Student Break | Rotem Azrad Malka | Being A Bride, It’s Complicated! | August 8.13

  • Just the other day I had a conversation with one of my new American friends about weddings and being a bride in the US. My day as a bride was so long ago (almost 8 years to be exact) but I sure am intrigued by customs and especially the ones that are foreign for me. I bet you want to know where I’m going with this.
    Rotem Azrad Malka, a graduate of the Communication Design Department at WIZO Haifa, was also intrigued by all the madness that involves being a bride and so she began her journey by exploring traditions around the world and chose to focus on brides who had their fair share of suffering, stress and intensity. At the end of it, Rotem came up with a series of illustrated brides. The thing is that she didn’t stop there, each and every illustration ended up being dotted dot by dot (and by saying that I mean literary being perforated) with a crazy amount of super delicate and super demanding work. Yep, just like dealing with weddings – a lot of hard work and crazy stuff that you don’t always realize before you start. I just thank god that my wedding day was calm and un-stressful in any shape size or form.

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Student Break | Ruchoma Rubin | Emotional Games | August 6.13

  • Bobby. That’s the name Ruchoma Rubin decided to call her super lovable ceramic creature.
    Ruchoma, a 2013 graduate out of the Ceramic Design Department at the Bezalel Academy, developed a seemingly amorphous forms while attempting (and succeeding!) to create variations, that will allow the viewer to partake in this unspoken game of association. a game that involves pouring out your emotions, but at the same time make you want to play (and goof around) with these super aesthetic creatures and their splash of neon silicon bands.
    I’m not sure where your head’s at, but I want to grab each and every one of these cuties and start playing!
    You can get in touch with Ruchoma at: ruchoma {at} gmail {dot} com

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AltSF. Yep, I Was There… | August 5.13

  • This post was supposed to be a My San Francisco Break kind of post but instead I really wanted to share with you a little bit of my AltSF journey. If you are a blogger, Alt Summit is a big deal. I still remember how intrigued I was, sitting at my desk, back home in Israel and reading all that was written about this Superbowl of bloggers, year after year. And then… while still in my hotel room, just a few days after arriving to the States in January, an email sharing the big news that Alt will be coming to San Francisco, landed in my inbox. I couldn’t believe my eyes and a minute later, I began writing to all my blogger friends back home, how happy and lucky I feel… At the same time I knew I had to snag a ticket and also knew it won’t be an easy thing to do. Anyways, to make a along story short, On July 17th, the day has arrived and I found myself surrounded by many inspiring and talented bloggers, that I had no idea existed and yes, I made some friends along the way! But i’ll get back to that later on.
    I heard some pretty amazing stories about how to grow and maintain your blog. How to reach out to fellow bloggers and brands. I heard from Mr. I HEART LUXE himself that it’s ok to be afraid but just for a minute. After allowing yourself to fear for a while, you should brush it off your shoulders and begin conquering that fear! I’m not sure why but his words meant so much. And speaking of being afraid, I came to Alt all by myself with out knowing anyone and came out of it with some pretty amazing friends and I hope will be right by my side for many years to come. I had to mention a few of them so here it goes: Tiffany, Rachel, Rachelle, Lidy, Megan, Courtenay, Yuliya, and Meredith.
    And then… there was the “Alice in Pinterland Party” at the Pinterst HQ. To tell you that I was excited is an understatement. I was ecstatic. After arriving and exploring for a while I met this supper sweet girl, her name is Annie and yep, she works at Pinterst but also has her own foodie blog and I fell for her right then and there.
    Everyone always tells me that I should master the mingling and networking thing, but for me it’s not just networking. I love getting to know the people behind the blogs and the person behind the business cards. It’s a lot more important than just mingling. Don’t you think?
    Oh wow, DesignBreak is a design blog and for some reason I found myself carried away with this post. I hope you won’t mind.
  • {Photos by me}

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Shopping Break | Pop of Color | August 2.13 | Handpicked by me.

  • I’m having hard time deciding which color to go with for my new office space.
    There are moments that all I can think of is white on white on white there are times in which I have an urge to bring my on going obsession with yellow to the next level and then… I calm down and think to myself that I better go with black, which is my all times favorite color. You see, it’s super stressful deciding what way to go and I know what you are probably thinking to yourself, MIX IT UP! And you are probably right.
    I guess I should be thanking Poppin for making things a little bit easier for me. I love the fact that you can choose your path by choosing your favorite color (hi there, rainbow navigation bar!) Oh well, it’s time to go back to their site and make up my mind.
    Just one more thing, Poppin, you can consider this post as a love letter to your oh-so-colorful yet minimal kingdom.

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IllustratedBreak. August 2013 | By Shlomit Sauer | August 1.13

  • When I first stumbled upon Shlomit Sauer’s illustrated world, i knew I had to ask her to be part of my IllustratedBreak party. And… luckily for me, she agreed!
    Don’t you just love her bears?! I’m super smitten with them being my August 2013 IllustratedBreak.
    In case you are asking yourself what’s up with bears and design breaks, Shlomit has an answer for you. “As the cruel summer heat arrives, I find my escape in drawing Polar Bears – magical, “cool” creatures that fill my soul with inspiration, and even a little bit of chill… But the climate around me is just too much to ignore, so I color the bears with warm colors.”
    Each month a new Desktop wallpaper will be up for grabs for you to download and jazz up your computer.
    Click to download:
    iPhone. iPad. 1024×768. 1280×1024. 1680×1050. 1900×1200. 2560×1440.

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World Break | Drywell | Bottoms Up! | July 31.13

  • This past weekend I visited The Renegade Craft Fair. Needless to say it was my first time and I was blown away by the mad talent. I think I spent there quite a few hours, and honestly I felt like a kid in a candy store.
    One of those who really left a mark on me was Alyson Thomas and her Drywell.
    I’m not much of a drinker, but as a well known foodie, I can appreciate a good foodie illustration or in that case a brilliant drink illustration! For once I can fully understand what goes inside all these fancy drinks, that most of them I never tried nor ever will (or should I say: never say never?). These happy watercolor illustrations are hands down one of my favorite illustrations these days and something tells me that Alyson doesn’t have a sensitive stomach (you should take a look at her meat illustrations).
    BTW, I love the fact that in her blog Alyson shares with us the behind the scenes process.
    All is left to do is grab a drink and enjoy. Cheers, my sweet breakers!
    {This is an American Break}

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A Typographer in The Making | Take Sixteen | July 30.13

  • OK. I didn’t see this one coming.
    I mean, I knew Liron was visiting Scotland, but I guess I didn’t fully understand the meaning of this notion. It almost feels like I’m watching National Geographic, the green channel (I’m not sure if it exists but that’s how it feels). As you can see, today’s post is definitely not about typography but who cares! I don’t mind sitting back and enjoying the green surroundings of this unique city.
    One thing is sure, Liron made me thinking about adding Edinburgh to my must visit cities.
    And don’t you worry, next time, Liron will return to her normal typographic mode with a thesis to work on and lots of letters to show us! So Liron, take it away…
    {Photos by Liron Lavi Turkenich}

Driving on the wrong side, but not knowing which one is the wrong one. Watching amazing scenery appear and change every 30 minutes. Different shades of green, I’ve never seen that kind of green before. Bright, juicy, furry, wild with sudden sprinkles of violet flowers. Scotland. How can paradise be so close? Perfect weather helps for sure, vacation mode in ON. Not have to to stop the car whenever seeing a sheep or a hairy cow (yes, hairy!!!). Finding magical places for a coffee break, cake break or preferably both. Almond pear cake tastes so good when its served on a tiny vintage coffee table, from one window you can see the Quiraing and from the other the ocean. Isle of Skye, magic in the air, in the mountains with the clouds above, impressive cliffs and endless green. Realizing that sometimes, especially when the the scenario includes a lake – picnic dinner is the best. Although hearing it before, Edinburgh amazes you with it’s buildings, old and new together. Tons of places to sit for a lovely cup of coffee or nice and relaxed dinner. Never been in a capital city that is so quite. Looking up at Arthur’s Seat, climbing up, looking down at the city below and breathing the freshest air. Staying overnight in a charming cozy bed & breakfast and at some point after eating a full Scottish breakfast everyday just craving for a salad. So many castles, but each one is different, probably something that can only be appreciated when you are not a child anymore. Amazing fresh scones at Blair Atholl’s Watermill, and loving it even more when we know that it was made by Israeli hands. Endless driving, but with green and blue all around, same 3 good songs on the BBC Radio, open windows and shortbread cookies- what could be better?
{Don’t miss Liron’s Reading Calling and A Typographer in The Making}

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Student Break | Noy Alon | Emotional Transition | July 29.13

  • Whenever I write about a graduate, I have butterflies. Yep, it never gets old. And if it happens that I know and love the designer behind it, the butterflies are ten times bigger. So, as I’m writing this post about Noy Alon‘s Transitional.Object, I’m super emotional. I think I got to know Noy during her second year and she was one of the first supporters of DesignBreak and… Thanks to her and Galit Barak (another wicked graduate) I got an inside look into the Jewelry Design Department at the Shenkar College.
    Anyways, enough about me being super nostalgic. Let’s focus and go back to Noy and her graduation project. As I said, it’s called Transitional.Object and it deals with some pretty deep and sensitive changes she went through.
    We all go through some changes in our lives but the fact that out of those complicated times, she came up with a series of touching jewelries, is not that obvious. With her eyes and heart being wide open, Noy ended up with creations that force you to think about the fine line between wearable jewelry versus an object.
    Oh… just one last thing, I’m in love with this grey + gold combo and obsessed with the shades of grey. You can never have too many shades of grey!
    FYI, here is one of my favorite designs by Noy.
    {Photos by Ran Golani}

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