Things we like this Valentine’s Day

Our selection of design-led gift ideas for tomorrow’s love-fest.

Our type of romance

To The Points typographic Valentine's
To The Points typographic Valentine’s

Consultancy To The Point has created a series of cards that are every reluctantly-romantic type-geek’s dream. Each card is based on a typography terminology pun – expect the likes of ‘let’s get justified’, ‘RGB Mine’ and the steamingly sensual ‘be my dingbat’.

To The Points typographic Valentine's
To The Points typographic Valentine’s

Love Potions

Love Potions, David Shillinglaw
Love Potions, David Shillinglaw

Treading the tenuous line between ‘seduction’ and ‘spiking’, illustrator David Shillinglaw has created limited-edition hand painted Love Potions. The set of three bottles are – as far as we can tell – empty, though the cute, if rather crude designs, should be enough to fill your soppy little hearts.

Shillinglaw’s Love Potions are available from the Moniker Projects shop

Design Museum gift ideas

Left it until the last minute to shop for your design-discerning lover? The Design Museum has all manner of lovely, yet refreshingly un-mushy gift ideas. Among our favourites are this Swallow and Heart Necklace by I Am Acrylic, who sports a little Swarovski twinkle in his eye.

Swallow and Heart Necklace by I Am Acrylic
Swallow and Heart Necklace by I Am Acrylic

More inspiration for the disorganised can be found at http://designmuseumshop.com/

LOVE and HATE at StolenSpace

D*Face card for Stolenspace
D*Face card for Stolenspace

StolenSpace’s series of artists’ Valentine’s Cards are not for the Thornton’s gift box and creepy teddy bear brigade. Thankfully it’s all hate, monochrome and skull iconography here, and it looks rather brilliant.

Toshi's card for Stolenspace
Toshi’s card for Stolenspace

Click here to see the range

Identica spreads the lurve

Consultancy Identica, however, has taken a less embittered stance on the whole Valentine’s Day shebang, using the ever-romantic communication tool Twitter to invite people to share their favourite images and ideas from the even more romantic, softly-softly world of advertising. Read what people have to say about it all here https://twitter.com/identicadesign

#heartjelly

Caroline Tomlinson's illustrations for #heartjelly
#heartjelly

Illustration and animation agency Jelly’s Caroline Tomlinson is helping wee Cupid fire his arrows this Valentine’s Day, in this cute animation. Working alongside Massive Music and Alex Cragg from NeverBland, Tomlinson’s collage-led illustrations show Cupid shooting his arrows across the world, and Twitter uses can create their own personal love letter, which becomes the final frame of the animation.

Caroline Tomlinson's illustrations for #heartjelly
Caroline Tomlinson’s illustrations for #heartjelly

To see the animation visit heartjelly.jellylondon.com

Love at CultureLabel

Arts shop CultureLabel has come over all 50 Shades for this year’s Valentine’s Day it seems, with a range of what the store dubs ‘alternative’ Valentine’s Day gifts.

Feast your lust-filled eyes upon this S&M-leaning I Surrender Cuff, by Me & Zena, for instance:

I Surrender Cuff, by Me and Zena
I Surrender Cuff, by Me and Zena

Or Camille Walala’s monochrome dominatrix of a cushion, coming over all ‘I’ll tell you what to do’:

Camille Walala’s Kiss Me cushion
Camille Walala’s Kiss More cushion

And perhaps the most daring gift, this heart-shaped human toastie machine*, by Mustard:

Eggspress Heart Shaped Egg Mould by Mustard
Eggspress Heart Shaped Egg Mould by Mustard

*turns out it’s actually nothing more than an ‘Eggspress Heart Shaped Egg Mould’. Sexy.

To see more of CultureLabel’s Valentine’s offerings visit http://www.culturelabel.com/magazine/january-2013/love/

Do I REALLY have to spell it out?!

Phillip Watts Design tiles
Phillip Watts Design tiles

STILL scrabbling around for gift ideas? For something unusual that not every Tom, Dictionary or Harry will have, look to Philip Watts Design, which has created a new range of scrabble letter tiles, letting you spell out anything from ‘love’, ‘xx’ or ‘sweeetheart’ to ‘prenup’ or ‘OKCupid.’

Together Forever

Together Forever
Together Forever

Consultancy Together have created this simple device to flatter, terrify or tickle (figuratively) your loved one – this cute Together Forever temporary tattoo. The sweet little inking celebrates both Valentine’s Day and Together’s tenth birthday this year.

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