October 2012

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Matte Stephens Selected Works

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Through his whimsical gouche paintings, Matte Stephens has created a world filled with friendly characters and warm moments that are flavored with nostalgia. Dapper foxes, chirping birds, pipe smoking penguins, turn of the century explorers all inhabit a space on his canvas. Even Monsieur Hulot stops by for the fun. The entire cast make an appearance in Matte’s new book, Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies). Published by Editions Alto in Quebec, the stunning cloth-bound book highlights many of his most cherished paintings as well as his lesser known works.

Copies of Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies) are available at Matte’s Etsy shop and Editions Alto.

Details:
96 pages /  7.5″x10.5″
Text set in Farao with captions in French & English.

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From the Job Board

design jobs

Textiles Designer – Urban Outfitters (London, Ontario)
Senior Designer – Hatch Design (San Francisco)
Designer/Illustrator- PennyPop (San Francisco)
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Vitsoe Online Archive

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Vitsoe, a modern furniture company best known for it’s work with Dieter Rams and the production of the 606 Universal Shelving System, recently launched an online archive. With frequent updates, the tumblr site showcases candid photographs, catalogs, invitations and promotional items from its 53 year history.

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Stone and Spear

Walking the fine line between design, illustration and collage, is Stone and Spear, aka Simon Cook. His pairing bright colored shapes with simple allusions to photomontage, he creates intricate compositions that are slightly crazy but really entertaining. I am most drawn to the intense color schemes and how he designs each piece with a graphic designer’s eye, which makes his work quite unique.

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Waldemar Swierzy posters

Waldemar Swierzy

Nice post on Mubi talking about the Polish film-poster documentary, Freedom on the Fence, and also highlighting some of the work of Waldemar Swierzy.

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The Everywhere Project

the everywhere project

The Everywhere Project is a collaborative design project that pays tribute to the classic folk song “I’ve Been Everywhere”.

The song was written in 1959 by Australian songwriter Geoff Mack using Australian place names. It was later adapted to North American (and a few South American) locations by Hank Snow in 1962 and it hit number one on the country music charts. It has since been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson.

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Nick Frank

Nick Frank

Nick Frank’s photographic abstracts wonderfully capture the playful spirit of the Mira Nordheide shopping centre in Munich, Germany.

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Mansi Shah

Graphic designer & pattern maker Mansi Shah really has a wondeful grasp on what playful design really looks like. She manages to create a sunny outlook throughout her whole body of work—whether by using interesting, undulating lettering, or by creating bright and quirky vector-based compositions. Her latest venture is really inspiring—Shah Editions, where she creates limited edition products, turning them into small-run works of art. Keep up with the latest from Mansi by visiting her site and her amazing (& sort of secret!) illustration portfolio.

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Recently Received

design books

Featured: Bicycle (Leporello) by Ugo Gattoni

Fresh goods from our favorite publishers. Included in this week’s picks are books from Princeton Architectural Press, Metropolis Books, Nobrow and Gestalten.

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Davison Spencerian

davison spencerian

More type goodness from the guys & gals at House.

As one of the most distinguished lettering artists of the 20th century, Meyer “Dave” Davison’s greatest contribution to the American visual landscape is arguably Davison Spencerian. The alphabet made its first appearance in Photo-Lettering’s 1946 catalog and remains a benchmark of the ornamental script genre. Thanks to the skillful hands of Mitja Miklavčič and the tireless eyes of House Industries designers Ken Barber and Ben Kiel, we have preserved the poise and precision of Davison’s masterwork in this faithfully-rendered digital incarnation. From automotive exhaust accessories and pirate-themed wedding invites to New Orleans sissy bounce hip-hop CD covers and upmarket bivalve ambrosia packaging, Davison Spencerian offers sober sophistication and unparalleled flexibility. Also available at Photo-Lettering as asingle layer and with a drop shadow.

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Type Picks

ff marselis
Featured FF Marselis by Jan Maack

We’ve seen a fair amount of typefaces pop up over the last couple of months, but here are few of our favorites.

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From the Job Board

design jobs

Senior Designer – Hatch Design (San Francisco)
Designer/Illustrator- PennyPop (San Francisco)
2D Artist/Illustrator – Big Viking Games (London, Ontario)
3D Artist - Big Viking Games (London, Ontario)

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/Sponsor/ Depositphotos

A Huge thanks to Depositphotos for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed!

Depositphotos, headquartered in Florida, the US, is the most rapidly growing stock agency in the world. It currently offers more than 9 mln stock photographs and vector images sold under royalty free license. In addition to that, Depositphotos accepts videos for sale. All the files submitted for sale are carefully checked and selected by the agency’s moderators. With its user friendly interface, a generous promotion programme, flexible payments options and efficient client services, Depositphotos is one the most attractive market places both for those in need of high-quality files for their projects and those, who would like to sell their images and video.

You can find out the latest updates of the agency in Depositphotos’ official blog.

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Raymond Biesinger

Raymond Biesinger, who was one of the first editorial illustrators that I learned about when I got out of college, has some lovely new work on his freshly updated website. One of my personal favorites, Raymond seems to take the most simple of concepts to an entirely new level by creating intricate, complex worlds by using minimal color palettes and impressive line work. You can see Raymond’s influence on many current editorial illustrators, which makes him an important part of the industry’s foundation. He also has several great side projects, including his band, The Famines, & a book which comes out in November called Black & White Illustrations.

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Geometry Daily

Very cool minimal geometric composition/illustration project from Tilman, a Nuremberg, Germany-based designer. Overall, the collection here is strong and I love how spare these compositions are while still being playful.

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