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Beautiful and Funny Illustrations by Tokyo Go Go

Greg Darroll is a digital artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Durban, South Africa. A friend showed me some of his works just the other day and it is impressive how beautiful designs can make your especially when we see nice & funny illustrations like these from Tokyo Go Go. Form more information about Greg and to see more of his work you can visit his Deviantart or Behance

Le Cirque Des Couleurs by SlashTHREE

SlashTHREE, one of our favorite collectives out there has a new exhibition, their 14th to be more precise, and it's called “Le Cirque Des Couleurs”. The theme invited the artists to not only to explore their brighter and more vibrant side but also to create free flowing, abnormal, 'circus' like imagery. They also created massive typographical collaboration in which volunteers from the collective created pieces of art based around a letter of their choosing, which is called “Le Grand Cirque Des Couleurs”. The featured artists for the “Le Cirque Des Couleurs” was the mighty Erik Schumacher a Physics student from Germany and a Photoshop crazy artist in his free time. You can read the whole interview with Erik Shumacher by Saad Moosajee here. For more information and to check out all images of the exhibition visit http://www.slashthree.com/artpacks/14/ Some people say it's the apocalypse... by Kire Tale of the Hidden Orchid by Kire Masque du Caprice by Bechira Psychecellia by agiaco AIN SVP AVR atomic circus And then, they invented color, and gave it to people by kacperspala slashTHREE is on the verge of a new era. With major projects in the pipeline such as slashTHREE Version 4, we aim to change the face of this collective and make your experience even better, this truly is the place to be in the future. For now, though, we are extremely proud to present our 14th exhibition, “Le Cirque Des Couleurs”. Cirque du Freak by bechira Couleur Espace Colour your reality by r2on Color Universe by edlo Discodance Dissonance by apom, agiaco Reach For The Sky by freekilly polychromasia by Ignite Platform 3 by Logix

Beautiful Vector Illustrations by Jan Feliks Kallwejt

Jan Feliks Kallwejt is freelance graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Barcelona and Warsaw. He co-operates with clients from Europe and North America. For six years he has worked with agencies in Warsaw and Hamburg. Currently, Jan focuses on illustration, apparel design and personal art projects. Simple yet sophisticated forms are the essence of his work. He juxtaposes and multiplies them bringing to life the complex and tricky compositions, spiced up with attention to detail. He usually limits color palette, operating within two or three tones. To render the reality he employs multilayered symbolism, occasionally dropping in a dose of perversion where not expected. Some Works For more information and visit Kallwejt's website at http://www.kallwejt.com/

Using Texture to Get the Most Out of Design

There are a number of design elements that are important to design, texture being just one of them. However, texture can be a powerful force when presented in any type of design, adding visual interest and more detail. Texture is often times associated with the sense of feel, so adding it to a purely visual reference can make a 2D piece appear 3D or more real to life. What's the benefit of this? Things that seem more real to life often result in a more emotional response from the viewer, and are in return, are more memorable. Let's look at how texture can impact various forms of art and design, and some examples within each category. Typographic Design Typographic design has been quite a trend in recent years, and its place in the design world is growing increasingly. Below are some excellent examples of typographic design that use texture incredibly well, in an area where texture was once hardly present. Graphic Design Graphic design is always supposed to send out a message, and texture adds an emotional and 'real-life' response that can almost always yield better results. From posters to business cards, check out these examples of texture used in graphic design below. Web Design Texture is always more difficult to implement in web design because designers must consider varying screen sizes, resolutions, and a number of other factors. However, texture, just like in graphic design, can set the correct mood and give a better feedback than a web design that uses no texture. Below are some favorite web designs that focus on texture, and towards the end, web designs that don't necessarily focus on it, but definitely include it for an enhanced look. Art Traditional art for the most part is separate from design, but of course, texture is just as much a part of it. Check out these amazing art pieces in a number of different mediums that put their main focus on texture. Best Methods for Using Texture in Design From the examples above, it's easy to see how texture in any medium can enhance design. However, what are the best methods for incorporating it? Texture can add a lot of interest to a design which means it can also go too far as well. There are situations where texture can be distracting or used incorrectly so that it is ineffective. Of course, depending on what artistic venue you're working in, texture should be used differently. For example, logo design should keep texture to a minimum, while web or graphic design can use a lot more. Despite the differences for each type of design, let's look into some general rules, or guidelines. 1. Don't Distract from the Essential Elements There are different levels of texture and different types that can be used in better situations that others. If texture is distracting from the needed content or other imagery, then it is being used incorrectly. Try to think about this consciously and get other people's opinions before using too much texture. Also, try not to use heavy textures on backgrounds, unless it is meant to be part of the focus of the design. 2. Follow a Texture Theme Use similar texture styles to create repetition, in a seemingly random design. This can also be used to cause unity in the design. In certain types of design that use texture, the design can seem disorganized and messy, while design should always seem put together to an extent. A designer should use texture for visual interest, either to break a pattern or add variety to a repeating pattern, but texture should not be used to create such chaos that the design looks disorganized. Similar textures will help combat this. 3. Add Texture to Repeating Patterns Most of the examples above are seemingly random textures used for visual interest. However, there are many designers that add texture in a much more organized way, via patterns. An example of this practice would be straight wooden planks used as a background, or dust/noise added to a pattern. 4. Gradients and/or Fading Texture Sometimes an extreme texture can be made more subtle by simply not covering the entire design with it. Try fading a texture into a solid color, or to a darker and less noticeable version of the texture. Be sure to put the lightest part of the gradient (where the texture will be most noticeable) in an area of the design where it's needed — highlighting a main feature, or adding visual interest to a place that needs it. 5. Try Putting Texture as the Main Focus While most designs succeed with adding texture but making it as subtle as possible, other designs excel by making texture the primary focus. An example of this practice is a large background website. A well-textured large background along with interesting shapes and themes can be the main focus of the design, and therefore not be too distracting. This technique is also used often in graphic design with varying textures are clashed to create a design in itself. Wrapping Up Texture is an important part of any style of design, and many forms of design or art aren't visually appealing enough without it. While there are many examples of texture-less design still used today, many viewers see textured designs as more appealing and are more emotionally responsive. Even when knowing this, many designers are afraid of using texture in the wrong way to an extent that they avoid using it, or avoid using too much of it. Our advice to any designer or artist: always feel free to experiment with texture! Trying out new things is the only way to explore and discover new ways of using this one design element to its fullest potential. About the Author Crystal Ramsay is a web designer from the U.S., with a love of Wordpress, simplicity, and user-centric design. She is co-owner of a small and local design firm, and editor-in-chief of The Free Creatives (http://thefreecreatives.com), a blog made for freelance web designers. You can find her on Twitter at @freecreatives

Saad Moosajee's New Work

Saad Moosajee is freelancer illustrator and Art Director from England but currently living in Denver, CO, United States. Saad is a great friend of ours and has contributed a lot with the blog with wallpapers, opinions and inteview. Now he has just updated his website with awesome new works that had to be featured here on Abduzeedo. For more information visit Saad's website at http://saadart.com/ I am still pretty influenced by surrealists like Dali and Magritte but less than I was before. These days I get more inspired by my surroundings, especially tagging & graffiti and artists like Banksy. My Darkest Day Thousands of Apps At Twilight Saad’s work has been exhibited in multiple galleries and published in a multitude of magazines and books. He has also served as the Creative Director of slashTHREE.com for over 2 years, and is also a member of The Keystone Design Union. 361 Degrees pt 2 You Are We

Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design!

Brasilia Prima is a design studio from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are celebrating their 5th anniversary which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Because of that they created this really cool project called "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !", where they selected 50 posters with Brasilia as the subject. We have also posted about the Brasilia 50th anniversary a few weeks ago but just to give you a little background: In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. Now let's take a look at some posters from the "Brasilia Dice 50. Poster Design !". For more information and to see all the posters visit http://www.brasiliaprima.com.ar/brasiliadice50.html DHNN / Argentina / www.dhnn.com.ar Espacio Cabina / Argentina / www.espaciocabina.com.ar Estudio Almacen /Argentina / www.estudioalmacen.com Juan Carlos Pagan / USA / www.jcpagan.com Leonardo Prause / Brazil / cargocollective.com/leonardoprause Marit / UK / www.marit.co.ukprojects/509258/1369171273690651.jpg Milkxhake / China / www.milkxhake.org Nat Fillipini / Argentina / http://www.natfilippini.com.ar Official Classic / Hungary / www.officialclassic.com Owen Gildersleeve / UK / www.eveningtweed.com Pixel Junglist / Ukraine / www.behance.net/pixel_junglist Pixelgarten / Germany / www.pixelgarten.de Samantha Kocking / USA / www.behance.net/SamanthaKocking Sawdust / UK / www.madebysawdust.co.uk David Maruchniak / Argentina / soyunobsesivo.tumblr.com Studio Makgill / UK / http://www.studiomakgill.com This is you / Italy / www.thisisyou.info Tiago Bernardes / Brazil / www.behance.net/bodimn SViDesign / UK / http://www.svidesign.com Via Brasilia Prima.

Graphic Design Work of Xavier Bourdil

Xavier Bourdil is a young graphic and web designer from Paris, France. After studying literature in Bordeaux he decided to changed the direction of his career and become a graphic designer. He has been working hard to fulfill his dream since he made that decision and, as we can notice, he is already making his dream come true, having some of his works featured on publication such as Computer Arts, Design Collector, Designdiary and now on Abduzeedo :) You can find more information about Xavier's work at his website, the Trust in Elements (http://www.trustinelements.com/). Some works

Book #Three by Brand Nu

Radim Malinic is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. We have already posted about him but now he has just released his new book called #THREE is a visual tour of the use of creative re-touching, vector illustration and art direction to inspire and transform everything from leading world brands to inanimate objects. A limited edition of 1,000 copies, #Book THREE will be available from brandnu.co.uk for £11.99 from 26th April 2010. Book Cover Highlights include the distinctive re-brand of the London Film Museum, Blossom Hill at Wimbledon, trend setting ad illustrations for ACER’s 3D laptop range as well as a striking summer campaign for the prestigious QV, Melbourne Australia. Produced to give inspiration to all, from household names to niche businesses and upcoming designers alike, work is demonstrated across a range of media including outdoor posters, to magazine covers and online. A collection of work created over the last 18 months, Book #THREE is an exciting portrait of the mature artist Brand Nu has become - able to transform any image, product or campaign, with fluid beauty, raw edge and vibrant color. The book also contains several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal. Inside the book

Amazing Works from the UU Challenge Finalists

The UU Challenge is a really interesting contest where 10 chosen artists were asked to create their own vision of the UU, in adition to that, they open the challenge to young designers around the world so the best 40 entries will be competing agaisnt the ten chosen artists and to make it even more interesting, they will have one representative that will create an image as well for the grand final. In the end, the 51 finalists and their works will be compiled into a book. I forgot to mention that the winner of the grand final's public vote will receive a prize of $2000. In addition the Jury will reward it's favourite with a prize of $750. We gathered ten inspiring artists around the world and presented them a challenge. We asked them to create their own vision of the UU and promised to pitch in a competing entry ourselves. In addition we wanted to present an open challenge to young designers around the world. The best 40 entries, chosen by a jury, will be competing against the ten chosen artists and our representative in the grand final. To make the competition memorable all 51 finalists will be compiled into a book. For more information visit the UU Challenge Website. The finalists Click on the images to visit the site and vote for your favorite one. Andrei Ograda Archan Nair Bram Vanhaeren Cornelia Neuner Csaba Fekete David Delin David Waters Denys Zeldin Dimo Trifonov Erik Erdokozi Ferdinand Mark Basa Gianmarco Lauriola Husam Elfaki Irina Moraru István Vasil Jere Paajanen Jere Paajanen Joao Oliveira Karan Singh Khyzyl Saleem Kjegwan Leihitu Lauri Ahonen Maxime Quoilin Miika Fabritius Mike Campau Mike Harrison Nathan Walker Niklas Lundberg Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen Pablo César Gutiérrez García Pat Kuleta Pedro Julien Perttu Murto Pete Harrison Rik Oostenbroek Sorin Bechira Stefan Lucut Thee Tosayanond Torgeir Sollid Tristan Kromopawiro

Birth Announcement Cards

Birth announcement card is the kind of thing that you think you'll never need... but one day you find that special someone (or not), gets married (or not) and just then (or not) a baby comes. Or not... you might just get hired to design a card for someone else, but in any scenario, inspiration is always welcome. Our reader Winand asked us for inspiration, because her niece is going to be born soon... so we had to find some cool designs for her. Since I don't get to see Birth announcement cards very often, I guess these are kinda "classic"... maybe someone could make somewhat of a more "hipster" style, or like we've seen yesterday, something awesome like Swiss Style. I don't know, these are ideas! Anyways, Winand, we hope these will help you and some future daddies and mommies around the world. Also, check out each designer's page by clicking each piece. Cheers! ;)

Swiss Style Graphic Design

I'm a true admirer of most graphic design styles. There are tons of inspiration all over the web, but most certainly, one of the greatest is the sweet Swiss Style. It began in the 1920's and was a true milestone in graphic design. During the 1920s and ’30s, skills traditionally associated with Swiss industry, particularly pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering, were matched by those of the country’s graphic designers, who produced their advertising and technical literature. These pioneering graphic artists saw design as part of industrial production and searched for anonymous, objective visual communication. They chose photographic images rather than illustration, and typefaces that were industrial-looking rather than those designed for books. - Richard Hollis (Yale University Press) These are the main inspiration for thousands of designers all over the world. These "simple", grided pieces were a true revolution in an industry that was seeking new life. If you didn't know it, I recommend you to research more about it. At the bottom of the post we have some links for your use. We hope you all find it useful and inspiring. Cheers! ;) These links might be useful to you: Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design and Swiss Graphic Design.

Movie Posters Inspiration: Blaxploitation

Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted an audience of urban black people; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words "black" and "exploitation." Blaxploitation films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. These films starred primarily black actors. Variety magazine credited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song with the invention of the blaxploitation genre. Others argue that the Hollywood-financed film Shaft is closer to being blaxploitation, and thus is more likely to have begun the genre - Wikipedia. For this post we have selected some great examples of posters from this genre and period. Also, if you have more examples of blaxplotation posters, share with us via email or comments. About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director/freelancer from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at http://flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to marcostorres90@gmail.com, also follow me on twitter

Ginger Monkey's New and Beautiful Work

Tom Lane is the guy behind Ginger Monkey, living in Bristol, the UK, he has produced some incredible works for big clients such as Sony Ericcson, Mercedez-Benz, Coca-Cola, BT, BMW, Miller and many others. We can also see his works on popular magazines like Computer Arts. So in this post we will show you some of the new pieces from his recently updated website. I design, illustrate and make things.10 years ago I caught a bug, an insatiable need to create, a need to get better at creating. I've been chasing the sense of achievement that comes from putting an idea down, seeing it grow, take shape, and have it exist 'out there'. I'm one of those lucky people that make a living doing what they love. For more information and to check out Tom's portfolio visit the Ginger Monkey website at http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/ Some Works Uber Branding What can I say about Uber, great project, great people to work with. I was brought in to come up with an approach to their branding that was new and exciting and embodied the theme of 'Bloody/Beautiful'... Tom Lane Baileycross Gee a lollipop I had the idea to illustrate the letter G to form one of the big, swirly lollipops you sometimes see in movies, on TV, or at fares. I wanted to make it look lovely and lickable. I started with a rough sketch, intended to simply get the idea down, and then worked out most of the form in a more detailed sketch... Tom Lane Peacefulness I began this piece wanting to experiment with embellishing an existing typeface (affair) to create an elegant and organic flow between the characters... Tom Lane Eye-i I became heavily inspired when looking through a great book on 60's album artwork... Force of Nature The idea here was to create a symmetrical illustration that blended and fused a pattern with animals under the theme 'the full force of nature'... Tom Lane Chip Tied into my Eye-i piece, as this too was heavily inspired by a couple of psychedelic album covers from the 60's... Caffè Eleganza Brand Probably my furthest ranging project to date. I wore a lot of hats for this one. It started with putting together the initial plans for the building and carried right through to branding the business, setting out an identity, plus a spot of interior design to bring it all together.... Tom Lane 1hundred Branding Here's a first look at my new streetwear and artwork label. I’ll be making a lot of the new pieces I’ve been working on, and some new ones in development, available as limited edition prints and tshirts... Tom Lane Queens Consort I was asked by Orion Books to create a typography led design for Lisa Hiltons book... Tom Lane These were just a few of Tom's new works. He is one of my favorite designers out there, I believe I don't need to explain why after these examples.

Introducing Afterdepth

Afterdepth, the moniker of Alexandre Fumeron, is a freelance graphic & motion designer as well as photographer. I found his new identity which totally convinced me to write about him. He will be pretty happy when you visit his webseite at www.afterdepth.com/

Beautiful Artworks by Evgeny Kiselev

Evgeny Kiselev is a freelancer illustrator and graphic designer from Saint Petersburg, Russia, his works were published in magazines such as Computer arts (U.K.), IDN (Hong Kong), ROJO (Spain), Grafik magazine (U.K.), Beautiful Decay (U.S.A.), E-tapes (France), Chewonthis magazine (U.S.A.), I.O. Magazine (Germany), X-Funs (Taiwan), New web pick, Artzmania e-zine, Sherbert magazine (U.S.A.), X-CUP (Taiwan), Semi Permanent books 05-07 etc. For more works and information we highly recommend that you check out Evgeny's website. "The diverse work of Evgeny Kiselev oscillates between the rigors of symmetry and prolific excess. Several compositions begin with vivid tiled patterns that are mirrored again and again until they can no longer be contained and are forced to push beyond the confines of their logic. Others, emerge from a single outline that manifests the controlled lawlessness of the work. Each piece achieves a complexity of color and layer that continues to build infinitely into the space of the page creating a warping spatial depth". My artwork from Mutations series in ROJO OUT exhibition on 8X3 m. billboards. Spain, Barcelona, Corcega 691. Until april 2008.

DesignChat Guest: Design Revolution Road Show

DesignChat is a weekly live-video chat with the design community and a special guest. This post will also be a weekly event, appearing on Mondays to introduce the special guest and show some of their work. Join us on Wednesday, April 7th for a live video broadcast with the Design Revolution Road Show at http://designchat.info/chat! The Design Revolution Road Show is a traveling exhibition and lecture series bringing “product design that empowers” to 35 high schools and university design programs across the nation in the Spring of 2010. A Project H Design initiative, the road show will feature an Airstream trailer exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. The programming will bring the evidence of and tools for design for social impact to the doorsteps of students, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world’s most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale. Project H founder Emily Pilloton and project manager Matthew Miller will be traveling and living in the Airstream for the duration of the Design Revolution Road Show. Emily and Matt will give presentations at each stop, host the exhibition, and provide walk-throughs and demonstrations in the exhibition trailer space. On April 7th, they will stop at SamataMason for DesignChat, and we will do a live broadcast of their presentation! Project H Design connects the power of design to the people who need it most, and the places where it can make a real and lasting difference. We are a team of designers, architects, and builders engaging locally through partnerships with social service organizations, communities, and schools to improve the quality of life for the socially overlooked. Our five-tenet design process (There is no design without action; We design WITH, not FOR; We document, share and measure; We start locally and scale globally, We design systems, not stuff) results in simple and effective design solutions for those without access to creative capital. Our scalable long-term initiatives focus on improving environments, services, products, and experiences for youth and K-12 education institutions in the US through systems-level design thinking and deep community engagements. WE BELIEVE DESIGN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Project H is a California-based nonprofit with a second location in Bertie County, North Carolina that focuses on Design For Education initiatives. We are a 501c3 organization; all donations made after January 8, 2008 are tax-deductible. View the Project H website here. Emily Pilloton is the Founder and Executive Director of Project H Design. Trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she started Project H to provide a conduit and catalyst for need-based design that empowers individuals, communities, and economies. Former editor of Inhabitat.com, writer, California girl and unwavering optimist, she has written for ID, GOOD, ReadyMade, taught design theory, and lectures worldwide about new social impact imperatives for the product design industry. Her book, “Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People,” is a compendium of and call-to-action for design for social impact. When she isn’t traveling or emailing, Emily enjoys trivia games and baking/eating cupcakes. West Virginia born and bred, Matthew Miller is an accomplished fabricator and metalworker. He has worked for many emerging practices, from Architecture for Humanity and HousingOperative to William Massie. Matthew studied at the Bauhaus, holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Architecture from Cranbrook. He has taught at the College of Creative Studies, Lawrence Technological University, RISD, and UC Berkeley. He designed and built the Kutamba School in Uganda, with whom Project H has worked for the Design For Education: Learning Landscape project, and has since manages Project H built initiatives including the Bertie County Schools’ computer labs.

Justin Maller New Artworks

Justin M. Maller has updated his portfolio with a redesign to compliment over twenty new pieces of personal and commercial work, including campaigns for Verizon, ESPN and Crooks & Castles. We are huge fans of Justin so nothing better than a post featuring his new works. For more information check out Justin's website at http://www.justinmaller.com