Thursday, 29 December 2011

I { heart }

Birds on a bookshelf!
Not only is this educational but I { heart } the way they are looking at each other!
It's as if we don't know something ... what also looks amazing is the new Earthflight series on BBC1, a breathtaking experience over 6 continents all from a birds eye view.

And I { heart } 2012!
What an epic year this will be ... why not count the year away with these lovely calendar styles from designworklife. I am loving the cheery, childlike approach with such a nostalgic feel.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Pepper and Cinnamon

Pepper and Cinnamon - the online portfolio of Benjamin Koh Ju Ren, a Singapore Designer whose discipline covers branding, graphic design, identity, packaging and many more.

"He firmly believes in the intrinsic capacity of humans to be emphatically and emotionally engaged about great design solutions; or even the simplest of gestures that touch us in a very human way."

His ethos and personality are clear in his work - I love his attention to detail and print finish, see his project below 28 Hong Kong Project. 

The festive name is not because its Christmas (however very similar!) but because its great design!

Images courtesy of Ben at Pepper & Cinnamon

Monday, 19 December 2011

Anthony Burrill

Anthony Burrill -a illustrator, print-maker & collaborator who combines colour and composition with a witty approach to words. I love his poster collection and collaboration with other film/print makers - he also created the design mantra - Work Hard & Be Nice to People (see image below).

This fresh approach to print making is invigorating - his practise is a beautifully tactile approach to design and it is this what draws me to it. I love the smell, feel, ergonomic state of the printed matter, and we should celebrate it!

Images courtesy of Anthony Burrill.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

3.2 Million Dots

Hero from Miguel Endara on Vimeo.

Amazing what 3.2 million dots can do!
Be sure to watch it all - incredible detail, persistence and a very steady hand.
A stunning performance by Miguel Endara 'Hero' - using an old technique of mere dots to draw his father. Amazing!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Social Media Shoes!

They say Social Media is taking over our lives, so much so that by 2015 we will use our mobile to access our Facebook, pay for groceries and buy flights to Spain. All with the click of a button! But what happens when it takes over our fashion apparel? What if we become trapped in a society where its not just how much time we spend on it but it determines what we wear?

This is Social Media at its best!!
Who would have thought - but it almost seems too obvious (think my favourite is the Twitter design! What's yours?)

Images courtesy of Lumen Bigott.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

EAST London Design Show

I was in 'Lanndan' this weekend and couldn't miss on seeing the East London Design Festival - lovely to do something full of art, culture and craft with some highly talented artists/designers. With the 2 for 1 entry it was remarkably worth the measly £5 - across the 3 floors the show included artists, typographers, makers, printers and many more ... a great way to celebrate such talent, and here are some of my favourites ...

Vic Lee -  on a mission to draw London in all its full glory. I LOVED the Tate Modern Poster - his extraordinary illustrations are so delicate but have a definite presence - making me want to buy one! (Or this would be a lovely present...) I love how much effort and appreciation he has put into discovering and portraying some of London's hotspots and some totally that are unearthed.

Zeena Shah - a printer, maker, collector, drawer of this things beautiful her home interior collections were stunning! I LOVED her printed cellotape and wrapping paper - I even thought of framing it as her illustrations were that eye catching. Inspirational!

James Brown - Illustrator and Print-Maker. I LOVED his British Isles Poster and detail in the illustration - his connection with the subject matter and choice of colour & typographic styles varies across all his work. Love it!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Magpie Studio

Magpie Studio - Amazing website, I love the typographic lettering's of the different M's as the main navigational image. It sets the tone for the type of work they produce, their ethos and mentality and the great work to feast your eyes on.

This style of website is becoming more and more familiar, and as I scour the Internet for new sites I am beginning to submerge myself in the different templates that people reuse & recycle. This site is so successful in my mind because of the stark contrasting mono colour and its impressive overwhelming image that dominates. I can't help but take my eyes of those M's!

The work! Yes, some great and equally impressive clients - the BAFTA's, Channel 4, Tate Britain and many more. They use visual communication as a tool to connect with the audience, deliver clear briefs and making the message memorable. And I am impressed - creative concepts, strong executions and persuasive language.

Definitely one to stop by and take a look! Even if it is just to look at those M's!!
Let me know what you think...

Images courtesy of Magpie Studios.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Everything in between - Carl Kleiner

Truly Amazing - Colour, geometry and raw talent, Carl Kleiner is everything in between.
From his humorous and witty ideas to the ones that need no explanation - he is totally awe inspiring. I blogged about the work he did for IKEA last year, and when returning to update myself on his new work I was pleasantly surprised. I love the simplicity in his designs, the anal ritual organisation of items and the how he turns the mundane into something of a spectacle.

A pleasure to look at and decipher - Carl Kleiner everybody!

Thursday, 24 November 2011


BURO RENG is a Creative Design team based in the Northern part of the Netherlands - I blogged about them in March this year (see the post here) as I found their work inspiring, provocative and most of all creative! They produce and develop the creative process for a large client list, and having been in contact with them recently they wanted me to feature their most latest work.

They are designers who like to work closely with their client, they start by talking, writing and thinking - a process that so many agencies fail to strike with their client. Their portfolio consists of visual communication/identities, campaigns and editorial design.

They have a simple design strategy - you can see their execution, creative concept and visual style - all beautifully explained filling the voids. A design team worth more than just the final piece!

To find out more visit their website here.

All images courtesy of BURO RENG.

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