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We spent a half of this weekend photographing ash and a half – uncharacteristically – socializing so that didn’t leave a lot of time for the post. But we can actually show you something related: an image from the cover of the card we made for our friends M and O, who celebrated their marriage on Saturday.

It plays on a monogram we designed for their wedding invitation (to be shown some time in the future). We constructed the monogram out of two kinds of paper, giving it a more three-dimensional look. It’s got a bit of a DIY quality but we actually liked that because the invitation is very different in that respect.

ucq-redesign_0016A while ago we had the pleasure of seeing our pixel dogs published in UC.Quarterly and this time the cats joined them. Once again we happily received an authors’ copy that let us enjoy many exciting design projects from around the world and the internet. If this sounds like something you’re into, here‘s more information.

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We were toying with the idea of a paper diorama for a while but didn’t have a project to try it on. However, our holiday cards are often a great place to test new ideas. Now, a paper diorama by re:design comes in the following stages.

1. You roughly sketch the ideas. 2. You pick out appropriate paper. 3. You cut out the shapes with a knife and a pair of surgical scissors, listening to Treasure Island on LibriVox (seriously, LibriVox is cool). Also, you forget to document these stages. 4. You throw away all the extra birds and daffodils that you cut out with excessive enthusiasm.

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5. Now the main thing about diorama is that it has layers. Otherwise it’d be just a cutout. So then you come up with ideas of how to make those layers if you didn’t plan it sufficiently before cutting the shapes out. In the end you use books and Lego pieces (Lego has so many uses in our household. You’ve no idea.). And also bluetack, another indispensable tool.  At first we vaguely planned to make a vertical diorama but it turned out to be too time-consuming for Saturday before Easter with a half of the house not yet cleaned and the family already arriving for Easter stay.

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6. You shoot. You edit. You post. Voilà.

And here’s how arranging the shoot looks like:

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In case the foxes have you puzzled, they were a nod to our last year’s card.

re-ucq-02We got lovely post this week: an author copy of UC.Quarterly, a publication by Under Consideration. To our joy, Dog Days poster appeared on Quipsologies a while ago and then made it to the publication which “features 48 of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects from across our blogs” (their words, not ours).

The magazine has a pretty charming zine quality, with newspaper-thin paper and rubber binding (except, of course, it’s better designed than most zines) and our poster looks like this:

re-ucq-01Here are a few more images, more at the link above, should you be interested.

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