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!

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