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Ronai David, Damien Mortini and Aurelien Gantier put together Christmas Experiments, a digital advent calendar that reveals a new web-based treat every day throughout December. Each one is the product of a different developer.

My favourite is Finding Home by Michael Anthony, which features a little ball of light that travels into amazing landscapes that change colours and time, going through mountains and space and then into a galaxy, it is pretty awesome!

Check them all here:
Christmas Experiments

via It’s Nice That.

Every year, Wimbledon Art Studios opens their doors to visitors. Every artist uses their own studio to show what they’ve been working on all year. What I love about this place is the atmosphere and that you can find a whole range of art – photography, illustration, design, painting, sculpture – there is something for every taste.

This year I will be participating here with my paintings, illustrations and paper sculptures, and I’m very excited.

So if you are a Londoner put in your diary and do come and visit from November 22nd to 25th, and you can see more than 150 artist all in the same place!
For more info click here or read the images below.

‘Pick Me Up’ is an exhibition of illustrators and graphic artists. I went on the last day so unfortunately its over now, but it’ll be on again next year.

It was great to see a lot of new trends in illustration and amazing artists that combine computer arts with hand-drawings. The exhibition was full.
You can also find cool shops and galleries that sell very unusual pieces, objects and artwork.

I´m glad I went and I didn´t miss it. One of my favourites was the work of Niki Pilkington which is exquisite, she works in pencil and with layers, giving her pieces a 3D look. She uses colour very well, adding only some colour or just one colour to the picture. Amazing birds were displayed by Kristjana S Williams, and her use of really cool inks made her artwork of nature and birds stand out.

It was great to find out that the amazing posters for the band The Decemberists are from the hand of Zeloot, that Zim and Zou are rocking with paper art, phones, cassettes, cameras, old objects made with paper in stunning and flashy colours (see the photo of the camera made by paper).

Yoko Furusho as well is an extraordinary illustrator, and one I’d never heard of her before. She involves you in her surreal world of details and tiny pieces made by pencil.

Next year, I´m sure more artists will come with new, stunning pieces. Let´s see.

Recently I told a friend that I’m reading an amazing book about fonts. She looked at me like I was crazy and said “that seems very boring!” It was even worse when I tried to explain some of the secret jokes about typographers and the history of some font families. It was a waste of time.

Only designers and typographers can understand this love for fonts. And of course, Simon Garfield.

Honestly, this one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It has the correct amount of history and interesting facts about fonts family and typographers and designer, but it’s also written in a very funny way to appeal to the masses, not only to geeks like me.

I love that the fist chapter is about Comic Sans. I love it, after reading the first chapter I knew I would love this book.

I learned a lot about Obama and his campaign in Gotham, about Zapf and his campaign for type rules and why user MUST pay a fee for a font. I learned that Eric Gill was amazing typographer but an awful person who had threesomes with his daughters, sister and dog (I’ve changed the way I see Gill Sans now). I learned more about legibility and readability. So if you are a designer, this book is a MUST.

And very important, Simon, THANKS for this amazing research

You can buy your copy here

Josh Ritter, an american singer and songwriter decided to do his new video using photos from over 12.000 pieces of cut paper to animate this beautiful song, “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home”
More than 20 artists, director, editor and production assistants made this happen.
After doing digital images, they convert them in paper cutouts. The process continues photographing those 12.000 pieces and the editing together into a stop motion video of 4 minutes.

The video premiered on Etsy, the online community of talented craftsmen.
Ritter and his team opened a shop there as well. The artists behind the video have created a limited run of screenprinted posters based on a selection of frames. Each poster will include one of the die-cut construction paper cut-outs, as well as an mp3 of “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home.”

Video produced by Erez Horovitz of Prominent Figures.

Josh Ritter – Love Is Making Its Way Back Home from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.