friday finds.

fourth of july inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

happy independence day weekend, everyone! we’re taking off a bit early here this week, hoping to head out of dodge! the fireworks in my neighborhood get so bad that it sounds a bit like world war III and my pup lucy is just terrified of them! so, we’re on the hunt for a very peaceful retreat — if i can just figure out where that might be! we’ll be off until wednesday, and hope you all have a festive, and/or relaxing long weekend, whatever your jam might be! i leave you with this fun images from photographer tyler haughey and a few others that really set the 4th of july mood. xo, victoria

fourth of july inspired photographs. / sfgirlbybay

colorful vintage hotel exterior. / sfgirlbybay

vintage pool photo. / sfgirlbybay

• image credits in order of appearance / top: Tyler Haughey photography; row by row l to r: surfslab; maddy nye for designlovefest; lisa says gah; @matchboxdiaries; Vogue 1939 Beach House Bag print; graphic troopers; tallulah fontaine; ice cream neon via sprinkles; malibu by Tyler Haughey photography; antoine geiger photography; neon summer by Muokkaa Studio; sparkler by brock davis studio; domino; 24 media; my piece of style; Tyler Haughey photography.

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Oil Paintings That Integrate Oversized Animals Into Found Vintage Photographs by Anja Wülfing

Anja Wulfing adds large animals into the black and white scenes of found vintage photographs, turning the attention away from the somber faces of its subjects and to the creatures that pose quite naturally behind their backs. The surprising inclusions are painted in by Wulfing, and often take the form of birds—such as crows, owls, ducks, and the occasional rooster. The animals either join the members of the photograph or merge with its occupants, sometimes replacing the heads of those posing to create hybrid and humorous creatures.

You can see more of Wulfing’s subtle animal additions on her Instagram and Behance. (via Lustik)

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8 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR DATA VISUALIZATION AGENCY

This article originally appeared on Column Five.

Data visualization is an incredibly valuable tool for marketers. It helps you communicate important insights in a visual way, helping you deliver your message more impactfully. But not everyone does data design right—even if they say they do. A good data visualization agency knows data is about more than charts and graphs; it’s about bringing your data to life.

HOW TO FIND A DATA VISUALIZATION AGENCY

To make the hunt a little easier, here are 8 great questions to ask to help narrow down your search for the right data visualization agency.

1) DO THEY DEMONSTRATE THEIR DATA EXPERTISE?

Many agencies can churn out an infographic, but a great data visualization agency knows the fundamentals of data. They don’t just design; they can analyze and dig into the data to uncover interesting insights. They should also demonstrate that knowledge and share their knowledge and expertise freely. You want to know you’re working with true experts.

2) DO THEY TURN DATA INTO STORIES?

Data analysis is only step one of creating a great data visualization. Turning those insights into a solid narrative and using data visualization to support that narrative is what will make your project truly successful. You don’t just want a data visualization agency to plug your data into a design program. You want them to help you create the most impactful narrative possible.

3) DO THEY DESIGN DATA ACCORDING TO BEST PRACTICES?

Now here’s where a lot of agencies fall short. Yes, you can design a chart. Yes, you can add a pretty illustration. But this is not what true data visualization is.

The entire point of the art is to make data as comprehensible as possible, to present it in the most easy-to-digest format. There are subtle but very effective ways to do this. The way you label, order, or use color can help or hurt your data visualization. (You can find out more about best practices in the Data Visualization 101 e-book from our sister company, Visage.) Ask them about their data design philosophy to get a sense of how they approach it.

4) DO THEY WORK IN DIFFERENT MEDIUMS?

There are many ways to present data visualizations, including infographics, interactive experiences, video, and more. The format you choose is informed by your data story, which is why it’s so important to work with someone well-versed in data storytelling. They should be able to design whatever the data requires.

5) HAVE THEY CREATED SIMILAR WORK BEFORE?

If you have a specific idea in mind, you want to work with a data visualization agency that has the skills and experience to execute it for you. (You also want someone who can tell you if your idea doesn’t serve the data well.) Take a look at their portfolio to see if they’ve created similar work or have experience with similar clients or industries.

6) DO THEY HAVE A GOOD RESPONSE WHEN YOU ASK THEM WHAT THEIR FAVORITE TYPE OF CHART IS?

You want to work with people who are passionate about their craft. Asking this question will give you a sense of their knowledge and enthusiasm for data visualization. Trust us, any self-respecting data nerd will have an answer. (And if you want to hear some very strong opinions, you might also ask them which side of the pie chart debate they’re on.)

7) WHAT RECENT PIECE OF WORK ARE THEY PARTICULARLY PROUD OF, AND WHY?

You can comb through their portfolio to get a sense of what they do, but if you aren’t the most data literate person, it’s likely you’ll miss the nuance and craftsmanship that goes into a strong data visualization. Having them explain their thought process behind a design or what they did to help enhance comprehension will give you a sense of their creative process and problem-solving skills.

6) DO THEY HAVE THOROUGH AND THOUGHTFUL PROCESSES?

There are a lot of moving parts in a major data visualization project. Content needs approval, brand guidelines needs to be communicated, data need to be double-checked. If these responsibilities are unclear, if they fall through the cracks, or are ignored completely, it can affect the quality—and credibility—of your data visualization. Make sure you are clear on how they work, and how they expect to work together with you.

7) ARE THEY TRANSPARENT WITH YOU?

You want a creative partner you can rely on to produce good-quality work. If they seem less than confident, if their pricing is murky, or if you get a general bad vibe, it’s best to move on. Again, a lot of agencies claim that they can do any data visualization, but it is a very specific skillset that requires true expertise.

8) DO THEY APPROACH PROJECTS AS COLLABORATIVE?

You don’t want an antagonistic partner, but you don’t want a total yes-man either. A great piece of data visualization happens when the best ideas make it to the front—regardless of ego. If you have a great design suggestion, they should be open to it. If you’re heading in the wrong direction, you want them to tell you so. The goal is the best project possible. Work with a data visualization agency that puts that value above all else.

REMEMBER: YOU WANT A PARTNER

When looking for the right data visualization agency, don’t look for a gun for hire. You want an intelligent, thoughtful, creative partner to help bring your vision to life and steer you in the right direction.

To learn more about the value of data visualization, learn more about why data-driven storytelling helps brands, find out what 9 great sources of data you should be using, and learn about why our brains love data visualization.

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This Week’s Fresh Design Products: Vol. 83

Fresh Design Products is a regular series in which we highlight and celebrate fantastic new products that have been recently uploaded to the marketplace by new and seasoned Creative Market shop owners. It’s sort of like a quick stroll through a farmer’s market of design and creativity. Enjoy the sights, pick up new products, and follow talented shop owners. The products and shops curated for this series are selected by our Community Curator, Matt Borchert.

Brand New Shops

Talented designers are opening shops in the marketplace each week. We’re spotlighting a few promising new shop owners who are knocking it out of the park by uploading beautiful new design products to launch their shops! The previews you see here are often just a small taste of each shop’s full future offering, so be sure to follow them to stay tuned for more amazing assets.

polythenedesigns

Polythene Designs is a studio that specializes in branding and art direction, and they started their shop off with a selection of script fonts.

digital_essence

Yana’s shop includes watercolor illustrations as well as brush stroke textures.

joomla51

Ciarán creates highly professional templates for the Joomla CMS.

Homunkulus28

Kate loves trying different artistic techniques in various content themes.

simonekalt

Simone has themed styled stock photo sets available in her shop.

nicholasasmita

Nicholas creates handmade acrylic texture packs.

Debut Uploads

In this section, we highlight new shop owners who have recently uploaded their very first product. If you like what they have to offer, encourage them to add more products for sale by commenting on and purchasing their first product.

Seasoned Veterans

Some of our shop owners at Creative Market have been in the marketplace and our community for quite some time. We want to recognize these hard working creators by sharing select new products as they release them. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the latest offerings from our popular and up-and-coming shops.

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Introducing: The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition ’35 Years Ocean 2000′

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While IWC’s pilot’s watches get most of the attention, don’t forget that the brand makes some pretty serious dive watches too. The Aquatimer models are serious tool watches that don’t mess around one bit – to which our own Jack can firmly attest. For the 35th anniversary of the original Ocean 2000, IWC has created a modern tank of a dive watch that combines some of that first model’s styling with a totally new slimmed-down case design. To me, this is the most interesting dive watch IWC has produced in a very long time.

I won’t spend too much time here on the backstory of the Ocean 2000 and the various divers that IWC has made over the years – that’s a story for another time – but I will say that the original was dreamed up by Ferdinand A. Porsche (yes, that Porsche) back in 1982. That’s some pretty serious design provenance, and it’s that watch that actually serves as the inspiration for the entire modern Aquatimer collection. I have to say that with this model I think IWC has done a good job paying homage without outright copying Mr. Porsche’s iconic design too.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000

The new black, white, and red color scheme is really nice looking here.

What we’ve got here is a watch that functionally is right on par with the existing Aquatimer Automatic 2000. It has the combination internal/external SafeDive bezel system for timing dives, it has a titanium case to keep weight to a minimum, and it clearly shows the time with broad, luminous hands against a dark black dial. Only, the profile is completely different. Instead of the case measuring 48.4mm x 20.9mm, this watch’s case comes in at just 42mm x 14.5mm – and it’s still fully water resistant to 2,000 meters. So, while it can do anything the Automatic 2000 can do, this is a much more wearable watch in a size that won’t look out of place if you’re more likely to be wearing it to the office or the beach than on a saturation diving mission. 

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000

While the watch is still water resistant to 2,000 meters, the case is approximately 25% thinner and only 42mm in diameter.

For a point of comparison, the mainline Aquatimer Automatic comes in at 42mm x 14.2mm, so this watch is just .3mm thicker and you get an extra 1,700 meters of water resistance. That’s some pretty serious engineering right there. Speaking personally, I also think that the warm hue of the titanium pairs really nicely with the black, white, and red dial here, making it the most attractive of the modern Aquatimers too.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition “35 Years Ocean 2000” is a limited edition of 350 pieces with a retail price of $7,400. For more on this watch, visit IWC online.

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Introducing: The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition ’35 Years Ocean 2000′

Iwc1.jpg?ixlib=rails 1.1

While IWC’s pilot’s watches get most of the attention, don’t forget that the brand makes some pretty serious dive watches too. The Aquatimer models are serious tool watches that don’t mess around one bit – to which our own Jack can firmly attest. For the 35th anniversary of the original Ocean 2000, IWC has created a modern tank of a dive watch that combines some of that first model’s styling with a totally new slimmed-down case design. To me, this is the most interesting dive watch IWC has produced in a very long time.

I won’t spend too much time here on the backstory of the Ocean 2000 and the various divers that IWC has made over the years – that’s a story for another time – but I will say that the original was dreamed up by Ferdinand A. Porsche (yes, that Porsche) back in 1982. That’s some pretty serious design provenance, and it’s that watch that actually serves as the inspiration for the entire modern Aquatimer collection. I have to say that with this model I think IWC has done a good job paying homage without outright copying Mr. Porsche’s iconic design too.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000

The new black, white, and red color scheme is really nice looking here.

What we’ve got here is a watch that functionally is right on par with the existing Aquatimer Automatic 2000. It has the combination internal/external SafeDive bezel system for timing dives, it has a titanium case to keep weight to a minimum, and it clearly shows the time with broad, luminous hands against a dark black dial. Only, the profile is completely different. Instead of the case measuring 48.4mm x 20.9mm, this watch’s case comes in at just 42mm x 14.5mm – and it’s still fully water resistant to 2,000 meters. So, while it can do anything the Automatic 2000 can do, this is a much more wearable watch in a size that won’t look out of place if you’re more likely to be wearing it to the office or the beach than on a saturation diving mission. 

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000

While the watch is still water resistant to 2,000 meters, the case is approximately 25% thinner and only 42mm in diameter.

For a point of comparison, the mainline Aquatimer Automatic comes in at 42mm x 14.2mm, so this watch is just .3mm thicker and you get an extra 1,700 meters of water resistance. That’s some pretty serious engineering right there. Speaking personally, I also think that the warm hue of the titanium pairs really nicely with the black, white, and red dial here, making it the most attractive of the modern Aquatimers too.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition “35 Years Ocean 2000” is a limited edition of 350 pieces with a retail price of $7,400. For more on this watch, visit IWC online.

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2 Great White Apartments that Show Color Isn’t Everything (Includes Floor Plans)

We love to showcase homes that use color creatively. From an electric pink kitchen backsplash to a gilded mirror or a playfully patterned area rug, color can bring a drab living space to life. But it is also important to look at how a more neutral, subdued color palette can be both beautiful and inviting. The two homes featured here, from Yael Perry with photographs by Itay Benit, show just how spectacular white can be when used in the right proportion with black and grey. By limiting the use of color, the designer has created clean, minimalist looks that are instantly soothing and incredibly chic.

The first apartment, a dazzling white design, is the S|H Apartment, located in Tel Aviv.

The budget for this minimalist design was between $50 – $100k for the 42 square meter (452 square feet) ‘skinny’ apartment.

The apartment was designed as a holiday home for a family that likes to entertain. While bright white is certainly the dominant color, some pops of life, such as a snake plant do make an appearance.

When the designer took over the space for this new family, there was no storage, no bedroom closet, and a very small bathroom.

To make the home feel bigger, despite the main living area measuring just 11 meters by 3.3 meters, white was chosen.

White furnishings like this dining table melt right into the design of the rest of the space, as if they were meant to go togther.

The Parabel table by Eero Aarnio was already owned by the new homeowners, and used along with four Kite chairs, from designer Karim Rashid in the final design.

Because the main living area is small, the dining area becomes a living space as well.

To carry the white throughout the design, white parquet was added to the floor and the walls were painted white.

The kitchen makes use of the narrow space with integrated appliances, but still makes room for unique teapots.

White kitchen cabinets provide just enough storage.

The parquet and walls blend seamlessly, creating that large space the designer was after.

An ivy plant is another opportunity to bring a bit of natural beauty into the stark white home.

In the white on white bedroom design, a subtle bedroom pendant nearly goes unnoticed.

The Tumbler alarm clock by Menu is another unique accessory that melds well with the design.

A custom closet creates space of storage as well as a washing machine.

As mentioned, the bathroom was very small prior to the renovation.

During the course of the design, the existing internal walls were destroyed and new entryway created for more space.

For accessories in the bathroom, soap and lotion dispensers make their own minimalist mark.

The floorplan gives a clear view of the ‘long and skinny’ space.

The second apartment is different in its design, but still utilizes a number of the same theories.

The use of unique coffee tables in the living area of the 80 square meter (861 square feet) give this home a bit more practicality.

Again, this Tel Aviv home was designed as a holiday home for a family that likes to entertain. Luckily, this apartment has the space for a bit more seating.

The main living area includes a kitchen, living room, and terrace with carefully chosen furnishings adding important dimension as well as practicality.

The custom sofas, in dark gray, are functional in that they are modular and can easily be rearranged for different events and moment.

A grid of unique wall shelves fits perfectly with the grid design of the apartment.

A black and white dining area with modern dining chairs is situated so that diners can still interact with people in the kitchen or living room.

White unique vases are a simple addition to the minimalist aesthetic.

In the master bedroom, shades of gray create a calming effect.

Plenty of natural sunlight means the grays do not feel to dark or oppressive.

Frosted glass keeps the bedroom and hallway separate but not closed off from one another completely.

A small master bathroom is spacious enough and feels more so with the use of white.

On the balcony, black and white furniture and an angular table add to the geometric design.

The master bathroom uses a white sink and black glass to fully explore that same geometric idea.

The tiled grid is purposefully strict in its design.

A small guest bathroom uses dark gray and a similar sink.

A wall mounted mirror and minimal accessories mean this bathroom is big enough for comfort.

The wall texture is a bit unique as well.

The creative overhead lighting is truly unique.

Again we can see how this design is a bit ‘long’ but in the hands of a talented designer, there is space for plenty of enjoyment.

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2 Great White Apartments that Show Color Isn’t Everything (Includes Floor Plans)

We love to showcase homes that use color creatively. From an electric pink kitchen backsplash to a gilded mirror or a playfully patterned area rug, color can bring a drab living space to life. But it is also important to look at how a more neutral, subdued color palette can be both beautiful and inviting. The two homes featured here, from Yael Perry with photographs by Itay Benit, show just how spectacular white can be when used in the right proportion with black and grey. By limiting the use of color, the designer has created clean, minimalist looks that are instantly soothing and incredibly chic.

The first apartment, a dazzling white design, is the S|H Apartment, located in Tel Aviv.

The budget for this minimalist design was between $50 – $100k for the 42 square meter (452 square feet) ‘skinny’ apartment.

The apartment was designed as a holiday home for a family that likes to entertain. While bright white is certainly the dominant color, some pops of life, such as a snake plant do make an appearance.

When the designer took over the space for this new family, there was no storage, no bedroom closet, and a very small bathroom.

To make the home feel bigger, despite the main living area measuring just 11 meters by 3.3 meters, white was chosen.

White furnishings like this dining table melt right into the design of the rest of the space, as if they were meant to go togther.

The Parabel table by Eero Aarnio was already owned by the new homeowners, and used along with four Kite chairs, from designer Karim Rashid in the final design.

Because the main living area is small, the dining area becomes a living space as well.

To carry the white throughout the design, white parquet was added to the floor and the walls were painted white.

The kitchen makes use of the narrow space with integrated appliances, but still makes room for unique teapots.

White kitchen cabinets provide just enough storage.

The parquet and walls blend seamlessly, creating that large space the designer was after.

An ivy plant is another opportunity to bring a bit of natural beauty into the stark white home.

In the white on white bedroom design, a subtle bedroom pendant nearly goes unnoticed.

The Tumbler alarm clock by Menu is another unique accessory that melds well with the design.

A custom closet creates space of storage as well as a washing machine.

As mentioned, the bathroom was very small prior to the renovation.

During the course of the design, the existing internal walls were destroyed and new entryway created for more space.

For accessories in the bathroom, soap and lotion dispensers make their own minimalist mark.

The floorplan gives a clear view of the ‘long and skinny’ space.

The second apartment is different in its design, but still utilizes a number of the same theories.

The use of unique coffee tables in the living area of the 80 square meter (861 square feet) give this home a bit more practicality.

Again, this Tel Aviv home was designed as a holiday home for a family that likes to entertain. Luckily, this apartment has the space for a bit more seating.

The main living area includes a kitchen, living room, and terrace with carefully chosen furnishings adding important dimension as well as practicality.

The custom sofas, in dark gray, are functional in that they are modular and can easily be rearranged for different events and moment.

A grid of unique wall shelves fits perfectly with the grid design of the apartment.

A black and white dining area with modern dining chairs is situated so that diners can still interact with people in the kitchen or living room.

White unique vases are a simple addition to the minimalist aesthetic.

In the master bedroom, shades of gray create a calming effect.

Plenty of natural sunlight means the grays do not feel to dark or oppressive.

Frosted glass keeps the bedroom and hallway separate but not closed off from one another completely.

A small master bathroom is spacious enough and feels more so with the use of white.

On the balcony, black and white furniture and an angular table add to the geometric design.

The master bathroom uses a white sink and black glass to fully explore that same geometric idea.

The tiled grid is purposefully strict in its design.

A small guest bathroom uses dark gray and a similar sink.

A wall mounted mirror and minimal accessories mean this bathroom is big enough for comfort.

The wall texture is a bit unique as well.

The creative overhead lighting is truly unique.

Again we can see how this design is a bit ‘long’ but in the hands of a talented designer, there is space for plenty of enjoyment.

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