April 2013

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Two Times Elliott

two times elliott

Two Times Elliot is a London-based studio, whose focus centers around print, identity and web. Their style is a mix of typographic elements, clean lines and bold color palettes, bringing each design to life with its own personality. I’m also impressed by their ability to incorporate mixed media into their work without disrupting the flow of the design.

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Recently Received

nobrow

Fresh picks from our favorite publishers! Here’s the latest books to hit our shelves.

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Grace Danico

Grace Danico

Today I’m excited to present our very own Grace Danico. Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten to know Grace as someone who is very fun-loving, warm and personable. These same qualities are reflected in her illustrations.  With colored pencils and crayons as her guide, her work flourishes within the constraints of the deceptively simple lines and charming doodles.

I especially appreciate her illustrations of food. Her portfolio is adorned with lemons with mustaches, blushing oranges, pizza slides and other characters laced with Grace’s contagious sense of humor. All of these await your perusal here.

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Ricardo Leite

Ricardo Leite

Ricardo Leite is an accomplished graphic designer and art director out of Amsterdam. While juggling a passion for typography and illustration, Leite manages to maintain an extremely clean style without being overly stark.

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Face

face design

Face. is an international design agency with a global perspective and a focus on branding. Founded in 2006, Face. has already created some impressive designs that showcase their modernist flair. Although many of their pieces are done in a straightforward style, they keep it fresh with fun color palettes and intriguing typography.  Having already created multiple offices across North America in their short life span, keep an eye on Face. for their next move.

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The Beauty of Letterpress

beauty of letterpress

Neenah Paper recently launched The Beauty of Letterpress, an impressive online resource and showcase. The site features valuable links, educational videos, a printers directory, as well as a gallery which is curated by a different letterpress aficionado each month. In addition, limited edition prints are available by donation with proceeds funding The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum relocation process. To help reach the goal of $30,000, Neenah is generously offered to match all contributions up to $15,000. You can show your support here.

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Marco Goran Romano

marco goran romano

Marco Romano is a designer and illustrator out of Milan whose designs are both fun and unpretentious. With a portfolio thats steadily growing, Romano has already created illustrations for notable clients such as ESPN and Wired Magazine.

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Loose Leaf, Edition 2

loose leaf manual creative

Loose Leaf is a project by Manual, located here in sunny San Francisco. Caught somewhere in between art publication and curated print series, the format of the project is part of what makes it so enticing. Each edition comes as a series of leaves, hole-punched and ready to install. This allows the user to continually rotate and swap out images.

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La Tigre

la tigre

La Tigre is an independent design studio based in Milan and a recent recipient of an ADC Young Guns Award. While their focus is mostly on editorial design, with illustration and infographics being the stars of the show, they also dabble in motion graphics and interactive mediums.

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Thorbjørn Gudnason

Thorbjørn Gudnason

Thorbjørn Gudnason is an up-and-coming graphic designer, currently pursuing his BA from the School of Visual Communication in Denmark. Having completed an internship with Pentagram in the past few months, Gudnason is sure to blossom into an increasingly talented designer as he continues to develop his style.

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Steve Simpson

steve simpson

Steve Simpson is an English-born designer currently working out of Dublin. His portfolio is extensive, and takes you on an exciting journey that spans children’s books, murals, game design, packaging, and more.

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Old & New

old & new

Gadite Warriors by Andrew Lyons

Old & New provides a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It also aims to introduce a new online audience to Biblical art, attempting to replace popular, yet sometimes low-quality, contemporary Biblical artwork with the kind of accessible and honorable work that has historically been associated with the Bible. The project involves artists from different faith backgrounds and sells prints of the designs with proceeds going to help fight the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.

On Monday, April 22 the latest round of designs will be released with contributions by Mikey Burton, Chris Rushing, Shed Labs, Matt Stevens and others.

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Missy Austin

Missy Austin

Missy Austin is yet another rockstar designer currently working for Zeus Jones, a studio in Minneapolis that is always producing interesting work.

Austin’s projects focus around typography, and include editorial, infographic and various marketing collateral. Although her designs are well executed and clean, they remain playful.

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Amigos Skateboarding branding

amigos skateboards

Fun skateboard branding from Grain Edit friend, Sasha Barr. This whole collection is bright and playful and has a ton of personality; I love the chips and salsa board, and the beer theme. Check out the Amigos shop for all of your beer and food-themed skateboard needs.

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Nick Brue

nick brue

Nick Brue is a graphic designer out of Minneapolis. In addition to his impressive work for Cue, an established branding firm in Minnesota, he has produced several intriguing designs on his own time. This includes his own wedding save-the-dates and invitations, and multiple identity projects. Though his designs are to the point, he does a great job of utilizing interesting color and texture to keep it fresh.

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Flying Eye Books

flying eye books

Flying Eye Books is the latest branch in Nobrow’s budding empire. The imprint will strictly focus on Children’s titles while retaining the same quality and curation that you would come to expect from Nobrow.

For their first release, they worked with award-winning UK-based illustrator Viviane Schwarz to create an awesome robot book – literally. The aptly titled Welcome to Your Awesome Robot provides you with everything you need to design, build and test a robot from cardboard.  With instructional comics and Vivienne’s charming sense of humor as your guide, the book is fun to read and makes for an excellent family activity.

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