Tom Lane is the designer behing Ginger Monkey. We have already interviewed him here on Abduzeedo and also feature one of his amazing works, the Compass, as the Wallpaper of the Week. However, Tom has just released a new version of Ginger Monkey site with some new and incredible pieces that are definitely worth checking them out. Ginger Monkey creates and crafts designs that bring businesses and brands to life. Tom Lane, the multi-disciplined, fiery headed anthropoid at the helm does more than devise exquisite and inspirational designs - he evolves reputations. With a portfolio that bursts with creativity Ginger Monkey has attracted an international client list that includes, Sony Ericsson, Coca-Cola, Miller Beer, Mercedes, BT, Iris, Ignited and Clarks. His skills, peerless passion and professionalism has contributed to a continual flow of recognition from the design press and you will see the inimitable designs of Ginger Monkey adorn the pages of numerous illustration and design books this coming year. For more information go to Ginger Monkey website at http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/ Some works
Kofi Ansah, aka DG (degodson), is a 20 year old Undergraduate Student from the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, located in Chislehurst, Kent, UK. He is taking the Computer 3D Animation course after finishing a 2 year Digital Media course in London. DG is originally from Ghana - Africa place he left in a very young age to go to Milan - Italy with his family. Since his 15 years old he is living in the UK to continue his studies. Since the day that some friends introduced him to deviantART back in 2007, DG started his interest in graphic and digital design. So for the last 2 years he is designing his own pieces: image manipulations, vectors, illustration and is also learning and developing his 2D and 3D acknowledgments. DG is one of our abduzeedo's readers and it is someone that despite of the young age has talent and for sure will succeed in his career. So I would like to introduce his work to you... Find more about Kofi Ansah and his work online at: Personal Website deviantART With this post we start a series that will present to you some new artists and their work. So if you have someone you would like to see here, let us know. Enjoy! :)
Probably one of the best ways to be successful with a new logo is to really think it through. Making anything, just to get rid of it won't make you a good designer. You might think you gotta go with the standard logo: graphical element + logotype, but you don't have to, actually. A logo is a graphical element (ideogram, symbol, emblem, icon, sign) that, together with its logotype (a uniquely set and arranged typeface) form a trademark or commercial brand. That said, one element logos are the ones that got one or another. These are some great exemples of successful logos that achieved their objective by solving their problems with creativity. It's not necessary to have an icon supporting your logotype... or a logotype supporting your icon. If you find the right balance in a single element, then most likely you're good to go! So, here are some amazing one element logos that I collected from amazing Logopond. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers!
This is another post from one of our readers work! This time we will present the great work of Scott Pollard. Scott has 27 years old, is a designer and illustrator based in the UK and has around 5 years of experience in the industry. At college he took fine arts and communication along with photography, and to keep evolving his work and acknowledgment he specialized in photography and web design. Besides being very talented Scott is also very kind and for sure is a really passionate and enthusiastic designer as you can check by his own words below. It all first started with music and myspace. I began creating identities for bands and they became my audience along with their fans. Along side this I was developing my graphic design and illustration which was also being shown on my website. I have always looked at design in a intriguing way and always wanted to understand the way people think. The exploration of this process naturally took me into branding and thats where I am now. I have studied a lot over the years and I feel that it has all come together to form a solid foundation of how I approach design. I do not see design as a job, yes it pays the bills, however my life is fully immersed in many aspects of design and communication. I constantly feel the urge to communicate my work and I strive to discover new and different ways to get my message out. Sometimes it might be on a pair of trainers or a big doodle on some card and then I publish it on to the internet for everyone to see. I have always felt that a designer should be massively proactive, open to understanding new things and strive to communicate to the world in many different ways. Oh and love every minute of it! To check out more pieces from Scott go to his Portfolio and also to his Behance Profile. As for me, I really liked his work and his words. :) So, enjoy it!
I was surfing the web this weekend when I found my college's creative club blog: Caixola. Creativity and inspiration does not have boundaries, and those guy make a really good job in the club and in the blog. They posted about an awesome illustrator called Richard Perez, whose works are really cool! Californian, Perez got his work inspired by those old album covers and film posters, which is some awesome inspiration. Taking a look at this work, it does feel somewhat vintage, and that's pretty much why I find this guys one hell of an illustrator. Anyways, hope you guys like these! For more, please visit this portfolio at Skinny Ships. Cheers! ;)
Alexander Otto is a very talented young and self-taught Graphic Designer/Illustrator from Frankfurt, Germany. He is currently working as Designer at Syzygy Group Frankfurt for big brands in rich media. But also freelancing behind DIFTNORM(tm), a personal experimental showcase with some really cool pieces with a sort of surrealism feel in them. Furthermore Alex is member of the Keystone Design Union, world largest privately held, global creative collective. Website : http://www.diftnorm.com/
Doug Alves is a self-thought designer from Brazil, but now he is living in Los Angeles. We have mentioned about him in some Daily Inspiaration articles, but his work is so cool that a full feature article all about him wouldn't be enough, let's give it a try though. Below you can see some of his works. You can find out more about Doug Alves at some of his sites: Behance - http://www.behance.net/nacionale
Evoke has released their twentieth exibition, the Mixtape! The theme was music and the images are simply fantastic. We highly recommend that you check it out. It is my great and distinct pleasure to announce Evoke’s momentous twentieth release, Mixtape! Arguably one of the most challenging themes chosen by our artists, Mixtape presented many trials to Evokers early on; as is always the case, everyone came through, producing another mind blowing exhibition of seventy solo works, collaborations, and exclusive music tracks. A music centered release, Mixtape required Evokers to approach their traditional processes of producing art from a different angle. Many chose to use this theme very literally, basing works off of songs or music equipment, while others chose to remix their own works. The audio section is stellar in Mixtape as Keith Alban (brainst0rm) really shined in his Evoke debut creating many professional remixes of popular songs for this release! Big props to James Merill, aka dshPls, our featured artist for this release! James has been with Evoke from the very beginning, progressing through the ranks and still cranking out some of the most stylish and innovative works the group has seen! Be sure to check out an exclusive interview with him. If you’re still reading this, you’re missing out. Go and check out our historic, epic, and overall extremely fantastic 20th exhibition! On behalf of the Evoke team, Ted David Yavuzkurt aka Revenant Prime Evoke Site Director Some images For more information and of course to check out all the images visit http://www.evokeone.com/v4/displaygallery.php?id=30
For us here at Abduzeedo is a real treat when awesome designers send us their portfolios for us to take a look at it. We get to see many works that probably most people didn't see before, and we get the chance to share these with the world. One of these designers is ED Batista, a Brazilian self-taught graphic designer, illustrator and art director. For the last year he's been working in the various creative fields of graphic, print, editorial, advertising clients, web and motion design. Check this ED's works here, and of course, give him a little love by commenting! I'm sure he'll love your thoughts. You may visit his portfolio at Artz Juzt Du. Hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)
We have already featured quite a few images from Adrien DONOT and because of that we wanted to feature him with a full post. Adrien is a digital artist from Paris, France, and he has some amazing images mixing all sorts of effects, like spray splatters with photography. For more information visit one of Adrien's sites: http://tinyurl.com/buymywork - Buy his posters http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriendonot/ http://www.behance.net/Pulssart
Today I was really thinking on a Starbucks coffee. As I don't have this option here at my hometown Porto Alegre and I really admire the whole style of this brand I decided to get material from them to show here. I did some research and read more about their concept of designing and their team work. Actually Starbucks has two groups of designers as follow: - the global creative team that handles advertising and marketing material, products presentation and packaging; - the store design group witch is responsible for the furniture, fittings and layout of the stores. At the creative group they have graphic designers together with technical and packaging specialists. Some of the team also bring fine art and illustration skills to the mix so that is probably why they have such a good range of products. Check it out. v
Probably one of the best ways to promote your work is to gather some friends and build a collective portfolio. A lot of people will get to know your friends' work, and yours as well. That's just what "The Sicksystem" is. Made by Aske, Kola and Kio, it was founded in Moscow in 2003 as a graffiti crew, and today its range of activity includes graphics, graffiti, illustration, identity, typography and calligraphy. For further information and works, simply visit their site! It's really worth the visit. Hope you like it. Cheers! ;)
We've been featuring digital artist from all over the world and it's always very good to get to know talented designers and illustrators. Lionel Charpentier, a 24 years old french graphic artist, is a great example, he runs a website called where he showcases some beautiful images mixing photos, drawings and other elements. For more information visit: http://www.electricmanja.com/. Also if you want to have your work featured on Abduzeedo, send an email to email@example.com with the subject: Feature Work.
Check out the intensity and the details of the crazy works of the Polish Graphic Designer Michal Sycz, a great mix of typography, 3d, and regular photo manipulations that feels like candy to the eyes.
In the last daily inspiration I featured a very beautiful image of a robot, it was from a Flyer designed by Martijn van Dam, AKA Super Silo, a very talented graphic designer from Amsterdam. I highly recommend that you check out his portfolio, it's very inspiring with lots of great Flyer and Poster designs. Hi! I'm Martijn, a 27 year old graphic designer at Momkai, an independent, interactive agency based in Amsterdam. Don't forget to check our Behance page as well. In my free time I like to make music related graphic designs and illustrations for flyers, posters and sleeves which can be found here. Super Silo is the alias I use for making artwork outside of my daytime job at Momkai. My real name is Martijn van Dam and I'm a 27 year old Dutch graphic designer living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information visit his website at http://supersilo.blogspot.com/ or his Behance page at http://www.behance.net/supersilo
Following our winner "The Best of 2008" series, today we've got plenty of posters for you guys! All the cool stuff... movies, Obama, and design in general! I hope you enjoy these! ;) Oh, and of course, feel free to comment posting more posters!! We'd love to see what other great posters we had during this year!! Another thing... since we don't get to celebrate 2 years all the time, today we're gonna have some awesome stuff for you guys! Be prepared. Cheers! DESIGN IN GENERAL
Every career has two sides: one is the light and bright side, which brings us joy and happiness... you actually enjoy doing what you do. But there's another side, the heavy burden you have to carry, the price you have to pay for having the dream job. For us designers, this dark side is the fact that if we don't master at least Adobe's creative suite, we won't settle happy. In our field, we often need to deliver pieces that sometimes are a little beyond our skills, or at least we think so. You probably know what you want to do, but you don't know enough the technique to do so. The solution is to learn how to use the softwares avaiable... Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, among many others. You may look for inclass courses, but there's also the coolest way to learn in my opinion: Online courses! You find numerous ways to learn these online, mainly through tutorials, like the ones you find here at Abduzeedo. But the best way to really master techniques, is knowing your enemy (something Sun Tzu would say), and turning him your ally. There are free and pay courses online... some good, some weak, so we looked for the good ones and listed them here for you guys. There are actually courses sites, that deliver great content, like Lynda and Total Training. We really wish the design, open source comunity gets better each day. We need good professionals, so we can actually rise our standards. Anyways, here is a brief list of online courses that you'll find really useful in your eternal quest for wisdom and mastery. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) 1. CSS for Designers 2. Learn Illustrator CS3 in 30 Days 3. Adobe Photoshop Basics 4. InDesign CS4 Essential Training 5. Adobe Flash CS4 Professional: Essentials 6. Adobe CS4 Design: Workflow