Campus Univers Cascades, a french school that specializes in training stunt workers for film and television combined together dozens of stuntmen and stuntwomen to show off their best work for a video that is seamlessly edited as one single fight scene, that went already viral during the quarantine time.
This is “Postcards from a pandemic“: Illustrators around the world, from Brooklyn to Guangzhou, share scenes from their eerily empty cities for the New Yorker.
Great ad illustration for the medicine Mucinex by McCann Health, New York City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður in Iceland, a new 3-D pedestrian crossing has been painted with the intention of slowing down speeding cars.
Currently obsessed with this great children’s book: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by authors Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. It’s packed with bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by sixty female artists from all over the world. Each woman’s story is written in the style of a fairy tale. Each story has a full page, full color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero. Favilli and Cavallo launched their Kickstarter in March with the goal of making $40,000, and printing their first 1,000 copies and eventually reached more than $600,000!
Also, love the lettering cover! A great “anti-princess” storybook that inspires our girls to dream big!
Lettering for a Christmas card by Berlin-based designer Martina Flor.