A New Magazine of Unexpected Design Creativity

We are inundated with design creativity these days, from ideas which seem practical to those that are totally absurd. But what works? The soon to be published bi-annual print and digital magazine, Works That Work, intends to be a periodical dedicated to inspiration and observation of projects which really work. Now that’s information we can really get behind.

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1000 European Breweries on One Map

The beer obsessed folks over at Pop Chart Labs have outdone themselves again, creating a thirst inducing poster of breweries and abbeys on the European continent. Featuring nearly 1,000 breweries, from craft to micro, the beautiful print seems to be designed specifically as an inspiration for future travels, tasty ones at that.

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Safety, Speed, Comfort: Rare Posters of World Travel

Before you could easily jet-set around the world, reaching your destination in only a matter of hours, the prospect of world travel was far more slow… and probably more exciting. Now Zeitlos, a Berlin based purveyor of vintage design, is opening an exhibition of rare travel posters from the dawn of world travel. Featuring ocean liners, fast (and safe) trains, airplanes and even a few rare zeppelins, the posters are beautiful examples of the exciting time when foreign lands seemed further away… and even more foreign.

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Island Rebel: Design from the Caribbean

Down in the southern part of the Caribbean lies the small and less touristic island of Saint Vincent. A lush location of about 140,000 people, most who are raised on the island don’t leave it very often. Just why is that? It’s not because they only want to stay in St. Vincent all the time, but rather it is because of the restrictions that are imposed on the people. Obtaining visas to go to Europe and the States is often quite difficult. This is chiefly because of fears that if they issue visas to the the citizens of St. Vincent, they would never return to their own country. While it is a valid concern, people all around the world should have the freedom to travel if they have the desire and means to.

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Vintage Infographic: Napoleon’s Tragic Russian March

When it comes to tragic military events, few would rate worse than the French invasion of Russia in 1812. A disastrous combination of situations resulted in the once powerful Grande Armée being reduced from nearly half a million strong, to a shockingly small 10,000 following their retreat. This vintage information graphic detailing the event was created by Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. It is an early masterpiece of good design.

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Campfire Cologne: A New Woodsy Scent for Men

Do you long for the cool air of a dense forest, the dusty path of a long hiking trail or the warm experience of cooking over an evening campfire? If so, then look no further than Campfire Cologne. This new designer scent is sure to take you back to those woodsy places with just the strike of a match… even if you and your beard are stuck in an office.

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Car Logo Rip-Offs From China and Beyond

We’re all familiar with knock-off Nike shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags coming out of factories in China, India and beyond. Often, telling the real thing from the copy is a pretty difficult task without a side-by-side comparison… even down to the logos the original company pays massive advertising bills to burn into our minds. So that’s familiar, but what about on the large scale level of car companies?

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Kelli Anderson Talks on Design and Apple Pie

It’s not often you run across designers with as broad a reach as Kelli Anderson. This artist/designer and self-described “tinkerer” is always working out new ways of making images and experiences for her friends and clients… and simply to entertain her inquisitive mind.

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Paper Graphics: Illustrations and Typography

Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya has been influencing the world of design with her unique art… and it’s created using just thin strips of paper. Using a technique called quilling, she folds and curls her colorful medium into intricate illustrations, scroll work and typography. Nothing seems beyond her abilities: detailed portraits of wrinkled elders, pop-art like beach scenes, and precise letters packed with swirls of color.

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Crosswalk Promotes Walking with Green Footprints

How do you promote the benefits of walking versus driving to people? In the case of this beautiful design from China, the answer was footprints. Using a street-wide canvas printed with the image of a leafless tree, pedestrians acted as the creators life, giving the tree leaves as they walked over the image. Large foam pads soaked with environmentally friendly, quick drying paint were placed at the streets edge. As passerby crossed the street their footprints left the image of a fully leafed and healthy tree – a symbol of healthy air and a clean environment.

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