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Travel the World Through the Eyes of Herb Lester

You Are Here : London by Herb Lester

You Are Here, a London guide by Herb Lester

Have the Olympics reignited your travel bug? Every time I watch a competition I’m reminded of yet another place I’d like to go, with London of course beckoning with its splendid architecture and dry humor.

Whether visiting or revisiting one of the world’s great cities, Herb Lester Travel Guides offer a new take on the tired old travel map.

For starters, they’re so wonderfully illustrated that instead of hiding behind them, you can spread that map proudly fair tourist. These are meant to be seen.
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Paris for Pleasure Seekers by Herb LesterThe New York Collection by Herb LesterAustin on the Hoof by Herb Lester

Hand-Lettered Notes by Knock Knock & Kate Bingaman Burt!

Hand-Lettered Notes by Kate Bingaman Burt and Knock Knock: We Need To Talk

Hand-Lettered Notes by Kate Bingaman Burt and Knock Knock

We’re irrefutable fans of Knock Knock. They make giving a gift and a laugh about as easy as giving a high-five.

We’re also big fans of Kate Bingaman Burt—described previously here as a creative crush. She draws. Constantly. She’s a maker and an educator. Lives here, works here, inspires here. (Disclaimer: She’s awesome IRL too.)

When I saw that the two collaborated to bring the gift-giving world these hand-lettered versions of Knock Knock classics I experienced a bit of awesome overload. In fact I’m need of a new adjective. It’s kind of a problem.

Knock Knock, Kate, heart you!
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Hand-Lettered Notes by Kate Bingaman Burt and Knock Knock: Note To SelfHand-Lettered Notes by Kate Bingaman Burt and Knock Knock: Shit List

Wrap Magazine: Issue 4!

Wrap Magazine, Issue 4

Remember that awesome illustrated wrapping paper magazine we told you about a couple weeks ago? Wrap, Issue 4 is out!

Wrap Issue 4, Julia Pott spread

The theme for the issue is, “the great continent of North America” with prints by illustrators from Toronto to Texas and NYC to LA. It includes great interviews and more articles than ever, plus they just announced a new subscription service to receive all three issues for this year (with June and October yet to come!).

Catch a glimpse of the latest issue in the video below, and see how to wrap with pages from Wrap!


Screen Shot 2012-03-06 at 12.38.49 PMWrap Issue 4, Julia Pott spread

107 Illustrated Recipes: They Draw & Cook Coming Oct. 4 (Pre-Order Now!)

They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World

Two years ago brother and sister, Nate and Salli, were on a family vacation.
“Nate was trying to recreate a favorite dish—fettucine with figs in a balsamic butter sauce—while Salli sat at the counter with her watercolors painting the crate of figs.” They realized how fun it was to illustrate food, and an idea was born.

Nate and Salli wanted to make a book of drawn recipes.

After collecting illustrations from a few artist friends, there weren’t enough recipes for a book so they built a blog. Word got out fast and a year and a half later, They Draw & Cook is the largest collection of illustrated recipes anywhere, from artists all over the world.

As you can see, they were able to make that book after all. They Draw & Cook, the book, comes out two weeks from today, but you can order it now at the special pre-sale price of $12. A wonderful gift for creative cooks of all kinds and just in time for the feasts of fall.

I’ve picked some favorites from the book below. Each illustration links to the original so you can go see it bigger and discover similar recipes.

I’m torn between Mom Mom’s Peach Cake and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes—which to try first?!

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Mom Mom's Perfect Peach Cake by Kristen NoheMonsters Favorite Pumpkin Soup by Maria BogadePersian Lentil Soup by Nazanin KaniMadeleines by Jessica BarnesGarlic Mashed Potatoes by Meg GuerinPimms No. 1 Cup by Rebecca Bradley

Learn Something Every Day

Back in the day, Snapple cap facts were my fave. I mean, how else would I know that the Statue of Liberty wears a size 879 sandal? Pretty positive that wisdom will come in handy someday.

Naturally, my eyes lit up when I stumbled upon Learn Something Every Day. It’s a simple illustration project started by Young, a creative agency in the UK, and it’s easy to get lost in these drawings for hours. For instance, did you know eating bananas attracts mosquitoes or that pogonophobia is the fear of beards? Cray cray for sure.

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