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.
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 email@example.com, also follow me on twitter
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.
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/
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 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 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
Havianas and Threadless are two brands that we really love because of the culture they created around them, it's hard to think about these brands without thinking about a beautiful and well done designs. Now they got together and have a super cool challenge for us, to create a design for both flip flops and a tee. Havaianas, the world’s most stylish and comfortable flip-flop, is collaborating with Threadless.com, the world’s premier online design community, to launch the website’s first ever footwear challenge on March 15th. Six designs will be chosen, manufactured by Havaianas and sold as limited edition sandals on http://www.havaianasus.com this July. Flip flops and t-shirts go together like tiny umbrellas and piña coladas. The combination conjures up sweet thoughts of bright sunny days on the beach spent with your toes in the sand with your laptop hidden far, far, away. Now's your chance to convey that laid-back awesomeness to the world with the ultimate combo-canvas: the best rubber flip-flops in the world plus an awesome Threadless tee! This is the first worldwide open call for Havaianas flip flop designs, ever! It's also the first Loves challenge that jumps beyond the t-shirt canvas! And you, friend, could be the first Threadless designer to create flip flops! #1s all around! Submit Now- from Mar 15 thru Apr 4, 2010 Submissions close at 11:59:59 CST Some entries
We have already posted some skateboard deck designs, and we also gave away a really cool book about last year, the Inspiration from Skateboard Graphics - Book Giveaway, however, it has been quite a long time since that post and that's why we decided to show a collection of great skate designs. Skateboard is my favorite radical sport and since the beginning skateboard and design have a strong connection. The firs brands and deck board desings always had an unique style and tried to show the singularity of that thru the designs. I hope you enjoy this collection. About the Author Hey buddies! I'm Marcos Torres, a 19 years old art director from Brazil, I'm here to bring some new interessant stuff to you. You can see my portfolio at flickr.com/marcostorres. Any request or jobs oportunities send to firstname.lastname@example.org, also follow me on twitter.com/marcos333
Less is more? Many people might say it isn't, but I'm pretty sure that when the subject is pictograms, it sure is! The best way to communicate something through an icon is often to make it as simple as possible, placing just the elements that really matter. Here, we've got some great examples of pictograms. These are beautifully made, with attention to detail and crispy execution. Just to remind you that these are not freebies, but examples of good design... We would love to see some more works of these made by you people. So, do you got any icons/pictograms to show off? Drop us a comment! Don't forget to check out each designer's folio! I hope you all like it. Cheers. ;) Rodrigo Müller Rafael Nunjar Sascha Elmers Jason Hill Sergey Punchev David Galasse Stefan Dziallas
DesignChat is a weekly live-video chat with the design community hosted by Ryan McGovern 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. Lets get on with it! Plural is a Chicago–based creative studio founded in 2008 by Renata Graw, Jeremiah Chiu, Christopher Kalis, and Eric Mika. With a focus on strong typography and composition, they explore new ideas within the design process as they collaborate on a wide range of print, web, video and music projects. The live show is on Wednesday nights at 8pm CST on DesignChat's site. There's always live video and a chat room, which means you can ask questions directly of Sean! You can follow us on Twitter for more announcements. Also, join our Facebook group and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Here is some of their recent work
DesignChat is a weekly live-video chat with the design community hosted by Ryan McGovern 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. Lets get on with it! Sean is a co-founder of AdamsMorioka. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including; Step, Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director s Club, and the New York Art Director s Club. A solo exhibition on AdamsMorioka was held at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Adams has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the ID40. Sean is the national president and past national board member of AIGA, and past president of AIGA Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and AIGA Fellow. He teaches at Art Center College of Design. Sean is a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally. Adams is the co-author of Logo Design Workbook, Color Design Workbook, and the upcoming Masters of Design. AdamsMorioka s clients include ABC, Adobe, Gap, Frank Gehry Partners, Nickelodeon, Sundance, Target, USC, and The Walt Disney Company. AdamsMorioka was founded in 1994 by Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka. The firm’s founding philosophy of clarity, purity and resonance spearheaded a revolution in the design community from chaos and complexity to honesty and simplicity. The work of AdamsMorioka ranges from corporate identities, identity systems, print campaigns and environmental graphics for both interior and exterior, to motion and digital projects such as film and video, animation and websites. We begin each project by strategically creating a set of criteria, compiled by collaborating with our clients. We are very strict about quality, presentation and content, but, of course, there is always the AdamsMorioka touch of fun. AdamsMorioka is the author of Logo Design Workbook and Color Workbook, released in 2005. AdamsMorioka’s clients include ABC, Adobe, Gap, Old Navy, Frank Gehry Associates, Nickelodeon, USC, Sundance and The Walt Disney Company. The live show is on Wednesday nights at 8pm CST on DesignChat's site. There's always live video and a chat room, which means you can ask questions directly of Sean! You can follow us on Twitter for more announcements. Also, join our Facebook group and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Some Works
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