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‘Birds of America’ available for free download

Roseate Spoonbill, plate 321

The Birds of America is a book by naturalist and painter John James Audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the United States. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in Edinburgh and London. The work consists of 435 beautiful, hand-coloured, life-size prints, made from engraved plates, measuring around 99 by 66 cm.

All these 435 illustrations from J. J. Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ are available now for free download. My favorite is the one with the huge pink flamingo.


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.



A book about the story of Letraset

Anyone remember those Letraset font sheets? I have still kept some as a reminder of another era…

This is the book “Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution”, the first comprehensive history of the rubdown lettering system that revolutionised typographic expression.




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.”


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).


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.


The retro lettering style of Jeff Rogers

Mess is more jeff rogers

Mess is more: Illustration commissioned by Uppercase magazine


nye jeff rogers

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


hot list opener jeff rogers

Hot List: Illustration created for Conde Nast


spotco 3d jeff rogers

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


ACU Today jeff rogers

ACU Today: Lettering for editorial design


Work/Life: Cover illustration for a book jeff rogers

Work/Life: Cover illustration for a book


6 words story jeff rogers

Lettering for a “story with 6 words”


shoes jeff rogers

Shoes: Painting inspired by vintage dimensional type specimens

letter-b jeff rogers

Letter B – inspired by vintage dimensional type specimens



Enjoy Life: illustration created for a custom company book

diet coke print jeff rogers

Retweets of love: Promotional design for Diet Coke

diet coke jeff rogers

Retweets of love: Promotional design for Diet Coke



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


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


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


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

tomorrow Wells Fargo by Jeff Rogers

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!

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