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Fili & Thorn & Charles : Legends, Swans, & Dorks

Louise Fili, Talent Scout: One true mark of the best in American communication arts and letters is the ability to spot new talent, hire it, cultivate it, and see it become an esteemed competitor. Louise Fili has launched the careers of many, foremost among them Dana Tanamachi and Jessica Hische. Kelly Thorn and Spencer Charles now join the ranks of Fili alumni. ...

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Drawing From A Life in Fashion

Many young women are caught up in fashion and trends, but it’s usually aspirational—a garment they hope to acquire or a style they can pull off as well as the model. Illustrator Laura Laine, based in Helsinki, is a bit different. She actually worked as a model, but her interest in fashion was less about ready-to-wear and more about ready-to-draw.

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It’s a Wrap! Highlights from HOW Design Live Chicago

As always, HOW Design Live is a whirlwind of inspiration and practical advice, but this year’s conference upped the ante with an incredible roster of presenters … then again, I probably say this every year. This is just a small sampling of what was offered. Every talk I attended was inspiring, but the HOW conference is much more. It’s about community, seeing ...

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Mike Rohde Sketchnoting 101 @ How Design Live Chicago

Heading to HOW Design Live in Chicago May 2-6? Here's some a bit of revenge against all the adults who thought your doodling was the sign of an idle mind. Grab a seat at Mike Rohde’s MasterClass on sketchnoting. Mike’s written two books on the topic and shares insights about effective doodling, drawing, and note making during meetings, classes, and conferences. ...

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Clear Winner: Jonathan Selikoff, Letterpress Artist

There are many reasons people love letterpress. Chief among them: people like Jon Selikoff. "You will not find a more talented and generous letterpress artist," says Felix Sockwell. "Jon will share his passion with anyone willing to get in the pressroom and get their hands covered in ink. Afterwards, you will never be able to wash away the impression he leaves ...

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Set Me Free

Hollier and Tang had a better idea. Instead of developing a new app or piece of equipment, they invented The Light Phone, "your phone away from phone,” a credit card-scale, lightweight device that helps you manage your mobile phone's data and avoid the frazzle of all those bongs, chimes, dings and bad vibrations. Mama's Sauce, a craft printer in Orlando, ...

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Wink. Thyme. Scentsational.

Ahead of Their Times Thymes is 30.  Goldleaf is 25. The Wink Package Design is Brand Spanking New. For nearly three decades, Thymes has applied artisan craftsmanship to enriching the quality of daily experience through naturally-derived scents. Its fragrances are composed at its on-site fragrance studio, where perfumers blend nature, art, and science to ...

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From Vacation to Vocation: They Draw, Cook, Travel, Share

“They Draw and Cook” “They Draw and Travel” Love of Illustration, Food, and Sharing  Unites Illustrators Around the World It started in 2010 with a crate of figs, some fetuccine, butter and balsamic vinegar.  The next thing they knew, they had spawned a community of food and illustrations around the word. Salli S. Swindell and her […]

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Expressing and Pressing in Lubbock

Mom & Pop f2design in Lubbock, TX has churned out a startling number of posters over the years, many or sale on their website. Co-owners Dirk and Carol Fowler have worked with great bands, including The Killers, the Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse, singer Lyle Lovett, and Wilco, with whom they've had a ten-year run. Dirk notes, “They’re easy to work with. ...

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A Bearded Lady and a Hoarsefly Walk Into a Bar …

If you’re lucky enough to attend Design Ranch in Austin this year, Abi Daniel will be teaching a workshop on her woodburning technique in which she infuses burned linework on wood with watercolor washes, as she did in the piece above. “It’s a pretty fun method, and the imperfections that happen along the way, add an unexpected dimension,” she says. What ...

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