(Image credits: Mekanism Skateboards)

Who wouldn't ride one of these Invader decks, by Mekanism Skateboards.

Lovely Package

If you love packaging design, you'll love lovelypackage.com. Lovely Package inspires me with the very best that packaging design has to offer, over a variety of fields. I want to start my own little packaging project!



(Image credits: Behance Network)

There's something about this typeface and its frames that make me think yum!


Legacy of letters

To say I am jealous of Luca Barcellona's ability and control is an understatement (oh, and his collection of markers!).

(Video credits: Vimeo)

Check out more of Barcellona's incredible calligraphy and letter art here.


A life revealed

I still remember when I first lay my eyes upon these images. The first photograph blew me away, appearing as the cover of the June 1985 National Geographic. The photographer, Steve McCurry, found the woman again in 2002, when the second image was taken. I don't think I have ever witnessed a more powerful story within two simple portraits.

(Image credits: Stumble Upon)

Read the story here (and I strongly suggest that you do).



(Image credits: Behance Network)

This is a fabulous card designed Yurko Gutsulyak for Koktebel. It is a New Years present for the partners and customers, which represents the 'culture of wine consumption'. Despite the lovely concept, I am also inspired by the detail of the design, which you can see in more depth here.

Happy holidays!



The beauty (for Ikea) won the most prestigious award in advertising, the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival, and deservedly so.

Embrace life

Quite a beautiful television advertisement, apart of the award-winning Embrace Life campaign for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.



If you love quality in terms of printing and binding, you'll be thrilled by this beautiful process documented by Chris Trivizas.

(Image credits: Behance Network)

Go to Behance Network to view the entire process.

Forget all the rules

(Image credits: Retin Art)

As a Creative Advertising Design major, I almost always go by this: "solutions first, appearance second". However, when I'm working on graphic design briefs, I tend to look more at the aesthetics rather than the problem and solution. I recently read and was inspired by the article Forget all the rules about graphic design, which focusses on the workings of the somewhat revolutionary designer Bob Gill.



(Video credits: Jesse Zanzinger on Vimeo)

I found this while browsing at nicetype. You have to admit, it is pretty damn cool. I want to try it!



(Image credits: Creative Meat)

One of my design friends, Megan, found this impressive Frontline: Flea & Tick Spray advertisement created by Perwanal Saatchi & Saatchi, Indonesia. Although some may interpret it as a threat to humans, I see it more as a play on the eyes and a great use of space. Maybe the headline is the reason people are giving the advertisement negative feedback? In any case, I don't believe the line is necessary.

Where there is smoke, there is fire

I was sitting outside for a couple of hours this morning drinking coffee and reading blogs, but it just got way too hot out there so I had to retreat inside.

(Image credits: Behance Network)

Speaking of hot, I discovered this great publication piece by Trapped in Suburbia. It's pretty much about an old cigarette factory, which is now a design space for creatives. You can literally light a match with the silkscreen matchbox structure. The various papers inside the book also represent various textures within the building. I've never seen anything like this before, so I thought I would share it. I just hope the book isn't flammable!

Read/see more at: Behance Network


Afternoon sketch

Snowboarder, by Kiara King

Apart from design, snowboarding is another passion of mine. I did this freehand sketch this afternoon, using a 4B Faber-Castell and eraser, whilst day dreaming of snow and riding down the Remarkables.

The Hearst, an original typeface

The Hearst, by Kiara M King

This is the first typeface I've created in quite some time. It's very basic, constructed using triangles, which were clearly inspired by the Hearst Tower. I tried out a few concepts, but this was easily the most legible. However, I believe I could take it further by maybe having a few different shaped triangles and looking more at the form of each character.


Hearst Tower

I was watching an early episode of The City a couple of days ago (yes, I love trashy American television) when a particular building stood out to me during a city shot. After some research I found that this building is called the Hearst Tower, which houses publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Seventeen, etc.

L/R Image credits: Tree Hugger and Travelling Board

The Hearst Tower is apparently the first recognised sustainable office design (both exterior and interior) within New York City. However, it's incredible facetted silhouette is what caught my eye. I love the triangle forms that make up the skyscraper, and have already begun sketching out a few concepts for typefaces inspired by these.


Central Graduate Exhibition

Last night I went to the Central Institute of Technology Visual Art, Jewellery and Object Design Graduate Exhibition Launch, which was held at Gallery Central in Perth. The gallery was incredibly busy, so I'd say the night was a complete success for the graduating students and staff.

Rebecca Orchard "Feather" 2010Dragana AndjelicJennifer Audrey 2Jennifer AudreyGia ClarkeRobert John DarbourneJessica HolkerPatricia O'Connor

L/R: "Feather" Rebecca Orchard (this is featured as the front cover of the grad book), "Pattern Fusion 1/2" Dragana Andjelic, "Caught in Highlights" and "Time and Chance IV" Jennifer Audrey, "Biotica" Gia Clarke, "Tom" Robert John Darbourne, "Chair" Jessica Holker, and "The Dress" Patricia O'Connor.

I had some difficulty understanding a lot of the pieces on display, and in particular their purpose. But I suppose that not all of them are meant to be understood or have a purpose. Featured above are some of the works that did stand out to me and inspire me. The texture and mediums they explore is really quite lovely. I somewhat envy their ability to really experiment with what they do. It's something I should do, instead of sticking to what I know and not taking 'unnecessary' risks.

To be honest, I didn't get around to look at all the work, as I wore incredibly high heels and stood for almost an hour during the awards ceremony. One thing that struck me was the amount of sponsorship and support these students get, which I think is just brilliant. Their buildings and facilities are practically new and in great condition, something we don't have the luxury of, studying Design, at my university. Instead we have to deal with working on outdated platforms and limited amount of desk space in class. I wouldn't change it for the world though; you can't get better tutors than the ones we have.



Welcome to the first post of Let it run free, a gathering of inspiration. So, why the heck am I even bothering starting up yet another design blog? Well, if anything this blog is for me. I like writing, sharing and networking. I'm constantly online, browsing other blogs and websites, particularly those that relate to my passions, and am consistently being inspired by other people's work. This, of course, fuels me to do my own little projects, which I hope to post here as well.

I guess this is also my little way to save on some paper and ink because instead of printing out everything that I find and love, and adding to the clutter around my two working spaces, I can just post it up here without too much hassle (hopefully). This is my online inspiration space. Enjoy.

PS. I'm going to an exhibition tonight, so check back for a write up and some photos.
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