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05 25 2017 - Just My Type

I’ve noticed a trend lately in fonts that are hand-crafted to look like hand-lettering, and I think that’s great for those of us who want the custom lettered look and feel but don’t always have the time to do it ourselves. And that brings me to Raindrop, a trio of fonts that draw inspiration from editorial illustration.

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05 24 2017 - Inspired By

Today I’m sharing the work of photographer and designer Mayan Toledano. I discovered her work through an article in Fubiz, which dreamily described her work as, “Tinted with pink and sweetened lights, her shots are both an ode to candor and sensuality and invite us to discover a universe where femininity rhymes with spontaneity.”  Below are a few of my favorites from her Tumblr. Enjoy!

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05 11 2017 - On Etsy

Today I’m featuring the work of Lisa Congdon on my On Etsy series. I’ve been a long-time admirer of her work, her story, and her general attitude and approach to work and life, which has been hugely inspiring to me. (You should check out her blog, Today Is Going To Be Awesome here). Her work exudes a celebratory exuberance and positivity that just make me smile, and I hope it has the same effect on you!

Stay Awake Art Print

Begin Anyhow Greeting Card

High Five Greeting Card

I’m a Mess Without You Greeting Card

Be You, Greeting Card

Higher Greeting Card

Shine On Notecards (Box of 10)

You Rock Greeting Card

Les Poissons 11×14 Art Print

Large Landscape Study Print

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05 10 2017 - Inspired By

Today I’m featuring my latest graphic design obsession… vintage Exlibris designs.

An Exlibris (bookplate) is a mark of ownership which the owner of a book sticks into the inside of the cover. It is made by an artist who is commissioned by the owner to create according to his wishes and ideas a small graphic that bears the owner’s name and the word Exlibris. The word Ex libris is Latin and, together with the owner’s name, means “From among the books of N.N.” In order not to lessen the value of the book by writing one’s name directly into it, one marks one’s ownership by sticking the bookplate on the inside of the cover.

Lucky for me, The Frederikshavn Art Museum and Ex Libris Collection has created a digital Exlibris museum project. Started in 2010, the goal of the project is to preserve and share these beautiful and unique designs with a larger audience.

It’s amazing how much these small designs can convey about the former owner’s personality… which is probably one of the most intriguing and captivating things to be about these designs. Another fascinating thing to me is the span of time these bookplates cover- from 1700 up to current day. Below is a collection of some of my favorites- enjoy!

Artist: Maria Elisa Leboroni. Owner: Gennaro Sallusto. Year: 1935. Country: Italy.

 

Artist: Edward Grabowski. Owner: Kotarskiego Stefana. Year: 1963. Country: Poland.

 

Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Aslaug Haave Lamberg. Year: 1942. Country: Norway.

 

Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Bjørn Severin. Year: 1944. Country: Norway.

 

Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Edgar Noel. Year: Unknown. Country: Norway.

 

Artist: Albert Jaern. Owner: Roald Holmen. Year: 1943. Country: Norway.

 

Artist: Walter Bergmann. Owner: Walter Bergmann. Year: 1923. Country: Germany.

 

Artist: Hans Michael Bungter. Owner: Poul Rygaard Jensen. Year: 1967. Country: Germany.

 

Artist: Ernest Huber. Owner: Dr. Roger Bliss. Year: Unknown. Country: France.

 

Artist: Jüri Arrak . Owner: Eha Toomas Vetevool. Year: 1977. Country: Estonia.

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04 27 2017 - On Etsy

Today I’m sharing a recent Etsy favorite, Small Adventure. Small Adventure is a shop featuring paper goods by Keiko Brodeur, who describes her inspiration for starting the shop as a way to not only enjoy drawing and painting but to observe nature and learn about traveling and cultural lifestyles. Enjoy!

Yak Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Forest Card

Thank You Tundra Card

Hello Desert Card

Camper Trailer Birthday Card

Motorcycle Dad Card

Multi-taskin’ Mama Card

Orange Plains Birthday

Miss You Pup Tent Card

Treehouse Dad Card

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