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Update: We’re still fighting deadlines (and not really shopping and barely breathing) but Society6 promotions are still on: follow the link to our store for 20% off + free shipping (till Dec 4). Should you feel so inclined, why don’t you visit . Posters make awesome holiday gifts, wink wink. Otherwise, just enjoy the illustration above.

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Today we’re sharing another tribute on the sad occasion of Leonard Cohen’s death. We have great admiration for Cohen’s lyrical skill and many favorites among his songs. Of those we picked eight, for which we drew still life illustrations/interpretations and arranged them into the poster.

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In case they are difficult to read, from top to bottom and left to right these are: 1. Suzanne  2. The Stranger Song  3. Famous Blue Raincoat  4. Let’s Sing Another Song, Boys  5. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy  6. Chelsea Hotel #2  7. Hallelujah  8. Closing Time.


 

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As illustrated above, we spent the weekend with a sore throat and a bunch of more or less medically aproved methods to get over it. So far, the success has been, at most, partial. Hopefully, we’re be back on our feet by the next weekend. Until then, stay healthy.

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Today we’re sharing a classic from our library, Saul Bass’s Henri’s Walk to Paris. You probably know Saul Bass from either his logo designs, movie posters or his iconic title sequences he created with his wife, Elaine. Those sequences remain a lasting legacy and have been revered, pastiched and parodied. As can be expected, we’re huge fans of  Bass and of his bon mot “Design is thinking made visual.” It sure should be.

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The book we’re showing today is a slightly less known work: Bass’s only children’s book. Bass’s illustration style, well-known from his posters, is quite recognizable with its vivid, flat colors and cutout shapes. This style is also quite remarkable for how it seems to anticipate the prevalent style of today’s vector illustrations with their, you guessed it, flat colors and geometric shapes.

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But Henri’s Walk is truly a designer’s work, rather than just an illustrator’s (lovely as the illustrations are). It makes a smart use of page layout and typography in a way which is intriguing and playful (see e.g. the ingenious ideas on how not to show the characters’ faces to make the story more general). Both images and the text itself tells a story that delights and makes you wonder. And, of course, the colors are simply gorgeous.

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Henri’s little house in his little town. The town of Reboul seems lovely.

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The park with five trees and one squirrel.

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Most of the people of Reboul plus one cow.

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Controversial as it might be (providing you care about any of the following: literature, music, Bob Dylan, Nobel Prize, songwriting, Sweden), at re:design we are very, very happy that Bob Dylan got awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. We’ve been Dylan fans pretty much forever (well, a half of us more than the other half, probably) and this win feels like Christmas come early (without gifts but still).

To celebrate this fact we have created a tribute poster depicting various iconic looks of Dylan. Sure, we could’ve (and will, eventually) celebrated his words because they are gorgeous but this was fairly short-notice, as we’d never expected such news, and also, well, fun. Enjoy.

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Every now and then our son goes through book phases when he gets very excited about looking through picture books. We’ve got a ton of those books but not all of them are great to look at. And so to celebrate J’s birthday we filled one of the not-so-pretty books with custom illustrations showing J and some of his toys.

It was a fairly quick side project but it was a lot of fun and it got a semi-appreciative audience because J was quite excited to recognize the toys he’s playing with in the pictures.

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From sketch to page. (A form of J’s name is a homophone with the Polish word for a hedgehog and so we have all sorts of toy hedgehogs at home.)

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An underwater page with various bath toys.

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Nothing is more fun than IKEA rats.

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Fun in the playground.

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