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.
We’ve talked about how great concepts with the right branding can work really well together. It’s all part of the image you are projecting to your users and what is the reflection of your goals vs what is the purpose of your brand. There’s many great products out there but there are unlikely known because of the poor branding.
It’s time for our eagerly anticipated entry in the series about that 90s graphic design look coming back. I am sorry if you are not a fan but the idea is just to try to spot a new trend and if that is really coming back or it is just a few 90s warriors keeping that flame alive. For this entry I would love to share the awesome work that 247 Studio did for a CD record cover design. The work was done for the album Eter by Hemp Gru.
From ABDZ, Happy Lunar New Year to everyone involved. 2019 is the Year of the Pig, welcoming this new year would bring wealth. According to the tradition, it brings wealth due to their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune. Along those lines, we are sharing this cool Chinese New Year Card by Bouzen Lin who is a designer based in 台區, Taiwan. It's great that Bouzen is given a second purpose to a piece of print by adding a curve at learning a language with stickers with a theme of pigs! Hope you will enjoy and the feast today!
After the unexpected success of the previous posts we are happy to bring another installment of the series That 90s Look in graphic design, this time featuring the beautiful work that Nicolas Lopardo shared on Behance titled E.42. There are many things to love and talk about this project and why it deserves the feature as a good representation of that 90s look.
For the past few years, or I dare to say decade, we saw a resurgence of the 80s in fashion, movies/TV and design in a way. Look at the work of amazing people like James White for example. However, I have noticed a slow shift to a new trend. We are moving ahead and beginning to see an influx of 90s inspiration. There are a ton of references already in plain site.
It has been quite a little while since we last shared the work from Russell Shaw, an art director, designer and illustrator from San Francisco, CA, USA. We are happily sharing a selection of his brand design projects over Slack during 2017-2018.
Since it's winter on this part of the world, I thought it would be great to share the 2018 North Face Winter Catalog, art direction by Hybrid Studio. A creative studio based in San Francisco, CA, USA, they have been lucky enough to work with a brand like North Face but also with The North Face Athletes: Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cummins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff and Cedar Wright.
Anxo Vizcaíno has been commissioned by Red Yellow Blue to create this collection of cover artworks for the first GRYFFIN's album (Interscope Records). Under the concepts and creative direction of Jordan Miles Rosenheck, they designed a series of portals that "are metaphors for having access to anywhere and anything we want, because we're made of everything". Each piece is related to a track that has been released separately, previous to the main album 'Gravity Pt.
Fun story that is making the news lately, the original Blade Runner movie was released back in 1982 but here is the fun fact. The movie was set in the imaginary world of 2019, therefore in a few weeks we will ACTUALLY be in 2019. It's pretty cool to relive how they envisioned the future back in the early 80s. In relation to this story, we are sharing the brand identity for Future Future, a low-spirited & contemporary restaurant combining Japanese and Melbournian heritage.
Max Rompo shared a set of incredible posters he created for Fito Paez tour in Brazil. The poster design style is quite modernist taking advantages of the primitive shapes that form the Brazilian flag. In addition, the colors and typography are equally well designed.
We would like to feature the work from Matheus Gomes who is a graphic designer and art director based in São Paulo, Brazil. We are showcasing more specifically his project for Bente Tattoo Studio. Founded in July 2018 by Bente Berg, a tattoo artist where the studio is based in Bergenhus, Bergen, Norway. Combined with photography, the graphic design is clean with an introductory serif font which is pretty unique for a tattoo artist. I must admit the photography really sets the tone really well.
Duesseldorf is a beautiful city in western Germany, we are taking a look at the first official TEDx event brand identity entitled: TEDxKoenigsallee. Designed by a local brand strategy & design agency, KittoKatsu GmbH has been making an incredible work. I particularly love the different types what we say "icons" based on the theme of "The Future of...". I also like the choice of repetitive colors used, it's somehow reminding me of Figma but still very elegant. Check it out!
Mortise Design is a brand designer & illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan. He recently shared a brand identity for Sushi Junction, it's a colorful design mixed with Japanese & Chinese cuisine. It's really a common thing in Japan seeing many brands taking on their packaging designs to attract customers with limited time and always-on-the-go. What's interesting about Sushi Junction, It is the first Japanese restaurant in India to offer a wide variety of food and inspired from Indian flavors.
Happy Monday gang! Let's check the work from Freshblood Creative Services, a creative studio based in Moscow, Russian Federation. They recently released a brand identity project they worked for Mikron, a leading microelectronic enterprise in Europe. It's actually a redesign, they have kept the previous logo icon but they updated the typeface with a font that is slightly condensed. It's a nice look but I think where this is getting interesting, it's the inspiration welcomed for the quality of the print.
BEWARE of a tasty Pizza picture in this article. On the serious side, I do miss making brand identities. The feeling of going to the printer to proof a print job for your client was a lot of fun. Somehow there "this" creative freedom where I am keep searching whenever I work on digital projects. The folks from Studio Holt gave me a great reminder of that time. Located in Reykjavik, Iceland, they are a creative studio and they have worked a brand identity for Flatey – Pizza Napoletana.
El Diablo is an art director and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC in Canada. His illustration works are mostly for music albums. I just love the color palette and illustrative style. I have rarely seen a beautiful combination of colors between peach and slight-greeny-blue colors mixing so well together. You should definitely check out more of his work on Behance.
Let's take a look at this colorful rebranding by the folks from Carré Noir, it's a branding agency located in beautiful Paris, France. They have worked with Stootie to helped make a bold and evolving identity based on the theme of "people energy". Imagine having a group of individuals available to help with your daily chores from renovations, moving, deliveries and more. I love the super clever concept of the logo and seeing animated gives a total giveaway of what the brand is all about.
We are starting it off with a combination of calligraphy & print design project by 行行珂 HunkXing, who is a graphic designer based in Beijing, China. To be more specific, it's a summary of some of the typography works from 2017-2018. Even though it's a different language, we still can appreciate the visual approach of the overall design. It's really enjoyable!
It's booked! We will be heading down to Singapore for our yearly vacation, nothing cooler than exploring designers, artists, and photographers based in this beautiful country. Let's take a look at the work of Foreign Policy and their Brand Identity for The Clifford Pier. I took this particular project because the design truly reflects the colours from Singapore after watching so many travel videos on the subject.