Inspiration Lab

September 17, 2014, 6:47 am
Filed under: This and That

So last week the odd inspiration was birds, this week it’s rocks. Call me crazy, but I do find these mineral formations to have such contemporary aesthetics. So much so that I made a total rip off of Damien Hirst’s piece (the pink one below) for my wall at home. I guess he had the same appreciation…only two decades ago! ;-) I’m still amazed that nature produces such beauty all on it’s own. Go to your local library (yes, the actual place) and have a look through an old book on minerals (yes, an actual book!). You’ll see what I mean. Very inspiring!

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September 16, 2014, 12:19 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Spatial Design

I’ve recently been fascinated with the work of French streetartist Eltono. I’m not usually a big fan of geometry but it just works so well on these large scale buildings and in the middle of busy cityscapes. Wish we had one in Copenhagen. He should do my old workplace (Danish School of Media and Journalism) which I lovingly call The Concrete Castle, would be a perfect location!

See more:

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Weekend hangovers?
September 15, 2014, 7:48 am
Filed under: Packaging

Monday morning (well…9.40 AM), start of a new week. Had a few well deserved cocktails on friday and stayed in pretty much all weekend and watched The Americans. I’m HOOKED! So here’s an homage to the show (although these aren’t Russian at all)…or to you if you’ve had a boozer weekend ;-)

Don’t kill me if you can’t get every single one of these at your local, and if you’re the designer of any of these please put your name in the comments :-) You did GREAT!


Asian “home” sickness
September 12, 2014, 10:33 am
Filed under: Packaging

It feels like autumn is coming to Copenhagen and I’m getting a little travel sick, not as in I need to barf, but as in I could do with a trip abroad. I’m missing walking into one of the Japanese supermarkets and foodcourts in my old “hometown” Hong Kong, and of course actually going to Tokyo is not that bad either ;-) But for now I’ve done a little ode to Asian (mostly Japanese) packaging. Best in the world if you ask me. I think I’ll close my eyes, sip on a glass of umeshu and pretend I’m in a little izakaya tonight :-) Have a great weekend!


Pics from: kokeshi-m, hitotubu, ameblo, rakuten, sumally, commune-inc, luontobakery, shizenkan, tomoechan, designdesign, potager-marche, hatena, akaoni, zuika, hiroshima-adc, doppoinc, spoon-tamago, everyday-needs.

Mr. Bingo
September 8, 2014, 7:56 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Monday morning and the first morning of my new life as an independent designer (possibly soon to be independently poor). I could be Instagramming my coffee, but instead I will share a bit of what I’m doing with you. I’m researching an article and a talk I’m doing called “Take Shit Personally” and one of the projects I’m writing/talking about is Mr. Bingo’s book Hate Mail. I bought it a while back in London and I freaking LOVE it! I pull it out every time I’m a little cranky and it always makes me laugh. And hey, it’s Monday morning! ;-)

Feeling hateful too? Go ahead!

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Royal Studio
September 4, 2014, 8:26 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

If you, like me, have had a lousy night’s sleep, coffee is not really working and you just need a visual SLAP IN THE FACE to wake you up, then go to Royal Studio. I’m totally loving their website because it’s so different from what I do, there’s visual fireworks all around, an explosion of stuff to explore. That woke me right up!

Hit it!

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Leila Jeffreys
September 3, 2014, 4:00 am
Filed under: Photography

No, you haven’t by accident typed National Geographic and gone to the wrong blog, and yes this IS a post on birds. You’re thinking I’ve gone crazy and become the old lady with hair net who keeps birds. But it’s just that I’ve noticed that I’ve pinned a lot of pictures of birds lately because I find them really inspiring. To think that nature can produce such magnificent compositions is so fascinating to me. And I just love to be inspired by things outside my own world of graphic design. These photos by the brilliant photographer Leila Jeffreys can inspire all sorts of creativy. Colour scales anyone?

More birds? Right this way:

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