For her senior thesis, graduate Rebecca Mah created Culture Caps, a drop-cap alphabet inspired from different cultures and countries. Each letter incorporates design aesthetics from different parts of the world with great detail and beautiful execution. An excellent breakthrough project for a young designer.
The project also includes a book, a poster, and a website, which unfortunately is under construction at the moment.
ABC 3D is created by French graphic designer Marion Bataille, also author of 10, Numero and Livre de Lettres. Actually, I just love all her books: the colors, the clever pop-ups that make one letter dissolve into another… Brilliant!
The site is a collection of objects compulsively organized: “From toy collections, to artworks and editorial photography, the site collects thousands of images of neatly arranged things that have a near Zen-like impact on your brain as you scroll through the site.”
Although verging on OCD, I happen to love this particular concept and this is another similar book I enjoyed last year.
Space Alphabet, is a lovely book with even lovelier illustrations, first published in 1966. Written by Irene Zacks and created for her children, who wished to be astronauts. It was sold out over at Present & Correct for the time being, but you can also see the whole book online here.
Maybe you have already heard of Humans of New York. Since last autumn, I personally started following the posts in Facebook, but all this time, without realizing the story behind it.
Humans of New York is a blog and bestselling book that started in 2010 by Brandon Stanton. Having lost his job as a bond trader and with little more than a camera, Stanton initially started off the project, as an anthropological experiment, planning to gather 10,000 portraits of New Yorkers and group them on a map of the city. However the project soon evolved, when Stanton started having conversations with his subjects and including small quotes and stories alongside his photographs. The photo blog soon became a massive cultural phenomenon with a huge following through social media (millions of followers on Facebook and Instagram). Stanton himself evolved into an inspiring visual storyteller and humanist, covering many stories from migrants and refugees and trying to raise awareness.
His excellent “Open Letter to Donald Trump” went immediately viral yesterday. Despite trying not to be political, Stanton decided to write a powerful letter criticizing Trump for inciting violence at his rallies and promoting hateful ideologies toward Muslims, refugees and immigrants. Definitely worth reading (you can also find it here).
Some very interesting topics covered by The School of Life, in their series of new guides for everyday living. Except having great cover designs, I think these look like they are genuinely helpful and thoughtful self-help books.
OliverJeffers, a Brooklyn-based artist, perhaps best known for his award-winning and hugely popular children’s books, is also my favorite children’s book author. But besides the picture books, he is also an artist, working with drawings, paintings and collages – I personally have a thing for his illustrated maps.
In his excellent interview for Yatzer he also talks about his other artistic projects, the Dipped Painting series and his current exhibition of landscape paintings called “Measuring Land and Sea” at Lazarides Gallery in London this month.
Lastly, a fun video whereJeffers talks about inspiration and takes us through his creative process.
“When we look at a well-known logo, what we perceive isn’t just a word or an image or an abstract form, but a world of associations that have accrued over time.
As a result, people forget that a brand new logo seldom means a thing. It is an empty vessel awaiting the meaning that will be poured into it by history and experience. The best thing a designer can do is make that vessel the right shape for what it’s going to hold.”