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Le Refuge image

This year’s IT thing to photograph and obsessively post on Instagram is Le Refuge, a pink “jungle” bed installation designed by artist Marc Ange at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition space during Milan Design Week. Over 3,000 posts were uploaded on Instagram referring to it as “magical” and a “fairy tale”. The artist Marc Ange calls it “a place where one finds comfort and peace. It is the projection of a childhood memory. Its large leaves form a shelter under the sun, away from reality, just like those of the imaginary jungle that grows in the room of a child who seeks escape.” We can’t resist these giant pink metal leaves and the beautiful shadows it creates. We need one in our ...

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Illustrating Smart Cities image

We love illustrating…almost as much as we love respecting our planet and keepin’ it green. Our clients, Realterm Energy, are leading providers of energy-efficient, turnkey LED street lighting solutions for cities. We’ve been their go-to design team for quite some time and were thrilled to create these custom icons and illustrations to be used in their Smart City initiatives. Our goal was to have the icons properly visualize the applications in the simplest way possible while staying true to their brand identity. The end results are lively, clean and corporate, which matches perfectly with the company’s tenacious spirit.

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“Fee, Free or Flee” – Understanding When to Charge image

P.S.A. for all designers or creatives – if you’ve ever been confused about whether or not you should charge a specific client, or if you’ve ever asked yourself “How do I tell them ‘no’ without making things aWkwArd?”, then pay attention because the following can help clarify how to go about your decision making, and ultimately simplifying your life. *thumbs up* The Association of Registered Graphic Designers recently launched a website to help us all in understanding when you should charge, when you shouldn’t, and when you should just peace out. Fee, free, or flee takes you through an interactive questionnaire to better understand when to do what when it comes to different clients, organizations, and employers. This website has us saying “finally!” and ...

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Design Fail – The Washington Post Express image

And so it begins folks…the first design fail of 2017 we’re blogging about. Fresh into the new year and we’re already shaking our heads at The Washington Post Express illustrated cover story on the Women’s March on Washington. The intention was to use the Greek symbol for Venus (a circle and cross) – commonly used to represent women. Instead, the symbol for Mars – or the symbol representing men – was featured. Many are calling this a “symbolic mistake” rather than an accident. Audiences took to Twitter to share their reactions; some suggested the cover indicates systemic bias, while others suggested The Washington Post Express hire more women in their editing department. The publication later apologized for the cover, releasing a new one with the revised ...

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Design Trends – 2017 Edition image

With the new year in full swing, we’re keeping an eye out for the latest trends in design for 2017. Digital Arts Online recently released an article sharing their predictions for what 2017 will bring in the design world. Here are just a few things to look out for in the next year: Primary colours: Red, blue, green Packaging: Will focus on the product inside Photography: More candid

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