November 2011

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Recently Added to the Grain Edit Job Board:
Designer – GOOD (Los Angeles, CA)
Senior Brand Writer – Fossil (Dallas/Richardson, TX)
Senior Designer / Art Director – Fossil (Dallas/Richardson, TX)

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Foundry Collective

Fun work from the Denver/Dallas group Foundry Collective. These guys have a steady hand in Americana-vintage that translates really well to their identity, packaging and typography. I love their use of color, texture and illustration — their work has loads of personality.

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Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra is a Dutch illustrator based in Amsterdam with a unique and playful aesthetic that thematically explores primitivism through character design and masks. He takes great care in every illustration he creates, which is evident in the assiduous details of his line work and compositions. Raymond plays with soft colors, geometric figures, and crosshatching techniques to create strikingly peculiar images that I can’t get enough of.

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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

saul bass book

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. Saul created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best-known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.

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Scott Campbell

scott campbell

Scott Campbell is an illustrator, designer, musician — and by the look of his work, a hands-on, analog, form-making lover. The current crop of work on Scott’s site is terrific. It’s clean, it’s messy, it’s bold, it’s abstract. It’s also very textural and dimensional, which I love. He’s great at using rustic imagery with clean layout and typography.

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Château Vacant

Château Vacant

Château Vacant is Yannick Calvez, Lémuel Malicoutis and Baptiste Alchourroun, a group of French creatives who have hopped the Atlantic and set up their collective in Montréal, QC. As it states on their website, “We create images and videos thinking with objects and spaces.” Their work is eclectic, cutting edge, and slick, with media ranging from graphics and video to photography, illustration, and installation.

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Sanjay Patel: Deities, Demons, and Dudes with Staches

sanjay Patel

Our good friend Sanjay Patel has been a busy man lately. He recently completed an amazing series of murals and posters for the Maharaja exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. In addition, he was asked by the museum to display his personal work in a separate but somewhat related show entitled Deities, Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches. The exhibit features art and sketches from Sanjay’s ghee happy projects, including his recently released Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities.

Deities, Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches will be on view at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum from November 11, 2011 through April 22, 2012.  For more information, visit www.asianart.org.

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Jesse Lefkowitz

Though I’ve been a fan of Jesse Lefkowitz for some time now by sheer chance of spotting his editorial illustrations in publications like Money, Village Voice and Fortune, I’ve only recently discovered his portfolio. His full body of work has a seriously cohesive style that embraces both digital and traditional illustration, but has such a unique updated twist that allows it to fit beautifully as conceptual editorial work. For more of Jesse’s work visit his site & check out his shop to get a few pieces for your own!

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Pharma Exhibition

pharma exhibition

The establishment of the pharmaceutical industry, especially in the mid-20th century, played a significant role in the evolution of graphic design and advertising. Herb Lubalin created some of his most influential work while working for Sudler & Hennessey, an advertising agency which specialized in pharmaceutical marketing. PHARMA features a diverse array of original ephemera, rarely seen publicly, by many pioneering graphic designers including Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Paul Rand, Franco Grignani, staff of Geigy and Herb Lubalin, as well as contributions by Carl Fischer and Andy Warhol.

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Day-After-Day in NOD by Andy J. Miller

Andy J. Miller, NOD

2011 has proven to be quite the busy year for our friend Andy J. Miller. This year, he’s taken on a new and exciting personal project with a simple premise: create a new character, every weekday, for one year. The resulting project is Day-After-Day in NOD. As of today, 104 different characters with a variety of emotions and personalities have been created, each one of them representing an aspect of human nature we can all relate to.

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Ross Gunter

Holy gridness! Very slick work from Ross Gunter, a London-based designer and music lover. Ross is a co-founder of Bridging the Gap, the music and art collective for which this and the following posters were designed.

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