We've already featured Gustav Balderdash's work in Wallpaper of the Week #8, and he's such a nice talented artist that we've asked him to write a little bit about his latest work, the Natural Selection mixtape. The author says: Natural Selection is a mixtape that I have been working on with drum n bass producer friend of mine NLB for the last two or three months. I chose to name it after the most important idea anyone has ever had. The name also suits the way that out of the tracks that I had chosen for the mix, only a few fitted together in tempo and feel, so it almost made istelf. I have been into Hip-Hop since I had a music taste and I love the way it can mix with drum n bass, so originally I just wanted to put together a few of my favourite instrumentals and acapellas into a single mix that I could give to my friends for the summer. I have recently become engrossed in the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, all of whom have transformed my world view within the last 6 months. I decided to sprinkle the music with snippets of their wisdom, amongst others like Charles Bukowski, and Sir David Attenborough. I am pleased with how Natural Selection has turned out, but there are still plenty of leftovers from this project and I have found quite a bit of material since finishing this, Nuff respect to NLB for his technical expertise on this project, the next one is going to be twice as nice! You may download the mixtape by clicking HERE. Other works.
For the last few weeks came to my knowlegde an artist that gotta be the Jedi of Illustrators. His name is Robert McGinnis, and you might know him by his 007 vintage posters. Today, I'm gonna pay a little tribute to this man, who made superb illustrations to book covers, paperbacks, posters and etc. He portraits women like no one, and his designs are really sexy, no wonder he was the man to picture 007 posters for so long. Well, just enjoy these eyecandies. ;) Some sources besides Flickr: American Art Archives, Stainless Steel Droppings, The Pinguin Blog.
Lately I've been doing some research on prints: magazines, booklets, brochures and stuff like that. I'm a big lover of fanzines... or any kind of zine actually, and there are a lot of great stuff around to look at. Here in Porto Alegre for example, we have 3 big, famous zines that have cool designs Solto, Noize and Void. And besides that, in the internet, we get to find awesome articles about prints. Here are some of them: Otaku Kaidan Magazine Beautiful Brochures and Booklets Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks Well Done: cook first What will your book be?
iLK (www.ilkilkilk.com), is a french graphic designer who has a really unique and creative style. I discovered his work thanks to an article of Computer Arts, and then immediately added his website to my bookmarks! He accepted to share with us his experience. To see more of his artwork, visit his website: www.ilkilkilk.com 1) First, welcome to Abduzeedo iLK! Glad to see you here. Would you tell us a bit of you? Where are you from, when did you start drawing, for example? I was born in 1982, in the Seine Saint Denis (in the northern suburbs of Paris). I have been drawing since I was a child, because of "Club Dorothée" (a french programme of the 90's, where were broadcasted mostly mangas such as Dragon Ball Z, or Ken the Survivor, for instance) 2) How did you find your own style, full of strange characters, monsters, and above all full of bright colors? Do you first draw your pictures before working in your computer? I don't know precisely where all this stuff comes from... From the music I listen to, I think, which is not very cheerful : Metal, Hardcore, Death, Hip Hop... I'm also a great fan of Tim Burton. Probably the one explains the other! Almost all my illustrations are hand drawn with felt-tip and paper!!! Then I scan the drawing and I colorize it with my computer. 3) How do you work? What is your typical day of working? And what websites do you usually visit for daily inspiration? I start working as soon as possible, often about 8 a.m., and i usually stop between midnight and 4 a.m when I'm late in my work. I work with many agencies, in particular Pubicis Net (a huge french communication agency), but also with a lot of different customers. Every day is another adventure! My Netvibes is full of interesting websites, including the excellent www.glltn.com , www.cpluv.com , www.badbadblog.com ... Too long to mention them all! 4) What are your tools of work? A mac, a graphic tablet, and above all paper, felt-tips, rules, etc...!!! The software I use are the well-known Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ... 5) What is your best / worst memory in your career? I don't have any particularly bad or good memory. Each project is different, with its good and bad sides, its doubts and its successes. But finally, there's only good times. 6) Is your work changing or influencing the way you live, or the way you see the world around you?What is graphic design bringing to you personally? Maybe a kind of serenity, maybe i'm more open-minded. Working with so different people forces you to be tolerant, and to be interested in the project and people who have it, in order to lead the work to his final result in the best way you can. 7) What pieces of advice would you give to someone who want to be a graphic designer? I think working first in an agency is indispensable, to know that the workflow is many more important than they tell you at school... It's the end of your xBox360 afternoons with your friends! Being a freelance is a dream for most of us, but it forces you to be well organized, to take care of the bunch of papers, to pay an accountant for your annual balance sheet : working as a freelance is not always very funny! I advise to the future graphic designer to try to find their own style, and not to try to mimic what they see in the web. With a huge proportion of motivation, and it will be ok. Thanks again for the opportunity to have you here in abduzeedo. And keep the good work! For more information visit his website at www.ilkilkilk.com
Yes, the brazilian both designer and illustrator Doug Alves from Nacionale hasn't updated his site for awhile. But if you don't know his works already, please check cause it's awesome!
Diego Zambrano is a Brazilian designer who's been doing some great work. He's worked with big Brazilian companies, such as Skol, Claro, Sadia and Fiat. It's just great to see some awesome designs such as these... and I wonder how many people have visited the sites he developed. Probably millions. That's freakin' awesome. Visit him at Work for Food.
It's great to see our fellow designers hitting the jackpot! Jasper Goodall is one of those guys. Looking at this work is very inspiring, and it's a reminder that anyone willing to go down the path of design, will, someday, make freaking awesome works to freaking awesome clients. Jasper made the cd cover for a couple of Muse's singles last year, and it was pretty cool. Hopefully we'll get to see more of his work out there soon!
Last week I've found this website, where there are awesome works, and now I'm sharing it with you guys. Christopher Cox is a designer full of quality and power, and we can see that mainly in the Print and Personal sessions of his site. Changethethought is an American studio located in Denver, Colorado. Was found in 2001 by Cox, and since then, collects great works that have been awarded many times and was mentioned by Computer Arts, Design Taxi, Webby Awards, Pixel Surgeon... To get to know more about him, visit www.changethethought.com. Author: Fabiano Meneghetti | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Who doesn't love Pin-ups? These pretty ladies have been out there for over 50, 60 years, and still look fresh and awesome. And they are great source of inspiration! Vintage posters will rock once you fix a pin-up in it... but first you must find the right theme... and boy, there are a LOT of themes for this pin-ups. Hope you find the one you're looking for! ;D Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Fiodor Sumkin is a guy that actually knows how to go beyond with typography. His words show us an amazing creativity with shapes and a lot of harmony between fonts and elements within his design. He shows us references such as patterns, book from the 60's and 70's, typography, art, design, architecture, photography and along with that, elements that came out of an insane mind, full of alternative design and high quality. "Everything I do starts with just pen and paper; I only use the computer to piece everything together at the end. I spent endless hours drawing fonts and trying out new ways of creating type. This laborious trail and errors approach really helped to shape my style." -Fiodor Sumkin Opera78's headquarters are in Amsterdam, but you'll get to see more of his work at opera78.com. You might even buy some great pieces directly from his portfolio at opera78.etsy.com. Author: Fabiano Meneghetti | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
DeviantArt is the ultimate space to get illustration inspiration. There are a whole universe of artists there that will actually blow you mind with their works. One of those artist, Artgerm, has created a character called Pepper, who is this absolutely beautiful girl, that any geek would fall in love in a blink of an eye. She is a total phenomenon, because other artists over deviant actually started doing Pepper fan illustration, hundreds of it. And you'll probably figure out why right now: Artgerm Work: And the most impressive, is that there are actually more Pepper fan art than there is original Pepper illustration. Here are some of the fan art: Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Creativity seems to never run out. This time, we'll see the incredible use of shadows in advertising. Some of these are really clever, and I enjoy trying to figure out how the heck these guys came up with such great ads. 100% creative. Awesome! From Design / Marketing / Psychology. Lego WWF WWF Ariel Dukes of Hazzard John Lewis Fishermans Cove McDonald's Volkswagen Children of the World Trust Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Design Annuals are an awesome source of inspiration and there are decades of annuals to use on your research. Looking for something done on the last 5 years? You'll find some cool stuff. Looking for a more vintage style? Try looking a little back on time, on some 50's Annuals, like this '57/58 one. Pretty neat! For further information, visit this site. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
I remember when I was a little boy that I would make some collages to use as book cover. And I used to make some pretty cool stuff, but this dude makes some awesome stuff. His name is Greg Gossel, and was born in Wisconsin in 1982. I've been looking at some cool collages recently, but this dude's work is impressive. And, if you really enjoy it, you may take it home with you, because these are actually for sale! Enjoy! You may visit this links [#1, #2] for further information about the artist. AUTHOR: PAULO ANTUNES!!!!! | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
Vintage, vintage, vintage. Yes!! We're getting an overload of it!!! So, how do you like Sovietic poster design? If you are a sucker for it, I bet you'll really like these! And if you not acquainted with Sovietic propaganda, or any propaganda at all, before we start, you should know that "Lenin created the first truly modern propaganda machine, and its most colorful, dramatic and original form was the poster". THANK YOU, Lenin. The New Economic Policy (1921-1927) The First and Second Five Year Plans (1928-1937) The Great Patriotic War (1939-1945) The Cold War (1946-1984) Others Source links: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9.
LPs are becoming more rare everyday, and collectors everywhere just love to find some cool, old school music. Here are some great covers for you. Great covers indeed, but some of them are a bit weird, some really funny, but most of them are pure inspiration for you! All these are from LP Cover Lover. Enjoy! Psychedelia - A burst of colors! Soul - Gotta love these... Beatnik - I love these Country - Cool songs for sure Dance / Disco / Twist / Others Gospel Hawaiian Latin Bizarre - My favorite part. Yeah... and this dude probably died of a massive throat cancer. Author: Paulo Antunes | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]abduzeedo.com
To celebrate the flair, color and creativity of the Brazilian origins, Brahma beer is launching VISTOBRAHMA, a design competition which offers up and coming creative minds the chance to get their work seen. The main cash prize of £5,000 and it's an excellent chance to see your design on Brahma beer packaging throughout the UK. All types of work are welcome, whether its painting, illustration, photography, street art or anything in between. Cutting edge Brit Artist Stella Vine heads up the judging panel. Joining her are up-and-coming artists Jimi Crayon and Harry Pye who have also created their own limited edition designs. VISTOBRAHMA is open to anyone in the UK – whether you’re a painter, illustrator, photographer, street artist or anything in between. All you have to do is create a design based on the spirit of Brahma and Urban Brasil – originality, authenticity, style and flair – and submit it via post or our website WWW.VISTOBRAHMA.COM. Not only will the winning design be put into production and be seen and touched by hundreds of thousands of people around the country, but there’s also a CASH prize of £5,000 on offer - so the winning artist could even visit Brasil and experience the spirit of Brahma for themselves. Stella Vine became involved in the project having previously worked with other competitions and projects that are designed to encourage people to get involved in art and design. Stella, who ran her own project space 'Rosy Wilde' from a disused butchers shop in East London for emerging artists, hopes that VISTOBRAHMA will show that the arts can offer career fulfilment as well as cultural stimulation. She said: “VISTOBRAHMA is a brilliant example of a cool brand asking people from the creative community to interpret its image from their point of view. It’s great that a young artist will get such a strong boost to their career, as the exposure that the winner will have is huge. On top of that Brasil has amazing cultural heritage so there should be plenty of inspiration to get people started.” VISTOBRAHMA is a great chance to promote yourself and, perhaps, get a good amount of money, unfortunately it's only for UK residents. For more information visit their website. Some images from their site's gallery: