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September 1, 2015

An Analog Drawing Project About Personal Data

I forget how I stumbled upon this, but it's one of my favorite things to have discovered this year. Dear Data is a year-long drawing project between two women, who get to know one another by exchanging postcards with hand-drawn data visualizations.

Each week they choose a new topic, from a week of complaints or compliments to a week of desires or smiling at strangers. They begin collecting the data, it's slow, methodical, detailed, insightful and often bringing to life hidden patterns.

Every postcard includes a drawing on the front, while the back includes the key to reading and deciphering it. What makes this all the more fun is that each of them also keeps a record of the entire process from that week. You'll find notes, initial sketches, photos and plenty more.

They've just completed 52 full weeks, so there's plenty to see. You'll quickly discover that the data reveals a beautiful collection of aesthetic patterns, lines, and scribbles. The fact that there's a purpose behind each mark is all the more impressive.

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August 24, 2015

Wow! 277 Designs, Illustrations, and Doodles in the Running to Become a Real Product - Voting Now Open

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Press play (on the video above) and get a quick glimpse of the 277 wall clock designs and illustrations submitted from our community for our latest drawing challenge.

We're blown away. Such a wonderful response and now we hope you can help us pick the six winners who's design will be made a reality. Click on over to scroll all submissions and mark your favorites. The winning designs will be available for sale in the coming weeks, so let us know which you'd love to see hanging on your walls.

Good luck everyone!


August 19, 2015

Craft Paper Dudes

Simply put, some people are natural born illustrators. I discovered the work of Mister Woody Woods on Instagram and was immediately attracted to his constant and consistent feed of bright and bold images.

There's plenty of his work I wanted to feature here, but I'd rather leave you to dig around his full collection and instead I'll focus your attention to his paper craft characters. They are made-up from the perfect combination of doodled marker-lines and bold colored paper, cut to shape the forms of beards, funny noses, swirly hair, and striking eyes. Enjoy.

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August 7, 2015

How to Rediscover Your Sense of Play

They say as we grow into adulthood, we tend to lose our sense of play.

We’re supposed to be all serious, because we’re no longer kids. Grow up they said. Playtime is for kids they said. Perhaps they might be referring to the foam floors and colourful surrounds of a bouncing castle. But in doing so they took away the safe space within our minds and hearts.  And so we strip ourselves of the proverbial foam mats that allow us to bounce and tumble to our heart’s delight. We skin our knee and scrape our elbows. They laugh and jeer. We cower away. And so little by little we forget. We build walls to appear stronger, more serious, more adult; inadvertently locking out the things that makes us happy.

According to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play: "Defining play is difficult because it's a moving target. [It’s] a process, not a thing. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding — as skill and empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit."

Play, to me, is all about being clued in, and yet totally open to whatever happens. A surprise. A discovery. An eureka moment that leaves a shiver of excitement down my spine and a noticeable spring in my step. It differs from one person to another – perhaps you might have sweaty palms and then a quick burst of cold sweat that soon disappears, leaving a warm sensation that courses through your body. A hint of a smile that forms on your lips. A twinkle in your eye.

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August 6, 2015

Odd Faces and Quirky Animations

I live to find random and happy projects like this one by Momoe Narazaki, a talented graphic designer and illustrator who recently launched a fun tumblr with close to one-hundred odd faces in funny and quirky animations. Never mind cat videos, just stare at these all day.


August 6, 2015

Logging On: The Unconventional Lumberfolk of Jay Dart

No two beards are drawn the same in the illustrations of Jay Dart. He is a Canadian artist whose drawings give us a peek of men at work in the wilderness with bright beards and magical tools. Explosions of color in the snowy white landscape of Dart’s imagined world create a sense of fun, friendship, and magic in the middle of nowhere. A childlike whimsy in the colors and patterns contrasts playfully with the hardened austere stereotype we have come to expect from bearded manly men. Dart’s unconventional lumberfolk exist in a frosty place where work is play and the natural overlaps with the magical.

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July 31, 2015

Doodling with a purpose: How to create art that speaks

Those lines you just left on paper – are those really just doodles?

Could it be more than just meandering lines that you've mindlessly put together? Mindless not in the way it was created, but mindless in the way how easily our minds shifts from one thought to the next, perplexing, changing, evolving and never the same. Mindless in weight, in troubles and in spirit? A line that solidifies our constant state of flux, by being there – a constant. A reminder. A mark left in time that captures the essence of what makes drawing such a personal affair.

What happens beyond the meandering? At what point does a drawing become art? Or is every doodle a work of art in itself? I'd like to think it’s more the latter, but at the same time, sometimes not all doodles are made equal – sometimes it's nothing more than it is. And yet some are more than they truly show. An image, a still, captured in time. A thought. A fleeting emotion. Raw. Keep reading...

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