Nowadays, being unique in your work, brand or portfolio really can paid off. We spoke about reinventing the wheel and it’s still always the case. Let’s talk about portfolios for example, we follow a ”rule” about how we should showcase (in print) our portfolio, having a business card and an introductory letter. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of your next employer, how many portfolios they have seen so far? What’s the amount of time given on a review? Being different might add to your chances? It all depends but let’s just say that it’s helpful in some way. Let’s take a look at what Charlotte Allen did for her portfolio and we can’t help to appreciate how it does stand out and it’s worth the effort to be innovative and creative. What do you think? Designing my own portfolio has proven to be one of the most challenging projects to develop, as a client to myself has verified how difficult it is to make choices that would usually come as second nature. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most exciting self-initiated projects to complete. The concept behind the delivery was to create a self-promotional package that was informal, in the format of a simple newspaper to browse in a bid to not craft something too prim. Maintaining simplicity was also vital, ensuring that the format did not overshadow the main body of work. More information: http://www.charlotteallen.co.uk.
We’ve talked about how great concepts with the right branding can work really well together. It’s all part of the image you are projecting to your users and what is the reflection of your goals vs what is the purpose of your brand. There’s many great products out there but there are unlikely known because of the poor branding. That is not the case of the work of Mike Voropaev who is a graphic designer based in Brno, Czech Republic. He was part of the branding work for Sleepformer, a collection of sofas with the concept of a full mattress for a comfortable and healthy sleep. He worked on the visual identity, guidelines and UI/UX. Branding and web design for the capsule collection of sleeper sofas. Our collabo team has created conception, visual identity system, web design, guidelines and animations. Credits Art direction, graphic design, UI/UX, animation — Mike Voropaev Photo — OutboxPhoto, MZ5 group, public domain More information via http://mikevrpv.com.
Esquires' Pumpkin Spice Latte is a graphic design project art directed by Daniel Coleman. The cool thing about this project and the reason we are featuring here is due to the analog process behind it. In this day and age where everything is done in Photoshop or is CGI it's nice to see things being done with real materials, like for the typography part, Daniel used cinnamon. For more details check out the images after the break Project description Esquires' Pumpkin Spice Latte is the coffee chain's hero product for Autumn 2016. Go Creative were asked to produce a key visual that captured the Esquires brand points of being artisan and handmade, whilst conveying the products ingredients as authentic (and not just a syrup shot). We designed a visual that captured those standpoints, with a particular focus on the authentic ingredients. By creating the type out of cinnamon, we could emphasise the flavour in the latte. To further set the mood, we added leaves and key ingredients around the typography. Graphic design process Daniel Coleman is a graphic designer from Oxford, UX. He is working under Magnet Harlequin's creative umbrella, Go Creative. He produces motion, graphic and web design for a variety of national and internation brands including M&S, LG, Costa Coffee and Heinz.
A New Type of Imprint VOL. 8 is an editorial design project by Anti. For me the best thing about editorial design projects like that is that they gives a lot of ideas and references about typography, grid system and especially white space. Most of the times there's no artifacts like shadows or gradients like we can rely on digital design to create separation and distinction of elements. It's all about bold imagery and typography. Project description Vol. 8 «Conversations on Creativity and a Guide to the City» introduces you to great people, such as the eminent furniture designer Andreas Engesvik, fashion designer Cathrine Hammel and artist Ann Iren Buan. We're enjoying wine at Territoriet with photographer Sigve Aspelund, we're in Rasa Maria Gundersen's lush garden and talks about innovation with the fabulous cross creative agency, Void. - Behance In chapter 2 we're taking you on a ride in the city. We talk about urbanism, infrastructure and 'cities and design'. You'll learn that every little street and building, bridge and staircase, backyard and park is designed by and for humans. Professor in Urbanism Judith Borsboom van Beurden wrote the manifest, Marius Svaleng Andresen shot the cover and and Lid & Wiken did the design. - Behance Editorial Design A NEW TYPE OF INTERFERENCE Anti is established as one of Norway's most award winning agencies with an international network and clients in Oslo, Tokyo, Paris and New York. We have offices in Oslo and Bergen. For more information check out http://www.anti.as/
Working on a branding for an event is not an easy challenge. You’re putting out your work for everyone to see and you’re basically in competition with any kind of events wherever it is about music, education and about anything! Apart from the organization itself, you need to have a design that will attract your crowd into coming to your event and also share it to their friends to come. We are taking a look at the work of Michelle Wang and the work she has done for the branding of D5X Forever Young. I like the approach of a small colour palette throughout the work and treated quite uniquely with colour meshes and gradients. Credits Agency: Droga5 Design Director: Rich Greco Photographer: Paul McGeiver, Robert Ohman, Jesse Vega More information via Behance.
Over a year ago, we’ve featured the work of Rigved Sathe with his series Around the World with Type that was pretty well received on the blog and by you guys. Well, Rigved is back with another great series and this time he decided to combine composition and texture based on what seems to work well for him in the form Alphabet letters. 26 unique creations for us to enjoy his superb conceptual ideology, Rigved is a visual designer currently based in Pune, India. After the tremendous response to 'Around the World with Type', I realised that with this concept, the possibilities are endless. STRUCTURE x Type is a similar series that explores form, anatomy, texture and composition to create a distinctive collection of 26 letters, each expressly unique. More information via Behance.
GT Remixes is a set of beautiful art covers for eight different DJs designed by Federico Maksimiuk. The work try to translate the gist behind each one of the 8 singles created for Gin Tronic. The result is a collection of super stylish and minimal illustrations. They all have this retro feel, some look like the label of old floppy disk boxes, for those who remember of what a floppy disk was. Anyway, check out after the break and let us know what you think. Federico Maksimiuk is a graphic and motion designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information make sure to check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/fedemaks Illustrations
One of the things I do enjoy the most on Abduzeedo is discovering the stories behind the projects we feature. Designing with a purpose and expressing a meaning or a story through the clean lines and strokes of a logo is quite beautiful. Let’s take a look at the work of Adriana Astua about designing a concept branding for organizing a Sport Games in Costa Rica. Behind the initiative, the folks from Publimark Mullen Lowe asked their team how they would envision their ideas for every single province of the country. Adriana was given the task for Cartago City. I like the fact that she used the concept of focusing her design on little mosaics, that together formed a pattern related in a diversity of architectural works. Hope you will enjoy! Cartago is a Costa Rican small province full of richness: its people, flora and fauna, history and colonial architecture. As an “elected” city to organize the 2016 Games its logo was designed unifying Cartago’s most important historical icons. The Basílica, Turrialba Volcano and Cachí’s Dam are surrounded by a sphere from Guayabo’s National Monument, achieving a powerful synthesis, elegant and with a lot of movement. Each icon is created with 5 lines as a tribute to the 5 Games rings. Credits 3D & Modeling: Tatiana Astua & Giovanni Rojas Copywriting: Federico Nieto More information via her Behance.
In a middle of revamping a client’s branding design, as most of us will do, we’ll find paid time to surf around and see what’s going out there as inspiration and for this case in branding. I wouldn’t necessary look for any trends to apply but simply surfing around and let my mind go free. I stumbled across this beautiful packaging design by and her concept for a fictional wine brand. I kind of like the approach with the french terminology associated with a tattoo, along with the color palette chosen to represents the garden (jardin). Sarah is an art director and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. Other than her conceptual work, she has worked with Canadian brands (Toronto-based) like: Smoke's Poutinerie and Vaughan Mills just to name a few. We shall look forward to seeing more of her in the future. Concept for Wine Brand and Packaging More information: http://sarahgwan.com/wp.
I have to say, nothing inspires me more than a beautiful editorial design. Simplicity and elegancy, plenty of white space and beautiful typography. Add all of that and you have a truly inspiring design like the Ninety Nine U Magazine. I know their content is also stunning but let's just admire the incredible work that Mark Books put together. Ninety Nine U magazine brings you the best of the creative world through the lens of design and the people and work who are shaping it. - Mark Brooks, Behance Editorial Design Mark Brooks is an art director, graphic designer and brand director at Behance. For more information check out http://www.markbrooksgraphikdesign.com/
Design has the power to communicate and improve people's lives. That's the ultimate goal of a good user experience. The role of designers in communicating the message is very important, some subjects must be treated with a lot of attention because it might be related to health or other delicate situations. Scott Carroll shared an editorial design project with us that he worked on for mental health for men. It's titled "Mental Health." It's a set of designs for media including posters, a book and newspaper ads with the goal of driving awareness on the matter. Here's a little bit more about it from his Behance post. Brief Graphic Design Made Visible. Respond to an external issue relating to either (food, health or migration). Identify a specific area of focus / series of research questions and produce a research-led design response. Creative Solution Mental ill health and suicide affects men up and down the UK on a daily basis, but why is that? Men have a tendency to remain silent when it comes to their mental health, the stigma surround men makes it hard for them to put a voice to their emotions which results in bottling them up. The creative solution of the problem is to give men a platform and help them understand that it is ok to cry and feel lonely because it's a normal experience when mentally ill. Creating a book and a poster series proving these men with the harsh reality of mental ill health and suicide it will give them the encouragement to be more open with how they feel and get help them so desperately need. Kick out the stigma and give men a voice. Editorial Design About Scott Carroll Graphic Design undergraduate at Sheffield Hallam University from Liverpool, North West of England. I have worked in the field of Graphic Design for the past 5 years. Fortunately at an early stage of my creative career I find myself being followed by 50,000+ people across social media which only inspires me to carry on and learn more as a creative. - http://scottcdesign.com/
We featured Retoka before here on ABDZ but they seem to keep shipping inspiring work. I am a fan of the way they manipulate images and the GEISHA project is simply beautiful. This particular project got me excited to sit down and open Photoshop to try to recreate it. Maybe that might be my weekend activity. Now back to the project. The color palette and the diagonal lines definitely work quite well. It also brings me back some good memories of 5 years ago when we used to post more about graphic design and digital art. Retoka is a team of graphic designer and illustrator from Barcelona, Spain. The tools they used for this digital art project were Photoshop and Lightroom. For more information check out http://retoka.com/ Digital art
We mostly present projects for the quality of the work, how original is the concept but we don't often showcase a project for the story behind it. What was driven behind that design, the efforts that made this project a total great success? Let us introduce the Brand Identity, Print & Packaging Design for Stories Café that is located in Leeds, UK. Other than serving coffee, you are welcomed in an Scandinavian-inspired space. A beautiful design by Passport Design Bureau that took a contemporary approach at making a journey to the source of the ingredients. The branding might be clean and simple but we just can't be ignored and be touched by the story behind. Brand identity and print collateral for new, independent café 'Stories', boasting artisan coffee, cold-pressed juice and a locally-sourced menu. More Information: http://www.wearepassport.com.
Following up from our previous article, we would love to pay another homage to Friday Fresh Free Font Series that we unfortunately stopped doing. Is that something you would love to see come back? Let us know! We are featuring the work of Andrew Herndon and his beautiful set of font entitled: Sonder Font. For this font, Andrew took a vintage approach with rough edges and a little bit noisy on the center of each letter. In the result of giving a great font for making logos, headings and traditional seals. He is offering a free family that you can download below or you can also buy the full typeface for commercial use. Enjoy! Sonder is an exploration on vintage lettering. Sonder uses rough edges and inked center pieces to help the inner adventurer create bold headings and logotype. This is the Sonder family. Free Download More information: http://helloandrew.co.
We've previously featured the work from Serafim Mendes with Invisible Cities on Abduzeedo and now he's back with a collaboration with Danny Ivan on their submission for Andante Design Contest where they had to create a new concept for the metro cards on its branding and also providing designs for advertising and promotional content. The challenge was to be limited by using Andante's existing logo and colours. For those who don't know, Andante is the intermodal ticketing system used in public transportation in the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal. Let's take a look at their beautifully done concept and see what was their thinking behind their idea. Submission for the Andante Ideas Contest, hosted by Transportes Intermodais do Porto (TIP). A project by Danny Ivan and Serafim Mendes. Credits Danny Ivan Serafim Mendes
A design process is not a simple to accomplish, especially when it's a popular brand like Adobe. Through the layers of bureaucracy, there will be also research, information architecture and programming for the goal to represents a design organization committed to creating innovative digital experiences. We are following the process behind the process of rebranding the Adobe Experience into simply calling themselves as Adobe Design. Charging into challenges and ideation, the team went forward with the mindset of one design move with solid shapes and gradients. I really dig the abstract approach that wasn't quite definitive in their previous launch. I also love the fact that they deconstructed the logos to create the posters, nameplates and wallpapers. Congratulations to Adobe Design Brand Team! For over 10 years, our organization had been called Adobe Experience Design. While we loved our original identity, we believed it was time to streamline our name and align with industry standards. After consulting with stakeholders across the board, we decided to rebrand ourselves as Adobe Design. We believe that this new name will resonate more with our external audience and better present what we do as an organization to prospective hires.Adobe Design is a worldwide organization of over 160 designers, engineers, researchers, program managers, writers, and makers. We create smart, sophisticated applications for a wide variety of devices, and our expertise ranges from interaction and visual design to research, information architecture, and programming. Once we finalized our new logo, the next step was to create an identity system. We deconstructed the logo mark into its core shapes: the square pixel and the circle. From these two shapes we derived a series of units that would serve as the building blocks of our visual language. Credits Anny Chen Shawn Cheris Sonja Hernandez Sam Wick More information via Behance.
Mixing through branding, graphic design and typography, we've always been fans of Kevin Cantrell. Learning more about Kevin's motto/philosophy, we'll find ourselves in a branding system filled with brand architecture, graphic marks, monograms, seals, badges and much more worth considering. We wouldn't say that Kevin's work is expressing a certain style of typography but through the years we can admit that he has put out incredible and inspiring works that explore many colour palettes and layered patterns. His distinct attention to details gave him opportunities to work with big brands out there and also being named by Print Magazine's 20 under 30 New Visual Artists of 2014. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, we are taking a closer look at his latest project for Tom’s Town Distilling Co, a company who represents the Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Taking inspiration from Tom Pendergast, we are exploring the strong work from the past that shaped the future of its kind, right now. Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era. Rooted in a deco optimism, Kansas City flouted Prohibition under the Pendergast machine. Today as Kansas City experiences its second cultural rebirth, the people are still thirsty. Welcome to Tom’s Town, where free spirits reign. KCS created a comprehension branding identity system including a proprietary font, designed exclusively for Tom’s Town. More information: http://kevincantrell.com and also check out http://satelliteoffice.tv.