birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.
sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.
the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!
i am so excited about this giveaway because it’s something close to my heart… beautiful blog themes! as a designer (and blogger) i really appreciate a nice theme. many times it influences whether i will visit a site again or not. understandably it’s not always possible for the average person to afford the services of a graphic designer to design their website, and sometimes it’s frustrating to find a theme that doesn’t look like it came pre-packaged with whatever platform you’re using. and that isn’t already used by a million other people.
i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.
have come across some wonderful identity designs lately. please click on the images to be taken to the original designer and more information on their process.
Alex Proba is a German designer, now based in New York, who spends 30 minutes of her day after work designing a poster – A Poster A Day. she has made 250 so far. the poster designs are a combination of manipulated found imagery and designs and patterns that Alex created herself. i love these kind of self-initiated projects that push already busy creative people to flex creative muscles that might otherwise be neglected in a working environment.
last year i did a post on 2013 calendars and, well, the time has come. 2014 to be exact… so here are 14 calendars for 2014.