Inspiration: The Imaginary Adventures of a Lazy Red Panda by El Diablo

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“The Imaginary Adventures of a Lazy Red Panda is a project to develop periodically, every two months there will be a short passage in the life of the Red Panda to eventually become a short story.

The stories are developed in less than 200 characters and have a surreal tint that is not exactly for children.The design and layout was inspired by the editorial design of the artist Jim Flora. The composition is a fundamental element because is intended to maintain simplicity giving more balance to the writing and the story itself.”

Tips and tricks: Conquer big creative projects using past, present and future focus

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In the past 25 days, I have written five chapters for my first book, which currently stands at 35,554 words of text. This writing has happened around also taking three out-of-town trips, working with clients, writing my newsletter, completing guest posts, giving virtual training courses, keeping in touch with family and friends, and still sleeping an average of 6.5 hours a night (the amount I need to be at my prime).

by – Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Font of the week: Hurme Geometric

Toni Hurme’s long history in branding and packaging work often led him in search of typefaces that were yet to exist. Five years ago, that search led him to discover type design. He’s been running his type foundry, Hurme Design, ever since. Toni’s first commercial release, Hurme Geometric, is based on a practice he’d used frequently in his graphic work: expanding a single concept into a wide range of possibilities.

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Inspiration: A Lion Made from 4,000 Pieces of Hammered Metal by Selçuk Yılmaz

Created from nearly 4,000 pieces of metal scraps, Aslan (Turkish for Lion), is a recent sculpture by Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yılmaz. The piece took nearly a year of work and involved hand-cutting and hammering of each individual metal piece. The final work weighs roughly 550 pounds (250kg). While we’ve seen dozens of artists use multiple components to create a final form, it’s worth noting how well the bent mental lends itself to the final shape of this impressive cat. You can see much more of his work on Behance.

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Inspiration: 15 brilliantly imaginative custom playing cards

Playing cards have been part of human life for over a millennium, used for everything from children’s games to grown-up gambling, as well as being utilised for roles as diverse as the staple magician’s tool and advertisers’ promotional material.

As only one side of each card – the face – must serve a purpose, the back is a blank canvas for artistic expression. And it is one that designers are jumping on to with glee, so we’ve dug out 15 of our favourite designs for custom playing cards.

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Tips and tricks: 5 Web Design Trends on the Decline

As technology changes from year to year, so too does design – and from one year to the next, it’s normal to see certain web design trends fading out of style while others become more popular. There are lots of new exciting trends on the horizon – like the use of single page design with parallax scrolling, flat design, or video backgrounds – but ever wondered what those new trends might be replacing? If so, check out the list below. It contains 5 trends that will most likely be fading into the background in 2014.

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Inspiration: Chalk illustrations by Dana Tanamachi

Dana Tanamachi is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. After designing Broadway show posters at SpotCo and working under Louise Fili, Dana opened her own design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has been commissioned by clients such as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm, and Bloomingdale’s. In 2011, she was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club and a Young Creative to Watch by HOW Magazine. In 2012, Dana had the unique honor of creating custom cover art for OHOW, and TIME Magazines.

 

Make sure you watch the FLOURISH video on the homepage, incredible

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Font for the week: Typography special

A New Year, a New Font. Take your pick, there’s plenty to go around

Chapitre is based on the principle of the endless knot, a symbol used in Hinduism and Buddhism. The letters of Chapitre are not strictly endless knots though. They’re made up of two or three layered lines to convey intertwining, unity, and inseparability.

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The Vtg Stencil series are based on real-world stencils, with the Germany No.1 design derived from authentic antique German stencil-plates. Surprisingly these stencil-plates offer a high contrast Didonedesign very similar to the French stencils produced and sold till today. For informal use the styles Paint and Sketch offer additional variations; an extensive random function will mix the glyphs as you type in proper OpenType-savvy apps.

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The breezy Al Fresco is light yet expressive. It’s a brush script that’s perfect for packaging and titling work when the job calls for a youthful, delectable flair. Its elegance carries a subtle earthiness; its beauty is unconventional, stylish, and exuberant. Use the OpenType feature Titling for even more versatility. It serves up swash forms, contextual alternates, and ornaments to sweeten this tasty typeface.

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Brooklyn Samuels was recently extended to a five-weight family. Rounded inner and outer corners give the geometrical character shapes a friendly feel. Although it is primarily intended for headline use, stylistic sets offer text-friendly alternatives for some letters, yielding excellent legibility in small sizes.

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Oskar is inspired by Dutch architectural and advertising lettering from the early 20th century. It was initially designed for the lettering of a monumental school in The Hague by architect Jan Duiker in 1929. Six meticulously drawn “split inline” styles enhance Oskar’s unique quality.

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Created for Rodeo magazine under the direction of Stefania Malmsten, Göran Söderström’s Line sets its expressive headlines apart from its pages’ more traditional typography by means of delicate, linear, sometimes sans, sometimes script letterforms. The set comes in a variety of stroke weights, allowing for ultra fine lines even at the most daring of display sizes.

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