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Entries from the Design Blog in the character category.

  • Foldify is joy for the iPad. Designed and developed by Pixle, a development and UI design trio based in Warsaw, Poland, Foldify brings paper and tablet together in a playful and intuitive way. The app's motto—Create. Print. Fold.—says it all: Folders can choose existing designs or create their own characters / objects, air print to their printers and fold up real-world incarnations of their design.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    December 10, 2012
  • Sometimes the day just needs a little extra happy in it. Yum Yum studio's character designs are pretty much guaranteed to bring on some cheer. The London-based studio creates colorful character designs like these and specializes in telling stories "through animation, illustration and toys." Meet Boris the hamster, Hotdog and the rest of the gang ↓

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    by Jessica Patterson
    November 20, 2012
  • Italian designer Ruggero Asnago's Neritagli collection shows how flat 2D objects can be used to create unique 3D stories. As design often does, the project naturally evolved from its original intent. He started crafting the creatures simply with scissors and paper, creating small imaginary animals for fun. He saw the potential in the objects, and referenced Munari's idea of "sculture da viaggio" (portable design) as inspiration.

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    by Ward Andrews
    March 1, 2012
  • Adding to our collection of collection-based design and illustration sites, I'd like to introduce you to A Beast Every Week.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 19, 2012
  • Steam Crow is a Phoenix, Arizona studio that designs, illustrates and creates astonishingly good monster goods. Established in 2005 by artists Daniel and Dawna Davis, the firm is dedicated to making amazing and odd goods with a spooky-cute vintage aesthetic.

    Design, steamcrow, interview

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    by Cory Skaaren
    February 10, 2012
  • Character designer, sculptor and illustrator Andrew Shek's blog is full of sketches, drawings and work that slaps a smile on my face. He draws and studies animals—both domestic and wild—as his main subject matter and designs for the Kung Fu Panda television series. Other projects under the Toronto based designer's belt include Penguins of Madagascar, Curious George and freelancing with Disney Studios. See a sampling of his awesome illustrations below.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 2, 2012
  • Safwat Saleem is a graphic designer in Phoenix who has produced a print series of some of the most awesome things life has to offer.

    "Oh, Expletive" is a series about stacked odds combined with unicorns, zombies, knife fights, flame throwers, shark attacks and 8-bit creatures. Do you see the potential here? Not convinced yet, or totally convinced and want to see the epic battles unfold in silkscreened glory? Check out the illustrations and project video below.

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    by Ward Andrews
    January 20, 2012
  • Karen To is a recent design graduate from CalARTS. For an advanced motion class she created this storyboard to explore a more creative approach to battery advertising. Instead of the quintessential chromic, speedy and streamlined commercial, she chose to pursue a more colorful and playful angle.

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    by Ward Andrews
    January 3, 2012
  • Shawn "Shawnimal" Smith, the visionary behind Shawnimals, began to develop his distinctive style of art as a kid obsessed with cartoons, comics, video games, and drawing pictures. Not satisfied with simply drawing his favorite cartoon and comic book characters, he felt compelled to create his own, inspired by all that he loved.

    Shawnimals products run the gamut including plush toys, collectible vinyl, apparel, lifestyle accessories, mobile games, video games, comics and much more.

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    by Cory Skaaren
    December 6, 2011
  • I'm a sucker for an epic story. (Consult my bookcase if you have any doubts—it's chockablock with series by Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin.) That's probably why I'm so enamored by the newest Fleet Foxes music video for "The Shrine / An Argument", an eight-minute long journey through a surreal land filled with bizarre beasts.

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    by Lindsey Burrows
    November 21, 2011
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