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The Magpie

New year, new drawings :)

I’ve added new goodies to the store: www.etsy.com/shop/chellythemagpie

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Nikon Photo Contest Trophy

Ooh this is so cool. You must look at this coolness.

Every year since 1969, the Nikon Corporation organizes The Nikon Photo Contest, an international photographic competition. This year they commissioned the very cool folks at Anonymous to conceptualize a rebranding exercise for the competition. (Yay rebranding exercises always mess with my head and make me see things from a whole new perspective of what a brand could be).
So Anonymous designed a new logo for the photo contest inspired by the universal act of framing an image with one’s hands. I love when ideas are simple like this. How clever is that?! The logo is now a fancy yet minimalistic trophy which looks cool from about eleventy-five different angles. And look at all the pretty colours they come in!
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Walk this World

Walk this World is the first children’s book from the very talented Finnish illustrator and art director, Lotta Nieminen. I can see her Finnish influences in her illustration style so clearly! I could very well get happily lost in her site for hours (which I shall treat myself to after I post this). The book teaches children about cultural similarities and differences of people from around the world. How lovely to learn about the world through Lotta’s beautiful and colourful illustrations! There are over 80 flaps that open and reveal even more gorgeousness. I do love a book with surprise open up flaps!

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Towel Folding Infographics

Look no further. I have found the answer to the question you have been asking all your life – how do they fold these napkins like this?  Terry Fabrics has come up with a towel-folding infographic that teaches you how to fold your towels in the shapes of animals! I’m going to try the mouse and the crab. Everything else looks like some serious origami that I cannot fathom.

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Hotel Daniel & Daniel Paper

Welcome to a world in and of itself. Known simply as Hotel Daniel, the establishment is a designer’s dream. Created with style and indie goodness, the hotel has a hammock in rooms and art on the roof. Even better, Daniel Paper – a beautifully crafted magazine filled with the very best of the hotel. I do love me some crisp publishing design. This has made it to my list of must-see places!
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Kelli Anderson’s Paperific Installation

I love books. It’s a bit of an obsession really. I only feel relaxed once I know there are books on my very full shelf that I haven’t read yet. It’s comforting.  Some book covers just call out to you don’t they? There is so much art involved in a book. From the writing of course to the design of the cover to the font used to best tell the story.  Just when you thought books couldn’t get any cooler, Kelli Anderson steps up to the plate and smashes it out of the park.

The 100% paper installation she set up for the New York Public Library is pure art. The detailing and craft is amazingly amazing. Plain paper forms sculptures that look exactly like (if not cooler) than the original book cover.

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Jacopo Rosati

Felt is in. Jacopo Rosati has taken it to a whole new level.  The Italian illustrator has created a large collection of colourful designs made of plain felt. Snipping and trimming them into works of art. I can almost feel the fuzziness just looking at the editorial versions. And those x-rayed felt bones are so adorable.

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Famous Shoes

You know you’ve made it big when people can recognise you based on one thing and one thing only. Like your first name: Rihanna, Beyonce, Cher. What about if you were iconic enough to be recognised based on your shoes? Federico Mauro has compiled famous people and their famous shoes as a fun personal project. Zuckerberg’s has to be the best of them all.

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A Tattoo for Dad

There’s always a story behind everything beautiful. This is the story of Kirk Wallace and his father.

Kirk Wallace is a Boston based designer, illustrator & artist. His father was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks before his passing, he said that he wanted a tattoo of crop circles on his arm when he got better. Unfortunately he didn’t get better. His son Kirk designed this very cool looking tattoo and got it tattooed on his arm. Such a lovely dedication to his father innit?

I’ve seen photographs of this tattoo all over the net and always thought it looked really unique and designer-esque. I’m glad I looked it up and found the inspiration behind it. Check out more of Kirk’s work here. Have a happy Thursday everyone!

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Studio Sarah

I love me some pretty stationery. Say hello to Studio Sarah; a fine mix of minimalistic luxury, the British stationery brand is the brainchild of Sarah Silver. Pastels, stripped or dotted, take your pick!

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