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Design Inspiration from the Henry Ford Museum

Last weekend on a road trip from Toronto to a new skatepark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we stopped off in Detroit. From beautiful art deco buildings to the exhibits in the Henry Ford Museum – there was a lot of design inspiration.

Here are some of my Pinterest boards from the trip:

Toronto TTC Typeface & Colour Palette

Since moving to Toronto in April I have been continuously impressed by the public transport system within the city! Although I mostly rely on my trusty (if rusty) bike, when I’ve had the occasion to use them buses, streetcars and subways seem to be regular, fairly fast and affordable compared to transport in New Zealand.

However if I’m honest, it’s not the reliability of the TTC that I’ve remarked upon the most, but the typeface used in the majority of the subway stations. It’s a beautifully clean sans serif design, and the more I’ve looked into it the more facinated I have become.

Here is a look at signage and colour palettes of the subway stations. Most of which use the geometric Toronto subway typeface, and some use an inconsistent mix of fonts.
(This is an ongoing project so I’ll be adding pics as I explore the 74 stations.)

Bloor – Danforth Line
(West to East)

Kipling (one of the signs that uses an alternative typeface)
TTC Kipling Station

Stamps arrived!

The stamps of my illustrations arrived from Peddlars Pack and I think they look great! I use pretty skinny pen work in the drawings but they come out really well in the stamps.
They are available from The Peddlars Pack Stampworks under ‘Stamps’ in the ‘Nicola Brady Collection’ (:

Doodlers Anonymous Colouring Book

Doodlers Anonymous
Doodlers Anonymous
Doodlers Anonymous
Doodlers Anonymous

I’m pretty excited to have one of my illustrations included in the Doodlers Anonymous Colouring Book…
Their website describes the colouring book like this:

You’ve never seen a coloring book quite like this! Vintage icons, comic strip throwbacks, and intricate graphic details by 60 artists — a hodgepodge of cosmopolitan hand-drawn goodness begging you to get down and dirty with a crayon stub or a squeaking marker. Color inside the box or outside the lines – we won’t judge.

The colouring book is available to buy from their Big Cartel shop – I’ll be sending one to my Mum of course! (:

Peddlars Pack stamps

I had a really exciting letter from Joyce who owns and runs Peddlars Pack. They make and sell rubber stamps to arty folk in the States (based in Oregon) and are now stocking some stamps made from my drawings!
Here is a photo of the advert in a stamp collectors magazine. I’m hoping to work on more illustrations for them this year, and can’t wait to see how the stamps turn out.