December 2013

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Design vs Cancer

Design vs Cancer via #grainedit



Design by Peter Deltondo

Design vs Cancer is a new project that aims to generate awareness and support people and families fighting cancer. Over the past few months they’ve been working with talented artists to create inspiring and uplifting artwork and now they need your help. They are currently looking to raise $10,000 to launch their inaugural line of shirts & posters. To support their efforts you can help fund their Kickstarter campaign.


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Louise Rosenkrands AKA Miss Lotion

Miss Lotion via #grainedit

Denmark-based Miss Lotion creates character driven work where whimsical universes are inhabited by weird and curious beings.


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Sponsor // Mighty Deals

If you’re looking to spread some Christmas cheer around, either through holiday cards, flyers, T-shirts, ads or various websites, then you’ll want to jingle all the way with this offer. This Mighty Deal is a collection of 7 deals in one! In fact, you’re not just getting a ton of Christmas-themed resources at once, you’re also getting $880-worth of awesomeness for a mere $19!  Included are Christmas related icons, illustrations and typographic designs.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Invisible Creature via #grainedit

Stack and Scare! by Invisible Creature

If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas, check out our Gift Guide on Luvocracy. Here’s a few items from the guide.


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Design Faves

This post is brought to you by Design Faves. The image above is by Tycho AKA ISO50

As designers, we are constantly seeking new sources of inspiration and often that means looking beyond our discipline. For some of us, this might mean a glance at the latest items in our Pinterest feed, while others will find inspiration in travels or an enlightening book. To add to that list, our friends recently launched Design Faves – a curated collection of art and design work. With frequent updates, the site features posts on architecture, photography, fashion, furniture as well as illustration and graphic design. Included below is a small sampling of what the site has to offer.


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Recently Received

Graphic Icons  via #grainedit

This week we’re excited to feature titles from Flying Eye Books, Laurence King, Peach Pit Press, PA Press, Kat Ran Press and more. See all the books after the jump.

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Eight Hour Day Interview

Eight Hour Day Interview via #grainedit #designinprocess

Eight Hour day is the online home and moniker of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg, a husband and wife design duo based out of Minneapolis. Their client list includes The New York Times, Chronicle Books, Williams Sonoma, Random House, among others. Driven by their belief that process and collaboration should be as exciting and fun as the end result, they create work that is honest, smart and succinct. In today’s interview, the 2nd part of our ongoing design in process series, Katie shares some of the challenges of working with a significant other, her workflow for a recent project and much more.


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Willem Sandberg: Portrait of An Artist

Willem Sandberg via #grainedit

I’m looking forward to the upcoming US release of Willem Sandberg: portrait of An Artist – a new new book from the Dutch publisher Valiz.

From the Publisher:
“After the Second World War, Willem Sandberg (NL, 1897–1984) transformed the Amsterdam Stedelijk museum into a dynamic centre for modern and innovative art and culture. He did this with exceptional creativity and in close collaboration with artists and architects. Sandberg had distinct ideas about heading up a museum for modern and contemporary art, about the importance of art, about dealing with artists and about his work as typographic designer, but also about social responsibility and community.

This book is based on interviews with Sandberg (from 1971 and 1981) and offers first-hand insight into questions such as: what does the task of museum director entail; how does art criticism work; what is the essence of being an artist; what does the ideal museum architecture look like; and what is the role of art and the museum in society?”

Pre-order a copy at Amazon.


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/Sponsor/ Mighty Deals

In this Mighty Deals offer you’ll receive two font bundles for a fantastic price.

Thanks to an exclusive deal with 128Bit Technologies, Mighty Deals is bringing you this fontastic offer. That’s two FontFamily bundles in one ginormous collection. We’re talking more than 2,000 different fonts. Over 300 uniqueFont Families. All for $27. Where else can you say so much for so little?

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2013 Gift Guide: New & Recent Books

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If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, here are a few suggestions. We’ve compiled our favorite books from the past year into one giant list. Included are titles focused on editorial design, typography, identity work and brainstorming.

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From the Grain Edit Shop

Moderne Werbe und Gebrauchs Grafik via #graineditshop

Moderne Werbe und Gebrauchs Grafik by Hans Neuburg

For those of you that missed the preview, the shop is now live and open to the public.  Here’s a few of the items you’ll find inside.

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It’s time to Move

Its Time to Move via #grainedit

Set during the political uprising in Cairo, Egypt, during 2011, It’s Time to Move marries Peter Wieben’s text and pencil and gouache illustrations with documentary photography by Dominic Nahr. Part fiction and part truth, the resulting work explores the fears, hopes and unique observations of a small pocket of witnesses living through these extraordinary times.


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Grain Edit Shop Preview Sale



The preview sale will launch tomorrow, Tuesday Dec. 3rd at noon PST. Included in the sale will be vintage kids books and design books from our vaults. New items will be added throughout the week. To access the preview sale  you will need a code which will be sent via email prior to the event.  If you would like to receive an invite code, email us with your details. Please include “grain edit store” in the subject line of the message and your email address in the body.

Cajsa Holgersson

Cajsa Holgersson via #grainedit

Cajsa Holgersson is a freelance illustrator and designer who is Swedish by birth, Finnish by education and now British by location. A graduate of the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, she has amassed an impressive client list including Lacoste, Airside, HarperCollins and more.


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/Sponsor/ The Art of Getting Started

Whether working for a corporate client or creating his own art, illustrator Lee Crutchley faced that blank page more times than he can count—and through trial and error and sheer force of will he made it through. His new book The Art of Getting Started is a hands-on guide that offers engaging and empowering challenges and activities to get over those artistic blocks and jumpstart your creativity. Whether it’s perfectionism, procrastination, or plain old fear that’s holding you back, get ready to get inspired.

Click here to learn more about The Art of Getting Started.

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