Our app is now live!

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Created By Jessica Hogarth

We’re delighted to announce that the app is now live and waiting for you to download in the iOS and Android stores!

It’s early days and there’s plenty of work still to be done, but we thought we’d get it out there to let you have a play!

Enjoy creating your own greeting card, or simply order one that our fantastic creators have already submitted for any occasion.

We would also love to get your feedback, so that we can make some final tweaks ahead of our full launch in the New Year. So please let us know what you think! Read more

Typography of the day by Joel Felix

Typography of the day by Joel Felix

Today we’re exploring the creativity of Joel Felix, a freelance designer who specialises in branding, hand-lettering and illustration, while he’s crazy about all things concerning typography.

When did you start as a designer?

I stumbled upon graphic design in college after taking a year off because I didn’t’ know what I was going to do with my Art Studio major. When I came back to finish my degree I took an introductory class to Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign and fell in love with design. I immediately switched majors once I realized that there was an entire “business side” of being creative. I viewed the computer and those applications as a different “medium” to work in, just I had with painting or drawing or sculpting. The rest is as they say “history.” Read more

Interview with Paul Hamilton

Interview with Paul Hamilton

Who inspires you?

I could quite easily say many of the world’s famous photographers but I am more inspired by my Wife, Children and Family, because they are around me on a daily basis and have to put up with my endless photography process, they are my true inspiration.

Do you remember your first photo?

Yes I do, I was fourteen years old and it was a photograph of a fishing village n Portugal’s Algarve region of Albufeira taken with a compact camera during a family holiday. On returning people commented and asked where was the postcard from, I replied it’s actually one of my holiday photographs. Read more

Map Illustration by Larissa Seilern

Larissa Seilern

We are starting the new week feeling inspired by the illustrated map of Larissa Seilern, as it reminds us that there’s always a reason to explore the beauty of the world (and language barrier should not be an excuse to delay your next adventure). Larissa is a freelance illustrator based in Vienna and here’s what we learned from her:

How do you find inspiration?

I guess the usual – just getting out of the studio for a while and doing the opposite of work.
For example traveling is a huge source of inspiration- especially India with all its intensity. Read more

We’re loving the Thortful Diversity

We’re loving the Thortful Diversity

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” — Malcolm Forbes

Diversity is always welcome here at thortful, as it allows us to see things from a new perspective. We’re proud of our multi-cultural office, with 10 nationalities already on board! (And this is just the beginning: more exciting times are coming up!)

It’s great seeing the team grow, and our diversity as a company really benefits. Different backgrounds lead to different viewpoints, and we really enjoy exchanging thoughts and ideas. Embracing the beauty of creative diversity brings endless possibilities every single day!

After all, we’re engaging daily with Creators from across the globe, and our diversity as a team makes us appreciate their unique perspectives even more. One of our Creators, Joel Newman, recently visited us and was inspired to draw this great sketch, celebrating our diversity.

Can’t wait to see how many flags we’ll be adding in the next 6 months!

Interview with Jiayue Hu

Interview with Jiayue Hu

How did you start illustrating?

I started studying drawing when I was 6 years old and I never stopped. When I was in primary school, I was drawing everywhere. All my textbooks are full of my doodles. So, I chose to study picture books during my undergraduate study.

Who inspires you?

My mother. I was not good at drawing when I began to study it. But my mother always accompanied me when drawing pictures. We drew everything we saw and thought of. Then, I began to enjoy playing with colour and shapes. Read more

Street Photography with Cris Rose

Street Photography with Cris Rose
According to Elliott Erwitt, “photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place” and this certainly applies to the art of street photography.

Today we are featuring the black and white street photography of Cris Rose, a freelance photographer and artist based in London who never misses an opportunity to observe people and take another shot. Read more

Wanderlust and typography with Adam Vicarel

If you’re struggling to get through the day, it may be a good idea to have a look at the creative typography of Adam Vicarel, an artist, designer and traveler who created an ideal Instagram feed for anyone looking for an adventurous boost. His work gives you the right motivation to seize the day and he might even inspire you to plan a trip during the weekend!

1) When did you start as a designer?

I started in 2011 right after I graduated college. I got a job in southern Ohio designing t-shirts for a company called Rokkitwear, and I was ultimately hired by their mother company, Touchstone, and I did everything from branding, apparel design, and product design to web, UI and marketing campaigns. I was pretty mediocre at all of it, but I had a strong work ethic and an even stronger drive to improve.

2) How do you find inspiration?

I try to find my inspiration from as many places as possible. Namely, not inspiration sites. I most often find myself getting inspired or having ideas when I’m just talking to people; I’m very extroverted–I thrive on human interaction, and I often connect the dots between obscure references, conversations and quotes. I also constantly find myself coming up with some of my best ideas when I’m in the midst of a long hike in the mountains, or while I’m climbing, skating or snowboarding. Read more

“An Illustrator’s Lunch” by Aleesha Nandhra

'An Illustrator's Lunch' by Aleesha Nandhra

It’s lunch time and just when we were wondering what to eat, we came across the work of Aleesha Nandhra and her creative take on “An Illustrator’s Lunch.” As it seems, illustrators may be inspired from anything, beating their creative hunger in the most unique ways!

How did you come up with the idea of this illustration?

This illustration just started off as a doodle of some pencils inside a food tin and I just
progressed from there. I knew that it would be a strong visual idea and I had to go through with it and make it! I can’t recall exactly what the thought process behind the initial idea was, but I was most likely thinking about food! Read more

Interview with Rachel Morris

Who inspires you?

My family has always been supportive since I was very young and I’m well aware of how lucky I am for that. It’s very cheesy, but doing well for my husband and daughter is important to me – I’d like to make them proud. In terms of illustrators I admire, there are lots and for different reasons. I grew up immersed in Quentin Blake’s work and greatly admire the sense of immediacy, fun and humour he can get across with a few scratchy pen marks and splashes of colour. Judith Kerr is another illustrator whose work I’ve grown up with – There’s a brilliant documentary about her called ‘Hitler, The Tiger and Me’ and I put it on in the background while I’m working sometimes to give me a shot of inspiration.

When did you start illustrating?

I think I’ve always drawn things, since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I used to draw tiny pictures, mostly faces, on the walls of my parents house. Usually tucked away in a corner behind a chair or somewhere it wouldn’t be discovered immediately. I remember knowing it was naughty but my Mum, Dad and sisters would laugh when they found one, so I did it anyway. Read more