Friday, 4 September 2009

CELEBRATING 200 ENTRIES

When we started blogging we didn’t have a clue of what we were going to write about. We made a list of ideas and started to write about our personal experiences, everyday life in the studio, and eventually evolved into interviewing some of the best designers in the world, translating the styles of our favourite icons of design, and featuring trends and eye candies of the week.


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And now, here we are at 200 entries and we feel that we have really hit our stride. Our blog has taken on a voice and life of it’s own, and is truly unique. It just keeps getting better and we are so excited for our future in blogging.

Before we get to the goods, we want to say THANK YOU!!! once again for all of the support we have received from readers, designers, and advertisers. It has been a great experience and blogging has become a part of our inspiration, friendships and has even become a therapy of sorts (lol).


cake 200 entries 006 We almost caught on fire for this shot


To celebrate we thought we needed a cake full of sparklers (we have a bad influence on each other when it comes to sweets lol – Echito liked this one in particular because it was called “Strawberry Princess”), but more importantly, we wanted to share our favourite, top 15 entries with all of our readers (in chronological order to show our growth - aside from the top pick at the end which needed it’s own special place).

We hope you enjoy them!



10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

image Maria Celia T de Meade – AKA Chelita


This was my second entry and probably still one of my most personal entries. Hint! Hint! No magazines have asked me for an interview yet (lol)


THE DESIGN GENE

imageInés & Philippine


Small world – since I found my lost relatives in Spain I have established a cool pen pal friendship with them and I get really excited to see how far Inés and Philippine have gone with their designs - Meade Pride!


INTRODUCING OUR NEW DESIGN STUDIO

imageMeade Design Group – Studio


A big – I repeat, BIG accomplishment for our company. Our creative laboratory is stunning and we truly enjoy working here every day. We really put our heart and soul into the renovation and are so proud that it has been so well received


BRAZIL! BRAZIL!

imageBrazil


A fun entry – inspiration is everywhere!


ICONS OF DESIGN – COCO CHANEL

image Coco Chanel


Who knew that more than a year after this post that there would be a movie in the making – we feel like we must have been very forward thinking (lol). It is so much to take inspiration from the runway and translate it into an interior style.


AN EVENING WITH BARBARA BARRY

image Barbara Barry


What an honour, and how fun it was to have the opportunity to meet Barbara Barry and to have a 15 minute conversation with her. She has always been an inspiration to us. This evening of course, led to an interview with Barbara on the blog a short time later.


OPEN HOUSE – MEADE DESIGN GROUP

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Open House


A continuation of our pride towards our design studio, this entry was special in it’s own right however, because we were able to share our completed studio with our colleagues, family and friends – and enjoying it together over some great food and drink doesn’t hurt of course!


SO FIERCE! / WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!

image GRRRRRRRRRRR! Iván as Jesús Godzilla


This must be the point where we have almost become too comfortable with our blog (lol), but we think our readers really enjoy these light-hearted entries. It’s these kinds of posts that show who we really are and although we are a professional firm, we do know how to let loose and have fun on occasion.


Plus, it won me concert tickets to go see Beyonce in Vancouver so it was totally worth exposing my silly side to the world!


HAPPY EASTER!

image Iván Meade - Peep! Peep!


Simply because I was such an adorable child.


ECHITO’S BRIDAL SHOWER – A VERY PINK CELEBRATION

image Echito Eaton cutting her naughty cake


This may have been the most fun event we have held at the studio, we felt the evening went so perfectly, the time flew by with all of the great games and stories. So many laughs, beautiful (pink) decor, delicious food, drink and treats (what would a celebration for Echito be without some Oooh La La cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries?), and not to mention the excellent attendees.


EXAMINING THE VALUE OF A SOLID GRAPHIC IDENTITY

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A more serious entry but we really did think it was important for people to know how to help their company succeed in trying times. It was also a bit therapeutic for us, we were able to get a lot of things off of our chests, people often are blind to the value of what designers can do for them. Looking back, it is also a great showcase of our work!


MEADE DESIGN GROUP WELCOMES TOBI FAIRLEY

imageTobi Fairley, Iván Meade, Patricia Gray


Another successful event (reviewing theses posts, it totally makes sense that we would expand our services to include event planning!) with a gracious and inspiring guest of honour It was our pleasure to host the event and facilitate a gathering of our closest design friends and colleagues.


KOO AND POPPET INVADES THE STUDIO

image Mies, Nilly, Willy & Echito Pepito


These cute and weird little creatures are full of personality, and made with love. We are so proud of Sarita for her successful new business venture. Willy, Nilly, Mies and Echito Pepito all have a special place in our hearts and homes.


IN CONVERSATION WITH… [ ALL OF THEM!, WE CAN’T CHOOSE ]


We feel as though these interviews really put our blog on the map and we cannot thank our interviewees enough for taking the time to participate. No matter hoe many interviews we have and are going to be able to obtain in the future - It doesn’t get any less exciting to get a phone call or e-mail from one of our design idols!


AND THE ALL TIME FAVOURITE IS…

A MEADE DESIGN GROUP MODERN FABLE

image Ivan as the big bad wolf and Echito as Red Riding Hood


As one can see, we have a strong fondness for all things fun, silly, and willy nilly. We got so much positive feedback with this post, and had so much fun doing it that we just may have to make it an annual thing!


Hope you enjoyed the blog highlights – we look forward to sharing many more posts with you, and hope that you keep reading!


Thanks again from Meade Design Group!





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17 comments:

Echito said...

Hooray!!! What an accomplishment :) and of course, it is such a joy to relive all of these fun moments!

amie said...

Congratulations to Meade Design Group on your 200's!!!!!! Ivan, as always you are an ocean of inspiration for all of us. Thank you always.....

Ideezine said...

Ivan,
How exciting!!! Happy 200 with many more to come. I'll be watching, reading, laughing and crying right along with you all. Ivan I have roots in Espana as well! Have a great weekend.

Bette

Joe Ruggiero - Via Facebook said...

"Keep up the great work. We all respect you!"

Koo and Poppet said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! I absolutely love the fact that you have brought all of these entries together in one place. as I scrolled down the list I found myself going: "oh i remember that! loved it!" (and of course I am so honoured that you included the Koo & Poppet entry!)
from Ivancito's easter costume to Sasha Fierce to the Big Bad Wolf, and all the fabulous design in between - you truly have this blog thing mastered.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

xo Sarita

Maria Killam said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! That is the best one I've seen, fun to see a recap too! I forgot that I was at 200 and passed it before I noticed so I totally missed it! Great post!

Patricia Gray said...

Hi Ivan & Echito
Congratulations on 200 posts. You are truly a shining star in the Blogosphere. It has been great getting to know you through your Blog and in person. Keep up the great postings and your wonderful interviews. I am looking forward to reading your upcoming interview with David Easton.
Kindest Regards
Patricia

AB HOME Interiors said...

Great post and congrats!!!!!

DesignTies said...

Your "Fierce" post is probably my favourite :-) The posts about your new studio and the importance of graphic identity are also right up there. And of course, I always enjoy reading your interviews :-)

Congrats on post #200, and here's to 200 more!!

Kelly

Michelle said...

I'm always amazed at the calibre of your interviews Ivan. I have enjoyed every single one. But, I have to say, you have made me laugh out loud more than any other blog...I thought I was going to pee me pants(did I say that?) when I saw your Sasha Fierce pose.

This is all just the beginning for you...I'm your biggest fan :)Congrats on 200!!!

Best,
Michelle

Jeffito said...

It's so cool to see the evolution of a blogger! I think the diversity of the blog posts, when seen here, are simply astounding.

It makes me look forward to the next 100.

Congratulations!

Running With Scissors Studio said...

Congratulations Ivan! Meade Design continues to evolve, inspire and inform. Looking forward to your next 200 entries. And some more candid photos!

custardbydesign said...

congratulations on your 200th blogpost...

qerat said...

Congratulations Ivan.
we look forward to many more entries that would makes us happy and show us more great design.

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Very nice! Congratulations.

nicolette said...

Congratulations, and what better way to celebrate than showcasing such amazing inspiration. Hope to see more to come from you.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

Thank you very much for all your comments.

This was one of the coolest entries and reading your comments make the entry even more special.

Gracias!