SVA Summer Residency 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

This month marks my fifth summer teaching in the School of Visual Arts Residency. Each year, a diverse group of students from around the world gather to immerse themselves in the New York illustration scene. As usual, this year's crop produced a stunning array of work.

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SOCIALIST REALISM, 2018 STYLE

Illustration Art

Compare these two illustrations of a swamp: John Cuneo's Donald Trump golfing in the swamp Jon McNaughton's Donald Trump and his cabinet "Crossing the Swamp." One is a simplistic cartoon for infantile minds. The other is a cover for the New Yorker.

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The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018

Inspo Finds

The award returned for its second instalment in 2018 and The Hepworth asked Passport to be involved again. In 2016, Leeds based design agency, Passport , designed the much acclaimed brand identity for The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

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Free Wallpaper for November 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello! It’s the second to last month of the year, can you believe it? The weather in Denver this week took a turn for the colder, so it’s really feeling like autumn now. It’s been a crazy last few months if I’m being honest.

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Free Wallpaper for December 2018

Six Leaf Design

Hello hello! Here I am on the last day of November scrambling to put together the free December wallpaper. To be perfectly honest with you, I think I’ve put it off so long because I’m just not really in the Christmas spirit this year.

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Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018. According to the Chinese horoscope, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Therefore, be kind and gentle in 2018.

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Emmeline at LICAF 2018. Convention Announcement!

Emmeline Illustration

comic comic con comics convention emmeline pidgen. Exhibitions and Events illustration illustrator lakes international comic art festival LICAF

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World Read Aloud Day 2018

Anna Raff Illustration

Thursday was my second time participating in World Read Aloud Day. As usual, it was a whirlwind day of Skype sessions with classrooms across the USA and Canada. I read a few of my books (THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED, YOU ARE NOT A CAT!,

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MAGNETS is a Bank Street Best Book of 2018!

Anna Raff Illustration

Each year, the Bank Street College of Education assembles a list of the Best Children's Books. I'm thrilled that MAGNETS PUSH, MAGNETS PULL by David A. Adler and me is among this great list of titles. "In

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Goodbye, little home of mine

Marloes De Vries

After living in my little apartment (45 m2) in Rotterdam for over 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye. In January I will be moving into a new house. I knew I had to leave one day because, well, it’s quite small if you live and work in the same place. But it is my place.

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Notes on working for free

Lisa Maltby

If you choose to regularly create artistic work, whether it’s your main source of income or knitting scarves in front of the telly, you will likely have been met with comments such as “ooh, could you do me something like that?” Could you whip me up a quick logo?” or “Could you draw my portrait?” (and

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29LT Riwaya

Typographica

Arabic texts for storytelling are ordinarily long and continuous. Their accessibility is at the core of texts’ legibility that engages the readers and sustains their interest in contents. The readers need to see, discern, and identify letterforms and words.

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Once Upon a Time: Chatsworth Christmas leaflet design

Lisa Maltby

If you go to Chatsworth House over Christmas you will see it transformed for their ‘Once upon a time’ themed trail. This year is all about the love of stories – from Cinderella to Mary Poppins – with lots of fun things to find along the trail.

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Nickel

Typographica

It is easy to understand how a few shapes created for a banknote can inspire a whole typeface; the bold big characters need to stand out in a complex composition of ornaments, fine-tuned illustrations, and geometric patterns. I am curious to see the 1918 Chinese banknote that inspired Nickel.

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Be kind to your mind: 12 tips for good mental health in the creative industries

Lisa Maltby

The creative industries can be a source of great positivity and inspiration, but it is also rife with competition, rejection, isolation, long hours and, in many cases, little pay. It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that these things are not conducive to good mental health.

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Digestive

Typographica

“Something can be good, or it can be original; it can rarely be both.” That’s a saying I’ve heard attributed to Matthew Carter, without being able to pinpoint the source. In any event, Digestive distinctly qualifies as both.

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No More Labels - a project about mental health

Lisa Maltby

In the light of Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to create some work that challenged and provoked attitudes towards mental health.

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Avory

Typographica

Typographic history favors metal and paper, specifically metal on paper. It is less kind to the ephemeral expressions of language made visible, like written or painted letters, or even letters carved in stone.

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The iconic film posters of Bill Gold

David Airey

American graphic designer Bill Gold, who created posters for hundreds of Hollywood’s most renowned films, died aged 97 on May 20th, 2018, in Greenwich, Connecticut. 1921–2018.

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Export

Typographica

Though typeface designs are traditionally based on written letters, which themselves are comprised of strokes, the practice of typeface development is premised on contours instead.

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Halyard

Typographica

My straight-from-the-gut grading system for new typeface releases ranges from “oh boy” — best expressed with a face-palm emoji — to “oh no”, as a sigh and sign of affirmative envy. Darden Studio’s Halyard is on the outer end of the latter. Collective.

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Wolpe Pegasus

Typographica

In 2011, Paul Shaw published a list of “12 Overlooked & Underappreciated Typefaces” : amongst gems like Icone by Adrian Frutiger, Hollander by Gerard Unger, Schadow by Georg Trump and Semplicità by Alessandro Butti, was Pegasus , designed by Berthold Wolpe.

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Our Favorite Typefaces of 2017

Typographica

Welcome to our twelfth annual celebration of new type design. These are not necessarily the “best” typefaces, nor the most popular or top-selling (the big retailers already have that covered).

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Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Quentin Schmerber Source: [link] © MASH-ROOM Co., Kodansha Ltd. License: All Rights Reserved. Cover of the paperback collection vol. 1, displaying the famous Akira logotype. First printing: Sep. 21, 1984.

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Henleys Sweets re-brand

Lisa Maltby

Henleys Sweets needed a re-brand to encourage more customer sales and engagement from their website. We wanted to convey the company’s unique selling points, portraying that they are extremely knowledgeable about confectionery but also approachable and friendly with excellent customer service.

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IBM Plex

Typographica

What first struck me about IBM Plex Sans was its form. It’s not the first typeface in which right-angle interiors contrast with smooth exteriors.

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40 Free Color Scheme and Palette Apps (Massive Guide)

Inspiration Feed

Color selection is a stage in a design process that requires both smart thinking and gut feeling. In today’s digital era, you can have as many colors and color combinations as you like.

10,000 Uses on Fonts In Use

Fonts in Use

10,000 Uses: March 2018. Contributed by Florian Hardwig Fonts In Use launched in December 2010 , initially as a blog. In July 2012, we introduced the Collection , a much larger archive of typographic design open to public contributions.

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FF Casus

Typographica

There are many reasons why I chose Eugene Yukechev’s FF Casus from a plethora of the year’s releases. I first met Eugene in 2004, when I was still a Type and Media student. Back then, Eugene was already a successful graphic designer from Novosibirsk.

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Goof Comic Christmas Special

Emmeline Illustration

Okay, so we're in December now and I will officially allow myself to write Christmas blog posts (ignoring the fact I sometimes need to illustrate Christmas cards in July!). So, hear ye, hear ye: the Goof Comic Christmas Special is OUT TODAY!

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Calcula

Typographica

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10 tips for handling rejection in the creative industry

Lisa Maltby

The thing about making a living out of creative work is that you have to continually put your work up for the scrutiny of others in order to find opportunities.

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Olipop Drinks

Inspo Finds

Break Maiden have designed a strong, bright and first-rate brand identity for Olipop drinks brand. The first clinically backed digestive health beverage was desperately in need of a brand refresh and Break Maiden have they done just that.

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Citizen Designer

David Airey

The second edition (June 2018) of Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility , by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne , is now available from Skyhorse Publishing , Amazon , and other good booksellers.

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Vivid Fashion Illustrations in Pen by Janelle Burger

Ape on the Moon

Janelle burger takes the vibrant qualities of marker pens and infuses them into her portraits and fashion illustrations to create simple yet dominating images.

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Making Inclusive Books

Diana Toledano Illustration & Education

••• This post is part of the # KidLitWomen project. We're celebrating Women's History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. ••• W e illustrators have a mighty important role: we shape worlds.

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Sachsenwald

Typographica

As 21st-century America hurtles towards fascism, when the current reality has become so absurd as to render parody obsolete, using a Schaftstiefelgrotesk 1 may feel uncomfortably close to the real thing.

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The Last Time the US Considered Copyright Protection for Typefaces

Typographica

The United States has the dubious distinction of offering no copyright protection for the design of typefaces — at least not in their visual form.

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Nona The Ninth for Goof Comic launch

Emmeline Illustration

Well pals, it is a TREAT to share this with you: I'm officially creating a monthly story for Goof! comic ! My comic is called ' Nona The Ninth ' and features a strong, young lead character called Nona who is an aspiring scientist in Victorian era England.

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From Eastern Europe

Inspo Finds

Our favourite online book-shop, Counter-print , have a new book! Featured over on our feed, we couldn't resist a blog post about their brilliant new book. From Eastern Europe' is the third book from their geographical series.

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Gerstner-Programm

Typographica

Gerstner-Programm from Forgotten Shapes restores a previously inaccessible typeface to a new audience. Sharing this important work allows designers to examine past technologies and their aesthetic outcomes, and provides intimate insight into the late Karl Gerstner’s methods and approach.

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29LT Bukra

Typographica

In recent years, Arabic typefaces have increasingly responded to contemporary visual communication and new media needs, and so have their aesthetic diversity.

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ONE LOVELY DRAWING, PART 58

Illustration Art

Tom Fluharty named his new kickstarter project after a pencil. Fluharty discovered the Prismacolor 901 indigo bleu pencil, and was so inspired by its qualities that he used it to draw a rich symphony of drawings.

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