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Ffffound 2010 Collection

So, in a lazy post stylie here’s a bunch of things i’ve been eyeballing recently. Some cute, some funny, some smart, some daft, some beautifully aligned, some handmade, but all brilliant in one way or another. The source or post reference for each: Space Woman, Chick Egg, Lego Smiley, Organ, Dog DJ, Rab in a Box, Spectrum Hair, Primary Vector Knives, Modernist Stripes, White Tree on Orange, Giant Foot, HUD, Oil Can, Architectural Robot Face, Squid Balaclava, Twin Yolk Rug, Imagination Vacation Sweater, Thank You Scene. Click them open in tabs to find some great blogs, and Ffffound collections :) Also – buckets more on my Ffffound page - ( Sorry i’ve not got any invites :( If i did you’d be the first to know :)  )


Farnhill's Shakey Leg Ale

I’ve been hiding for ages. ‘Recovery’ you might say ;) But i have very good reason. And it’s this lot’s fault :D

Meet Poke, the bunch of talented mentalists i ‘work’ with. What happens when you lock 50 creatives in a house for the weekend? An impromptu improvised, spur of the moment Wedding…. Home brew… Falling in lakes…. and not to mention a Sexy Disco Volcano. Full-on laser-rave. I can’t really explain any of that. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Suffice to say, the bits i can remember, will not easily be forgotten!

Above is my label for Mike’s tasty custom brewed Ale. Paying homage to Nick Farnhill’s infamous shak(e)y leg… er … the Ole English spelling ….. ahem (!)

Team Awesome

Above: Team Awesome, trying to maintain the illusion of respectability for as long as possible.

Mike proudly presents the Brew!

Mike proudly presents ‘The Brew’ … then we swiftly slide downhill into …

Carnage ensues at Sexy Disco Volcano

Sexy Disco Volcano! Carnage ensues …. and the monumental unveiling of Will’s ‘very fitted’ shiny gold hot-pants – Crikey!

Three shots above by the Marc Davies – aka Mr.Lomo! The Poke Wedding photographer of choice.

Thanks everyone for an unbelievable weekend! Love you all :D xx

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Shauna Richardson - Chrochetdermy

Some amazing crochet / taxidermy skills here from Shauna Richardson. I’ve tried to crochet before and i tell you what, this wouldn’t be easy! There’s some superior technical action and planning gone in to these. There are some wonderful shots on her site of the animals roaming free in urban darkness. Giving them a darker, much more sinister feel. See the full gallery here. Amazing work.



Been a busy bee lately. Lot’s happening in the day time at Poke. And lots of nice things to keep me busy in the evenings too. The above is a work in progress identity design for the lovely Elaine of Lainey’s Cakes. ( They are damn good by the way! The cakes i mean ;) ). A favour for a friend type-of-project. It’s been a great typography challenge so far. And hopefully when i’m done i’d like to share with you my creative process from sketch to finished printed items. ( This is just a photoshop mockup to show how a screen printed cake-box tag might look ). Let me know what you think, and if you have any cunning ideas i could incorporate in to Lainey’s wonderful world of cupcakes!



Hand Drawn Type and Illustration Micah Lidberg

Detailed line work and sweeping curves create the rich texture in Micah’s work. With a strong eye for form, type, and pattern, there’s some great hand drawn lettering in his portfolio. There’s a few jungle pieces that have a touch of Where The Wild Things Are ( the book ), which i love. Definitely worth spending a few minutes going through as you never know what to expect on the next page. Look out for monsters, dinosaursforest, more forest, ghosts, and lots more hidden behind the trees. Also – here’s a quick vid of some sketches he drew for his friends of their favourite things.

Micah Lidberg Type


Hello Necklace

Sold out right now at Joanna Rutter’s Etsy shop but i wanted to show you anyway. Incredibly fiddly to make but very sweet result. Hope she makes some more soon.

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A beautifully simple idea from Vadim Kibardin. The most minimal of elements needed to form a clock – use purely the numbers. The clock’s four digits are made from 7 OLED‘s ( Organic Light Emitting Diodes ) each. Independently controlled. During the day, the letters appear dark. During the night, a light sensor triggers the switch over to white illumination. I’d absolutely love one of these :)


An amazing collection of Matchbox designs here. Grouped by colour, style, animal, and country. They’d make wonderful posters. Birds feature quite heavily, as do Stags. Cockerels and Tigers get a look in too. Flowers, cats and horses pop up also, but my personal favourite has to be the Smoking Monkeys. They look like they’re enjoying a good cigar. Check out the full on collection over at Bibi Grey Cat where there are pages and pages of them! All linking through to higher res versions on flickr. What a collection! – Thanks for the link Cookie.


Amazing crochet food packaging. By Kate Jenkins from Brighton. Great details – and so much work!

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To Dry For – Tea Towels need never be dull again.

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Lovely type from Toko Design in Sydney – Via Nitzan

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Ok, so i know this one’s well old now, but it was too good to go un-mentioned. It’s been tweeted and posted all over the place, but rightly so because they’re brilliant. I wonder who bought them in the end. Here’s the shop for more detail.

Meant to blog this before my holiday, but hey – here it is to enjoy in case you missed it ;)


Typographic experiment by Steve Rura. Just liked the colours and the thin forms of the type on this one. I like the skinny 3D approach.

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Cookie’s coming home from Amsterdam today after a month working out there. Very excited! So in celebration here’s a montage of good ol’ dutch style Queen’s Day orange. Images spotted all over the place, but here’s a few references if you’re wanting to track them down – Yes, Wattis, Panther, Alaska, Lollys, Publicté, Deta, Walking Man, Arabian Graphic, New Mexico, Big Mouse, Arrow, Wolverine, Flowers, Eames Chairs, Wrestler Libre, Service Van, Cortina, Amos Candle Glass.

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Some very lovely stuff indeed here from designer, illustrator, and hand drawn typographer Jessica Hische. Gorgeous work throughout. Loads of imagination and love have gone into the details. Makes me want to get my sketchbook and paper textures out :)

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