Here Be Monsters

I noticed this wonderful Icelandic project of illustrated type inspired by medieval maps featuring fantastical sea creatures. 

Design by Reykjavík based Stella Björg, these decorated capitals remind me of the Victorian illustrations I’ve written about recently. I love that several of the creatures appear to be based on specific Icelandic mythical beasts, as named at the bottom of the print. I also really like the print colours and flecked paper that gives the final work its antique look.

My “Here Be Monsters” illustrated letters started from the simple idea of writing “MONSTER” but having finished it just didn’t seem like there was much left to complete the alphabet. I was in no hurry to complete it, so very slowly monstrous letters got added and finally there appeared a complete alphabet. - Stella Björg



Komma is a publishing platform on which to present their projects Hochschule Mannheim students, the faculty of design and applied sciences of Mannheim (Germany). The magazine is the media in which their ideas are translated and is entirely organized by students self-sufficient, thanks to the sponsorship. Each issue has a theme and a own identity: Komma 11 deals expectations.



As part of this year’s SCOPE NY art show, Black Book Gallery presented stunning hand cut paper works by artists Hari & Deepti.

"Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium," they state. "It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”



Ten minutes of type

is what you get when it comes to Shaun Swainland illustrator and designer from Cape Town living in the UK. The works you see above are the result of his daily ten minute type program. That’s also the time in which he seeks for a creative artwork and it is a project which celebrates
hand drawn typography as well as the slight imperfections achieved in a short space of time. We love the diverse style and character of all the different artworks.

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