Category: Graphic Design

Art

‘We the People’ kickstarter campaign features works of activist artists, to be launched on Inauguration Day on Washington DC as new symbols of hope

The iconic HOPE image used in the Obama campaign 8 years ago was created by Shepard Fairey. Right now, the country is facing another kind of situation, that she and fellow activist artists feel, shall require all new images that carry hope. These images will reject the fear, hate, and discrimination that have somewhat been "normalized" in the recent presidential campaign. As a peaceful protest and declaration of hope, the project entitled We the People will be launched on Inauguration Day, right in the heart of Washington, DC. The artists and their supporters will carry with them their new symbols of hope. The pieces are commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. The project, which is currently on Kickstarter, is made possible through the efforts of many artists, filmmakers, editors, photographers, and activists. The artwork is created by Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal. The team promises that they will deliver the prints and artwork no...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
Art

Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
Art

American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Art

Christmas-themed ads from all over the world exemplify clever and effective graphic design

During the Yuletide season, ad campaigns often customize their marketing strategies to cater to the spirit of the occasion. There are some pretty great ads over the past Christmas season which showed great graphic design and were able to send their message across effectively. This is a great example telling us that print ad isn't dead, after all. While TV commercials can be really fancy and even include a celebrity or two, these traditional advertisements still prove that with just the sheer power of graphic design (and a good, basic idea), an artist can grab the attention of his audiences - given that he executes it properly and effectively. These ads below are just some of these print campaigns from all over the world, effectively spreading their point and engaging in the audiences' emotions as well. From top to bottom, these ads were created by: JWT, Verdant Zeal, Terremoto Propaganda, Make It Simple, and Provid. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

Hobby between friends turns into promising magazine venture with eccentric prints

Introducing Buffalo Zine, the brainchild of Adrián González-Cohen (creative director) and David Uzquiza (graphic designer, art director). The two men were friends since 1999 when they met as students. Over the years, their friendship led to one of the most fascinating magazine ventures of today. Buffalo Zine is a totally hands-on process. Each issue is made from scratch and takes years to complete. In fact, the two artists did not think that they would be publishing at all. It simply was a humble hobby shared between the two of them. After producing thousands of copies, they decided to distribute... and the rest was history. Now on its fourth issue, copies of Buffalo Zine can be bought online. It follows a classic newspaper format - one that is almost extinct in our modern and digital age. What once was kept in the garage is now a real and flourishing venture between childhood friends. /...
Art

Catholic congregations ‘look good’ in new collaborative art project highlighting clothing of nuns

The Pink Sisters, formally referred to as the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, are only one of more than 40 Catholic nun groups made as subjects in "Looking Good: A visual guide to the nun’s habit". The project is a collaborative effort between Veronica Bennett (theologian), Ryan Todd (illustrator), and GraphicDesign& (publisher). It is a book which showcases the evolution of religious clothing all over the world. GD& is a one-of-a-kind publishing house that envisions the exploration of the possible connections that graphic design can have with any other subject. Usually, their projects involve subjects that most other publishers won't dare touch - including those deemed too "risky" or "eccentric". Aside from Catholic nuns, GD& has also worked on projects about literature, mathematics, and social sciences. Still, it is undeniable that "Looking Good" appears to be their most personal and unique project to date.  ...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

Minimalist visuals and addictive gameplay make Mini Metro a must-have for mobile gamers

From Temple Run (remember that?) to Candy Crush, there's a slew of addictive games out there on the web and on mobile, but none captivate the mind as strikingly as Mini Metro. Designed by Wellington, New Zealand-based studio Dinosaur Polo Club, Mini Metro launched to critical acclaim in August, 2014 on desktop platforms. Now it's out on mobile devices and it's splendid! I've been playing it for a couple weeks now and I'm amazed by its simple and addictive concept. Not to mention the gorgeous visuals! With the soundtrack provided by Disasterpeace. you're tasked to build an efficient metro system in each dynamic map - inspired by ten real-world locations such as NYC and London - is a work of art. The maps grow randomly so your friend's system will look totally different! Check it out below and get links to download the game on any of your favorite platforms here! ...
Creativity

Wine labeling you’ll actually want to read

Wine packaging has come a long way over the centuries and this collaborative project yielded some amazing designs for the ages. The project, Librottiglia, was the result of a partnership between product design agency Reverse Innovation and Italian winery Matteo Correggia, where three writers were selected and tasked to bring unique text that would be printed onto a bottle of wine. Journalist Danilo Zanelli brought his flare for misery with “Murder” to a Roero Arneis, while “The Frog in the Belly,” a folkloric tale by Patrizia Laquidara is attached to an Anthos. Check out some of the clever labeling below and learn more about the project on website. ...
Creativity

Glorious letterpress-printed lunar calendar design by Alec Thibodeau

Letterpressed works are hard to come by in the world of graphic design these days, but artist Alec Thibodeau is keeping the tradition alive. The designer recently launched his latest letterpress-printed lunar calendar design for the 2017 year. Calibrated to the Eastern Timezone, the pink-hued works are accurate for any location in the Northern Hemisphere. The lunar calendar was designed and printed in Providence, Rhode Island in collaboration with DWRI Letterpress. Check the calendar out below and find limited edition prints on Thibodeau’s website. ...
Design

‘Forest’ wants you to focus on work and plant trees with gorgeous app

Forest is one of the most beautifully-designed apps of 2016. And above all, there's a noble goal at its core. Available on every major operating system, smartphone or desktop, Forest is not only gorgeous to look at but a joy to use. Fire up the app and you can immediately gauge the amount of attention that's been paid to its interaction and graphic design. Set a timer, sit back, and focus on the task at hand. The app will nudge you to get back to work if it finds you procrastinating. When you're done, Forest rewards you with in-app coins that you can donate to plant real trees! It also gives you a lush 3D view of the trees you've planted by focusing and keeps you coming back to the app to prevent your trees from dying. Forest is a really well-thought-out app and these guys deserve the DesignFaves round of applause. Get it here!    ...
Art

This book for graphic designers features six new typefaces inspired by “new classics”

If you're a bookworm and a graphic design buff at the same time, then this book is for you! Kansas City and San Francisco-based Willoughby Design have designed a book that enables you to explore new typefaces created to represent “new classics” in contemporary design.  The interactive book is called, "Fresh Takes on Classic Type on CLASSIC® Papers," and features six unique typefaces with stories behind each of them in the words of the creators. The book is sure to keep you engaged and amazed with its premium quality paper supplied by paper brand Neenah. w  ...
Graphic Design

Sculpture made from sentences in Annie Vought’s works of typography

The power of perfectly kerned type meets the versatility of paper Annie Vought latest work. The Oakland-based artist turns letters into physical objects by cutting, mixing and matching sentences. From chaotic, jumbled letters to perfectly organized phrases, Vought's work is 41″ x 53″ of cut paper sculpture, meant to provoke feelings from the viewer rather than send a message. Check out the sculpture below, and find more of her work on Instagram and Jack Fischer Gallery. ...
Creativity

Samorost 3 developers take you behind the scenes of award-winning game

If you haven't checked out Samorost 3 on iOS, you absolutely must! It's pure eye-candy and features phenomenal storytelling. The award-winning title Prague-based Amanita Design recently launched Samorost 3 - their latest and greatest title after the acclaimed Mechinarium. The incredibly immersive game features 9 unusual planets with entire ecosystems and weird inhabitants. Fans of the first two installations, which came out in 2003 and 2005, are leaving rave reviews about the game itself, as well as the game's fantastic soundtrack. Check out some screenshots from the game below and get Samorost 3 from the Apple App Store or their website. ...
Art

Cats invade London’s Claphan Common Tube station in a clever project

Cats are taking over the London underground starting from the Clapham Common Tube station. Started by Glimpse, the cleverly-titled project Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (or CATS), launched as part of a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign consists of clever cat images spanning 68 ads in the station with the aim of bringing cute imagery into the locals' commute while halting the onslaught of unnecessary ads. CATS managed to raise a whopping £23,000 during the campaign. Interestingly, the 68 cats featured in the ads are stray cats from the rescue charities Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Cats Protection. Check out some of the adorable ads below and learn more on Glimpse’s website. ...
Graphic Design

Packaging concept with an 80s aesthetic

Brazilian illustrator Lucas Wakamatsu has developed a packaging concept where a set of boldly colored drawings wrap around a drink can. His technique combined 3D models with 2D illustrations to create realistic representations of the final product. Using bright colors of fuchsia, yellow, and purple, the project invokes the 1980s. Speaking of the activated patterns that surround each can’s featured character, the designer describes the clusters of dots and lines as “pulsing in different vibes, being shaped by different frequencies.” ...
Graphic Design

6 cooking recipes as infographics

Illustrator Jing Zhang has turned the six classic recipes into whimsical infographics. With graphics that resemble playful schematics, we see a dough ball roll down a spiral conveyor belt in the explanation for how to make a croissant, and we tiny people carrying tire-size olives to become pizza toppings in the how to make a pizza graphic. Other visualized recipes include how to make a burger, ramen, shumai, and the best cup of tea. Zhang is originally from mainland China and is currently living in east London. She says of her work, “I create tiny worlds and small people.” ...
Creativity

No Man’s Sky: the ultimate exploration game

If you’ve ever wanted to become a rogue wanderer, look no father than your computer screen. Thanks to Hello Games you can now explore eighteen quintillion full-featured planets with the game No Man's Sky. Unveiled in June 2016, this sci-fi wonderland is an amazing feat of artistry and programming. The experience players will have in this game is strikingly similar to Minecraft. Players will explore in any and every direction a multitude of planets where they will have to survive on dangerous frontiers. Players collect and trade materials to build better equipment and can pair with other players also. No Man’s Sky was created by a team of 15 individuals in the UK that programmed universal laws rather than specifically creating every piece of the game’s universe. The programming team manipulated lines of code creating mathematical rules that determine age and arrangement of stars, asteroid belts, moon, planets, physics, orbits, and atmospheres....
Funny

A book about A-holes… the typographical kind

Curtis Canham has a design joke that asks, “You know, that negative space found in the letter 'A'?” Canham, a teacher and a designer, has created a book to explore this typographical question with a tongue-in-cheek coffee table book called A-holes: A type book. While his initial idea was to just create a book that is a visual compendium of A-hole shapes, he instead pulled from his background as an educator to look at the history of this commonplace and often overlooked typographic negative space. Having funded the project through Kickstarter, he jokes, “’Font’ is a four letter word that starts with an ‘F’.” Hear the designer talk about the beginnings of the project in the video below. ...
Design

“Food for Thought” re-imagines novels as food tins

Los Angeles based designer Maria Mordvintseva-Keeler created this mock packaging project called “Food for Thought” using three books that reference food in their title. Looking at all three meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are illustrated with works by Capote, William Burroughs, and Anne Tyler. The designer says: “By looking at the packaging, you can find out the ‘daily value’ of humor and irony that the book contains, the number of pages that make the perfect ‘serving size’ and the ingredients of the novel.” ...
Design

The history of food told using icons

Spanish design studio, Papila is putting together a book called the Food History Project. Pairing icons with minimal text explanations, it is designed for visual learners to explore the co-evolution of humans and food. Starting with the moment when fire was discovered, the book takes you through the history of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Metal Age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Modern Age, and the Contemporary Era. The design trio, Alberto Arza, Roberto Cortés and Eva García, looks at the intersection of food and design with all of their studio's projects including product design, interior design, event planning. ...
Graphic Design

The winners of this year’s 50 Books|50 Covers competition

The winners of this year’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition have been announced. Organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA, the 700 entries were judged by Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand, and Barbara Glauber. The roots of the contest date to 90 years ago when the American Institute of Graphic Arts mounted the show The Fifty Books of 1923. As book formats are shifting from print to digital, the judges paid attention to how book covers “do double and triple duty, functioning not just as alluring packaging on the bookstore shelf, but as telegraphic icons in the realm of online marketing and sortable rubrics in online libraries.” View all fifty winning books can be viewed here and all fifty winning covers can be viewed here. Among the winners is the coffee table book Opera, which we previously profiled. ...
Graphic Design

Tilted squares are the cornerstone of a re-branding project

Designer and art director, Devran Dogaroglu, has rebranded the Barcelona Ceramics Foundation with a complete design package of logo, letterhead, business cards, icons, and other miscellany. Using three prominent colors of red, orange, and blue, as well as their overlapping intermediaries, the Berlin-based designer has created a look that’s bold and crisp. Most recently, Dogaroglu, has been working with the design studio Antoni for Mercedes-Benz. ...
Design

Eye on Poland showcases the best of Polish graphic design

Over 30 designers from Poland have contributed work to the touring exhibition Eye On Poland. Including mainly printed work like posters, books, exhibition catalogs, CDs, and vinyl record cover, the exhibition will introduce contemporary Polish design to Asian audiences in Japan, India and South Korea. Curated by Magdalena Frankowska and Artur Frankowski, the exhibition was organized by Culture.pl, Polish Institute in New Delhi, Polish Institute in Tokyo, and the Korea Foundation. “The last few years have seen a dynamic development of graphic design in Poland,” said the curators who note that the rise of independent publishing has resulted in “high-quality, cutting-edge design marking new directions”. Exhibiting designers include: Jakub de Barbaro, Edgar Bąk, Ada Bucholc, Maciej Buszewicz, Robert Czajka, Justyna Czerniakowska, Przemek Dębowski, Agata Dudek, Marta Gawin, Fontarte, Ania Goszczyńska, Full Metal Jacket, Grupa Projektor,...
Graphic Design

New identity design for a tech company

Designer Michael Molloy has created a corporate identity design for the NYC company Assemblism which is a small team of tech consultants. Inspired by blueprints, housing frames, and maps, the geometry of the design alludes to how the company strives to use simple tools to build better solutions. Based in New Jersey, Molloy’s artistic interest began very early. He said, “It all started in first grade when my teacher seemed to be bothered by everything I did except for the drawings I was making for certain assignments.” Looking back on his decision to study graphic design he said, “It wasn’t until right before college that I discovered that you could actually get a job that involved art.” ...
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