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Scratch Travel

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The Scratch Map is nice new take on the tradition of marking travel on a map with pins. No pins necessary here, just a coin to scratch off foil over the countries, cities or states where you’ve travelled. Each map – whether of the world, the UK, US, or Europe – comes as a non-descript grey or brown poster. Scratch off a country you’ve been to, and lovely new colors are revealed, resulting in unique, personalized maps showing your travel bug.

Scientific Ice Cream

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We are always eager to try new kinds of ice cream – whether hand-churned or made laboratory-style via liquid nitrogen methods. The Fabulous Frozen Factory in Mexico’s San Pedro Garza García recently opened (cart shown above) with a carnival-lab design, complete with bright pastel stand mixers attached to liquid nitrogen tubes, so visitors can stand by and watch their treats be made. Similarly, at LA’s new Ice Cream Lab, each scoop is made to order using liquid nitrogen techniques, with flavors like Salt Lick Crunch – organic vanilla ice cream mixed with pretzels, caramel, and topped with sea salt.

Type City

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For typography-obsessed New Yorkers and visitors who wander the city distracted by the wondrous layers of old and new type on offer, you can share your finds and browse other’s at NYC_Type. A terrific aggregate of user-generated shots of hand-lettered, painted, imprinted, etc lettering that inhabits the city, the site is a great twist on exploring the city through it’s written words.

Food, Halved

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Food stylist Charlotte Omnès’ and photographer Beth Galton’s series “Cut Food” simultaneously makes us hungry and intrigued. The pair took several contrast-heavy foods, and played up their graphic shapes, colors and forms by cutting each in half, then photographing them on a stark black background. All are immediately recognizable, like deviled eggs, cans of soup and corn dogs, but the styling and compositions show the ordinary foods in a whole new light.

Weekly Cartooning

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New Yorker cartoons have always been a great, reliably witty take on the form, rounding out each magazine with their humor. Many of us have come to know the cartoonists by their idiosyncratic styles, so it’s welcome news to see this Kickstarter campaign for “Very Semi-Serious,” a new documentary that goes behind the scenes of the New Yorker’s cartoon department. Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo’s film will show us the characters behind the cartoons, and the process involved in both the creation of each simple, sophisticated sketch and how the chosen few make it into the final magazine. Only a few days left to support!

Superformula

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A wonderfully genius collaboration between Warner Bros and JWT Brazil, children’s chemotherapy bags were re-branded as “Superformula.” To help introduce kids with leukemia to the concept of the treatment, Warner Bros sketch artists created entire comic book stories that emulate the kids’ own cancer fight, with the superformula as the solution. A simple protective case with superhero logos was devised to cover treatment bags, and kids are given the comics to read and understand the process. Check out the heartwarming video explaining the project.

Fletcher Archive

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The influential and expansive work of Alan Fletcher was recently made available in an online archive, documenting and categorizing his span of 50+ years of work, including his years as a student. Fletcher is known for “reinvigorating British post-war design,” with terrific corporate identity and book work, and as a co-founder of Pentagram in London. The archive breaks down his work by agency and years, and additionally into “Context,” “Subject,” “Genre,” and “Client.” Collages, illustrations, typography, objects, pictures and writing are all included.

Garden Reading

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For a workshop for Ministry Street Stories, a nonprofit aiming to inspire kids through creative writing, Burgess Studio developed a lovely new format for mesostic poems (in which a vertical phrase combines with lines of horizontal text). In a workshop at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, local children in East London developed their mesostic poems, with help from writers and poets. Their creations were then assembled into colorful little garden signs, and displayed in St Mary’s Secret Garden.

Bursting Florals

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Singaporean photographer Qi Wei Fong does what may be unthinkable to some – disassembling beautiful, blooming flowers. What’s incredible is how Fong then takes every individual petal, piece and bud, and re-assembles them into gorgeous new renditions of their prior floral forms. Maintaining the radiating structure, he carefully arranges petals around their core, against bright white backgrounds, creating full, expressive, bursting photographs.

Colorful Characters

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Belgium artist and illustrator Oli B brightened our day with his wonderful, colorful characters and installations. He paints on canvas – but also on walls, storefront covers, mail boxes and more, all with his brightly animated, amorphous drooping forms that come together to create surreal, imaginative landscapes. Olga, his lacquered wooden cabinet (above), is one of his characters come to life, with doors that open and drawers that pull out.

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