An Escape kit is a ticket from job to job in the industry I work in. Join me on my journey to find work that I wish I put in my kit and share the work you put in yours.
Better With Flowers
Brazilian illustrator and designer Antonio Rodrigues Jr has spelled out several offensive words with a custom typeface made of artificial flowers. Check out the the process on his Behance page.
Designer/illustrator Emily McDowell creates hilariously awkward greeting cards.
Back in 2012, a group of street artists formed a project called ‘Brandalism’ to reclaim advertising space and eliminate ‘visual pollution’ from UK cities. This year, they have returned with what has been described as the “largest advertising takeover in world history”—over the period of two days, the team took over 365 corporate advertising spaces in 10 different UK cities.
Not On App Store
Someone has cleverly made a sticker that serves as a reminder that the most important things in life are not on the app store. The sticker can be purchased for a $1 each, or you can make your own with the template here.
New York-based ‘street fartist’ Hanksy, has new street art pieces located in Los Angeles, Portland and his home base.
For that special someone, comes in sets of five By Shauna Luedtke for Fairgoods.
Your business card is crap.
Joel Bauer walks you through what makes a business card.
Comedy website Kind Of Normal has a series of funny and insightful infographics that reveal the truths about our daily routines and habits.
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Nastya Nudnik has inserted pop-up windows and social media icons into classical paintings. Titled ‘Emoji Nation’, these artworks have been altered to reflect how people behave in today’s digital age.
This Is a Generic Brand Video
Dissolve, a stock footage company, brilliantly brings to life the already-hilarious script by Kendra Eash for McSweeney’s of every brand video ever.
So You’re Dating a Designer? Ten Things You Need to Know.
Melbourne-based creative studio Yoke recently came out with a hilarious series for anyone who’s dating a designer. Check out the list below.
They are always right
You may think it will be fun to re-decorate your living room with the help of your designer partner, but you’re wrong. It’s not fun. Not unless you are familiar with pantones, rules of aesthetics and tungsten lighting. Forget mixing your Mexicali rug with a French provincial coffee table, it’s just not going to happen. It goes against the theme, babe.
Ditch Microsoft Word. And Publisher. And PowerPoint.
They will scoff at your use of comic sans and appear frustrated when you don’t understand the importance of good kerning. They will take to the formatting of your resume with a hatchet, and the outcome will be spectacularly more professional than your best suit.
They don’t keep office hours
Some days it may seem like they spend hours sourcing GoT memes and sending you links to puppies falling asleep, while other nights you go to bed alone and are woken at 12 am by cold computer hands. It all comes down to good versus evil clients and deadlines. But you can’t say they aren’t proud of their work, you’d be hard pressed to find a designer willing to hand in something sub-par just to make it home in time for Survivor.
They speak another language
It’s called ‘Adobe’, and you will never understand it.
They freaking love fonts
If your designer is unusually happy today it’s probably because they just stumbled across a bunch of boutique fonts. And they are freaking out. At one stage they may even try to make you watch a documentary on Helvetica. This is normally the point in the relationship where you re-evaluate your life choices.
You’re living with a geek
You’re going to have to come to terms with this. They will geek out over the new iOS home screen and you will notunderstand why, especially when you’re yelling for them to come upstairs and help you update your laptop because for some reason all your contacts have disappeared.
Gift shopping sucks
It truly sucks. Sometimes you may even resort to typing “stuff designers like” and “birthday presents for designers” into Google in the hope that something amazing and costing approximately $80 (with shipping included) will pop up on your screen. It never happens and nothing will ever be cool/clever enough.
Your wedding invites will be awesome
Think of how amazing they will look. Think of how jealous your friends will be when they go to choose their own sucky wedding cards out of the catalogue at the printing store, or worse – order them online. Revel in your own, perfect, custom-made save-the-dates, invites and thank-you cards while you can.
Two is always better than one
If you don’t have two computer screens, you’re an amateur. You don’t have a rechargeable mouse? You’re unprepared.
Form over function
This fact mainly applies to buying groceries and choosing books. Who would buy that carton of milk when thiscarton of milk is matte with raised lettering. You think it feels like Braille, and are pretty certain it’s milk for a blind person, but they seem to dig it. Who cares that it costs an extra $4.50?
Honest Slogans Round 2
They’re back with a new batch of funny, tongue-in-cheek slogans that reveal the hidden truths behind logos from well-known American brands.
A collaboration between two designers, Eliza Cerdeiros and Lauren Machlica, who both have a passion for hand lettered type and paper goods.
Photographer Romain Laurent challenged himself to create a looped animated portrait each week since last September. Above are my favourites but you can check out the rest on his tumblr.
Best mock ad ever. Visual effects studio Cinesite produced this crazy-good mock commercial as a way to show off its creature animation skills.