13 reasons why I’m a goth at heart

Robert Smith

Disintegration by The Cure

With the 25th anniversary of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig just behind us and inspired by a few friends who posted their amazing photos as young, beautiful goths, I’ve been thinking about the design aspects of the ‘dark’ culture lately. I’m not a fully-grown goth myself but I can’t say there isn’t something about the aesthetics of that scene that I don’t admire enormously. Now before I go on, let’s not get too hung up on terminology here. As with other scenes, genres, lifestyles – whatever you wanna call it – there are labels that some people embrace while others get upset over. I won’t pretend I know much about the goth culture apart from the fact that there is so much beauty in it! And that’s what this blog is all about.

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Naïve art and cats – part 1

Snow Again by Vicky Mount

Snow Again by Vicky Mount

I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned it but I have a tremendous love for cats in naïve art. Those two just go so well together! And that is probably why there are so many artists out there who combine them in the most beautiful ways. This is part 1 of a blog series I appropriately call ‘Naïve art and cats’. Stay tuned – there will be many more of them.

I’m starting off with the skilfully executed artwork of one of my favourite painters, Vicky Mount. Vicky is one of those artists who make me wish I’d stuck with painting when I was younger. I’d love to be able to create naïve art that I’d be proud to hang on my walls. Alas, becoming a full-time graphic designer had satisfied my creative thirst early on and I’ve never really picked up my painter’s brush again since I left school.

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Just my type

Just my type

Alright then. Let’s start this again and actually write my first ever design blog. Before I dive in, here is a little introduction about me and why I’ve started this collection of all my favourite design things – just in case you ask.

At the moment it’s 7.30 in the morning and I’m barely awake, so chances are I’ll keep today’s musings short and sweet. Or not. We’ll see. Anyway, without much further ado, let me reveal the first design passion that comes to mind before coffee:

TYPE.

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