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Lettering Experiments with Ricardo Gonzalez

Lettering Experiments with Ricardo Gonzalez

Here on Abduzeedo, we love to make you guys explore and discover different mediums that are from user interface design to typography. Let's also admit that about 3-4 years ago, there wasn't that much interest in UI, UX and its complexity. That being said, it's always nice to see artists creating beautiful from both still digital but also analog. There's a thing about working with your hands into making some art. I feel with the time being, that will always be the best way to go. And with Ricardo Gonzalez is no different, we truly love his work so that's why we would like to share his latest lettering experiments because why not. Make sure to follow his Instagram where he shares his process how many these incredible pieces that we just can't stop being inspired about. Lettering Experiments - Analog/Digital 2016   More information: http://www.itsaliving.nyc.

Typography Work for Goodtype The Book Volume One

Typography Work for Goodtype The Book Volume One

Goodtype The Book Volume One is a compilation of curated typography work from 175 artists worldwide. Each featured artist showcases two pieces: a work in progress sketch and the final piece. The collection encompasses a multitude of lettering styles from hand lettering, to computer generated 3D-type, to hand painted murals, to traditional calligraphy. With over 2,000 typography work submissions, they just picked the cream of the crop. Featuring works by artists like Raul Alejandro, Maia Then, Rob Draper, and Scott Biersack and interviews with Roxy Prima, Tony DiSpigna, Joseph Alessio, and more! For this post we feature one of the projects featured on the book, the typography work of Mario De Meyer. Typography work   About the author Mario De Meyer is a freelance graphic designer based in Ghent/Belgium with a strong focus on typography. He works on a wide variety of worldwide projects and had the pleasure to work with clients like Adobe, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Ogvilly & Mather, IBM, J.Walter Thompson and more. For more information check out http://www.dm2graphics.com/

Frontage Condensed Typeface

Frontage Condensed Typeface Design

We used to run the Friday Free Fonts series of posts in the past but finding free fonts are not that easy. We understand the level of work necessary to design a font and good work is not always free. So today I want to feature the Frontage Condensed Typeface designed by Juri Zaech, a Swiss Art Director, currently living and working in Paris, France. Frontage Condensed is a layered type system inspired by eye-catching and colorful facade signage. Its main aspect is — like many typographic installations on storefronts — three dimensional. The narrow, generously spaced letterforms lend the typeface a bold and eminent voice. The more ornamental layers like Bulb or Neon bring nostalgia to the family, while the Shadow layer maximizes the spacial impression. The system’s ten layers can be used alone or combined making the family a versatile toolkit. The use of color reveals Frontage Condensed’s full potential, yet for stark applications it works great in black and white too. Check the specimen PDF for examples. Frontage Condensed features 52 catchwords. They can be simply activated through OpenType’s Discretionary Ligatures and are an easy way to enrich the typographic texture. Other features include fractions, numerators and denominators. Frontage Condensed’s 339-character set covers over 190 latin languages. Available from youworkforthem.com and myfonts.com Typeface Design For more information and to check out Juri's work check out his website at http://www.juri-zaech.com/

Pratique Esporte for Brazil

Pratique Esporte for Brazil

To keep the hype about the Rio Olympics Games on Abduzeedo, we decided to feature related projects that designers and artists have worked on for the occasion. You can follow them through the tag Rio2016. What's your best Olympic moment so far? It's always incredible to see the athletes coming together and pride their skills to represent their countries. Let's take a closer look at the stunning work of Decktwo and his commissioned work for a Brazilian Sports Event Company. Looking closer at his work and it just impresses a total craft of his technique and I just can't even imagine how long it will take to accomplish this piece of art. Located in Paris, France, Decktwo is a multidisciplinary artist, he does wall painting, motion graphic design, illustration, storyboard and VFX. Commission Work for a Brazilian Sport Event Company - RIO OLYMPIC GAMES 2016   More information: http://www.decktwo.com.

Curriculum 3D

Curriculum 3D

Showcasing your portfolio is really important in the process of job hunting, I don't believe that is all about your education but what work did you worked on or were part on. Many things that we share to our next employer totally defines your first impression as a whole. I've done several interviews for design positions in the past and one thing that we mostly tend to forget or to finish off too quickly is the Curriculum Vitae (our resume). How you define yourself on that piece of paper is also a form of presentation of you. Let's take a look a cool 3D take on a Curriculum Vitae. Designed by Benjamin Benhaim, a motion designer, CG artist and art director based in Paris, France. I like the colour palette of this artwork and also how detailed it is from different angles. Artwork made with Adobe After Effects, Maxon Cinema 4D, Octane Render   More information via Behance.

Tom's Town Branding

Tom's Town Branding

Mixing through branding, graphic design and typography, we've always been fans of Kevin Cantrell. Learning more about Kevin's motto/philosophy, we'll find ourselves in a branding system filled with brand architecture, graphic marks, monograms, seals, badges and much more worth considering. We wouldn't say that Kevin's work is expressing a certain style of typography but through the years we can admit that he has put out incredible and inspiring works that explore many colour palettes and layered patterns. His distinct attention to details gave him opportunities to work with big brands out there and also being named by Print Magazine's 20 under 30 New Visual Artists of 2014. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, we are taking a closer look at his latest project for Tom’s Town Distilling Co, a company who represents the Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Taking inspiration from Tom Pendergast, we are exploring the strong work from the past that shaped the future of its kind, right now. Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era. Rooted in a deco optimism, Kansas City flouted Prohibition under the Pendergast machine. Today as Kansas City experiences its second cultural rebirth, the people are still thirsty. Welcome to Tom’s Town, where free spirits reign. KCS created a comprehension branding identity system including a proprietary font, designed exclusively for Tom’s Town. More information: http://kevincantrell.com and also check out http://satelliteoffice.tv.

Vans Surf Pro Classic Illustration

Vans Surf Pro Classic Illustration

Among everything we feature about UI/UX, we do feel that we don't share about graphic design and typography. A little less than 5 years ago, we didn't such a craze about user experience and interface design so we had graphic design. Let us feature the work from Ian Jepson on 80s and 90s inspired artwork for Vans. That little detail that has been striking for me was the thickness of the letter "P" from Surf Pro. Loving seeing the behind-the-scenes/process which is always inspiring and good for crafting your style. Earlier this year I was contacted by Vans to create a logo, poster, and various other artwork for their Surf Pro Classic 2016. I drew inspiration from late 80s and 90s surf artwork, and had a blast working on the project. About Ian Jepson Ian is an illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. After 5 years in the industry, Ian has been focusing his work in graphic design, typography for poster gigs and more. We'll look forward to see more of Ian's work. More information: http://ianjepson.co.za.

Gilroy Typeface Family

Gilroy Typeface Family

We haven't posted about some free fonts in quite a while. We used to have a day of the week to offer some nice free findings in terms of fonts but it was getting difficult to find beautiful and worth sharing material. Today I'd love to write about the Gilroy Typefamily by Radomir Tinkov and also to say that there's some free surprises in the end of the post. Gilroy is a modern sans serif with a geometric touch. An older brother of the original Qanelas font family. It comes in 20 weights, 10 uprights and its matching italics. The Light & ExtraBold weights are free of charge, so you can use them to your heart’s content. Designed with powerful opentype features in mind. Each weight includes extended language support (+ Cyrillic), fractions, tabular figures, arrows, ligatures and more. Perfectly suited for graphic design and any display use. It could easily work for web, signage, corporate as well as for editorial design. Download for free About Radomir Tinkov Radomir Tinkov is Typeface & Graphic Designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. For more information check out https://www.tinkov.info/

Marvel Superheroes: Lettering Series

Marvel Superheroes: Lettering Series

With the Summer going strong and kicking, I hope you had the chance to go to the theaters like most of us. To view some of the summer blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War from the Marvel Universe. Coming from this Universe, it's always interesting to see how artists create/make and just being inspired based on these movies. One series caught our attention and it's from Philippines-based artist Risa Odil, my favourite is the one from Hulk. Her series is quite detailed and playful which is working pretty with her style. Hope you will enjoy! About Risa Rodil Risa is a designer, letterer and illustrator currently based in Manila, Philippines. She focus her work into Typography/Lettering, Graphic Design, Illustration and Motion Graphics. We shall look forward of her upcoming work. More information: http://risarodil.com.

Liberty Market Murals

Liberty Market Murals

Our good friend Ben Johnston always have been making beautiful murals for quite some time now. Big or small, it's always being an impressive process and really inspiring for us. Also Ben always take the time to have a proper setup so he can share his behind-the-scenes which fit perfectly with this typographic style. We are sharing today his latest work at the Liberty Market located in Downtown, Toronto of Canada. Lifetime Development Inc. presented Ben Johnston with the opportunity to create and paint two murals on the face of the Liberty Market Building, a hallmark structure in Toronto’s Liberty Village. From concept to creation, the verbiage and aesthetic of each piece was selected to pay homage to the urban revitalization of this formerly industrial hub, turned bustling community. Each mural was designed to both stand-alone and work in conjunction with the other, using bold, impactful typography intended to bring the sentiments to life. “Hustle” speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit and vibrancy of those who work and play in Liberty Village. While “Love Liberty” captures the magnetism, history and resounding sense of pride that has grown within the community throughout it’s development. About Ben Johnston Ben is a self-taught designer, letterer & illustrator from Cape Town, currently based in Toronto, Canada. With his kickass talent, he had the opportunity to work with brands like: Disney, Virgin, Audi, Saatch & Saatchi and just to name a few. More information via his Behance.

Adobe Experience Artwork from Cannes Lions 2016

We are showcasing this bold piece of commissioned typography artwork by freelance graphic designer Mario De Meyer for Adobe's 'Experience' seminar at the Cannes Lions Festival 2016. The result is really fantastic at creating an illusion with the word: Experience, especially knowingly having as speaker guest the famous Stefan Sagmeister. Another thing that we do enjoy is that little BTS gif showing the process behind the piece which is always helpful to learn and get inspired from. Superb work! I was commissioned by Adobe to make a visual for the 'Experience' seminar at the Cannes Lions Festival 2016. 'Experience' is a seminar which will explore how risk-taking, fighting against industry norms and breaking out of silos are critical to delivering breakthrough experiences. Equally, it will discuss what new types of content, design and experiences are shaping our future and culture, as well as how agencies can adapt to this approach and partner better with clients to create impact. About Mario De Meyer Mario is a freelance graphic designer currently based in Ghent, Belgium. Focusing his work mainly in Typography and he worked with brands like: Adobe, Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc., Ogvilly & Mather just to name a few. Credits Art Direction: Kashka Pregowska-Czerw Typography: Mario De Meyer Client: Adobe More information: http://www.dm2graphics.com.

Liberty Market Murals

Liberty Market Murals

Our good friend Ben Johnston always have been making beautiful murals for quite some time now. Big or small, it's always being an impressive process and really inspiring for us. Also Ben always take the time to have a proper setup so he can share his behind-the-scenes which fit perfectly with this typographic style. We are sharing today his latest work at the Liberty Market located in Downtown, Toronto of Canada. Lifetime Development Inc. presented Ben Johnston with the opportunity to create and paint two murals on the face of the Liberty Market Building, a hallmark structure in Toronto’s Liberty Village. From concept to creation, the verbiage and aesthetic of each piece was selected to pay homage to the urban revitalization of this formerly industrial hub, turned bustling community. Each mural was designed to both stand-alone and work in conjunction with the other, using bold, impactful typography intended to bring the sentiments to life. “Hustle” speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit and vibrancy of those who work and play in Liberty Village. While “Love Liberty” captures the magnetism, history and resounding sense of pride that has grown within the community throughout it’s development. About Ben Johnston Ben is a self-taught designer, letterer & illustrator from Cape Town, currently based in Toronto, Canada. With his kickass talent, he had the opportunity to work with brands like: Disney, Virgin, Audi, Saatch & Saatchi and just to name a few. More information via his Behance.

Capital Magazine Design

Capital Magazine Design

The Socio Design folks keep delivering incredible work. We have featured some of their projects but they always share something new that is worth sharing here on Abduzeedo. The project we want to highlight is the Capital Magazine. They worked on the editorial design as well the typography for this quarterly newspaper. The result is super elegant and of course inspiring. Capital is a quarterly newspaper from Hedeker that reviews and summarizes the behaviors of financial markets from the previous 3 months. With a sparing use of images, the design instead adopts a typographic approach – picking out key points within the content and delivering them with greater impact. Each issue is printed on a different paper stock relating to the time of year it is printed. About Socio Design Socio Design are an experienced design and strategy agency based in London Bridge, South London. We help transform brands and businesses through carefully crafted design and rigorous strategic thinking. For more information check out http://sociodesign.co.uk/

Impressive Artworks by Yulia Brodskaya

Impressive Artworks by Yulia Brodskaya

Back in 2010 we showcased Yulia's work here for the first time. And of course we are past due for an update of her astonishing pieces. This is why today we will show you some of Yulia's latest artworks. Her talent of transforming paper into art is superb, take a look. Since 2010 she added lots of inspiring pieces to her portfolio, so make sure to head to her website to check the entire collection. Enjoy! Yulia Brodskaya is a highly regarded paper artist and illustrator. She uses two simple materials-paper and glue, and a simple technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper - to make lush, vibrant, three-dimensional paper artworks. She started working as a graphic designer and illustrator in 2006, however quickly abandoned the computer programs in favour of paper art: "Paper always held a special fascination for me. I've tried many deferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be 'the one' for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it". (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Case Study: Fazer

Case Study: Fazer

It's always incredible to see designers pushing the envelope from time to time. Being a fan of 3D works is one thing but the folks from Snask went beyond even more with a summer campaign for Fazer. Taking their motto of being "unconventional" to a whole new level especially when the client brief is simply and as I quote: "...make drop dead gorgeous handmade typography". Please enjoy this stunning case study. The campaign was communicated in Finnish. Here at Snask we´re Swedes, meaning that we aren't 100% sure what it says in each piece. But what we are 100% confident about, is that design wise, it looks fantastic. It´s almost perfection. All props and typography were handmade by Snask in our studio in Stockholm. In the end, we helped out creating still life photography and stop motion, and the material was used in tv, social media, point of sales and retail. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Snask Snask is Not-your-typical agency currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. They strived themselves to challenge the industry by doing and think differently. Unconventional ideas, real emotions and charming smiles. Credits Client: Fazer Agency: Hasan & Partners Created by: Snask Photographer: Carl Dahlstedt For more information: http://snask.com

Abstract ABC

Abstract ABC

Being abstract is somehow part of each one of us, whatever you're an artist, designer, developer or even a QA tester. We work in the universe of art and we gotta find the time and ways to express ourselves. We all need or get the urge of creating/making in our free space. Some of us will design something, take photos, practice lettering or like Jim LePage will paint. We are featuring Jim's and Max's work with their Abstract ABC series. Abstract painting provides a creative escape for me. I love the exploration of color and texture and how the mix of those can evoke different types of feelings and ideas. I experiment with different paints, mediums and techniques and enjoy the surprises that come from seeing them interact in new ways. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Jim LePage Jim is a freelance artist & designer based in Bellingham, Washington. Focusing his work for bold and conceptual art and illustrative work, Jim has done also work in Art Direction and leading a creative team in a design studio as well. Credits Collaborative project with Jim LePage and Max Morin and if you wanna get your hands on an Abstract ABC set as well. Check out their shop: http://jimlepage.com/shop/abstract-abc For more information: http://jimlepage.com

 The 3D Works of Zigor Samaniego

The 3D Works of Zigor Samaniego

Way before digging my work into UX/UI, I was (and still) a big fan of Typography mixed with 3D. By the different techniques and how you can express yourself through words/quotes and choose how you wanna express it. Today, I look up to those who still work into these fields and asking myself when I'll do some typography and getting my hands into 3D. Time will tell. For now, let's look at the stunning work of Zigor Samaniego. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Zigor Samaniego Zigor is a freelance graphic & 3D illustrator based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Focusing his work in graphic design, 3D, calligraphy and lettering; Zigor has worked with brands like American Express, Volkswagen and more. For more information: http://www.zigorsamaniego.net