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Friday Favourites

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favourites – some of our favourite inspirational creative stories from the past week, and the odd thing that just made us smile. Let’s start off with something for typography lovers…

Musical Type

Meet Masqualero. Taking the track ‘Masqualero’ by Miles Davis as design inspiration, Monotype Studio turned the piece of music into a brand new typeface or, as Creative Boom describes the process, “transforming its contrasts, contradictions and complexities into the bold but ambiguous letterforms”.

Masqualero_A-Train

Masqualero_F

Read more about Masqualero on Creative Boom and check out our weekly “What we’re listening to this week” playlists for more musical inspiration.

Japanese Creativity

We’ve come across two lovely creative stories from Japan this week. First is the Japanese yosegi art of gluing coloured wood and cutting it into thin sheets for decorative purposes, found by Carlie. This is handmade craft at its finest and the results are stunning:

Next up is Japanese artist Gaku’s incredibly intricate fruit and vegetable carvings, which bring a whole new meaning to the idea of playing with your food…

Gaku_apple

Gaku_radish

Gaku_broccoli

We found these on Colossal and you can see more on Gaku’s Instagram.

Historic Dutch Photochrom

Jade spotted these beautiful Photochrom postcard images of the Netherlands in the 1890s – a lovely reminder of what our Dutch home used to look like:

Photochrom_canal

Photochrom_windmill

Photochrom_beach

Photochrom_QuakerOats

If you’re not familiar with Photochrom, it’s a chromolithographic process whereby colour is applied to black and white images. Invented in the 1880s, the process was particularly popular in the 1890s when colour photography wasn’t commercially available. You can see more examples from this series and find out more about the Photochrom process on Mashable.

Shop Cats of NYC

As the heading suggests, here are some photos of cats that live in shops in our USA home, New York!

Cats_RecordStore

Cats_Sava – Dream Fishing Tackle

Cats_Jack – Wine Heaven

Cats_Tiny – Community Bookstore

These images come from a new book aptly named “Shop Cats of New York”, which tells the stories of legendary felines who live in some of the city’s most iconic buildings and landmarks. You can find out more on Creative Boom.

Beautiful Book Covers

Speaking of books, the Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) has announced the winners of its annual book cover design awards and we’ve selected a couple of our favourites below…

ABCD_TheStart

ABCD_MrsDalloway

ABCD_Radiance

ABCD_TheBirds

You can see all of the shortlisted entries on the ABCD website, found via Creative Review.

Inspirational Women

To end this week’s Friday Favourites we wanted to share the brilliant International Women’s Day takeover on It’s Nice That earlier this week. It’s full of interviews with, and articles by, amazing women working in the creative industries, and includes the likes of BuzzFeed’s in-house illustrator Rebecca Hendin, Frances Corner (Head of College at London College of Fashion), and game designer Phoenix Perry. Grab a cuppa and spend a little bit of time reading the inspiring stories here.

InternationalWOmensDay_ItsNiceThat

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