graphic design

New World Face Masks

Toby Ng share a graphic design and packaging project he did for Love Without Border for a global initiative formed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to a mask shortage in Hong Kong, NWD saw the need to support the community by producing and supplying ‘Made in Hong Kong’ face masks. Partnering with various NGOs across the city, masks are distributed to low-income families and disadvantaged groups.

Typographic Poster Studies by Xtian Miller

Xtian Miller is a designer from Detroit, MI, USA and he is back another typographic poster studies, I really dig his style and his sense of graphics. Having featured his work before on abdz, you just can't help to appreciate his creative senses and his willingness to constantly keep exploring through discovery. His work is a mixture of the pure graphic design from the 90s, and even beyond that.

Logo Design Folio by Álvaro Studio

Álvaro Studio is a creative studio based in Barcelona, Spain specializing in art direction, graphic design, and illustration. They have shared a logo design folio I thought would be worth sharing on abdz. 'Logo design' has been a little obsession even since I designed a logo for a friend of mine who is starting a business. I think it's a kind of project that we do less now being 'product designer' but it's always nice to change things for a while. The process is somehow the same in terms of design thinking but somehow the medium is different.

Leaps in Space 2020 Calendar

What can we say about 2020 so far, let's just put this way. It was quite an eventful year and we are still not done. An outcome though is we saw a strive from many initiatives to raise the bar even during what we can call it 'weird times'. As I was surfing for 'studio inspiration', I stumbled the work from the fine folks at Bureau Oberhaeuser, a studio based in Hamburg, Germany. Other than looking like cool people to work with, they have shared a calendar that you can purchase and download as a wallpaper.

PAGE Gallery - Graphic Design Inspiration

Seachange Studio is  a full-service design studio producing meaningful work that engages and endures. Their work is defined by bold conceptual simplicity, whether it's applied to a brand, a digital experience or a book. That can clearly be seen in the work they did for PAGE Gallery. Pure and simple typography in a grid system or in other words, amazing graphic design.

Art Direction + Graphic Design for The Tide

I have been quite inspired by how light reflects and refracts lights and objects creating quite stunning visual effects. For this post I bring this project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro , The Tide includes a network of parks and spaces along a flowing pathway that follows the Thames. In collaboration with Droga5, the kinetic logo mark was designed, iterated and perfected to represent the variety of ways in which the location can be experienced while maintaining its free-flowing and liquid nature.

That Painful Necessity of Thought

Following my new passion of posting about things that show light refraction or holographic type of effects. For this one I bring this old but quite beautiful graphic design project created by the amazingly talented folks over at molistudio ™ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This project mixes typography and some 3D effects of bubbles of oil or something that distort the text when passing over it. 

xScan Recreating Analog, Raw distortion

You’ve probably noticed that I am a bit into the chromatic distortion effect. Why? I have no idea, but it does look awesome. For this post I’d like to share this project titled xScan, which is a digital attempt at recreating analog, raw distortion created by Studio 2am. You can purchase the fully editable PSD templates for personal or commercial use via Creative Market.

Clam you dig it? Brand Identity for the Salt Line Oyster + Ale

While we dream of casually dining out one day again we’ll just sit right here and salivate over The Salt Line’s groovy brand identity work by the talented Ioana Balasa. The Salt Line Oyster + Ale is an oyster-focused seafood restaurant that artfully “merges the historic fishing cultures of New England and the Mid-Atlantic.” Balasa drew inspiration from vintage oyster cans, baseball scorecards, and sea monsters.

Poster Series Inspired by William Shakespeare

Xtian Miller created a poster series inspired by William Shakespeare’s sonnets; a collection of 154 poems originally published in 1609. Excerpts were selected for 25 posters and reinterpreted in visual abstract form to convey the concept of time and light vs dark.

Symbols & Logos Not Approved

A constant in any design process is rejecting ideas, either by ourselves or by others. It’s the nature of our job. You can take it personally, learn from it, and hopefully grow from it. Marcelo Siqueira definitely upped it to 11 with his Symbols & Logos Not Approved.

Designer Spotlight: Romain Billaud

Capturing the feeling of a period in time, or a decade is not as easy as you might think. Romain Billaud succeeds where some, including me, have failed. He totally deserves the Designer Spotlight. 

Graphic Poster Series by Berkay Taş

We have been getting a good response of the poster series we share on abdz., you guys seem to enjoy it. Let's keep the momentum and kick it off with another poster series! Berkay Taş is a graphic designer based in Istanbul, Turkey. Berkay only has a few projects on his Behance profile but has been killing it with his poster series. It's definitely worth a following. For the second installment of the series, we are welcomed by the same quality by its predecessor.

‘Lengthy’ Typography Works by Rafael Serra

It's Friday, happy Friday all. As a tradition to the good old days, I wanted to pay homage to fonts. More particularly to our series Friday Fresh Free Fonts, we used to publish every Friday, what we called the FFFF which were pretty popular back in the days. Let's keep the momentum for today and share about this yet interesting and cool collection of lettering works created for clients and personal projects by Rafael Serra.

Object Sans Typeface - A Geometric Font

It's Friday, happy Friday all. As a tradition to the good old days, I wanted to pay homage to fonts. More particularly to our series Friday Fresh Free Fonts, we used to publish every Friday, what we called the FFFF which were pretty popular back in the days.

Slanted Magazine #35—L.A

Los Angeles is the opposite of our old metropolises. The sprawling multi-dimensionality is alien, and for many, gets on our nerves: the tangled network of highways and the constant driving around, the emphasized nonchalance and never ending optimism of everyone, the sunny weather, the ingenious modernist architecture, the film industry, the tourists and the shitty art museums ... perhaps, just perhaps everything about this city gets on our nerves. Despite, or maybe because of all of this, L.A. is a fucking awesome city, both in the Biblical sense and the slang sense. 

Together 2020 Poster - Romain Billaud help to Caregivers

We were already a fan of Romain Billaud and his incredible work, but now we are even more. In order to help the caregivers in his own way and to make his new  poster more meaningful. He decided to print 100 copies of his poster and to donate the profits to the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpitaux de France. It is indeed a super noble act. Unique edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed.

Awesome Calendar Inspired by the 2020 Visual Acuity Test

At the beginning of each year Polar, a design studio from Brazil, designs a non-traditional calendar as a gift for friends and customers. Inspired by the 20/20 visual acuity test — or Snellen Chart — the 2020 Polar calendar graphically explores the relationship between typographic scale, distance and time. In the vision considered normal, the observer is able to see the line marked 20/20 at a distance of 20 feet (approximately 6 meters).

Geometric Pattern posters inspired by architectural locations

Xtian Miller is a designer based in Detroit, MI, USA. His project is genuine, well-executed, and thought this should be perfect to be featured on abdz. Titled: ARC: Pattern Research, it's a series of 'geometric pattern posters inspired by architectural locations', it's a study that contains 25 prints that also can be purchased via his store. First of all, I just love the overall graphical approach on these, if you have ever visited or googled these landmarks.

Poster Collection inspired by VHS packaging

Xavier Esclusa Trias has created a poster series that is bringing a bit of a nostalgia moments to be honest. Pure throwback from the days where we didn't care about going to rent movies at the video store, where the packaging was just part of an item that you will eventually learn to appreciate. From what Xavier created, I just dig there aren't any 'special effects' like gradients, shadows, or whatnot. It's all graphical shapes and typography; there is something about having to work within these past constraints.

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