One of my favorite painters and artists of all time is Piet Mondrian. He was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and some of his most iconic work is made of primary colors and simple forms like the infamous Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red. I love the simplicity of his work and typically any artwork that follows this style. Enter this post, inspired by the late, great Mondrian.
For the past two years, Life & Thyme has been publishing stories on a weekly basis, covering food culture and the people behind it exclusively on their website. They have interviewed chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, farmers, coffee roasters, cocktail designers, handcrafted apron makers, ice cream makers, all sorts of purveyors, and anyone contributing a masterful skill to the food, beverage, and hospitality industry from around the globe. Their content is typically longform with an editorial sensibility in order to create a more meaningful connection to the reader. Now our friends from Life & Thyme are going print, publishing the first edition of Life & Thyme Magazine. To make that happened they started a Kickstart campaign. We should definitely support this and other similar efforts from our community. Storytelling is our focus, while also executing original photography and filmmaking to establish a platform with a variety of content related to food, its lifestyle, its history, and more importantly: the people. Through a global network of handselected contributors, our stories and content go beyond our home state of California and into other culinary destinations such as New York, Nashville, Austin, Portland, Chicago, Mexico, Colombia, Rwanda, Scotland, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, India, and many others. Where there is good food, there is culture and stories to be told. For more information check out Life & Thyme website. Back this project
I thought I had seen it all when it comes to type posters with inspiring quotes so when I stumbled upon a series of type posters inspired by Disney quotes I had to share. That's the inspiration behind Nikita Gill's posters referencing movies like The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, Peter Pan and many others. Nikita is a typography and branding designer, part time ukulele lover, and full time special needs researcher. She loves photography, painting and poetry. For more information visit https://www.behance.net/nikitagill
Argentinian designer Juan Pablo Dellacha designed this awesome personal project about his favorite filmmaker David Lynch. The entire publication is about David Lynch and the design shows some strong grids, great color scheme and top it off with some bold typography. Enjoy! For more from Juan Pablo Dellacha visit behance.net/juandellacha.
One of the technologies that really fascinates me is 3D printing. The possibilities of creating real objects by printing them in 3D is something that blows my mind and if you think that with Arduino and other open source hardware efforts, in the future we will be able to design and build amazing gadgets. A proof of what 3D printing can be done in terms of graphic design is the incredible work that Ben Johnston and Marck Simmons created for the Aston Martin Magazine. This is a 3d printed type piece for an editorial in the Aston Martin magazine. The piece was designed to be regal and also highly complex to show the capabilities and advances in 3d printing. The article is about how 3d printing has revolusionized car design and the brief was to capture that physically as well as visually. For more information visit Ben Johnston website at http://benjohnston.ca/ and Mark Simmons website at http://lumburr.co/
I love mid-century modern architecture and design with its super modern and futuristic look with a vintage flare. This antagonistic feel might be what attracts me and a lot of designers to this style. Looking at the advertising of that age is one of the best ways to revive this remarkable era in architecture and design.
The book suggestion of this week is The Vignelli Canon by the famous Italian designer and legend, Massimo Vignelli. In the book Vignelli shares a little bit about his design process and despite the fact it's focus on graphic design and visual identities, the lessons can be easily applied to any design project. The famous Italian designer Massimo Vignelli allows us a glimpse of his understanding of good design in this book, its rules and criteria. He uses numerous examples to convey applications in practice - from product design via signaletics and graphic design to Corporate Design. By doing this he is making an important manual available to young designers that in its clarity both in terms of subject matter and visually is entirely committed to Vignelli's modern design. Buy now
The visual identity behind Sergio Fahrer's furniture design studio encapsulates the simplicity of this art in a very elegant way. The clean typography and the symbolism employed reflect the spirit of craftsmanship and quality that is of the utmost importance when it comes to furniture design. In this post we share a little sneak peek behind the evolution of the visual identity. The Sergio Fahrer branding was designed by Diego Bellorin, an independent graphic designer based in Sao Paulo, working within a wide range of disciplines: identity, branding, print, multimedia design, photography and exhibition design. For more information check out http://www.empk.net/
Saude Magazine is a Healthy Magazine from Brazil and has an amazing mix of food photography, grid layout, and typography for you to enjoy. Take a look and pick some ideas that you can use on your next editorial adventure. Designed by Fernanda Didini, for more visit behance.net/fdidini and fdidini.com. Credits Design and Creative: Fernanda Didini Art direction: Bob Quinafélix Art editor: Laura Salaberry Photography: Alex Silva Photography assistant: Bruno Marçal Production: Andréa Silva, Ina Ramos e Alê Ravizza Food production: Silvia Marques Lettering: Kauan Vinicius
I love retro futuristic artwork, it has been my favorite style since the beginning of my career and it's always cool to see more people exploring that. Today I share the work done by the Sense Collective for their new chapter, the Chapter V - "Retro". We present our ensuing chapter, titled "Retro". Inspired by the Retro futuristic art of Syd Mead. Within this chapter we wanted to realize the old-world society's views/interpretations of the future, sci-fi and distant modernism Sense is an aspiring collective filled with talented artists. They've been able to work with truly interesting people. When it comes to design, they judge success by the number of people positively touched by their work. Craftsmanship plays a big role, of course, but in the end design should make people happy or, at the very least, not to upset them. Sense On: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sense.Collective YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/SenseDigitalArt Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/sensecollective Behance: https://www.behance.net/SenseDesign
Constructivism was an artistic and architectural philosophy that originated in Russia beginning in 1919, a rejection of the idea of autonomous art. The movement was in favor of art as a practice for social purposes. Constructivism had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Its influence is still vivid today and the work that Steve Simpsons created for a short story titled Space Dogs is a great example of that. For a Roddy Doyle short story, Space Dogs about Dezik and Tysgan were the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight on the 22nd of July 1951. All proceeds going to Roddy Doyle's 'Fighting Words' charity - published by Harper Collins Book blurb: A short story taken from the Fighting Words charity collection, BEYOND THE STARS, written and illustrated by two of the most outstanding talents in children's fiction today Told from the perspective of the Russian dog Tsygan, this is the story of the first living creatures to be sent into space - the 'star dogs' of the title. Roddy Doyle's typically accessible voice is complemented by the illuminating illustrations of Steve Simpson, together immersing a new generation of young readers in the incredible true story of the Soviet space dogs, one of the twentieth century's true feats of science. Research is a hugely important part of the process for me. In January of this year I was given the brief for this short story by Roddy Doyle, part of the Beyond the Stars collection of short stories. A week later I was in Moscow teaching workshops. The timing of the trip was purely coincidental but a research trip to the Museum of Cosmonautics was an oppourtunity not to be missed. For more information about Steve check out his website at http://www.stevesimpson.com/
We love personal projects, you probably know that because we always say that, but it's true. It's really amazing to see what people do in their spare time or just for the purpose of learning and improving their skills. Today we feature some beautiful images created by Mike Winkelmann in July 2014. Mike has been creating one image per day for 7 years. I'm on my seventh consecutive year of "everydays" (haven't missed a day!) and this year is focusing on Cinema 4D, Octane Renderer, X-particles, etc. Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, is a graphic designer from Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. His short films have screened at onedotzero, Prix Ars Electronica, the Sydney Biennale, Ann Arbor Film Festival and many others. He has also released a series of Creative Commons live visuals that have been used by electronic acts such as deadmau5, Taio Cruz, Tiësto, Amon Tobin, Wolfgang Gartner, Flying Lotus and many others. He currently releases work on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint. For more information visit http://www.beeple-crap.com/
Everywhere In Chains is a project by Jonathan Schubert where he uses amazing graphic design to send the message that; Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. A clear message against war in the world that we live in today. For more about Jonathan Schubert at dribbble.com/jonathanschubert and view more on his project at Everywhere in Chains. Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains"
I am a huge fan of Alberto Seveso, I remember back in the day he was always blowing everyone's mind with incredible graphic design pieces. Since then it is amazing to see his evolution in terms of style and techniques. From been featured by Adobe for the launch of the Creative Cloud to so many big clients, he is always trying something new. Today we feature his most recent project titled Digital Vomit. For more information about Alberto check out his website at http://www.burdu976.com/ Digital Vomit is an ongoing project the idea behind everything is to create unique artworks by using an inkjet printer and some tricks. Via Behance
The book suggestion of this week is by the Paul Rand and it's titled Thoughts on Design. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in his slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. This facsimile edition preserves Rand's original 1947 essay with the adjustments he made to its text and imagery for a revised printing in 1970, and adds only an informative and inspiring new foreword by design luminary Michael Bierut. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer About Paul Rand Paul Rand was an American art director and graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, Enron, Morningstar, Inc., Westinghouse, ABC, and Steve Jobs's NeXT. Wikipedia Buy Now on Amazon
Following our series of abstract inspiration posts we are featuring some very cool geometric artworks inspired by the Penrose Triangle and impossible geometries. I have always been a fan of this style and it will forever fascinate me how simple forms can fool our brains. The Abduzeedo logo is heavily inspired by this style as well.
There are many ways to practice and explore our creativity but it seems we all end up relying too much on computers when there are so many new things to explore, from basic day to day objects like matches to food. Allison Supron, a Graphic Designer based in New York has put together a project that besides being really beautiful is a great example of how we can amplify our reach by playing with different objects. Play is a project based on experimental typography and purposeful play in the creative process. What is purposeful play? Think back to the allotted time given in elementary school to finger painting, building with blocks, and storytelling. At the time these activities may have seemed simple and mindless, but they are all tasks that require the brain to think differently and promote creativity in the learning environment. Play is a colorful mixture of unconventional materials and techniques, hand-drawn typography, senior thesis paper tidbits, and photographs of each process from start to finish; a project geared to inspire hands to get off of the computer and get a little messy For more information about Allison visit http://allisonsupron.com/