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It’s been a while since my last J’adore post, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been inspired! I have been posting about my adventures at University more recently but going to try and get back into J’adore. Nikki Farquharson is a graphic designer-turned-illustrator who has a passion for shapes, patterns and colour (which I love too – check out my Pinterest board)! I first became aware of her work when a new nightclub opened in...

Back home the nearest Paperchase is a 40min trip to Peterborough, so moving to the city (aww I’m such a country girl) and having one in Lincoln centre is a treat for me (but not so much for my purse!). I love popping in there to look at the cards, sketchbooks and all the lovely patterns on the wrapping paper. They do a lot of grid-ish and triangular patterns which you might have picked up...

Olly Moss is a young British creative who generated a lot of attention back in May with his first solo exhibition, Paper Cuts, at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. I first came across Olly’s work on T-shirt website, Threadless, with his humorous twist on the popular British design classic ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ He has had many t-shirt designs printed, but I think Olly’s real talent is for poster design. In 2010 he designed Star...

What can you make with a cupboard that you found in a skip…? With some creative flair and elbow grease, you can produce something beautiful like this: Such precision! Lino is hard enough to work with so I am actually just amazed at how Luke managed to get his edges so sharp. It must have taken his forever and/or is truly skilled! And it’s even more beautiful printed: I love Luke’s choice of two-tone colours for...

I’m a bit obsessed with paper craft atm sorry but honestly, J’adore couldn’t be more appropriate for this post about French graphic designers Zim & Zou! Now prepare yourself for a colourful trip Back to Basics, 80’s style… in paper: The amount of detail on this camera is just AMAZING! I know I’m a loser but it makes me really excited! If I owned one of these I would look at it in awe everyday… Zim...

It was great to re-discover Francisca’s work last night. I often save things into my J’adore folder and then forget about them but after a quick skim I found these beauties: I wish I could do something like this! I think I need to maybe look into learning origami or something because I would love to incorporate it into my Uni work this year – maybe a plan? I love the way the paper’s been...

If given the chance to be someone else for the day, without a doubt I would definitely choose to be Jessica Hische – I can’t begin to imagine the great things I could learn from being her for only one day! If you don’t know who Jessica Hische is – shame on you and feast your eyes on these… She has been the typographer of the moment since graduating, going on to work for Louise...

One word. 3 letters. No, not V&A… WOW! Troika’s website explains: ”At its centre the iconic V&A monogram, originally designed by Alan Fletcher, is made of three independently revolving parts. The logo de-contructs and reconnects itself with each half turn forming a playful palindrome legible from either side while the wheels produce a gentle ticking sound reminiscent of a Victorian Automaton clockwork” I have admired this since I first heard about it being installed on...

Screen printing, old school banner styles, politics & controversy? Sounds great, looks great! Nick Adam is a graffiti artist/photographer/printmaker/general creative talent from the USA! His work caught my eye whilst browsing through the PrinterVention gallery. I was originally drooling over this mobile silkscreen by Mike Slattery and then my attention was swayed… I love the base poster, but then I love the hand drawn graffiti writing over the top too… I wish my hand writing...

Graphic design is often criticised nowadays for being too digital. In the early days everything was done by hand, then progressing onto printing presses and machinery and finally onto the digital age of today. LetterMpress, created by John Bonadies, is an ipad app which allows the experience of ‘old school’ printing without the mess(and bill for all of the equipment!). I for one am a big fan of silk screen printing, linocutting and wooden type...

I absolutely love Google Chrome’s new adverts! They are fun, creative, imaginative and quirky – check out the video below to see a KNITTED webpage! It’s weird but so nice to see such modern technology being portrayed by such simple means… They kind of remind me of Maya Rota Klein’s Adobe Photoshop Cook….. pure genius! Awwwwww the pointer is so CUUUUUTE! Nice work Google 🙂

I was browsing FPO earlier and came across Tone Ink‘s posters for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals… I love the colour mix and overlay method of the leaf. The wood grain is a nice texture too… not too harsh but still nicely detailed. Also, I’m quite a fan of Futura recently since my book cover for Woman on the Edge of Time 🙂 The Tone Ink studio is based in Baltimore, Maryland who ‘strive to...

Before you look at the book, just watch this video of people’s reactions first! Watched it? Now scroll down… 🙂                         I’m a bit book mad at the moment (Thanks to a new project – more on that later!), but Tree of codes is no ordinary book! In fact it was described by many printers as “the book you want to make just cannot be...

Maria Fisher’s ‘Traumgedanken’ project proves that books can be beautiful (well, I thought so anyway)… Mmmmm 🙂 Great little detail here – a lovely balance of black & white complimented by pastel coloured threads! Traumgedanken means ‘thoughts on dreams’ in German (if you’re wondering) and I think it’s beautiful!

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020