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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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  • 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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