I don’t link to Kickstarter’s very often but this is a project I can’t resist. Created by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the creatives behind Uusi, they’ve created a beautiful deck of cards that are inspired by burlesque and the illustrations of Andy Warhol.
Our inspiration for Hotcakes came from traditional 17th Century, full figure court cards that have a cartoonish flair and lent themselves easily to a burlesque-style exaggeration. This new and “naughty” court was then mixed with the Pop Art era’s hot-neon colors, Andy Warhol’s playful illustration style, the one-off art decks of Charles Pry and the distinctive quality of the Italian designer & artist, Emillio Pucci’s gorgeous patterns to arrive with the final look of Hotcakes.
Love the creativity of these. If you play cards often this will certainly be a conversation starter for your next get together. You can snag yourself a set by clicking here.
Afternoons in the Kitchen is the name of a picture book by Italian illustrator and author Simona Ciraolo. Created as part of a recent Master’s project at Cambridge in London, Simona says that the book is designed to “nurture a healthy appetite for the pleasure of eating good food”. Looking at her illustrations I’m pretty certain that it works a treat!
I don’t know much about Typical Hope but boy do they know how to make excellent GIFS! Started earlier this year, the blog currently has about 25 small animated loops on it and I’m looking forward to watching it grow over the next few months.
Yesterday, Los Angeles illustrator Julian Callos released a new set of prints on The People’s Print Shop. Titled “Sun”, “Moon”, and “Earth”, the captivating images are taken from his Cosmos series, a body of work that explores “the tension between light and dark and the consequences of that struggle.” I honestly can’t decide which is my favorite, though I think I’m leaning toward the middle print, “Earth”.
Everyone has a weakness for snacks. I personally have a savory palette, preferring to nosh on things like wasabi cashews or walnuts and cranberries. Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon love snacks so much they decided to create Snacks Quarterly, an online publication that celebrates snacks in all their forms.
Snacks Quarterly is an internet publication that brings a variety of artists together to share their insights and ideas on the subject of snacks and snacking. Essays, illustrations, anecdotes, and practical snacking tips post four times a year on our beautifully designed, ad-free website.
Recently The Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned the Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Jussi Kaakinen to create a series of several illustrations to promote their Regional Funds. The Foundation offers 17 funds (one for each region) and so Jussi created 17 illustrations, each showing a unique view of that part of the country. The resulting work is wonderful, offering a great insight into the architecture and landscape of the country.
Illustrator, typographer, and all around talented guy Emory Allen updated his portfolio recently with some new work. On showcase is a slew of expressive illustrations which most of the time have some sort of type intermingled. The piece above is basically my Friday spirit animal. Be sure to also check out his Downloads section where he has some sweet backgrounds for your phone, tablet, and desktop.
Monica Ramos creates fantastically busy scenes peopled with wonderful characters and a great sense of energy. Born in the Philippines but now living and working in Brooklyn; Monica has worked on commissions for clients such as The New York Times, Rookie Mag and Oh Comely!. For me there’s a touch of Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo about much of her work and for a boy who spent many days lost in search of Waldo (or as I knew him “Wally”) this is no bad thing.
Chris Ware, one of the finest storytellers of our generation, has a new comic strip over on New York Times that shows the journey of a penny. The story begins in 1929 an ends in our modern time, all the while waxing on about how man believes that they control their own destiny. My favorite part:
“You people think money equals freedom, but life is still always just heads or tails… The thing I’ve never understood is why it can’t always be heads… I mean, if one is always as likely as the other, then what’s the difference? But that’s not the way the universe works, I guess… It eventually comes up tails whether you like it or not…”
If, like me, you’re constantly on the look out for interesting accounts to follow on Instagram then I’m sure you’ll enjoy EveryHey; an account which posts minimalist renderings of pop culture characters everyday to their account. Created by the Spanish studio Hey, the Barcelona-based team have been posting quirky creations since mid-February and everyone of them so far has put a smile on my face.