Tag: Graphic design

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

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

Artist Creates “Catalogue of Imaginary Beings”, Draws Inspiration from Magical Realism and Symbolism

Johanna Goodman is a collage artist and illustrator whose current series of work is entitled "The Catalogue of Imaginary Beings." The work is still in progress but can be seen on her website. The collection of pieces is a culmination of various inspirations, primarily Audubon's compendium of birds. Goodman strives to delve into different themes from popular culture while highlighting the individual in each piece. The person serves as the focal point and is presented in a way that showcases his or her role in different aspects of life, such as history, fashion, art, and what Goodman refers to as "collective consciousness." Elements of Symbolism, Magical Realism, and Surrealism are depicted in the series. Audiences can also take a hint of cultural artifacts including totems, idols, and talisman. The artist has received various awards in the past, including those given by The Society of Publican Design, Communication Arts and American Illustration. You can check...
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...
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  ...
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. ...
Performance

Method Studios takes the cake (with texture)

Method Studios has created the ultimate dance video. Forget that early 2000s iPod commercial with black silhouettes, this studio created over 40 motion animated textures mapped onto dancers. Using motion capture, procedural animation, and dynamic simulations, dancing avatars bring textures to life before your eyes and the result is mind-blowing. This project was created for the AICP Awards and the textures chosen are meant to represent the AICP sponsors in color and dance. To say the least, Method Studios created a stellar piece of design. Check out the video below to see the full project. https://vimeo.com/169599296 ...
Art

From Moire to mammals

Italian designer, Andrea Minini is at it again with his graphic design skills. Using a technique called moiré, where overlapping and sets of lines creates depth and contour, Minini is making waves with his art. As he’s been doing this for years, his technique and complexity of projects is growing. To learn more about Andrea, click here. ...
Art

Ilya Schapko makes wonders out of overlays

Ilya Schapko is a cutting edge graphic designer based out of Saratov, Russia. When not working on logos, brand image, or websites, Ilya is making some eye-catching art. In her latest project, Overlays, Ilya used Adobe Illustrator to create illusions of overlays using the bodies and shapes of animals. Her work is simplistic and mesmerizing, using wonderfully pleasing palettes and soft lines. Check out her work here, and here. ...
Graphic Design

Between the lines: predators and prey

Andrea Minini is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer who has created an awesome negative space portfolio of predators and their prey. He works with Adobe Creative Suite products to create mind-bending illusions of animals in his work titled: Predators and Preys. See if you can spot all the pairs (we thought the sperm whale was the hardest). And if that’s not enough for you, check out more of his work here. ...
Illustration

The hand-lettering master mind of Lisa Lorek

Lisa Lorek is a hand-lettering master. Finding her first moments of inspiration from “doodling lyrics during class in high school”,  Lisa is now Art Director at Brokaw Inc. in Cleveland, OH and in her free time, churns out some of the best hand-lettering projects the world has seen. Check out her work here, and here. ...
Graphic Design

Honest logos show us the truth behind big business

“Honest Logos” is a series of designs by Victor Hertz that is just that: the real meaning behind a slew of famous businesses. From Netflix to McDonald's to Samsung, Hertz shows that the brands we know and “love” aren't all they’re cracked up to be. Hertz originally posted his first batch of logos in 2011, but has since made several installments with new businesses. For more of his work, be sure to visit his website. ...
Graphic Design

Graphic designer retells 2001: A Space Odyssey through 569 GIFs

Using GIFs as their medium, design creative Jean-Baptiste LeDivelec has created 569 GIFs that capture the entire Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. “GIFs made from copyrighted material are protected by the ‘Fair Use’ doctrine, but what happen if you cut an entire movie into GIFs? That’s what I tried to find out by cutting the masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey into 569 GIFs and uploaded everything on Giphy,” the artist said. For more of LeDivelec’s work, check out their site. ...
Graphic Design

A look back at graphic design before computers

It was not that long ago that graphic designers were creating their designs without the aid of computers. Of course, we all acknowledge how different today’s workflow is, but the documentary Graphic Means aims to dig deep into the significant changes that have occurred in just 30 years. In the newly-released trailer that is embedded below, we get insight into the manual design process that was previously used. ...
Graphic Design

Oscar-nominated film posters get extreme pop-art makeover

Oscar-nominated films this year had some very impressive posters to their names. But designers went ahead anyway to give some of them a pop art makeover. Following the tropes of artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring, the designers applied the aesthetic to shutterstock imagery and came up with some pretty refreshing takes on the best movies of the year. Check out some of the reimagined posters below, and visit Shutterstock for the original stock photos! ...
Creativity

Uncanny 3D calligraphy curls up on the page in unique fashion

Calligraphy is beautiful as it is but calligraphy in three dimensions is even better. And that’s exactly what Tolga Girgin has been putting out lately. The Istanbul-based graphic designer has been experimenting with some brilliant techniques to not only add more realism to 3D calligraphy but further enhance it by adding photographic perspective into the mix. Logos, words, and figures curl up on the page as a result of carefully-planned perspective. Check out some of Girgin’s work below, and follow him on Instagram for regular updates. ...
Graphic Design

X-Files super fan celebrates show revival with interactive map

Can't get over the return of the X-Files even after re-watching all the episodes? Well here’s a map of every location Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have visited throughout nine seasons. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia are just three of the locations pointed out in this interactive map created by super-fan Jane Roberts over at Mapbox. Each location also tags the corresponding episode allowing to search locations by episode, if you want to. The sheer number of locations visited is indicative of the massive popularity that the cult-classic reached when it first aired. And now that it’s back for a six-episode run, it’ll only get bigger! Click here to check out the map. ...
Art

Intense, surreal sports illustrations

Oliver Barrett, illustrator, teamed up with ESPN to create some of the most intriguing illustrated posters for sports. Assigned by ESPN to draw up visual stories of the Golden Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015 NBA Finals, Barrett created a series of posters that capture the players in an intensely human light. Though the work Barrett did with ESPN was promotional in nature, some of his other works includes very different sports characters. Take a look at his series titled Baseball Jerks. ...
Funny

Embrace this holiday shopping season with these spoof ads

Jeff Wysaski used his graphic design skills to poke some fun at consumerism this holiday season. Creating mock sales flyers, he shows advertisements for “Gifts they’ll only use once” (e.g. Juicer, telescope) and a notice that if you spend $75 or more you get a free falcon. The project was posted online at his tumblr, Obvious Plant, but it was also posed at his local Target store as you’ll see in the installation shot below. Wysaski is a comedian based in Los Angeles. ...
Design

The Little Black Font Book Volume 02

If you’re into fonts and typography, you might have heard of the Little Black Font Book. Well now volume two is out and it is selling like hotcakes in the UK. Featured in volume two is an expansion of font examples found in volume one. Project director Alex Haigh wanted to enhance and polish what was featured in volume one. The newest edition took feedback into consideration (i.e. more pages and a layout easier to digest) and created volume two as a sleek and easily portable companion containing fonts for all manner of projects. ...
Design

#SaidNoDesignerEver: 11 of our favorites

There are some things that all designers can agree upon, and the designers at Creative Market jumped on the #SaidNoOneEver bandwagon to create a list of things designers would never say. “I have had enough coffee,” or “I don’t need any more fonts,” — of course these are things that would never be uttered by a designer. But there are also some snarky statements in the list such as the statement: “Sit with me and suggest changes while I work.” ...
Graphic Design

Thoughtful posters by artists around the world tackle climate change

The start of the UN COP21 Climate Conference in Paris was marked by a series of creative campaigns rallying for climate change awareness. Nearly 600 large-scale posters, designed by 82 artists across 19 countries, were spread throughout the city in the days leading up to the conference. Responsible for the movement was UK's Brandalism project, a collaborative effort between artists headed by Joe Elan. Two of the artists who contributed to the effort were Bansky-collaborator Paul Insect, and Kennard Phillips. Check out some of the posters below, and make sure you watch the video feature to learn more. ...
Graphic Design

Clever skin care packaging that responds to human touch

Stas Neretin has recently released a series of intimate care bottle designs. Appropriately titled, "NAKED," each container has an organic and uneven shape. However, the thermochromic paint used is the real deal here. Thanks to the paint’s temperature sensitivity, the packaging takes on a pinkish hue when touched. Check out NAKED below, and head on over to Behance to learn more. ...
Design

The quirky experimental typography of Muookka Studio

With so many typefaces around, the art of typography has really taken on a personality of its own. Here's a quirky little typography experiment by Muookka studio. Headed by graphic designer Alejandro López Becerro in Madrid, Muookka specializes in the experimentation of 3D typography. The typefaces produced are featured in both personal and commercial projects. Check out some of Muookka studio’s experimental typography below, and click here for more. ...
Creativity

The Art of Typewriting features beautiful works made using typewriters

Marvin and Ruth Sackner are typewriter art collectors based in Miami, Florida. Together they founded the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the world's largest repository of artistic pieces and writing. The duo’s recent venture is called, “The Art of Typewriting”, a collection of artistic pieces created using typewriters which aims to celebrate its “mechanical imperfection." Featuring the works of more than 200 artists from around the world, the book will soon be available for purchase for about $70 at Thames & Hudson. Check out some pieces from the book below! ...
Graphic Design

These classic movie posters without any text are captivating

From Beetlejuice and Batman Begins, to the Godfather, Reddit user Join_You_In_The_Sun has taken the design world by storm with his brilliant versions of movie posters with no text. As a result, we are presented with some very unique images that serve more as artwork than a marketing ploy. Check out some of the new textless posters below, and click here and here for loads more! ...
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