Category Archives for Inspiration

Tooling Around—A to Z

I love finding on-going projects that I discover right when they start—to see the progression and look forward to each day’s post. This happened with the Tooling Around project by Joseph Alessio, who created this awesome A to Z experimental project with tools. Check out the entire alphabet below—cool, right?

// Tooling Around—A to Z

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06. April 2015 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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2015 Oscar Nominees Graphics Package

Although the Oscars happened a few weeks ago, the graphics from the broadcast just became available online. I watch the show every year, and every year the visual elements become better and better! This year, the graphics for all of the award categories were my favorite part of the show (competing just a bit with JLo’s dress). But I definitely wanted to share these with you (as late as they are), as I thought they were too awesome not post!

The creative director for this year’s Oscar’s package was Henry Hobson and the production studio was Elastic.

Check out my favorites below: Best PictureBest Original ScreenplayBest Sound MixingBest Production DesignBest Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects.

Best Picture Nominees// Boyhood // Whiplash // Theory of Everything // Selma// American Sniper // Birdman // The Grand Budapest Hotel // The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay Nominees// Nightcrawler // The Grand Budapest Hotel // Boyhood // Foxcatcher // Birdman

Best Sound Mixing Nominees
// Whiplash // Unbroken // Interstellar // Birdman // American Sniper

Best Production Design Nominees
// Mr. Turner // Into The Woods // Interstellar // The Imitation Game // The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Costume Design Nominees
// Mr. Turner // Maleficent // Into The Woods // Inherent Vice // The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Visual Effects Nominees
// X-Men // Interstellar // Guardians of the Galaxy // Dawn of the Planet of the Apes // Captain America

(images via Art of the Title)

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06. March 2015 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Hand-Lettered Resolutions Project

For the entire month of January, Linzie Hunter set out to hand-letter other people’s 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Below are just some of my favorites, but they are all really awesome, so definitely check out the entire project HERE. Also, follow her on Instagram @linziehunter to keep up with all of her latest creations!

// Let Go of Last Regrets Instead of Clinging On To Them Constantly // Take Time To Do Things That Make You Happy // Get More Sleep // Be Kinder // For Every New Thing Get Rid of Something Old // Write Something Meaningful Every Day // Be Less Afraid of Life

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09. February 2015 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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It’s #Project365 Time!

The beginning of the new year usually signifies ambitious artists embarking on a strenuous and courageous journey of creating a piece of art every day for 365 days! Below are some of the ones that I follow on Instagram. I really love these projects because you get to see the growth these artists experience throughout this adventure. Some of artists have just started, some are in the middle of their ride, and others have just ended, but are definitely worth checking out.

Do you follow any #Project365 artists? Comment away!

Mister Doodle
// Mister Doodle

Joanne Shih
// Joanne Shih

Monique McNamara
// Monique McNamara

Erin Pille
// Erin Pille

Allie Ward
// Allie Ward
Taylor Morgan
// Taylor Morgan

Nick Fred
// Nick Fred

Helen Boggess
// Helen Boggess

Noel Shiveley
// Noel Shiveley

Sabrina Smelko
// Sabrina Smelko

Jordan Cuellar
// Jordan Cuellar

Rhianna Wurman
// Rhianna Wurman

Khairul Fikri
// Khairul Fikri

Laura McDonald
// Laura McDonald

Tara Johnston
// Tara Johnston

Novia Jonatan// Novia Jonatan

Luis Miguel
// Luis Miguel

June Digan// June Digan

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14. January 2015 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The A to Zoë Project

If I had to pick a go-to social media platform, it would undoubtably be Instagram (you can follow me @Svetsxpres). In the past couple of years I’ve come across some amazing artists who’ve inspired me tremendously. One of those effortless artists is Tommy Perez.

He’s done some pretty incredible projects, but my favorite has to be the A to Zoë food-typography collaboration he did with his 2-year-old daughter Zoë. Through this project he is teaching her the alphabet by taking food and shaping it to form the letter it begins with. Pretty nifty, huh? Letter Y was completed in early August, but Tommy never made it to Z, which is why it has taken me so long to make this post! But I couldn’t wait any longer, so the # (for Hash-Brown) has taken Z’s place! Check out the entire project below, and make sure to follow more of his creations on Instagram (@t-rez).

// A to Zoe

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12. January 2015 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol VI

It’s time for yet another edition of The Comfort of Thingy-ness (check out Vol I/II/III/IV/V)! I’ve come across some pretty awesome covers lately, and of course wanted to share! What have been some of your recent favorites (cover and books)? Comment away!

// The Comfort Of Thingy-ness...

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03. November 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Pemberley Pond Illustrated Prints

Laura and Luisa are sisters and illustrators who are the talent behind Pemberley Pond. They mix their talents and passions to create colorful and modern creations that draw inspiration from the past. By intertwining calligraphy, hand-lettering and illustration, the duo makes some truly unique literary prints. Check out some of my favorites below, and head over to their shop for a lot more goodies!

// Jules Verne // Rudyard Kipling // Victor Hugo // Charles Dickens // Rudyard Kipling // Edgar Allan Poe // Jane Austin // Ralph Waldo Emerson // Moby Dick // Pride and Prejudice // Sherlock Holmes // Shakespeare

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25. August 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Chipotle – Cultivating Thought Author Series

For anyone who doesn’t already know…I LOVE Chipotle! As embarrassed as I am to admit this, I probably eat there three to four times a week (I get a healthy bowl—so that’s how I justify it). A few weeks ago I went to get another one of my bowls, and noticed that Chipotle re-designed their bags and cups. Since I am a total sucker for packaging, I came home and checked into the concept of the new campaign.

Over the years Chipotle has used their cups and bags as a means of sharing their sense of humor, thoughts, and ideas, in both word and design. The Cultivating Thought series continues this tradition, presenting the words of thought-leaders, authors and comedians through unique, you’ll-only-find-them-here essays, each illustrated by a different artist. Chipotle hopes this will allow people to connect with the musings of these writers with whom they may or may not be familiar and create a moment of analog pause in a digital world, provoking introspection or inspiration, and maybe a little laughter.

Check out all of the designs below, and head over to the website to get a much more in-depth look at the project!

// Chipotle - Cultivating Thought Author Series

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18. August 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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It All Begins With A Letter (Vol II)

Last March, I posted covers A-L in the Penguin Drop Caps series. The series consists of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer, Jessica Hische. Perusing through Pinterest, I noticed that M-T are now available for sale! U-W will be released on August 26, and X-Z on September 30. Check them out below, and pick up (and pre-order) your favorites from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (each book retails for about $16+). 

// Penguin Drop Cap Series (M-Z)

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23. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol V

It’s time for another edition of The Comfort of Thingy-ness (check out Vol I/II/III/IV)! I’ve come across a plethora of awesome book covers, and wanted to share. What have been some of your recent favorites? Comment away!

// The Comfort Of Thingy-ness...

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18. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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