This Week's Loves

Penny Farthing

I've fallen for the handsome fox in the Penny Farthing art print by DKNG Studios. The print's design is adapted from a gig poster that DKNG previously illustrated for The Decemberists.

Fun Fact: "Penny-farthing" is a term used to describe the type of bicycle featured in the print. According to Wikipedia, it's a reference to the disparity in size between the two wheels in the design of this bicycle which is reminiscent of the size-gap between the British penny and farthing coins.


Mapiful

Mapiful allows you to create beautiful, customized map posters. You can select any city of your liking; customize the label text; zoom in or out; pick from 4 visual themes — one of which is Pantone-inspired (!); and, finally, select a size and orientation.

I learned about this one via SF Girl by Bay. They, currently, have a coupon-code for their readers to save $10 on a Mapiful purchase. So, if you're interested in creating your very own Mapiful poster, head on over to check out their post and get the code.


Holy Heck

A play on her surname, the corresponding branding that designer Bethany Heck has created for her design alter-ego, Holy Heck, is clever and impactful. Fittingly, these qualities extend to her portfolio website as well. Its image-heavy design is stunning while the halo/devil-horns icon employed as a simplified stand-in for the full-size logo in the main navigation menu is astutely considered.


Spencer Charles

The style, reminiscent of vintage engravings, employed by designer Spencer Charles in his design, illustration, and lettering work is awe-inspiring. He once worked as Lead Designer at Louise Fili Ltd, so, I mean, it makes sense.


The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird

And when you accept it and start to believe in your gifts — that’s when things get really weird. That’s when others are inspired by your cause. That’s when you find those people, that audience, who accept you not because you’re weird or different, but for whom you really are. You create the potential for shared humanity, and allow others to see their struggle reflected in yours.

In The Undeniable Benefits of Being Weird, the wonderful James Victore explains the gains that come from the surprisingly difficult work of being our true selves, or "being weird," despite all opposition.