Monthly Archives: July 2011

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good morning

i wish that one day i could be greeted like this…

paper-jet junkie

i really enjoy the nostalgia of paper planes.  they bring to mind an unruly classroom, airborne rebellion and the first aspirations of creating flight.

{click on the images for their sources}

comic sans fights back

haha! i love this cheeky stop-frame animation monologue of the most “frowned-upon” font (by designers).  written by mike lacher & the animation is by joe hollier

fox fox fox

a gorgeous fox graphic to start the week.  created by the bond agency for a children’s hospital.

happy trails!

this is my latest bout of freelance work – a wedding invitation for fun-loving couple, sarah & warren.  this lucky bride & groom are getting married at old mac daddy’s in elgin!  hence the retro-trailer theme…had so much fun designing this invite, thanks guys!

matutinal munchies

there are few things as simply pleasurable as eating a well-prepared breakfast. meet camilla of 365 days of breakfast and her inspiring morning meals…

{also have a look at brkfst}

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cathedral of seeds

the award winning seed cathedral was created by heatherwick studio for the shanghai expo in 2010.

for the seed cathedral they showed off thousands and thousands of seeds collected by the royal botanical gardens in these stunning transparent acrylic rods that glowed and moved with the elements. since the expo, the sculpture has been dismantled but it is remarkable to look back at the shots and video clips. It is truly inspiring work.

{via black eiffel}

monday blues…

happy monday everyone! i thought i would make light of the beginning-of-the-week blues with one of my current “frequently-played”, bad day by darwin deez

do love to be beside the seaside…

i don’t often do packaging posts (even though i am a complete sucker for good design & colour) but i found this amazing range via good friend, wolfeyebrows, and had to share it…supa frank was approached by the royal national lifeboat institution to redesign their confectionery range:

“The brief was to engage with visitors across the country and to remind them of ‘beautiful days by the sea’. We visualised the British seaside using various scenarios and nostalgic elements that are simplistic, positive and coherent across the range.”

otter nonsense!

anyone who checks in regularly with me will know of my love of foxes.  however, recently i have been won over by the rapscallion energy & roguish charm of otters.  and i discovered a wonderful site for pictorial inspiration.

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{image via pinterest}

sorry i could find a better image for “navel-gazing” but that will have to do.

let sleeping foxes lie…

beautiful little mutants

“these radiant works of scientific illustrator cornelia hesse-honegger examine nature’s oft-neglected fragility as well as its unstoppable strength. Since the catastrophe of chernobyl, hesse-honegger has collected morphologically disturbed insects, transforming their mutations into painted pieces of bold, graphic beauty.”

Information on her new book featuring silk designs with fabric can be found at

for a small smirk or a grin…

i’ve been feeling pretty low lately, caught in the limbo of looming deadlines and post-deadline reprieve.  so i thought i would flip through some of the images i have collected on pinterest that guarantee at least a half-hearted smirk if not a full smile on my face…hope they do the same for you.

and of course, my current go-to happy song:

penguins for the win!

i would apologise for yet another “penguin post” (2nd one in a row) except for two reasons…

1. i will never apologise for penguins – they’re admirably dapper little creatures

2. it’s my birthday and i will post whatever i want today!

well done, mr jeffers

this little “how-to” illustration by the immensely talented and humorous oliver jeffers, is yet more proof of why he is one of my all time favourite artists…

head space

i wish i could get this for my desk!  a gorgeously designed skull with secret compartment for stationery, odds n ends, keys,sweeties…

melvin the magical mixed media machine

you must take the time to watch this amazing video of melvin the magical mixed media machine (or just melvin the machine), which is best described as “…a rube goldberg machine with a twist. besides doing what rube goldbergs do best – performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction – melvin has an identity. actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity….”

trust me, it will make you smile!

welcome back…

finally!  i am out of the recovery ward (read: bed) after 10 days of 10-12 hour shifts at the house & garden show.  so i thought i would celebrate my return to regular blogging with some fantastic images from the art of animation. (i know that i am once again displying my avid love of robots!)

ture ekroos

randis albion

matt dixon

julian totino tedesco

fabricio moraes

goro fujita

paolo domeniconi