Thursday, 27 October 2011

feel safe

Another day, another work. Thursday is Thor's day, the god of Thunder. This is one of my favourite norse gods, along with Loki, Freyja, Bragi and Idun. And why? Because I love thunders and lightnings and scary skies. :)
Yesterday was one of those days where I could feel, with my whole body, the power of nature. I can't explain the sensation, but I adore it.
Thurizas is the rune for health and strength, so I hope during this winter-feel time you'll have both.

Thor's day by ~BlackLuna on deviantART

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

be inspiring

My newest work project is about the days of the week. I didn't finished the flavours yet, but I'm working on that.

I like to think on the origins of things and the week days were always present on my mind, because they vary so much from country to country. Wednesday in English, mercredi in French, quarta-feira in Portuguese. 

Wednesday comes from the word Wōdnesdæg (Old English) and means "Day of Wodanaz" and it could also means "Mercury's day". I prefer the Nordic mythology to the Roman. Vikings are so cute.

Wodanaz (in Proto-Germanic) is Odin, the major god in the Norse mythology and the principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon).

In futhark (or runic alphabet is an ancient Germanic and it is used for writing, divination and magic) , Odin is represented by the rune Othala //sorry, it's Ansuz!(the 4th rune; rune means secret) that represents intelligence, communication and inspiration. And today is a good day to stay at home, it's so cold outside!

Odin's Day by ~BlackLuna on deviantART
Maybe you don't remember, but you all have seen these runes before At Lord Of The Rings, by Tolkien or in Nazi symbolism. I could say much more about the Nordic Lore, but it's mythology it's so complex it would take much time to write it here. but if you would like to know more about it, just ask me and in my next week-day work I'll give some more insight.
Note: Information taken from Wikipedia and Edred Thorssons' books, Futhark and Rune Lore.

Saturday, 22 October 2011


I was talking with Barbara from Momographica when this idea hit me. I never showed you where I come from and I know most of you don't know how Portugal look like. And it's a shame because I live in a such a beautiful country. I also offer you the challenge to do the same and share the wonders of your own country. ;)

This is Portugal:

Lisbon/Lisboa, the capital city (the music is a Fado from Carlos Carmo and it's called "Lisboa, menina e moça"):

Now the city I'm currently living in, Oporto/Porto (music from GNR, "A pronúncia do Norte"):

And my hometown, Viana do Castelo:

So, where will you go on your next vacations? I'll be at Viana do Castelo next week! :D

100 years of fashion in London

I don't know who made this, but if you do tell me so I can credit. I just know it was an ad for a shopping center in London. I wish this to become viral and see people all over the world do an animation like this about their own countries. How awesome would that be?

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

just be inspired

I'm here to show some animations I watched lately (or maybe not). Enjoy them!

I've watched this a thousand times and I still laugh like the first one. Abbot and Costello are genius!


Another kinetic typographic work, now with my favourite quote form my favourite movie: The Devil's advocate and with my favourite actor: Al Pacino. I watched the movie more times that I'm willing to admit. 


Do you want to know what I love about kinetic typographic works? When they're well done they enhance the qualities of what they're quoting. It's a marvellous thing to watch.

See you soon!

Monday, 10 October 2011

My classic letter

Classic Letters by Nícia Cruz

Everyone likes sales and free stuff: brands and clients. There's no better way to promote your work than by offering your product/service for free.

If you're tired of the lame designs available in words' documents and want something more fancy yet formal, this pack is for you. You can choose between 6 different designs and even have access to the original file, so you can give wings to your creativity and change everything as you please. Just don't use it for commercial purposes. You can share alike, but please give me credit.

Hope you like it!

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Classic Letters by Nícia Cruz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Keep the apple alive

via Apple

Yesterday one of the most genius person in the world of today has passed away. He was an inspiration to a lot of people (and I'm sure that will remain in the future) and specially to design lovers. That way I couldn't help but to dedicate a post to Steve Jobs.

I know that the people who worked with him, or just followed his steps, will do their best to honor his memory and, that way, be inspiring people as well and create marvelous things for our delight.

And you, you can buy all his products to show your respect for his work or do something else. Something better. You can listen to his talks and do something with it. Get your hands dirt, your brain to hurt and do something good and beautiful for this world.

Keep the apple alive.

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