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Creative inspiration and design ideas by Caitlin McDowell. Visit my portfolio site at McDowell Designs.
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Retro Quotes

Colorful Retro Vintage Motivational Quote Poster with Calligraphic and Typographic Elements made by Vintage Vectors Studio from Budapest, Hungary. Specialized on templates and mock ups they design awesome retro labels, vintage tin signs, infographics, banner sets and more. Visit them for more!

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Penguin Drop Caps Series by Jessica Hische and Paul Buckley.

Jessica Hische and Paul Buckley have collaborated on an exciting new project, a series of cover designs for classic literature featuring Jessica’s Drop Caps. The first six titles, below, look pretty amazing.

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Modern Vintage art show by Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo @Gallery 1988 or when old school graphic design meets cult movies ! More here

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Typostrate Weekend Inspiration 25

Hello December, we play it hard now! The christmas business is starting and we give you some very nice inspirations on this first advent weekend. Forget about the problems and go out running. The only limit is you and New York is not far away. Be thankful fo what you got until you have it and enjoy the sunday. At least we’ve got that Jazz like tribe called quest.

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Clever Prints

if i ever saw that tattoo artist thing hot damn i’d do that in a heartbeat.

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Browns Court Bakery


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Wang Yue, a senior at Dalian Industry University, uses her paintbrush to turn ugly tree holes into lovely views in Shijiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province.

Wang Yue calls the tree-hole paintings “meitu” which means “beautiful journey.” The paintings on the trees have brightened the city during the dull, grey winter.

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Commoner: Fuel Brand Identity and Packaging

Commoner did such an awesome job on Fuel’s brand packaging. I love it!

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Joel Robinson, the most magical photographer known to Flickr.


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Invitation Design

A set of colorful invitations designed by Fred Dauzat for La Banque Populaire. Created while working for mediafix.

More images of the invitations on WE AND THE COLOR
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