A couple members of the Barbour team had the honor of witnessing a speaking engagement by the incomparable Dana Tanamachi at Create Upstate in Syracuse last week. The event itself was terrific, from the impressive venue (great food, btw), awesome vendors, and stellar lineup of speakers. One highlight was undoubtedly the inspirational work and philosophy…

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When art and science collide, some pretty spectacular things can happen. Dutch visual artist Berndnaut Smilde applies a fascination with the complexities of duality (construction vs. deconstruction, inside vs. outside, etc.) to his work. Some of his most notable pieces involve literally bringing what is otherwise an outdoor phenomenon, clouds, indoors. And this makes for…

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Given the abundance of fonts out there (many of which are often free), one would think that the tradition of lettering would be dead. But similar to the rise of vinyl in music these days, the opposite is actually true. Lettering is experiencing a sort of renaissance in the design community. Call it novelty or…

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Quebec-based illustrator Sébastien Thibault has an impressive body of work. In addition to an aesthetically pleasing, bold, slightly grungy style, his conceptual approach is really smart. And this thoughtful mastery has attracted an outstanding client list, including Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, Boston Globe, Consumer Reports, and Readers Digest, among others. Via sebastienthibault.com

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British designer Kyle Bean has an impressive body of work, never mind that he graduated from college just a few years ago. What is striking about his portfolio is the level of detail that seems to go into each project. Interesting concepts that are really well executed. Hats off to Bean. We look forward to…

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