MinaLima (Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima) is the design studio that designs all of the graphics, signs, newspapers, decrees, posters, labels, maps, book covers, and packaging that you see in the Harry Potter movies.
“One of the best things about working on the Harry Potter films was being able to try out so many different styles, from Victorian letterpress to modern design,” says Lima.
They also worked on the Fantastic Beasts movie. You can follow their work on Instagram and purchase prints of their work on their site.
I pass this place, BJ’s Bar & Restaurant, every day on my way to and from work. When I got my Olympus OM-10 camera a few months ago, this sign was the first thing I wanted to shoot. Continue reading
You can find a lot of things on Craigslist – a car, a sofa, a slightly-used copy of of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo Gamecube, maybe even true love. But did you know that you can also find abundant design inspiration there?
Much has been written about the pros and cons of constantly seeking out inspiration as a designer. Some say that the continual search for creative spark in other’s work will make our own work stale and derivative, simply parroting the prevailing design trends. Others counter that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and everything comes from something else, the trick being to take inspiration from something and make it your own.
I tend to fall into the latter camp, maintaining a sizable Evernote notebook of web clippings that have struck me as particularly interesting. I don’t, however, limit my inspiration mining to the typical places like Dribbble, ffffound, and Designspiration. One of the more unusual places I find things that inspire me is Craigslist. Continue reading