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The Smallest Business Cards Ever

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 220c, business card, Business Cards, crane lettra, custom diecut, diecut, flo white, letterpess, small, Wax | Comments Off

Designed by Calgary based design studio Wax, these cards for a small business bookkeeper are quite possibly the smallest thing we’ve ever produced. Measuring out at a compact 1″ x .6,” the cards were so petit we were unable to trim these down using our paper cutter (there simply wasn’t anywhere to hold onto them) so a custom made 8up die was used. Printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 220c with one ink on both sides.

We photographed them with some firecrackers we had laying around the studio (what? don’t you have firecrackers on your desk?) to give you a better sense of their  size.

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The perils of summer

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Eliza Williams | Filed under: Advertising | Comments Off

What better way to start the weekend than with a hilarious advert? Behold Dads in Briefs, a new campaign for BGH Air Conditioners from Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi in Argentina, which spells out why keeping your home cool is a good idea...

There are three ads in the campaign. The first, illustrates the problem in detail....

While two shorter spots hone in on specifics:

Agency: Del Camp Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi
ECDs: Maxi Itzkoff, Mariano Serkin
Creative directors: Ariel Serkin, Juan Pablo Lufranco
Creatives: Ezequiel De Luca, Nicolas Diaco
Production company: Primo
Directors: Nico & Martin


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Tim Boelaars

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: BOB | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off Iconic work byTim Boelaars.

Via CRBlog

The Weekender

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


The first rule about The Weekender: you do not talk about The Weekender. The second rule: you DO NOT talk about The Weekender. Third: If someone says stop, goes limp or taps out, The Weekender is over. Only one Weekender at a time, no shirts, no shoes. The Weekender will go on as long as it has to. If this is your fist Weekender, you have to chuckle… (Read more)

Anna Carpen: Drunk Windmills

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Godfather of the Surrealists Andre Breton famously said: “The man that cannot visualise a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot,” but old Andre lived in a pre-app world. Now if you want to see, for example, drunk windmills flying through the sky, hiccuping and trying to dodge more booze then you probably can. Anna Carpen has a dream to make this app a reality and released this short cllp to show us what it might look like. Like all the best ideas it has the whiff of a pub conversation about it, and we’re definitely on board. Now let’s make it a reality!


Big Rethink 2012: Think Visually Studios

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


At yesterday’s Big Rethink conference it was hard to tear my attention away from the live scribing long enough to concentrate on the speakers. That’s no reflection on the excellent line-up, but rather a measure of how fascinating the hand-drawn account of the day from Think Visually Studios was. Reducing complex and often quite nebulous concepts to quirky, direct and interesting illustrations is tricky enough – doing it in real time is insanely impressive. The company also does nice animated videos like this to help get round the inevitable “you had to be there” angle.


Big Rethink2012: XiuSolutions – Smart Mirror/ Toothbush

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Yesterday we were delighted to be invited along to The Economist’s Big Rethink conference where big ideas flowed as freely as the complementary coffee. One slide that particularly piqued my interest came from futurologist Anne Lise Kjaer who talked about technology’s role to improve our lives through very practical ways. This Smart Mirror/Toothbrush links up the motion of your brushing with a 3D animation to show which bits of your mouth you’ve dealt with properly. It’s a couple of years old and the video is a bit cheesy but the product at the heart of it is really intriguing.


Copy Paste Character

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Alex Moshakis | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Over the past few years, graphic designers Konst and Teknik, in collaboration with Martin Ström, have been on the look-out for little-used typographic characters. Their search has culminated in Copy Paste Character, an online resource full-to-bursting with good-looking glyphs, all of which are available for our use. Sure, words are cool – the way they work together to provide meaning, etc. – but sentences look much, much better with added ✌’s, ✔’s and ✎’s.


Noma Bar: Wallpaper* Global Design Covers

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Charlotte Simmonds | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Out yesterday was Wallpaper* Magazine’s global design issue, and Noma Bar has whipped up these excellent covers that cleverly combine illustrative mural with featured products. Bar’s colourful 2D graphics often play with illusion and perspective, and for this project he’s taken things to the next dimension, building 3D environments full of witty visual puns like lamps for eyes or candles for teeth. With each cover portraying an iconic image from eight selected countries, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable tribute to the infinite possibilities of interior design. (Read more)


A magazine that’s also a bookmark

Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Emma Tucker | Filed under: Magazine / Newspaper | Comments Off

Fallon in London has launched a new magazine project that accepts submissions of writing and illustration online, and then picks the ten best to be included in a print magazine, that comes in quite an unusual format...

Over at dogear.co.uk, Fallon curates the 30 best submittied pieces, selecting a further ten out of those to be published. The magazine is free, and can be found hiding in libraries and independent bookshops across London.

The magazine folds up, concertina-style, into something small enough to fit inside a book, so it can double as a bookmark.

Submissions for Dog Ear can be sent in to dogear.co.uk