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Friday Favourites

This week it’s Museum Week – a worldwide celebration of the wonderful world of museums (check out Twitter for more). Regular blog readers will know that we often visit museums to help get our creative juices flowing, so we were excited when London’s Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising recently re-opened in a brand new home.




There’s lots to discover at the museum (over 14,000 items!) including an exhibit exploring the 200 year history of Johnnie Walker – a brand we’ve been working with for many years – and our recent visit made us feel very nostalgic. But it’s not just old packaging on display, and we were delighted to spot several of our more recent designs on show including our Lipton Ice Tea bottle and Cadbury Milk Tray.

You can find out more on the museum’s website and we’d like say a big “thank you” to the lovely museum team who supplied the photographs for us to use here.

Animal Magic

Did you know that ostriches can run faster than horses? Or that, despite having 3 eyelids, owls cannot move their eyes?



We found these beautiful fact-filled illustrations on Live Science.


While we’re on the subject of animals, Jade also found some stunning animal photography by Joel Santore for National Geographic. Santore is dedicated to capturing endangered species, and his portrait photography style captures the spirit and personality of each animal…





You can read Santore’s story on the National Geographic website to find out more.

Under my oombrella

For all of our readers based in the UK, today marks the beginning of a notoriously rainy month (April showers bring May flowers!), so we were intrigued to hear about ooombrella…


oombrella is a smart umbella. Connected to your mobile phone, it tracks your activity and local weather data so that it can send notifications and reminders to take your brolly with you when you’re likely to need it. How clever is that?

The creators claim that it stands up against strong winds, it comes in a range of colours AND you can screw a camera on top to take advantage of the views up above – a true reinvention of the humble umbrella.

You can find out more on the Kickstarter page. Thanks to Bertille for sharing!


Now in its third year, this week saw the start of the annual 36 Days of Type project – a challenge set to designers all over the world to create a letter or number each day. You can follow the entries on Instagram and find out more on the project website. Here are a few of our favourite D’s from today so far, including one from DB New York’s Jack:

A photo posted by Jack Simonds (@jacksimonds292) on

For bonus typography inspiration, check out It’s Nice That’s interview with Alan Kitching (a legend in the letterpress world), and The Drum’s article on the current trend for handpainted signs, much like the one we commissioned Henry Sign Painter to create for our Amsterdam Christmas card

Christmas Card 2015 Amsterdam

Speaking of Amsterdam…

What’s happening, Amsterdam?

Amsterdam bike, bridge & flowers

Each week the eagle-eyed Jade, a regular Friday Favourites contributor, curates a list of the best, most inspiring things to do in the city and shares it with the Studio. Here are her top 3 things to do over the next week in Amsterdam…

Unfair Amsterdam
Running until 3 April, Unfair Amsterdam is a modern art fair with a difference. Be inspired at various talks and performances, meet the the new generation of artists and, because it’s run by a non-profit foundation, if you do purchase anything then you’ll be happy to know that all the profits go directly to the artist. Very fair. Visit the website for more details.

Hermès Festival des Métiers
Between 1-10 April, Hermès moves its French ateliers temporarily to ‘De Overtoom’ (just a stone’s throw from our Studio) for a public exhibition in the Hollandsche Manege. Meet the artisans behind the creations of the world-famous fashion house and see how they make various products by hand, including the brand’s iconic scarves. This exhibition is part of the travelling Festival des Métiers and you can find out more here.

**Bonus fact** Founded in 1837, Hermès started off producing harnesses for horses. Our Studio building, built in 1872, was originally stables and home to horses used on the city’s tram service.

PechaKucha Amsterdam
Prize-winning guinea pigs, cardboard wonderlands, living in tiny houses — head to De School on Wednesday 6 April for the 35th PechaKucha Amsterdam to hear some of Amsterdam’s best creative talents share their latest work and greatest ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds. Details here.

If you visit any of these – or have any recommendations for creative things for us to see and do in Amsterdam, London, New York or Singapore – let us know by email, we’d love to hear from you.


What we’re listening to this week #39


What we’re listening to this week #40