It’s Friday

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A  selection of interesting links from the wonderful world of the internet!

Have a great weekend!

Buttercream Succulents

These are actually cakes decorated with buttercream. Leslie Vigil decided to merge her love of flowers, succulents and cacti with baking and this is the result.

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Tokyo Gifathon

This is Tokyo Gifathon. In April James Curran spent a month in Tokyo where he animated a new GIF every day for 30 days inspired by something that happened during his stay.

In fact he has also created a LA Gifathon and a NΥC Gifathon.

CS Electric Concept

Simple and clever packaging for electrical supplier CS in Belarus by designer Angelina Pischikova.

Graphic Artworks from Tokyo

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Graphic artworks in blue and red by Japanese designer Haruka Aramaki.

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The Disney princesses in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

“Do people assume all your problems got solved, because a big strong man showed up?” 

Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly, and Taraji P. Henson break down the scene where the Disney Princesses pop up in the animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.  The original was “Wreck-It Ralph” from 2012.

“We’re giving girls this version of themselves in a Disney movie, a company that, for better or worse, has created a lot of these stereotypes over the years through the princess thing,” Reilly says. “It’s a moment of reckoning for Disney and it’s a moment of reckoning for the world”. Disney has come a long way since Snowhite.

My best planners for 2019

Perfect planner 2019

I love beautiful stationery and I thought it may be worth writing a post about my research for the perfect planner for 2019.

You see, I am old-school when it comes to stationery and I still use an analog planner for my everyday planning of my endless lists. For years, I used Filofax personal organizers, where I wrote my to-do lists and when I carried out my tasks, I took a certain pleasure in crossing them off with a black marker. In the end of each year I just discarded my old and used planner to replace it with a new one.

Inspiration

That is until I stumbled upon the concept of bullet journals and at the same time I discovered South Korean stationery! The whole idea was that the information entered in the planners could be organized better, while it could also look much better. As a result I could keep these beautiful planners as keepsakes. Of course, bullet journals were maybe too much for me, but I liked the idea of trying to make my planners more presentable and not a bunch of crossed-out lists.

Bullet journal examples

Examples of bullet journals

Examples of bullet journals

Fallindesign

A South Korean stationery online shop

 

How it all started

My research started in a South Korean stationery shop called Fallindesign. They have hundreds of beautiful journals, diaries and planners, with monthly, weekly or daily schedulers, either dated or undated. They come with cute stickers for grownups, which you can use to label each task accordingly. The only downside is that, they are not cheap and delivery takes a long time from S. Korea.

planner 2019

planners 2019

Stickers for planners

cute stickers

cute stickers

Go with the Flow

I was specifically looking for a well-designed weekly planner, but with extra space for notes. Another great product (in the South Korean style) that met my specifications is the Flow diary 2019. Great design, beautiful illustrations and hand-lettering, together with special stickers. But unfortunately it doesn’t have enough space for my lists.

Flow diary 2019

Flow diary inside

 

Flow diary week spread

More minimal maybe

After I selected a few items as a short list, I decided to look for planners with a more minimal design. I ended up with two very similar items.

One is the LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner and notebook, that features great colour choices for the cover and has a week shown on one page with an extra ruled notebook page on the other.

LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner

LEUCHTTURM1917 weekly planner

The other very similar planner is the Moleskine 12 Months Planner Weekly Notebook. It is conveniently formatted to show the week’s appointments on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right, but was soon rejected as a little boring.

Moleskine weekly planner 2019

The best choice for me

In the end, I found my “perfect” planner amongst the choices of the excellent Busy B online shop. The Perfect Planner Diary 2019 shows one week to a spread, with space for notes, and is also a great size, not too big and not too small. It has great design and paper quality with many-many extra little details (four pockets, tear-out reminder lists, great-looking stickers and a removable notepad). Τhe good price and the very fast delivery are extra bonuses.

Perfect Planner Diary 2019  Perfect Planner Diary week spread Perfect Planner Diary stickers

Glorious chickens in a photography book

I was never a chicken fan, but I am impressed by these photo portraits from the book by Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini. The photo book project called “CHICken” was funded on Kickstarter.

As the creators say” The chickens in this book are the protagonists and are photographed as Top models because they had natural born talent.”

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Four-letter puzzles with beautiful typography

I love both the product and the packaging for these fun puzzles.

“Created and designed by Brooklyn design duo Charles&Thorn, each Four-Letter Puzzle features one word, broken into four individual gold-foiled stamped letter puzzles. Once complete, you’ll spell out a favorite four-letter word — YEAH, CRAP, LOVE, and FUCK are all up for grabs.” 

Maybe not for kids though, 😜.

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Illustrations with a retro look

Cristiana Couceiro is an illustrator and designer, living in Lisbon, Portugal. I love her retro style that mixes collage using newspaper, mainly vintage photos and pieces of paper, together with strong colors and clean layout. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Vanity Fair.

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