An online space to keep all those design finds we say 'that's nice' to. Could be anything design related from typography to fashion to commercials to wrapping paper. Enjoy the randomness and be inspired.
This is quite simply amazing... for me this was like listening to a piece of music that makes you feel all tingly inside... Creative studio dentsu, and photographer Linden Gledhill have created a visual masterpiece. View the making of this new Canon ad followed by the commercial itself... here!
I saw a very cool typographic film poster the other day, so cool I can't remember the name of the film(!) I should have posted it on here straight away. Whilst trawling the world wide web trying to find it I came across some other examples of great typography in film posters. So here's a few of them... I'm planning to do a Part 2 to this post so please pass on any suggestions and in the meantime I will try to find the original poster I was after!
She Says in a community recognising females (and the lack of them) within the creative departments of digital agencies. They run monthly networking events and even run their very own awards - The Golden Stillettos!
Click on the link to find out more and get involved.
Back in March That's Nice Design posted on this fun idea for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival front cover... people tweeted their ideas for what they would like to see on the cover and the amazing Johanna Basford illustrated the ideas live as the whole process was streamed over the internet.
I'm honoured to say that my suggestion of a dancing robot monkey wearing boxers shorts made it on the g (just above the penguin!)
Now for something a little different... Project Morrinho is a community project based out of the Pereira da Silva favela (slum) in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Local people and children build miniture urban landscapes as escapism from the harsh realities of violence and corruption that is often associated with the region.
As part of London's South Bank Festival Brazil, the project has a prime spot on the South Bank building a landscape inspired from the tower blocks of Lambeth to the backstreets of Rio.
This photo was taken during the construction. Walking past each day seeing the progress was fascinating and I'm looking forward to updating you with a finished image soon.
If you are fed up with those everyday newspaper pull out wall charts helping you record every score from the World Cup then purchase one of these, quickly... we are already 5 days into the finals. Designed by David Watson of Trebleseven, these colourful typographic posters are only £7 from Magma. And all proceeds go to Soccer Aid UNICEF. How can you resist?
In the first of the special features on That's Nice Design I caught up with the self penned "Jane-of-all-trades" over a virtual coffee and cake to discuss her super cute robots.
Based in the USA, Her Art She Loves is an illustrator by day creating stock vector images and reformating genre comics for iphones. But as if that's not most people's idea of a dream job she started turning her drawings of robots into mini works of arts and now sells her masterpieces online at RobotsAreAwesome.etsy.com
"I've worked with polymer clay since childhood, I've made random sculptures off and on for years. When I began drawing digital robots, I tried my hand at making one out of polymer and wire. I really enjoyed making my first robot (pictured below left) and haven't stopped since."
It was probably unintentional but these robots have such a universal appeal, females, males, children, art lovers and yes geeks will all find it very difficult to not full in love with at least one of them. Which bought me to the question: Have you ever made a robot that you just couldn't bring yourself to sell because it was too cute?! "Yes, Teal Plumply (pictured above right) He was the first robot that really came together, I love his colors and he inspired me to make more."
The robots creator is a self confessed Star Trek and Doctor Who fan, and has always been inspired by that genre in her work. I asked her if she would like her robots to take over the world but it seems the main aim is for people to buy a robot, place it on a shelf and just make people smile. And with each robot branded with a heart "Because we all need a little heart in life!" it's surely impossible for her mission to fail.
I for one, am a robot convert. I have probably never described robots as awesome in my life until now... awesome, playful, adorable, intricate, lovable, colourful bots... I could go on.
To see more Robots Are Awesome from a very cute bride and groom to a rabbit bot go to the flickr page
What do you think of Robots Are Awesome? comments please!
I 'accidently' turned on children's TV this morning instead of the usual breakfast election news, and found myself captivated by a title sequence for Eliot Kid. It's cute yet sophisticated style goes to prove that not all kids graphics need to be brash colours with big 3d type. This isn't the best quality movie but check it out on BBC2 at 7.15am
If you ever get a chance to see Rob Ryan's studio you must go. From the 23rd April to 3rd May he had his studio set up in Somerset House as part of the Pick Me Up festival. Seeing the intricate nature of the work and the cut outs so close up just makes you appreciate the work even more.