Manhole Cover Art Photographed by S. Morita

Numerous manhole cover art examples

Japan-based Photographer S. Morita has taken scores of photographs of manhole covers throughout Japan. The manhole covers were designed by artists entering design contests, and there are now more than 6000 of these colourful and artistic covers.

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Apparently, there are loads of these that feature trees, along with landscapes, birds and floral designs, too. Check out the rest. My favourite is the one with the Panda, what’s yours?

Gallery // Manhole Cover Art

This is an example of manhole cover art which shows a tree next to some water

On this manhole cover there are flowers and the word Takahamar written

Jill metric pattern on manhole cover which is square

On this manhole cover there is somebody working

A selection of nine man hole covers showing art work

Manhole Cover art image

This is a selection of manhole covers

Manhole Cover art showing flowers with a yellow middle

Further Information // “Manhole Cover Art Photographed by S. Morita” // All the images shown within this post are © Copyright S. Morita. Please visit their site and portfolio for more fantastic work. Via Colossal. See more of Morita’s photos here.

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Exclusive Interview with Illustrator Martin Schmetzer

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This stunning typographic illustrative work was created by Stockholm based illustrator, Martin Schmetzer. His main focus is on hand-drawn typography ‘with a high level of detail and diligence’. As you’ll see in the work below, Martin hand-draws extremely details lettering and imagery, then often uses vector art to aid the final designs. Check out the rest of a small selection of his work below, along with his answers to 12 questions. Enjoy…

1. Tell Design Soak Magazine readers about yourself. What motivates you?

I´m a 29 year old Stockholm based illustrator who specializes in typographic logotypes with an emphasis on ornamentation and detailed flourishes. I like the interaction hand drawn typography can have to the meaning of a word and how the letters next to each other plays together and shapes a integrality.

white text on brown background

2. When did you first start illustrating? Where did it all begin?

I have enjoyed drawing for as long as I can remember but my interested for letters came trough graffiti around 95. Graffiti was a great way for me to experiment with the the alfabet. You don´t have to follow any guides or rules and may twist and bend the letters into something own. As a graffiti writer I early discovered a interest for symmetry, something that follows me til this day in my hand drawn typography and logotypes.

Martin Schmetzer type

3. How did you ‘find your own style’? Have you always used the same illustration methods?

I believe it has evolved through my tags and pieces. My style range from a vintage, 1900’s-era feel to a full-blown contemporary street temperament.

Martin Schmetzer poster

4. Tell us about your creative process. How do you work?

The sketching process is most valuable to me. I always start pen on paper before turning to the computer. For me the computer is a fantastic finalizing tool but it also limits my shapes and composition if I don´t start by hand first where I can go the whole hog.

vector sketching

5. What is the biggest inspiration for fresh ideas?

For me I think it is a mix of my everyday impressions. I register details I like everywhere. From graffiti in the streets to food labels at the grocery store. I build a ”memory bank” in my head of these details and try to use them as soon as I have a suiting commission.

type on skateboard and tshirt

6. Do you find it easy or hard to create new work?

Most of the time it comes quite naturally and easy. If I struggle too much with a design I have to take a break and tackle the task later with a fresh mind.

hand drawn typoghic lettering

7. What is the best part of your job?

That I get to draw everyday. Also the freedom to be able to choose which commissions to take on and decline since I´m freelancing.

8. Adversely, what is the worst part of it?

I guess its would have to be the uncertainly of when you will receive your next paycheck. It´s nice the receive a monthly salary when employed.

Also, for readers who dream of working creative freelance. Its is much more to it then just designing and you are never completely disconnected from work. I´m talking about the less sexy administrative tasks that comes with being self-employed such as sending quotes and handle the economics. But I do not complain but am rather thankful to be busy.

Burglers type

9. Apart from illustration, what other creative fields are you involved in?

At the moment, none. As a youngster I had several musical projects with my close friends. But I gave this up when I realized I was never going to become the best. Haha!

10. Do you have any plans for the future of your creative work?

I’ve only been illustrating freelance full-time for a year so at the moment I´m just very focused on my exciting business and to make ends meet. And I hope my lettering never cease developing.

Martin Schmetzer sketching

11. What is inspiring your work at this moment in time?

Old etching illustrations and packaging designs.

sketch poster design

12. What is top 3 tips for the Design Soak readers.

Do what you love, even if it is just as a hobby beside a employment.

Post your creative work online on different social medias. It´s free advertising and you never know who might stumble across your profile.

Try to make time to enter art/design contests. It can be a good way to get recognition from advertising agencies and other creatives.

Design Soak Magazine: Thanks Martin for sharing your work and answers. All the best for the future!

Further Information // “Exclusive Interview with Illustrator Martin Schmetzer” // All the images shown within this post are © Copyright Martin Schmetzer. Please visit his site and portfolio for more fantastic work.

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15 Stunning Urban Gardens that Inspire

urban garden decking

Here is a selection of 15 amazing urban gardens that are sure to inspire. I just love the ones that are perched on top of roofs! [via]

Gallery // Urban Gardens:

urban gardens with pool


urban garden wall


April and May city garden image


rooftop garden top image


Roof Terrace in London by Modular Garden image


garden on roof


checked garden image


urban garden with plants image


urban gardens in rooftop setting


decking with pool on rooftop


castle gardens


urban plant wall


urban decking


urban garden in city


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Set of Twitter Boxes and Social Icons for Free Download

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Here’s a set of Twitter Boxes and Social Icons for Free Download, created by the great people at a2591. The files also contain livery icons for Instagram, Pinterest, UPS, Yahoo, YouTube, LinkedIn, TNT, Tumblr, FedEx, flickr, Google, Behance, DHL, Dribbble and Facebook, too!

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twitter vans and livery

Image of instagram livery

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25+ of the Best Man Caves Ever Imagined!

Man Cave Idea - a batcave

Ah, the ‘Man Cave’, a place where men can sit down and relax. A place to get away from some of the many hassles of life and enjoy a movie or game of pool. In this selection of man-caves, there’s a range of styles to see, from Batman and Star Trek-themed basements to posh elegant-looking secret rooms. I’m sure that the wives’ regularly use these rooms, too! Check them all out below… [above image via]

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Gallery // Man Caves

man-cave for star wars


dream mancave image


Chicago Bears mancave image


NFL mancave image


home cinema mancave concept


Golf Man Cave image


R2D2 C3PO man cave


Awesome Home Theater Man Cave with stone walls


Home Theater wit leather seats


giant mancave area


Coolest Man Cave - batman


NFL Fan Cave with two rows of chairs


man cave pool with ginat tv


The ultimate man-cave chairs or sofa configuration


Things You Need In Your Man Cave - a giant net


Ultimate man cave and sports car showcase image


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image of Imperial Star Destroyer man-cave


mancave with indoor pool


mancave wallpaper for star trek fans


mancave with chequered floor


trekky mancave


great man cave


pool table in mancave


star wars mancave


Primo man cave entrance with lights


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