Tim & Bram Vanhaeren are both very talented graphic designer based in Kapellen, Belgium. You are probably familiar with their work, we have already featured some of their works here on the Wallpaper of the Week and Daily Inspiration, therefore, nothing better than a post about Tim and Bram. Tim is 21 years old and recently earnd his bachelor's degree in Cross-Media Design. He's been in love with design since he discovered Photoshop in 2003. His specialities ranges from photo-manipulation, digital art, web design to motion graphics and visuals. In his spare time he's running an electronic music blog PHASE02.org, enjoying to spin records as a DJ at local parties and bigger clubs around Belgium and Netherlands. He's also been into Athletics since he was a little boy of 7 years old. Bram is 19 years old and shares the same passion as his older brother. He's been developing his style since his first pen tool experiments in Illustrator about 5 years ago. Bram's style ranges from simple illustrations and typography to mixed media artwork. When he's not making art, Bram enjoys going out with friends, training together with his brother for the next Athletics competition and he can't resist to spend his money on clothes and new fancy accessories. For more information visit their website at http://www.into1.be/ TAO OF NOW SKIN OF A DRUM 2010 Every year I'm late with my new year wishes, this year I want to be on time! I wish everyone best of luck in the new year, let it be a very creative and inspiring one! 2010 Wallpaper Case Study from Tim & Bram Vanhaeren on Vimeo. We work as One ! Passion. The wallpaper is based on the true passion of an artist, the time he spend on it and the story behind it. In my opinion, dancer are perfect examples of a great artists working hard, making sacrifices to become what they are. Also they just look really cool on picture and are fun to work with. Again music leads to a beautiful wallpaper. Misc Collaboration between Luuk Vermeyden and Bram Vanhaeren.
Paul Tebbott, also known as Horizon Fire, is a self-taught graphic designer and electronic musician. His graphic work is so amazing with a unique style and great flow throughout each piece. Check it out. To check out more of his works visit his website www.paultebbott.com and his Flickr Gallery. To check out his music which is awesome, take a look at his Myspace
Kervin Brisseaux is a graphic designer from Spring Valley, NY, United States with a very impressive portfolio. Kervin is also member of the always cool DEPTHCORE Collective and The Keystone Design Union. Besides creating cool designs he likes to play Street Fighter and FIFA :) For more information check out Kervin's website at http://www.depthcore.com/ Ultrabot Versus The Sugarplums 2 / 2009 A remake of an older sci-fi illustration produced for The Depthcore Collective's 38th Chapter - FREESYTLE IV. Apotheosis / 2009 A personal illustration. Tao / 2009 An illustration which explores the themes of spirituality and feminism. Produced for The Depthcore Collective. Caught in the Wind / 2009 An abstraction produced for the The Depthcore Collective. Abstract Exercise II / 2009 A series of quick, loose abstractions produced for Typcut, an ongoing experimental project started by friend and fellow Depthcore member, Erik Finsrud a.k.a.The Norik. Venus / 2009 A wallpaper produced for the 2009 Desktopography Release. Deus X Machina / 2008 A collaborative project produced for the The Depthcore Collective's 37th Chapter - NOIR. On the left is the base illustration and on the right is the completed version with extensive post work done by Justin Maller. Other works
Rik Oostenbroek, one of Abduzeedo's favourite artists, has just updated his portfolio. His website is now fully in flash and focuses very much on his work. If you follow Riks designs you will recognize plenty new artworks, from client work for Mazda til personal work for the latest DepthCore exhibition. But what they have in common, is that both kick asses. Rik Oostenbroek, and there is no doubt, will soon belong to the greatest artists in the web. His new portfolio: SecretShowcase.com Hey Rik, it's great to have you here. Tell us quick what you have been working on in the past year? Thanks a lot man. Haha people online must have thought that I was dead or something, but I've been working on lots of skill, commercial and personal wise. Commercial wise ( working more on photobased stuff ) it went quite well, working on big ( worldwide ) projects for respected clients was lot's of fun and not for the money but just to see your work exposed in a way you dreamed of back in the days. Had to deal with art directors as well, what's quite a surprise in the beginning since you're used to control everything yourself. So on the freelancing side of life I've learned a lot! All my personal, more abstract style, work has improved a lot since I tried to work with different shapes, trying to involve Illustrator and blend it with my Photoshop shapes and so on. I've learned a lot about colors, how to use them in a new way, how to combine different ones. So it was really a productive year for me! Boards Amsterdam Trailer by Rik Oostenbroek & George Dechev from Rik Oostenbroek on Vimeo. What is the difference between your old and your new work? My work became more mature and less messy, I used to destroy photo's, combined with a mess of shapes and other photo's. I think my work now became a bit more mature and less kid-like, not that I'd even had that in mind for this year, but it happened;). Was working with only a few color combinations and this portfolio just looks way more random, less boring and the same imo. I've just tried to focus myself on different forms of digital art to make it less the same and discover new things every time. Do you have any favorite pieces or designs you feel more connected to? Hard question man, most of them special to me.. I think my favorite piece is Waiting on a better day, just because I think it's one of the strongest images I've ever made, one of the most personal ones as well. A color-palette I never used before and different shapes as well. It was just a piece I needed to create for some reason, it gave me a lot of energy and inspiration back then. It was quite a gate what opened for me style-wise, something different again.. I had some wallpaper requests so I will publish that one on bigger sizes soon as well. Explain what progress you made since you launched your old portfolio ? A few days after my first release Computer Arts mailed me within 3 days if I wanted to be on their cover, a month later I was working on a piece for Volkswagen, it all went really quick. Being featured on nice blogs, people like you who want to ask me questions to share things about me on the internet, it all came very quickly to be honest. I never actually thought it was that much appreciated, the stuff I threw online. I actually made money with it for the first time back then, it was such a big step and I loved it. Since that moment I started to freelance and work for several agencies, really much fun. Handeling with deadlines, doing your financial part of the work, working with other designers together on projects. I think the styles I've showed here can tell you that I've been involved with way more styles since that first release. And I'm very glad with that and never expected it all that quickly. I've even been ripped tons of times, never expected that ;) What are your future plans? To get a nice respected design studio with a few people at then end of the road of course;). But I'm actually looking around for some good education or another nice way to improve my weaknesses, so it might lead me to new things. I would really love to learn more and more, since I'm still young. Maybe getting some experience in a different country. We will see how it goes! Thanks for this short interview. Do you have any final advice for everyone? Thanks a lot man, I appreciate this a lot! Do whatever brings you joy. And check out my new portfolio:) His new portfolio: SecretShowcase.com
Romain Lenancker is a freelancer art director and graphic designer from Lyon, France. He also works in Paris and with expertise in creating intelligent solutions in packaging, print media and paper-made illustrations. For more information visit Romain's site at http://www.lenancker.com/ BLR - Bonjour les Requins (Hello sharks) PETER PAN First Chapter : The indiens Art direction : Lenancker Romain Photography : Bocos Sébastien Fête des Lumières art Direction, installation and Print Poster : Romain Lenancker Photography : Laurence Jeanson for "Elvis" Agency Other works
As this is one of my first posts on Abduzeedo I decided to write a quite unconventional one. I'm a regular reader of Abduzeedo since about a half year - I'll never regret - but articles about printed mediums are pretty rare on Abduzeedo. So, in this post I'll show you some newspaper designs that are great in my opinion. Also, there's a great video from the TED Talks by Jacek Utko on how design can save newspapers. If you know other newspapers with great design don't hesitate in sharing with us. Leave a comment linking some photos so we can take a look at them. Die Presse am Sonntag I'm Austrian, therefore it's pretty normal to subscribe to an Austrian newspaper. "Die Presse am Sonntag " is the sunday edition of the daily paper "Die Presse". They have a great layout and quality journalism, but the sunday edition is even better designed: Country: Austria Circulation: about 270.000 http://www.diepresse.com Hartford Courant Since many years the Hartford Courant is constantly among the world's best designed newspapers. I think that especially the typography is awesome. Country: USA Circulation: about 250.000 http://www.courant.com/ The Rzeczpospolita The Rzeczpospolita won an award at the 27th competition of newspaper design of the SND (Society of Newspaper Design). In my opinion this newspaper really deserved this award, although the whole design's quite conservatie and traditional. Country: Poland Circulation: about 200.000 http://www.rp.pl/ Dubai Xpress A very new (launched in 2007), clear structured magazine. Country: UAE Circulation: 80000-10000, weekly http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/xpress Chicago Sun-Times The redesigned look of a popular daily paper in Chicago. In my opinion, the standard of the content is debatable, the design isn't. Country: USA Circulation: about 310.000 http://www.suntimes.com/index.html The Virginian Pilot There's nothing to say about this design, except: Absolutely awesome. Country: USA Circulation: about 200.000 http://pilotonline.com/ The Guardian And, last, but definitely not least, maybe world's best designed newspaper. Country: UK Circulation: about 330.000 http://www.guardian.co.uk TED Talks Jacek Utko designs to save newspapers About the Author I'm LuKas Salomon a young Austrian design interested guy who is pretty new in the online design scene. I write on several design focussed blogs and gonna launch an own blog soon.
Renan Molin is a visual and communication designer from Curitiba, Brazil. He and other three friends had started a design studio 5 years ago, but somehow they decided that the best thing would be to keep up with their freelancer's career. By checking Renan's work we can tell you that they had, I mean, still have, a lot of talent. For more information visit Renan's site at http://www.dmolin.com/ or his Behance Profile. if you want to see more works feel free to drop me a line, and i'm available for freelance work. email@example.com. identity done with Pedro Lopes. Lilica Ripilica A film for Lilica Ripilica, a children's fashion clothing brand of brazil. Espelhos from dmolin on Vimeo. luxúria meio digital pepsi deluxe Illustration for Deluxe Magazine, done with Ale Tauchmann. workchopp Other Works bb 200 anos from dmolin on Vimeo.
David Mascha is a Vienna based designer and illustrator. Since 2005, he has been working for several design studios in Vienna as well as developing projects for international clients, fashion and design labels, magazines and books. David Mascha had his work participating in exhibitions around Europe and Asia. He is also part of the DEPTHCORE collective. For more information about David, visit his website at http://davidmascha.com. Also there is a great interview that David did for the DEPTHCORE collective, check it out. "The first thing I got really hooked on was graffiti, I learned the basics of colors, how to compose objects etc. but after a while I got more and more interested in digital art. Programs like Photoshop and illustrator became the perfect tools to develop my ideas, giving me a lot more creative freedom and opportunities than a spraycan. I see an artist or a designer as someone who is constantly improving. - David Mascha interview for DEPTHCORE Sparkling / Desktopdesign Custom designed table with hand engraved aluminum frame for http://www.desktop-design.at Displayed at Blickfang 2009, an international designfair for interior fashion and jewellery at MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art DM Black "I always try to push the boundaries of my technical skills and aesthetical depth, experimenting with new things, approaching ideas and themes from different perspectives but still keeping a line that’s going trough all of my work. I find it hard to explain how I created, or define my style, I think sometimes creating art underlies a very subliminal process. - David Mascha interview for DEPTHCORE Milk Illustration for Depthcore Adhesion "I often use stencils to add some graphic elements, and skinny caps to get clean lines, which resolves in a very graphical look. Most of the time I use regular white wall color to fill out the sketch and all the parts that will be painted afterwards, you end up with real bright colors". - David Mascha interview for DEPTHCORE Aquatic This must be underwater love The way I feel it slipping all over me Follow me now To a place you only dream of.. Misc
The last Wallpaper of the Week was one of Saad Moosajee designs. Saad is a young self-taught freelancer illustrator and Art Director from England but currently living in Denver, CO, United States. His 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. Saad is currently represented by the Anja Wiroth Agency, but is still seeking representation in other countries. For any inquiry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Living is Love - Advanced Photoshop Magazine Typographic illustration & 12 step tutorial commissioned by Imagine Publishing for Advanced Photoshop Magazine Masterclass, featured in issue #66. The illustration is centered around the concept & phrase Living Is Loving. A Moment Of Serenity - Your-Majesty Advertising Agency Wallpaper Illustration commissioned by Your-Majesty advertising agency for their mid-evil themed wallpaper/screensaver project, Art Direction was provided by Jens Karlsson. Rich Soil Lion - Rich Soil Clothing The first of 2 tee shirt illustrations I was asked to create for Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom's clothing line, Rich Soil. Art Direction was provided by Jonathan Garcia. I use roughly 3 programs; Photoshop, Cinema 4D and Poser occasionally. I didn't know any decent tutorial sites when I started so as far as learning the technical aspects of the programs I would just keep trying artistically. I also learned a lot by looking at surrealist & futuristic painters work like H.R Giger & Salvador Dali. Trinity - Advanced Photoshop Magazine Artwork created for the Advanced Photoshop Magazine cover contest, the brief was only to use one of the provided stocks. The image was not a selected winner, but did lead to the commission of the illustration 'Living Is Loving'. Twenty Ten - Self Initiated Self initiated Collaboration with Russian artist Magomed Dovjenko of iammago.com, created as a tribute to the year. Machina - The KDU The second promotional illustration I created upon joining the Keystone Design Union, a international collective that houses some of worlds finest artists. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Bottle - Tiger Beer Artwork I created for Tiger Beers global exhibition Tiger Translate. The exhibition was focused around the concept of balance, and was curated by Kult.Sg. 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. Other works For more information about Saad visit his website at http://saadart.com/ or our exclusive interview with Saad Moosajee
The beginning of the new year came with lots of plans and resolutions. In my opinion, it's very important to share our experiences and to learn from others as well, and because of that, in this post I will show you some books that I got and that I think are really good for designers or anyone tech-savvy. Some books I have already read, while others I am currently reading or looking forward to start. There are books more technical about web standards and usability, but there are also good motivational ones that I'm sure will boost your confidence for the new year. In the end that's basically all it's about, doing what you love and having confidence. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Publishers Weekly Review Yet another rallying cry to the banner of turning your passion into a career, from braggadocio-ridden entrepreneur Vaynerchuk. After taking over his father's local liquor store, Shopper's Discount Liquors, and building it from a $4 million business to a $50 million one, he created the wine-tasting blog Wine Library TV and discovered the power of the Internet for driving sales. This book shares his experience and step-by-step advice for using Twitter, Facebook, etc., and suggestions for monetizing an online persona, reiterating that the Internet makes it possible for anyone to make serious cash by turning what they love most into their personal brand. His enthusiasm is admirable and his advice solid, but there's nothing new here, and his unappealing swagger—repeated stories of how he crushed it and dominated grate particularly—gives his story more the tone of adolescent peacocking than of worthwhile and sober business advice. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Abduzeedo Review I have been following Gary for quite some time now and I have always admired him for his passion. The book is all about passion with some incredibly valuable tips on how to start doing what you like to do professionally. It's a motivating book, perfect for the beginning of this year, so you can start putting to practice your new year's resolutions. Great read, short and effective. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities Editorial Review There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s “Logo Design Love” is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. - Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last. David not only shares his experiences working with clients, including sketches and final results of his successful designs, but uses the work of many well-known designers to explain why well-crafted brand identity systems are important, how to create iconic logos, and how to best work with clients to achieve success as a designer. Contributors include Gerard Huerta, who designed the logos for Time magazine and Waldenbooks; Lindon Leader, who created the current FedEx brand identity system as well as the CIGNA logo; and many more. Abduzeedo Review I'm currently in the middle of this book. It's a very useful resource for designers who want to specialize in logo design. The book has good examples with the story behind the logos. Besides that it's a very well designed book, beautiful layout and typography. I will prepare a more in-depth review as soon as I finish reading it. A World in HDR Editorial Review High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional Abduzeedo Review Gisele is preparing a complete review of this book following the tutorials that Trey prepared especially for it. I took a brief look at the content, and there are some gorgeous photos. If you love HDR like I do you must get this book. Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition) Amazon Review Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations. Zeldman's approach is detailed, authoritative, and rich with historical context, as he is quick to explain how features of standards evolved. It's a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate. Zeldman is an idealist who devotes some of his book to explaining how much easier life would be if browser developers would just support standards properly (he's done a lot toward this goal in real life, as well). He is also a pragmatist, who recognizes that browsers implement standards differently (or partially, or not at all) and that it is the job of the Web designer to make pages work anyway. Thus, his book includes lots of explicit and tightly focused tips (with code) that have to do with bamboozling non-compliant browsers into behaving as they should, without tripping up more compliant browsers. There's lots of coverage of design and testing tools that can aid in the creation of good-looking, standards-abiding documents. --David Wall "Some books are meant to be read. Designing with Web Standards is even more: intended to be highlighted, dogeared, bookmarked, shared, passed around, and evangelized. It goes beyond reading to revolution" - Liz Danzico, Chari, MFA Interaction Design Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 Editorial Review Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good is the story of the entrepreneurs who learned their lesson from the bust and in recent years have created groundbreaking new Web companies. The second iteration of the dotcoms—dubbed Web 2.0—is all about bringing people together. Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace unite friends online; YouTube lets anyone posts videos for the world to see; Digg.com allows Internet users to vote on the most relevant news of the day; Six Apart sells software that enables bloggers to post their viewpoints online; and Slide helps people customize their virtual selves. Business reporter Sarah Lacy brings to light the entire Web 2.0 scene: the wide-eyed but wary entrepreneurs, the hated venture capitalists, the bloggers fueling the hype, the programmers coding through the night, the twenty-something millionaires, and the Internet “fan boys” eager for all the promises to come true. Abduzeedo Review I finished reading this book at the end of last year. It's another motivating one because it tells the story behind the web services we have been using now. All this revolution with the Web 2.0 and with user participation becoming the center of the equation. It also really encourages us to try to do what we believe is right. Eyetracking Web Usability Editorial Review Eyetracking Web Usability is based on one of the largest studies of eyetracking usability in existence. Best-selling author Jakob Nielsen and coauthor Kara Pernice used rigorous usability methodology and eyetracking technology to analyze 1.5 million instances where users look at Web sites to understand how the human eyes interact with design. Their findings will help designers, software developers, writers, editors, product managers, and advertisers understand what people see or don’t see, when they look, and why. With their comprehensive three-year study, the authors confirmed many known Web design conventions and the book provides additional insights on those standards. They also discovered important new user behaviors that are revealed here for the first time. Using compelling eye gaze plots and heat maps, Nielsen and Pernice guide the reader through hundreds of examples of eye movements, demonstrating why some designs work and others don’t. They also provide valuable advice for page layout, navigation menus, site elements, image selection, and advertising. This book is essential reading for anyone who is serious about doing business on the Web. Next week I will have a few more books to share with you so stay tuned. Also I'd like to thank David Airey, Pearson Education, and Trey Ratcliff for sending me books to read and share my thoughts with the design community.
2veinte is a small design studio situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have done works mostly for agencies and studios and freelance art directors in the US and Europe. Their expertise is in design and motion graphics, mainly for the televisin and film industries. They define themselves as a global design studio, since it provides a wide range of design services: motion graphics, motion boards, art direction, print, illustration, branding, web design, environmental design, etc. "2veinte’s style exemplifies the cutting edge of the new generation, with bold colour usage and a penchant for the surreal." - Computer Arts Magazine (UK), by Andy Polaine, issue #146, 2009. For more information visit 2veinte's website at http://www.2veinte.com.ar Demo Reel Stills
Have you ever stopped to think about where we are in the universe? I mean, among all the planets and stars we are like a tiny little grain of sand, don't you think? That is what The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is all about, and to celebrate this event a great artist called Simon Page created five beautiful posters inspired by the 60's and 70's. Now the best part, we're giving away two of these beautiful posters, yeah I said 2. Simon is a designer from UK who loves typography and illustration. From his posters we can see how he mixes them together with a very good selection of colors to create very striking designs. All of them with, of course, that retro look and feel. I'm waiting for my poster as well and looking forward to seeing hanging on my wall. "I initially designed these as self-promotional works but word gets around and last week I received an email from the IYA 09 that they thought the posters were great and would like to use them for their promotional work - this was awesome and I of course said yes." Simon Page About the IYA2009 The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. Oficial Site Paper Quality The prints are on museum-quality paper that meet strict industry standards. The paper is internally buffered to resist fading and acid-free to eliminate any degradation. The inks have a very high pigment density, which allows for the sharpest possible image, perfect reflection of light and the widest range of printable colour. The pigment also resists water, light, and gas for superior archiving properties. THE GIVEAWAY We're givingaway 2 poster for our readers! Just drop us a comment telling what poster do you like the most. Next week will be publishing the winners! Good luck guys! But if you don't want to wait to know if you will be one of the winners, please check his site out and buy yours right now! All of them are available to buy! All Posters
Jonathan Wong has just updated his portfolio and website with some new and incredible work. If you do not know him, Wong is a digital artist from Ireland and he is part of the DEPTHCORE collective. Also he has an impressive list of clients including big players such as HP, Mazda, Orange, Comcast. Wong has been featured for important magazines like Computer Arts Projects and Photoshop Creative. In this post we will show you some of the Wong's new works, but we highly recommend that you visit his website. My name is Jonathan Wong and I am 19 years of age. I am an aspiring graphic designer/illustrator born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. I am currently studying Graphic Design in the Limerick School of Art and Design (In my second year). Art has always been a big passion of mine, ever since I was young. My primary goal in life is to make a living out of doing something I love, and that is the hope with art.
People's mind is the greatest place to find some cool designs. Designers that love movies often make some cool poster designs that are really fun to see! And there are plenty out there for us to see! Here are some. This is a selection I've made out of a collection made by Fehimeren... he told me he had selected a Napolion Dynamite poster I did a few months ago and I just had to share it! There are some really fun posters here, and I really hope you all enjoy it! Cheers. ;)
Born in Russia, Vladimir Tomin is the true definition of a graphic illustrator and designer. He has worked professionally with the likes of MTV Worldwide, Reebok, and Adidas, to name a few. From motion graphics to digital art, he does it all! We have already featured him here on Abduzeedo and now we bring to you an amazing interview with the Vladimir, enjoy! Hello Vladimir, it’s always to speak with you; I’m particularly excited for this interview! Here at Abduzeedo, you’ve released exclusive fonts, but what most people don’t realize is you’re also a stunning graphic artist, with a resume including numerous awards and well-known clients. Tell us a bit about yourself! Vladimir: Hi Andrew! Thanks for inviting me to this interview; it is very exciting for me as well! Not much to tell about myself, I love cats, ice cream, and not too long ago I discovered coffee. For a man with constant headaches, coffee is an essential tool of creation. When I’m feeling fine, I can do literally anything. Coffee makes me feel great, at least for 1-2 hours that is. I also love my girlfriend; she inspires me more than anything on this planet. Let’s get right into it. What was it that started your art career, sparked your imagination, and developed into a passion for a variety of mediums, which you work with today? Vladimir: Well, university started my career. I clearly remember that day, after 5 years of pure hell: standing in front of my professor and him handing me my diploma. That day I decided that I would never be a programmer or an engineer; I had already had enough... So I tried to go into art and design-related work. I went to a local television station and told them I knew nothing about graphic design but I was ready to work and learn. I was very bad at first, but in a year I steadily improved and became head designer of the entire channel! In 2007, I met Photoshop and Graphic Exchange. It changed the way I looked at things. You see, before that time, I was creating motion artwork only. I was always pressured by deadline and couldn’t work on my projects long enough to make them as good as I wanted them to be. Thanks to works on Graphic Exchange, I realized that creating artwork opens two new opportunities: first, you can make it as perfect as you like and constantly improve it, and you actually don’t feel distressed by any deadline. This was a great discovery and impacted my life. It has made me who I am. I’ve seen your digital artwork, illustrations, and motion artwork, to name a few, but it is this variance that so intrigues me. What sort of time goes into your artwork, specifically your submission for Desktopography 2009, a favorite piece of mine, as well as “Dinner at Sunrise”? Vladimir: “Fight for Alpha”, a wallpaper for Desktopography 2009, was created in 3 evenings. But, you should know, I work very fast. I already knew what style I wanted it to be, so I spent no time on experiments. The hardest part was to recreate animals as illustrations. It took some time, but turned out great in my opinion! “Dinner at Sunrise” took 3 weeks to create. It contains an inhuman amount of illustration, keyed stop-motion work, 3D work, manual animation, and more. This was really a hard-to-create project, too bad it turned out not as great as I was expecting, judging on its relative unpopularity on the internet. Still, I think it was worth the time spent and I will definitely include a big part of this clip in my yearly reel. Are there any underlying themes that you feel are universal in all of your pieces, or do you try to vary your style? Vladimir:I’m not that good at making things mathematically perfect. That’s why I’m not even trying to master anything. For me it’s much easier and more interesting to try new things often. But, what I developed in the “Versus” piece for slashTHREE, I had already used 3 times: in “Fight for Alpha”, a private work for Digital Flow, and the exclusive material you’ll get to see at the end of the interview! Well, maybe this is my underlying theme you’re talking about, in visual language terms of course. You’re obviously skilled in many programs, which ones do you excel in or use most frequently, and how have they helped you to revolutionize the way of art as we know it? Vladimir: After Effects, enough said. This is my main tool for my line of work, and I’m spending around 10 hours a day in this program. Not every day of course. I’m also knowledgeable in Photoshop. What I’ve learned during my short yet rich life as an artist is: it’s not about the programs; it’s about the people you meet and connect with. It’s always about the people. Professionally, you’ve worked with the likes of MTV Worldwide Productions, Toyota, Adidas, and Reebok, to name a few. What is it like being commissioned on behalf of such well-renowned companies? Vladimir: Toyota, Adidas, and Reebok were just local representatives, but I did work with some big brands. To answer your question, I will try to describe the difference between big companies and small ones. Big companies know exactly what they want. Big companies are ready to pay for your work, and are well-aware of what makes a fair price. Big companies are skilled in communication. Big companies brand names will influence you more than you influence their company. I don’t know, maybe I was just lucky enough to work with recognized and positive companies, but so far I have noticed this linear dependence: less money your client has, more screwed your brain will be. That’s interesting, truly eye-opening to the way large companies will view your work! An artist must always have inspiration, have there been any artists or pieces of art that inspire you? Vladimir:Bosch and Dalí are two of my favorites. To go into more detail, Hieronymus Bosch was a Netherlands painter known for his use of imagery in his pieces. Salvador Dalí was a Spanish painter whose imaginative work was quite eccentric. I’m sure you’re an inspiration to our readers as well! Looking ahead, what are your goals for the future? Vladimir:I would like to become a part of large art-related agency to have better chances of working with big brands in the near future. But, my ultimate goal is to travel the world for inspiration. I’m going to start this weekend, and my first stop is Hong Kong. I will also be contributing to my beloved slashTHREE, but with current pack theme it is tough, but I’ll find a way through it. Personal incompatibility you know. I can’t wait to see your future work! Now, I hear that you have some Abduzeedo interview-exclusive material, what’s that about? Vladimir: This is the CD cover work for the great band, Injunity. Why exclusive? Abduzeedo helps many beginning artists learn; I want to inspire artists, instill creative roots, so that is why Abduzeedo is the first and only place where you can see this artwork. Later, maybe in a month or so, this work will be posted on my portfolio, but until that time, you can only find it here! Same exclusive rights go with my latest video work for MTV, “Physics of Unreal”. Enjoy! Wow, that’s great, the motion artwork is fantastic! Thanks for sharing those exclusively for this interview. I know the readers will enjoy it! Vladimir: Don’t mention it; I’m happy to provide something exclusive for this wonderful site! Well, this has sure been an eye-opening interview into the artwork of Vladimir Tomin, any last words for your readers? Vladimir: I will repeat myself once again: if you don’t love what you’re doing, do something else. It worked for me very well. Thanks for your time Vladimir! Vladimir: Thank you so much for invitation, I had great time here and I’m really proud to see my works on this site. Oh, by the way, I’m planning on making two new font packs in early 2010, and I would love to make those Abduzeedo-exclusives as well, so be prepared. Hope to see you guys in the near future, thanks for reading! Some Works
I had a really good surprise today when I ran into the portfolio of Krzysztof Domaradzki, named Studio Kxx... I've seen many of his works all over the web, but never got to know the person who did it. Now it's time for some credits! Kzz is one hell of a graphic designer, and has been doing some sweet pieces for big clients. It's a thrill to find his portfolio to we can get to see all of his work in one place. I really recommend that you go over there to see all of it! Here, I've made a brief selection, so that you can instantly enjoy it. I hope you like it! Cheers. ;)
The work of the small creative design agency based in London are totally awesome. They go by the name of IWANT, and make very creative designs full of style where art and design run very close to each other. Check it out! For more visit iwantdesign.co.uk