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A Parallel World of Learning

The House of Fairy Tales uses the narrative scope of fairy tales to create a magical and transformative learning experiences for young people of all ages and their families. Established by artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk the projects focus on nurturing a child’s imagination in parallel worlds where play and education are interchangeable.  They believe fairy tales are a perfect vehicle for educational principles and can act as moral barometers since they contain an array of complex emotions.
Among fairytale’s believers is Albert Einstein who once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Virtual Periodicals

One of our favorite design resource magazines is finally going digital. Creative Review just released an IPad app, which looks to be as fun to flip through and peruse as the tangible form. While the app will share some content with the printed mag, the content will be presented to highlight the interactive touchscreen form of the tablet. In other tablet magazine news, Next Issue, a new app for tablets (not yet out on the IPad) allows for several subscriptions to top magazines, allowing users to keep everything in one tidy reading spot.

Supporting Education

The Alphabet Foundation is an inspiring organization whose mission is to “bring the most basic of human rights – an education – to the poor, underprivileged and orphaned children of the world.” Plus, their cause is supported by a great, well-designed website, with pages for each letter of the alphabet.

Art on the Road

Taylor Holland proves that bicycle rides can give you a whole new view of the road. His new book, Eurobus is a wonderful tour of the graphic artwork painted on sides of buses. Shot while on bicycle commutes in Paris in Spring of 2011, Holland’s images focus on the interesting and dynamically painted areas of each bus, omitting details and making each a new work of art. He dedicates the book to the graphic designers, “who have embraced an underappreciated art space and made it their own.”

(Via Eye)

B is for…

We recently came across a lovely collection of letters via the 1973 Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers by Elsie Svennas. The book is unfortunately out-of-print, but a pdf is available to peruse and gather inspiration from.

(Via Present&Correct)

A Taste of Yellow

This confection was created as a response to a quirky promotional challenge put out by Yellow (New Zealand’s Yellow Pages) to create the first yellow chocolate bar. Yellow’s stipulation was that the entire product must be made using companies sourced only from Yellow’s books, website or mobile app. Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí also dabbled in design for food when he created the logo for the Chupa Chups lollipop in 1969  – the same appealing rendition of a daisy that the company uses today.

Objectified Type

We’ve seen some inventive re-purposing of objects into other things, but illustrator and typologist Viktor Koen takes a unique approach to found objects. Koen collects bits and parts of imagery, and re-builds them into alphabets. He obsessively takes and collects photos – of toys, armor, fish, etc – and craftily constructs beautifully collaged letters from the scavenged parts. His work is currently on view in “Metamorphabets” at the Type Director’s Club through April 30.

Iceland’s Design Innovators

This weekend saw the conclusion of Iceland’s annual design event DesignMarch. The four day festival was a celebration of the creative and resourceful individuals who have helped Icelandic design grow from its craft-based roots and into a thoroughly modern, fundamental industry. Much like the nation, Iceland’s design tradition is very young – its term for design, hönnun, only came about in the 1950s. The lack of tradition has proved to be an advantage, however, ensuring freedom, innovation and creativity. This residential building set into the captivating Icelandic landscape was designed by Studio Granda Architects.

One of Iceland’s most famous talents is Björk, whose newest release Biophilia is the world’s “first app album” created in collaboration with Apple. Accompanying each song on the album is an interactive iPad apps made by a leading programmers and designers.

Type of Old

In these digital days, this graphic poster makes us reminisce for old typography techniques, and the days of setting type with Letrasets.

Irish Dancing Shoes

This Saint Patrick’s day it’s only fitting to highlight the country’s rich design talent as we celebrate!

Dublin was recently a nominee for World Design Capital 2014 structured around the themes – Connecting Cities, Making Cities Lighter, Making Cities Flow and Making Cities Smile. The website produced for the effort, Pivot Dublin, also features a well done blog highlighting Irish design, as well as other resources.

( Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha, daughter of John Rocha, created these gorgeous shoes)


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