A bit lost …

Chris Haughton is a young Irish designer and illustrator. He wrote and illustrated ‘A Bit Lost’. In dutch the book is called ‘Mama Kwijt’. ‘Mama Kwijt’ won the Dutch Picture Book of the Year 2012. It was awarded by CPNB, a read-for-fun/literacy non-profit.

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I want to show you this early version of the cover. I like this color!

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Gotta love this picture book with beautiful block-print style images, that begins with ‘oh-oh! bump bump bump’… but what you’ve got to love even more are the very clever parallels between how a young owlet sees the world, as opposed to how everyone else sees it.
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When Little Owl falls from the nest, he realizes he’s lost his mummy. A skittishly pink passing squirrel asks if he can help Owl find his mummy. But what does she look like?

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Great typography too! Chris Haughton has asked Andrea Spohancenik to help him design a custom font to use for his new book projects. Based on his hand they created this font, with 364 glyphs.
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More about the making of ‘A Bit Lost’.

 

All photos from Chris Haughton.

My hero Hitchcock colorized

I’ve always wondered how my hero, Alfred Hitchcock would look like in color.
One of my favorite magazines at this moment is ENSEMBLE MAGAZINE: Piecing together the daily puzzle called life. And look at this artpost: Anne Frank, Albert Einstein en Abraham Lincoln in kleur. Great photoshop colorized photos.

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The big Mees Kees Show

What a nice week we had with Rick de Haas. He was working in our studio at his theatrical scenery and props for the Big Mees Kees Show. Together with Roos de Wijs and Irene Schepers, Rick gave the bookcharacters of Mees Kees their looks.

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This weekend Rick, Roos, Irene and Mirjam Oldenhave (author of the Mees Kees books) started their tour with the Holland Symfonia. Come and see the Spectacular Big Mees Kees show!

 

Little mole

Look at this little mole, Krtek! Jelena gave it to me as a newyears present.
We took a snapshot of it, with wooden trees and a new wallpaper we’re working on.
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“It was already dark,” the animator, Zdenek Miler, remembers. “It was kind of hard to see.
I tripped over something and I fell. I turned around to see what I fell on. It was a mole’s burrow. I said, ‘Here’s a good idea.’ ”
Read the interview with Zdenek Miler, published in The New York Times in 2004.
A few weeks ago, on november the 30th. 2011, Zdenek Miler died. He was 90 years old.
Read more about the little mole in dutch here.

 

Aqua chocolate brown

Look at the clean and simple lines of my favorite tableware of Heath Ceramics.
I really want this aqua/chocolate brown studio mug.
With the low handle it is as ergonomic as it is iconic.

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Espresso cup & saucer in opaque white & cacao.

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The collection is designed in 1948 and every piece is still made in the original factory in Sausalito, California.

 

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Maybe I’ll order the mist/linen too …

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All photos from Heath Ceramics.