One of the Graphic Design greats, Vaughan Oliver (1957-2019), and one of my favourites has sadly passed away. Mostly known for his distinctive visual style for the record label 4AD between 1982 and 1998 and for bands such as Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, Lush etc. The Guardian said his designs were “abstract, dreamlike, elegant”. Rest in peace Vaughan.


The Canadian branch of the Swedish furniture tycoon teamed up with Toronto-based marketing company Leo Burnett to create Cook This Page, an ingenious set of illustrated recipes which they unveiled at a recent IKEA Canada kitchen event. Each one displays drawings of the ingredients needed, and the prospective chef just has to fill in the blanks. The best part? They’re all printed on parchment paper using food-safe ink, so once everything is in place, the page can be rolled up and tossed in the oven.



Three design students created the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which aims to raise awareness about rising water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanization. Water was taken from 100 different water sources in Taiwan and turned into frozen toxic popsicles before Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of Arts recreated them using transparent polyester resin. They even made wrappers for them that represented the different regions from which the polluted water samples were taken. While the trash in the water was varied, about 90 percent of it was plastic, and the popsicles contain everything from bottle caps and plastic bags to bottles and chopstick wrappers. (via Bored Panda)



Brighton-based illustrator Steven Wilson is behind the artwork for the new HG Wells series from Vintage Classics. According to the design department’s CMYK blog, Wells’ The Time Machine is also the latest addition to its 3D list of titles – which includes six Aldous Huxley novels with covers by La Boca – and comes with glasses supplied. All four editions are out now. (via Creative Review)


Gotta love this.




Based in New Orleans, performance artist Heather Hansen specializes in ‘kinetic drawing’, a technique that uses her entire body to create large scale drawings on paper. Treating her body just like a paint brush, she creates amazing symmetrical shapes and patterns by tracing her body movements with charcoal. According to My Moder Met, her expressive dance-art works are being shown in a group exhibition titled ‘The Value of a Line’ at The Ochi Gallery in Idaho. The exhibition will run through to 31 March 2014. (via Design Taxi)

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UK-based illustrator and self-professed procrastinator Lee Crutchley empathizes with those who find it hard to get started on things—thus, he decided to create a book to help overcome this problem. Entitled ‘The Art of Getting Started’, the simple but helpful guidebook contains enjoyable hands-on activities and inspirational quotes and tips, to get your creative juices flowing. ‘The Art of Getting Started’ is available on Amazon. (via Design Taxi)

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Reddit user BritishRacingGreen and his girlfriend dressed up as shiny, plastic green army men complete with homemade telephone box, toy pistol and bazooka props, roaming the city and posing with people for photos. Their elaborate getup was the result of hours of meticulous preparation, which included coating their clothes and props in primer and spray painting them green, and applying green makeup to their skin. A staggering eight cans of primer and nearly six cans of paint were used for BritishRacingGreen’s suit alone, and donning it wasn’t without its discomforts. “(My suit) was so stiff that it was hilarious trying to get our shoes on. I didn’t realize until the end of the night that my arms were totally cut up on the inside from bending my arm. (via Design Taxi) Gotta love this!

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