This week we’ve teamed up with House Industries for a special giveaway. To celebrate the recent launch of the Photo-Lettering website, House has cooked up some sweet prints for our readers. Four lucky winners will receive a silk-screened PLINC Caslon G hand-pulled by David Dodde!
- Olle Eksell Site & Shop
- This Is Forest — Joel Speasmaker
- MVM — Magnus Voll Mathiasson
- Art School Cliche Spotting
- Posters Discovered in Notting Hill Gate Tube Station
- Vinyl Documentary: To Have & To Hold
- Partisan Memorials in Former Yugoslavia
- Up in the Air- Opening sequence
- Geoff Mcfetridge: Where the Wild Things Are Title Design
- Nikkatsu – Japanese actions films
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Traveling is one of my favorite past times, and it’s always exciting for me to see illustrated maps like these created by UK based illustrator Owen Gatley. He’s created a handful of city maps for Ling magazine, Vueling Airlines’ inflight magazine, depicting some of their many destinations. Each map is colorful and thoughtfully composed with its collection of intricate and sometimes humorous imagery, capturing some of my favorite things about traveling, including food and drink, cultural landmarks, and activities. It makes me want to hop on a plane somewhere and discover these little treasures on my own.
Very excited to see the latest from Mike Perry. Continuing in a similar vein as his other books, Mike does a great job of delving into a specific theme and highlighting important work and people.
Pulled takes a look at design through the medium of screen printing, and shows a wide variety of examples. There’s some really lovely work in here — I also find it helpful to see the results from different designers, and to see what’s achievable with screen printing.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australian designer Sam Chirnside creates some fresh graphical work. Sam’s visual themes tend to weigh on the cryptic side with his use of darker imagery and glyphic geometries to create stunning type. I really enjoy his use of grainy textures to add dramatic tone and give the work the perception of being rendered in pencil. Sam’s client list includes Volcom, 55dsl, and Handsome Clothing. On his website he also holds down a great inspirational blog with his own work sprinkled in.
The second issue of Bracket magazine is now available. This latest issue features 16 visionaries who have pursued their hunger to create change in the world. Included are interviews with Seth Godin, John Maeda, Kate Bingaman Burt, eBoy, Underware and others. Pickup a copy online or select shops in Singapore, New York and Berlin.
A while back, Grain Edit pal Sanjay Patel enthusiastically showed us a comic titled Ouroboros by British illustrator Ben Newman. In addition, he also showed us an awesome vinyl toy based on the comic. I was completely smitten with what I saw, and have had a major illustrator-crush on Ben’s work since then. His style is fresh and unique with its fun characters, bright colors, fuzzy textures and complex layering of shapes, and this piece from a developing print series “Masks” is no exception.
I am a sucker for the gig poster. That’s the truth.
Running across the work of Alvin Diec was a real treat. Alvin’s in Atlanta, and he sure makes a fine poster, among other things. I love his use of type and restrained style.
London-based illustrator & designer Ryan Todd creates refreshing work; Taking a great understanding of how to use bright colors best, combined with a wonderful retention towards simplicity, his work leaves you with pleasant thoughts and emotion. Ryan states that his focus is on “producing ideas-led images which exercise forms of creative thinking and wit.” He also holds his desk at East London image factory: OPEN
Our friend Will over at 50 Watts (formerly A Journey Around My Skull) is holding a fun contest. Participants are encouraged to design a Polish edition of their favorite book. Top prize is $400 with runners-up winning some snazzy books including One Thousand Polish Book Covers by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński and Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig.
I (like many other typophiles) first heard of Dana Tanamachi a couple of months ago and was really impressed by her amazing chalk lettering projects. The other day, I saw a couple of time-lapse videos of the projects being created, and was completely blown away by how quickly and well it all comes together. Since she doesn’t use stencils or a projector to aid her drawings, it maintains an almost-perfect notion that this is a one of a kind, fleeting moment in the life of a word, which will probably be soon erased (how poetic!). She is also a part of Louise Fili Ltd., the amazingly prolific lettering studio, where she helps to create some of the world’s most lovely type work.
Valero Doval is a Spanish artist that combines hand drawn elements with collage, often cleverly piecing together objects with similar themes, which is evident in this illustration for Elephant magazine. Combining a bird with a plane is a simple yet elegant concept, and Valero executes it in a stunning way.
Recently Added to the Grain Edit Job Board:
Sawdust is the amalgomation of London designers Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton. They create sleek, intelligent, and award-winning work, focusing mostly on bespoke typographics, which seem to commonly combine bold geometrics with fragile vector strokes. Sawdust has gained a client list which includes BMW, Nike, Ogilvy & Partners, Saatchi, Virgin, Orange, and many many more.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the 2011 Poster Cabaret Bike Print Set Giveaway! We randomly selected our winners this weekend. The winners will be listed at the bottom of the Grain Edit Email Update and Grain Edit RSS Feed. For those of you who subscribe to the email updates, the email should arrive tomorrow morning.
Special thanks goes out to:
Leandro Castelao | Brent Couchman | Dirk Fowler | Invisible Creature | Tad Carpenter | Mark McDevitt/Methane Studios | Sonnenzimmer | Diana Sudyka | Blanca Gomez | Jay Ryan | Mara Piccione | Delicious Design League | Jason Munn | DKNG Studios | Will Bryant | Evan B Harris | Ty Wilkins | Alberto Cerriteño | Doublenaut
Please take time to visit their sites.
Jamie Cullen is a Brighton based illustrator with a flair for symmetrical compositions of mind bending proportions. Citing Pop Art and M.C. Escher as influences, Jamie’s work is vivid and elaborate in its multiple layers of color and pattern, as well as enigmatic imagery.
Very sharp, intelligent identity work from Swedish-Australian-Parisian art director Hampus Jageland. It’s delightful to see work that combines striking minimalism with smart thinking. It’s one of those skills that is easy to identify but difficult to imitate.
Magnus Voll Mathiasson is a co-founder of Norwegian powerhouse design firm Grandpeople. His personal work, however is equally as powerful and intelligent. MVM’s illustrative designs hold warm bodies of smooth color, crispy textures, and a rich sense of volume. Although initially appearing heavy on abstraction, Magnus claims that his focus is on research driven work, and that “A strong conceptual foundation is important to secure strong aesthetics.” I’ve included details from some of his recent projects.