bits of inspiration – #100.

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and if you don’t have any special plans (or even if you do) you should check out the Handmade Valentine Exchange project. The exchange encourages people from all over the world to participate in creating and sending handmade valentines to strangers across the globe. The project was started by photographer and art director, Julia Parris, in 2011 and has been going strong since. I love a good craft project and I also really love the nostalgia of creating and receiving valentines like grade-school children (an aside: do kids still do this?). This would be a perfect girls’ night or snow day activity. Some of my favorite featured valentines are below. Enjoy!

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refinery29 graphic artists & the women’s march.

header image by Hanna Barczyk

This Saturday, women in cities all over the country will march in protest of hate, intolerance and acts of violence on the inaugural weekend of the 45th president. While I will personally be participating in the Boston march, the largest and most prominent of these demonstrations will occur on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Inspired by the Women’s March, Refinery29’s creative department has created a series of graphic compositions which speak to the spirit and mission of these demonstrations. I’ve shared just a few of my favorites below but I highly recommend checking out the entire body of work here.

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Marylou Faure


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Lauren-Rolwing


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Anna Sudit


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Alex Marino


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Bailey Sullivan

bits of inspiration – #97.

I have this reoccurring issue where every time I try to do my holiday shopping for friends and family, all I can seem to find are gifts that I would like to receive. I was searching the internet this week for some unconventional subscription services that might make good presents and came across Papirmass, a subscription model which delivers exclusive art prints by up-and-coming artists to its subscribers. I love how this business seeks to lift up its artists while simulataneously enriching the homes of its subsribers. If I didn’t already own more art than can fit on the walls of my apartment I would absolutely be enrolling myself in this service.

Papirmass also hosts a blog on its website where you can see more work from artists and read about new features to the subscription service. Below I’ve included some of my favorite pieces from Papirmass’ December featured artists, Matt Harrison Clough. You can read an interview with the artist here.

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image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison4image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison3image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough


mattharrison2image courtesy of Papirmass and Matt Harrison Clough

bits of inspiration – #89.

Like all designers, typography holds a special place in my heart. And as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I love a good infographic. Since first seeing it back in June of this year, I’ve found myself re-searching for this Fontsmith infographic on typography terms again and again. For all the type nerds out there, here’s a good one to save to your bookmarks or print for your desk.

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how common is your birthday?

Ever wondered how many people share your birthday? Andy Kriebel, the self-described “Tableau Zen Master”, recently combined data from the New York Times and  blogger, Matt Stiles, to create an interactive chart all about birthdays. The heat map below uses a color spectrum to illustrate just how common each birthday really is. While I was a little disappointed to know that my own birthday in July is not all that rare, I found this chart really interesting and a great example of data visualization. Hope you enjoy!

 

Most Common Birthdays

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bits of inspiration – #37.

This is definitely the most beautiful website dedicated to bears. I highly recommend that everyone take some time to navigate around National Geographic’s “A Bear’s-Eye View of Yellowstone” page. Really well crafted imagery, video and navigation all throughout this site – plus a chance to see the world through the eyes of a bear!

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new portfolio site (sort of).

So this year Adobe made the decision to abandon Behance Prosite portfolio sites and encouraged users to migrate to their new platform, Adobe Portfolio. I put off migrating my own site for the longest time but with the deadline fast approaching (June 1 is the last day for Prosite) I have officially made the transition! Initially I found this force of change pretty irritating but in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I’ve used this as an opportunity to synchronize the design of my blog site and my portfolio site. Check it out when you have the chance at www.lizchapin.com.