Windows of New York


Every once in a while you see a project that is just such so simple, personal, engaging, and perfect—thus is the case with José Guíza’s Windows of New York, a weekly illustrated look (literally) into the life and architecture of New York. As a kid, and even now, I love peeking inside of peoples’ windows, imagining how their life differs from mine. The little details of Guíza’s are the best part. It is the nuances that tell you what kind of person might live there, how much money they might make, what time of year it is, or even if they have a green thumb. This will definitely be a project I’ll be following.





Brooklyn BBQ

Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
One of the best things about life in Brooklyn is the backyard BBQ. A handful of our friends have charming garden spaces behind their buildings — perfect places to gather with friends on a summer night.

Our friends Jason Walzer and Andrea Floren have been hosting an annual pulled-pork BBQ for the past two years. Inspired by their trip through the Southern United States, the menu’s main dish is an amazing combo of slow-cooked pork, homemade BBQ sauce and cole slaw, all nestled into a warm bun. Jason’s newfound love for home brew provides the perfect bevy to wash it all down … delicious. I feel wonderfully full just thinking about it.

Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ
Eight Hour Day Brooklyn BBQ

Mickey Smith

Photography by Mickey Smith
Our One Year trip has ended, but we still have some posts we didn’t get to before we left for Europe. So now we’re just picking up where we left off!

On that note, let us introduce New York Photographer Mickey Smith. We first met Mickey eight years ago at a dingy Minneapolis designer hangout known as Cuzzy’s. Since then, Mickey has blown up—and we get to say we knew her back in the day…

Five years ago, as a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellow, Mickey put together a stunning collection of images entitled Volume. Shortly thereafter, she moved with her husband to New York, conquered the art world, and had a baby boy. Now, she continues to create new work and exhibits around the world. We are so proud!

Photography by Mickey Smith
Photography by Mickey Smith
Photography by Mickey Smith
Photography by Mickey Smith

Brooklyn Type

Just a small sampling off all the great typography in and around our Brooklyn Park Slope neighborhood where we stayed this summer. Enjoy!

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Typography from Brooklyn New York
Typography from Brooklyn New York

Matthew Carter at the Cooper Union

So yeah, it’s been a while… How’s everyone doing? Our apologies for going quiet on the blog front. We’ve wrapped up our yearlong U.S. journey, and now are celebrating with an overseas adventure. Trying to end this thing in style.

We’ll be postponing our “Best Thing Today” posts while we’re away. Instead, we’ll slide in some previously-collected gems from the last year. In the meantime, the best bet for following us is on Twitter @eighthourday.

Right now, Katie’s working on an illustration project for one of our clients back in the States and I’m sitting on our terrace in Barcelona, catching up on the endless amount of wonderful goodies we gathered this past year. Although we’re no longer in New York, we still have some blog posts to share. Here’s one:

We saw typographer Matthew Carter speak at the Cooper Union’s Center for Design and Typography back in July. Matthew shared his views on type revivals and explained his “debt to historical legacy.” It was exciting to hear him share his inspirations and the various ways and degrees in which he adapts those found nuances into his work.

Matthew Carter has designed oh-so-many amazing typefaces, including Georgia, Verdana, Snell Roundhand and Big Caslon, plus he played a role in the design of Helvetica. Here are a few samples of his work, courtesy of designmuseum.org. Photo of Matthew via Co. Design and MacArthur Foundation.

Matthew Carter
Matthew Carter Typefaces
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Matthew Carter Typeface Walker