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A World of Images | Francoise Nielly

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I think I have finally discovered my favorite artist! I have never before been drawn to anyone’s work like I have to that of Francoise Nielly. Her paintings are expressive and exhibit a brute force. Her colours are free, exuberant, surprising and exciting. This will be perfect on the walls of my dream apartment, which will be painfully minimalistic and mostly white. I now share some of her work with you:




You can follow the artist on Instagram or check out her portfolio on Behance.

Happy weekend, everybody!

Experimental Typography | Anatomical Awesomeness

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Of all the achievements of the human mind, the birth of the alphabet is the most momentous.

Letters, like men, have now an ancestry, and the ancestry of words, as of men, is often a very noble possession, making them capable of great things.

Indeed, it has been said that the invention of writing is more important than all the victories ever won or constitutions devised by man.

The history of writing is, in a way, the history of the human race, since in it are bound up, severally and together, the development of thought, of expression, of art, of intercommunication, and of mechanical invention.(…)

A letter should possess an esthetic quality that is organic, an essential of the form itself and not the result of mere additions to its fundamental form nor to meaningless variations of it.

Taken from famous type designer Frederic W. Goudy´s “The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering” (1918)

Visuals by Andreas Scheiger, an Austrian graphic designer, typographer and illustrator.

Paper Cuts

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I have been feeling mildly uninspired the last week or so and I haven’t been able to really find something awesome to put on the blog.

Today, however, is a different story. I stumbled upon something totally amazing and I would like to share it with you.

These amazing paper artworks are made by a French artist by the name of Anastasia Elias. She is a painter, collage artist and illustrator.

I love the fragility of her work and the awesome detail. It also photographs very beautifully!

Show some appreciation by visiting her website or following her on Twitter.

When art meets finance | The Sygnia Offices

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A few weeks ago, we had the official opening of our new offices here at Sygnia. We hired a professional photographer to capture the evening and I would love to share it with you.

Our CEO, an insanely brainy and talented woman, did a wonderful job of channeling her style and design flare into the minds of the architects and interior decorators that were used.

Noting the fact that Sygnia is an asset management company is very important. Uninformed visitors often ask if we are an advertising agency or design studio, but this is simply because our CEO is a major design and art enthusiast and her vision states that great investment decisions are 50% creative intuition. I think this is something all companies can aspire to. There is no excuse for ugly and dull.
I love working in this beautifully designed office space. As a creative person in a mostly financial company, this is something I thank my lucky stars for every day.

Landscape photography | West Coast National Park

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I recently discovered this extraordinarily talented photographer from Germany called Jakob Wagner. His portfolio is super popular on the Behance Network and there is good reason for that.
Here are a few examples of one of his most recent projects, taken in our very own country.

His work is dark and mysterious and his use of perspective and post editing is immaculate. All of this together creates a lot of drama and intrigue and that is why I love it.

Show some support and appreciation by visiting his website or his profile on the Behance Network.

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