Friday, 19 November 2010

illustration makes me happy

Fantasy worlds drawn on the top of photographs? Count me in, please. Swedish illustrator Johan Thörnqvist found via the always inspiring bumbumbum.

ps: Zi -- tag, you're it.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


I had these images stored in a folder, and just realised that Amelia had posted something similar in her latest post. Très cool.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Katie Turner knows best, folks

Her dream-boyfriend list is freakishly accurate, and it doesn't hurt that the accompanying illustrations are uber cute too.

I am also quite enamoured of her handwritten typography. See exhibits A and B:

 images from Katie Turner's website
found via Smitten.

NB: Katie's blog is also worth a read - filled to the brim with cute boys and other giggle-worthy goodness.

Friday, 2 July 2010

space, place, and trickery: felice varini

 Huit Rectangles
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Arras, France

Swiss artist Felice Varini creates mindbending installations which challenge our understanding of the way we perceive the spaces around us. It's hard to explain exactly what he does in words -- a picture speaks a thousand words, in this particular case -- but Wikipedia's explanation, for once, is pretty good:
"Felice paints on architectural and urban spaces, such as buildings, walls and streets. The paintings are characterized by one vantage point from which the viewer can see the complete painting (usually a simple geometric shape such as circle, square, line), while from other view points the viewer will see ‘broken’ fragmented shapes."

This comment, from Varini himself (via fatcap) also helps clarify what he's trying to do:
"My field of action is architectural space and everything that constitutes such space. These spaces are and remain the original media for my painting. I work "on site" each time in a different space and my work develops itself in relation to the spaces I encounter."

 Take a moment and try to get your head around these:

 Trois Triangles Bleus
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

 Encerclement a dix
Chapelle Jeanne d'Arc/Centre d'Art Contemporain, Thouars, France

Elisse nel trapezio
Spazio Fendi, Milan, Italy 

Huit Carres
 Orangerie du Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France

 Quatre cercles dansants
La Baule, France (private collection)

Varini's website features photos of alternative views of his works, so you can see how they actually look, in situ, but that sort of spoils the fun of looking at them from the intended POV, so if you want to look inside the magician's bag, so to speak, clink on the links that say "hors point de vue" underneath the main image.

There is also a youtube clip of one of Varini's installations in Japan showing how it effectively 'comes to life' when viewed from the right angle.

all images from Felice Varini's website.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

typography Tuesday

A selection from a simple but clever project by Lars Willem Veldkampf - Typocalypse. It's true ... choosing a font can be a rather complicated process.

via Lars Willem Veldkampf's Flickr.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

typography tuesday

(click to see full size)

Ok, I lied, more typeface than typography ... but check this out - So You Need a Typeface, a project by graphic design student Julian Hansen. It is a bit of fun. Looks like we're well on our way to Arj Barker's 'Sarcastica' and 'Good Times Roman'.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Kayo Ume

Curing Monday blues today is Japanese vernacular photgrapher Kayo Ume.


Sunday, 20 June 2010

Bunnies of yore

I have always loved vintage magazine covers. But it still came as a surprise to me how well designed these old-school Playboy covers are. That's right, you heard me, Playboy. A word you never thought you'd be reading at from a to zi. But every now and then, you find witty and effective design in the most unexpected places. Nice work, vintage Playboy. If only contemporary Playboy covers were even half as classy as these ones.

image credit: Ruby Press.



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