July 2010

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Curtis Jinkins

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“This is my website. There are many like it. But this one is mine.”

So goes the headline at Curtis Jinkins’s website. Curtis’s website is fairly standard: links to work on the left-hand side, and a lot of white space. What’s unique and nice to see is the repeating logo and background images; they make you look twice at what you’re viewing. It’s a small but subtle touch that adds a bit of dimension to the site.

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Filmkonst Magazine

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Filmkonst (filmk) March 1998

Simple but beautiful cover for the now defunct Swedish magazine Filmkonst.

(via things to look at)

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Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress & Graphic Design

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Impressive / 240 Pages / Published by Gestalten

Finally got my hands on a copy of Impressive. The book explores the interplay between current trends in graphic design and traditional handiwork such as letterpress printing, hand-cut linotype, chiselled woodblocks, and embossing. In addition to a rich selection of invitations, business cards, stationery, posters, and other material printed by hand, it offers personal insights from designers who are using old-fashioned techniques to create cutting-edge work.

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New Prints by Jessica Hische!

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Attention all type fans: Brooklyn based designer and Grain Edit favorite, Jessica Hische has some new prints for sale at her shop! Taken from the first six sets of the Daily Drop Cap project, these individual letterpress prints display the various lettering styles we’ve come to love.

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Paul Tebbott

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Paul Tebbott, a designer and illustrator based in the UK, has a very nicely curated portfolio. Aside from having flat-out awesome work, it’s nice to see a consistency and thoughtfulness within his group of work.

I love the quiet minimalism and soft color palette, as well as the smartness contained in each piece. Everything works together nicely, but also functions well on its own.

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Trey Anastasio Concert Poster

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Trey Anastasio & Classic Tab at the House of Blues | 18″ x 24″ Print

For this week’s poster pick A. Micah Smith (@amicahsmith for the twitter peeps) serves up a slice of 80s retro-ness. Forget the 1980s, he’s taking back to the 1780s. The illustration features a character with all the proper colonial trimmings marinated in a tasty tan background glaze. If it catches your fancy, you can pick up a copy right here.

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Laurent Nivalle Photography: Le Mans Classic 2010

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The Le Mans Classic is a biennial vintage sports car event held near the town of Le Mans, France. Art director & photographer Laurent Nivalle has captured this experience in awesome detail. You can see his complete collection of images here.

If this gets you excited, I also recommend Saul Bass’s opening titles for the the 1966 film Grand Prix.

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Josh Keyes

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Sprout (2005)

Remarkably eerie, yet beautiful painting by Portland based artist Josh Keyes. Keyes depicts a multi-faceted landscape where the creatures are left to adapt to new and often unsustainable environments.

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KHUAN + KTRON for Weekend Knack Mag­a­zine

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Amazing illustration work by the uber-talented folks at KHUAN + KTRON. The Belgian based design firm was commissioned by Weekend Knack Magazine to create a series of weekly covers. You can see the first five here.

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Travis Cain

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Travis Cain is a man of many talents. In a time where we seem to be flooded with posters and poster designers, it’s nice to see a range of work that’s more unique and imaginative. Travis’s portfolio doesn’t feel like a one-hit wonder, but instead feels considered piece by piece.

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Q & A with Jason Munn of the Small Stakes

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The Small Stakes Music Posters by Jason Munn ©2010

Not too long ago we asked you, the readers, for questions to pass along to Jason Munn regarding his recent book published by Chronicle. In today’s Q + A session he shares his answers to some of the questions we received.

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Iv Orlov

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Summer is here, and tis’ the season for road trips! This illustration, created by Russian illustrator Iv Orlov, depicts some folks out for an evening drive along a line of colorful trees. Entitled “Night Rio,” this piece uses combines cool blues and greens with bright corals and yellows for a nice tropical feeling. Orlov uses some great shapes throughout this piece, evident in the various cars and leaves of the trees.

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World Festival of Youth and Students Bulgaria 1968

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Fresh discovery from a recent road trip. Beautiful prints/postcards from the World Festival of Youth and Students for Solidarity, Peace and Friendship 1968 held in Bulgaria. On the back there is a small paragraph that pleads for world peace for future generations.

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Allan Peters

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And then, all of sudden, a new tricycle was born!

So it goes in this fun, whimsical 2-color print by Allan Peters, a Minneapolis based art director. Allan’s print work is bold and engaging, with a strong emphasis on identity and typography. I feel that his work is elevated through the attention to detail and unique typographic choices.

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Rupert and Leonard Print by Matte Stephens

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Rupert and Leonard wait for the tram on their Swedish holiday – 13″ x19″ print

This week’s poster pick was created by the ever playful Matte Stephens. In this scene a young boy and his distinguished bear colleague attempt to board a cable car (tram) filled with mod haircuts and big smiles. This seems like a bad move as it appears that mister snazzy bear’s umbrella is holding up the cable car wire. If this painting was animated, I would love to see the next frame. Catch the tram here.

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The Visual Language of Herbert Matter

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Really looking forward to the release of The Visual Language of Herbert Matter. It’s due to hit theaters this summer. The film was a finalist in the SXSW title design competition and the poster (designed by Cristiana Couceiro) just won a Merit Award at the 3 x 3 Professional Illustration Show.

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Blexbolex: Illustration

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French illustrator Blexbolex is killing it with the illustrations for his latest book Dog Crime, published by Nobrow Press . Inspired by whodunit films from the ’50s and ’60s, Dog Crime is about a man running for his life as he’s entangled in a heated conspiracy. Printed using three spot colors, Blexbolex’s illustrations are bright and punchy as they use an array of overlaid forms.

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Recently Added to the Grain Edit Job Board

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I received an email earlier this week from the nice folks at Jonathan Adler. They are currently looking for a product designer to help design soft and hard goods for new business partnerships. Other recent additions to the grain edit job board include positions at Apple and MTV Networks.

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Sebastiaan Bremer

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New work from NY based artist Sebastiaan Bremer. I’m in love with the found photos he used for the project.

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