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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/

Black Water Snake Typography

Black Water Snake Typography

Following our posts about creative typographic artworks, we bring to you the amazing piece titled "2013 - Year of the Snake" by David McLeod. The multi-talented McLeod is an Australian living and working in NYC specializing in Typography, Digital Art, Illustration, Branding and Identity. The level of detail and precision of the composition is simply incredible. I'd love to see a wallpaper of the version with black background. For more information visit http://www.davidmcleod.com.au/ Details

Editorial Design Inspiration: 99U Magazine

Editorial Design Inspiration: 99U Magazine

Every day 99u.com publishes new interviews and researches on how creatives make ideas happen. But the folks at Behance think there's something special about holding a real magazine and having a live print piece in your hands. That's why, each year they source the best articles and interviews to create a gorgeous print edition of the 99U Magazine for distribution at our annual 99U Conference. This year we used the elegant Sentinel font, pattern overlays, and bright pops of color to create a sophisticated, highly readable print piece. The 99U articles selected included interviews with filmmaker Terry Gilliam and bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, as well as tips on framing your creative expertise, sharpening your gut instinct, and dressing for success. Creative direction: Matias Corea Design: Raewyn Brandon Editorial: Jocelyn K. GleSean Blanda

Colorful Havaianas Project by Colorsponge

Colorful Havaianas Project by Colorsponge

Havaianas is one if not my favorite Brazilian brand after Abduzeedo of course. Now seriously, Havaianas has been one of the exponents of the Brazilian colorful culture across the globe and it's always inspiring to see people from other countries exploring that like the Havaianas project by Colorsponge with special collaboration with Serial cut. For more information visit http://www.behance.net/gallery/Havaianas/8730593

Artistic Gig Posters by Artem Gridin

Artistic Gig Posters by Artem Gridin

Artem Gridin is a russian designed who graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts with a degree in Graphical Arts, but chose Design as major occupation. After 5 years of work experience in big advertising agencies, founded a design studio of his own where he has been working up to now. For more from Artem Gridin visit cargocollective.com/artemgridin. For more from Artem Gridin visit cargocollective.com/artemgridin.

Branding with Alex Register

Branding with Alex Register

Alex Register is a graphic designer graduating this month from the Iowa State University. Even though he is fresh out of school his work is very professional and really well designed. For more from Alex visit alexregisterdesign.com, and follow him on twitter @Alex_Register. I stumbled into design on accident and have been hooked ever since. The intersection of communication and creativity really energizes me and pushes me forward. I ground my work in strong conceptual thinking and an attention to detail. - Alex Register LOGAN CLEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Branding for Iowa-based wedding photographer Logan Clement. The client wanted something that was reflective of both his personality and style. SAUCY SAM'S Branding and collateral for a liquor store that focuses on personal service and local community. Collateral includes business cards, promotional posters, coozies, coasters, and packaging for make your own sampler packs. FLOYD'S B&B A branding project done during my Junior year at Iowa State. Drawing on themes from 1950s America, my group and I developed an identity system for a quirky bed and breakfast located in San Francisco. This project received Best of Identity Development at the 2012 ADAI Student Design Exhibition. TAPER WEIGHT LOSS A satirical branding project for a corporation that helps people lose weight through the use of tapeworms. The project brief was to develop and brand a company as a parody of existing corporations. I analyzed companies and ads associated with personal image in order to isolate and exaggerate their messages. For more from Alex visit alexregisterdesign.com, @Alex_Register.

Pixelmator 2.2 with Vector Tools, Light Leak effect and more

Pixelmator 2.2 with Vector Tools, Light Leak effect and more

Today the Pixelmator Team released Pixelmator 2.2, a major update of one of my favorite apps out there. This new version codenamed Blueberry has some amazing new features. Pixelmator now has a powerful vector tool, new text features, shape styles and of course really cool light leak effects. I've been playing with Pixelmator for years and I am really excited with this new version. Get ready for more Pixelmator tutorials very soon. “We’re excited to deliver even more, easy-to-use, advanced features to our Pixelmator fans and continue to create the best and most enjoyable image editing experience,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “With new state-of-the-art Smart Shape Tools, people can fully enhance their images, create logos, Web layouts, posters, and much more, all easier than ever before.”  Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry comes with more than 100 new features and improvements, including: Smart Shapes Tools, which let you quickly adjust a shape’s outline with easy-to-use controls to get just the look you’re after; Shapes palette packed with dozens of readily available shapes that are as easy to add as dragging and dropping; Shape Style palette, so you can effortlessly create more polished and advanced shapes; Convert Text into Shape, which allows you to convert type layers to shape layers and then easily apply gradients, shadows, strokes, or even reshape individual letters; Smart Move Tool, which knows when you are working with image or shape layers and gives you just the options you need at that time; Paint Selection Tool, which is the simplest and the fastest way to make even the most challenging selections in your images with just a few brush strokes; and Light Leak effect, which makes it easy and fun to create stunning, retro-artistically illuminated images from any of your photos. Additional features include the new Color Popovers for quicker access to color swatches, new gradient presets, improved drawing tools, an improved Type Tool, the ability to copy and paste shape styles, and major performance improvements.  Pricing and Availability Pixelmator 2.2 is available from the Mac App Store at a promotional price of $14.99. For existing Pixelmator customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store, the new update is free.  More information on Pixelmator and a free 30-day trial can be found at http://www.pixelmator.com About the Pixelmator Team Founded in 2007 by two brothers, Saulius Dailide and Aidas Dailide, the Pixelmator Team develops the most practical, fun, innovative, and easy-to-use software for Macs.  Just four short years after the company was founded, the Pixelmator Team was honored with a beautiful Apple Design Award for Pixelmator. To make it even clearer that Pixelmator is well on its way to being the best image editing app in the world, Apple named it Mac App Store App of the Year in December 2011.

Editorial Design Inspiration: Archphoto

Editorial Design Inspiration: Archphoto

Archphoto is a Italian book series and online magazine that debates on the theoretical discussion of the issues related to architecture and society seen from the multiple points of view of the Disciplines That complement architecture: contemporary art, anthropology, sociology, photography, cinema, literature, music, design. Cover design, art direction and layout by Artiva Design.

The Right Method Poster by Ana Gomez

The Right Method Poster by Ana Gomez

Sometimes there are things we see that really inspire us, case in point, a poster created by Ana Gomez titled The Right Method. The attention to detail and color palette is just perfect and we hope it inspires you just as much as it did us here here at Abduzeedo. I love typography, illustration, projecting and, in general, the process of idea generation. I became a member of the Society of Illustrators of New York on March 2009. I am also a member of the Art Directors Club and the Type Directors Club Artwork Details

Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965

Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965

The book suggestion of this week is about the "Swiss Style", the book is titled Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965 and it's an incredible source of references and inspiration about this movement that was extremely important in the history of modernism and it's been one still, extremely important and used for designers for web and mobile. Swiss graphic design and “the Swiss Style” are crucial elements in the history of modernism. 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. Written by noted design authority Richard Hollis, this lavishly illustrated volume looks at the uniquely clear graphic language developed by such Swiss designers as Theo Ballmer, Max Bill, Adrian Frutiger, Karl Gerstner, Armin Hoffman, Ernst Keller, Herbert Matter, Josef Müller-Brockmann, and Jan Tschichold. The style of these artists received worldwide admiration for its formal discipline: images and text were organized by geometrical grids. Adopted internationally, the grid and sans serif typefaces such as Helvetica became the classic emblems of Swiss graphic design. Showcasing design work across a range of media, including posters, magazines, exhibition displays, brochures, advertisements, books, and film, this essential book shows how many of the Swiss designers’ modernist elements remain an indispensable part of today’s graphic language. Buy this book now!

Inspiring Work of Guilherme Villar [ghee-lhér-meh]

Inspiring Work of Guilherme Villar [ghee-lhér-meh]

Last week I had the chance too meet another Brazilian working for Google, Guilherme Dutra Villar, AKA [ghee-lhér-meh] is a visual designer graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University. His work is really cool and of course we here over at Abduzeedo, had to post about our fellow brazilian :) I have an eye for detail and simplicity and believe design begins with ideas. I have particular interests in identity systems, typography, information graphics, and strive to create design solutions that are clean but more importantly effective. Personal identity Because Guilherme is such a different and difficult name to say in English, I decided to have the pronunciation be my workdmark in my personal identity. It is both functional and minimal and allows the focus to be on my projects and achievements. Fortaleza 2020 A fictional 2020 Olympic Games project for the city of Fortaleza in northern Brazil. An identity system was created around the primary and secondary logos which emerged from the concept of unity and the environment. Other works For more information about Guilherme visit: http://www.guivillar.com/

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps - Book Suggestion

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps - Book Suggestion

The book suggestion of this week is about one of my favorite themes, semiotics. The book is titled Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps, written by Jacques Bertin. Semiotics definition is basically the theory of the functions of signs and symbols, a very important subject for us designers who constantly have to design user interfaces. Originally published in French in 1967, Semiology of Graphics holds a significant place in the theory of information design. Founded on Jacques Bertin’s practical experience as a cartographer, Part One of this work is an unprecedented attempt to synthesize principles of graphic communication with the logic of standard rules applied to writing and topography. Part Two brings Bertin’s theory to life, presenting a close study of graphic techniques including shape, orientation, color, texture, volume, and size in an array of more than 1,000 maps and diagrams. Buy this book now!

Awesome Wedding Invitations

Awesome Wedding Invitations

An invitation to the most important day of your life shouldn't be boring, it should be just as awesome as your wedding day. I selected some truly amazing invitations from people that love design and took the time to make their invitation super awesome. Enjoy! There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something. — THOMAS EDISON Christine & Ian The wedding invitation set for our wedding. Designed and made by my wife and I using our home printer, and a rented laser cutter/engraver. Our wedding was in the woods, and we hoped the pop-up trees would give our prospective guests a taste of event they would be attending. The RSVP card was perforated, which let the guest remove the response card and keep a handy map of the surrounding area. An accordion-style field-guide was also included, with illustrations done by my wife of local plants and animals. View More Jorge & Laura Wedding invitations, silkscreen printing + customized stamp. View More Danis & Tiara For Danis & Tiara Wedding Event. The Rabbit mark inspired from their chinese zodiac. and the illustration is telling their 8 years journey. Featuring all of the couple's lovely pets: Jacob the Cockatoo, Grey the Cat, Mowgli the Dog, Guppy the Guppy, Hex Torment Anion Kation the Hamsters. View More Kristen & Loren My wife and I met in high school and had been together for over ten years before we decided to get hitched. Our wedding was to be held on a beautiful, grassy hill on a farm in Charlottesville, VA, with the reception taking place in an old barn. We wanted a rustic-yet-elegant wedding invitation that represented our wedding and our personalities. Since we were to be married on our 11-year anniversary, I envisioned an infographic timeline of our lives showing how long we had been together. A Venn diagram monogram evolved out of this and informed the rest of the design, including icons, a map, and a flow chart. I chose letterpress to bring an intimate quality to the invitations, and I designed with that in mind. The monogram consists of two colors, overprinted to create a third color where they overlap. We packaged them into paper bag-colored envelopes and rubber stamped them to keep with the rustic farm wedding tone and truly reflect our personalities. View More Aaron & Chase I created the design in Illustrator then laser cut/engraved the design onto thin pieces of wood. For the back, I simply printed the design on yellow paper. View More Peter & Thessa Folded Invitation View More Taher & Sana A wedding invitation kit tailored to celebrate a special day for my dear friends Taher and Sana, My mission was to deliver a sense of luxury and simplicity which was achieved by incorporating Typography, Imagery, paper materials and finishing. View More

Editorial Design Inspiration: Alberto Sampaio's Photobook

Editorial Design Inspiration: Alberto Sampaio's Photobook

This is an amazing project from Atelier Martino & Jaña out of Porto, Portugal. The ideas was to design a photo-biography of Alberto Sampaio, a well known 19th Century Portuguese historian and the result is just amazing. Enjoy! For more from Atelier Martino & Jaña visit ateliermartinojana.com Going through the provided contents, some issues raised as quite evident The available images were mostly from written records, such as letters exchanged with renown personalities from the same period, the photographic material was very limited in quantity, and the written information difficult to lay out, being mainly based on little transcriptions from the mentioned messages, thus impossible to handle as a continuous text thread. Therefore, we've decided that some of the following topics should be notorious elements of the outcome object Alberto Sampaio was born in the midst 19th century, lived until the very early 20th, and here we are to tell his story on the 21st. So we've always pictured mixing contemporary and classic storytelling elements in our design. The book should not look like an epitaph, but instead, celebrate his life, significance and achievements. While maintaining the readers focus, the book should make him/her eager to turn to and check the next page, pages. In order to layout such intentions, we've approached the book's layout bearing the following in mind The grid should be highly flexible and make room for a great variety of graphic approaches. By ignoring the book's spine, we were allowed to use the central space of the book, making it possible to display the most interesting images in big scales and to grant an easy graphical fade from one page to the other, creating a feeling of horizontal "timeline" navigation. The unusual book binding solution we've achieved, endorses a complete opening of the spreads, displaying them in its totality without any page curvature, therefore making the use of the previous concepts possible. While using the same font, we've decided to develop 3 typographic styles to enhance the variety of transcriptions and to make the design dynamic and interesting. We've used classical 19th century books and the elements of the typical Guimarães embroidery, to design the pattern used on the spine and inside the cover, adding a little twist to it, to achieve a more contemporary feeling and look.

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - Book Suggestion

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - Book Suggestion

The book suggestion of this week is about graphic design, more specifically, about ideas that changed it and that is the title of the book, 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic design by Steven Heller. This book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design. The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation). About Steven Heller Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism program at SVA, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times. He is editor of AIGA VOICE and contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline and I.D. magazines. He is the author of more than 120 books on design and popular culture. He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Véronique Vienne has worked at a number of US magazines as art director, and is the author of The Art of Doing Nothing and The Art of Imperfection. A frequent contributor to Graphis and Metropolis magazines, she lives in Paris. Buy this Book

Editorial Design Inspiration: Creamier

Editorial Design Inspiration: Creamier

Creamier brings together 100 of the most exciting contemporary artists emerging today, each chosen by prominent international curator. Original resource, Creamier truly reflects the current moment and is vital for both those in the art world and those that are new to contemporary art. Designed by Atelier Dayakova - The book had to be radically different from its four predecessors. A tough design problem — the content is still the same: 10 international curators choose 10 contemporary artists...but how to make it look different? The frustration to find an original solution has propelled me to abandon traditional book format and transform Creamier into a large format newspaper. The idea is quite simple — announcing 100 new artists is a bit like making news. Inspired by the Financial Times, 300 pink unbound pages come packaged in bespoke portfolio. Designed by Atelier Dayakova -

Inspiring Work of João Oliveira

Inspiring Work of João Oliveira

Our friend João Oliveira has recently updated his website with some outstanding new work. From Art Direction to digital images, João shows how versatile he is, no matter the client. From Coca-Cola to Depthcore his work is always inspiring and deserves to be featured here on Abduzeedo. Coca-Cola Teamed up with Nuno Jerónimo and Tiago Canas Mendes from the “O Escritório” agency I’ve been responsible for the art direction and identity design of this campaign held by Coca-Cola Portugal and the Portuguese soccer team Benfica — Camarata Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Dormitory). The idea behind this “feel-good” campaign was to turn the stadium luxury corporate box into a dormitory for fans. Boosters could apply at Coke website and win the chance to spend 24 hours in the dorm, spending the night in there and also watching a soccer match with the privileged view the location offers. Optimus Madrid Smooth King of Hearts Kult Magazine