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A new book from House Industries

Known for its eclectic font collections, House Industries has been around the design world for more than 25 years. Apart from the beautiful mid-century style fonts, they have also designed everything from books, home decor, toys, stationery, t-shirts and apparel for women and men. They are now releasing a new book titled The Process is the Inspiration on May 30.

In their words: “With topics ranging from fonts and fashion to ceramics and space technology, this beautifully-useful volume offers a personal perspective on the origin of ideas for creative people in any field. Presented in the honest, authentic, and often irreverent style that you’ve come to expect from House Industries, The Process is the Inspiration is a collection of helpful lessons, stories and case studies that demonstrate how you can transform obsessive curiosity into personally satisfying and successful work … Most importantly, this book shows that there’s no sense in waiting for inspiration because inspiration is already waiting for you.”

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1950s pencils

Gorgeous 1950s pencils, reissued and sold from Present & Correct, the website with the vintage treasures.

A selection for the Chinese New Year

On Saturday January 28 it is the Chinese New Year and this year it is the Year of the Rooster. These are just some nice illustrations for greeting cards by Japanese designers.

On a more artistic level, Japanese artist Feebee has created an imaginary beast, a fantastical combination of all 12 zodiac animals. The beast features parts from a  rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig all in one. It was inspired by the piece “A Beast called Kotobuki” that was created as a woodblock print by an ukiyo-e artist from the late Edo period (1848–54).

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A vintage Lego Santa kit

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Lego Santa Kit, vintage Lego, Vintage Xmas ornament, Cool toys

I love this Lego Santa! This super collectible vintage kit from 1986 was still available on Present and Correct when I posted this.

Remember those great Volkswagen ads?

A delightful and insightful short documentary about the groundbreaking advertising campaign DDB created for Volkswagen, universally acknowledged to be the greatest and most influential of all time. At the time simplicity was the key, but this is why these ads are still so modern!

This is a film by British filmmaker Joe Marcantonio. His father Alfredo was the advertising manager of VW in the seventies and in 1982, he co-authored the book with the same title.

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The retro lettering style of Jeff Rogers

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Mess is more: Illustration commissioned by Uppercase magazine

 

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NYC in lights: Originally created for a design exhibition in Texas

 

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Hot List: Illustration created for Conde Nast

 

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Spotco: Three-dimensional parts of a piece of lettering art for a company entrance

 

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ACU Today: Lettering for editorial design

 

Work/Life: Cover illustration for a book jeff rogers

Work/Life: Cover illustration for a book

 

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Lettering for a “story with 6 words”

 

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Shoes: Painting inspired by vintage dimensional type specimens

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Letter B – inspired by vintage dimensional type specimens

 

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Enjoy Life: illustration created for a custom company book

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Retweets of love: Promotional design for Diet Coke

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Retweets of love: Promotional design for Diet Coke

 

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Wells Fargo Mobile Banking: A series of animations for social media.

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Wells Fargo Mobile Banking: A series of animations for social media.

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Wells Fargo Mobile Banking: A series of animations for social media.

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Wells Fargo Mobile Banking: A series of animations for social media.

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Wells Fargo Mobile Banking: A series of animations for social media.

Just discovered Jeff Rogers, a New York City-based designer and letterer. He has a very distinct style of lettering which I love! He uses a combination of hand-drawn and digital techniques depending on the project, while having a very broad range of styles in his work.

He usually begins with pencil sketches and then, often, moves on to the computer to make vector outlines and add texture and color. In other cases he draws or paints by hand, creating a beautiful retro style reminiscent of vintage painted signage. He also plays around with sculpted letterforms by creating three-dimensional handmade letters.

Also, really amazing work with the GIF animations!

Khalkedon House in Istanbul

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khalkedon penthouse istanbul by escapefromsofa

A stunning interior of a house in Istanbul, designed by Turkish design studio Escape From Sofa. The combination of the mid-century modern furniture together with the black and white wallpaper is just beautiful.

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The vintage heroes of Alex Gross

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vintage superheroes drawing photos alex gross

vintage superheroes drawing photos alex gross

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I love the vintage heroes of Alex Gross, a visual artist from Los Angeles, California. In his – mixed media – Heroes series, he paints over old photographs, transforming the characters into superheroes or iconic characters from pop culture like Batman, Wonder Woman, Marge Simpson or Star Wars characters.

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Traveling back in time with “Dear Photograph”

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Dear Photograph, letting go of my mother’s hand on the first day of school was always the hardest.Liz

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Dear Photograph, I thought Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.Gregg

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Dear Photograph, remember when you had to come home when the streetlight came on? Where are the good old days when the neighborhood was full of kids outside playing tag, hide-and-seek, and Wiffle ball?Those were the kick-the-can fun times!Linda

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Dear Photograph, at the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram. I’m so proud of my father.Eva

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Dear Photograph, why did we watch TV so close’ – Simon

Dear Photograph started off as a small nostalgic blog created by Taylor Jones. Very soon it went viral.

The idea is simple: hold a picture from the past in the place where it was photographed and take a picture of the picture. Add a caption to explain the meaning it has for you and you may be part of a collection of thousands of other moments traveling back in time. So many actually, that the creator decided to turn them also into a book. Digital nostalgia of the highest order!

Hand painted found items by Dirty Bandits

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Dirty bandits garbage

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Dirty bandits table

Love this series by Annica Lydenberg (aka Dirty Bandits). It is called I‘m a Piece of Garbage and it is made up of items taken from the trash and painted with self deprecating but humorous phrases.

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