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My favorite songs of 2014

As we are getting further into 2015, it’s a bit late to make “the best of 2014” list. But I needed time to digest and summarize last bits and pieces, because 2014 was very fruitful year of musical exploration. Some songs in this eclectic playlist might be not from 2014, but I’ve discovered them only recently and they became a part of my musical year.

Interested? Check out my favorite songs of 2012-2013.

Stuart Kolakovic

Stuart Kolakovic is one of my favorite illustrators. I love his stories, characters, colors, details. He makes me dream, his illos are like songs of The Decemberists.


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My Favorite Photo

I have this picture right above my desktop. Super-funny-cool-crazy-sad-inspirational-funny-boombalicious.

(I though I’d just created a word. “boombalicious”. But Google proved I’m wrong with 471 results with this word. Come on!)

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New graphic design in China

{“Shadow Play is Fun!” illustration by Qian Qian.}

Recently I stumbled upon an interesting article about new graphic design in China. It’s an interview with Javin Mo, of the HK-based Milkxhake design collective. Actually, it’s been posted at Ping Mag more then a year ago but still up to date.

In Hong Kong, we started our graphic design history only in the 1970s. In mainland China, it’s been like ten to fifteen years maximum. And in the last seven years, I’ve seen a lot of interesting projects online by these 20-something people. I can see the freedom in spaces like Shanghai or Beijing, because contemporary art is super crazy there. These two art scenes are providing a really good atmosphere for graphic design. The kids can find magazines for their illustrations and open-minded clients for collaboration, especially when it comes to art- and culture-related product design. That’s quite different from Hong Kong where it’s pretty commercial: our art space is not as big as China’s right now. That’s why not many designers can just do art- and cultural-related things and survive…

 

Read the rest of the article here.