Donald Robertson :: Fashion Illustration

Donald Robertson, or as his cheeky Instagram handle @donalddrawbertson indicates, has been taking the fashion world by storm. His fun, pop-art meets whimsy fashion illustrations have been gracing the covers of Vogue around the world. Not necessarily a "break out" sensation in an industry where who you know is your ticket, Robertson splits time between his early morning studio sessions, his 5 kids, and, oh ya, his full-time gig as Director of Creative Development for Bobbi Brown. He is exceptionally talented and his art never leaves you with anything but a brighter day ahead. I'll be curious to see if illustrators begin making a comeback in the world of cover art, even if just for a moment.

Here's a few goodies via Instagram:

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While the act of commuting often personifies the solitude of urban life, it is far too often that we find ourselves moving from place to place with little or no recognition of where we are or what we are doing.  Its essentially about waiting to be somewhere else--in transit--and there’s a disconnect.  While we’re waiting for something, we’re off in our thoughts.  We’re thinking about our past, our future...anything but the present moment, and we’re paying little attention to our surroundings.  The nameless and faceless become as familiar to us as our own reflection while we shuffle our bodies from place to place.

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Phenomenal Woman-- Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
Its in the reach of my arms,
the space of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
Its in the fire in my eyes,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much 
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they can't see.
I say,
Its in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Image 3 credit coming




As the trend of urban living becomes more and more popular, and with many of the world's major cities busting at the seams, we've become eager to find ways of developing a sense of community outside of our shoebox apartments. Here's few lovely examples of what I like to refer to as urban landscapes from all around the world. Enjoy!

Theoretical Theme :: SMPL Design

Südliche Lohmühleninsel :: Rehwaldt Landscape Architects

V.M. Houses :: BIG
LEDscape :: LIKEarchitects
Lisbon, Portugal




I'm finding it incredibly hard to post just another few pretty pictures today when there is so much turmoil happening and so many hearts breaking over the school girls that were abducted in Nigeria by terrorists. Do you remember what you were doing when you were 10? 12? 14? Probably not being forced into marriage by terrorists...

I'm wondering how the design community can come together to contribute in a meaningful way. We are talented, outside of the box thinkers and we are needed in times like these!
Bring back our girls!


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