In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn’t long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series. The cards, which continued into the 1940s, are highly valuable now, with the most expensive (bearing the face of stringent anti-smoking baseball player Honus Wagner) selling for $2.8 million in 2007.
In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden’s Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co printed “How-To” series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations. From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, these cigarette cards told you the smart way to handle many of life’s problems.
(Please note these cards were published a hundred years ago, when safety was not as popular a pursuit as it is now. For that reason, we can’t recommend trying any of these, as brilliant as they may be.)
“Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”
“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”
“Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.”
“Having decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.”
“A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.”
“Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical. Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot.”
“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.”
“Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running loop or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over.”
“In rescuing a person touched by a “live wire” do not attempt to take hold of him if he is still grasping the wire, unless your hands are protected by rubber gloves, a water-proof coat, or several thicknesses of dry cloth. Stand on glass or dry wood, and try and have (the) current switched off, and send at once for a doctor.”
“A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.”
Greenpeace’s fake ad aims to help raise awareness of the growing disappearance of honey bees.
Continually exposed to various threats, including parasites and pesticides, the future of the honey bee currently looks a little grim. Aware of the impact the extinction of these little insects would have on humans and the environment, Greenpeace recently commissioned the teams at Polynoid and Woodblock to create a fake commercial, highlighting the plight of the disappearing honey bee.
The result is this beautifully produced two-and-a-half-minute spot, which introduces audiences to a robotic bee before explaining why these eradicate the need for the real thing. It ends with Greenpeace asking if we want to create a new world or save the one we already have.
The CG and animation is nothing short of brilliant in this piece. Look out for the arrival of a real bee, the detail and photorealism of which, in particular, is incredible. A wonderful concept, beautifully executed.
Words: Kerrie Hughes
If you need a handwriting font for your project, look no further. When we talk about free handwriting fonts, we’re not just referring to one style of typography; they can come in a number of various executions. They are in the same area as cursive fonts but with even fewer constraints and often based of free-form illustrations.
More recently, this style of typography has been making more appearances than ever before, with print and digital alike favoring it over more traditional offerings. Here, we plucked some awesome free fonts in a handwritten style for you to download and enjoy.
This cool script font was created by graphic designer Måns Grebäck, who specialises in logotypes and typography. Free for personal use only, a commercial licence for Housegrind can be purchased via the Aring Typeface website.
Freelance designer David Ellis created handwritten font Dickie using MyScriptFont, an online tool that allows you to create a vector font from your own handwriting. “It’s a great starting point as there aren’t that many great handwriting style fonts out there and it’s a pretty quick process,” Ellis comments.
Mink Type was created by New York-based art director Filiz Sahin. “Mink Type is a cool, handpainted display typeface that was developed using brush tools in Illustrator,” she comments. “Each letter has three variations including upper and lower cases so you can create a custom feel for your designs.”
A condensed sans-serif font, VersionType was created by senior designer Victor Coreas. “It is meant to be playful and very loose,” he comments. The typeface includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, and it’s free for personal and non-profit use.
Created by student and freelancer Claire Joines, Billy is a font made from her own handwriting. “Because it’s my own handwriting it didn’t take me long to make,” says Claire, “So I decided to put it online for other people to use freely!”
It’s free for personal and non-profit use (although attribution or a thank you would be nice); if you want to use it commercially, get in touch with Claire. She’ll normally ask for attribution and a small donation.
This Happy Fox font design was a collaborative effort between illustrator Laura Caldentey and Fran Llull. Wanting a thin font to use in their projects, Caldentey drew an alphabet and a selection of glyphs, and worked closely with Llull to refine into this final design.
This handwriting font is, by far, the most popular of the type designs offered online by the artist known as notfon1234. The last update to the design saw a clean up to the spacing and characters, and the font is now completely free for commercial use.
Based on his older font Gunny Handwriting, type designer Vit Condak recently released this new typeface Gunny Rewritten. Unhappy with his original version, Condak completety remade the design and now offers it as a free download for all to enjoy.
This elegant hand writing font was developed by graphic designer Mario Arturo. One of over 20 fonts created by Arturo, who specialises in fancy and script designs, Halo Handletter is perfect example of the latter. Free for non-commerical use only.
LeHand is the first font created by indieferdie. The LeHand font reflects a playful handwriting style that will be great for experimenting with on your new design projects. As a web designer and branding designer, we think there’s much more inspirational work ahead for indieferdie.
Created by Vietnamese designer Poem haiku, the Yore script is a fun take on the more traditional script offerings. Pulling in his influences from illustration, Yore will be perfect for content experimentation and might even work well on a branding project or two.
The ‘Whatever it takes’ font harks back to those school boards and chalk typography. It’s free for personal and non-profit use. The designer does however, ask for a $5 donation for any commercial use, which we think is still a bargain!
Recently, designer Simon Stratford discover iPad app iFontMaker and shortly after challenged to create a font with it in under 10 minutes. The result? This hand drawn typeface Before Breakfast. It may not be one of the most considered entries in our free fonts list, but, as Stratford comments: “It’s a fun, handwritten typeface that probably breaks every rule in typography.”
One of our favourite free handwriting fonts, this design by Ferdie Balderas comes in regular and italic as well as capital and lower-case letters. He’s even made it supportive of a number of different languages including French, Spanish and Polish.
We just had to include this download in our list of free handwriting fonts. Chomp is a playful design created by Camberwell based designer William Bayley Suckling. As a student at The London College of Communication, Suckling regularly experiments with fonts and is happy for you to use it with any personal or commercial work.
One of the loveliest free handwriting fonts we’ve seen in a long time, LSTK Bembo is an ode to one of the real daddies of book typefaces, Bembo. This handdrawn version of this classic typeface can be used whenever you want to combine personality, tradition and a pinch of attitude. The important glyphs are included in this postscript font except the lowercase x.
Haiku’s Script is Poem Haiku’s first attempt at creating a font. Beginning in 2011, it took three months to finish, from July to September. It’s free for personal use and Poem Haiku would love to hear any thoughts and comments about this free handwriting font.
New York based designer Sune Matras tasked himself to create a font based on one of his father’s handwriting styles – a very personal and specific one – normally used for short messages and headlines. We’re pleased as punch to include this gorgeous design in our list of free handwriting fonts.
This hand-sketched headline font was designed by artist Lukas Bischoff. He comments: “Created solely by me from sketch by hand and then digitized, Sketch Block makes a perfect font to create the hand-made character look, or to supplement illustrations with typography.” Free for personal use only, it’s one of the nicest free handwriting fonts we’ve seen in a long time.
A contemporary and decorative font, GoodDog was created by Fonthead Design. The curly typeface is a popular choice, having been download almost a million times since its release. This free handwriting font comes complete with a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and characters.
J.D Handcrafted is one of 16 fonts created by Emerald City Fontwerks, the stylish design being one of the studio’s most popular. The brush, script-style typeface is free for personal use, with a full set of characters at your disposal.
A quirky, narrow and condensed design by typographer Vernon Adams this free handwriting font is perfectly suited to designs on the funny side, such as comedy strips. Amatic only includes uppercase letters but comes in both regular and bold styles.
Created by Hans Gerhard Meier aka Fontourist, this beautiful script-style font’s name explains exactly the type of design its suited to. This is one of three fonts designed by Meier and his most popular download by far.
The charming free handwriting font was designed by Chilean designer and typographer Rodrigo German. The Mari & David font comes in regular, bold and extrabold, which means there’s plenty to play around with. You can also receive numbers and symbols in this style when you download the font.
Daniel is one of many fonts created by designer Daniel Midgley. Free for both personal and commercial use, Daniel includes a full set of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and various special characters.
This gorgeous, calligraphy based handwriting font was created by Nepal-based graphic designer and typographer Ananda Maharjan. Placing the font on a base of watercolours as well as a white canvas ensure that its versatility shines.
Created by Austrian mobile studio Studio Elastik, this is their second free font to be released into the wild. They describe it as their “handlettered badass version of the English slab serif typeface, Clarendon”, which explains the name! It comes in bold and outline.
This free handwriting font – Mawn’s Handwriting – is another created by Måns Grebäck; a graphic designer specialising in font, logotype, and typography design. It is to be downloaded for personal use and as always, donations to the designer are always welcome!
Bispo is a script typeface made inspiring on italic chancery calligraphy, with a flat nib pen and a module of 10 pen widths. Designed by Brazilian typographer Jackson Alves, he decided to make this typeface to allow everyone to be able to create pieces with a charm of calligraphy and taking advantage of the Opentype features.
We had to pop a chalk-styled free handwriting font in the list and this one which was designed Alphabeta85 is a perfect addition. It comes in both capitalised and non, as well as numbers, punctuation, and symbols. As always, make sure you only use it for personal work!
This cutesy font was designed by Maya aka Linny. This handwriting type is actually Maya’s handwriting and after being asked to develop the font for personal use, she finally did! It comes in upper and lower case, as well as numbers and punctuation.
We love this heavy duty, scribble-friendly font designed by Blambot Comic Fonts and Lettering. Consisting purely of capital letters, this is a free handwriting font that would be perfect for some seriously bold design work. You can also grab some punctuation and numbers in the free package.
This fun handwriting font can only be downloaded for free in the regular format but we think it’s a great one to play around with. Evoking a sense of the old-school comic book style fonts, we’re sure you’ll be able to create something special with this one!
Inspired by architectural grids, this neat, blocky handwriting font Architect’s Daughter was created by Kimberly Geswein. Author of over 200 fonts, Geswein offers many of her designs, including this one, free for personal use.
One of 82 typefaces developed by Gem Fonts, Worstveld Sling Extra is one of it’s most popular hand writing designs, receiving over 400,000 downloads since its release. Free for personal use, this font family includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and various special characters.
Let us know in the comments box if you create any work using these handwriting fonts!
Words: Sammy Maine
These days, a tree house design is much more than just a playhouse in the backyard. We’ve seen creative concepts from HemLoft, an egg-shaped tree house, to TreeHouse Point, a charming bed and breakfast nestled in the trees. Another incredibly unique construction is this Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, developed by New Zealand based Pacific Environment Architects in collaboration with Yellow Pages.
Located north of Auckland, the unique concept is an eighteen seat cafe suspended around a large redwood tree and approximately 130 feet above the ground. The entire structure spans more than 30 feet wide and almost 40 feet high, with kitchen and bathrooms located on the ground below.
Timber trusses form the main structure, the curved fins are glue-laminated pine, and redwood milled from the site are used in the walkway balustrading. Plantation poplar slats wrap around the tree and create interesting textured spaces that allow natural light to radiate throughout the interior. The circular concept is also designed to be weather resistant, with acrylic sheeting fixed to the roof and vertical roll-down blinds on the interior. Visitors are welcome to come and venture high up in the trees to enjoy a delicious meal.
When it comes to paper art, it’s the little things that make all the difference; the intricate patterns, the tiny, talented cuts and the specific colours chosen for each inch. Estonian designer Eiko Ojala is an unfathomable talent when it comes to the method, as these recent editorial pieces show.
Adhering to almost any brief, Ojala’s style is as iconic as it is impressive. Using simple colour palettes, stylish silhouettes and gorgeous, intricate patterns, this series would certainly stop you in your tracks when turning the pages of your favourite magazines.
Working with portraits, typography and landscapes, Ojala is a true talent in the paper art industry. With a style as recognisable as his, you’ll no doubt be seeing more of his work in the coming months.
Have you come across any inspiring paper art work? Let us know in the comments box below!
Since a young age, São Paulo-born artist Dalton Ghetti had a knack for tools. For his 9th Birthday, Ghetti received a set of metal tools for children. This is what he believes began his love of carving and hobby for carpentry. At 24, he moved to the USA where he earned an associate of arts degree in architecture, while working as a cabinet maker. upon graduation he became employed as a home remodeller, a job which he continues doing today.
During his spare time, Ghetti enjoys carving small intricate objects our for lead pencils. His technique requires him to hold the pencil in his hand under a strong light source, carving with either a sewing needle or sharp triangular metal blade, gradually removing specks of graphite at a time. This process usually sees Ghetti working for one or two hour intervals at a time, which results in the pieces taking months, or sometimes years to complete.
Created by Susanna Hetrich, the simple red box shreds each day’s calendar page as it passes, and leaves the tangled paper strands to curl, bunch and pile up on the floor in a messy heap. Chrono-Shredder (2007-2012, various iterations) celebrates remorse for the lost moment. It is a poetic machine with functions similar to those of a calendar and a clock: The device continuously shreds every single day, minute after minute, hour after hour. A pulse is given every 3 minutes, after 24 hours a complete day has been destroyed. Continuously, the tattered remains of the past pile up under the device as time passes by.
Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind workshop that has been operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 25 years. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, designer Judson Beaumont and his staff of eight full-time craftspeople have designed and constructed a variety of wacky cartoon-style furniture and projects for public institutions and children’s exhibitions throughout North America and abroad. Focused on quality and custom design, Judson’s studio stays far away from mass production and is as imaginative as children themselves.
A good packaging design can serve as the best advertisement for the product it was created to hold. No wonder many advertisers and designers spend a great deal of time and effort to create eye-catching, meaningful, funny, and clever packaging designs. Here’s a collection of some of the most creative and inspiring packaging ideas that immediately put a smile on your face. You won’t believe how clever some of them are.
Designed by Yunyeen Yong
Designer Corinne Pant
Designed by Soon Mo Kang
Designed by Andy Winner and One Show Merit
Designed by Maksi Marbuzov
Designer: Alex Creamer
Advertising Agency: JWT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Designed by Lacy Kuhn
Designed by Clara Lindsten
Designed by Alexandra Istratova
Designed by kokeshi-m.com
Designed by Simon Laliberté
Designer: Cecilia Uhr
Designed by Igor Mitin
Designed by Designers Anonymous
Designed by Preston Grubbs
Designed by Constantin Bolimond
Designed by Natalia Ponomareva
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa
Designed by: Reynolds and Reyner
Designed by Luksemburk
Designed by Yeongkeun