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

It’s that time again! That time of the month where we run a big old metaphorical spatula around the bowl of the printed.com office and scrape up all the best creative bits from the world wide web. Prepare to lick the spatula clean folks…

Using Google Street View to Illustrate Around the World in 80 Days – Wired
This month, we couldn’t help but be intrigued by Budapest illustrator, Lehel Kovacs, and his mission to go around the world in 80 days…with Google Street View. Instead of going full Phileas Fogg, Kovacs used the online mapping tool to draw the 40 locations in pencil, before finishing them on Photoshop and printing them on postcards. Ingenious!

The British Road Sign Project
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s road signs (originally designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert) a plethora of leading artists and designers have banded together to create their own take on the familiar signs. The concepts all evolve from the functions of current signs, making us pause for thought rather than instruct us. If you fancy taking a gander at the project, you’ll be able to find it at the London Design Festival this month.

Alice in Wonderland as Animated by Van Gogh, Basquiat, Picasso – Booooooom
Canadian art blog, Booooooom, got us all mimsy in our borogoves this month with their article on Gene Kogan and his neural-style algorithm. The algorithm allowed him to recreate the tea party scene from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland in the style of various artists, including Van Gogh, Picasso and Kahlo. Very trippy and very cool!

Designers create “male” and “female” robots that independently converse using phrases from Twitter – It’s Nice That
Robots live among us, and they’re using Twitter to flirt with each other. The male and female robots were created by interactive agency, Iregular, and function by plucking phrases from Twitter to converse with one another, using illustrated facial features to express themselves. Go and see them in action here.

This unique Tokyo bookstore offers one book title a week – eBook Friendly
Yes, you read that correctly. There is a bookshop in Tokyo that only sells one title over a six day period before switching to a new one. The shop owner, Yoshiyuki Morioka, says that this helps to “increase its understanding and build a deeper relationship, what would eventually raise a pleasure of reading to a new level.” You can get the full scope on over at eBook Friendly.

Got anything you’d like to share? Drop a link in the comments box below and share with your fellow creatives.

Comments

Martin
30 Sep 2015 10:00
Hi Guys,

Well done on picking out these sites, Now look in to replying to your customers e-mails within 48 hours.
David Brookes-Lennon
01 Oct 2015 09:42
Nice blog
Tam
09 Oct 2015 08:02
Some great links here, thanks :)
Stuart
13 Oct 2015 07:43
Fun stuff
Jack
23 Mar 2017 11:07
great links and the Around the World in 80 days link is good fun, potential uses for Google Streetmap are unlimited!!!

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