Category: Illustration

Loud Voices Together Are Heard

I love this video for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). A truly global project, the illustrations were created by Dan Matutina from the Phillipines, and Giant Ant studio, out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The video utilizes a graphic, hand-made quality to tell a few touching stories of NRDC’s environmental actions in the past, in [...]

January 21 / 2013
Author John
Category Illustration, Video
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Ode To A Flower

A very short, but sweet, animated segment of Richard Feynman’s 1981 BBC interview, “The Pleasure of Finding Things out.” Fraser Davidson does a fantastic job of portraying the speaker’s point of view, using simple flat, geometric shapes and colors that demonstrate both the beauty of art – represented by the flower – in addition to [...]

January 14 / 2013
Author John
Category Illustration, Video
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Ketchup and Mustard Update

Another great typographic solution by Jaime Van Wart of Ketchup and Mustard for Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant located in downtown Raleigh. You can definitely see the influence of her stationery/wedding work, which seems to flow seamlessly into restaurant menus, signage, and even wallpaper. The elegant patterns create a nice background that complements the friendly [...]

Teacake Design

I didn’t pick from any one of Teacake’s projects because I felt a sampling of their clients really helps to show the variety and playfullness of the work as a whole. There is a sense of freedom and curiosity that permeates throughout. It’s really quite wonderful, something you don’t see in professional design portfolios too [...]

November 28 / 2012

Camp and Furnace

Because I like hiking, mountain biking, fishing and the outdoors in general, it might come as no surprise that I really dig the art direction Liverpool-based design firm Smiling Wolf gave to Camp and Furnace, a unique multi-use space comprised of redeveloped warehouses. Studios, bars, and even a hotel make this somewhat of a hip [...]

November 13 / 2012

Ketchup and Mustard

Ketchup and Mustard is the creative studio of Jaime Van Wart, a User Experience Designer for IBM during the day that creates original typefaces and custom lettering pieces in her spare time. What? Sounds like one of those people you either admire or or have extreme animosity towards. I happen to admire her. Her whimsy [...]

September 11 / 2012

Urbanized

I’d be surprised if I haven’t featured the work of London-based Build before. Their works is just so, well, take a look. Fucking good? The posters seen above designed for Gary Hustwig’s film Urbanized are clever and well-executed, combining simple line illustrations and Avant Garde Gothic. I thought only Lubalin was allowed to use that [...]

August 10 / 2012
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Lotta Nieminen

It doesn’t take much to please me, graphically, if the solution is smart, simple, and appropriate. Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator Lotta Nieminen accomplishes all three throughout most of her portfolio, but I’m particularly drawn today to her work for Maeven – an online shop of vintage and pre-owned designer clothing. It’s smart because the color [...]

July 17 / 2012

Processing Posters

I have to admit that the concept of Processing has always scared me a little, probably because I don’t really understand it. However, I’m intrigued by the possibilities, and especially by the incredible information graphics the software has been used to create. Ben Barry and his team at Facebook used Processing to develop the posters [...]

June 22 / 2012
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