November’s brilliant bits: our must-see blogs, sites and creatives

Get ready to dive into this hand-picked huddle of some of the internet’s best bits from the cinder-scented month of November.

Animade creates fantastic animations for Airbnb’s New York City Marathon campaign – It’s Nice That
This internet snippet contains two of our very favourite things: illustrations and GIFs. Animade have teamed up with Airbnb again, this time for the New York City marathon and Brooklyn half marathon. The London-based animation and digital production studio created a series of looping GIFs featuring Bélo, the Airbnb logo, in different scenarios. Click on through to take a look at these whimsical animations in action.

10 amazing playing cards designs – Creative Bloq
Twist. No, wait — stick! Playing Arts have rounded up a selection of 55 designers and illustrators to create a special deck of playing cards, with reverse artwork by Starbucks and Adobe designer Danny Ivan. This is the second time they’ve done the project, probably because the cards are so stunning they couldn’t resist coming back to collaborate again.

How Is Paper Made? Take a Factory Tour – Wired
We thought we were paper crazy here at, but it seems we’ve got nothing on Daniel Bushaway. He spent two years working on a photo series called Lifecycle, which documents the mills and factories that produce notepads, wrapping paper and books. If you are fanatical about paper like Daniel (and us), head on over and check it out!

Man on the Moon – John Lewis Christmas advert
How could we let the November edition of Brilliant Bits pass without mentioning the infamous John Lewis advert that made the rounds at the beginning of the month? Whether it tugged on your heartstrings or made you feel nauseous, this was definitely a standout piece of creative to kick off the festive season.

The Forgotten Art of the Phenakistoscope – AnOther
It’s time to go old skool as we celebrate early animation with the phenakistoscope. Richard Balzer, collector of these gorgeous illustrated spinning disks, has digitised a small selection of his personal archive and we think they’re well worth checking out.

What’s been floating your boat this month? Share a link in the box below and spread a little inspiration.


Anne-Charlotte S
11 Dec 2015 18:45
Lauren Parker
21 Feb 2016 13:34
Man on the moon advert is brilliant!

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