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Our Thortful Design of the day is inspired by entertainment and the popular TV series ‘Vikings’, with a project created by Coe Lacy.

Coe is living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a designer for DVS, while he also enjoys drawing dinosaurs and flaming skulls on his spare time.

He was actually so inspired by the visual style of the show ‘Vikings’ that he drew an illustration on his iPad using Adobe Draw, while he also used the Illustrator at the end “to slap a title on it and give it a gradient background to help the rest of the art pop a bit more.”

As you’re still waiting for the next season of ‘Vikings’, feel free to check his Behance portfolio and his personal website.

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Today’s Thortful blog is another example of how great illustration and design can be used to raise awareness for fantastic causes. For those who don’t know, the Tumblr/Instagram #Blackout this year was a viral hashtag event created by the Black Community to elevate a diverse and honest representation of themselves – there’s been a ton of research in the past regarding BME representation in the media, and the numbers aren’t at all progressive. So, with the general principle being that selfies help us all to feel better about our own appearance in a harmless and fun way, participants of the #Blackout all posted their best selfies, all at the same time. It was a heartwarming way to uplift a community which has generally seen more than its share of marginalisation in the mainstream media, with each #Blackout participant praising and sharing other members’ selfies.

Enter Oskar Vega, illustrator extraordinaire, whose vibrant and colourful portfolio is influenced by a range of styles and movements from pin-up to Manga. As a way to celebrate the movement, Oskar took four great selfies from Tumblr and illustrated them. So the ladies above went from humans to Disney characters in moments, which we thought was a fitting and very thortful addition to the #Blackout (Oskar’s original post has around 300,000 notes). Oskar has also illustrated the Addams family and the witches from American Horror Story, if you’re into fan art. Check out Oskar’s fun, uplifting and slightly risqué portfolio here or connect with him on twitter. Additionally, you can check out the Blackout for Human Rights blog here.

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At Thortful we’re very lucky that our headquarters are based right in the heart of Soho, which right now only means one thing: we’re right in the thick of London Fashion Week. The glitterati has descended upon our patch in a celebration of all things home-grown, well-designed and let’s face it, a bit strange. We know that our ‘thing’ is probably more character design and typography, but we can all afford to vary our interests a bit, can’t we?

So, since we’re in the mood, we thought we’d turn to exceptionally talented illustrator Zoe Volk to fill our illustration appetites. A 21-year-old graphic design student (and self-professed corgi lover) based in the great state of Illinois in the US, Zoe’s work is diverse and emphatically feminine, with an inherent softness to it. It has a strong nod to 90’s fashion (or perhaps the 2015-nod-to-90’s-fashion) and Zoe obviously has a well-practised hand. We think that, like Sunny Gu’s work, it would look very much at home among the powerful elite in fashion and beauty – who just so happen to be right outside. Connect with Zoe on her very soothing instagram or check out her Tumblr for regular inspiration.

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Happy Midweek! Wednesdays are usually the kind of sluggish, flabby time we end up filling up on a lot of junk food, so we thought we’d pick today’s images to reflect this (unlike yesterday’s, which were absurdly healthy). Genius Warsaw-based illustrator Krzysztof Roslan is a huge talent when it comes to tongue-in-cheek character design that both entertains and commentates. We were just going to admire with the snotty Rubix cube, but then we saw a cookie cannibalising a doughnut and became enamoured with the absurdity of it all. Krzysztof, in general, offers the kind of brilliant ingenuity you can usually see at Pixar.

As part of a dynamic design team called Ars Thanea, also based in Poland, Krzysztof has worked as a digital painter on everything from HBO’s promotions for their incredible line-up of TV series’ including Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire to working for GE and ING. That’s quite a powerful roster, and the Ars Thanea team have the cabinet full of Cannes Lions’ to prove it. Check Krzysztof’s Behance page here, connect with him on Facebook, or check out the Ars Thanea team here.

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It’s time for some Monday Motivation! September’s cooling down now, and as we reluctantly break out the knitwear and the hot drinks, we thought we’d turn to something timeless and reliable for our start-of-the-week inspiration.

Tadas Ciudaras’ typography and handlettering is our idea of easy, comfortable design. We’ve mentioned before how much we love to watch short videos of handlettering, and here’s why: the receptors in our brain appreciate a pen, or a paintbrush, or any other tool, gliding across the page in the same way that we watch koi ponds to calm ourselves. Watching the infinity-symbol movement being drawn on a page can lower anxiety levels, as well as aid against heart conditions, regulate blood pressure, and encourages faster recovery in stroke patients. So when we say handlettering is good for our health, you can forgive us for our obsession! We digress – check out Tadas’ instagram or dribbble for these wonderful gifs, or their Behance page to connect!

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Our Thortful Designer wrapping up the week is Amsterdam-based artist and (sometimes) web-designer Hinke Schreuders. Well-known and extremely talented, Hinke’s work seeks to bring embroidery back to the forefront of the design, which is admittedly a rare thing – how often do you see sewn-on typography or portraiture in art, especially nowadays, in the age of the Wacom (or this week, the iPad Pro)? Not that digital mediums are inferior to analogue in any way or produce results less visually dynamic.

Hinke has a tangible passion for 50’s fashion, and with typography (the pieces above are mixed from her 2005 and 2008 collections) and has shown at the Robert Mann gallery in New York , the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and Heden in the Hague. We love her commitment to her vision. Hinke both likes to create and interact with art that is engaging in real life – you can read her thoughts on that on her blog here, or see her work here at her personal website. Show her some love and like her Facebook page too.

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In honour of #TGIF we thought we’d mix something to do with a bit of fantastic design by previously-featured Jamie Clarke. We’ve talked about Jamie’s typography and his commitment to his craft before, and you can see our blog post on his Brighton tribute here, but with the weather being as blue as it is, we thought Jamie’s other tribute, this time to Exmouth Market in London, was appropriately thortful.

As detail-oriented as ever, Jamie has managed to convey Exmouth Market’s 400-year history in one image, by incorporating no less than 40 motifs and landmarks unique to it in his lettering. We have to commend Jamie on his incredible patience and dexterity. You should too – on his website, or if you prefer social, try twitter or instagram.

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If you love the idea of Duff Beer, Patriot Ale or Butterbeer, you’ll love La Mix Tape Ale. Okay, we can’t really attest to that because we’ve never tried it, but we can confirm that you’ll 100% love Miriam Muñoz’s branding for La Mix Tape. We’ve featured her illustrations for Club Siroco before (you can see them here), but we noticed Miriam created this whimsy, 90’s inspired branding and we had to shout about it. Made in collaboration with beer brand Dawat and La Tape restaurant is Malasaña, Spain, Miriam says this particular ale is perfect with Tapas.

We think what it embodies most of all is Miriam’s clever, nostalgic and colourful approach to design. See her personal website here, see her instagram here or connect with her on twitter to congratulate her!

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Our Thortful Design is here to brighten up your midweek, mid-afternoon! If you think this excellent gif work is familiar, it’s because we’ve gushed about its creator before. Fabrizio Morra (whose contribution to the 36 Days of Type challenge can be found here), is an excellent Italian creative. Previously we blogged about his commissioned, professional design work, but today we’re going to talk about something for the movie buffs in us – Fabrizio’s movie review blog.

Featuring every smash from Jurassic World to the Ted 2, Fabrizio’s blog-come-online-zine, which is co-run by Camilla Gazzola, is host to numerous gifs like the ones above (Inherent Vice and The Imitation Game), and portraits of a number of auteurs. It’s a film-lover’s dream. Check it out here, then connect with Fabrizio on instagram or behance!

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this_is_meIt’s time for a little more of Maria Suckert this Monday at Thortful HQ! Last time we featured Maria for Thortful Design (her brilliant comic on cellulite can be found here), we said we couldn’t decide what to pick from her extensive and hilarious body of work, and that’s as true now as it ever was. So, we thought we might feature Maria’s illustrative introduction to herself. What we really want to do is pay homage to her whole portfolio, but we have limited space, so we absolutely beseech you to check out Maria’s genius personal website, behance, or facebook. Or better yet, all three.

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