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Clip Art

Clip Art



Found this recently in an online image library. It’s just one of the many treasures to be found under the clip art banner. Who knew.

The Burning House

The Burning House



Here’s a thought: if your house was burning, what would you take with you? These charming little arrangements are made by contributors from all over the world, and then posted to The Burning House. They’re snapshots about what’s valuable, sentimental, beautiful and practical. Or maybe they’re just expressions about people’s ‘personal brands’ and the objects they feel best represent them.

The Decemberists

The Decemberists




I’ve recently taken a liking to the folklore-esque music by The Decemberists, an indie band from Portland, Oregon. Today I thought I’d have a look around to see if their album and poster art are as creative and intriguing as their music… and happily, it is. Seems that the band employs a host of illustrators and designers for their many shows, and the result is a varying and charming collection of posters from around the world, which is apparently continuing to build.

Bluebirds fly

Bluebirds fly




Just because Joplin, Missouri happens to be an American mid-west town close to my heart, I thought I’d share these lovely prints. St.Louis Based Moosylvania put together a series of posters to benefit relief efforts in the recently tornado-stricken city. Each poster is signed by the artist and screen printed by hand to order. All proceeds will be donated to the Southwest Missouri chapter of United Way to aid in the economic reconstruction.

Wanna be a Movie-Maker?

Wanna be a Movie-Maker?





These infographics made for Canal+ take the cake. I’m not sure if the point is to make clear just how easy it can be, or just how hard it is to make a movie… but I’ve got a feeling it’s the latter. One thing I know, is that I like the designer’s approach and I wish I knew who he/she was. In any case, next time you find yourself thinking your true unearthed vocation is actually in making horror movies, simply refer back to the relevant diagram and wah-la! You’ll be underway before you can say “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.

Type Feast

Type Feast


Stumbled across this very inspiring Tumblr site the other day called Twenty-Six Types. It’s the brainchild of Craig Wills and is simply about celebrating beautiful letters. So very inspiring… I can’t see what’ll be posted next. Thanks, Craig!!

My type of typewriter

My type of typewriter


The typewriter is dead… long live the typewriter. This old, beloved letter-making machine has captured the hearts of a handful of illustrators and gift-makers: Christine Berrie, Rachael King Birch, Tabitha Emma, The Bold Banana, and Ask Alice.

Exsqueeze me…

Exsqueeze me…


Don’t you just love a good ol’ fashioned creative collaboration. This project, “The Exquisite Book”, is a fold-out series of illustrations by no less than 100 artists and illustrators. The deal was that each contributor was only allowed to view the page before their own. For more, see the website: www.exquisitebook.com. Honestly I’m not so keen on the book’s title, they can be forgiven seeing that the pictures are so very enticing…

Poor Little Trees

Poor Little Trees


These sad little faces are a reminder of our impact on the environment. France-based artist/designer Steven Burke paints on trees that have been cut down. A simple design with a strong message for us all. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Tin Tiles

Tin Tiles




Back in the 90’s we had the ‘feature wall’ – it was when just one wall in your home got to be a different and much more interesting colour than the other walls. Then we had a wallpaper revival – and golly there have been some beautiful pattern designs emerge over the last few years as a result of that. We’ve also seen timber panelling make a pretty solid comeback. I don’t know, but I think there’s a place in our homes, bars and retail spaces for some of the good ol’ aluminium ceiling and wall panelling. It’s shown here in its raw metallic form, but it looks really great when painted, too.

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