Orlando Arocena is a Mexican-Cuban-American vector artist and creative director based in New Haven, USA. One of his dreams was to collaborate with the Empire Magazine, as he said, it was in his bucket list. Well, we are happy that it's not there anymore because he created a fantastic magazine cover design for the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War. The cover features no one else but the super villain THANOS and it also rocks a super colorful, I dare say 80s graphic design look. Below you can learn a bit more about the creative process behind it. For as long as I can remember I always admired Empire Magazine and as a result I included it to my "Bucket List" of Brands I would be honored to collaborate with and have fun. Well, dreams to come true... Magazine Cover Design Process Below is my "Iron Man Equation" from 2013 and the basis that inspired the Creative Director over at Empire Magazine to start a dialogue and get the project rolling in time to announce the evil super villain from the new Avengers: Infinity War movie...THANOS! What the Creative Director appreciated most about the Iron Man equation was the color , the sense of motion and the "Deco-Pop" style I had created for myself over 5 years ago. Since this illustration is intended to be the cover, I removed the text exploration and delivered the first round with an exploration in Thanos' expression and background. and then placed in the Empire branding Round 1 feedback was received, we now had an approved pose. So we quickly went into Round 2- where I delivered a spectrum of options pertaining to lighting, mood and facial expression of Thanos. ( see below) Round 2 feedback received we now were in the home stretch and was given the green light to play with their Branding- which rarely ever happens in this industry. So I respectfully went into round 3. Below is the first evolution for the stylized Empire Branding but I felt it detracted too much from the original and explored a less extreme interpretation but smarter version leveraging the lens flares off the Gauntlet and adding them up top to the letters. Below is a click through video of the actual vector created in Adobe Illustrator + Wacom Intuospro. The final magazine cover thanks to the Creative Director at Empire Magazine. If you care to see more, click below to follow my vector adventures. FACEBOOK TWITTER LINKEDIN INSTAGRAM MEXIFUNK
Let us take a look at this beautiful and colourful brand identity project by Ollestudio for Onet, there is also graphic design and illustration involved in the overall process. With the company motto of:"Design is fun.", this design studio from Krakow, Poland truly does it all with a flair, I would definitely check out their Behance for more branding projects. Credits Piotr Ploch Marta Wojcik Aleksander Sucheta AguWu Photography by Przemek Szuba More Links Learn more about Ollestudio at ollestudio.com Follow Ollestudio on Dribbble Follow Ollestudio on Instagram Brand Identity & Graphic Design
I always admire those that challenge themselves to daily activities like taking a photo a day, or design something different every day. It seems simple at first, however, like everything in life, the closest you get to the realization of something, the more difficult things become. I believe it does that to naturally select those that have real passion for the others. For this post I'd love to share the typography work that TJ Nicklin created titled 36 DAYS OF TYPE. The style and quality of the illustrations is just top notch. 36 Days of Type is a project that invites Designers, Illustrators and Graphic Artists to express their particular view on the letters and numbers in the alphabet. Participants are challenged to design a letter or number each day. I took the opportunity to explore and experiment with color, texture and patterns. Typography
We're delighted by the whimsical work of French-born, Berlin-based illustrator Marc Majewski and in particular his recent children's picture book titled Une Histoire. The story is an ode to the imagination and daydreaming and takes the reader on a joyous journey by way of endearing illustrations spotlighting Majewski's passion for color and light. As a child, the talented Majewski discovered his zeal for drawing and painting through the pictures of Gustave Dore, Quentin Blake, Lisbeth Zwerger and Symbolist painters just to name a few. We are so impressed by Majewski's ability to portray real-life scenes with such detail, emotion and sparkle. Scroll below for a peek inside this talented young mind and the inspiration behind his beautiful work. Also enjoy his Instagram feed for more smiles.
Angela Fisher shared a beautiful brand identity project that she worked on for the 2018 Adobe Summit which it is a celebration of Experience Makers. The project is simply awesome and we had to feature it here on ABDZ, especially because Angela was kind to post quite a few details about the process. "Maker" by definition is a person who create; form; shape. Based on the theme, the event identity should be equally expressive in both digital and physical form. This year the identity consists of two components: modular block pattern (vector) + physical installation (photographs). You might ask why create a physically installation then photograph it when one can achieve nearly identitical result from digital renderings? A bespoke installation is unique. Through the makers’ hands they’ve each added a layer of depth which is one of a kind, hard to replicate with digital renderings. Much like the range of skills required of modern day Experience Makers, the final artwork is blend of a variety of disciplines: 2D & 3D, digital & physical, software skills & traditional crafts, plus a lot of love. A condensed version of our creative journey is documented below. Many thanks to our delightful partner, DBLG, for turning the concept into reality. Brand Identity Inspiration / Mood board The installation was photographed at Holborn Studios from various angles, with and with out industry props.Modular block pattern combined with small sections from photo(s) is being used in various event assets. Behance project post by DBLG LDN. Behind the scene video by DBLG LDN.
I am a couple hours away to leave for Sweden, by the meantime I wanted to discover some designers from this beautiful country in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. We are taking a look at the work from Dalston Creative, a design studio located in Stockholm. They have worked at creating the brand identity for NOCK, a new three-floor design from the 19th-century building on Renstiernas Gata on Södermalm. I would love to point out that the architect was done by Jenny Frigren and Interior design by Covet Visual identity for property development NOCK, three new floors on a 19th-century building on Renstiernas Gata on Södermalm in Stockholm. The concept was built around the idea of Scandinavian decadence. Deliverables included naming, identity, catalog, website, photography and art direction. More Links Learn more about Dalston Creative at dalston.se Follow Dalson Creative on Behance Brand Identity
It's no secret we're big fans of the work coming from Kati Forner Design having showcased some past work of hers here on Abduzeedo. Of late we're swooning over the most recent work for Kombucha brand Muse + Mettā founded by Trent Brokie . Most definitely the most beautiful Kombucha bottle we ever did see, I can picture myself enjoying the Wild Blueberry and Lavender steep and then repurposing this gorgeous bottle as a home decor piece. The concept behind the work goes something like this: The color of each flavor complements the ingredient profile highlighting Muse + Mettā Kombucha's identity as more than just a beverage but a culture of health, art, and possibility. While you're here, be sure to check Muse + Mettā's Instagram page for a visual schooling on how to launch a product on this social platform in the most beautiful way. We believe food can feed us both physically and creatively. Brewed with fruits, flowers and herbs from around the world coupled with a passion for modern design and wellness to create a truly sensory experience
If you're jonesing for a most unique sushi experience that will have you dreaming about booking that trip to Japan without getting on a long haul flight look no further than NYC's Omakase Room by Tatsu. Omakase dining entails a chef-led experience where every item served is in absolute season, frequently flown in fresh straight from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. We're definitely going to save up for experiencing Omakase Room in New York but in the meantime we'll just lust after the beautiful brand identity of this famed establishment from the talented folks over at Savvy Studio. The overall concept by chef Tatsuya Sekiguchi results in an "ambient, sensory experience that allows the food to shine." Every detail was intricately examined to meet the discerning eye of the client. From font choice and even kerning to color palette and scent design, the marriage of every element is an absolute gorgeous union celebrating the wonderful culture that is Japan. Enjoy a peek below at the various design elements including font choices, color palette and unique integration of scent. We're truly smitten with the clean and calming brand identity that allows for this most unique dining experience to shine through.
Imbibing tea is a relaxing activity so consuming the packaging should match that same feeling. We're steeping in the beauty of Austrian-based Sabina Loacker's concepting, art direction and graphic design work for a local tea brand and reminding us all that inspiration is always right in front of us. The simple typeface matches the super minimal design and we're just loving every bit of the resulting look and feel. If you're on the hunt for beautiful, understated yet elegant branding work similar to the delightfulness below be sure to give Sabina a visit here.
We would love to share the work from Attila Hadnagy who is a designer and illustrator. Based in London, UK, he has a really nice combination of skillset and today we are showcasing his 2017 collection work on logos. I personally think creating logos are part of what I love doing the most about our work. Creating the visual identity, the very first step is somehow such a long and rewarding process. For which in the end will determine how your clients with go head-to-head into their business and goals. Attila's logo collection is filled with clients coming from all over different fields: Technology, Art & Design, Entertainment, Beauty, Food & Drink, Computer and more. My newest logo design collection from 2017. More Links Learn more about Attila Hadnagy at brandimension.com Follow Attila's work on Behance Logo Design
La Boca created a beautiful poster design to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Fritz Lang sci-fi classic, Metropolis. It was screen printed in 4 colour variations using a combination of metallic inks and mirrored papers to create the same art deco look. The result as I mentioned in the beginning is quite stunning. I particularly love the colors as well as the textures. So check it out after the break. This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict. Art Deco Poster Design Process Screen printed in the UK by White Duck Editions. Photography ©2017 White Duck Editions. Posters released exclusively by The Dark City Gallery.
As a former skateboarder and still avid fan of the sport I try to follow what's going on in that industry especially because, in my opinion, I believe they set a lot of trends in style. I have fond memories of the skateboarding magazines I used to collect in the 90s like Trasher and Transworld. When I saw the post that Tim Bisschop about a hand painted book cover for the "A Skateboarder's Journal" I knew I had to post about it. Tim was also super cool to share a bit of how he did that. It seems simple but the result is like the essence of skateboarding. It's all about the style and simplicity. Tim Bisschop is a graphic designer from Belgium wit an inspiring portfolio focused on Editorial Design, Graphic Design and Typography. We highly recommend that you check it out at http://www.timbisschop.be/ A Skateboarder's Journal Book Cover
Bodega Los Cedros is a Mexican vineyard located in the mountains of Arteaga, Coahuila. The origins of the name derive from a passion and dream of a family to produce high quality wines within a region more than 100 years old named "El Cedrito." Enter the talented team at Anagrama Studio to bring the branding vision of this magical place to life by tapping into the geographical location of the vineyard for inspiration. The end result, a beautiful brand identity that employs the characteristic components of the area such as climate, altitude, flora and fauna. We particularly love the simplicity of the logo highlighting three pine trees as the brand's distinctive icon along with the wine label and die-line mimicking cloud shapes. From a typographic standpoint, we can enjoy a sans serif that adds a touch of modernity while the script gesture preserves a more organic touch showcasing the brand's marriage of simplicity and elegance. The color palette is nice and neutral enabling a spotlight on the diverse wine color tones while accentuating the contrast between bottle and label. Cheers to the Anagrama team for a beautiful execution celebrating this beautiful wine label.
We are taking a look at a minimal brand identity & packaging design for LESS Cosmetics by Patrick Reichert-Young. He is a creative director from Köln, Germany, we are featuring his project because of most of its minimal approach. We know how beauty & cosmetics products tend to be heavy in imagery, especially on the branding. Here we have a combination of fonts, lines, and two colours. Simple as that but the beauty comes from the overall design and how everything just flows with simplicity. More Links Learn more about Patrick Reichert-Young via Behance Learn more about LESS Cosmetics Brand Identity & Packaging Design
Marcio Gutheil is a Brazilian designer based in San Francisco, California. He is also the creative director at Upperquad Digital Studio. They started this really awesome project called Beacon Relief. Beacon is a collaborative design project to raise money for disaster relief efforts around the world. All proceeds from posters purchases and gallery donations go to Direct Relief. We live in a connected world and we all can see that despite a lot of great things happening there will always be unfortunate events. We might not be affected by them, but we should be willing to help those who are. Beacon is a cool because you can get an awesome poster and also help the community. The posters were created by super talented artists and they are simply awesome. Check out some of them and make sure to visit the website at https://www.beaconrelief.com/. Every purchase helps to improve the health and lives of people affected by recent disasters All proceeds go to Direct Relief, California's largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. Posters
Happy New Year everyone! We're excited to start 2018 off with a smile and giggle thanks to awesome illustrator Lorenza Cotellessa's "Happy Hipsters." Lorenza is a Milan-based illustrator and graphic designer with a knack for beautifully blending character, color and composition in her own unique way. With a background in interior design, Lorenza is now purely focused on making her living as an illustrator and we fully support her passion. If you're keen on independent music labels, vintage clothes, and artisanal coffee we hope you enjoy these charming illustrations by a rising star. Be sure to check out more about Lorenza and her work here.
We are proudly featuring the first student project of the year! It's a pretty cool project by Duy Dao who is a student at the Art Centre of Design in Los Angeles, California. We follow his work on creating the packaging and branding for Adidas Superstar 50th Anniversary: Forever Young campaign. A beautiful purplish colour palette for the design of the packaging that will totally envy our inner unboxing pleasures; alongside with dual tone poster designs marked by celebrities like Pharrell and basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar. In 2019, Adidas celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Superstar with the "FOREVER YOUNG" campaign. This campaign is a tribute to influential figures that Adidas and the Superstar had been a part of or been influenced by. The campaign includes a design packaging of the special edition Superstars along with promotional posters and invitation for the shoe release party in Melrose, Los Angeles. Credits Design by Duy Dao Photography by Kristen Chon More Links Learn more about Duy Dao at duydao.net Follow Duy's work on Behance Packaging & Branding