Category Archives: Inspiration

Round-up of inspiration…

The last fortnight’s inspiration from around the internet… (I’ve been away, so I’m a little behind…)

1. City of Industry Pins
I have a small collection of pins on my leather jacket – it has to be an impressive pin to make it to my jacket, and all these would qualify! Lovely pins from City of Industry.

2. Ginger Monkey – SOURCE branding
Ginger Monkey is awesome – I absolutely love his work, and this is no exception. Beautiful ornate typography.

3. Timothy McSweeney’s
A very witty look at a client’s notes to God re: the creation of Earth.

4. John Phillip Emslie’s Information Design
I always think of information design as a fairly modern phenomena, but these beautiful and detailed illustrations are from the mid to late 1800s and are amazing.

5. The Wines of Westeros
Wine + Game of Thrones = Happy Laura 🙂

6. Doctor Spekto Covers
Some amazing illustrations for Doctor Spektor by Christian Ward.

7. Dan Matutina
Very clever! Heart shaped illustrations combining enemies – from apple and android to Angry Birds and Pigs!

8. Vince and Ann Wedding Invitations
Some lovely wedding invitations… beautiful typography!

9. Tesco Revisionist Craft Beer Packaging
Agency R Design’s new designs for Tesco’s new range of craft beers – well executed idea – I love these!

10. Saison Market Growler Bottle
Beautiful lettering by Tim Skirven – lovely work.

11. IBM Icons
Colourful, clever little icons for IBM – for IBM Smarter Planet. These look awesome on their own and as part of the branding. By Office in San Francisco.

12. Type Ornament Christmas Tree
Wrong time of year, but bloody lovely, all the same!

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. Wendy MacNaughton
I have just discovered Wendy MacNaughton’s work and I love it! Beautiful sketches and paintings.

2. Year of the Horse Card Deck Calendar
A stunning piece of self promotion… A calendar, and a deck of cards all in one.

3. Upland Brewing Company
Lovely new re-branding work by BMD for the Upland Brewery Company.

4. Pelican Flies Again!
Creative Review look at the updated re-brand of Pelican books.

5. Lego The Hobbit
Albert Co’s sketches and development work for the Lego Hobbit game Advert and trailer.

6. Hand Lettered Logos
Hand lettered logos from Tobias Hall – beautiful! I love this stuff.

7. Don Draper Rum
Designed by LOLA – I think Don would approve.

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. G.F. Smith – Book making
GF Smith now offer a book making service using their wonderful paper… I’m so tempted to make 1, or 3…

2. Neon Signs
A short film on making neon signs… I do love them, even if they do look a little tacky sometimes!

3. Roshe Runs
Awesome illustrations for Roshe Runs for Nike, by Viery Zhang

4. Tour de France
The ad of the week from Creative Review… Love it!

5. Nike Flyknit 2012
Deskriptiv’s work for the Nike Flyknit project – Beautiful sculptures and typography.

6. Cut Spike Whisky
Stunning packaging design with some lovely letterpress work.

7. Tapas Trail
Steve Simpson’s work for Campo Viejo. Very fun, very colourful!

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. TCO London’s New book for Microsoft and Nokia
Beautiful illustration and type in a lovely book.

2. Vicki Turner’s Chocolate Packaging
Combining nautical patterns and beautiful colours – RNLI chocolate packaging by Devon designer Vicki Turner.

3. iPhone Wallpapers
These are stunning! I want all of them!

4. The Mini Book of Major Events
Tiny little book by Evan Lorenzen… so sweet!

5. Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful animated trailers… awesome!

6. Maleka Designs
Gorgeous letterpress and geometric shapes. Lovely!

7. Adorn typeface
I really like this new typeface. I need a project to use it in now!

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. Gareth Edwards
A beautiful catalogue fro beautiful furniture.

2. Game of Thrones Posters
Some awesome posters by Sasha Vinogradova! I love Game of Thrones, and these are very well done!

3. Ginger Monkey work
I love this guys work – it’s so good! And this new work does not disappoint. I wish I was half as talented as this guy.

4. Bettersupes.tumblr.com
Little girls are better at designing superhero costumes… Here is the proof.

5. Yinka Shonibare’s 10,000 batik-coloured books
Beautiful installation of books covered in wax batik fabric. Colourful, and stunning.

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…(sorry it’s a little late!)

1. Miami Houses
Some beautiful photos of houses on stilts from Miami by Leo Caillard. These reminded me of some of the houses I saw in Florida whilst saying down there about 10 years ago.

2. Chalkboard Quotes
These have been doing the rounds on the internet, but they are bloody amazing! Some students from the Columbus College of Art & Design have been drawing amazing quotes in chalk each week…

3. New Drew de Soto book
Awesome new book from Drew de Soto, I’ve read and loved the first two, I’m sure this will be just as awesome!

4. 12 principle of animation
Brilliant gifs showing the 12 principle of animation, based on Disney work, by Cento Lodigiani.

5. 100 Years of Type in Design
Monotype and Pentagram celebrate 100 years of type in Design – an amazing show in NY that I wish I could get to 😦

6. Brightpads by Brunch
I want one in every colour! (You can buy them here)

7. Count Down by Luke Choice
Awesome brightly coloured numbers 🙂

8. If your food told the brutal truth
Very funny, very witty, very sweet. Also, sadly, very true!

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design
A wonderful chart depicting all the different styles and movements in Graphic Design by Pop Chart Lab – interesting and informative and beautifully done.

2. Retro Vintage Motivational Quotes
Some great brightly coloured fun and bold prints from Vintage Vectors Studio – found on Behance, a great place to find inspiring and wonderful work!

3. The Gif Resume
I have a soft spot for Gifs – I think they are so much fun 🙂 and these are not only a very creative and fun way to display your resume, but also you can use them if you reference the source!

4. Wild & Free Designs
I love maps, globes and good typography – therefore, I love this site. And I’m going to end up spending some serious money here too…

5. Colour Book
An awful amount of effort must have gone into this… and it reminds me of the Colour Theory work I did as a student!

6. Finder app icon
Maybe?

7. Stitch the Stars Calendar
So fun, so creative, lovely.

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Round-up of inspiration…

This week’s inspiration from around the internet…

1. Eyebombing in Madrid
I love this – so cute, and put a big smile on my face for the rest of the day! I bought my husband some of these sticky eyes a few months ago, and he has been secretly eye-bombing in our local yacht club/pub and at work. He obviously thought this video was pretty awesome too 🙂

2. Gecina Illustrations by Tom Haugomat
Beautifully simple and very elegant. These are lovely, the colours are perfect!

3. Men at Work by Douglas Smith
I have a bit of a thing about engravings – I think they are wonderful when done properly, and these are amazing – especially the coloured ones. Very strong, very powerful.

4. Jon & Nicole’s Wedding Materials
I see lots of invitations and wedding materials through all the blogs I look and they are all wonderful, but some stick out more than others… and this is one of them! It’s really bold and colourful, very unusual!

5. Cryptic Memphis by ODDDS & Ligature Collective
I love the type, and the illustrations are beautiful and minimal. I really love this. I want these as stickers that I can put all over everything I own 🙂

6. TWTH atelier by BMD …
The hand-made, hand drawn elements of these designs are great.

7. Chuck Palahniuk Book Covers by Rodrigal Corral
I have read a few Chuck Palahniuk books and enjoyed them… and I own an edition of the Damned novel featured here. These are awesome, especially the Damned one.

Enjoy 🙂
Laura

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Basics Design: Typography by Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris – Book Review

This book review comes from my other blog: http://laurapakora82.wordpress.com/

Basics Design: Typography by Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris

Basics Design: Typography by Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris

Another great instalment in this series, lots of inspiring examples of great typography in many different mediums. The book covers the basics, typefaces, styles, anatomy of a typeface and classifications, with plenty of good images to illustrate points and terms.

It then leads onto setting type, the basics and rules followed by some more in depth information. Again, there are plenty of photos of work, and diagrams to help explain. Most of this I have read before and already knew, but there were some new bits and pieces in there about type that I didn’t know – worth a look to learn the basics of setting type, but also good as a refresher or reminder.

There is also a chapter on type generation – hand drawn type and designing a typeface – not a particularly in-depth chapter, but if it makes you interested, there are hundreds of books on this subject out there…

Finally there are two chapters of examples of lovely typography – type realisation showing different materials and printing techniques and how they render type, followed by type in practice.

A good all round introduction to typography, with some good information on setting type, and a nice introduction to other aspects of typography, such as design, materials and print techniques. A definite recommendation! All of these books so far have been very good – lots of inspiring work and ideas to help kickstart a project.

TTFN,
Laura

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Know Your Onions by Drew De Soto – Book Review

This book review comes from my other blog: http://laurapakora82.wordpress.com/

Know Your Onions by Drew De Soto

Know Your Onions by Drew De Soto

What a great little book. Written by Drew De Soto who has been a graphic designer for 25 years, this book is a guide for working in the Graphic Design industry.

As he puts it in his Introduction: “After a 25-year career in graphic design, I’ve picked up a few things and turned them into ‘custom settings’. Read this book and save yourself 25 years.”

The first three sections, Thinking, Working and Designing, go through his own technique and systems, and whilst they might not necessarily work for everyone, he has honed his way of working down to a fine art, and there are loads of good tips and ideas in here.

He then goes on to talk about design principles, layout, type and text. Lots of stuff that ends up being in most graphic design books, but explained simply, and also laid out as reminders and ideas rather than pages and pages of theory. He does the same with the next set of chapters, knowledge of paper, colour, reprographics, print and finish, again, full of handy tips, hints and useful bits of knowledge.

My two favourite bits of this book are the magic numbers section – a set of numbers for margins, leading etc. that “just work”, and the 10 things section – where clients, art directors, printers ( and more) list the 10 things they wish designers would do. VEry handy. Followed by a brief keyboard shortcut list and glossary – again very handy!

Whilst this book is fairly detailed, and very handy for designers, it is not for a beginner. He tale as though his reader has some knowledge of graphic design. But this makes this a good book to refresh your memory, work out where you are going wrong and as a checklist. Well worth a look.

TTFN,
Laura

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