Behind the Blog: Grain Edit

Behind the Blog: Grain Edit

Gregory Han
Oct 7, 2008

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Oakland blogger David Cuzner's Grain Edit is the sort of site one visits for visual inspiration when your creativity is parched...a graphical well of imagery that draws upon contemporary works alongside a notable love of the creative spectrum of the 1950's through the 1970's. Whether artwork, typography, product or furniture design, Grain Edit's carefully curated posts reveal a keen eye for an aesthetic that is both timeless and current. We were pleased when Cuzner invited us to let us take a peek inside his studio and ask a few questions...

Tell us about Grain Edit's focus, goals, aesthetic.
Grain Edit is focused on modern design from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.

How would you describe the Grain Edit studio?
It's a 1,100 square foot loft space with thick glue laminated beams running through the ceiling. Book cases line the walls, filled with magazines, toys, packaging, books, stamps and anything else we can get our hands on.

In terms of layout and organization of your work space, what are specific details that you're particularly proud of?
I have a big L shaped Ikea desk with plenty of open space. I love it. It's really nice to have the extra room to work. I also really like having multiple letter trays.  I have three sets. One for work related materials, another for personals bills etc. and a third for things that will be scanned for the blog. My favorite is the teak double stack. I believe it's from the 1960s. I was wanting one of these vintage double stacks for a long time, so I was super excited when Santa hooked me up with one  a couple of years ago.

What's on your desk at this moment?
Post it notes, a book on Dick Bruna and my cat ( she likes to sleep on top of my in/ out trays).

Any tips or advice about office décor, layout or organization?
Invest in dual monitors or 1 large monitor. The extra screen real estate is well worth it. Having 2 screens has definitely helped my productivity.

Posters and prints on the wall by: Lab Partners, Hersk, Templin Brink, The Small Stakes, and Evan Hecox.

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