Children’s business cards

Ogilvy Brasil have created business cards for children. “Result: more kids believe in their dreams and more parents believe in the importance of English for their kids’ future,” say the agency.

I think it’s a great idea and I’m sure the children involved were very excited to see their dreams illustrated.

Here is a video with some of the (very cute) children involved:

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40 ways to visualise

Lauren Manning has taken the same data (her personal food consumption) and visualised it in 40 different ways. Here are some of my favourites:

This simple idea of representing quantities by line weight communicates well.

The use of photography brings the subject to life.

This typographic version told me pretty much everything I need to know.

This one made me smile 🙂

It’s great to see the variety of ideas for representing the same information, and it reminds me to keep trying different angles for projects.

Old &New / Alt &Neu

A great book cover design in two languages; English and German. The book, ‘Old and New: Design Manual for Revitalizing Existing Buildings’ (or ‘Alt & Neu: Entwurfshandbuch Bauen im Bestand’) feautures a 3D representation of the words, which is fitting for its architechtural content. The fact that the letters are conjoined illustrates the point that the old and new can be built together and inhabit the same space.

Illustration Presentation

A while ago I was asked to do a joint presentation about illustration at my University, and I chose to focus on 3D and experimental illustration. Here are some of the pieces/illustrators I discussed:

Eleanor Bowley, British, used  sewing, buttons, lace, and paper to create a series of portraits.

Louisa Bufardeci, USA, collected audio files of anti-war speeches, took a snapshot of the soundwave and editied it in photoshop to match the squares per inch of her canvas, this became her stitching guide and she hand stitched the final products.

Bovey Lee, Born Hong Kong, now in Pensylvania, used paper cut with chinese rice paper to create this beautiful and tragic illustration of the Tsunami.


Peter Callesen, USA, used paper cut and he uses the cut out part to add another dimension to his work. Simple, clean and effective.

Jeff Nishinaka, LA, paper sculpture, hand cut then layered. A 3D paper sculpture of this complexity is breath taking!

Melvin Galapon, uk, used cigarette packets and electrical tape to create a message about smoker’s lungs.

Mark Khaisman, Russian tape artist, images made out of parcel tape, this is an advertisement for Tesa in Germany to show the strength of their tape.

Emily Alston, UK,  3D illustration for selfridges window.

Webb de Vlam Business Cards

This is an example of a design which I feel misses the mark. Webb de Vlam‘s new business cards have been celebrated on the Beast Pieces blog for their bright and lively colours. I agree with this in terms of the above photo, but in practice, business cards are intended to be given one at a time, and a single one of the above cards may have a coloured edge, but otherwise they are quite plain! They are functional, but I don’t think the design would stand out to me if I was handed one.

New Musical Notation?

As someone who has studied classical music I was intriqued by Laia Clos of Mot Studio in Barcelona creating a new musical notation system consisting of coloured dots.

Above is her version of Vivaldi’s primavera (Spring), part of his Four Season’s concerto. I can imagine the classical music world scoffing with contempt at the suggestion that musical notation has been re-visualised (tradition, tradition, tradition…) so I can’t see this taking off. From what I can see this graphic lacks one of the key parts of musical notation that I think are vital for reading – the notes here do not go up and down! If anything that must be the most important thing to indicate how to play, especially when you are presented with the sheet music the day before opening night, which is often the case. Innovative notation techniques would be more suited to, and have been used for experimental music, but in the precise world of classical music needs something more instantly recognisable. I feel this is a place for the phrase, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’!

Charlie’s new outfit

Little Chef’s mascot ‘Charlie’ has been given a new outfit and has been robbed of his little platter thanks to Venture Three. Here he is in all his (new) glory:

His neck-tie has been replaced by a modern chef’s shirt and his hat has also taken on a more modern shape.  But he still has the same posture and cheery little face.

Here’s the old logo for a comparison (is it just me or is he wearing a onesie here?):

I think this is an example of a good re-branding, as the logo has been updated so that it looks modern, but it is still recognisable as Little Chef for drivers approaching it on the motorway.