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Play: Experimental Typography

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Play: Experimental Typography
Play: Experimental Typography

There are many ways to practice and explore our creativity but it seems we all end up relying too much on computers when there are so many new things to explore, from basic day to day objects like matches to food. Allison Supron, a Graphic Designer based in New York has put together a project that besides being really beautiful is a great example of how we can amplify our reach by playing with different objects.

Play is a project based on experimental typography and purposeful play in the creative process. What is purposeful play? Think back to the allotted time given in elementary school to finger painting, building with blocks, and storytelling. At the time these activities may have seemed simple and mindless, but they are all tasks that require the brain to think differently and promote creativity in the learning environment.

Play is a colorful mixture of unconventional materials and techniques, hand-drawn typography, senior thesis paper tidbits, and photographs of each process from start to finish; a project geared to inspire hands to get off of the computer and get a little messy

For more information about Allison visit http://allisonsupron.com/

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Where to find Provence in Paris

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This weekend we were supposed to be somewhere in Provence, sipping cold rosé and watching locals play pétanque on the village square. We had naively tried to book a very last-minute weekend down south in the height of summer travel season and quickly realised, we weren’t going anywhere. But if we couldn’t make it to Provence, we were going to bring Provence to us, right here in Paris…

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Meet us on the Place Dauphine for a slice of Provence in the heart of Paris, one of the most, if not the most beautiful hidden gems this city has to offer on a warm summer’s eve. Tucked away on an island in the middle of the river Seine is this peaceful enclave with its picture perfect cafés and sandy white terrain, ideal for a hearty game of pétanque. (It doesn’t get more French than this).

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No balls? Or boules, should I say? No problem. At the tip of the place, near the entrance, look for the blue café with a red umbrella (you can see it in the background there ↑ behind the tree), called Ma Salle à Manger. They’ll kindly lend you your very own pétanque set in return for purchasing a glass of wine, beer or whatever you fancy.

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But if you’re really cool, you’ll invest in your personal “Club Pétanque” balls, like these bad boys ↑, from a young Parisian crew that makes all sorts of stylish gear and apparel to help your journey towards Frenchification. Stroll on to the Place Dauphine like you mean business and join the club (but more about that later).

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And now, let’s play ball*!

*(Sorry, boules).

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You’ll notice my flawless technique. Stick out the fanny just so, wrist cocked and throw a bit like you’re doing the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance routine for the perfect backspin. Okay fiiine, I’m absolutely awful and if you pick me to be on your team, I’ll mess up your entire game.

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And you know what happens to losers in pétanque? They have to “kiss the Fanny” (se prendre une fanny as they say in French). Seriously. For as long as this game has been around, it’s a tradition for anyone who loses 13 to zero to kiss the behind of a woman appropriately named Fanny, a voluptuous pin-up that’s usually pictured on the back of the club’s scoreboard. It probably comes from the fact that this game is all about sticking out your fanny when you aim, and when lovely round-bottomed ladies are involved in the game, it surely gives those naughty French boys all kinds of ideas.

Oh and another naughty little footnote: the Place Dauphine itself is noticeably V shaped, a layout they say was chosen by the King of France who had it built to remind him of all his sexy courtesans.

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But enough fannying around, this is a serious game! Just look at those serious faces debating game strategy. A classic case of “easy to learn but difficult to play well”, if you’re unfamiliar with the rules, you can find a pretty good explanation here.

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An evening of pétanque would not be complete of course without the most important part– the apéro. Hit the supermarché before and stock up on all that good French stuff, cheese, baguette, wine, garlicky olives and claim yourself one of Place Dauphine’s trusty green benches for the night.

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Or if you’re really serious about apéro, bring a table and extra chairs like these guys did ↑ to feast like kings of the pétanque field.

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PS. My Paris hotel guide includes a very affordable suggestion on Place Dauphine.

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Before I leave you to practice your pétanque swing, let’s go over the appropriate pétanque gear. Red, white and blue French stripes: check. Trusty Provençale espadrilles: check.

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But if you really want to be part of the club, take a peak at this neat little company…

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One of the founders of the Club Pétanque came to join us for a game on Place Dauphine and introduced me to his apparel brand inspired by the pétanque lifestyle. From crop tops and sweats with vintage graphics to playing gear and even wine cups for apéro time, Club Pétanque is single-handedly reviving this ancient game and giving it some serious cool.

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You can shop their gear here.

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Dare to challenge us to a game of pétanque?

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Meet you on Place Dauphine for pétanque and Provence in Paris.

Join the Club Pétanque

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Daily Inspiration #1823

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This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo’s writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via http://raw.abduzeedo.com and don’t forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo

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Baby Goat Stuck in Hole Gets Encouragement from Older Goat But Is Eventually Rescued by Human

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A confused baby goat who became stuck in a hole in wooden box at Happy Vagabonds Farm, gets encouragement from an older goat who tries to show the youngster a way out of its predicament. Unfortunately, the little caprine gets even more confused and eventually needs a human to step in and save the day as show in these adorable videos posted by Janet Gradl.

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

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Wallpaper of the Week – ABDZ Triangles

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Wallpaper of the Week - ABDZ Triangles

The wallpaper of this week is an image created for our previous tutorial titled Playing with Triangles in Photoshop. The concept behind this illustration was to create an abstract artwork inspired by the game Monument Valley and using just basic forms, in this case triangles..

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