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Friday Favourites

We’re heading towards the end of our working week, the sun is shining, and the weekend is very much in sight. But first, here are a few inspiring stories that caught our eye this week…

Lost & Foundry

The gentrification of Soho is a hot topic in central London, and a collaboration between designers from M&C Saatchi and type foundry Fontsmith is looking to preserve some of the area’s design history in a unique way. Lost & Foundry is a set of 7 new web fonts inspired by historical typography used in street signs in Soho – the signs that most likely won’t exist in the future as the area is redeveloped and the buildings replaced.

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The Drum has more on the story, which they’ve also captured in a short film below:

You can find out more and licence the fonts here, and as profits are being donated to House of St Barnabas’ Employment Academy (which helps those affected by homelessness to get back into employment), if you do decide to use them, you’ll be helping a very good cause. 

Metaweave

We love the unique “Metaweave” work of artist Lala Abaddon, who cuts her large scale photographs into hundreds of strips, then weaves them back together by hand to create amazingly intricate geometric pieces of art…

We found Lala’s work via boing boing and you can see more on her website and on Instagram: @lala_abaddon.

Make a change

To end this week’s Favourites we wanted to share an Instagram photo we came across today on swissmiss by Rob Greenfield. Rob describes himself as “an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference” and recently took it upon himself to make a statement about how our lifestyles are impacting on the world. For 30 days, Rob lived like an “average American”, but instead of throwing away his trash (or ‘rubbish’ to us UK folk), he wore it. This photo was taken on day 30, his final day. Certainly makes you think about what you throw in the bin and where it goes next..

You can follow Rob’s work on Instagram or visit his website to find out more about the projects he’s involved in. We’ll leave you with some of Rob’s inspiring words:

“Change starts with you. You can only be you, where you are right now, in the current time. Start where you are and just make one positive change today. Once that change is implemented make another change. Then another change. And another, another and another until you become the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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