Purpose of this blog

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I am interested in keeping people inspired and informed with images, videos, poems or research texts about learn to read materials for preschoolers and typography. If you want to submit material, please email me at Ulrike@lovetoread.com


46. Go Gaga

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We just taught animation classes to kids and teens for a week. It was  intense with a lot of fun and a lot of work. Apart from animating a 3d Alphabet, we made coffee-cup people.  To explain the concept we showed a sample animation of our own coffee-cup Lady Gaga (see movie).  The goal of the coffee-cup exercises is to promote divergent thinking, leading to more ideas, more creativity and better problem solving. It is a skill that is so important, but not emphasized in normal school life. There is an excellent  TED talk presentation by Sir Ken Robinson that shows how our educational system is not supporting divergent thinking.  It was interesting to find out that the younger the kids were, the more ideas they had... just like in the Ken Robinson's "paperclip" study.  They also liked bumping into the tri-pod and camera a lot, which led to many re-shootings... Altogether we took thousands of photos. What a week!  Here is a clip that shows what the kids did with their coffeecups. Do you consider yourself creative? If so, do you engage in creative or lateral thinking activities?  Get our Coffee-Cup character creation kit right here to get started!


45. children museums are great inspiration

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We love children museums. Here we are with Cosi and Niko at the San Diego Museum for kids. We love the San Francisco children museum, the Exploratorium as well as the Skirball center in LA.


Typography blog with interest in letterpress

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http://www.heartfish.com/


43. more than room decor

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There are amazing ways to transform rooms, especially kids rooms


42. all about boxes

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There is something about boxes...simple cardboard boxes, pandora boxes, mystery boxes,... One day I brought my son Nikolas with me to the office. The plan for the day was to create a stopmotion animation for the Spanish Alphabet, but with him being in the office I was not really able to concentrate on anything serious. While there were no toys around, Nikolas was highly entertained with boxes: as you can see:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lovetoreadmedia?feature=mhum 

 

More about boxes and their mystery is revealed in J.J. Abrams TED talk
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/j_j_abrams_mystery_box.html

I posted some really fun box creations at www.vivadesign.com/boxcreations

The Boxdoodle project invites everybody to participate...very creative and a great inspiration for art teachers or parents...(http://www.neu-e.de)

Here is an ongoing collaboration of artists from around the world who provide graphics for square lightboxes (http://artboxproject.net/artbox_store/MEET_DESIGNERS.html)


Feature Article in the Santa Barbara News Press!

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On January 30th, 2011 Viva Design's Love to Read project was featured in the sunday edition of the Santa Barbara News Press.

Karna Hughes wrote a great article with lots of detail and information. Please check it out.

It is posted right here: www.vivadesign.com/sbnewspress01

 

Or you can read the text version here:


41. printable coloring letters

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40. fun monster tatoos for kids - gift idea

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39. handmade dolls

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Also seen at the ABC Kids show were these adorable dolls.


38. Olympia Zagnoli

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Great Illustrator Olympia Zagnoli , check her out!


37. Beautiful interactive animation with Miya Matreyek

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36. back from the ABC Kids expo in Las Vegas

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Inga and I gained a lot of information and contacts at the ABC kids expo in Las Vegas last week.

We also met some nice people and had a good time.

Here are some hi-lights:

Ingram books: interesting and well designed books for kids


BlogHer wrote about our workshops

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Review in parentclick.com blog

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Love to Read English

Description:

"Love to Read" is a fun way to introduce children to reading. The alphabet is animated in stop-motion using simple, home-based materials such as noodles, paper and buttons.

Purchase: http://www.lovetoread.com/   

Review:

This brief DVD consistently provides 30-minutes of guilt free distraction for my two daughters, ages 1 and 4. The 4-year-old shows off by shouting out the images associated with each letter ("Airplane!" for A), and the 1-year-old is happy to shout nonsense alongside her. My husband and son appreciate the "how-to" chapter for making your own stop frame animated movie, and were inspired to try it for a school book report. All in all, a fun while-you're-eating-breakfast-cereal sort of DVD.


35. Three Love to Read t-shirts are now ready!

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34. Kindergarteners are creating coffee-cup characters

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Dear Ulrike (and my lovely Art is Vital Partners),
 
My 20 Kindergartners and I watched your wonderful DVD and made cup puppets!  They all had names and favorite things, thank you for the inspiration!!
 
LOVE, Mindy


33. where good ideas come from

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33. Human Alphabet

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Amazing letters out of human bodies:


http://www.designswan.com/archives/tag/performance-art


32. beautiful embroidered Alphabet

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32. museum of letters

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You can learn the Alphabet and everything about letters right here, one cool museum!

http://www.buchstabenmuseum.de/

 


31. we print t-shirts with our coffeecup characters who love to read

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30. Build personal wealth

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29. The origins of the ABC

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Where does our alphabet come from?

We see it every day on signs, billboards, packaging, in books and magazines; in fact, you are looking at it now — the Latin or Roman alphabet, the world’s most prolific, most widespread abc. Typography is a relatively recent invention, but to unearth the origins of alphabets, we will need to travel much farther back in time, to an era contemporaneous with the emergence of (agricultural) civilisation itself.

 


Blogher - Eco-Friendly Animations for Children 0-6 Years Old

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With an eco-friendly approach to animation, Viva Design Inc. has used recycled household materials in its first Love to Read DVD series for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. The stop-motion animation of Love to Read is produced by a sequence of photographs with engaging images.  Designed to inspire a child’s creativity and desire to read, the animated alphabet and words have a handmade quality. Viva Design Inc. transformed coffee cups, tissue boxes, licorice, rice, chips, vegetables, and sponges into playful characters and letter animations. As a result, the look of the Love to Read DVD is more organic than other children’s reading products.

http://www.blogher.com/ecofriendly-animations-children-06-years-old


Pressrelease 03. Alphabet City Exhibit Debuts at Gallery

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Alphabet City Exhibit Debuts at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery

From Amelie to Zachary, quirky coffee-cup characters will be featured in the Alphabet City exhibit that opens on August 15 at the  HYPERLINK "http://elizabethgordongallery.com" Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Santa Barbara. Ulrike Kerber’s  HYPERLINK "http://www.vivadesign.com" Viva Design Inc. has crafted the city skyline with fun characters as part of its  HYPERLINK "http://www.lovetoread.com" Love to Read project. The one-month exhibit will include Love to Read events, animations, and presentations. Love to Read aims to instill an early love of reading and inspire preschoolers (and their parents) to create animations with recyclable materials.


Pressrelease 02. - Eco-Friendly Animations

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Love to Read Offers Eco-Friendly Animations for 0-6 Years

With an eco-friendly approach to animation, Viva Design Inc. has used recycled household materials in its first Love to Read DVD series for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. The stop-motion animation of Love to Read is produced by a sequence of photographs with engaging images.  Designed to inspire a child’s creativity and desire to read, the animated alphabet and words have a handmade quality. Viva Design Inc. transformed coffee cups, tissue boxes, licorice, rice, chips, vegetables, and sponges into playful characters and letter animations. As a result, the look of the Love to Read DVD is more organic than other children’s reading products.

Forty minutes in length, the Love to Read DVD includes a 12-minute alphabet that starts with “A for airplane.” It features a queen, robots, traffic, yoga, and ends with “Z for zoo.” More than 7,200 photographs were required just for this alphabet. Flashcards are another feature of the DVD with topics such as I Love to Cook; I Love to Eat; and I Love Farm Animals, Water, and Wild Animals. The website at www.lovetoread.com also offers digital downloads and free coloring pages.


Press-release 01. - Introduction of the product

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Love to Read Presents Engaging Alphabet Animations for 1 – 6 Years

Viva Design Inc. has produced and released its first Love to Read DVD series for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. With its playfully animated alphabet and words, the engaging images inspire a child’s desire to read. Parents will also be delighted by the digital downloads, free coloring pages, and animated flashcards offered at www.lovetoread.com.

As the mom of Cosima and Nikolas, Love to Read’s creative director Ulrike Kerber developed the concept while sharing her love of reading with them. Not satisfied with existing products, the graphic designer with extensive experience in animation and film created her own beautiful DVD series for children. She believes that your child can learn to read and that an introduction to reading is vital for early childhood development.


Love to Read DVD review from Dealwisemommy

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My son just loves everything to do with letters.  Everywhere we go, he is calling out letters he can see!  He has even started to spell words.  Each week, I find he knows how to spell a new word!  It is amazing since he is only 3 as of the end of June.   I was contacted to review the 1st DVD from the Love To Read series called “Alphabets & English Words”.  My son does love movies, so I of course said yes!   We tend to visit family often, which an hour away, so he gets to watch his movies on the way down and back.  I popped in this DVD and his eyes were glued until the end.  Through out the movie new words are shown and my son would repeat them!  The video teaches all the letters and a word to go along with each letter!  The video is made using items all around the house.  I found that to be pretty neat to look at!  They make objects and words out of Coffee Cups, beads, rice, and so much more.    I am hoping my son will learn some new words as well as how to saw W.  He just says it in a really long funny way!  (as he says double woo woo woo).  This is a great DVD to use to teach your kiddos the Alphabet in a fun way! This DVD is for Ages 2+ and runs for 40 minutes.  The price is $18.95 but right now you can get it for $14.95. You can head on over HERE to see a bit of the DVD!

http://www.dealwisemommy.net/2010/08/love-to-read-dvd-review-giveaway/


01. Love to Read DVD giveaway - review in Mommy blog

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I recently received a DVD to review which focuses on engaging a child's desire to read. It's targeted towards the 1-6 year old audience. The company behind this, Viva Design Inc, has won and been nominated for Emmys, New York Festival, BDA, Omni Awards, Type Directors' Club Award, and Art Director's Club Award.

This is a really cute DVD and I love all of the graphics. It starts off by going through the Alphabet and showing corresponding graphics.

more at   http://www.adventuresinmommyhood.net/2010/08/love-to-read-dvd-giveaway.html#comment-form


28. great examples of stop motion animation

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pancake man:


27. How to stop-motion animate

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STOP-MOTION ANIMATION
WHAT you NEED
The first thing you need is, of course, an idea. Try to stick with something simple for your first one–any action that can be split up into smaller parts works well.


02. Lovemikana features Love to Read

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25. gallery event and workshop

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Alphabet City Exhibit Debuts at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery

 

From Amelie to Zachary, quirky coffee-cup characters will be featured in the Alphabet City exhibit that opens on August 15 at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Santa Barbara. Ulrike Kerber’s Viva Design Inc. has crafted the city skyline with fun characters as part of its Love to Read project. The one-month exhibit will include Love to Read events, animations, and presentations. Love to Read aims to instill an early love of reading and inspire preschoolers (and their parents) to create animations with recyclable materials.


Alphabet Blog

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The purpose of this blog is to collect inspiring examples of Alphabets and great typogrpahy.

If you have any material you like to submit, please email me at ulrike@lovetoread.com


24. The Happy Virus

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The Happy Virus

I caught the happy virus last night

When I was out singing beneath the stars.

It is remarkably contagious -



22. An Alphabet out of Moss

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Great Alphabet

http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Mossy-alphabet/583548

 


 

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about babies – and how the child’s ability to explore, experiment, and make mistakes is an essential part of the creative process. When we are at the height of our creative productivity or “flow” state, our brainwaves reflect a deeply meditative, or “theta,” pattern.As babies and pre-adolescent children, this theta state – characterized by the ability to shut out the world and deeply concentrate and connect with a task at hand – is the norm, enabling children to lose hours playing in completely imaginary worlds. Yet, for adults theta brainwaves are more difficult to access, usually coming only in half-waking states as we slip into dreams. 

Rumor has it that Thomas Edison (progenitor of the 99% namesake) would sleep just 4-5 hours a night and then power-nap in order to intentionally access the super-creative powers of the theta state. Edison would grasp a ball bearing in his hand, which he draped over the arm of his chair just above a tin pie plate. As he nodded off in his chair, he’d drop the bearing, and the clanging would wake him up just as he drifted off. Then, he would immediately write down whatever was in his mind.

Author Jim Robbins writes of a similar technique used by chemist Friedrich Kekule, in A Symphony of the Brain, describing a reverie in which he “envisioned atoms forming a chain and snakes biting their tails, which led him to discover the shape of the benzene ring.” 

The theta state is characterized by the ability to shut out the world and deeply concentrate and connect with a task at hand.









20. Hebrew letters

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Hebrew letters that melt, extrude spiky appendages, and crawl around on three-dimensional surfaces -- those are the disturbing and inventive forms thatOded Ezer creates when he wants to get away from everyday typography.

Ezer is a versatile graphic designer and type designer working in Israel, where his poster, logo, and publication designs reflect the commercial side of his work. His angular Hebrew typeface family Maya was honored in both the ATypI bukva:raz! type-design competition and the Type Directors Club's TDC2 competition in 2001, and was shown among the winners in the book Language Culture Type. But Ezer also practices experimental typography that he calls "typo art," manipulating Hebrew letters in space and turning type into three-dimensional objects.

 


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