2018

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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More Trending

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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Fonts for Complex Data

Fonts by Hoefler&Co.

Type designers work with a diverse clientele, and yet common themes always seem to emerge in our conversations. This seems to be the season of complex typography, in which designers everywhere are faced with the challenge of presenting different and competing kinds of information to readers.

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Mr Toad In Court

Chris Dunn Illustration/Fine Art

Mr Toad In Court' watercolour and gouache 51 x 39cm Last week I completed this complicated scene from 'The Wind In The Willows'. Mr Toad has been brought in front of a judge to hear his sentence for stealing a car and driving recklessly. My rough drawing.

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Illustrations for Afternoon Crumbs

Viktorija Illustration

I loved working on these series of illustrations for Afternoon Crumbs last year (bakery run by two amazing young women who happen to be sisters). It’s a lovely family business and Nicole (creative and baking side of business) is such a joy to work with.

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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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10,000 Uses on Fonts In Use

Fonts in Use

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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Canada Modern

David Airey

Canada Modern is a physical and digital archive of modernist Canadian graphic design, focusing on the period 1960—1985. It’s the culmination of Blair Thomson’s long-held ambition to curate a comprehensive national cache, whilst addressing the absence of any such resource on a singular thread.

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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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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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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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? A Kirkus Starred Review for UNIVERSE!

Anna Raff Illustration

I’m over the moon! Yes, it’s still about three months until THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD blasts off into bookstores, but author Allan Wolf and I got some great news this week— Kirkus gave it a starred review!

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Pros And Cons Of Photo Editing

Graphics Experts

Photo Editing. Images can speak a million things”. There are several features you can change in photo editing to enhance the image creatively to suit your preferences. Below is a discussion on some features you can alter. Selecting a part of the image to change.

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How To Design Your Own Logo: A Step-by-Step Guide

Graphic Springs

You don't have to be a graphic designer to design your own logo. Take the drive and determination that made you an entrepreneur and apply it to the creative side of your business to create a logo that leaves a great first impression.

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NICK MEGLIN (1935-2018)

Illustration Art

My dear friend, Nick Meglin, died this morning. For nearly 50 years Nick was the loving heart of MAD magazine and a tireless advocate for its astonishing stable of talent. The following are some of Nick's classic cover ideas for MAD.

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Andsmile x PeopleTree

Viktorija Illustration

I love painting girls in cute outfits. If I had a choice I would do it all the time. And I love wearing cute outfits. So when peopletree approached me to create couple of illustrations for them inspired by their new collection I was so excited!

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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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Brandless

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Stephen Coles Source: [link] License: All Rights Reserved. Launched in July 2017, Brandless is an online retailer offering grocery and household supplies exclusively under its own label, all for $3. The concept is simple, and so is the look. Still, even Brandless has a brand.

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Citizen Designer

David Airey

What does it mean to be a designer in today's corporate-driven, over-branded global consumer culture? The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne’s Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility.

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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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Happy 80th Birthday to The Beano Comic!

Emmeline Illustration

A little love letter to The Beano comic on their 80th birthday! I think the image says it all, really, but it's been great for me to follow the threads of inspiration throughout my life from my childhood favourites, to the work I'm creating today.

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Bottles Galore!

Inspo Finds

Designing a bottle label is a dream project for many Designers. With more and more bottles on supermarket shelves, as a brewery/distillery, making sure yours stands out is a big job. From beautiful illustrations to strong typography, there’s a huge mixture of designs out there today.

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CREATE YOUR OWN EXCLUSIVE FABRIC: 10 SELECTED HAND-PRINTING TECHNIQUES

FSketcher

I’ve always been curious about printing fabric designs by hand at home. The idea of creating your own colored or patterned fabrics with dye is certainly attractive, whether you’re a fashion designer or a textile artist.

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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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Five Questions with Creative Director and Book Designer Linda Secondari by Copyright Alliance

Thinking Design

From Copyright Alliance, original post can be found here: copyrightalliance.org/ca_post/book-designer-secondari/ This week we would like you to meet Creative Director and Book Designer Linda Secondari. She is the Principal of Studiolo Secondari 1.

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PAINTING FOR THE ANGELS

Illustration Art

The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an angel might come and sit on it. -- Thomas Merton This little paint box was used by an Egyptian artist 3,300 years ago: The artist had seven colors: blue, white, ochre, hematite (dark red), hematite mixed with calcium carbonate (lighter red), and two grades of charcoal black. According to the hieroglyphs on the label, these colors only came in CMYK. (RGB was apparently unavailable with this model.) I couldn't find the USB port for connecting with the Wacom Cintiq Pro (it must've broken off around 1,000 BCE). And heaven only knows what obsolete version of animation software this thing ran. The artist fashioned a little tray to hold water and a brush. The sliding lid is decorated with a genet (a small rodent-like mammal that lived in the papyrus thickets along the ancient Nile). The artist even painted the lid to look like papyrus. What could anyone accomplish with such a primitive tool? These crummy colors would embarrass any self-respecting kindergarten class today. According to the RISD Museum (where I found this paint box) "Painters used these same pigments to decorate statuary and the walls of temples and tombs." So here are a few samples: These artists lacked what we would consider the most fundamental tools necessary for making a decent picture-- for example, electric light for painting the walls of a dark, underground tomb-- yet they created works of astonishing beauty that still give us chills thousands of years later: How many works of art created today will evoke a similar response in 3,000 years? The first two lessons from the tiny paint box are obvious: 1.) Art does not "progress" the way other human enterprises do; an ancient drawing in a prehistoric cave may be more beautiful and sensitive than a work of art by today's most "advanced" artist. 2.) Fancy and expensive tools don't necessarily result in a better work of art; a drawing scratched on a prison wall with a bed spring may be artistically superior to the latest Pixar high tech multi-million dollar extravaganza. Everybody already understands those first two rules. This week I'd like to propose a third lesson: 3.) the power latent in a tiny paint box can be unleashed in part by the beliefs of the painter. In an age of faith, when true believers devote their talents to honoring their gods (or their pharaohs, or their one true love) that higher purpose sometimes imbues their art with larger and more important qualities. Today's artists who are motivated by the press reviews for their next gallery opening or their copyright contract or their royalty fees may produce brilliant, complex material. It may be dazzling in its presentation and clever (although often snarky) in its tone. But that work often seems thinner and more transitory than the work of artists who, working with the humblest tools, are motivated by fear and dread of their gods.or by the radiance of divine bliss.or by the soul flying from our body at the hour of our fate.

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Feminist Reading List

Viktorija Illustration

Hello, My name is Viktorija and I'm a feminist. I believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

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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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Kleding Maken – De makkelijke handleiding voor Zelfmaakmode

Fonts in Use

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter License: All Rights Reserved. The easy guide to DIY fashion” is in Rockwell , “Kleding Maken” is embroidered and shaded. Gaston/Charade. The logo of broadcaster/publisher Teleac is set in Gill Sans Bold.

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The Detailed and the Surreal with Annelie Carlström

Ape on the Moon

In outstanding detail, Annelie Carlström creates her character-driven illustrations that easily inhabit the realms of both the surreal and the highly realistic.

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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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