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LONDON SHOP FRONTS
Description: A photography project that shows interesting shop fronts in London

This project is an ongoing photo study of London shop fronts by Emily Webber. It's really incredible the range of type and typography on the shop signs. She has achieved images to look really nice. That's very commendable cause when you actually walk by there it's probably not so spectacular. A real feast for the eyes.

Curiosity: Check out "The Manhattan Street Corners", a very similar project this time in NYC.
http://richardhowe.net/zMSC/index-msc.html

  Category:
Photography projects / Blogs


  Website:
http://londonshopfronts.tumblr.com/

Location:
London
Artist:
Emily Webber
Related links:
http://richardhowe.net/zMSC/
index-msc.html

THE BOOK COVER ARCHIVE
Description: The excellence in book cover design; an archive of over eight hundred  book covers & two hundred book cover designers

The Book Cover Archive was launched, "for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design" and if you love this kind of design, this website will be like a crack to you. It works in an easy way: the home page displays the covers sorted by date added. Furthermore, there is a fully browsable master list of all content, searchable with smart keyword searches. Visitors can interact on those pages using a custom comments system. An e-mail link is included on each cover's page to allow visitors of the archive to suggest edits. Up until now all covers have been added by Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen themselves, but they do accept submissions.

Curiosity: The Book Cover Archive runs tandem with The Book Cover Archive Blog

  Category:
Books / Blogs
  Website:
http://bookcoverarchive.com /
Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Ben Pieratt & Eric Jacobsen
Related links:
http://blog.bookcoverarchive.com/
BOOK BY ITS COVER
Description: A blog full of nice illustration books rated by aesthetics first and content next.

Julia, an illustrator and pattern designer located in Brooklyn, wanted to share all the nice books she regularly noticed and had collected over the years, so that is what she did. Her criteria were clear. First of all, the aesthetics and then the content, almost always around fields of children's literature, illustration & design.

Curiosity: Pay Special attention to “Handmade &DIY” section. Really brilliant!!

  Category:
Books / Blogs
  Website:
http://www.book-by-its-cover.com/
Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Julia Rothman (Brooklyn based)
Related links:
http://www.juliarothman.com/  
http://www.also-online.com/
PARTNERS & SPADE
Description: A space as much to see as to buy, combining aspects of both a gallery and store

Though this place is not the first mixing art and commerce, the thing is that is not the typical retail environment. Every detail of the store is an opportunity for an unexpected touch of humour. The offerings inside have the power to inspire and make anyone smile more than any shop or art exhibit. It is basically a collection of collections that invites gallery owners, designers, artists, and creatives to share their work and collections, giving them a space to showcase items that they otherwise would not have an opportunity for; Mike Mills for example. The shop is only open on weekends and by appointment on weekdays.

Curiosity: Check out the store inventory.

  Category:
Shops / Galleries
  Website:
http://partnersandspade.com/
Location:
40 Great Jones Street, NYC
Related links:
http://partnersandspade.com/
storeinventory.html
BROOKLYN SUPERHERO SUPPLY CO.
Description: A unique shop for all of the superhero needs that hides another great project by Dave Eggers: a non-profit creative writing centre for young people

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. is a one stop shop for all of your superhero needs. Here capes, grappling hooks, antimatter, and much more superheroes' stuff is sold. One of their slogans is "We can help with your nemesis problem". Actually, it is a clever front for 826NYC, a youth oriented, non-profit creative writing centre. This org is dedicated to supporting students - ages 6 to 18-with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Curiosity: This month's sales are ocular radiation goggles, invisible beam sensors and gills growth formula

  Category:
Shops / Projects
  Website:
http://www.superherosupplies.com/
Location:
5th Avenue in the Park Slope neighbourhood .Brooklyn. NYC
Artist:
Dave Eggers
Related links:
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/
  http://www.826nyc.org/
HABIT COFFEE & CULTURE
Description: Cupping, brewing, conversation & culture that scapes from the Starbucksification.

Habit coffee & culture is not the latest coffee shop to open its door in Greater Victoria, but it is arguably the best. Tones of caffeine fix with a bit of character, class, or conscience.

Curiosity: One of their best exhibitions was the one about hand-made wooden G.I. Joes by Caleb Beyers.

  Category:
Coffee Shops / Galleries
  Website:
http://www.myspace.com/habitcoffee

Location:
Vancouver
Related links:
http://calebbeyers.com/

I HEART PHOTOGRAPH & PERFORMANCES
Description: Photography blog & its project part of the IN REAL LIFE exhibition organized by Laurel Ptak.

Everything you need, you've got it. I heart photograph is a real gem. It is easy to navigate, well archived and all the images are linked to source sites. But most importantly it is a veritable treasure trove of undiscovered pictures of every possible kind. And each image leads you on to something, perhaps not what you are looking for but often worthwhile.

Curiosity: About two weeks ago I Heart Photograph invited anyone to fax them a photograph. They wanted to explore the recent history of data compression and transmission techniques, attempting to assemble the world's largest archive of photographs transmitted via telefacsimile in just four hours. Every single photograph received by fax during this time was catalogued, scanned, and immediately posted on iheartphotograph.com. Incredible results!!!

  Category:
Photography projects / Blogs
  Website:
http://iheartphotograph.blogspot.com/
Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
You, me, everybody.
Related links:
http://www.letsmeetinreallife.com/

MURALS FOR THE LIBRARY INITIATIVE
Description: A selection of murals painted in new school libraries in elementary schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Nearly nine years ago, Pentagram was asked to contribute to a visionary effort by the wonderful (and design-conscious) Robin Hood Foundation: an initiative to build new school libraries in elementary schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. A range of talented architects would design the libraries; private companies would donate books and funds; and Pentagram would provide the graphic design, including signage, wayfinding, and a masterbrand that would tie all the sites together.
Along the way, they discovered something interesting: the libraries are usually located in older buildings with high ceilings, but the shelves in the libraries can't be built higher than kids can reach. This means there is a space between the top shelf and the ceiling, an up-to-six-foot band around the room just begging for something special. That something turned out to be murals. And the results can now be seen in schools all over New York City, including five brand new ones in the Bronx which feature murals by.

Curiosity: Who said that reading was boring?

  Category:
Culture Projects / Books
  Website:
http://www.pentagram.com/en/new/
2009/03/
murals-for-the-library-initiat.php

Location:
60 new libraries in NYC
Artist:
Rafael Esquer, Maira Kalman, Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister and Yuko Shimizu, Charles Wilkin.& many more
Related links: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/14/arts/
design/14mura.html?_r=1
JEFF AT BOOOOOOOM
Description: One of the best blogs ever about Art, Design, Film, Music, Photography, Daly Junk and digging Stuff. Jeff just wanted to create a site that he wished already existed.

Jeff Hamada, a designer from Vancouver, who is a non-stop creative making machine, created Booooooom in hopes of fostering a community of people excited to go out and be creative. The site, broken up into six areas of interest as well as a seventh section for on-going projects, is basically a blog about Art, Design, Film, Music, Photography, Daly Junk and digging Stuff.

Curiosity: It is now averaging more than 700,000 visits per month so it is time we started to take it seriously.

  Category:
Blogs
  Website:
http://www.booooooom.com/

Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Jeff Hamada (Vancouver based)
Related links:
http://www.jeffhamada.com/
HANDMADE NATION & FAYTHE LEVINE
Description: An independently produced documentary about the rise of DIY art, craft and design.

Handmade Nation is an indie documentary and also a book covering the multi-front resurgence of craft and DIY culture. The film features photographs of the makers, their work environment, their process, their work, and discussions of how they got their start and what motivates them Faythe Levine travelled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the DIY ethos. For Handmade Nation she and Cortney Heimerl have selected 24 makers and 5 essayists who work within different media and have different methodologies to provide a microcosm of the crafting community. Participants in this community share ideas and encouragement through websites, blogs, boutiques, galleries, and craft fairs.

Curiosity: In 2004 Levine founded Art vs. Craft, Milwaukee's independent craft fair. Besides, she is co-owner & curator of Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery.

  Category:
Films / Blogs / Books
  Website:
http:// handmadenationmovie.com/

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Artist:
Faythe Levine
Related links:
http://indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com
POOLGA
Description: iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers from a selection of designers and illustrators from around the world.

Poolga has some phenomenal wide collection of iphone wallpapers of various art and artists in store for you. The best part of Poolga's offer is that you can download the wallpapers and use them absolutely for free. In fact, there is no better way to customize your iphone with these cool wallpapers that you can choose from many of them available at Poolga.com. You can register yourself for updates, check out their Flickr site and if you think your good enough to design your own, request an invite to join the designers. Thanks to the invite only process the quality control is really high.

Curiosity: Poolga is a must if you love illustration, have an iPhone or maybe an iPod Touch. The best possible place on the web to pimp them in serious style.

  Category:
Shops / Galleries / Blogs / Illustration projects
  Website:
http://www.poolga.com/en

Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
You, me, everybody.
Related links: http://www.flickr.com/photos/poolga/
UPPERCASE GALLERY
Description: A multifaceted space that highlights the world of graphic design through its gallery, books & papergoods.

Janine Vangool opened Uppercase gallery in February 2005. Since then it has been an outlet for creative expression, product development and entrepreneurial adventure. The scope of Uppercase has grown by leaps and bounds. The gallery presents work by illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. The eclectic book and papergoods selection features items hand-picked for their uniqueness and quality of design and content. The collection of greeting cards is designed by Janine herself, who also runs Vangool Design & Typography in the same space.

Curiosity: Uppercase magazine is nearly done. A magazine for the creative and curious. (http://uppercasemagazine.tumblr.com/ & http://vimeo.com/3694538?pg=embed&sec= )

  Category:
Shops / Galleries / Blogs / Magazines
  Website:
http://www.uppercasegallery.ca/

Location:
Calgary
Artist:
Janine Vangool
Related links: http://www.greatwolf.squarespace.com/
COULD BE ME
Description: A project exploring possibility of one artist occupying another's space. It is a visual adventure and an interpretation of the same sentence by different artists worldwide.

Lithuanian Photographer Paul Paper, who is the guy behind the site couldbe.me, invites fellow designers, illustrators and artists from all over the world to create original works that feature the phrase "it could be me, but it's actually Paul paper".  Paul has asked artists from around the world to create a piece around the phrase "It could be me but it's actually Paul Paper", with no other particular rules bound to the work. The project has attracted 100 contributions so far with the works ranging from the careful and considered to the humorous... to the downright strange!

Curiosity: Impossible to choose our favourites.

  Category:
Illustration projects
  Website:
http://www.couldbe.me/

Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Paul Paper
Related links:
http://www.itismyparty.org/
MANYSTUFF
Description: A collection of images under the motto "Every Morning I Check Manystuff" basically about art, design, illustration and photography.

This is an outline of the working methods and thought processes of graphic designers today. Each reply from a graphic designer is illustrated by images of his/her work (the illustration sometimes being the reply) together with the links to their websites for those who would like more information.

Curiosity: The "Manystuff yearbook 2008" is already available, also is "Manystuff #0 - More real than fiction"the first issue of their ongoing magazine.

  Category:
Blogs
  Website:
http://www.manystuff.org/

Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Charlotte Cheetham
NEEDLES AND PENS
Description:
DIY Goods + Zine Shop + Art Gallery.

This shop is an emporium of zines, d.i.y. goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission district, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like minded people from the community can display and sell their own home-made goods, home-published zines, and art work. The items are predominately recycled, silk screened, cut-up, re-sewn, photocopied, hand-made, and hand-published to form a new type of retail space.

Curiosity: Needles & Pens is a moniker inspired by a Ramones song (Needles & Pins) - pens not pins.

  Category:
Shops / Galleries
  Website:  
http://www.needles-pens.com

Location:
San Francisco
Artist:
Andrew Scott & Breezy Culbertson
Related links:
http://www.amscott.org/  http://maximumrocknroll.com
SKETCHBOOK PROJECT BY ART HOUSE
Description: They send you the sketchbook, you make the art.

The Sketchbook Project is like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks. Art-House sends you a sketchbook, you make the art. Then Art House is taking all the sketchbooks on a 6 city tour to galleries and museums across the U.S. The goal of the exhibition is to encourage anyone to create artwork and build a collective of sketchbooks made by artists from all over the world. In every exhibition the sketchbooks are plastered across walls and on tables, free for people to flip through It is all about community.
The project essentially began as a casting call for artists from across the globe to send in their sketchbooks. Professional artists, grandmas, 6-year-olds and everyone in between participated. With almost 3,000 participants, this year's project, on the theme "Everyone we know," is the biggest yet, touring the country with 1,364 of those Moleskine sketchbooks -the same kind as used by Pablo Picasso and Jean Paul Sartre.

Curiosity: New Sketchbook projects will be done.

  Category:
Illustration projects
  Website:  
http://www.arthousecoop.com/
sketchbookproject/

Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
You, me, everybody
DRAW LIKE A MONKEY
Description: Draw Like a Monkey is a video series created by Laszlo Kovacs that features artists and illustrators being documented while they draw.

Draw like a Monkey is a project where art, love and magic meet. The brains behind the project realized that people love to watch artists when they draw. The magic of seeing a drawing come to life not only captivates but inspire people too. They try to make something that brought inspiration to everybody but specially children, to become active in creative activities. Artists must be specifically invited by DrawLikeAMonkey staff. The contributions are all made especially for this project and not other purpose than promoting art among non-artists.

Curiosity: Check out the great t-shirts about the project.

  Category:
Illustration projects
  Website:
http://www.vimeo.com/dlamtv/
Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Laszlo Kovacs, Klink, Javier Arce, Jean Jullien, Blanca Garcia, Jose Luis Agreda
Related links:
http://www.laszlo-kovacs.com/

JON BURGERMAN'S LOSSY DATA LAB PROJECT
Description: LOSSY DATA RESEARCH LABORATORY is collaboration between Jon Burgerman and Heliumcowboy gallery that was presented in this year's Scope Art Fair. Jon created the artworks during the fair in the science center, involving the visitors in interactive experiments that resulted in drawn analyses and reports.

The Lossy Data Lab set up by Jon Burgerman and Heliumcowboy at the Scope art fair New York (March 4-8, 2009) was very successful. We will now analyze the data collected as well as the drawings head lab rat Jon Burgerman created during the fair. Stay tuned for updates, check Jon's and our website for new developments, the pictures we took, and make sure you visit our online-store for the merchandise (limited tee's and computer screenpads).Over the next weeks, we will work on a video about our time in New York as well as a lab report compiling all drawings Jon Burgerman created during the show, in addition to information about the Lossy Data Lab-art project. Besides, now everybody can get a first glimpse of the limited edition specials they produced for this performance -the Lossy Data Lab-branded t-shirt, buttons, and, most importantly, their very first product, a microfibre screen protector and cleaning cloth for your laptop. All designed by Jon Burgerman, all limited collectibles.

Curiosity: Over the next weeks, they will work on a video about their time in New York as well as a lab report compiling all drawings Jon Burgerman created during the show, in addition to information about the Lossy Data Lab-art project.

  Category:
Illustration projects
  Website:
http://www.jonburgerman.com/
Work/ comments/ lossy_data_lab/

Location:
NYC
Artist:
Jon Burgerman (Collaboration with Heliumcowboy gallery)
Related links: http://heliumcowboy.com/hc_digilog/
63_SCOPE_NY_09/
DESIGN T-SHIRT STORE GRANIPH
Description: Graniph is a clothing design company based out of Shimokitazawa, Japan that specializes in providing designer graphic T-Shirts.

Graniph is a sensational design company based in Japan, selling their wares in both an online store and several brick and morter fronts. Moving more T-shirts than anything else, they also sell cool handbags, bracelets, lighters and CDs. Design T-shirts Store Graniph, as they are called, has been collaborating with assorted enterprises and artists since 2001 and now sell over 150 different T-shirts, each one incredible in it's own right and a prize to own. All these products can be checked out at their site, but if you're taking a trip to Asia anytime soon, you can find them in shops in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

Curiosity: Graniph's hugely popular design competition ended February 28th and many creatives from around the planet sent in their designs. The winners will be announced on the graniph website on August 1st. There'll also be a special superfuture prize winner announced whose collaboration tee will be available in all graniph stores and online.
  Category:
Shops / T-shirts / Illustration
  Website:
http://www.graniph.com/
Location:
World Wide Web
Artist:
Illustrators all around the world
Related links:
http://anthemmagazine.com/
story/ 323?id=story_pager&page=
0%2C0&id=story_pager/
 
 
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