‘Kaskaskia’ – Images of Illinois’ First Capital by Ben Geier

Kaskaskia by Ben Geier

Kaskaskia by Ben Geier

Kaskaskia is a small town in Randolph County, Illinois. Back in 1818, when Illinois became the 21st U.S. state, the town served as the state’s capital and during the 18th century its population was roughly around 7,000. Today, it has only 14 residents. Ben Geier has set about documenting this town and his images present a haunting portrait of a town transformed by floods.

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Philip Kennedy

June 18, 2013 / By

Beautiful Floral Illustrations by Sarah Abbott

Sarah Abbott - Brave and Kind

Sarah Abbott is a talented artist and illustrator from Sheffield in England. Her style is simple, clean and incredibly pretty and I love nearly everything in her portfolio. I’m particularly taken with her floral images. Flowers seem to be a motif that run through much of her work, appearing in everything from personal projects (like her typographic work below) to exhibition pieces and commissioned illustrations.

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Philip Kennedy

June 17, 2013 / By

Incredible Icelandic Aerial Photographs by Andre Ermolaev

Andre Ermolaev

Andre Ermolaev

I’m aware that it doesn’t take much convincing for me to post photographs of the Icelandic landscape, but this series by Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev is truly incredible! Looking almost like abstract paintings, his photographs highlight the beauty of nature and how unbelievably awe-inspiring the world can be.

Andre Ermolaev

Alive with color, his images show rivers flowing down through black volcanic sands. These volcanic rivers are a real natural wonder and for a photographer they create plenty of scope for fantastic images that combine color, line and pattern. Ermolaev is a fantastic photographer and his images highlight just how wonderful Iceland and the world can look. You can view the full set of images (along with more of Ermolaev’s work) over on his 500px page. Go check it out!

Andre Ermolaev

Andre Ermolaev

Philip Kennedy

June 11, 2013 / By

‘Lisboa’ – Illustrations of Portugal by André da Loba

Andre da Loba - Eletrico

Andre da Loba - Principe

After spending much of last year living in Lisbon I’ve developed a great love for the city and so I was quick to fall for these pictures by illustrator André da Loba. Bright and bold, his illustrations are inspired by the Portuguese capital and perfectly capture the spirit of the city. They feature a number of icons and stories from Lisbon including (above) the romantic gardens of Príncipe Real and the iconic yellow trams which rattle through the city’s streets. Whether or not you know anything about Lisbon shouldn’t matter, this series is a wonderful collection of images and a great introduction to André’s work.

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Philip Kennedy

June 10, 2013 / By

Handmade Wooden Cars for 100% TobeUs

Selection of Cars from TobeUs

Last year, 100 designers set about creating 100 wooden toy cars for 100% TobeUs, an exhibition that aimed to show the value of a different future. TobeUs is an Italian toy company set-up by the designer Matteo Ragni.

The idea for TobeUs was born when Ragni noticed that his children often got bored or destructive with their toys. He decided to create objects that he believed they could love, cherish and possibly even pass on to their own children. The toy cars that the TobeUs team created are strong, sturdy and beautifully handcrafted. The project was such a success that it soon had other designers wanting to make their own TobeUs cars, and so last year Ragni invited them to do just that.

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Philip Kennedy

June 6, 2013 / By

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