Blog: Inspiration

Good Magazine - Info Graphic Archive

Good Magazine has created a Flickr group archive of all the great info graphics and diagrams they've published in past issues.

It's a great collection and a really useful resource.

Images copyright Good Magazine.
Via Notcot.

Tue 02 Jun 2009

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Illustration


English for Tiny Tots

I just saw these book illustrations over on kris's color stripes. They're from a Latvian book, English for Tiny Tots, Riga 1974 - one of Kris's latest finds.

The colours are really strong and make the illustrations really pop out of the background, teamed up with a lovely slab serif and what's not to like!

Images copyright kris's color stripes.

Fri 29 May 2009

Posted under: Inspiration , Illustration , Books


The chicks are hatching!!

I apologise in advance for this totally non-design related post, but the Brighton peregrine chicks have started to hatch!

We've been watching the peregrine webcam since early April when they laid 4 eggs, then yesterday the first chick hatched and I'm pretty sure another hatched this morning but I only got a quick glimpse, so I can't be sure.

Above left you can see the chick enjoying it's first feed and above right both parents can be seen checking out their first born. The male is the bird closest to the camera.

You can watch the birds yourself here and catch up on any missed goings on here.

Thu 14 May 2009

Posted under: Inspiration


Borja Bonaque

I love these cityscapes by Spanish illustrator Borja Bonaque, there's something very Futurist about them, particularly the top one - maybe it's the darker colours.

I think it's great how simple blocks of colour create the skyscrapers and how the colour choice and texture of print work together giving the illusion of perspective.

See more of his work here.

Images copyright Borja Bonaque.
Via Sell! Sell!

Wed 29 Apr 2009

Posted under: Inspiration , Illustration


Damn Everything But The Circus

Sister Mary Corita Kent became a nun in the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, LA in 1936. She first exhibited her work in the early 50's and became a prominent artist in the 60's often creating subversive and political pieces.

"I am not brave enough to not pay my income tax and risk going to jail. But I can say rather freely what I want to say with my art."

Damn Everything But The Circus was her 6th book and was published after she left the Order to pursue her love of art. The book is full of gorgeous large type and bright colours used to illustrate the inspirational quotes chosen by Corita which run throughout.

I've never seen this book or Corita's work before, but I'm hooked - I think it's fantastic. Those of you with cash burning a hole in your pockets might be interested to know that there's currently a copy available here.

Find out more about Sister Mary Corita Kent here.

Images copyright Watson Bookworks.
Via Hi + Low.

Thu 23 Apr 2009

Posted under: Typography , Inspiration , Books


Happy St George's Day

Today in the UK it's St George's Day. St George is the dragon-slaying patron saint of England, remembered on this day every year.

And what better way to celebrate than with some of Martin Parr's photos showing England in a way only he can.

See a list of St George's Day events in London here.

All images copyright Martin Parr and Magnum Photos.

Thu 23 Apr 2009

Posted under: Photography , Inspiration

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From the reference box #38

I love how the map graphics and colour coding have been used to create this funky cover. As you can see it's a Paris Metro & Autobus map from 1972.

Inside it has 3 maps; a metro map of the full region...

... an Autobus map of the central city...

... and a night Autobus map, again of the inner city area...

I also really like the unexpected use of the script font (used to mark the different areas within the city) it's a pleasant surprise.

All-in-all a nice little addition to the reference box. Have a delve in the box yourself here for a little Friday inspiration.

Le Corbusier at the Barbican

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is my favourite architect ever, his buildings are stunning and still look modern, even though the one above was completed in 1931.

"His architecture and radical ideas for reinventing modern living, from private villas to large scale social housing to utopian urban plans, still resonate today".

Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture is running at the Barbican Art Gallery until 24 May 2009 - it's a must-see and I can't wait to get down there and see it!

If you can't visit the exhibition there is more information about the life and work of this great architect here and here.

Images copyright Barbican Art Gallery.

Thu 16 Apr 2009

Posted under: Inspiration , Exhibition , Architecture

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Happy Easter!

Here's a selection of our favourite 60s/70s chick and bunny graphics to get you in the Easter mood. Hope you all enjoy the long weekend - see you back here Tuesday!

Graphics from Trademarks & Symbols, Yasaburo Kuwayama and Trademarks of the 60s & 70s, Tyler Blik.

Fri 10 Apr 2009

Posted under: Design , Inspiration , Illustration


From the reference box #37

# 37 - 60's & 70's US Road Maps

I came across these at the weekend. This Gulf one is my favourite - I'm loving the big GULF graphic on the front and inside it has these lovely illustrations of "a host of good Gulf products, all topnotch quality!"

I think the Gulf one is probably from the 60's, but this Union Oil one is from 1973. I'm already a fan of the 76 ball graphic and I really like the arrow design on the front. Definitely good finds in my book!

Contact Card Game

Present & Correct have a copy of the Contact Card Game available.

"Perhaps tube maps inspired this collectible game, very popular with children and lovers of graphics alike. Originally made in the 70s, designed in London, it's a very simple creation. The 2"x2" cards can be placed in an infinite variety of ways to make the coolest patterns! "

It's boxed and comes with it's original instructions. More information here.

Images copyright Present & Correct.

Thu 26 Mar 2009

Posted under: Design , Things to buy , Inspiration


Charley Harper's Studio

I just came across these fantastic images of illustrator Charley Harper in his Cincinnati home/studio. They were taken by designer, printmaker and journalist Harmen Liemburg when he visited Harper in 2006.

Harper's illustration style was clean and minimal. His work can easily be recognised by the simplistic forms of nature and wildlife, so I was absolutely shocked when I saw how packed and untidy his studio was!

I love the little details in these images that give a little glimpse into his life at 84 - the electric typewriter on the desk even though this was only 3 years ago, the dried up leaves taped onto the wall for reference and most of all his cat nestled amongst the piles of his work.

More posts about Charley Harper's work can be found here, here and here.

Images copyright Harmen Liemburg.
Via Woodward Design.

Fri 13 Mar 2009

Posted under: Inspiration , Illustration


A year of Delicious posts…

Here's a selection of our favourite posts from the last year, enjoy:

Which? Covers (can now also be seen on our Flickr)

Wilhelm Ostwald's Color Helm

Found Type at the De La Warr Pavilion

Vintage Polish Jam Labels

I love this collection of vintage Polish jam labels I found over on Pan Tu Nie Stał.

These are my favourites, it's the simple illustrations, big bold type and bright colours - a winning combo that does it everytime!

Images copyright Pan Tu Nie Stał.

Luca 'Bean One' Barcellona

Gorgeous calligraphy from Luca Barcellona. Check out his Flickr groups to see more of his calligraphy, typography and graffiti skills.

Images copyright Luca Barcellona.

Wed 04 Mar 2009

Posted under: Design , Typography , Inspiration



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