words Johanna AgermanChristmas cards don't often stray beyond the boundaries of chintz. Even at their best they have a pitifully short life until they end up in the bin in the New Year. Here are some playful creations that we felt deserved a bit more recognition.
Chinese Whispers book from Thomas Manss & Company, London and Berlin
This booklet makes use of the mysterious ways of the web by referring to the countless translation programs that we all have made use of at some point. It's a careful and humorous reminder that such sites should be approached with a healthy dose of caution.
Christmas 2008, Seasonal Wayfinding from ORMS Architecture and Design, London
The funniest card to arrive on our doorstep was this take on the London Underground map. For example, the Means of Escape line (green) starts at Agree to Visit In-Laws and ends at Morphine, while every stop on the Reassurance line (grey) is named Corbusier.
Argula/Wild Rocket, Martino Gamper, London
You don't even have to open Gamper's Christmas greetings. All the information is carefully stamped on the outside of the envelope that in turn works like a container for wild rocket seeds. Fittingly the usual season's greetings are tweaked to "seasonal greetings", embossed in the top left corner.
NMo Feasties, NMo Design, London
'Tis the time for eating and NMo Design has made the most of our over-stimulated taste buds with delicious recipes such as this Salt Baked Sea Bass & Dill Cabbage. Each recipe comes with a specially designed badge.
Crash & Cycle board game, Sparks Studio, London
Board games should be a staple in everyone's Christmas stocking and here Sparks Studio jumps the gun by making their Christmas card one. Based on the traditional Snakes and Ladders, the game promotes cycling. We liked the retro style.