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:


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.

Peter Blake’s Alphabets

This is a New book published by Douglas wilson featuring the unpublished alphabets of Peter Blake. I am a great fan of Blake’s work and hurridly found the book on Amazon as soon as I saw it online. However, due to the £150 price tag I think this article on the Eye Magazine blog is the closest I’ll get to seeing the book!

I think it is a great shame when design books carry such a high price tag, especially since students and freelancers are probably a large proportion of their market. Fingers crossed the book comes to a library or second-hand book shop near me soon!

YesYesNo – Nike – Run with your feet

YesYesNo developed software for Nike to promote their Run Free+ 2 City Pack (see the project here). The software recorded the speed, consistency and style of participants running and created ‘paintings’ which could be edited in terms of colour etc.

One of the ‘paintings’ with the participants name and details in the corner.

A screen shot of the editing process

Some of the imagery was also used on limited edition shoeboxes.

I think it is an interesting project and the resulting images look impressive, althougth they are really just abstract images rather than being informative.

A Pint in the Red Lion?

I’m not usually a fan of this Newspaper, but since they’ve made a stab at infographics I thought I’d give them a chance! The Mail on Sunday’s ‘Live’ magazine’s centrefold is a typographic representation of 1,000 popular pub names in England. The font size correlates to how common the name is and the colour catergorises them by the name’s origin.

‘Red Lion’ was the most popular name. There is a spreadsheet with quantities of the pubs on the Mail’s website here. I think the piece works well as a page in a Sunday magazine as it gets everyone scouring through the names looking for pubs they know or finding the most unnusual names. Some of my favourites are ‘Snooty Fox’, ‘Leather Bottle’ and ‘Plume of Feathers’! I think it is great to see traditional pubs being celebrated in infographic form.  My only criticism would be that it would have been nice to combine the visual and data so all the information would be read from one source.

Emmanuel Romeuf

Emmanuel Romeuf is a French illustrator whose work for Gîtes de France I saw on another blog recently. His illustrations are fun and whimsical, and to me have that French, ‘Amélie’-type quirkyness and cuteness.

The faces on the kites are such a simple idea, but turn what could be a fairly plain image into a fun scene.

These faces are brilliant. How could this fail to bring a smile to your face?

He uses the same style of illustration for the more corporate situations, showing it can be versatile.

‘Unofficial’ Royal Wedding Merchandise

With three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding I thought I’d take a look at some of the unofficial merchandise available. I think these are examples of sentiments more in line with the public than the somewhat outdated official merchandise.

Graphic artist Lydia Leith has created hand screen-printed sick bags for the day incase the romanticism and ‘pomp and circumstance’ becomes too sickly sweet.

These are quirky and fun and show a light-hearted and more cynical (maybe even more British) take on the occasion. The screen-printing allows the buyer to feel they have a piece of original art and it is great to see traditional techiniques being used for mass-production commercial use.

The KK Outlet has produced a range of plates representing the British public’s various takes on the wedding.

This is the main thing I’ve heard people around me saying about the day – great to see it immortalised here.

A valid point!

The great thing about these plates is that whilst they are portraying blunt, honest and slightly controversial views, they are still well-designed attractive items.

My views on the Royalty aside, I wish them luck as a couple. Happy Wedding Day for the 29th!