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if only I were dutch

I moved to New York straight out of college and went to work for an amazing designer who slaved away at an ad agency during the day. He hired me to work from his house (a swanky corner apartment in London Terrace) and help him with fun side projects like books, fashion campaigns and photo shoots. I would leave my layouts for him on his desk, and he would make his comments and leave them for me in the morning. 


My first week of work he left a book for me, with a note "Welcome to NY".



It might be my very favorite book. Printed Matter showcases the work of dutch designer Karel Martens. He designed these phone cards for PTT Telecom, with the numbers zooming out as the value of the cards increases. Every time I looked at my ugly New York subway card, I thought.. "if only I were dutch!".



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can you share who your boss was? sounds like such a curious setup.

09.8.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlana

Wow, you should love that book. I love it when someone gives me a great recommendation for a design book. So I looked it up online, and the cheapest I could find it for was $715.00. What a great boss!

09.8.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy P.

great story and amazing images. love what you've posted so far!

09.8.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoy

hi! found your blog through lena's! there are many nice things to see over here! we will take a look more often!
veronik and mieke

09.8.2008 | Unregistered Commentermiekewillems

Hi Brooke,

I'm here via DesignMom's link and then I realized I have met you before! I'm a friend of Kristin's & Rob's and met you at Thanksgiving at their house *ages* ago, when you were still at MS Kids.

What a happy serendipity! Love your fantastic blog! I'll be back...

09.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Aside from the jealousy over a free Martens book, this set up sounds pretty great. my wife and I slave at ad agencies three days a week, then have interns on Thursday and Friday, but I always wish someone were still working on our projects while I make signs for Target. Perhaps someone should be.

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