Share your colours and be published in UPPERCASE

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Shae Leviston's paint palette

Shae Leviston's paint palette

For our summer issue, we're asking you to show us your colours. Paintboxes, dirty brushes, crayons bits, dusty pastels... our colourful tools tell a story about who we are as artists. The call for submissions is open to everyone—whether you're a professional illustrator, a seasoned artist, an art student, a dabbler... what does colour mean to you? 

Shae Leviston, an artist from Australia, submitted her paint palette (against a white background, as we request in our call for submissions) as well as examples of her work in progress. Great submission, Shae!

Shae writes: "As an artist colour is my whole world. Through my art work I can express myself in colour in infinitely more ways than words. In acrylics I can mix up every hue and show my emotions, inner world and imagination in the most subtle or wildest ways. As an intuitive artist, acrylics allow me to work quickly, work on varying surfaces and add so many other mediums to it to create collage and mixed media work. Through colour I can create the paintings that bring people joy, awaken their inner child and evoke delight and wonder."

Please review the submission guidelines here and submit soon. The deadline is May 1. (That's next week!!!)

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They Draw & Travel contest winner: Natalie Very B.

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Congratulations to Natalie, the winner of the "It's a Creative & Curious World" contest with They Draw & Travel! Natalie has won a year's subscription to UPPERCASE, a copy of Work/Life 3, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of UPPERCASE.

Natalie Very B. Favourite Place: NYC "St. Stevens court seems to be just a typical residential area of Toronto, but to me it's filled with sparkles and magic of existence. It means "home", love, friendship, family, and all those precious moments spent together. Every day becomes an adventure in our Curious Court."

Natalie Very B. Favourite Place: NYC "St. Stevens court seems to be just a typical residential area of Toronto, but to me it's filled with sparkles and magic of existence. It means "home", love, friendship, family, and all those precious moments spent together. Every day becomes an adventure in our Curious Court."

They Draw & Travel contest runner up: Dave Douglass

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Dave Douglass Favourite Place: San Francisco, USA "I recently took my wife & kids to Yosemite National Park in California... What an amazing and inspiring place! I had to put all the kid-friendly activities we enjoyed into a map."

Dave Douglass Favourite Place: San Francisco, USA "I recently took my wife & kids to Yosemite National Park in California... What an amazing and inspiring place! I had to put all the kid-friendly activities we enjoyed into a map."

"I live in South Pasadena. It's a favourite for film & television productions because of it's beautiful Craftsman-style homes, friendly small-town feel and proximity to the film industry. I've been learning about some fun shooting locations used in some pretty memorable movies."

"I live in South Pasadena. It's a favourite for film & television productions because of it's beautiful Craftsman-style homes, friendly small-town feel and proximity to the film industry. I've been learning about some fun shooting locations used in some pretty memorable movies."

They Draw & Travel contest runner up: Nicole Duquette

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Nicole Duquette Favourite Place: California "Downtown Lancaster has been my home for the past 10 years and I've grown to love its historic charm, unique cafes and shops, as well as all the destinations that make the city so special! These are just some of the places I frequent and have fond memories of."

Nicole Duquette Favourite Place: California "Downtown Lancaster has been my home for the past 10 years and I've grown to love its historic charm, unique cafes and shops, as well as all the destinations that make the city so special! These are just some of the places I frequent and have fond memories of."

They Draw & Travel contest runner up: Aunyarat Watanabe

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Aunyarat Watanabe Favourite Place: Bangkok, Thailand "These are my favourite pastry shops in Tokyo. I especially love the apricot cake from Cafe Zinc. (in the lower left corner) It really goes well with their coffee. Please come to Tokyo and enjoy these cute and colourful cakes!"

Aunyarat Watanabe Favourite Place: Bangkok, Thailand "These are my favourite pastry shops in Tokyo. I especially love the apricot cake from Cafe Zinc. (in the lower left corner) It really goes well with their coffee. Please come to Tokyo and enjoy these cute and colourful cakes!"

"When I lived in Sydney, my favourite place was Taronga zoo! The Zoo has animal shows, keeper talks, and animal encounters all day. The best way to arrive at the zoo is via ferry from Circular Quay. Once you arrive at the port, you can catch the rope way known as Sky Safari! It gives you magnificent views of the zoo and the harbour. You can even camp in a safari tent in the zoo, so why not try the Roar and Snore! Sleeping in the zoo is fantastic!"

"When I lived in Sydney, my favourite place was Taronga zoo! The Zoo has animal shows, keeper talks, and animal encounters all day. The best way to arrive at the zoo is via ferry from Circular Quay. Once you arrive at the port, you can catch the rope way known as Sky Safari! It gives you magnificent views of the zoo and the harbour. You can even camp in a safari tent in the zoo, so why not try the Roar and Snore! Sleeping in the zoo is fantastic!"

"The best way to explore Bangkok is pier hopping! It's really cool to go across Chaophraya river by boat, feeling the tropical wind. There are many piers (tha) along the river, and each pier (tha) has its own style. The most popular tourist sights are located between Central Pier to 13th pier (Tha Phra Athit) , but my favourite is 15th pier (Tha Thewet). The 15th pier has a lovely flower market, and you can feed fish while waiting for your boat. Fun! I lived in Dusit district. My apartment was on Suan Ooy street (in the upper left corner). I miss the yummy street food in that neighbourhood!"

"The best way to explore Bangkok is pier hopping! It's really cool to go across Chaophraya river by boat, feeling the tropical wind. There are many piers (tha) along the river, and each pier (tha) has its own style. The most popular tourist sights are located between Central Pier to 13th pier (Tha Phra Athit) , but my favourite is 15th pier (Tha Thewet). The 15th pier has a lovely flower market, and you can feed fish while waiting for your boat. Fun! I lived in Dusit district. My apartment was on Suan Ooy street (in the upper left corner). I miss the yummy street food in that neighbourhood!"

They Draw & Travel contest runner up: Jane Sanders

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Jane Sanders Favourite Place: Wellfleet, Cape Cod, USA. "This is a map of where my little wood frame house sits along with various elements that make up my sweet little neighbourhood of Queens, New York."

Jane Sanders Favourite Place: Wellfleet, Cape Cod, USA. "This is a map of where my little wood frame house sits along with various elements that make up my sweet little neighbourhood of Queens, New York."

They Draw & Travel contest: honourable mentions

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Throughout the day today we are posting the honourable mentions, runners-up, and the winner of the "It's a Creative & Curious World" contest with They Draw & Travel. If you missed this contest, take a look at the contest page to see all of the creative submissions. 

Congratulations to all the honourable mentions!

Yebin Mun Favourite Place: Seoul, South Korea "I am an illustrator currently living and working in Seoul. I used to go these places with my mom when she visited me. Actually, I love every part of Seoul. Especially, Bukchon Hanok Village. I wish you could visit there once. You will love it."

Yebin Mun Favourite Place: Seoul, South Korea "I am an illustrator currently living and working in Seoul. I used to go these places with my mom when she visited me. Actually, I love every part of Seoul. Especially, Bukchon Hanok Village. I wish you could visit there once. You will love it."

Camila Tubaro Favourite Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina "This is my point of view of the places I like the most of my city, Buenos Aires. Its colours, its architecture and the spirit of a city full of people, music and culture. The technique I used represents, to me, my child memories of some of these places: some of which still remain and others that no longer exist. However, if they are drawn here it is because they are all important to me and make me feel that, no matter where I go, there will never be any place better than my home: Buenos Aires. Hope you like it!"

Camila Tubaro Favourite Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina "This is my point of view of the places I like the most of my city, Buenos Aires. Its colours, its architecture and the spirit of a city full of people, music and culture. The technique I used represents, to me, my child memories of some of these places: some of which still remain and others that no longer exist. However, if they are drawn here it is because they are all important to me and make me feel that, no matter where I go, there will never be any place better than my home: Buenos Aires. Hope you like it!"

Lori Weitzel Favourite Place: Orlando, USA "57 Million People visit Orlando each year, and most just hit the amusement parks. This is a map of the other parks not to be missed."

Lori Weitzel Favourite Place: Orlando, USA "57 Million People visit Orlando each year, and most just hit the amusement parks. This is a map of the other parks not to be missed."

Kate Mason Favourite Place: French Alps, France "I was born in Adelaide & have lived here all my life. I can't imagine living anywhere else. Its smallish and beautiful. and was a very well planned city settlement back in 1836. The River Torrens runs right through the city centre straight out to the beach. Its surrounded by bike paths and you can bike all the way around from beach through the city to the hills. The city centre is made up of orderly blocks & four main squares. The neat city centre is surrounded by parks and gardens. We have everything practical that we need here as well as all the crazy adventurous stuff, and we are paradise for foodies. We are world famous for our Barossa Valley wines, great white sharks, city of Churches, WOMADelaide, Tasting Australia, Adelaide & Fringe Festivals, the magnificent Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground and Tour Down Under Cycling. Adelaide is a great place to raise a family because its a very affordable living city. Its perfect as a base to travel the world, then come home to blissful life. There's no place like home! Ranked in top 10 in The Economists Worlds most liveable cities in 2010, 2011 & 2012. Also ranked THE most liveable city in Australia {Property Council of Australia] in 2011, 2012 & 2013! On my map, I've included all the artsy & quirky & adventurous things to do in Adelaide & surrounds. They are all the places I recommend & take visitors new to our city to. Come & visit & see all the amazing things we have to offer!"

Kate Mason Favourite Place: French Alps, France "I was born in Adelaide & have lived here all my life. I can't imagine living anywhere else. Its smallish and beautiful. and was a very well planned city settlement back in 1836. The River Torrens runs right through the city centre straight out to the beach. Its surrounded by bike paths and you can bike all the way around from beach through the city to the hills. The city centre is made up of orderly blocks & four main squares. The neat city centre is surrounded by parks and gardens. We have everything practical that we need here as well as all the crazy adventurous stuff, and we are paradise for foodies. We are world famous for our Barossa Valley wines, great white sharks, city of Churches, WOMADelaide, Tasting Australia, Adelaide & Fringe Festivals, the magnificent Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground and Tour Down Under Cycling. Adelaide is a great place to raise a family because its a very affordable living city. Its perfect as a base to travel the world, then come home to blissful life. There's no place like home! Ranked in top 10 in The Economists Worlds most liveable cities in 2010, 2011 & 2012. Also ranked THE most liveable city in Australia {Property Council of Australia] in 2011, 2012 & 2013! On my map, I've included all the artsy & quirky & adventurous things to do in Adelaide & surrounds. They are all the places I recommend & take visitors new to our city to. Come & visit & see all the amazing things we have to offer!"

Lesley Barnes' Post-it Notes!

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Surface Pattern Design Guide and Work/Life 3 participant Lesley Barnes was asked by 3M, the makers of the famous Post-it note pad collection, to work on some designs for their Signature SERIES. Lesley's Lavish Elegance and Eclectic Chic collections are available for purchase here

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Type Tuesday: office supply alphabet

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UPPERCASE had a similar project in issue #19 wherein we asked our readers to create alphabets out of office supplies.
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Type Tuesday: Shapeset Alphabet

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behind the scenes: Penguin Books logo design

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Some beautiful scans by book designer David Pearson of Penguin Books symbols. To see more scans of this 1963 vintage book, visit David's Flickr page

Inside Random House: "The Art of Cover Design"

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Happy Easter!

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Our friend Shelley Davies created this colourful Easter assemblage. 

Happy Easter, everyone!

the real Easter bunny

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In the spirit of the arrival of Spring, and celebrating the Easter holiday, I thought I would post some photos of my rabbit, Angel. At Christmas my husband surprised me with a trip to the Calgary Humane Society to choose a rabbit to take home. We had talked about getting a dog, but since we live in a condo, we didn't think it would be fair to keep a dog cooped up all day. 

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Having Angel as our pet has been a wonderful experience! She lives in her cage while we're at work, but roams freely around the condo when we're home. (We had to do some bunny-proofing, of course) A lot of people ask me if she needs to be walked. As much as I would love to take her for a jaunt in the park, Angel likes to do her own form of exercise–running laps around the coffee table in the living room at warp speed! Rabbits need 2-4 hours of exercise, play and socialization a day, and Angel gets plenty of that. 

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!

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artist Alex Podesta's Self-Portrait as Bunnies

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chicks at a typewriter

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With cute chicks, pretty flowers and a typewriter, this Easter postcard from 1910 looks cute—but look a little closer and the whole scenario becomes a bit more sinister!

illustrator Emily Balsley's collection of bunnies

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Bunny illustrations by Work/Life 3 and Surface Pattern Design Guide participant Emily Balsley.

poster bunny for a "Retrospecticus" tour

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The National Poster Retrospecticus is a touring poster show launching in May featuring more than 250 hand-printed event posters from over 80 of the most outstanding poster designers in the USA.

"Our mission is to celebrate posters, the made-by-hand aesthetic and help spread that enthusiasm around the world."  

Take a look at the National Poster Retrospecticus' upcoming tour on their website. 

a little something extra

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We're celebrating Janine's birthday tomorrow with a gift for you: purchase a two-year subscription and receive a free everyday notebook set!

* Sale ends Sunday, April 20. Shipping costs not included with notebook offer.This offer cannot be applied retroactively.