Inspiration Lab

Song Dong
August 27, 2009, 7:47 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

In my post New York depression I forgot to post about one of the most fantastic things I saw there. At the groundfloor of MOMA you will find a fantastic installation piece by Chinese artist Song Dong. The piece called “Waste not” was a collaboration with his mother after his father’s tragic death, she collected everything she used in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The piece is really beautiful but is also a great comment on the wastefulness of the modern society. Seen from above it is an intricate colourful pattern and up close a look into something very personal.

Read more about the project in the artist book at the bottom of this page.

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Looking for a job?
August 26, 2009, 10:40 am
Filed under: This and That

It just so happens that The Danish School of Media and Journalism (where I’m employed) is looking for three new members of faculty. If you would like a job teaching young passionate creatives (BA students), you should definitely check it out. Sorry, the ad is only in Danish but foreign applicants are more than welcome. We are looking for staff in the categories graphic design, interactive design and art directrion (for ads). If you would like more info please don’t hesitate to contact either Henrik, Karen-Margrethe or Dorte, you can find their contact info in the ad. We hope to find new dedicated colleagues soon.



August 26, 2009, 8:10 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

If you love editorial design as much as I do you should be a member of SPD, the Society of Publication Designers. Each year they publish a fantastic annual, these books are among my most prized designbooks and I always go back to them. They also do lots of other great initiatives and Emily Smith who runs the Union Square office is such a sweetheart and always ready to help. There’s also a great gallery on their website with lots of inspiring stuff.

Visit SPD gallery.

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Jill Greenberg
August 24, 2009, 9:10 am
Filed under: Photography

If you’re in need of someone to do a few shots of your pet grizzly bear Jill Greenberg is the one to go to. I first noticed her work on the cover of last year’s SPD annual and have since loved her work. She really knows how to make those bears pose! See the resemblance between Simon and the bears?

See more manipulations:

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Trader Joe’s
August 21, 2009, 9:53 am
Filed under: Typography

Here’s one last post from New York. Went to Trader Joe’s on my last day in NY too. Had seen so many fellow Brooklyners carrying bags that I had to go and see what the fuss was about. And look what I found! Beautiful handlettering completing the concept of old fashioned groceryshop. Was able to get a few shots in before a kind man told us that he “had been asked to inform us that taking photos was not allowed”. Oh well, I’m sure if they knew it was for praise they wouldn’t mind.

Visit Trader Joe’s.

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Goodbye New York
August 20, 2009, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

Thanks for a lovely time New York, you’ve been good to me. The jetlag you get after two months in New York isn’t only about the time difference, afterall, how do you go back from that? Supermarkets in Denmark just aren’t the same, bookshops neither, so that’s why I fittingly spent my last night at Barnes & Nobles. Here’s a teary goodbye.

First a bit of simple tactile typography…



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Next, a series in recycled cardboard with a great warm look.




A great motif…

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A classic Saul Bass-like illustration…

christie copy

An old worldly look with a twist…



A composition and crop that says a thousand words…


And we end with a tragedy…

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Browns Design
August 13, 2009, 4:17 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

Browns Design in London has been around for a while and haven’t updated their websites for quite a while either. But I do think you should check them out anyway as they have done so much interesting work.

See more:

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Book covers at B & N
August 5, 2009, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Books, Graphic Design

Yesterday I spent a lovely evening at Barnes & Nobles (another of my designer vices). I do love to just walk around and look at bookcovers, and I thought, why not make a post out it if. So here’s a load of what I found.

First a bit of retro…

byron copy

dean copy

Next, a very bold crop…

carr copy


Then, some intricate illustration work…

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There’s always cool type work…

engel copy

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hemon copy

karoo copy


barry copy

milk copy

I found this interesting series of very graphic Albert Camus books too, they looked great lined up, their backs forming a great pattern…

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Last but not least a few examples of great ambience in the visual communication.

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Jonathan Glazer
August 4, 2009, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Motion and Video

I don’t feature film often but I think I must feature my fave director of all time, Mr. Jonathan Glazer. Ever since I saw his video for “Street Spirit” by my fave band Radiohead I was a fan. He has made loads of fantastic work since, musicvideos, commercials and films, and recently did a very controversial video for Jack White’s new band The Dead Weather. I love this video showing a rather graphic portrail of two lovers quarrel. Be sure to check out other work on YouTube, here’s just a few.

Coffee and Wine
August 3, 2009, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Packaging

I wonder if anyone but me would notice a lovely packaging theme at a dinnerparty? If so, might I suggest a little wine from Marquis Philips followed by coffee from Intelligentsia?