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  • Tim Boelaars does some excellent vector illustrating and icon crafting. The Amsterdam-based illustrator and designer bends angles to his will, creating icons with just the right amount of detail to stand out but not so much that they stop being icons.

    First up are these icon-like illustrations for Tenue de Nîmes, a denim boutique in Amsterdam.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 21, 2012
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  • Brainstorm is the Portsmouth-based printing, design and illustration studio of Jason Snyder and Briana Feola. Some of my favorite prints they've created feature slightly science-nerdy themes. They did a great job graphically translating the layers of our world with big blocks of color, clever details and nice type. Take a look!

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 19, 2012
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  • Photographer and stylist Carl Kleiner has keen eye for styling objects into playful and clever arrangements. He has the ability to force organic forms into highly structured and geometric situations that highlight the actual material of the objects. These food stylings—some from Ikea, others from various projects—force us to see common foods and ingredients in a new way.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 18, 2012
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  • Over the years, Google has stepped up their game in the Google Doodles department. Originally a festive—if not slightly gimmicky logo replacement, the Doodles were just that—doodles. Some of the earliest examples seemed to fall victim to clip art and paint edits, but that's all in the past. Now we look forward to seeing what artistic creation Google will dream up next for their much-less-literal logo hybrids. Sometimes we're surprised by animation, other times it's a cheerful or artistic change that brings novelty or joy to a predictable experience.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 18, 2012
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  • When Boston-based designer Richard Stewart read Poe for the first time, he fell in love with the writer's work. To show his appreciation for some of his favorite works, he decided to design a cover set—craft inspired by craft. See his cover designs below

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 16, 2012
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  • Once upon a time, some friends and I were determined to learn the Napoleon Dynamite dance. We didn't actually succeed past the first handful of moves, but one of these designs by The Dancing Plague of 1518 might have been quite helpful. These clever posters—designed by Brazilian designer and illustrator Niege Borges—iconify a movie / TV character and his or her iconic moves into a visual how-to poster.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 15, 2012
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  • According to Italian advertising and design agency H-57 Creative Station, "Creativity has no rules. Well, almost no rules." They identified their personal axioms, drew them on paper, cut out the pieces and arranged them on a big piece of cardboard. When they completed the project, they realized that the rules they chose were in fact principles that guide them daily during creative endeavors. Designing this poster was a way to abide by the very first rule: have fun in what you do.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 14, 2012
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  • Designer Andrew Capener created this Scrabble set as a personal challenge to bring a bit of type appreciation to the letter-centric board game. He wanted to stir up some excitement in players about typography design by giving them the ability to choose their sets font. They could select a game set in their favorite font or with an assorted pack, with additional font sets available through the Scrabble site.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 13, 2012
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