As we’ve been long-standing fans of Lou Reed the news of his death last Sunday saddened us deeply. Today we wanted to do something in his honor and even though we realize it can’t truly be adequate, we celebrate his wonderful work in this Transformer poster where each song is represented with an icon.
We’ve been insanely busy for the last week so today we’re only showing you a sneak peek of three illustrations that happened as a last-minute request. These are fragments of stories we made up for three well-known and well-loved figures. We’ll show you the whole pieces in near(ish) future.
As you may or may not have gleaned we at re:design are huge dog lovers. As we’re not alone in that sentiment and pop culture is full of beloved dogs, our today’s poster honors them in retro 8-bit aesthetics. Can you guess which dogs made it to the poster? Well, if you can’t they’re signed in the bottom of the poster (name, source and breed).
A few close-ups (signed below):
Enlarged dogs above as follows: 04 Pluto (Disney), 07 Dogmatix (The Adventures of Asterix), 08 Beethoven (Beethoven), 12 Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo), 14 Dino (The Flinstones), 24 Huckleberry Hound (The Huckleberry Hound Show). The opening image is, of course, Krypto from Superman.
If you happen to like the poster, you may own it, either from Society6 (where we’re now starting) or The Bazaar. All proceeds will probably go to supporting independent font designers when we buy their fonts so, you know, a good deed there.
And this is the full list of the dogs: 01 name: Krypto / known from: Superman / breed: Kryptonian Terrier 02 Grey Wind | Ghost | Nymeria | Shaggydog | Summer | Lady / A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) / Direwolf 03 Brian / Family Guy / undetermined 04 Pluto / Disney / Bloodhound 05 Gromit / Wallace and Gromit / Beagle 06 Fluffy / Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Cerberus 07 Dogmatix (Idéfix) / The Adventures of Asterix / Gallic Westie 08 Beethoven / Beethoven / St. Bernard’s Dog 09 Snowy / The Adventures of Tintin / Wire Fox Terrier 10 Astro / The Jetsons / Great Dane 11 Droopy / Droopy, Master Detective / Basset Hound 12 Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 13 Scrappy-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 14 Dino / The Flinstones / Snorkasaurus 15 Bolt / Bolt / White German Shephard 16 Lassie / Lassie / Rough Collie 17 Odie / Garfield / Beagle 18 The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Hound of the Baskervilles / Hound
19 Sparky / Frankenweenie / Bull Terrier 20 Toto / The Wizard of Oz / Cairn Terrier 21 Snoopy / Peanuts / Beagle 22 The Little Dog | The Big Dog / 2 Stupid Dogs / Dachshund | Old English Sheepdog 23 Lady | Tramp / Lady and the Tramp / Cocker Spaniel | mutt 24 Huckleberry Hound / The Huckleberry Hound Show / Coonhound 25 Dogbert / Dilbert / Beagle 26 Santa’s Little Helper / The Simpsons / Greyhound 27 Jake the Dog / Adventure Time / Pug 28 Lucky, let’s say / 101 Dalmatians / Dalmatian 29 Milo / The Mask / Jack Russell Terrier 30 Rover / Windows XP / Digital Retriever
Did you miss us? We’re back from our awesome trip to Paris, where we loved absolutely everything (even the crazy rain and swarms of tourists and that waiter that laughed at my French). One of the things we loved the most, though, were Parisian librairies (or bookstores, if we’re not being pretentious). We visited tens of them and bought so many books that we seriously worried about excess baggage. Here’s a few of our purchases, limited to those more Paris-related.
We fell in love with these two books of watercolors by Fabrice Morieau, Paris Sketchbook and Gardens of Paris: they are better than any photo album at capturing that charm of Paris (which we didn’t find overhyped at all).
A view of Paris with our beloved Notre-Dame in the distance.
La Defence, which we visited towards the end and that’s why it probably made an even greater impression after ten days of 19th century tenant houses all around. We wouldn’t like to live there, but with a good weather and for a short time that modernism certainly works.
Parisian parks are very orderly. We’re used to a little wilder ones.
The Louvre is definitely one of our favorite places in Paris.
But Notre-Dame is probably the favorite one.
We lived in a charming little apartment nearby fashionable Canal St-Martin (though, I think, in the less fashionable part of the area), just next door to a great boulangerie.
Surprisingly enough, the Père Lachaise Cemetery was one of the most charming places we visited during the whole stay.
Parisians are obsessed with greenery: parks, garden, window pots, you name it, it’s all there and it looks amazing.
These series of books illustrated by Sarah McMenemy presents Paris in general, the Louvre and Versailles as small pop-ups with all the important monuments. Even before we found the watercolor albums, we bought these as a personal souvenir of all the wonders of the city.
We actually did not climb the Eiffel Tour (again), seeing the insane lines beneath it. It’s shaping up to be our thing, apparently, because we did a similar thing last time (then it was wind that deterred us).
This was a spontaneous purchase because the sheer practicality of the idea surprised us so much: this book is a list of free, allegedly tested toilets around Paris. We didn’t need to try out the suggestions but the books seems knowledgeable and actually well-designed, complete with the appropriate yellow Pantone.
Paris is full of brilliant, small artsy books. They are like student diplomas, only published. Miss Lisa by Delphine Perret (who is probably not a student, but we don’t really know) is a story of Mona Lisa, who gets bored, leaves the painting and starts a new life. We bought it both for humor and illustrations.
We spent most time in children sections of bookstores because of all the fascinating printing techniques employed for the books and here are two examples (not so much Parisian but at least French). Ma Petite Savane by Xavier Deneux is like those books for two-year-olds printed on cardboard so you can’t tear out pages. But these pages have raised and lowered parts on two pages of a spread, which combine intelligently.
Finally, Après l’été by Lucie Félix tells a charming story of a girl’s orchard in autumn, employing intelligently designed die-cuts. Great part about both this and the previous book is how the fancy techniques tell the story, not just increase production costs.
We remember that we’ve got wedding invitations to show you but as tomorrow is my 30th birthday, we’ve created a little poster to celebrate this weighty and overwhelming occasion. Instead of focusing on the past the poster illustrates 30 (of all the) things I’ve yet to learn in the future.
This was an opportunity to use a style of illustration we developed for a book that never came through so even though it took more time than we had expected, we enjoyed working on the poster.
This is a sneak peek at a cover illustration we are currently working on. It’s in very initial stages and might be dropped completely but as we spent quite a part of Saturday on it, we thought we’d at least share the result with you.
that can irritate the hell out of you when they happen but in the illustrated form like this they make your day.
Thoka Maer, an illustrator from Berlin, has tumblr called it’s no biggie with an ongoing project of wonderful, whimsical illustrations. All of them are animated as stop-motion loops of sometimes real, sometimes surreal small graphic observations. The longer you look at them the more you appreciate their subtle humor and, dare we say, philosophical outlook that result directly from the choice of medium. We rarely notice all the daily loops but there they are.
Since we’ve been insanely busy and didn’t manage to prepare a post of our own work we leave you with a few of our favorite no biggies and recommend that you see the rest.
Today looked exactly like this:
I hate when people read over my shoulder on public transport. But I look over other people’s shoulders myself, so yeah.
Today’s post is not only late but also sketchy because we spent the weekend in Warsaw enjoying ourselves. We went to see Mark Rothko’s exhibition, which looked something like this:
only more colorful and less like a rug. Then we took part in a guided walk in the Old Town, which was full of medieval prostitutes and hangmen and even mermaids. Even if these were only members of the Friends of Warsaw Society, they looked impressive.