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Microbes made visible for Micropia Museum

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Mark Sinclair | Filed under: Music Video / Film | Comments Off

For some people, the idea that our bodies are covered in trillions of tiny microbes isn't necessarily a pleasant one. Hoping to make the invisible visible and shed light on the useful nature of these micro-organisms, a film film for the new Micropia museum in Amsterdam gives the little fellas a new, cuddly image...

Micropia is situated next to Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam and is the world's first museum of micro-organisms. The film, which is directed by Bianca Pilet, aims to convey that "there's more to microbes than just viruses and fungi."

Creative studio Part of a Bigger Plan worked in collaboration with agency Dawn on the film, Meet Your Microbes. The protagonist is shown covered in microbes (it's actually a hand-made suit featuring hundreds of pom-poms) and interacting with them – even exchanging them – in daily life.

Concept/creation: David Snellenberg (Dawn), Christian Borstlap (Part of a Bigger Plan). Production: Christel Hofstee (Part of a Bigger Plan). Music: Firewalker by Jungle Fire

A look back at last night’s photography-themed Nicer Tuesdays

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: It's Nice That | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


At last night’s Nicer Tuesdays we were treated to four varied but equally enlightening talks on different aspects of the art and craft of photography.

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Little White Lies asks the stars what they love about the movies

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Amy Lewin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


What does Little White Lies do best? It talks to the shiniest shimmering stars of the film world about, well, films. And it asks them one question more than any other: what exactly do they love about movies?

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We’re liking Malika Favre’s atmospheric images of Fuerteventura

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


The London-based French illustrator Malika Favre has had another big year, adding even more breadth to her already impressive portfolio of work. In the summer she was invited to Tenerife by a Spanish design collective called 28ymedio to take part in its Illustrated Journey project, which aims to “help fight the economic crisis in Spain by promoting the Canary Islands and bringing a new stream of tourism.”

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A French children’s book of dreamy cosmic collages

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Amy Lewin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Reading Bonjour is like seeing a beautiful symphony translated onto the page, all bright swirls of colour and twinkles of detail which transport you to a dreamy land. It begins as the birds start to sing and traces the start of an ordinary day but somehow makes it seem oh so very magical. The day arrives as a big beamy sun, glowing in tie-dye neon orange glory, and the plants burst into life looking like fantastical plasticine creations. I could happily gaze at French designer Anne Brugni’s cosmic illustrations for a whole day and float away on her marbled clouds into the speckled sky. Its lyrical charm also owes something to musician and writer McCloud Zicmuse’s storytelling. Kids nourished with books like this are surely guaranteed to become creative geniuses.

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Wonderfully resonant new work from illustrator Cynthia Kittler

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Maisie Skidmore | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


You can do a lot in a year, I’m told, and proof if any was needed comes in the form of Cynthia Kittler. Just last year we listed her as one of our Students of the Month for her “kind, quiet illustration,” and checking by her website again this year I found that not only is she no longer a student, but she’s being regularly commissioned by the likes of The New York Times and Die Zeit magazine for editorial illustration which is not only as quiet and kind as it was last time we checked in, but also incredibly resonant now.

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Lagom magazine

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Rachael Steven | Filed under: Graphic Design, Magazine / Newspaper | Comments Off

Designer Elliot Jay Stocks and editor Samantha Stocks have launched a new quarterly magazine, Lagom, showcasing creative people, places and past times.

Lagom is described as a publication “about people who make a living from their passions, and past time activities that offer inspiration.” Each issue is divided into three sections: Spaces & Places, which features studios and creative social and work spaces; Craft & Create, which features creative side projects and hobbies; and a more lifestyle-focussed Escape & Recharge, which combines food and drink recipes with articles on ways to unwind outside of work.

The inaugural issue features articles on creative agencies which have taken up beekeeping, Erik Spiekermann’s new Berlin letterpress workshop, 98a, and a photo essay on Facebook designer Cameron Ewing’s love of surfing, as well as an interview with illustrator Joanna Basford.

There’s also a piece by Jamie Clarke on why he sold his design agency to take up screenprinting, another by Offscreen editor Kai Brach on his favourite Melbourne coffee shop, and a look inside the Michelberger hotel in Berlin and a paper goods shop set up as a side project by the founders of design studio Something Good.

Lagom was founded by Samantha and Elliot Jay Stocks, who previously ran typography magazine 8 Faces. The pair say they were inspired by a rise in the number of high quality independent titles being published in the UK and further afield.

“In addition, a lot of the focus [in 8 Faces] was on designers and creatives telling their own stories. The reaction to that was really positive, and we found people really wanted to hear about other people’s stories and backgrounds, and why and how they do what they do,” explains Samantha. “[With Lagom], we wanted to take that idea, but focus more on lifestyle.”

“It was also inspired by a lot of our friends,” adds Elliot. “We’ve found ourselves mixing with a lot of other creative professionals doing interesting work and side projects, and we wanted to show the different journeys people have taken and what they do for everyday inspiration.”

As Samantha and Elliot explain in the magazine, the word Lagom is Swedish and refers to the idea of having the perfect balance – a semi literal translation is ‘not too much, not too little.’

“We wanted it to be something different and memorable, and then Elliot came across this. When we found out what it meant, about finding the right balance, it really reflected what we wanted to discuss – people making a living from their passion and maintaining a good balance between their life and work,” says Samantha.

“It also sums up our approach – a lot of magazines can be aspirational to a fault, I think, and we’ve tried to ground some of that aspirational, lifestyle content with some down to earth past time stories,” says Elliott. “That sense of balance applies to the mix of subjects – there’s a good balance between interviews, creative projects and spaces and everyday things, such as how to make the perfect cup of coffee,” he adds.

With a range of original illustrations, thick, uncoated paper stock and full-bleed photography throughout, the magazine has a luxurious feel, without looking to glossy or exclusive. “It’s designed to be semi-aspirational, but warm and friendly rather than cold and sterile,” explains Elliot. “Originally it was meant to be 64 Pages, so we commissioned a bunch of illustrators and photographers, but we were so thrilled with the quality of their work, that we decided to give them more space.

“We also wanted to include a fair degree of white space, but perhaps not as much as other popular mags out at the moment. There was quite a conscious choice to avoid this trendy aesthetic of lots of white space and minimal type, and so I think [Lagom] looks quite unique,” he adds.

One of the most striking features in the magazine is the section openers, which combine large type, a double page image and a slim white border. Elliot says they are designed to create “a visual pause” within the magazine, causing readers to stop "and take note that you’re moving on to a different part of the narrative.”

The magazine is set in varying weights and styles of Suitcase Type’s Tabac family: slab serif is used for body copy, sans features throughout and the titles use various grades of serif, which Elliot says allows for variation without losing consistency.

The logotype was also going to be set in Tabac but in the end, Elliot and Samantha opted for script typeface Aparo. “We felt Tabac might be a little too cold, and possibly edging towards Bodoni – a bit like a fashion magazine in that sense,” says Elliot. “In the end, we thought [Aparo] was a little more friendly and informal for the logo. We’ve used it inside in the welcome and thank you message too, as I think it’s really welcoming and quite personal.”

While there are a lot of new magazines devoted to makers and craftspeople, Lagom seems to have a unique mix of lifestyle and creative content. It's a pleasure to read, and the issue contains some lovely imagery from a talented range of contributors.

The next issue will be out in spring, and Elliot and Samantha say they are also working on an iPad edition, due for release before the end of the year. “We’re trying to do something radically different, rather than the current format of combining static images and text that you can’t really grab or pinch or zoom ... the design will be more like a responsive website, and less like a static magazine," adds Elliot.

Issue 1 of Lagom is out now and priced at £10. For details or to order a copy, see readlagom.com

Keep a No List to Show Time Saved

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Tanner Christensen | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
Rejected designed by Yazmin Alanis from the Noun Project

Rejected designed by Yazmin Alanis from the Noun Project

When you say “no” to something, you’re choosing how to spend your time. Over at her blog, Bobulate, NPR creative director Liz Danzico describes what would happen if we focused on keeping a No List, and the surprising benefits of doing so:

When I say no (e.g., conference talk invites, ‘pick my brain’ invitations, jury solicitations), I immediately add my regret to the No List. I nurture this growing list of no-things, adding category data like dates events would have happened, themes, and date turned down.

Too much yes, I quickly found, is unsustainable and unhealthy. What could I make from no? So I started a list. Instances of saying no… Suddenly, I’m making list of cities not seen, airplanes not embarked, and time saved, rather than time taken away. Several months later, I have a made a substantial something. It’s how I’ve marked time.

To keep a No List means simply writing down any time you say “no” to something. By tracking everything you decline, you are not only saving time by focusing your efforts on the most important things, you’re also refocusing your attention onto the things you’re truly passionate about.


GAEA Oil and Vinegar

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Derrick Lin | Filed under: Europe, Greece, Sauces & Oil | Comments Off

Creative Agency: mousegraphics
Location: Greece
Project type: Produced, Commercial work

The Briefing (In Brief): “We need a special oil & vinegar gift-packaging designed for the Chinese market.”

The target consumer: People who visit China for tourist or business reasons and wish to offer an elegant gift, indicative of Greek origins and culture. Consumers, in the Chinese market, who wish to share or try a sample of Greek oil and vinegar available in a desirable, collectible package. All those who wish to try the GAEA products.

The design: Chinese consumers appreciate Greek olive and grape products and we decided to design this gift version of the Gaea brand, as a set of, essential, small in size and precious in character, offerings. We used glass, non transparent, 100 ml, easy to be hand-held, bottles. We created individual carton boxes for the oil and vinegar bottles as well as a special twin set version which accomodates both, in a high-quality perfume-like case. The austere black and white color palette, the abstracted shape of the olive and grape fruits, in a yin-yang kind of balance, and a typography which addresses both the Western typeface and the Chinese ideograms, complete our approach. The result is an object, and a corresponding image, familiar to the Asian aesthetic and yet distinguished by its original contents and design specifics; a packaging that refers both, to ancient rituals and contemporary needs.

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10 Projects You Shouldn’t Miss In September

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: Derrick Lin | Filed under: Best Rated, Top 10 | Comments Off

September has some of the most exciting and inspiring projects featured here on Packaging of the World. Here are 10 creative packaging projects that has the highest posts views, social shares, social likes and people reached.

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