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Design, Paper Craft

Handcrafted Floral Typography Created Entirely Out of Paper

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Cre­at­ing typog­ra­phy, in gen­er­al, is chal­leng­ing, but it’s even more so when done by hand. Lavanya Naidoo has excelled at pro­duc­ing clean, bold text, and she did it entire­ly out of paper. Her beau­ti­ful piece A Thorn in My Side fea­tures black block type paired with sculpt­ed and quilled flo­rals. The visu­al heav­i­ness of the white petals—that look incred­i­bly realistic—offsets the pink lines to cre­ate bal­ance that excites the eye. This piece is even bet­ter when viewed from the side because you see all of the great three dimen­sion­al details.

Lavanya sells this image as a print through her online shop.

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography
Design, Illustration

Linzie Hunter Will Hand Letter Your New Year’s Resolutions

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With the new year comes New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. And why not? It’s such a pos­i­tive, hope­ful time. You think, yes! this year will be bet­ter than the last. It feels like you have a fresh slate. I’ve fea­tured Linzie Hunter’s work before — some­what recent­ly, in fact — and mar­veled at her hand let­tered Unin­spir­ing Posters series. Now, she’s start­ed anoth­er project that’s, dare I say, encour­ag­ing? Linzie is hand let­ter­ing your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions!

You can share your res­o­lu­tions with Linzie on Twit­ter, Face­book, or Insta­gram, and she’ll illus­trate them and then post her hand­i­work online. I love this idea. It’s not only a great exer­cise for Linzie, but prob­a­bly helps the per­son who made the com­mit­ment, too. Cause, ya know, if you tell the world that you’re going to grow your first real beard, you bet­ter do it.

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Design, Illustration

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

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Vic­ki Turn­er is a design­er, illus­tra­tor, and mak­er who has a pas­sion for the nat­ur­al world. Her refresh­ing style is the result of a few years of world­wide wan­der­ing, and she brings sto­ries to life in a smart, abstract way. Vic­ki uses sym­bols and min­i­mal­ist design to tell com­plex tales that have mul­ti­ple way of inter­pre­ta­tion.

In addi­tion to 2D illus­tra­tions, Vic­ki also makes things. Her shape-cen­tric work lends itself well to acces­sories like the pin below. Per­fect for some­one who has wan­der­lust!

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Design, Illustration

Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

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If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illus­tra­tions by Aino-Mai­ja Met­so­la. The Helsin­ki-based cre­ative has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the com­pa­ny since 2006, and her col­or­ful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They fea­ture flo­ra, fau­na, and geo­met­ric shapes in flat­tened, bold draw­ings.

You can see much more (includ­ing some fash­ion­able dress­es!) on Aino-Maija’s web­site.

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BPB Projects, Design, Lately & Liked

Cats and Cat Things I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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Hon­est­ly, I’m sort of shocked that I’ve been post­ing the “Late­ly and Liked” series for so long and I haven’t writ­ten a post ded­i­cat­ed to cats. Time to rem­e­dy this!

If you fol­low me on Insta­gram (please do!), you’ve seen that I have two fur­ry babies, Marge and Pauline. Pauline is the most promi­nent­ly fea­tured cat, as she’s a huge ham. I tell myself that my cat inter­net­ting is for them, which has late­ly ramped up because I’m in the throes of mov­ing.

As I’m sure many you can attest to, there’s noth­ing like mov­ing to make you real­ize not only how much stuff you have, but how old (and gross) some of it is. I’ve been look­ing into new food dish­es, and cat nooks for the girls as I real­ize how sad and old some of their stuff is.  Tweet me if there’s some oth­er amaz­ing cat things I’m miss­ing.

ll_tuesdayTime­ly: Tues­day Bassen’s Valentine’s Day card with Paper­less Post.

silverlining silverlining2 silverlining3Made to order cat totems from Sil­ver Lin­ing Ceram­ics.

ll_kayePorce­lain cat fig­urines by Kaye Bleg­vad.

ll_catfarmll_catfarm3 ll_catfarm2Hand­made cat­nip toys from The Cat Farm.

ll_diycatbedThis cro­cheted cat bed is total­ly doable DIY for some­one that know show to cro­chet (I do not).

ll_kivikis ll_kivikis2 ll_kivikis3I am OBSESSED with these felt­ed cat beds by Kivikis.

ll_kittyville2 ll_kittyville ll_kittyville3Mid-cen­tu­ry mod­ern cat beds from Like Kit­tyville.

ll_modernistcatll_modernistcat3ll_modernistcat2More mod­ernist cat fur­ni­ture from Mod­ernist Cat. I love the idea of hav­ing a secret space to hide the liter box, and it also use­ful for me, too.


Denis Lelic’s Daily Routine in Pictograms

Denis LelicHow would you describe your day, and would you ever think of express­ing it through the objects/icons you encounter? That’s what design­er Denis Lel­ic did; He drew pic­tograms of his dai­ly rou­tine, which fea­tures a sand­wich, cere­al, light­bulbs, an office chair, and more. They are sim­ple, black and white draw­ings that focus on the most sig­nif­i­cant details for easy, quick recog­ni­tion. Lel­ic writes about his series and states, “Its hard to track every sin­gle detail over a day, but here are some points of mine expressed through pic­tograms and lat­er posters. Some of them are a bit com­ic but they were my asso­ci­a­tion and trig­gers for my mem­o­ries.”

All images via his Behance. H/T to the Explore blog.

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Ira Glass and The Gap: Listen Once or Listen Again

tasteWho lis­tens to This Amer­i­can Life? Do you? If not, watch this video and then down­load an episode right away. It is by far my favorite pod­cast out, make even bet­ter by its host, Ira Glass.

Sev­er­al years ago, this quote from Ira sur­faced about the nature of cre­ative work. Basi­cal­ly, he says you will cre­ate a lot of crap at first. What does he say after? Well, it’s inspir­ing and some­thing that I need to rewatch every few months.

Watch this typo­graph­ic inter­pre­ta­tion of the quote cre­at­ed by Daniel Sax. It’s a beau­ti­ful inter­pre­ta­tion of an uplift­ing quote.


My Name is Wendy, Freaks


Typog­ra­phy and illus­tra­tion aren’t mutu­al­ly exclu­sive. The two inter­twine as we see illus­tra­tors and design­ers alike cre­at­ing hand drawn, one-of-a-kind type. My Name is Wendy is a French group formed from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of two inde­pen­dent graph­ic design­ers, Car­ole Gau­ti­er and Eugénie Favre. Togeth­er, they cre­ate visu­al iden­ti­ties, pic­tures, pat­terns and print­ed mate­r­i­al.

Freaks is My Name is Wendy’s cus­tom alpha­bet using vec­tor shapes and sketch­es. On their web­site, they explain it as, “...hybridiza­tion that reveals a tense prac­tice between spon­tane­ity “traf­fick­ing” forms (the idea of ​​a form against anoth­er but also the idea of ​​trav­el), home of the acci­dent and the search for a for­mal bal­ance moti­vat­ed.” If you look close­ly, you can see the push and pull of the graphite and flat shapes. It’s a love­ly bal­ance and a real­ly excit­ing type­face.

All images via their web­site. This is just one project — be sure to check out more!

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Design, Illustration

Hvass & Hannibal’s Colorful Digital Illustrations


Hvass & Han­ni­bal is a mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary arts stu­dio based in Copen­hagen. It’s com­prised of duo Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Han­ni­bal, and their clients span con­ti­nents and dis­ci­plines. Much of the work I’m fea­tur­ing on here is dig­i­tal illus­tra­tion, but they do more than that. They work in tex­tiles (there are some quilts below!), pho­tog­ra­phy, and even set design.  I urge you to vis­it their web­site to see more.

Hvass & Han­ni­bal do not lim­it them­selves, and instead are hired based on not only visu­al style, but prob­lem solv­ing. It gives them free­dom to exper­i­ment with tech­niques and media that con­cep­tu­al­ly fit what they are doing.

All images via their site. You can also pur­chase things from their shop.

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