VisuaLingual 2014 Gift Guide

VisuaLingual 2014 Gift Guide

It’s time for the annual VL Gift Guide and, as always, the focus is on the talented independent designers whose work we admire, including friends from Crafty Supermarket and a few cool peeps we met at Signature Mix in NYC earlier this year.
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Signature Mix 2014: Trade Show Friends

Signature Mix 2014: Formulary 55

We’re back in the swing of things after having a booth at Signature Mix at the Javits Center last month. Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of the amazing, talented makers we met at the show.
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VisuaLingual for the Milwaukee Centennial Rotary Arboretum

VisuaLingual for the Milwaukee Centennial Rotary Arboretum

The new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum reclaims 40 acres of formerly industrial land along the Milwaukee River as an arboretum of native species and improved wildlife habitat. For its grand opening this Saturday, we were asked to produce custom seed bombs using native seeds, screenprinted with the arboretum’s logo. The opening celebration will also include music, crafts and guided tours.


New Bookstore to Open in Downtown Cincinnati: exciting news.

Stepping Up to Restore Cincinnati’s Neglected Pedestrian Stairways: great write-up on Spring in Our Steps.

Best of Eco Chic Design: our Backyard Habitat Seed Bomb Kit gets some love from The Barn Light.

Synergicity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City: currently at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, an exhibit about transformation in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis, and Peoria.

A Miami Neighborhood Begins to Bristle at Its Own Success: frustration in Wynwood.

If Americans Don’t Like Walkable Cities, Why Aren’t They Cheaper?: just that.

Mapping Asmara: all about cartographic representations of Eritrea’s capital city.

Map Prints by Marisa Seguin

Map Print by Maria Seguin

Marisa Seguin was born in Vancouver, BC and now lives in Milwaukee, where she’s studying illustration. Her series of illustrated city maps is very sweet and includes Milwaukee, Vancouver, Paris, Venice, and San Francisco [I love that Milwaukee is part of a series that includes a couple of grand European cities].
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Visionaries & Voices Holiday Art Sale: tomorrow, both V&V locations are having a one-day art show and sale, and everything is $50 or under. I know, right?

Cincinnati Santacon 2008: also tomorrow, watch out for Santas on cell phones.

Cincinnati Labyrinth Project: oh, my, someone’s been reading Umberto Eco a bit too closely…

Designer Co-op opening in Pleasant Ridge: crafty, homespun goodness finds a home in Pleasant Ridge.

Milwaukee Neighborhoods Could Print Own Money: “2 neighborhoods consider printing own currency for exclusive use in local stores” — the Ithaca HOURs model is catching on.

Taking Over: Vanishing New York muses on townies versus outsiders in his adopted hometown.

‘Several Cities’ Could Have No Daily Paper as Soon as 2010, Credit Rater Says: wow, just wow.