graphic design

Biodiversity Heritage Library

i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

street style: Citizen Couture

street style: A Love Is Blind

street style: The Locals

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Seb Lester

Seb Lester is a designer & illustrator from the UK who practices calligraphy to sharpen his skills as a type designer. he shares snapshots of his sketchbook on Instagram, showcasing his impressive skills and doubly impressive foul mouth. these made me laugh, it’s always nice to see people not taking things too seriously. be sure to watch the video at the end of the post to see just how immensely skilled he is, crafting an alphabet in real time.

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Daily Dishonesty

Lauren Hom contacted me about her Daily Dishonesty project which is simply super rad. she’s a graphic designer based in NYC who started a series of hand lettered posters that document the little lies she tells herself on a regular basis. i can definitely relate to all of them. she also takes on weekly guest posts – this one by Emma Hopkins made me laugh. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my phone…” so true.

Lauren also shared a tutorial on her process from start to finish – really inspiring for those of you who want to dabble in hand lettering. you can also buy prints from the series at her Society6 shop.

 

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AÃRK Collective

AÃRK Collective is a Melbourne based company that deals in some of the spiffiest watches I’ve seen in a while. but not only that, the design details of their website and all their collateral is so brilliant. i love it when the branding of a company wins me over almost more than their products (almost).

We make ideas come to life to showcase our vision. We believe in good design, long lasting products and connecting with likeminded individuals. We are small, independent, based in Melbourne and proud of it. This is our way to keep things personal. Our approach is simple, honest and heartfelt. We create what we feel and do it because we love it. Our timepieces are a reflection of us; who we are, what we love and everything we believe in. We are AÃRK Collective.

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Catch Up: Art & Design

always love Bernadette Pascua’s fashion sketches:

Helsinki Food Company by Werklig:

a botanical series by Carla Fuentes:

identity design for Millswyn by Cornwall:

cute ceramics by Miga de Pan:

awesome design work by The Company You Keep:

illustrations by Grace Lee:

Bonnard macaron packaging design by Anagrama:

more cool work by Rose Blake:

identity design for Sweet Greek by Studio Brave:

illustrations by Luci Everett:

identity design for The Vine by Blok Design:

an illustrated map of Paris by Josie Portillo:

identity design for Easy Tiger by Land:

rad iPhone cases by Eva Black:

Leah Goren’s original paintings:

travel postcards by A Pair of Pears:

illustrations by Lieke van der Vorst:

New York Moon by Miso:

printable valentines gift wrap by minieco:

see more art & design here and here.

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2013

a sure-fire way to know that the holiday season is upon us (apart from the christmas carols playing ad-nauseum in the supermarkets) is the sudden appearance of the new year calendar. just in case you needed to be reminded that 2012 is O-V-E-R. on to the next! here are some of my favourites (there are a couple in my recent gift guides too).

Prisms Calendar by Julia Kostreva:

Pudge the Cat:

Cats let Nothing Darken Their Roar:

the ultimate cat calendar, Dreamcats:

The Frankie Calendar:

Best Year Ever!

Linen wall art:

Astrology Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop:

Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit:

Snug Studio Calendar:

Stendig Calendar:

Helvetica Calendar:

Pocket Notebook calendar:

 Patten Calendar:

Shapes Calendar by Leah Duncan:

Landscapes:

Globe Trotter Calendar:

and something a bit different, a lasercut desk calendar:

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