Valentines is upon us and here at Fiasco we’re in the mood for love. Turning our gaze toward designs that are packed full of heart this post is a small dip into a huge ocean of design that features heart motifs. Where to start? The heart shape is a profoundly useful sign. With it’s powerful, wide-reaching symbolism it’s origin spans centuries and it’s shape is a curiously abstract representation as it only vaguely resembles the actual human heart. What we have for you here today are a variety of creative works, full of personality, featuring this most useful of symbols, chosen most of all for charm.
To start, Kate Moross applies her own abstract, geometric style to this bold Tshirt, (with a fantastic lookbook) while the crafty Mr Yen’s work made it’s way into the studio today with these lovely valentine’s gifts. Hello Dodo, the playful printmakers, caught our eye with this joyfully beardy number. As with much of their prints this is the kind of idea that sticks with you long after it’s gone. You’ll never see a heart again without thinking of a hairy loved one… or something like that anyway. Getting out onto the streets we have the work of artist Brad Downey with his giant public intervention. Finding “forgotten remnants of urban architecture to re-invent and rejuvenate,” how could you not smile passing this little gem in the streets? Speaking of street-based smiles Stephen Powers and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program have brought A Love Letter For You to the streets. Featuring classic, bespoke type and sweetness in abundance, here is the spirit of Valentines meeting designerly dedication in equal measure. You can choose your own heart in amongst these murals.
Whether you’re an advocator of the Valentines Day tradition or not, hopefully some of these heart shaped examples will bring some cheer to your day. Happy hearting everyone.