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Transworld Surf Redesign

Transworld Surf Redesign

Wedge and Lever Design Studion in San Diego worked on the redesign of the Transworld Surf Magazine. Redesigning not only the magazine but also updating the branding. Here you will see all the work that was done, if you like design and surf you won't be disappointed. In late 2011, we were hired to re-design TransWorld Surf magazine. Our objective was shifting the creative direction to support a photo-driven editorial model while breathing new life into the magazine format. The intended result: sophistication that does not take itself too seriously. An immediate increase in market-share proved the re-design was successful and it continued gaining until May of 2013 when the publication was purchased by its main competitor and subsequently shut down. For more from Wedge & Lever visit wedgeandlever.com/.

Spise Typography Project

I tend to spend hours on Behance, 500px and Flickr every day. It amazes me the amount of incredible work we can see on those sites, and also how inspiring that is. You always have two options, get sad because there are people super talented doing things you wished you could do or get motivated to learn more improve. I always choose the latter but now back to the inspiration, we will feature this really cool typography project titled Spise by Mats Ottdal Mats Ottdal is a norwegian Graphic Designer and Illustrator working with print, motion graphics & art direction with Bachelor in Communication Design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. "Spise" is a hand-drawn typography / illustration project for a food publication. The word "Spise" is the norwegian word for "eat". For more information visit https://www.behance.net/gallery/Spise/13341357

Editorial Design Inspiration: RANE Magazine

Editorial Design Inspiration: RANE Magazine

RANE is a monthly magazine of the Italian Newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, and it's know for it's beautiful design with rich typography and a weird mix of graphics make it a style of it's own. Enjoy he visual project of the section was developed by Francesco Muzzi under the supervision of Francesco Franchi. The masthead was custom made by Christian Schwartz. Designed by Micaela Bonetti

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Walls of AppDynamics Office

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Walls of AppDynamics Office

We're excited to feature a newly launched project from the mastermind's of San Francisco based creative agency, Butchershop Creative. The project, designing the interior walls of San Francisco based company, AppDynamics. The inspiration, the "pixel." We love getting a sneak peek at the creative process behind such a large-scale and technical collaboration. Peek the documentary and check out some of the images and wall descriptors below. Our favorite, the aptly dubbed "If These Walls Could Talk" whereby giant half-toned faces of influential icons from Marilyn Monroe to Bill Cosby, Einstein to Da Vinci were subtly placed as back drops for meeting rooms. Video Creating The Walls of AppDynamics Office - Butchershop Creative from Butchershop Creative™ on Vimeo. Stills For more information visit http://www.butchershop.co/project/app-dynamics-wall-design-project/

Graphic Design Inspiration by Alex W. Dujet

Graphic Design Inspiration by Alex W. Dujet

Alex W. Dujet is a Geneva based graphic designer that has been working as freelancer since 2007. His projects range from corporate identities for cultural institutions and commercial firms to brand development, applied to architecture, industry, editorial, music and fashion. At the same time, he increases his activities in other fields like graphic design and typography. In 2007, he co-founded League a Geneva graphic design collective with Aurélie Vogt and Tony Casimo. For more information visit: http://www.alexwdujet.net/

Editorial Design Inspiration: Pencil Post

Editorial Design Inspiration: Pencil Post

The Pencil Post is one of the most beautiful print pieces I have seen in a while. Designed by British design agency Pencil, this post contains an insider's guide to Soho's hidden gems, a piece on William Sieghart's Poetry Prescriptions and a showcase of Pencil's work, among other things. For more from Pencil Agency visit pencilagency.com and behance.net/ChloeGalea Pencil Agency - situated in the heart of London's Soho - creates considered, bespoke content for clients across all channels but with a particular love of print. With this in mind it would only seem right that Pencil promoted itself and the importance of curated content to brands by way of a beautifully designed newspaper. Printed in navy and fluorescent orange inks, and delivered in matching envelope, Pencil Post really stood out on the desks of those it was sent to.

Mood Board: Yellow Inspiration

Mood Board: Yellow Inspiration

You have probably noticed that yellow is one of the primary accent colors that we are exploring on the Abduzeedo palette. We are still trying to come up with a more versatile and warmer theme. To give you an idea about our process, today we will share some images selected for a mood board, all in primary yellow.

The End Case Study by STRZYG

The End Case Study by STRZYG

Following our week of crazy cool case studies, we bring to you this incredible artwork created by Tomasz Nowak, also known as STRZYG. The illustration mixes character design and digital art, but to be honest, the first time I saw it I thought it was a photography. So in this post we will show you a little bit the behind the scenes of this project titled HCL 10th Anniversary: The End. Tomasz Nowak is a graphic and motion designer from Legnica. He's currently living in Poznan/Poland and we highly recommend that you check out his portfolio at http://www.strzyg.com/

Show Who You Really Are - Advertising

Show Who You Really Are - Advertising

I love roller coasters and these campaign created for Hopi Hari makes me love them even more. The ads were created for the Katapul (Roller Coaster) and it's called Show Who You Really Are. They show two characters one before and another after going through the loop. The concept is really smart and the execution is flawless. Check it out. Credits Art Director: Thiago Vinhático, Fabio Miki, Kleber Campioni Copywriter: Rafael Barreiros Illustrator: Macacolândia, Feppa Rodrigues

Homepolish Visual Identity by Leo Porto

Homepolish Visual Identity by Leo Porto

Branding is one of the most fascinating areas of design, at least in my opinion. Synthesizing a generic term or subject into a simple and understandable form is the challenge designers face in creating branding identities. From beautifully crafted typography to simple and sometimes spartan symbols, we see a lot of examples out there, some are good, some are okay. It's not an easy task, but Leo Porto exemplifies this process extremely well on his project for Homepolish. Homepolish is an interior design company based in New York that was conceived as an alternative to the high-priced, commission-based interior designer. The rebrand was completed to emphanize the approachable and affordable character of the company, differenciating themselves from the "high-end" competition. The mark, a minimal geometric grid, abstractly portrays the initials "H" and "P", while also illustrating a simple floorplan. For more information visit http://leoporto.com/

De Stijl Influence

De Stijl Influence

Yesterday we featured Bauhaus and its importance to design to these days. Today we will feature another extremely important movement for art and design, De Stijl or simply "The Style". I am a huge fan of these style, especially Piet Mondrian paints. De Stijl, Dutch for "The Style", also known as neoplasticism, was a Dutch artistic movement founded in 1917. In a narrower sense, the term De Stijl is used to refer to a body of work from 1917 to 1931 founded in the Netherlands. De Stijl is also the name of a journal that was published by the Dutch painter, designer, writer, and critic Theo van Doesburg (1883–1931) that served to propagate the group's theories. Next to van Doesburg, the group's principal members were the painters Piet Mondrian (1872–1944), Vilmos Huszár (1884–1960), and Bart van der Leck (1876–1958), and the architects Gerrit Rietveld (1888–1964), Robert van 't Hoff (1887–1979), and J. J. P. Oud (1890–1963). The artistic philosophy that formed a basis for the group's work is known as neoplasticism—the new plastic art (or Nieuwe Beelding in Dutch). Piet Mondrian and Pétro (Nelly) van Doesburg in Mondrian's studio at Rue du Départ, Paris. 1923. Photo. Published (in altered form) in De Stijl, vol. VI, nr. 6/7 (1924): p. 86.

Bauhaus Influence

Bauhaus Influence

Every designer probably know everything about Bauhaus, it's the base of our design process and education and still influence a lot of our design decisions and style. The simplicity and the attention to details, and the balance between form and function is a source of inspiration and exert a lot of influence on our projects. I've been looking at a lot of Bauhaus projects and designs for reference for the new Abduzeedo design and today I want to share some of these references that are in my mood board. The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In spite of its name, and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. Nonetheless it was founded with the idea of creating a "total" work of art in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design.[1] The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.

Editorial Design Inspiration: The Missing Link

Editorial Design Inspiration: The Missing Link

The Missing Link, invented by Nature enhanced by us. That's the annual report publication by New Frontier Group where they designed to illustrate the extraordinary moments of the past evolution provided innovative solutions for the digital transformation. The report is fully illustrated by nature elements and has a beautiful typography that makes every page a great composition. Enjoy! Missing links have, amazingly, triggered off some of the great inventions of our age. New Frontier Group's annual report shows us how missing links not only enhance evolution but also business processes. The New Frontier Group develops integral IT solutions for their international company network and proclaims a digital evolution for everybody. Moodley searched for analogies and found them in prehistoric times. It’s a provocative contrast that is depicted in New Frontier Group’s annual report. The report is brought to life through sophisticated illustrations, valuable infographics and vivid portraits. The annual report is completed by a series of eight posters.

Creative Coaster Designs

Creative Coaster Designs

Inspiration is all around us. This morning at work my eye was caught by, of all things, a coaster on a desk. It was as if I'd never set eyes on a coaster before. This coaster just so happened to be the coolest coaster I've ever seen and in turn inspired me to look at coasters in a whole new light. With that, I thought it would be fun to have an Abduzeedo one so I decided to check out what our fellow designers are doing out there. Not to my surprise, Dribbble has a huge amount of excellent and very inspiring examples. In this post we will share some beautiful examples of coasters. Feel free to share your own design with us via comments. Sleep Coasters by 55 Hi's Thanks For Being Awesome [Letterpress Coaster] by by Sean McCabe Letterpress Logo Coaster #3 by Tim Frame Engagement Invite by by Joey Rabbitt Letterpress Coaster #2 by Tim Frame Wedding favor design by Kara Hodecker Thor by Pieter Boels The Ninja Turtle by 55 Hi's Benji's Coaster by Payton Bridges Sauced Coaster by Trish Ward Love Letters Y by 55 Hi's Black & Gold by Corbin Watkins Ampersand Lifestyle Letterpress Coaster by Sean McCabe Raindrop Coasters by Brooke Condolora Q by Linda Eliasen Dribbble Coaster Sláinte by 55 Hi's Cosmic Coaster

Paper Cut Mastery by Eiko Ojala

Paper Cut Mastery by Eiko Ojala

I love simple illustrations that play with negative space and simple shapes to create more intricate effects. Eiko Ojala goes way beyond using paper-cut style to create incredible artwork that plays with shadows adding depth and style to his work. The level of detail and the simplicity is beyond impressive. Eiko Ojala is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director living in Tallinn, Estonia. His graphic design illustrations are particularly aimed towards books and magazines. Eiko has been nominated to “Young Illustrators Award” at www.illustrative.de and has been featured on It’s Nice That, iGnant, Trendland, Fubiz and Etapes. For more information visit http://www.ploom.tv/ Candyman Vertical landscape Hunger for love New York Times "The Winter of the Monarch" Naked Forest New York Times "The Health Law and Its Incentives" Jo Nesbø Editorial illustration for Sunday Times Travel.

Editorial Design Inspiration: Dale Magazine

Editorial Design Inspiration: Dale Magazine

Dale Magazine was designed by Argentinean graphic designer Sofia Copello. The task was to create a Cultural Magazine that featured modern art, music, design and interviews. It includes an artist portfolio booklet and a monthly agenda for activities. Enjoy! For more from Sofia Copello visit sofcopello.com.ar.

Beautiful Typography Manipulations by RDN

Beautiful Typography Manipulations by RDN

Playing with typography is always an excellent exercise to practice and improve our skills. There are some people however that really push the limit and come up with incredible artworks mixing text and other real world objects. RDN is one of them that really pushes the envelope. In this post we will share a few examples of typography and we wish that might inspire you to come up with your own designs. RDN is an art director based in Nantes, France and he's specialized in Digital Art, Graphic Design, Photo Manipulation. For more information visit http://www.r4dn.com/