Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Stephan Bucher is a brilliant designer & illustrator and a great inspiration to me. When a new design magazine, STEP Inside Design, came out several months back, I was struck by a particular and extremely interesting reoccurring column called Ink & Circumstance. It was so very different, and everything said within it was SO right-on to what I was experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Cut to last week, I discovered Von Glitschka's Illustrative Designer podcasts and discovered Stefan was in fact, not only the creator of Ink & Circumstance, but he also started another website called Daily Monster, a series of monsters created one-a-day for 100 days from random blown ink blots. He started the project to promote a book he’d done: the Neighbors Upstairs, but it quickly developed it’s own unique following – and people started responding with stories about the who and what the monsters were like – talk about happy accidents! He's just brilliant and has done SO much to get people and kids involved.

Part of the Daily Monster blog is the OPEN SOURCE MONSTER, which is a random ink blot he offers for anyone to download and turn into a monster of their own. This is SO my kind of thing. I had a lot of fun doing this in the wee hours of the morning!

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