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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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When Past Meets Present the Future is Brighter

Dream the Impossible Dream: Craig Welsh Restores a Masterpiece A Nearly Forgotten Font, Euclid, Is Resurrected Through a Nearly Lost Art Form: Wood Type. Though Alvin Lustig left this earth more than 60 years ago, his modern design influence has left an indelible mark in design history. It’s hard to believe that he died so young, at age 40—when […] ...

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Brand Connection: Dig Deeper

Bill Gardner of LogoLounge: “Take the Demographic Blindfold Off” Bombarded with thousands of messages daily, successful brands must constantly evolve to reach discerning subsets of the marketplace. All hispanics are not equal. All Catholics are not family friendly. All women do not love Hillary. Brands have “personalities” that appeal to specific people ...

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Ugly Art Possesses Charm and Character

The crude, messy nature of screenprinting is exactly what attracted designer Ryan Duggan to his craft of making what he calls, “Ugly Art.” In Chicago, where the temps are currently freeze-your-ass-off frigid, the print scene is hot. “We have more pro-level screen printers in this city than anywhere else in the world, and yet it’s […]

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“Hypno-Baco-Tool-Rific?” Why Not!?

Many design shops create calendars that get sent out once a year, or drip campaigns that are more frequent but typically no fun. Fifth Letter in Winston Salem, NC combined the best of both worlds and had some fun doing it, creating quarterly calendars that celebrate under-rated holidays in a beautiful, tactile format.

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I Love My Hair!

’Fro Real: Braids, Coils, Doodles Dos, and Puffs. Andrea Pippins’ eclectic, and joyous new coloring book celebrates the natural beauty of the afro. But the book has a more important message: Embrace your own identity. Celebrate who you are. For years, Andrea Pippins’ embrace of her natural locks has demonstrated to her friends and admirers that ...

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Good Taste: Letterpress Posters Whet Appetites!

Hot, Fresh, Wholesome & Delicious!  Handmade Tortillas, Fresh Baked Bread, Letterpress Posters? Yes, Please! When Mi Rancho opened its doors in 1939 in Oakland, Calif., it was the only Mexican grocery store in the area, providing handmade tortillas and other specialty items. This family-owned business has since grown into a supplier to restaurants all over ...

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Sketch a Doodle Doodle Do!

From the Department of Stocking Stuffers These Quirky Doodle Books  Inspire Designers, Artists, and Storytellers Artist Gemma Correll‘s quirky worldview is captured in the pages of the thousands of sketchbooks she has always kept close at hand. A lifelong doodler, her sketches and musings have led to a successful career as an illustrator and cartoonist. ...

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Reimagine Success: Creative Space Gives Freedom

Peoria’s Prairie Center for the Arts  Provides Space to Let Creative Minds Explore the Possible Prairie Center of the Arts is a hidden gem in downtown Peoria. Founded in 2003, the center is located in a 120 year old building that was once home to a rope manufacturer. The warehouse is now occupied with a large gallery […]

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Loving Couple Loving New Orleans

 A Fantastic Way to Say  “Love” They Do! We Do! Do You Love, Too!?  Sonia & Cody’s Fantasy Inspired Letterpress Wedding Suite “It’s not often that I get to design anything personal, so getting married was really the most wonderful excuse to go all out and design something conceptually meaningful and aesthetically characteristic to my wife’s ...

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