September 2011

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Andrew Vastagh

andrew vastagh

Andrew Vastagh is a Nashville based designer who is quite active in the gig poster scene. Over the last five years he’s created work for many well-known bands including the likes of She & Him, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion and Band of Horses.

For this week’s poster pick we’ve selected Andrew’s design for the 2010 Menomena show at the Mercy Lounge. It features a two colored ribbon spiraling downward to form a cyclinder-esque shape. The combination of the ribbon’s wave-like movement and the transparency seen in the color overlay creates for a mesmerizing and memorable pattern. If you’re a fan of Menomena, ribbons, Andrew Vastagh or all of the above you can pick this piece up at the Poster Cabaret.

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Graphic Designer Position Available at Fossil

graphic design jobs

Vintage-inspired fashion house Fossil is looking to hire a Graphic Designer. Responsibilities will include collaborating with and supporting the Art Director in the design and development of the Fossil brand image. Potential candidates must be aware of vintage looks and contemporary design and fashion trends. For more info on this job listing see the grain edit job board.

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Kevin Stanley Harris

Kevin Stanley Harris

Kevin Stanley Harris is a Designer & Illustrator making a new home in the big East Coast city after recently relocating from Colorado. Claiming pride from being born in the 90s, this youngin’ has some good chops for great imagery and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the future

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Burton Kramer Identities

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Burton Kramer Identities is an important and comprehensive book on the work of a leading Canadian designer, educator and painter, who practiced for over 50 years.

Kramer began his design career in the New York office of Will Burtin and went on to work at Geigy under Gottfried Honegger. In 1961, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, as Chief Designer at the E. Halpern Agency, where he created award-winning work. In 1965, Kramer moved to Toronto to work on graphics and signage for Expo 67. In 1967, he founded Kramer Design Associates, creating identity programs for the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Educational Television and in 1974, his well-known logo and identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis

You’ve probably seen the work of Carson Ellis on street posts and at record stores everywhere, as she has been the artist representing The Decemberists for the past several years. Her illustration has that magical quality of making you want to pick up a pencil and draw something beautiful, even if you have no drawing ability whatsoever. Her charming work interestingly seems to capture the greys and faded quality of her surroundings in Portland, giving everything a calm and quiet tone. Carson has just recently released a book called “Wildwood Chronicles” with Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists), so be sure to pick that up!

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Thereza Rowe

Thereza Rowe is a London based illustrator and graphic designer with an eclectic style that pairs eye-catching colors and geometric shapes with an array of textures and patterns.  Her work has an endearing quality with images of woodland creatures such as foxes, deer, and birds playfully interacting with people in a imaginative magical realm.

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Studio 8

studio 8

I stumbled across the fantastic work of Studio 8 earlier today, and after looking through their portfolio I was a little surprised that I hadn’t heard of them before. The quality and consistency of their work is quite good, and they’ve notched projects for clients large and small. (The above C is part of a typeface designed for Wired Magazine.)

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PLOC Magazine

ploc magazine

Fans of Alain Gree rejoice! Our friends from Anorak have teamed up with Mr. Gree for a new magazine entitled PLOC.  The inaugural issue features stories, games, coloring pages and activities all illustrated in Alain’s unique style. Pick up a copy here.

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Recently Received

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Forming Vol.1 featuring the illustration work of Jesse Moynihan

Fresh from the mailman, here’s the latest titles to hit our shelves.

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Niessen & de Vries

Niessen de Vries
Niessen & de Vries, the Dutch graphic design duo of Richard Niessen & Esther de Vries, have put together a portfolio that captures a strange but wonderful sense of composition using type. Their style focuses on the art of print and the techniques that draw the attention of graphic designers the world over, like overprinting, patterns, off-registration, large scale posters and (of course) amazing typography. While Niessen & de Vries have a very fresh feel to their work, there’s also a great sense of post-modernism by exploring the page purely for arts’ sake.
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Patrick Macomber

Patrick Macomber

The work of Patrick Macomber (aka South Yall) is pretty dang terrific. I’m always drawn to those designers that operate within a more minimal framework — it’s exciting to see someone arrive at a solution with the fewest moves possible.

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Roman Klonek

Roman Klonek

Roman Klonek is a Polish illustrator in Dusseldorf, Germany. His Eastern European roots are very evident in his work, which is often colorful woodcuts of natural scenes full of interesting characters. As Roman states about his work, “You will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.”

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Hans Hartmann: Ein Leben fur die Grafik

hans hartmann

I was excited to receive a package from Hans Harthman’s daughter, Fanny Hartmann last week. Contained within was a copy of Hans Hartmann: Ein Lebenfur die Grafik, a 1991 monograph compiled by Fanny with contributions from Joseph Marti and Fred Zaugg. The book is filled with full-color illustrations and photos from Hans’s prolific career as a designer and artist that spanned over 5 decades. Hans Hartmann’s name is often absent from design history books, so most of the pieces are new to me. I’m surprised by the breadth and depth of is work.  I’ve seen examples of his posters and logos in the past, but I was unaware that he had ventured into sculpture, stained glass windows and exhibition design.

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Flydende Lava

Flydende Lava
I recently stumbled upon the really cool work of Flydende Lava, the nom de plume of Daniel Siim, a student at The Danish Design School. I especially like Daniel’s bold and confident take on how to create letters. It’s really great to see the experiments and of an extremely excited fledgling designer, you never know what you’re going to see next.

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Radio

Made by Radio, Capetown

Made by Radio, Capetown

I’m a sucker for maps and all things travel related, so it’s no wonder that these postcards by Cape Town’s Radio are so appealing. Each postcard features a map of one of the nine provinces in South Africa, and is chock full of buildings, landmarks, animals, and agriculture representative of each region. Currently a work in progress, the completion of this postcard series will provide a most excellent pictorial view of the entire country.

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Riley Cran

riley cran

Riley Cran, everyone! Mr. Cran can be found in sunny Seattle, Washington, and has quite the handle on creating compelling logos and marks. I love his branding for Swallowed Sun Brewing Co. — it’s accessible, fun and to the point.

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Bike Stamps from Italy

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Italian postage stamps designed by E. Consolazione, R. Cuzzani, and A. de Stefani in 1967 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Giro d’Italia cycling championship.

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Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

If you’re someone who is excited about type, the name Alex Trochut should be a name often on the tip of your tongue. But if you haven’t seen that name before today: Alex is an amazing young letterer out of Barcelona. With an extensive heritage in the type world (his grandfather was a printmaker and typographic designer), Alex shows his talent through endless experimentations that push the limits of type to the extreme. A couple of months ago Alex published his first book, More is More, which looks to be a great compilation of his work, so be sure to check that out if you what to experience more of this lettering master.

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