Geeky, Feminist Motivational Posters for the International Women’s Day

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Due to a post-winterstorm blackout a week ago, I’m still catching up on my Internet reading, so I only saw these awesome, nerdy motivational posters now. It was worth the wait, though:

Tumblr Risa Rodil Poster Shuri Improved

Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

Referring of course to Shuri from the movie Black Panther. As another tinkerer, I wholeheartedly agree! 😀

Tumblr Risa Rodil Poster Successful Woman Herself

Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“Behind every successful woman is herself.”

The posters are by letterer, illustrator and designerd Risa Rodil. She posted them on Tumblr in honor of the International Women’s Day (March 08).

Visit Risa Tumblr post for more geeky feminist posters. And while there, look at the rest of her work – such a distinct, lively, whimsical style. I especially liked this library poster:

Tumblr Risa Rodil Poster When Doubt Library

Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

Find more about Risa on her website, including where to buy her designs.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

“Stop saying Yes to shit you hate”

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A little bit like Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, part of my adulthood has definitely involved un-learning the supposed “need” to accept unacceptable things and to learn to say No when needed. Jessica at Femme Fraîche puts it more succinctly:

Jessica Femme Fraiche Instagram Stop Saying Yes

Jessica at Femme Fraîche.

“Stop saying Yes to shit you hate.”

Hear, hear! While taking on projects that are a stretch can help you grow, shit you hate should be on a permanent No list. Don’t you agree?

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

 

 

New Art: To Live by Likhain

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I’ve been waiting for an envelope for almost two weeks, and finally, finally, it arrived!

To Live by Likhain Unpacked

This gorgeous print is by Filipina artist likhain. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to get it.

Likhain says they made this piece in response to the question “What do you really want?” and the calligraphy in the background reads:

“to survive. to grow. to study without being bullied. to work without being under threat. to walk around and not be harmed. to meet people and not encounter abuse. to take public transport and not be harassed. to hold each other’s hands. to marry. to raise our families. to build our homes. to be safe. to know peace. to access care when we’re sick. to help when we can. to have help when we need it. to contribute to our communities. to be equal under the law. to belong. to sing. to dance. to create. to speak our truth. to be happy. to love.”

I will frame it as a present for a loved one.

(In case you’re interested in buying a copy, here’s my experience: The print itself is beautiful, and came very well packaged / protected. However, the delivery company that InPrnt used, DHL, was annoyingly slow. It took them 11 days to get the envelope from Florida to Massachusetts, where USPS took over and end-delivered my envelope in one additional day. I’d have no qualms about bying again quality-wise, but if delivery time was an issue I might consider something else.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

From Script to Experiment in Typography and Graphic Design

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Egypt-based graphic designer Mahmoud Tammam released to the world an experimental illustration / typography project to transform words written in the Arabic script to reflect their meaning. Below are some of my favorites.

Rabbit:

Mahmoud Tammam Rabbit

Mahmoud Tammam.

Fox:

Mahmoud Tammam Fox

Mahmoud Tammam.

Coffee:

Mahmoud Tammam Coffee

Mahmoud Tammam.

These are absolutely brilliant! Like so many other seemingly simple designs, I’m sure they took a lot of work.

Access the script project at Behance (part I; part II) or see more of Tammam’s work on Instagram.

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: WoW Classes as Brands

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Creative Director and artist Matt Stevenson shared his designs for World of Warcraft classes / specs imagined as real-world commercial brands. Wow! I’m seriously impressed not just by the top-notch designs, but by the imaginary products the brands have been applied to. Here are a few of the best, IMO:

Matt Stevenson WoW Brand Guardian Druid

Matt Stevenson / dcmjs on Imgur.

 

Matt Stevenson WoW Brand Subtlety Rogue

Matt Stevenson / dcmjs on Imgur.

 

Matt Stevenson WoW Brand Fury Warrior

Matt Stevenson WoW Brand Fury Warrior

 

Found via BlizzardWatch. Stevenson also designed a retro-feel set of minimalist WoW class posters (available for sale on Etsy). My favorite is the balance druid poster:

Etsy Matt Stevenson SBTRCTV Balance Druid

Matt Stevenson / SBTRCTV on Etsy.

 

Very nice work! Check out his business website at dcmjs.com.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Lorem L. Ipsum, Dumb Ass!

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Lorem ipsum is a nonsense Latin-esque text that designers use as placeholder text on their drafts. For movie fans, there is now an unforgettable version: the Samuel L Ipsum generator.

The ipsum quotes are lines by Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the movie Pulp Fiction. While the generator page is not for the faint of heart (profanity warning), the quotes themselves seem to be mostly profanity-free.

Samuel L Ipsum Quote

Text by Samuel L Ipsum generator; graphic by Eppu Jensen.

“Now that we know who you are, I know who I am. I’m not a mistake! It all makes sense! In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain’s going to be? He’s the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they’re friends, like you and me! I should’ve known way back when… You know why, David? Because of the kids. They called me Mr Glass.”

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Lorem Ipsum, Cthulhu Style

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Lorem ipsum is a nonsense Latin-esque text that designers use as placeholder text on their drafts. There are various humorous versions, but this version inspired by the world of the Deep Ones is new to me:

Chtuvian Ipsum

Text by Cthuvian Ipsum Generator; graphic by Eppu jensen.

 

Cthuvian Lorem Generator by ephemer. Why lorem ipsum when you can Cthulhu fhtagn?

Indeed. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Lorem Ipsum, Now with Zombies

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Lorem ipsum is a nonsense Latin-esque text that designers use as placeholder text on their drafts. You may have run into bacon ipsum, cupcake ipsum or hipster ipsum. And now there’s Zombie ipsum!

Zombie Ipsum Text

Text from zombieipsum.com; graphic by Eppu jensen.

Generate zombie text in regular, lite or with 50% more brains.

“Zombie ipsum reversus ab viral inferno, nam rick grimes malum cerebro. De carne lumbering animata corpora quaeritis. Summus brains sit, morbo vel maleficia? De apocalypsi gorger omero undead survivor dictum mauris. Hi mindless mortuis soulless creaturas, imo evil stalking monstra adventus resi dentevil vultus comedat cerebella viventium. Qui animated corpse, cricket bat max brucks terribilem incessu zomby.”

Zombie Ipsum is brought to you (from Portland, Maine, yay!) by designer/illustrator Josh Fisher and blogger/social media consultant Rich Brooks. I’m not into zombies or horror stories in general, but this is. just. awesome!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

7-Word Bio

Inspiration

LIVE from the NYPL is The New York Public Library’s event series that offers “programs that are as unique and engaging as the Library itself, and embody the institution’s mission to educate, inform, and inspire the diverse community it serves in New York and beyond” (quoted from About LIVE from the NYPL).

One of the nifty touches that the program director established are the seven-word autobiographies that he asks each guest to provide. Brain Pickings quotes quite a few in their article. The only people on the list that I recognized are William Gibson (“Postwar. Cold War. Stop the War. Later.”) and Dan Savage (“asshole, blond, slut, shy, sunny, father, husband”). The best one, though, in my opinion is Joan Didion’s: “Seven words do not yet define me.”

I was inspired to try my own version:

Crafty gamer, geek, linguist, librarian from Finland.

(In case you’re curious, the font is Segoe UI. A similar one, WeblySleek UI, is available at dafont.com.)

What would yours be?

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

P.S. I tinkered with the website look. The header scrolled a little oddly, and there were so many fonts it made the head spin. (I got feedback about that. Thanks – it’s appreciated!) Much, much better, if you ask me. Let me know if you have any other feedback! 🙂