Monday, December 22, 2008
Mel's an incredible designer and the spreads she does for blanket are always some of my favourite. And now, with her blog, she gets to really show off her artsy, crafty skills as well! It's a great blog full of inspiration, cool things Mel has found and her own beautiful art on display.
I especially liked her summary of The Dieline, which is one of my favourite blogs ever and a constant inspiration in my work as a packaging designer!
Also, check out Mel's OTHER talent at Nushka Dolls, incredible Russian Babushka dolls that Mel handpaints...and sells! I love them so much and am always ducking back to this site to see the new little ladies she might have popped on there...I love alina!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
And speaking of Shillington College... they are about to open their new Manchester College!
Not only is Shillington College a great supporter of Blanket Magazine but most of the designers working on Blanket either teach or were students at Shillington College (including me!) - and I think you will all agree that we know a little about design!So if you are interested in a career in Graphic Design then why not go to the Open Day and check them out!
Thursday 4th December (tonight!) and Friday 5th December
6pm at Level 5, No 1 Portland Street, Manchester.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Books are such an amazing medium for and inspiration to design, so being able to hit one blog and see so many beautiful tomes is such a pleasure!
In this blog by Julia Rothman you can see amazing children's books, art & design books, handmade books & much much more. Julia usually also posts the story of the book design or where she found it.
Judge this blog by it's cover...it's lovely!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Oh Aaron Ruff from Digby & Iona, can I please be you when I grow up? Just like you, I will work in my glass encased studio creating mystical, quirky jewellery that makes other people think of far away lands, strange adventures and dreaming...
Hmmm, I may have to just settle for interviewing you in the December "Past & Present" issue of Blanket and haunting your brand new website. I see that you deliver to ALL international destinations...how marvellous. Maybe it's because it's Movember and all I see lately are gentleman sporting grandiose lip ticklers, but I want one of the Phileas Fogg necklaces so, so badly.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
In honour of our fearless leader and editor Bec flying out today to start her new life in Manchester, I thought I would post some of her glorious artwork.
Now, this is some of her younger work, but I think you'll agree that she shows a natural flair for colour palettes, alignment, hierachy and general aesthetics (and spelling!)
If you want to see more kid art from blanket artists, look out for our "Drawings you did, as a kid" spread in the "Past and Present" issue of blanket, out December 1st. We're looking forward to many broccoli trees, smiling suns and surfing pirates!
Safe journey Bec, Manchester is going to be inspired by you!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Or 3000. Or 2000. Depends where you live and therefore what you want to know about your city.
But what you SHOULD know about these cool weekly snapshots of Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney culture (get it, it's to do with postcodes! yes, someone else had to explain that to me...), is that they are BRILLIANT.
Get info about beautiful places to eat, shop, drink or watch other people who are very talented at music, art or similar. Discover things you didn't know about your very own backyard. Enter competitions and win cool things. And generally just feel better about how involved you are in the subculture of your town.
Subscribe to the one that suits you (in preparation for a trip to Melbourne at the end of the year I am subscribed to Brisbane's 4000 and Melbourne's 3000. I am so hip on everything now) and it will be delivered to your inbox on Thursdays, just in time to plan the weekend.
Melbourne: threethousand.com.auBrisbane: fourthousand.com.au
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In our last issue you might have noticed that David Self (our web_sights writer) was travelling through America on his magical mystery tour. Well, he's back now...and he bought PRESENTS!
Here's mine. It's tiny, it's white and it's from New York baby! He's (it's?) called a Mini Munny and he's a blank canvas for all your wildest drawings dreams to come true upon.
It actually seems to be a pretty big phenomenon in the US, with the Munny website (where you can buy your blank Munny and then display him, talk about him with other Munny aficionados and even download clothing patterns should you want to dress your Munny up for that special occassion) showing that amazing artists like Tara McPherson have put their stamp on the little man/thing...
So, I am debating how to work my magic on him. I have an obsession with enormous circus ringleader-esque moustaches at the moment (and who doesn't?), so that's a pretty good start. Sharpie at the ready...