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Every now and then, not too often, we share with you a boardgame from our probably-too-large collection. We pick them entirely for designery reasons, not for how much fun the game brings us (for instance our all time favorite game, Mousquetaires du Roy, has typography that burns your eyes out). This time it’s a game Skull that R got for his birthday last week from our friends.

It’s seemingly a simple bidding game whose only components are six sets of token (no board, so I guess it’s more of a token-game?), each set including three flower tokens and one skull token. The illustrations are quite lovely, unified but different across the sets so that each skull relates (vaguely or not) to a different culture. There is a lot of careful ornamentation, detail and a tasteful use of color.

The box.

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Contents the box.

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Viking (?) set, immediately picked by a Vikings fan in our group (hi, Z).

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A Mexican set, possibly the prettiest in the game.

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The backs with their ornaments. See what I mean about the color?

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All the flowers in the game, as behooves the springtime that’s arrived.

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I’m still not sure we played the game right the one time we managed to try it so far but it sure is one of the better designed among the ones we own.

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Today we finish the series on superheroic icons by presenting the other side of the coin, that side being supervillains. And they were awesome to design because of their ridiculous, over-the-top costumes.

In case you missed it, here are the previous installments: superheroes and X-Men.

Villainous Icons by re:

As promised last week when we presented a motley of iconic superheroes, today comes the time for the coolest, badass-est of them all, the X-Men (a personal opinion; yet true). Since they’re so awesome, they get a whole separate post.

Just to disclaim, again we had to make decisions about the choice of characters and even the form of names to put into signatures and we realize that they might be controversial for fans and utterly, completely, incredibly irrelevant to everyone else, so, just saying.

We still have a bunch of evil guys to share in the future, for those of you who wondered.

The launch of Avengers has us excited: we haven’t seen it yet and trailers left us with misgivings but Joss Whedon combined with superheroes is something to look forward to.

Now, since the previous sentence has stripped us of all appearances of non-geekiness – should you still imagine them – we may carelessly present our newest icon set: superheroes styled like the evergreen AIGA classic icons.

This may sound repetitive but it was so much fun to work on.

Just a matter of explanation (probably an extremely irrelevant one but, just for the fellow geeks out there): we had to make somewhat arbitrary decisions about the names, especially in the DC universe where one superhero tends to have many names. When in doubt we trusted this site. And yes, we just said DC universe.

So, without further babble, we present modernist superhero icons.

You might wonder why there are no X-Men (or you might not, but I sure would). Here’s why: since X-Men are the coolest superheroes ever, we’ve devoted a whole separate post to them. Stay tuned.

First, thanks for all the interest in our recent TV shows posters and all the nice reactions. In the future we plan to expand this project but today it’s a different set of posters.

Even though we’re not exactly a target group, we loved Tangled and it reminded us of all those older Disney animations we were brought up on. So today we present our tribute: simple posters for 20 classic Disney movies. Again, it was so much fun.

And, should you be interested, the posters are available here.

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Pinocchio (1940)

Fantasia (1940)

Bambi (1942)

Cinderella (1950)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Peter Pan (1953)

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Jungle Book (1967)

Robin Hood (1973)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Mulan (1998)

Tangled (2010)

(Obviously this is fan work and we don’t own either Disney or its titles.)

P.S. And here a poster for Brave.

Last time we confessed our love for TV shows and today, celebrating the return of one of our favorites for season two (we won’t say the name not to spoil the riddle but you know which one we mean, of course), a post combining our two loves: shows and icons.

Below a set of 15 shows each presented through three icons for your guessing pleasure. We realize that most of these are ridiculously easy if you’re a TV-maniac (and possibly very difficult if you’re not, who knows) but boy, were they fun to work on. (And yes, we’ve seen all these shows, at least a couple of episodes but often quite a lot of them.)

Under each poster there is an answer in white: you have to highlight it to read.

New! Now we’re selling the posters here.

Friends

Mad Men

Game of Thrones (yes, it’s back tomorrow)

Sex and the City

House MD

Californication

Parks and Recreation

Daria

True Blood

Once Upon a Time

Dexter

Veronica Mars

Greek (though I get why many people think it’s Big Bang Theory)

Lost

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Edit. We’re very happy and honored to have been Freshly Pressed. Sorry we can’t answer to all the comments but we appreciate all of them and all the likes: it’s very motivating.

New developments: Iconic Painters, part one, two and three.

This will hardly count as news because we’ve only discovered the first season of this great entertaining show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist while the second is already on but entertaining it is. Episode three involved a design task which we consider worth mentioning, especially because of its overall uplifting conclusion.
If you don’t know, Work of Art is a reality show about artists trying to make it through a series of timed tasks – sort of like the shows about fashion designers and cooks, only fun. And for one of the tasks the sculptors, painters, performers and a waitress were supposed to design a book cover for a Penguin classic. (Note: sorry for bad quality screenshots.)

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