I’ve moved

I’m packing my bags and moving my blog to a new location. My husband is re-doing my website and the blog will soon have a new look too.
Please update your bookmarks and feeds.

Here is the new location: http://www.umemi.com/nice


August 8, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Thoughts on Cute

What we know is that cute comes from the maternal feeling to nurture infants. Big head, big eyes placed in the middle of the head, stubby limbs, helplessness and vulnerability is the trick to get mothers to nurture their babies. So basically, babies are cute, baby animals are cute, figures with big heads and large eyes are cute but when we get more abstract it gets harder.
We have sweet, nice, pretty, beautiful, how do you measure something that is cute as opposed to something that is sweet. There is no universal measurement for cute. Although, we tend to believe we know what is cute and what is not.
My way of measuring cute is to think to myself ‘when I see this, do I think this is cute? or this is pretty? or this is so beautiful?’. I think most people like cute but have different levels of tolerance for it. For example I think people with lower tolerance would like something basic like Disney (being safe here) and people with high tolerance would like things like San-X where the faces have become so abstract but still formulated to be cute.
Liking cute is like loving gourmet food. It’s a passion and should not be taken for granted.

August 7, 2007. Cute literature/article. Leave a comment.

Light a flower

I have to say that I don’t know if I like the contrast between the industrial interior and the delicate flower inside but the flower itself is enough for me. If I could just buy the bulb with the flower inside I’d be happy. Lamp by Felix de Pass.

Via DesignSponge

August 7, 2007. Cute design. Leave a comment.

Kitty Shame

I can’t get over this:

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring “Hello Kitty,” the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday.

Read the whole article here.

Via BoingBoing

August 6, 2007. Cute literature/article. 2 comments.

Eames cartoon

The Eames’s are my heroes. Charles was the one who started the design department at Cranbrook (my school) and that is where he met Ray. It is an honor to be working in the very same studio’s as they did about 70 years back and we even still have some of the tools they used back then.

Here you can see one of the many movies they made. This was my first time seeing The Information Machine and I really like the fact that it is a cartoon. Love the fifties style drawings. Enjoy.

Via CreateMake

August 6, 2007. Cute design. Leave a comment.

So nice

I love it when I find something new that I’m just so fascinated by I can’t help myself. Erwin Olaf is a Dutch artist that takes the most amazing pictures. These two are from a series called ‘Rain’, I like everything about them, the atmosphere, the colors, the people, the surrounding environments. Just Beautiful.

August 5, 2007. Cute art. 2 comments.


In undergrad a guy teaching me photography used to kid that I needed ‘help’ since I only liked to photograph toys.
I guess I’d take that therapy with my friend Larry Gianettiona if he hadn’t passed away. I want that top photo (note: month till birthday).

August 5, 2007. Cute art. Leave a comment.

Crazy dancing Panda

Got to know Helena Garcia’s work yesterday through Coroflot.
I like this picture since I call my dog Pandamonium all the time.

August 5, 2007. Cute illustrations. Leave a comment.

More monsters

Some of you are familiar with Monsterism.

August 5, 2007. Cute illustrations. Leave a comment.

Still going

I’ve basically been feeling like crap today. This cough is killing me. Once it starts it just wont stop so all I can do is lie down and surrender in a crazy, coughing bonanza. It’s like some kind of exorcism.

Anyways, between my satanic coughing I’m browsing the net and I found this today:

Company called Juju’s Delivery Service.

August 5, 2007. Cute illustrations. Leave a comment.

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