Random acts of kindness ftw

It’s been a while that I heard about the Swedish magazine T-Post, the world’s first wearable magazine. As they explain on their website: “Every five weeks, subscribers receive a new t-shirt in the mail. News story on the inside. Artist interpretation on the front. All-around conversation piece.”

T-Post Issue nr. 51 - Higher Education Or Just Plain High

T-Post Issue nr. 51 - Higher Education Or Just Plain High

Cool concept with great graphic t-shirts, but it doesn’t stop there. Inspired by real-life superheroes (and maybe a little Kick-Ass) they invite everyone to unleash their inner superhero and perform a good deed. The fun thing is they want you to do it while wearing a superhero costume and film it so it can be shared with the rest of the world. The video with the most views wins $1,000 or a lifetime subscription to T-post. Being a big fan of random kindness (one of the reasons why I believe in the tattoo I got), I absolutely love this contest. You too? You can enter your video untill June 14th. For a smile on your face, check the video below or all the all the other entries so far here.

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“Design is everything. Everything!”

Yes I’m quoting the Paul Rand. We’re going into the last weekend of the Graphic Design Festival in Breda, and the organisation has tried to live up to Paul’s quote as much as possible. Most of this biannual festival takes place in public space, making it accessible for more than just the people in the industry. 

Graphic Design Festival Breda 2010

Graphic Design Festival Breda 2010

 So what’s this festival all about? I can’t tell you yet, because I’ll only be checking it out myself later today. One thing I definitely want to see are the Designer Toys XL. One of them is painted by a designer I recently discovered, the talented Louis Reith. Another expo I want to go to is O.K. Festival, which presents the presents “the energy and the visual explosion of strange, beautiful and original magazines.” Not only do I love magazines, I have been following the founder on Twitter for quite a while now and am happy I can finally check out his work. Last but not least I am also kind of curious about the Graphic Surprise so I will be passing that by, just like all the other exciting things that are going on. 

This edition's theme is Decoding. That's me standing at one of the many signs that are all over town.

This edition's theme is Decoding. That's me standing at one of the many signs that are all over town.

A plus is that I have my flatmate and her boyfriend with me, who both are graphic design students. I´m looking forward to their take on things. I think GDF is a great initiative, but to make it a true festival it needs more workshops, moments of interaction and parties. If you want to check it out yourself you need to be quick, because the GDF ends tomorrow! 

P.S. Paul Rand is also known for the following design quote that I love: “Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.”