Schweitz Design

Beautiful Germs source:

Luke Jerram, a UK-based installation artist and sculptor, was recently brought to my attention for for his glass sculptures replicating “famous” bacteria and viruses. THe set of these most recent works can be viewed here. Also worth taking some time to peruse is his website:


From Russia with Love
04/09/2009, 5:12 pm
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Abduzeedo has a great collection of Russian Constructivist art/design work. I really love this style, expecially the angular and blocky typography associated with it. Check it out  here. Happy Friday everybody and have a great holiday weekend.

The Pin Ups of Rolf Armstrong
03/09/2009, 5:19 pm
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From Wikipedia:

Rolf Armstrong was born in Bay City, Michigan on April 21, 1889 to Richard and Harriet (Scott) Armstrong. His father owned the Boy-Line Fire Boat Company, which included a line of passenger ships. Some were deployed in Chicago for use at the Chicago World’s Fair there in 1893. However, the father’s business and family were struggling, and the family homestead was lost to foreclosure. A few months later, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan.

Rolf’s father died in 1903, and a year he and his mother moved to Seattle, Washington, following the footstep of his oldest brother, William, who haved there a year earlier. By now Rolf’s artistic interests were emerging to more than a part-time pleasure.

He moved to Chicago in 1908, where he later studied at the Art Institute. He then went on to New York, where he studied with Robert Henri.

After a trip to Paris in 1919 to study at the Académie Julian, he returned to New York and established a studio. In 1921 he went to Minneapolis to study calendar production at Brown & Bigelow.

During the 1920s and 1930s, his work appeared on many pieces of sheet music, as well as on the covers of many magazines. Many stars posed for his portraits, including Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, and even Boris Karloff.

Armstrong’s work for the Pictorial Review was largely responsible for that magazine achieving a circulation of more than two million by 1926. A year later, he was the best selling calendar artist at Brown and Bigelow. In 1930, RCA hired him to paint pin-ups to advertise their products, and in 1933 the Thomas D. Murphy Company signed him to produce a series of paintings for their line.

Rolf Armstrong died in 1960, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii as one of the best “pin-up” artist of the first half of the 20th Century.

From the Archives
02/09/2009, 3:44 pm
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From my personal sketchbook. Ink on paper circa 2005??


organizer-previewA few months back Kate England at Marmalade Moon was looking for suggestions for a set of workflow organization icons. Folks who suggested concepts that she would later use for the icons won a free set. So, after having been informed shortly thereafter about having one of my suggestions chosen, I went about business as usual and honestly forgot about it.

Earlier this week my free set of icons arrived and they are quite sharp looking. I really like the style and detail Kate has put into these while still having them remain “iconic”. What I like even more is the concept behind the icons. Kate put out the call to see what types of icons people really need and find useful for organizational purposes. Thanks so much to Kate for the great looking icon set!