Like a lot of people primarily connected to the design world through the internet, I've been following the reemergence of the Keep Calm and Carry On motivational poster. The piece was originally designed in by a British civil servant in 1939 and resurrected in the early part of this decade. A variety of clever variations have popped up in the past few years, but I tend to gravitate toward the ones that translate the message with a nod toward ingenuity and optimism.
This Get Excited and Make Things tee seems to fit the bill, and I particularly love the crown variation. Incorporating tools into the design evokes the concept of a utilitarian-minded kingdom that values creation and, like the message says, the act of making things. It's a rosy directive. Doesn't being motivated to build something just seem so much more appealing than being asked to merely toe the line?
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Cory O'Malley (DesignDude)
I'm a community manager at Lunch and think I know a thing or two about quirky industrial design, indie rock, lowbrow art, contemporary British authors, Mediterranean cuisine, chihuahuas -- pretty much … more
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