Made By Thomas

A year ago, I decided to change my domain name. I’ve had a few over the years and while all of them served their purpose just fine, I like change and I wanted something that would be more versatile. After thinking about it for a while, I decided on “Made by Fred”. It just sounded right and it worked as a moniker for the different purposes my online hub serves.

Since then, I’ve come across more “Made by” websites. As it happens, most of them are pretty cool. I’m proud to be in such good company. The track record for ‘series’ here on Made by Fred isn’t all that great, but that’s not going to stop me from starting another one. For this series, I’m going to feature some of my fellow “Made by” websites and projects.

Logo for Made By ThomasTo kick of the series, let’s have a look at Made By Thomas. Thomas Bossée is a fellow Belgian, and his “Made by” website was one of the first I stumbled upon after registering madebyfred.com. As a freelance designer, Thomas specializes in logo design and brand identity. I love his clean style and his use of typography is inspiring. Apparently, he’s also the Art Director for Bits of Love (website in Dutch), a digital design studio based in the beautiful city of Bruges.

As this first installment and the rest of the series will show, I’m in good company with these “Made by” websites and projects. All the more reason to improve Made by Fred now that the yearly clean up and redesign is getting close.

More:  Made By Thomas

New England Sayings

Of course I ended up hardly taking any pictures during my trip to NYC. So you’ll have to take my word for it that it was a great visit and it’s still the greatest city in the (new) world.

Since moving to New England, I keep hearing sayings that I’ve never heard before. Some are pretty easy to decipher, others are a complete mystery. I’ll always be a flatlander and while there’s no trying to hide that, it might be useful to figure out what the heck people are talking about.
N’East Style has a great series of Illustrated New England Sayings. After seeing these, about half of them are still a mystery to me,  but the artwork is amazing, and it’s fun trying to figure out what the meaning of each of them is. Check ’em out, and if you know what they mean, please let me know, you might save me from making an ass of myself.Ayuh IllustrationFurther Reading: N’East Style [neaststyle.com] and 10engines [10engines.blogspot.com]

Manual to the world #5

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry in my recurring Friday’s Manual to the World series.  This one doesn’t require many words.

I really like how the scale of the map is marked in hours instead of miles.  Make sure to go and check the rest of Fuchsia Macaree’s work!  That way you can still procrastinate a bit before the weekend without getting lost in the Bermuda triangle!

Via: swiss-miss

Further Reading: Fuchsia Macaree

Storm King Art Center

Yesterday, Laura and I went to Storm King Art Center. Only an hour north of New York City this sculpture park is a great place to enjoy fall foliage and escape the city for a few hours.

As big fans of Andy Goldsworthy we especially enjoyed his works. That’s right, works! if you’ve been to Storm King you will remember his famous piece, Storm King Wall (1998).

This year he added another work to the collection, Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wall (2010). This work is smaller in scale, but the concept is similar to Storm King Wall, because of the title it forces you to think about the resources that go into creating sculptures of this size.

After seeing the amazing Goldsworthy documentary, Rivers and Tides, I was already really impressed with the scale of his work and the patience he has in creating it.  What I like most about site specific, outdoor sculptures is how they change with the seasons.  This is especially true for Goldsworthy’s work.  How spectacular must the Storm King Wall look when it’s covered in snow, snaking through the forest and disappearing into a frozen pond?  Too bad the park is closed for the winter season…  There’s always Google image search but that’s just a meager substitute for the real experience.

Of course there is much more to enjoy at Storm King than Goldsworthy’s work, even the park itself is so beautifully landscaped it’s worth the trip north.  Visit the Storm King Art Center website and start planning a visit!

For more pictures, check out Laura’s blog.