You essentially share a roll of film and both get to view the photos, but only once the entire roll of 24 frames is used up. Despite the somewhat cheesy vintage effects, it's been a great tool to share our day to day lives and travels with each other.
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Edinburgh
Edinburgh (Steve)
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Vienna
Vienna (me)
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Edinburgh
Edinburgh (Steve)
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Vienna
Vienna (me)
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Edinburgh
Edinburgh (Steve)

Hipstamatic disposable camera, Budapest
Budapest (me)
Hipstamatic disposable camera, Edinburgh
Edinburgh (Steve)

Hipstamatic disposable camera, Budapest
Budapest (me)





Hipstamatic disposable camera, Glenshee
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As Steve and I continue sharing cameras, I would love to extend this little project and to share cameras with other friends, loved ones, fellow travellers or anyone wanting to see the world through another's eyes. So, if you're interested, download the app and be in touch!