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CS Electric Concept

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

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

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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Packaging for Bonnie & Clyde limited edition gin

This gin packaging is so cool. Designed by Simone Hodgskiss (aka Pearly Yon), an Australian illustrator, designer and letterer for a  micro distillery in Belgium. Hodgskiss’ illustrations are inspired by tattoo style line work, and the color selections as well as the print finish are simply amazing.

And this is the first batch of Bonnie & Clyde, where all the beautiful type has been created from scratch by Pearly Yon, finding inspiration from the 1930’s era.

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This year’s best book covers from ABCD

The winning cover for the CRIME/THRILLER category: “Dark Pines” by Will Dean, Designer: Mark Swan

The Academy of Book Cover Design, aka “ABCD”,  announced its covers of the year, and the following are the winners  for each category.

The winning cover for the YOUNG ADULT category: “Surrender” by Sonya Hartnett, Designer: Jack Noel, Illustrator: Jeffrey Alan Love

The winning cover for the SCI-FI/FANTASY category: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, Designer: Suzanne Deane, Illustrator: Noma Bar

The winning covers for the SERIES DESIGN category: “Pan 70th Series”, Designer: Justine Anweiler & Stuart Wilson

 

The winning cover for the CLASSICS/REISSUE category: “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, Designer: David Pearson

The winning cover for the CHILDREN’S 0-5 category: “Jill & Lion” by Lesley Barnes, Designer: Lesley Barnes

The winning cover for the LITERARY FICTION category: “The Blot” by Jonathan Lethem, Designer: Jon Gray, Art Director: Suzanne Dean

The winning cover for the CHILDREN’S 6-12 category: “Think and Make Like an Artist” by Claudia Bolt & Eleanor Meredith, Designer: Shaz Mandani, Illustrator: Jay Wright, Ola Niepsuj & Laura Bird

The winning cover for the MASS MARKET category: “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” by Martha Batalha, Designer: Sinem Erkas

Worth seeing the shortlisted work in each category on the ABCD site.

Keep fighting the good fight

I love this. It is one of the posters from DDB New York’s campaign for ADC’s Annual Awards “Call for Entries” from 2011. The tagline says: “Keep fighting the good fight”. I think all designers can relate to that!

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Black Sheep Studio cards

A beautiful example for digital letterpress printing: These are Black Sheep Studio business cards and promotional items designed, of course, by Black Sheep Studio!

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Ryan Gosling in a funny sketch about Papyrus typeface

This is sooo funny!! Ryan Gosling is the host of SNL‘s season premiere, and stars as an obsessed graphic designer haunted by the typeface Papyrus and its use for the blockbuster film Avatar! Saturday Night Live at its best!!

The poster for the film “The Killing of a Sacred Dear”

This is the official poster for Yiorgos Lanthimos‘ new film: “The Killing of a Sacred Dear” designed by Vasilis Marmatakis. Once again, Marmatakis has created a strange, but also very memorable film poster, that is also special in its own way.

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