Thoka Maer’s Charming Animations

How great are these illustrated animations by Thoka Maer. She is a freelance illustrator and animator, who studied Visual Communication at the University of the Arts in Berlin. These animations are from her series called it’s no biggie, a satirical look at the obstacles we face in every day life.  

Kelsey Garrity-Riley – Whimsical Watercolours

If there is anything I love more than Downton Abbey, it is beautifully faded watercolour illustrations. Which is why, when I saw the work of artist Kelsey Garrity-Riley, I immediately fell in love! I love everything about this old-style portrait of the regal Lady Mary Crawley. This wonderful illustration has recently been turned into a lovely scarf in collaboration with Fancy French Cologne, available for sale here. (One for the Christmas wishlist!) Read a short interview with the artist on her work on their website. To view more of Kelsey Garrity-Riley’s... Read The Rest →

Folding@Home – Distributed Computing

As a designer I often wonder how much of a difference I can truly make in the lives of others, truth be told, it probably isn’t that much, but that is why I am completely in awe of amazing minds that develop remarkable ways in which ordinary individuals can contribute to the greater good in a small but significant way. Folding@home is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. The project, founded by the Pande Lab at Stanford University, uses the idle processing power of thousands... Read The Rest →

Be Awarded For Being Awesome!

Jessica Hische is just about the most amazingly awesome person ever. She is a fantastically talented letterer and illustrator who, for any striving creative, is just beyond inspirational. Have a look at some of her work here. She was also recently a guest speaker at this year’s Design Indaba in Cape Town. Well, in keeping with her fun-loving spirit, she has created a website for creatives to award themselves for their awesomeness! How terrific! She explains: Are you a creative person that constantly submits to competitions but never gets in?... Read The Rest →

Lauren Hom – Daily Dishonesty

These little gems of truth from graphic designer and illustrator Lauren Hom, entitled Daily Dishonesty, will brighten up anyone’s day. The small untruths we all say from time to time, but if we’re honest most of us say all the time. Born in Southern California, Hom now lives in New York City, pursuing a degree in advertising and graphic design from the School of Visual Arts. I love her wonderfully illustrated style as well as her playful use of colour. Beautiful hand-lettered honesty at its best! Have a look at the... Read The Rest →

#005 | 100 Poster Project

We recently came back from an amazingly lovely holiday with family and it reminded me of this Afrikaans idiom: “hond uit ‘n bos gesels”. Which is exactly what we did! It means that special kind of chatting about nothing in particular, that you can do for hours and hours, usually (and especially in our case) with some terrific food. Literally translated it means “talking a dog out of a bush” (heaven only knows how that is related), but it is definitely one of those great expressions that can never be... Read The Rest →

Illustrator: Charlotte Trout

With the 2012 Olympics around the corner, I’ve got a little bit of London fever! And freelance illustrator Charlotte Trout’s charming illustrations just set the mood for vintage whimsy of London. A recent graduate from Falmouth University College, she works primarily in gouche and acrylic, and the end the result are these wonderfully fun and playful illustrations. Have a look at some of the other work in her portfolio here. I particularly love her book cover illustrations, including lovely renditions of James and the Giant Peach and The Beast in the Jungle.... Read The Rest →

3.2 Million Ink Dots

Some people are amazing. And some people seem to just have a endless capacity for patience, which is even more amazing. I think Miguel Endara is someone like that. He made this artwork entitled Hero comprising of no less than 3.2 million ink dots, using a very cool photocopied picture of his dad as reference. Have a look at some more of his work his his website.

New Nelson Mandela Banknotes

The new Nelson Mandela banknotes are here! And they are truly beautiful. Designed and illustrated by Cape Town based agency Am I Collective, each note represents a pivotal moment in Nelson Mandela’s political career. They created this TVC in collaboration with Jupiter Drawing Room to introduce the newly designed notes to the public. Can’t wait until I can hold my very own fresh, crisp Mandela notes gracefully distributed from the ATM.  

#004 | 100 Poster Project

“Die son trek water” (the sun draws water) means that it’s getting late. I’m not sure where it comes from, but I must say I like it. I’m not sure why. This isn’t the kind of thing you say when you’ve spent 12 hours at work, it’s already dark and you have to sit in traffic, itching to get home. It’s more like when, at the end of a long, wonderful day in the bush and you can sit and savour every minute of the sunset. More to follow soon!

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