June 2014

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Brad Woodard Interview

Brave the Woods interview on grainedt.com

 

It’s hard not to get lost in the vibrant landscapes of Brad Woodard’s work. His colorful illustrations beckon a response of thought and feeling and invite us to view the world in a more gentle and naive way. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he migrated south to Austin (via Boston) where along with his wife, he set up shop as Brave the Woods – a small but dynamic creative studio. With a burgeoning product line and an impressive client list that includes Target and Old Navy, the gifted duo have established themselves as an emerging force in design. In today’s interview we chat with Brad about the software that drives his workflow, his passions outside of design and more. Enjoy!

 

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MAAN Design Studio: World Cup Stamps

Maan Design on grainedit.com

In the spirit of the World Cup games, MAAN Design Studio has created this eye catching stamp collection.  Featuring bold geometric abstractions of the participating teams’ flags, the 32 piece set is lovingly housed in a series of custom envelopes. See the stunning results after the jump.

 

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Simon Bent aka Volume2a

Volume2a on grainedit.com

I love this campaign Volume2a developed for Kubik -  a pop up music venue / art installation held in Melbourne. Working with a modular system they created a layered design that captures the fun and excitement of the event.

 

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Bendik Kaltenborn

Bendik Kaltenborn on grainedit.com

 

Bendik Kaltenborn is an illustrator and designer living in Oslo. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Norwegian comic collective Dongery and has received recognition for his cartoons including the prestigious Ministry of Cultures ”Tegneserieprisen” award.

 

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Sponsor // PrestaShop

For designers looking to expand their web presence with the addition of an online store, PrestaShop is worth considering. With over 600,000 active community members, PrestaShop is a free and open-source ecommerce solution. The robust platform includes over 300 features in the core download including the ability to sell downloadable goods, product quick view, powerful analytics and customer accounts. In addition, the themes are fully customizable, so you can easily modify the code to achieve the style you desire. For features not included in the core download, PrestaShop has an official marketplace where additional modules are made available.

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Ayaka Ito

Ayaka Ito on grainedit.com

Born and raised in Japan, Ayaka Ito is talented designer that now calls New York her home. Her  portfolio is a refreshing mix of identity work and hand drawn typography, but I especially appreciate her quirky yet playful illustrations.

 

 

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Inventory Magazine

Inventory Magazine on grainedit.com

I really admire this stationery system created by Anthony Hooper and the in-house design team at Inventory. Its sophistication and attention to detail wonderfully reflects the values instilled in the magazine.

 

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Variety Show Studio

Variety Show Studio on grainedit.com

Variety Show is the latest venture from the husband-and-wife duo of Amber and Mike Asay. Pulling inspiration from a variety of sources the design studio/online shop is focused on creating memorable work with a purpose.

 

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Vita Magazine

Vita Magazine on grainedit.com

Design by Emiliano Ponzi

Milan-based Vita magazine recently launched a blog to highlight the artwork created for the journal. Of special interest is the Ventivita category which features a series of posters that celebrate Vita’s 20th anniversary.

 

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Schaffter Sahli

Schaffter Sahli on grainedit.com

Schafter Shali is a graphic design studio based in Geneva with focus on crafting minimal yet elegant work for cultural institutions – both public and private.

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Sponsor // Gioviale

Gioviale is a curvaceous yet legible script font from Laura Worthington which includes 300 swashes, more than 1,000 glyphs, 20 ornaments, 20 discretionary ligatures and more!

 

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Christina Magnussen AKA Gala

Christina Magnussen on grainedit.com

 Christina Magnussen is an Oslo-based illustrator and designer. Along with Hans Christian Oren, she was a founding member of the prolific and much-loved Oh Yeah Studio. In 2013 she went on to establish Gala, an illustration agency that that uses analog and digital techniques to thoughtfully push the boundaries of the medium.

Prints are available of her work at Society6 and the Oh Yeah Studio shop.

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Deanna Halsall

Deanna Halsall on grainedit.com

I’m excited to discover the work of UK-based artist and illustrator Deanna Halsall. Inspired by her love of nature and nostalgia, she composes charming imagery brimming with color and texture.

 

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Sponsor // Retro Mockup Kits

If you’re looking for a little logo inspiration, this Mighty Deal has your name on it! The Mockup & Design Kit includes 70 retro templates, as well as 50+ photo-realistic mockups. These high-quality vector files, are fully customizable and a snap to use. In no time at all, you can change up the color, size, shape. See all the details at Mightydeals.com.

 

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Lo Siento

Lo Siento on grainedit.com

Lo Siento is a small Barcelona-based studio that enjoys exploring the intersections where graphic and industrial design meet.

 

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