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  • Rhode Island-based Ladyfingers Letterpress often combines the two impressive skills of letterpress and hand-lettering. For their custom wedding suite, they created a hand-lettered and drawn cornucopia of letterpress techniques and inks. Since they design lots of custom wedding invites, Arley-Rose and Morgan wanted to break away from the norm for theirs.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 12, 2012
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  • The Pil pendant lamp was dreamed up by New Zealand-based product-design studio Designtree. It's an object that is both functionally and visually beautiful. They reference the pill shape and form, but the lights feel warm and modern instead of edgy and alternative.

    The lights are crafted with hand-turned logs from the Southland forests of New Zealand, and artisan blown glass forms the LED-lit dome, marrying "old-school craftsmanship with cutting-edge ... lighting technology to produce a beautifully rich sculptural piece."

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 11, 2012
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  • Worth1000 hosts a variety of photo-editing and illustrative contests. One of their contest series, Superhero ModRen, challenges users to incorporate superheroes into fine art pieces. It's fun to see the contrast of modern characters we know and love placed in classic painting styles and poses. Take a look below for a sampling of the entries ↓

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 9, 2012
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  • Not only does the Dollar Shave Club promo video make us laugh, but their web site is pretty spiffy too. It reflects their business model quite well, showing a back-to-basics attitude through playful graphics, simple messages, and old-timey and weathered details. I'll let the video elaborate on their business pitch...

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 8, 2012
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  • Sometimes (always), it's just a coffee kind of day, and today I've been finding inspiration in lots of coffee related projects, from branding, to drawing, to product design. One beauty I stumbled upon is this website design for Scandinavian Coffee House.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 8, 2012
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  • Simon Ålander had a black skateboard lying around and decided he needed to do something about it. The Swedish designer has a talent for hand-lettering and enjoys using a combination of analog and digital techniques to create his typographic designs. He knew lettering was the answer, and his New York hand-drawn script combines skate culture with contrasting letterforms and flourishes.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 6, 2012
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  • Theodore Gray, a founder of Wolfram Research, really loves elements. So much so that he has amassed a collection of thousands of samples. After reading Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks, he thought that the London Science Museum's periodic table displayed samples of the elements on a table. When he discovered that he had misread the passage and the Museum's table was actually a normal, wall-mounted version, he embraced the misunderstanding and decided to created the table he has imagined.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 5, 2012
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  • Graphic designer Tommaso Guerra dabbles in industrial design, finding ways to incorporate found objects and alternative materials in his lighting projects. From exposed copper piping and teapots, to bottles and guitar bodies his projects could be seen as examples of craft and re-use, but they also exemplify creative thinking—seeing new purpose in an already practical object.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 2, 2012
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