November 2012

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Yellow Subversion: The Artwork of Yellow Submarine

yellow subversion

To celebrate the Beatles’ 50th anniversary 50by70 has published the first ever set of fine art prints of the stunning artwork from the classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.

Yellow Subversion — The Artwork of Yellow Submarine is a strictly limited edition boxed set of five full colour screen prints accompanied by a book featuring an essay by the legendary Simpsonswriter, showrunner and producer Josh Weinstein who describes how the film inspired his career in animation.

Available at 50by70

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lg2 boutique

Nice branding system from lg2boutique, the Canadian-based advertising and branding agency. I really like the contrast between bold and playful here. Very nice work, and it’s all for a benefit.

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Print Aid NYC

print aid nyc

In response to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Print Aid was created to assist recovery efforts in New York City. The online store features posters from local designers and illustrators with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Relief. Prints will be added daily and will be available in limited editions of 50, now through December 2, 2012.

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Bluerock Design Co.

bluerock design co

I like the scope and style of this branding project from Boston-based Bluerock Design Co. With the honorable aim of introducing kids to cycling and nutrition, the cleanliness, simplicity and boldness of this campaign are spot on. It feels like the overall aim of this project is inform and inspire, and the bright, crisp graphics really help in that cause. They’ve obviously had some fun in applying the concept to jerseys, bottles, shirts and tickets. A lot of times it feels like branding projects cover a familiar gamut of surfaces: letterheads, cards and websites. It’s nice to see this work on something a little more unique.

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Recently Received

fir tree

With the holidays just around the corner we’ve been busy gathering the latest books from the designers and publishers we love. Here’s a few of our favorites with more too come soon!

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Paul Windle

Paul Windle Illustration

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. This is true for native Texan Paul Windle‘s illustrations. Now based in New York, Paul manages to create clever and often times hilarious illustrations. I thoroughly enjoy his portraits of mid ’70s baseball dudes, especially this one of New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson. This is the first from a series titled “Baseball Dudes Around the House,” where we get a glimpse into what Mr. Munson possibly does with his spare time.

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Nathan Godding

nathan godding

Nice colorful, minimal work from Nathan Godding, a San Francisco-based designer. I love his typographic work and the playfulness of his layouts.

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Bigfoot Art Show Benefitting 826 Chapters

bigfoot art show

This Thursday the folks at Office will launch a Bigfoot-inspired art show featuring works by talented local artists such as Dave Eggers, Lisa Congdon, Jessica Hische, Erik Marinovich, Ben Barry, Brian Flynn, Dora Drimalas, Richard Perez and others. Proceeds from the art sales will benefit the 826 Valencia (home of the Pirate Supply Store) and 826 Boston (home of the Bigfoot Research Center) tutoring centers for kids.

The collection includes several re-imagined Northern California tree rounds, dozens of vintage postcards with a hand-screened design, and more than 35 framed paintings. The event is sold out, but some of the pieces may be available here after the show.

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Jim Henson’s iconic puppet characters, fantastic worlds, and warm humor have delighted millions of people of all ages. His incredibly diverse body of work, from the Muppets to the world of The Dark Crystal, reveals his charm and genius to fans old and new.

Now, fans can journey through Henson’s life with Imagination Illustrated, The Jim Henson Journal. The book,  a visual experience compiled directly from the private notes that Jim faithfully kept throughout his career, features hand-written entries and a trove of little-seen visual material from The Jim Henson Company archives, including rare sketches, personal and production photographs, storyboards, doodles, and much more. Read an excerpt here!

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Laura Carlin

Laura Carlin
Laura Carlin has a knack for creating the most interesting projects with a completely new sort of illustration. In fact, I wouldn’t even know how to relate her work to anyone else’s, since her style is so uniquely eccentric and lovely at the same time. I especially love her animals on ceramics, and the textures that she creates on paper with translucent paint and rough paper.
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Rob Hodgson

Rob Hodgson Illustration

Rob Hodgson Illustration

Cultural anthropology fascinates me, so it’s no surprise that I would also be fascinated by the illustrations of Bristol based illustrator Rob Hodgson. His style is unique as he utilizes rough pencil line work and textures with earthy color palettes. These illustrations provide snapshots into an imaginary world of primitive peoples, and the collection of his work on his site further explores themes of botany, astronomy, and human behavior in a symbolic and exciting way. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this gent comes up with.

To keep up to date on Rob’s work, be sure to also visit his blog and follow him on Twitter. Also, pick up a few prints from his shop (save one for me).

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Sony Music Timeline

sony music  timeline

At Sony Music Headquarters in Kensington a new project has been unveiled documenting the company’s 125 year musical history. Designed by Alex Fowkes the typographical installation covers almost 150 square meters and features every artist signed to Sony Music and its affiliated labels from the foundation of Columbia Records in 1887 to the present day.

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