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Neue Grafik Re-Release

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In 1958, the inaugural issue of the Neue Grafik – The International Review of graphic design and related subjects – was launched by four Zürich-based designers. Led by Josef Müller-Brockmann, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli (LMNV), the journal became a catalyst for an emerging movement in design known as the Swiss School or International Typographic Style. Marked by its asymmetrical layouts, sans-serif typeface and strong use of grids, the International Typographic Style placed heavy emphasis on clarity and precision. Throughout the journal’s history, this rigid yet versatile approach to design was employed and readily adopted by the design community at large.

Original copies of Neue Grafik are scarce and rarely surface on the open market with single issues fetching three hundred dollars or more. With this in mind, I’m excited to announce the re-release by Lars Muller of this significant and sought-after periodical, with all eighteen issues now available as a facsimile reprint. Contained within a stunning red slipcase, the set also includes a 64 page booklet with commentary by Steven Heller, Lars Muller and Richard Hollis.

 

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Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

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Designers are passionate about the products they use, so it’s no surprise that Apple has garnered an ubquitious yet cult-like status within our industry for their computers and hand-held devices. Jonathan Zufi, a mobility expert and self-proclaimed apple fanatic shares that sense of enthusiasm and has captured it in his latest endeavor. Over the past five years Jonathan has amassed an impressive collection of Apple-related products. Through thousands of photographs, an online site and the release of his book titled Iconic, he has documented Apple’s evolution and lovingly paid tribute to the company’s enduring legacy. Today we talk with Jonathan about his motivation for the project and the challenges he faced along the way.

 

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Anymade Studio

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Anymade is a multidisciplinary design firm based in the Czech Republic. Founded in 2007, the studio’s portfolio is filled with work exploding in color and type.

 

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Endre Berentzen

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Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) presents art in all its guises from music to theatre, dance, opera and visual art. Established in 1953, the festival is one of the oldest and the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, with more than 220 events during the 15 days it lasts. Working alongside his team, Endre Berentzen devised a visual identity for the event that is well-polished and visually stunning. Using a square as the starting point for a rhythmic pattern, they developed a solution that embodies the diversity of the audience and the music at the festival.

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Sponsor // Webydo

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Webydo is a cloud-based, online website design platform that enables designers to create, manage and publish their client’s websites completely code-free. Led by a global community of 93,000 designers and a recent round of funding ,Webydo has seen rapid growth and now hosts over 1 billion websites. Using Webydo’s full B2B solution, designers enjoy complete control – designing, managing, and hosting advanced pixel-perfect websites for their clients with e-commerce, a friendly built-in CMS, SEO management tools, and even a client billing system.

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Bunker

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Bunker is a London-based design and art direction agency with a focus on work for the fashion, music and arts industries.

 

 

 

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Album Anatomy

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A personal project of designer Duane Dalton, Album Anatomy explores record cover imagery in it’s purest form. By maintaining a strict grid and discarding unnecessary information, he crafts a minimal yet personal response to each album featured.

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Recently Received

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Supernew Supergraphics by Unit Editions

This week we’re excited to feature titles from Chronicle Books, Nobrow, Flying Eye Books and Occasional Papers. See all the books after the jump.

 

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From the Job Board: Secretly Canadian is Hiring

Secretly Canadian

Secretly Label Group is seeking a full-time designer. The position will be serving the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian. This is an amazing opportunity considering the depth of talent found on these labels. Damien Jurado, Bon Iver, Jens Lekman and Antony and the Johnsons are just a few of the artists you could be potentially designing for. To learn more about the position, please visit the grain edit job board.

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Clark Orr

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A former designer for Johnny Cupcakes, Clark Orr now serves as a full-time freelancer focused on branding and packaging jobs. I especially appreciate his identity work for Powershift Labs – a UK-based development studio. In a simple yet elegant solution, Clark pairs a bold two-tone graphic with a custom script font.

 

 

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Sponsor // Tesla Themes

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Built on the Tesla Framework, these WP themes are insanely customizable and mobile-friendly, thanks to their responsive design! For a limited time all 24 themes are available for almost half the price. See the complete collection here.

 

 

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Accept & Proceed

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I love Accept & Proceed’s recent rebrand of the Eastern Electrics music festival. Working with illustrator Matt Johnstone, they created a campaign that is youthful and fun. The dense and highly detailed scene features a colorful cast of characters from past EE events as well as the likes of Kerri Chandler, Four Tet, Ellan Allien and Roue 94.

 

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Rationale

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Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Rationale is a multi-disciplinary design studio representing the likes of Sean Wolcott and Associates.  With a focus on branding projects, Rationale crafts work that is often straightforward and bold in it’s approach. I especially appreciate this identity system created for the Xerox Jazz Fest, which gives a solid nod to the era from which Jazz was born.

 

 

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Verena Michelitsch

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Verena Michelitsch is a New York-based illustrator and designer currently honing her chops at RoAndCo.  Recently, she launched a slick new website that is filled with work that is sharp and undeniably stylish.

 

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World Cup Posters by Andre Chiote

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Fans of architecture and the World Cup games will appreciate this poster series by Portuguese architect Andre Chiote.

 

 

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Brad Woodard Interview

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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

 

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Timothy Hunt

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 Timothy Hunt is a UK-based animator and illustrator with a penchant for the bold and the absurd. Bursting with color and whimsy, his print and editorial driven portfolio highlights his deceptively simple yet humorous style.

 

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Sign Painters Film Now Available

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Sign Painters is a documentary showcasing the past, present and future of the hand painted sign in the USA . Directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon the film serves as a companion to Princeton Architectural Press’s 2012 book release of the same name. The film features legends such as Keith Knecht and Bob Dewhurst and is now available online at signpaintersfilm.comAmazon Instant Video and iTunes. The producers of the film have graciously offered grain edit readers a dollar off coupon for instant streaming and HD downloads.  To redeem the coupon, visit signpaintersfilm.com and enter promo code “typography”.

 

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Sponsor // LG UltraWide QHD Monitor

LG UltraWide Monitor

 

For designers looking for a large monitor with the screen real estate to match, LG has the solution. Their recently released UltraWide monitor is the world’s first 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD monitor. With a pixel area that is 1.8 times larger than an UltraWide Full HD, the QHD is a joy to work with and a real time saver. The extra space translates into a more efficient workflow allowing for less down time due to scrolling and switching between windows. In addition, Mac users will be delighted to know that the monitor incorporates Thunderbolt 2 technology and a sleek design.  See all the details here.

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CCRZ

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Beautiful work from CCRZ, a Swiss design studio with a broad range of capabilities.

 

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Sponsor // The Secret Of Parallax Scrolling Revealed by Webydo’s Code-Free Design Platform

Now available in Beta mode – Webydo’s Parallax Scrolling Animator feature

Few things can make a website stand out from the masses like creating a Parallax Scrolling website into. But what is Parallax? Parallax allows background, middle ground, and foreground elements on a web page to move at a separate rate from one another, which when done properly, creates a 3D effect as the end user scrolls down the page. Long a tool of animators, it took the web design world by storm when it first gained mass attention with in 2011 Nike’s Better World website, and since then has become the go to trending design structure in the arsenal of web designers who need an extra bit of flair to make their sites shine.

Still, despite its evolution from 2D cartoon images and into the mainstream world of web design, Parallax scrolling is something that needs to be used in the proper context in order to really be effective. When utilized as a storytelling device, to engage users interactively, or as a method to enhance the presentation of a product, Parallax Scrolling is a powerful option to create a site and share your brand story.

 

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Recently Received

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Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shelves. This week’s entries include items from Nobrow, Chronicle Books, Lars Muller, The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press and Princeton Architectural Press.

 

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Oliver Munday

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Oliver Munday is a graphic designer living and working in New York City.  His work is consistently clever, smart and engaging. Along with his studio, he co-founded “Piece”, a socially based design collaborative that believes that designers can play a significant role in positive change and social justice.

 

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From the Job Board

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Public Access Design Fellow - The Center of Urban Pedagogy (Broooklyn, NY)

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is looking for designers to join its Public Access Design program as 2014-2015 Design Fellows. They’re looking for NYC-based visual thinkers working in print, ux/ui design, motion graphics, animation, and illustration who are interested in bringing playful visual solutions to the challenges of design for social change.

Visit our job board to learn more.

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Tom Haugomat

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The amazingly talented Tom Haugomat is a Paris-based illustrator with a strong sense of composition and an envious portfolio of work. Individually and as a member of the design collective MessieursDame he crafts stunning imagery swelling with color and light.

 

 

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Tomasz Biskup

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Tomasz Biskup is a multidisciplinary designer based in Poland. After years of working in the world of advertising he launched his own practice in 2011.

 

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Vicki Turner

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Vicki Turner is a British Designer, Illustrator and Maker with a passion for the natural world.  From her new studio in Devon she crafts whimsical works exploding with repetition and rhythm.

 

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Sponsor // Thirsty Soft Font

Thirsty Soft Font

A softer and warmer companion to Thirsty Script, this new Thirsty Soft Font Family features 6 different weights, dozens of languages and a variety of stylistic alternates. Available only at Mighty Deals, you can save 80% off the regular price for a limited time.

Interested in sponsoring grain edit? Visit our sponsorship page for more info.

 

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Motoi Shito

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Outstanding work from Motoi Shito, a designer and art director based in Tokyo.

 

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Werner Design Werks Update

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Minneapolis-based Werner Design Werks recently gave their website a fresh makeover. With the update comes a slew of new projects, bios (with childhood photos!) and an archive section that features all their classic work. Also included is an awesome case study section that gives readers a sneak peek into their design process. The section is still in development, but they’ve already uploaded sketches and images for their work with the Mrs. Meyers brand.

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Ed Nacional Interview

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I first discovered Ed Nacional at the end of 2009 as he was completing his studies at Parsons. He had recently taken on a design internship for the New York Times and was beginning to explore his capabilities as an illustrator. I was instantly attracted to his his bold no-nonsense use of type and stylish yet minimal use of color. Since then, I have enjoyed watching Ed grow as a designer and seeing the projects that have resulted from his efforts. Others have taken notice as well, as popular brands and platforms like Skillshare and Wanelo have sought Ed’s expertise and artistic sensibilities in developing their identities. In today’s installment of the Design in Process series we chat with Ed about his workflow, his passions outside of the office and more!

 

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Atelier Muesli

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Founded in 2008, Atelier Muesli is the moniker of Paris-based designers Mytil Ducomet and Léa Chapon. Working with a variety of materials and processes including woodcutting, engraving and traditional printing they create work that is systemic and not limited to a single fixed expression.

 

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Jackkrit Anantakul / Hello I Am JK

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Jackkrit Anantakul is a Bangkok-based graphic designer and illustrator.  With a client list that includes Monocle and Wallpaper he creates higly expressive work that is lauded for it’s experimental typography and often humorous imagery.  He previously served as senior art director at YouWorkForThem, but recently ventured out on his own with the launching of Hello I Am JK.

 

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Socio Design

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Consistently solid work from Socio Design, a multi-disciplinary graphic design studio based in London.

 

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Sponsor // 81K Designers Shaping The Website Design Industry With Webydo’s Professional Code-Free Design Studio.

Webydo

Appealing to the professional and savvy designer, Webydo is the leading online design studio that enables designers to create, manage and publish their client’s websites completely code-free. The cloud-based, online website design platform is revolutionizing the professional web design industry and putting designers in the driver’s seat. Webydo enables web and graphic designers to create fresh, dynamic HTML websites without writing having to manually write code. Saving designer’s time and money, Webydo appeals to the professional designer and helps them to create successful and long lasting designer-client relationships. This is apparent through their integrated cloud hosting, efficient content management system (CMS), and the Webydo Dashboard that allows for intuitive management of thousands of client sites. The Dashboard also allows designers to bill their clients directly using the “Bill Your Client” feature, and, with the White Label feature, designers can put their company logo front and center on the login screen.

 

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Scott Balmer

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Enter the world of Scott Balmer, an accomplished illustrator from the UK. When he’s not playing tetris or dreaming of chocolate, he’s conjuring up brilliant imagery filled with mischievous characters and majestic beasts.

 

 

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Studio Beige

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Studio Beige is a Rotterdam-based design studio founded in 2003. With a love for typography they deliver striking, tactile and highly communicative designs.

 

 

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61 books with black type on white cover

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Bernd Kuchenbeiser’s 61 books with black type on white cover lovingly pays homage to the printed word in all it’s glory. Created for a recent event at Vitsoe’s Reading Room, the book also serves as an analog companion to his impressive blog. Contained within is a cohesive collection of titles bound initially by the color (or lack of) of their cover. Accompanying each entry is a brief paragraph that details the qualities whether physical or conceptual that have attracted Bernd’s attention. Available at select Vitsoe shops, the book is free while supplies last.

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Riccardo Guasco

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Meet Riccardo Guasco, aka ”Rik”, a cartoonist, illustrator and painter based in Alessandria, Italy. Influenced by movements such as Cubism and Futurism he crafts rich compositions brimming with warm muted tones.

 

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Recently Received

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This week we’re excited to feature titles from Princeton Architectural Press, Laurence King and Sing Statistics. See all the books after the jump.

 

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Mike Ellis

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Lovely work from Toronto-based illustrator Mike Ellis. Using multicoloured LEDs the illustrations come to life within a three-dimensional house, exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

 

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Sponsor // Wallpapered Maps

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Over the last couple of years we’ve seen an increased interest in cartography. More and more books are being produced on the subject and there has been a rise in the amount of designers and illustrators choosing to focus in this area of work.  London-based Wallpapered.com has captured some of this excitement around map related imagery in their latest round of product offerings. Recognizing that large scale map graphics lend itself well to the modern home/office aesthetic they have created a series of wallpapers that can be easily applied to any room.  There is a diverse collection to choose from, but of special iinterest is the black and white relief map and the full color world map. See the complete collection here.

 

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Exquisite Corpse

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Remember playing the game Telephone as a child? The game that consisted of people passing around a phrase and then laughing at how the phrase gets distorted from one person to the other? Illustration project Exquisite Corpse is like the visual version of Telephone. The collaborative project invites illustrators to participate in a “never-ending” abstract illustration.  Each illustrator adds to the piece in sequence while only being allowed to see a small part of what the previous illustrator contributed.  The effect is a single, unifying illustration that seamlessly morphs into different ideas and interpretations.

 

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Brent Couchman Interview

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Born and bred in the Lone-Star state, Brent Couchman is a designer and illustrator that now calls San Francisco his home.  Noted for his generous use of color, he employs vibrant yet sophisticated palettes that elevate and accentuate the playfulness and meticulous nature of his work. He has received awards and accolades from distinguished publications including Graphis and Print and has established himself as an accomplished designer with a distinct visual voice. After stints at Fossil and Hatch Design he recently decided to venture out on his own with the launching of Moniker – a design and branding studio focused on timeless work and strong client relationships.  In our latest addition to the Design in Process series we chat with Brent on his creative process and the challenges of managing a studio.

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Kokoro & Moi

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Established in 2001, Kokoro & Moi is a multidisciplinary design studio with a focus on brand identity and interactive work. With a penchant for the curious and the extraordinary; they love asking questions, challenging accepted explanations and inferring possible new worlds.

 

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Sponsor // Bootstrap Responsive Templates

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Twitter Bootstrap framework is a popular choice these days due to its ease of use and quick, clean results.  With Starter KIT from Bootstraptor.com you’ll receive a robust collection of the 35+ useful Bootstrap templates to incorporate into your site! From landing pages to blog posts to scrollers, you’ll find everything that you need to finish your site design for only $9. See all the details here.

 

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Nada

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Leeds-based designers Eve Warren and Thomas Squire have teamed up for an exciting project for Nada. The colorful packaging consists of distinct patterns which have been developed to reflect both differing pasta forms and flavours within the Nada product range.

 

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Font Men

 

Font Men is a short film about the work of Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, who collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world. Produced before their recent and very public split, the film provides a rare glimpse into the forces that brought them together and the successful empire they built together.

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Hong Kong’s neon signs

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Hong Kong’s visual culture museum M+ recently released a fascinating documentary on the local neon sign industry. The short film titled “the Making of Neon Signs” features candid interviews with the craftsmen of this now dying art. Accompanying the documentary is an online exhibition that includes historical photos, articles and an interactive map that allows the public to upload images of their favorite signs.

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Sponsor // Marigny Typeface

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Type Supply is thrilled to introduce Marigny, a casual typeface drawn with serious typography in mind. The family combines the warmth of handwriting, the confidence of lettering and the functionality of typography into one package. It is distinctively legible at small sizes and lovingly distinctive at large sizes. Marigny is an excellent choice for any text that you want to feel warm, welcoming and alive.

Marigny has five weights, each with expressive italics, plus all styles have a variety of OpenType features that enable truly sophisticated typography. It looks as great on screen as it does in print. Want to see more? Head on over to typesupply.com.

 

 

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Inca Pan

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Inca Pan is a Taiwanese illustrator with a knack for creating powerful imagery. Working with gouache and ink he conjures fantastical landscapes filled with bold colors and lush vegetation.

 

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John Soat

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John Soat is a skilled multidiscplinary designer and recent transplant to New York City. With a diverse portfolio that spans illustration, type and motion graphics he easily transitions between fluid line work to projects with a more structured framework.

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From the Job Board: Penny Pop

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UI/UX Designer – PennyPop (SF,CA)

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Ben Roth

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Ben Roth is a Berlin-based art director and illustrator. With a focus on music related imagery, he has successfully crafted a dynamic portfolio while operating within a minimal framework.

 

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Sponsor // Gist

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Gist is an inline slab serif font that features a retro yet modern vibe. With 20 weights and loads of OpenType features including ligatures, swashes and alternates, it comes primed with the tools to work on just about any project. But you’ll need to act fast! For a limited time only, you can nab all 20 Gist fonts for just $14

 

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Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka

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Grain Edit fave Janine Rewell recently updated her portfolio with these outstanding ads for Minna Parikka. With bodypaint work by  Saara Sarvas & Riina Laine,  Janine’s designs come to life in a celebration of Minna Parikka’s spring line.

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Timo Meyer

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Solid and consistent work from Timo Meyer, a designer and illustrator based in Bonn, Germany.

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Recently Received

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This week we’re excited to feature titles from Laurence King, Chronicle Books and Baron Fig.  See all the books after the jump.

 

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Jessica Svendsen

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Outstanding type work from Jessica Svendsen, a recent graduate of the Yale School Art now working for Pentagram.

 

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Josh Emrich

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Josh Emrich is an illustrator and designer based out of Colorado. A former principal at Tenfold, in 2013 he broke off to form his own studio focused on branding and packaging design for craft brewers and artisanal entrepreneurs. His portfolio is filled with outstanding work, but i’m especially fond of his packaging design for Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Through a series of labels he seamlessly merges slick illustrations, compelling typography and strong visual storytelling. Think Mary Blair with a twist of German macabre.

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Javier Garcia Interview

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I was first introduced to Javier Garcia through his intoxicating blog, No Barcode, where he posts his latest vintage finds. It was here that I discovered that he is an accomplished illustrator and designer in addition to having an amazing collection of design related ephemera.  A resident of the Bay Area via Mexico he has developed an audience for his highly expressive and colorful illustrations. In today’s interview, the 4th part of our ongoing design in process series, Javier speaks on his passions outside of design, his workflow and more. Enjoy!

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Designbolaget

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Designbolaget is a Copenhagen based design studio working at the intersections of art, fashion and culture. Founded in 2002 by Claus Due, the studio has been recognized with numerous awards.

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Til Hafenbrak

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Bold and playful work from Till Hafenbrak, an illustrator living and working in Berlin.

 

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Chevalvert

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Chevalvert is a visual design studio co-founded by Patrick Paleta and Stéphane Buellet in 2007. Based on an open and multidisciplinary approach to design, the studio conceives work that is smart and succinct.

 

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Edgar Bak

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Edgar Bak is a talented designer based out of Poland. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he can now be found art directing for various magazines and teaching typography and information architecture classes at the School of Form in Poznan. He was also a driving force behind Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design published by United Editions. Read the rest of this entry »

Novel Design Studio

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Novel is a multidisciplinary design firm based in Colorado. Operating out of a dome studio near Denver, they craft unique design solutions with clarity and confidence.

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Danielle Kroll

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It’s hard not to smile when viewing Danielle Kroll’s latest project. Inspired by vintage flash cards and picture books, the Brooklyn-based designer has created a series of “word recipes” as a way to add some art and whimsy into children’s education. Each recipe features images on the left that illustrate the syllables of the word on the right. The illustrations are silly and fun and always feature Danielle’s signature whimsical style.

 

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Chloe Galea

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Solid packaging and editorial work from Chloe Galea, a Designer /Junior Art Director based in Berlin.

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Hugo Barros

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Enter the world of Hugo Barros, an artist from Lisbon, Portugal working with collage. Manipulating elements by hand, he creates dense compositions without the use of post processing tools like Photoshop. Although the subject matter varies from piece to piece, there are reoccurring themes in his work. Serene landscapes are often juxtaposed against cosmic imagery in a surreal explosion of color that feels apocalyptic in nature. The end result is mesmerizing and always worth a second look.

Hugo’s creations are available at Saatchi and similar work can be found in their collage section.

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From the Job Board: Secretly Canadian is Hiring

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Secretly Label Group is seeking a full-time designer. The position will be serving the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian. This is an amazing opportunity considering the depth of talent found on these labels. Damien Jurado, Bon Iver, Jens Lekman and Antony and the Johnsons are just a few of the artists you could be potentially designing for. To learn more about the position, please visit the grain edit job board.

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Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

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I’m very excited to hear of Unit Editions latest release – Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines. The book is the first comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals, and features 21 examples from the 1960s to early 1980s. Included are manuals created for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel and the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

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Japan – Nippon

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Japanese graphic design is characterized by a unique aesthetic, oscillating between its own pictorial tradition and Western visual culture. In Lars Muller’s lastest release, Japan-Nippon they explore the Japanese poster and how it functions most notably as a highly aesthetic image advertisement, presupposing the designer as an artist.

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Tim Easley

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Tim Easley  is a designer and illustrator from London. A self-professed fan of daydreaming and doodling, he creates bold works brimming with rich textures and vibrant illustrations.

 

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Jonathan Calugi Update

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Italian designer and illustrator Jonathan Calugi recently updated his portfolio with a series of new projects. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a fan of his signature black and white line work.

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Felix Pfaeffli

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I’m very impressed with these posters from Felix Pfaeffli, an accomplished young designer from Luzern who is producing very polished and mature work for his age. In addition to running his own studio he is a teacher at the Lucerne School of Graphic Design where he lectures on typography, narrative design, and poster design.

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Valentine’s Day for the Design-Minded

House Industries Love Hearts Blocks

House Industries Love Heart Blocks

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a small list of gift ideas for the design-inclined. Included are items from House Industries, Wieden + Kennedy, Braun and more. In addition, you will find some fun items that fit within the sprit of the holiday. See the full list here.

 

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Broken

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Our friend Nate Burgos has teamed up with Stephanie Di Biase for an exciting new book aimed at working creatives. Featuring illustrations by Lucy Engelman, Broken: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work, addresses the challenges of toxic work environments and other barriers to getting things done.

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Ty Mattson Interview

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Browsing through the portfolio of Mattson Creative, an award-winning design studio based in Southern California, can prove to be a daunting task.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the quantity and consistent quality of work. I’ve long admired their expressive illustrative style and am especially smitten with their self-initiated projects for popular TV shows including Dexter, Lost and more recently Breaking Bad. We’ve profiled the studio in the past, but in today’s interview we talk with Ty Mattson, the studio’s founder and creative director.

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Pinterest Picks

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Typography by Sasaki Shun

Here’s our latest round of Pinterest picks. Follow us on Pinterest to see more of our favorite posters, logos and prints.

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Merijn Hos

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Merijn Hos is an Illustrator and Visual Artist based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Splitting his time between personal and commercial projects he creates rich illustrations where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet slightly eerie worlds.

 

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Roseta y Oihana

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Roseta Mus Pons and  Oihana Herrera Erneta are the minds behind Roseta y Ohihana, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Barcelona. Recently they updated their site with some impressive new work including these promotional materials for MCP.

 

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From the Job Board

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UI/UX Designer – PennyPop (SF,CA)

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Les Graphiquants

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Established in 2008, Les Graphiquants is a design studio based in Paris, France. With a portfolio that is ripe in typographic exploration, they create work that is highly expressive and uncompromising in it’s approach.

 

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Recently Received

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This week we’re excited to feature titles from Corraini Edizioni, Nobrow, Laurence King and Princeton Architectural Press. See all the books after the jump.

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Non-Format Update

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Non-Format recently revised their website and with the update came a slew of new work including Gridiron – a stellar typeface family for ESPN.

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Ryo Takemasa

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Charming work from the talented Ryo Takemasa, a graduate of Musashino Art University and member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society.

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Louis Reith

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Stunning work from Louis Reith, a Dutch designer who often creates collages that incorporate bold geometric shapes, stark landscapes and architectural elements.

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Annik Troxler

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The daughter of the highly influential designer Niklaus Troxler, Annik has created a strong body of work that has a unique voice of its own. Her posters have won many awards including the coveted International Poster Festival in Chaumont, France and the Swiss Federal Competition for Design. This has allowed for some unique opportunities including the chance to collaborate with Mevis & Van Deursen in Amsterdam. In 2011, she returned to her native Switzerland to open an independent studio and began a teaching position at the renowned Basel School of Design.

 

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HfG Ulm: Concise History of the Ulm School of Design

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And we’re back from a much needed Holiday Vacation!

In Lars Muller’s latest release they explore the work of the highly influential HfG ULm School once located in Ulm Germany. Founded in 1953 by Max Bill, Otl Aicher and Inge Aicher-Scholl the school enjoyed a brief existence, but it’s radical approach to design had a lasting impact.

From the Publisher:
“The Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) ranks among the world’s most important institutions of the 20th century in modernist design. Its founders Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill wanted to contribute to the shaping of a new and better world after the terrible experiences of the Nazi regime and the Second World War. The meaning of design today cannot be understood without considering the developments at HfG. That applies not only to the design of appliances and communications, but also to the profession of designer, design education, methodology and design theory—ranging from the relationship between design and science up to the question of what relationship design should adopt with art and crafts, or business and society. This massive impact of the HfG is all the more astounding, considering that it existed for only 15 years, from 1953 to 1968. This book provides a contextual and broadly illustrated history of the HfG Ulm.”

 

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Design vs Cancer

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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

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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

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Help Ink: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Prints

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Rebuild by John Choura

The folks at Help Ink have launched a campaign to support relief efforts in the Philippines after the recent devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. Four posters are currently available and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to All Hands Volunteers‘ ground team.

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/Sponsor/ Fotor

Launched in 2012, Fotor is an online suite of photo editing tools that are both powerful and easy to use. Taking advantage of the latest in cloud technology, Fotor’s clean and intuitive interface can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. Tools can be easily integrated into a users’ workflow and include basic cropping, HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing and a photo card maker. They even have a Christmas card maker for those looking to create something special for the holidays.

 

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Grain Edit Shop

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Next week we will be launching an online shop for the holidays.  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.

 

 

 

Mike Cina Interview

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Today we’re excited to announce a new series of process related interviews with our favorite artists and designers. In the first installment  we head to to Minneapolis, MN, the home of Michael Cina who is an award-winning creative director and skilled artist. Bridging the gap between music, photography, art and design, he creates work that is innovative and often unconventional in its approach. Here Mike discusses the role of intuition in design, his workflow for a recent Ghostly International project, his passions outside of the studio and much more. Enjoy!

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Mood

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Now in it’s third issue, Mood is a quarterly magazine that looks at music and food in a cohesive and unique way, with a keen eye to design and high quality writing.

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Nate Koehler

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Today’s post brings us to Madison, WI, the workplace and home of freelance designer Nate Koehler. With an emphasis on illustration and bold typography, Nate creates work that is smart  and engaging with a touch of whimsy.

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There’s no better way to get your next project moving than with the awesomely active (and actively awesome) Verb font family. We’ve actually run a Mighty Deal on the Verb font from Yellow Design Studio before and it got so many of our fans pumped up that we’ve decided to bring it back. Even if you took advantage of our previous Verb Deal, you’ll want to stick around.

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Jeremy Evans

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Currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden, Jeremy Evans is an upcoming designer with an impressive portfolio that spans print, packaging and interactive design.

 

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Neue Grafik Reprint

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I just got word of an exciting announcement from Lars Muller. The complete series of the highly influential Swiss Journal, Neue Grafik, will soon be available as a facsimile reprint!

From the publisher:
“Neue Grafik, the “International Review of graphic design and related subjects,” was initiated by designer Josef Müller-Brockmann and published in eighteen issues between 1958 and 1965 by an editorial collective consisting of him, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg und Carlo Vivarelli ( LMNV ). The complete volumes are now available in an excellent facsimile reprint from Lars Müller Publishers.

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And Atelier

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Brilliant work from And Atelier, a Portuguese multidisciplinary studio run by João Araújo & Rita Huet.

 

 

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#GiveBooks Giveaway

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I love giving and receiving books and with the holidays approaching I find myself  reviewing my own wish list as well as preparing shopping lists for others. Recently, Chronicle books asked if I would like to take part in their #GiveBooks campaign and in the process gift nine books to family and friends. I gladly accepted the challenge and I’m excited to announce that in the spirit of the holidays one lucky winner will win my gift picks.

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Lamm & Kirch

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Lamm & Kirch is an award-winning German design studio with a primary focus on printer matter. Guided by their explorations of visual language their work often features bold forms and strong typographical elements.

 

 

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Noémie Cédille

Noémie Cédille

Charming work from Noemie Cedille, a designer and illustrator based in Paris.

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Type Fight

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After a brief hiatus, Type Fight is back and now with a new website built by Sparkbox! Featured matches include Matt Stevens vs. Mackey Saturday, Ty Wilkins vs. Lydia Nichols, Keith Davis Young vs. Adam R. Garcia and more on the way.

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The Weekend Press

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Our friends over at the recently launched Weekend Press have teamed up with some amazing designers to create a letterpress print set that pays tribute to Oakland. Featuring work from Brent Couchman, Anna Hurley, Carl Bender, Erik Marinovich, Eszter Clark, Javier Garcia, Jeffrey Bucholtz, Nate Leutkehans, Richard Perez and Albert + Marie, the limited edition set, aptly titled Oakland Illustrated, is currently available through their Kickstarter page.

In addition to the print set, special pledge packages have been set up for those willing to invest a little more. Perks include a private letterpress workshop and a chance to meet with one of the artists involved.

 

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/Sponsor/ Wallpapered

Looking for a unique design to decorate your room with? Maybe a bespoke map wallpaper is the right choice for you. Wallpapered is a London-based company who specializes in custom wallpaper printing. A popular product is their Custom Zip code Map Wallpaper, which is made upon request based on your choice of Zip code! The map can be customized to your favorite colour or made to match your interior decor, with pins and labels marking any areas of interest. With a guaranteed light fastness of 20 years you can enjoy your bespoke map wallpaper for years to come!

 

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Francisco Martins

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São Paulo-based Francisco Martins is a versatile illustrator and designer with a portfolio that showcases his ability to work in a broad range of mediums and styles.

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Recently Received

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In this week’s round of books we feature new items from Princeton Architectural Press, Chronicle Books, Lark Crafts, Abrams, Pavilion Books, Universe and Laurence King.

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Taylor Goad

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Hailing from a small town in Oklahoma, Taylor Goad is a talented illustrator and designer currently based in Philadelphia.  Recently Taylor updated his portfolio with some amazing new work including projects for Northcoast Brewery, Good Magazine and 160over90. Check it out here.

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Design is One

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Design is One is a documentary by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra that highlights the work of two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Featuring interviews with Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand the film attempts to capture the Vignelli’s creativity as well as their enduring humor and warmth. Design is One will make its NYC theatrical debut this week.

 

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Josef Müller-Brockmann Poster Collection

Josef Muller Brockmann Poster Collection by Lars Muller via grain edit

Josef Müller-Brockmann’s graphics left a lasting mark on Swiss visual communication from the 1950s onward. His posters demonstrate how a sober, formally reduced language works best for conveying a universal, timeless message. Poster campaigns for longtime clients such as the Tonhalle concert hall in Zürich or the Automobile Club of Switzerland follow strict functional criteria–and yet exhibit a variety of design solutions and exciting, dynamic compositions.

This book presents selected posters by Müller-Brockmann and places them in the context of their own time while also examining the validity of his solutions from today’s point of view.

Pre-order a copy via Lars Muller, Amazon or your local bookstore.

 

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David Ryski

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A landscape architect by trade, Polish illustrator David Ryski creates beautiful work that is tinged with humor and wit.

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From the Job Board

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UI/UX Designer + Illustration position – PennyPop (SF,CA)
Design Collaborator - The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

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Ten Dollar Fonts

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Fellars typeface by Jan- Christian Bruun

Founded in 2012, Ten Dollar Fonts is a curated platform with over 110 fonts. Featuring work from more than 65 typographers, the site proves that great fonts don’t need to expensive.

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FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer

FHK Henrion Book by Unit Editions via Grain Edit

In the first comprehensive monograph of FHK Henrion, Adrian Shaugnessy highlights the work of this highly underrated designer. Originally trained in textiles, Henrion would later go on to become a skilled poster artist, a noted design educator and quite possibly the father of modern corporate identity in Europe. FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer hits the shelves in November, but is now available for pre-order.

 

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Coast Modern: Bay Area Premiere

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Coast Modern is an independent documentary by Gavin Froome and Mike Bernard that traces the roots of West Coast Modern architecture. Featuring interviews with many of the pioneers of the scene including Ray Kappe and Henrik Bull, the film showcases the homes that have become their legacies.

Please join us on October 14th, 2013 for the Bay Area Premiere for the film.  Author Dave Weinstein will provide a brief talk on Bay Area modern architecture before the film and a Q & A session with architect Henrik Bull, Jack Robbins and others will follow the screening.

The film is sponsored by The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and El Cerrito Modern.

Advance tickets are available online for $5 at Eventbrite.

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Mattson Creative: Breaking Bad Posters

Breaking Bad Poster by Mattson Creative via grain edit

To commemorate the finale of Breaking Bad, Mattson Creative has created a poster series that illustrates the transformation of Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White, over the course of the highly-acclaimed series. Each print is silkscreened on 100lb French Pop-Tone Paper and hand-signed by Ty Mattson himself. The limited edition set is available exclusively at breakingbadstore.com.

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Stefan Kanchev: Logo Book

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From Magdalina Stancheva comes a book on the father of Bulgarian graphic design, Stefan Kanchev. Featured are hundred of sketches, photos and logos from a master craftsman whose work adorned the largest and well-known institutions in Southeastern Europe.

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Tal Leming / Type Supply

Type Supply via grainedit.com

I was first introduced to Tal Leming through his early endeavors at House Industries and solo offerings through the type collective/distributor Village. As a fan of his work, I’m excited to announce the opening of his new type foundry, Type Supply. To coincide with the launch of the foundry, he has released Balto, Leming’s personal interpretation of the classic American Gothic style. Take Balto for a test drive here.

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Vitor Andrade

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Beautiful work from Vitor Andrade, a designer and art director based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently employed at R/GA.

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Brian Edward Miller AKA Orlin Culture Shop

Orlin Culture shop #grainedit

Brian Edward Miller is a talented illustrator with a knack for creating lush landscapes inspired by his eighties-driven childhood and a family legacy of artists and craftsman. With stints at gaming and design studios, he recently ventured out on his own with the launch of Orlin Culture Shop, a studio based in Erie, Colorado.

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Aurelien Debat

Aurelien Debat via grain edit

Beautiful illustration work from Aurelien Debat, a graduate of the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg.

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Type Only

type only

Unit Editions’ latest release, Type Only, explores a current trend in typography: type unsupported by illustration or photography. Featuring designers from around the world the book showcases the power of type when used in isolation.

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Giacomo Bagnara

Giacomo Bagnara

Giacomo Bagnara is an Italian illustrator based in Verona. With a background in architecture, he creates bold, playful compositions informed by his strong structural sensibilities.

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Two – Think Work Observe

think work observe

Stunning work from Think Work Observe, a graphic design studio based in Udine (Italy) founded by Piero Di Biase and Alberto Moreu.

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Roger Dario

roger dario

I recently discovered Toronto-based designer and art-director Roger Dario. In a relatively short amount of time, he’s built an impressive body of work and a client list to match. Featuring a wide range of thoughtfully executed projects, his portfolio proves he is a flexible designer and is well worth a look.

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House Industries for Chronicle Books

house industries
Our friends over at House Industries have teamed up with Chronicle Books for a special stationery collection. Featuring notebooks, labels and postcards, each set is decked out in metallic ink, thick type and the usual embellishments that you’ve come to expect from the House crew.

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Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon is an American designer who, at an early age, moved to the UK where he would eventually become the chief designer for all paperback typography at Penguin. Heavily influenced by Swiss design, he created book jackets and posters that were bold and iconic – something unique and forward-thinking for book publishing in the 1960s. To honor his contributions to British design, an exhibition has been organized at the Insti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art. In addition SEA design has produced a stunning book as well as several prints.

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Rick Berkelmans AKA Hedof

hedof

Rick Berkelmans is the man behind Hedof, a oneman design studio based in Breda, Netherlands.  Drawing from a wide range of influences and a love for traditional printing techniques, he creates work that is a vibrant mix of images, typography and color. Many of his pieces are humorous in nature and feature a playful cast of characters that morph in and out of each other. Immerse yourself in his world at the recently revamped Hedof.com.

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You Can Now Magazine

ycn magazine

Creative member network YCN has launched a brand new Members’ Magazine. The inaugural issue of You Can Now Magazine is Designed & Art Directed by Matt Willey and Edited by YCN Founder Nick Defty. It fittingly takes the theme ‘Begin’ as its editorial starting point and follows on with a visually loaded series of ideas, essays and inspirations.

The publication’s opening section presents a ‘celebration of getting started’ and includes an extended feature on the business of launching a new magazine with input from a spread of magazine maestros including Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture), Dan Crowe (Port), Robert Bound (Monocle) and Charlotte Rey (ACNE Paper), among others. All are illustrated by rising French star Tiffany Beucher.

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Recently Received

tiny pencil

Tiny Pencil: Issue One – The Forest Issue
64 pages / 21cm x 27.5cm

Filled with lush, monochromatic landscapes, the Tiny Pencil is a new artzine that celebrates graphite-based illustration in all its glory. Founded by Amber Hsu and Katriona Chapman, the inaugural issue explores the theme of “Forests” and features sketches of fantastical funghi, wizards and eerie woodland creatures. Included are contributions by Raymond Lemstra, Kristyna Baczynski, Nick Sheehy, Luke Pearson, Lizzie Stewart. Ward Zwart, Liam Stevens and many others.

Pick up a copy here. Also Tiny Pencil issue 2 is now available for pre-order.

More book picks after the jump.

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Emiliano Ponzi

Emiliano Ponzi

Based in Milan, Italy, Emiliano Ponzi is an award-winning illustrator with a strong sense of color and composition. Stripping away superflous elements, both visual and textual, he creates stylized and symbolic landscapes that become backdrops for his satirical musings.

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Tell a Story

tell a story

Portuguese advertising agency MSTF Partners firmly believes that there’s no better way to remember a journey than a book and that nothing makes one travel more than reading. With this in mind, they developed Tell a Story, a mobile book shop that sells translated Portuguese books, as a way to promote literature  as “postcard” of their culture.

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Mattson Creative is Hiring

mattson creative

We were first introduced to Mattson Creative through their brilliant series of tribute posters for Showtime’s Dexter and have become big fans ever since. In addition to the studio’s inspiring side projects, they’ve created award-winning work for an impressive client list including Apple, CBS, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, DreamWorks and Target. We just received word that they currently have a position open for a Senior Graphic Designer in their Southern California office. This could be an amazing opportunity for one lucky designer!

For more details and to apply for the position, please visit their website.

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Josef Albers Interaction of Color iPad App

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color, Yale University Press has released an interactive iPad app for the now classic book on the subject. Beautifully designed by Potion, the app features the original set of over 140 color studies as well as the full text. In addition, a variety of experts and scholars provide commentary on Albers’ theories and work.

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Pinterest Picks

Warwick Kay

The Great Outdoors by Warwick Kay

From Kenzo Tange Structures to Futura type speciens here’s our favorite Pinterest picks from the past month.

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Dave Foster

dave foster

Foster Type is the online home of Dave Foster, an independent designer based in Sydney, Australia. Specializing in custom lettering, Dave has built an impressive portfolio of type work and the awards to match. His latest project is Blanco, a serif typeface with 8 styles and 4 weights. Completed while attending the Type and Media Masters program at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag, The Netherlands, it’s slated for release in 2014.

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MADE Quarterly Edition Two

made quarterly

MADE Quarterly is a publication that documents the workings of the modern maker, including but not limited to industrial design, architecture, fashion, interior design, photography and the culinary world. MADE aims to get inside the heads of those individuals to find out how they do what they do, and what inspires them to create. Each issue will take a peek behind the scenes and offer the reader a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds of these inspiring individuals.

The second edition of MADE Quarterly features: Mast Brothers (USA), Best Made Co (USA), Huet Brothers (NLD), Stevie Gee (GBR), Earth Tu Face (USA), March Studio (AUS), Uniform Wares (GBR), Henry Wilson (AUS), Ben Huff (USA) and Minimalux (GBR). MADE Edition Two also features four individual covers, each displaying chosen works from our esteemed contributors. Please note covers are distributed randomly.

Pick up a copy here.

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Image of the Studio: A Portrait of NYC Graphic Design

image of the studio

Mark your calendars: a new exhibition entitled Image of the Studio will be on display at The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography starting in October. Featuring over 75 design studios, the show will highlight original work as well as data visualizations and information graphics to draw connections between each studio and show how New York as a geography brings their diverse philosophies together.

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Recently Received

design books

Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shelves. This week’s entries include items from MidCentury Magazine, Chronicle Books, Corraini Edizioni, Sappi, Milkfed Press and Princeton Architectural Press.

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Adrian Shaughnessy: Scratching the Surface

Adrian Shaughnessy

Continuing with Unit Editions thoughtfully curated collection of design related titles comes, Scratching the Surface, a selection of writings by Adrian Shaughnessy. Over the past 18 years, Adrian has contributed significantly to the ongoing discourse centered around graphic design. His highly successful How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing your Soul has sold over 80,000 copies worldwide and has become a staple for young designers seeking practical advice. With this latest volume, we are presented with a sampling of essays and reviews that helped establish Adrian as an authoritative and critical voice within the design community.

Featured are musings and meditations on music and art with ample space dedicated to Adrian’s writings on graphic design. Designed by Spin, the layout is sparse, but complete with liberal amounts of pink adding a much-needed visual punch.

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Christine Rosch

christine rosch

Charming work from the talented Christine Rosch, a German illustrator currently living in Scotland.

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ICE CREAM FOR FREE

ice cream for free

ICE CREAM FOR FREE is a berlin-based design and illustration studio founded in 2005 by solo artist Oliver Wiegner. Often working with contrasting materials, Oliver creates dense, layered compositions brimming with marbled textures, geometric shapes and sharp typography.

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Agostino Lacurci

Agostino Lacurci

Working between Rome and Nurenburg, Italian artist Agostino Iacurci specializes in large-scale murals that draw inspiration from every day life.  His colorful yet somber character-driven works adapt and conform to a building’s surface converting normally mundane spaces into rich visual experiences.

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Vasava

vasava
Consistently fresh work from the Barcelona-based studio of Vasava.

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Eric Tan: Fly

eric tan fly

Eric Tan is well-known for his travel themed posters for Disney and Pixar, but in his latest project he takes on his own journeys. Featuring distant locations including Barcelona and Hong Kong, as well as places closer to home, all fifteen posters in the series are currently on display at Gallery 1988.

Limited edition prints are available for purchase here.

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Elsa Jenna

elsa jenna

Self-described as an “Italian curly designer”, Elsa Jenna is living and working in New York via Milan. With a portfolio that is steadily growing, her website highlights her ability to comfortably work in a variety of illustration styles. I especially appreciate her contributions to IL Magazine which stand out even amongst an already impressive body of work.

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Ken Lo

ken lo

Meet Ken Lo, one of Hong Kong’s Top 40 Under 40. With previous experience as a designer for CoDesign and the Alan Chan Design Co., he is now the owner of his own studio. Specializing in branding and packaging, his work is minimal in its approach, often stripping away all but the essential shapes and forms. Explore his portfolio further at Blow.hk.

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Highs & Lows

highs and lows

Highs & Lows is a new iOS app by Alex Fuller and Jessa Brinkmeyer that allows people to document and reflect on their day in a simple way. Hundreds of events that inspire a range of emotions and feelings fill our days. The app encourages people to consider their day in a direct and thoughtful way by distilling down those events and pulling out two simple points that sum up the extremes in a balanced entry.

Download the app here.

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Atelier Martino & Jana

atelier martino jana

Atelier Martino & Jana is a multidisciplinary studio formed in 2000 in Porto, Portugal. With Music as a recurring theme they thoughtfully explore rhythm and tone in a portfolio that seamlessly transitions from pieces that embrace fluidity to work with a more structured approach.

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Bibliotheque

bibliotheque

Bibliotheque is a design studio in London, with heavy-hitter clients such as Nike, Adidas, Virgin Atlantic, Google and Sony. Since their establishment in 2003, they have produced highly conceptual and visually stunning work that spans print, interactive, packaging and exhibition design. Keep up with Bibliotheque’s work here.

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Mash Creative – 15/115

mash creative

Mark Bloom aka Mash Creative recently contacted us in regards to his latest project 15/115Featuring 115 projects spanning a 15 year career to date, the book highlights a well-curated selection of Posters, Logos and case studies from his personal portfolio. The book also features a foreword from renowned designer and author David Airey.

Pre-order a copy here.

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Samuel Soulek AKA Soulseven

samuel Soulek

Soulseven is the brainchild of Samuel Soulek, a talented graphic designer out of Minneapolis. With a portfolio that spans branding, packaging, poster design, editorial and marketing collateral, Sam’s work employs a clear understanding of typography and carefully balanced layouts. Check out more work from Soulseven here.

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Running August 16 through 18, this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest will feature over 70 performances and will include inspiring talks on topics such as graphic design, art, entrepreneurship, leadership, productivity and creativity.  Jaw-dropping art and design shows will highlight both local and regional talent including album art, t-shirt design, typography, poster art, toy design, fashion design and illustration. Over 40 bands will hit WMC’s intimate stages, and attendees will also be treated to epic breakdancing battles from bboys and bgirls from all around the country.

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Margherita Urbani

margherita urbani

Margherita Urbani is an Italian born graphic designer whose work spans illustration, editorial and interactive. Now living in Philadelphia and working at an advertising agency, Urbani continues to create pieces that are light-hearted and eye-catching. When she isn’t designing, she is flexing her creative muscles by drawing and making zines.

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Longa025

longa025

Specializing in vector-based illustration, Longa025 has created a stunning portfolio of infographics, icons, and maps for well-known clients including Monocle, GQ and Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Grundini

grundini

Meet Peter Grundy and Tilly Northedge, the creative collaborators behind Grundini. Working with bold colors and simple shapes they create informative illustrations that perfectly marry form and function.

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Tres Tipos Graficos

Tres Tipos Graficos

Tres Tipos Graficos is a studio founded in Madrid in 2004 with a focus on branding and editorial design. Although recent work has been for larger-scale clients, they still manage to maintain the energy and personality of a smaller firm. With a strong attention to detail they create work thats stands out from the crowd.

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MUTI

muti

MUTI is a three-man studio out of Cape Town, South Africa with a rich and diverse portfolio.  Working with muted tones and hand-drawn typography they create stunning work that evokes a sense of nostalgia.

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A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965

handbook of california design

A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965 is the latest title from LACMA curator Bobbye Tigerman and profiles 140 of the most significant design figures from the mid-twentieth-century. As a companion to the catalog California Design: Living in a Modern Way and the exhibition of the same name, the book features Grain Edit faves such as Saul Bass and Alvin Lustig, as well as many lesser known but influential practitioners. Also included is an extended reading list, images of the exhibition installation and sources for further research.

Designed by the award winning designer Irma Boom, the book is a beautifully crafted object in its own right. The layout is restrained in its approach, but shines within the subtle details. I especially appreciate her “Connections and Collaborations” diagram which takes on a pattern-like quality that possibly emulates some of the textile work of the era.

You can pick up a copy at the LACMA shop as well as Amazon. The exhibition, which recently wrapped up in Tokyo, makes its next stop at the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand on July 7th of this year.

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BlkSmith Design Co.

BlkSmith Design Co.

Blksmith Design Co. is the online home of David Smith, a talented young designer out of Southern California. Specializing in lettering and illustration, he’s built a body of work that has a playful spirit and a vintage edge. Check out his full portfolio here.

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Vicente García Morillo

vicente garcia morillo

Meet Vicente Garcia Morillo, an established designer out of Madrid whose client list includes Adidas, Urban Outfitters and Wired Magazine. His uninhibited style is fresh and unexpected, integrating typography and illustration elements with ease. Keep an eye out for more work to come, as Morillo has recently founded his own studio.

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Argijale

argijale

Grain Edit recently launched on Instagram, and one of our most exciting discoveries was the the Spanish illustrator and photographer Argijale. Using Instagram as his personal portfolio, he posts his artistic explorations with colorful characters and intricate pattern work. Hopefully a more formal web presence will be in his future as we look to explore his work in more detail. Catch his updates here.

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Ariane Spanier

Ariane Spanier

Ariane Spanier Design is a Berlin-based studio founded in 2005 focused on print work for architects, galleries and publishers. Often playing with the perception of depth they create typographic landscapes that bend and fold revealing rich layers of color and texture.

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Marcus Kraft

Marcus Kraft

Marcus Kraft is an award-winning multidiscplinary studio located in Zurich, Switzerland. Their diverse portfolio ranges from editorial pieces that are bold and confrontational to posters that are more subtle and nuanced in their approach.

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Paul Belford

Paul Belford

Meet Paul Belford, a creative agency out of London who focuses on advertising and branding. Their approach to design is admirably simple, resulting in pieces that are clean and easy to appreciate. Check out their work here.

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Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs

kern and burn

From the same team that brought you The People’s Pennant comes a thought provoking and informative book on design entrepreneurship. Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs features candid conversations with 30 leading designers who have founded startups, channeled personal passions into self-made careers and taken risks to do what they love. Through insightful stories, quotes and quips they share their failures, successes, and perspectives.

The distinguished group of guests include: Armin Vit, Keenan Cummings, Ben Pieratt, Riley Cran, Don Clark, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Jessica Hische, Kyle Sollenberger, Tad Carpenter, Duane King, Joe Gebbia, Aaron Draplin, Mikey Burton, Katie Kirk and many more. Pick up a copy here.

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Jeremy Pruitt aka Thinkmule for Bordo Bello

thinkmule

I really love Jeremy Pruitt’s (aka Thinkmule) contribution to the AIGA Bordo Bello event. The skateboard art show, which runs now through July 3 features a gaggle of hot design talent and celebrates the Colorado lifestyle. Jeremy’s deck features seventeen custom logos, each loosely paying homage to a different aspect of Colorado’s rich and vibrant history. To see all the boards, visit the Bordo Bello website.

Also, be sure to check out Jeremy’s portfolio. Recently updated, the site hosts a curated collection of personal illustration and lettering work.

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Sarah Mazzetti

sarah mazzetti

Sarah Mazzetti is a talented illustrator, comic artist, and screen printing teacher based in Bologna, Italy. Her unique style is funky and colorful, with each piece inviting the viewer deeper into her twisted and exchanting world. Dive in here.

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Amanda Jane Jones

Amanda Jane Jones

Amanda Jane Jones is a graphic designer and letterpress extraordinaire our of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Since her graduation from BYU in 2009, she has kept busy with a budding career as a freelancer. In addition to her personal work, she serves as the art director of Kinfolk Magazine where creates stunning layouts that are minimal in their approach but remain warm and inviting.

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From the Job Board

designer jobs
Graphic Designer – Varsity Vintage/GBNYC (NY, NY)
Art Director – Code and Theory (NY, NY)
Visual Designer – Code and Theory (NY, NY)

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Philographics: The Book and Postcard Box

philographics

Several years ago we featured the Philographics poster series by UK based Genis Carreras.  We just received word that the popular series will soon be available as a book as well as a postcard set. Currently Genis is raising funds to being print production. You can support this effort here.

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Eirian Chapman

eirian chapman

Eirian Chapman is a graphic artist and illustrator out of Australia, whose work has spanned editorial, branding, retail, and infographics. Her clean lines and bold color palettes create characters that are whimsical without losing their air of solemnity. Check out Chapman on her website and blog.

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Mads Berg

mads berg

Mads Berg is an illustrator out of Denmark and a 2001 graduate from the Danish School of Design where he now occasionally lectures. Working from a deep passion of classic poster art and Art Deco aesthetics he creates lush landscapes where hard angles co-exist with soft, streamlined shapes in perfect harmony.

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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

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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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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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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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Recently Received

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Fresh goods from the field! Here’s the latest batch of items to hit our shelves.

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Ryan Atkinson

Ryan Atkinson

Ryan Atkinson is the Head of Integrated Design at McCann FP7 in Dubai. His stunning portfolio features editorial design, typography, and packaging, to name a few. His work is full of geometric patterns, clean type and coordinated color pallets that come together to create designs that are elegant and memorable.

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Device Creative Collaborative

device creative collaborative

Device Creative Collective is a branding studio out of North Carolina. Lately, they have produced several interesting projects that are both eye catching and cohesive. Their new studio stationary features letterpress printing of silver ink on red cardstock, creating a look that is vibrant without being affronting. Read the rest of this entry »

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House Industries Photo-Lettering App

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photo lettering app
photo lettering app

Has your instagram stream been inundated with Neutraface-laced images the past few days? If you’re wondering why, it’s because House Industries just launched an iPhone app. The new app allows users to create, edit and share photos with select House fonts and Photo-Lettering alphabets. Three fonts – Plinc Swiss, Bubble Gum and House Slant are included with the initial download. Additional fonts, including Neutraface, can be purchased for 99 cents. Download it for free at the iTunes store.

B/W we’re on Instagram now. yeah!

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Tom Whalen

tom whalen

Tom Whalen is a designer out of Pennsylvania, who has entertained a lifelong fascination with comics and monsters. This has resulted in the manifestation of an illustrator who creates vectors that appear ready to jump off the screen.

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Will Miller

will miller

Will Miller is the creative director and lead designer of Firebelly design studio in Chicago, IL. Miller takes creativity to another level, and doesn’t rule out any possibilities when it comes to his design process. Taking no shortcuts, his passion is evident in his work.

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Irving Harper: Works in Paper

irving harper

Irving Harper: Works In Paper is a recent monograph from Skira Rizzoli celebrating the multi-faceted designer, Irving Harper, with a focus on his incredible collection of paperboard sculptures.

As the director of design at George Nelson Associates in the 1960s, Harper contributed to numerous mid-century creations, namely the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller furniture and the Ball and Sunburst clocks for Howard Miller, and also leading the design of the Chrysler pavilion for the 1964 New York World Fair. According to Julie Lasky who penned an essay for the book, the pressure of work ‘almost drove him to knit’, yet with his skills in building client presentation models in cardboard, he soon eased his way into sculpting with paper. Inspired by Picasso, African Art, Surrealism and de Stijl, Harper constructed whimsical characters and breathtaking abstracts mostly out of paper in addition to straws, wood, toothpicks, twigs, spare materials from his office and discarded doll parts from his daughter. His collection numbered close to 300 when he ran out of display space in 2000. He completed his stunning final piece which appropriately graced the book cover - an owl with glass eyeballs and draped in folded brown paper feathers.

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From the Job Board: EMP Museum

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Exhibit Graphic Designer – EMP Museum (Seattle, WA)

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Andreas Hidber

andreas hidber

Andreas Hidber is an accomplished designer out of Basel, Switzerland. Although his specialty is editorial design, Hidber also dabbles in branding and corporate identity.

The first piece that caught my eye was a newspaper designed for the JFK Festival for Youth Culture where he rotated every single element 45°.

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Caleb Heisey

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Caleb Heisey is a print designer and illustrator out of Philadelphia. Currently working on his MFA in Graphic Design, Caleb has produced several eye catching pieces that showcase his talents in illustration, branding and editorial design.

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Chris Mann

chris mann

I’m looking forward to seeing more from SF-based Chris Mann.  His small but growing portfolio wonderfully showcases his range and capabilities as a designer. From personal experiments with forms and type to full-blown branding projects, Chris’s work is thoughtfully executed and a pleasure to view.

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Brad Surcey

brad surcey

Brad Surcey is the designer director of Zeus Jones in Minneapolis. His projects include packaging and identity pieces, all possessing an air of elegant simplicity and functionality. His attention to detail is what takes his designs to the next level.

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Stoemp

stoemp

Work hard and have fun. That’s the motto of Stoëmp, a Brussels based design studio focused on multi-disciplinary branding and web solutions. Their work for Pairi Daiza includes whimsical illustrations, font design and icons and signage.

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Recently Received

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What better way to start off the week than with some exciting new releases from our favorite publishers? Our latest installment includes whimsical architectural renderings by James Gulliver Hancock, reissues of obscure illustration classics by William Wondriska and Robinson and much more!

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Area 22

area 22

Area 22 is composed of the work of Sonia Chan, a UK transplant now making her living in San Francisco. Chan’s designs are a mix of identity and interactive projects, each one with its own unique character. Chan distinguishes herself by producing designs that are rustic but relevant.

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Kendrick Kidd

kendrick kidd

Kendrick Kidd is a freelance designer out of Jacksonville, Florida, whose work spans type, identity, packaging and editorial. His work is playful and fun, yet skillfully executed.

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Flight Tag Prints

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Inspired by vintage airline baggage tags, UK illustrator Neil Stevens (aka crayonefire) created these stunning posters. If they prove popular he will make them available in his online shop this Spring. Lets make that happen! Drop Neil a note here.

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Commoner Inc.

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Commoner, Inc. is a Boston based design studio consisting of Richie Stewart and Brook Towlson. They may be small, but their custom typography and branding have come together to produce multiple dynamic projects. Stewart’s ability to effectively mix vintage typography with modern design elements create works that are clean and memorable.

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Greg Hubacek

Greg Hubacek

Greg Hubacek is a freelance designer and art director out of Los Angeles. His redesign of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a publication that delivers academic news in both physical and digital form, is straightforward and elegant while maintaining a sense of playfulness. By using grayscale images, Hubacek is able to use geometric shapes and bits of color for strategically placed emphasis.

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Recently Received

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From books on vintage record cover art to typographic notecards, here’s the latest batch of items to hit our shelves.

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Strohl for Lekerlee

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I have been an avid consumer of this German treat for years, but I can guarantee you that it was never the packaging that drew me in. SF Based Strohl took Lekerlee to the next level by creating packaging that is sleek and modern, a sharp contrast to the traditional gothic type and overly-illustrated german villages that usually adorn the cookies’ container.

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Poster Pick: Curtis Jinkins

Curtis Jinkins

Austin, Texas is a hotbed of design talent and Curtis Jinkins is one of our favorites to emerge from the scene. In this week’s poster pick, Curtis pays homage to home state with this bull print. Black and gold are prominently featured, which makes perfect sense given the history of this oil rich land. In the background, a blood red setting sun illuminates the derricks and windmills that dot the landscape.

This print as well as other works by Curtis are now available at the Poster Cabaret.

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Belinda Love Lee

Belinda Love Lee

Belinda Love Lee is a freelance designer out of Cardiff, UK, whose talents span print, web, and branding. Her business cards designed for prop stylist, Christina Yan, feature foiling, gold edging, and embossing that make for a beautiful presentation. Her attention to detail aids her in creating a design that is modern with a touch of whimsy.

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Albert + Marie

albert + marie

The work of SF based Will Ecke and Liz Doering a.k.a Albert + Marie can be described in one word – charming. The talented husband and wife team have a knack for creating bold and playful work that brightens up your day. Check out their Etsy store and add some sunshine to your life.

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Cory Say

cory say

Cory Say is a typography designer, currently working out of Dallas, Texas as an art director for TracyLocke, a national design and marketing agency.

Cory’s most recent project for the Cattle Baron’s Ball showcases his gift for both branding and hand lettering, with his passion for typography coming across clearly in his work. His unique ability to create an intricate, multi-faceted design while not going over the top is also noteworthy.

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From the Job Board

Graphic Designer – Ceci New York (NY, NY)
You will be working with a small group of talented designers, coordinating with the Project Manager to ensure the project stays within its budget and timelines, and presenting solutions to clients in a beautiful, open, dynamic studio. This is a fast paced and highly creative environment. A deep passion for paper and design as well as a willingness to learn new trends and techniques is essential.

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Amber Asay

amber asay

Meet Amber Asay, an up and coming BYU graduate whose designs consist of a combination of clean illustrations and elegant typography. Although her portfolio consists primarily of student work, Asay is currently working in Orlando, Florida as an intern with the Disney Design Group, and will undoubtedly continue to produce intriguing designs.

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Zalando Logo

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Zalando is an online retailer that was founded in Germany. The company initially specialized in footwear, but has since expanded into clothing and accessories. Recently their design team put together an animated video on how their logo came into being. Inspired by an imprint of a stiletto heel, the orange triangle found in the Zalando logo goes on a brief, but magical journey in this charming story. Along the way, the triangle gets caught in a tree, lost in the wind and even hitches a ride on the beak of a passing bird. You can see the complete video at their website.

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Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s

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50cc Astor Super Sport 1969 /Itom (1948–73), Turin, Italy / Courtesy of Stewart Ingram

During the Second World War many of Italy’s motorcycle and automobile manufacturing facilities were destroyed by allied bombing. To aid in the post-war economic recovery of these industries, the Italian government revised a highway code which reduced the minimum driving age to fourteen. With this, motorcycle manufacturers could create a new class of vehicles aimed at the younger generation. What these bikes lacked in power, they easily made up in style.

In 2012, SFO curated a small collection of these motorcycles for an installation in their international terminal. Included in the display were pieces by Itom, Benelli and MV August – all of which are scarcely seen on the roadways of Europe let alone the U.S. Although these vehicles have long ceased production, their legacy lives on through their iconic design.

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Ryan Edy

ryan edy

Ryan Edy is a talented advertising/editorial photographer from the UK with a stack of awards to his name. His identity and website recently got a fresh reboot from the equally talented crew at Founded.

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siteInspire

site inspire

If you’re looking for a fresh dose of web design inspiration, I highly recommend siteInspire. Recently redeveloped, the site features over 2700 examples of web and interactive design each hand picked by the guys at Howells-Studio.

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Olle Eksell Documentary Needs Your Help

olle eksell documentary
Early last year, we featured the Olle Eksell tribute site. Johan Anderson, the driving force behind the site, has just announced his latest project – a documentary on Olle’s life and work. The film plans to highlight Eksell’s contributions to Swedish design as well as generate international awareness for this underappreciated visionary. To achieve this, they are seeking additional funding to shoot and edit conversations with respected designers both within Sweden and abroad. If you would like to donate to this effort, please visit their fundraising page.

*Note: The fundraising amounts are in Swedish Krona. I believe if you use Paypal it will handle the conversion from Dollars/Pounds/Euros etc. to Krona for you.

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Giveaway Ends Today at 5pm PST

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Last chance to enter our 2012 Holiday Giveaway Bash. Entries must be received by 5pm PST today.

Ty Mattson: Homeland Vintage Jazz Record Covers

ty matson homeland

I usually restrain from posting self-initiated TV/movie themed projects because they’ve become rather ubiquitous. However, being a fan of Homeland, Ty Matson’s latest project is hard to resist. Inspired by 1950s & 60s jazz, Ty created twelve LP covers that pay tribute to the popular tv show. See the complete series here.

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Matte Stephens iPad Game

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Our good friend Matte Stephens recently completed a beautiful set of illustrations for a Tiffany & Co. iPad app. Through simple animations Matte’s artwork is brought to life in two games that children (and adults!) can play while in-store.

In the first game you decorate a gingerbread house with gems and a cast of Matte’s favorite characters. In addition, you can change the scene from day to night. The second game features Rupert the bear and a little red bandit squirrel catching falling gems. Both games look like a blast!

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Vintage Kids Book for the Holidays

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Mi Diccionario Ilustrado – Illustrations by Acosta Moro

If you’re looking for a fun gift for the holidays, we still have a few copies of Mi Diccionario Ilustrado in our Etsy store. Any remaining copies after the 23rd of December will be taken down in preparation of our new online shop.

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2012 Grain Edit Holiday Giveaway Bash

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It’s here! Our annual giveaway bash is just one way for us to thank all of our awesome readers for another amazing year. For our 2012 Holiday Bash we’ve put together incredible lineup including items from Herbert Matter.netHouse IndustriesChronicle BooksGestaltenPrinceton Architectural PressMatte Stephens and many more.

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Grain Edit Store

grain edit store

To celebrate the launch of our upcoming online store, we will be holding a special preview sale.  If you would like to receive an invite, email us with your details. Please include “grain edit store” in the subject line of the message.

*To access the store you will need a code which will be sent via email prior to the event.

From the Job Board: Tinybop

tiny bop

Lead Designer – Tinybop (Brooklyn/DUMBO, NY)
Must have a love for toys, games, and picture books.

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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 into one giant list which include illustration and design titles from larger publishers, as well as privately pressed items.

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Fly Solo: The Design Entrepreneur

fly solo

Created as his MFA thesis project, Patrick Moore’s Fly Solo website is a wonderful resource for aspiring design entrepreneurs looking for guidance.

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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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Print Aid NYC

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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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Recently Received

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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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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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Sony Music Timeline

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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Mogollon

mogollon

Impressive portfolio from the Brooklyn-based design collective Mogollon. Drawing from a vast and eclectic range of influences they create work that is a fusion of art, design and craft.

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2012 Print Set Giveaway

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Our good friends at the Poster Cabaret recently launched a new set of prints and to celebrate we’re having a giveaway.

The 20 piece collection includes work from Dirk Fowler, Sonnenzimmer, Diana Sudyka, Blanca Gomez, Jason Munn, Evan B Harris, Methane Studios, Matte Stephens, Amanda Blake, Andy Kehoe, Dan McCarthy, Jennifer Davis, Scott C, Camilla Engman, Hollie Chastain, Leah Giberson, Jess Seamans, Dan Black, Jeremy MIranda and Jay Ryan. Nine of the prints are up for grabs today.

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Wee Society

wee society

Introducing Wee Society, a new kids brand created by the folks behind the design firm Office.

The first line of products introduces the Wee Alphas – a quirky crew of 26 illustrated animals with a letter of the alphabet hidden in each one. The Wee Alphas appear in a series of art prints – including a limited edition 13-color screen print and a personalized print that you can customize with your child’s name and a silly (or slightly more serious) statement. See them all here.

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Typographische Monatsblätter Archive

Typographische Monatsblätter

Louise Paradis, along with the guidance and support from friends and staff at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, has launched an amazing website dedicated to the Swiss magazine Typographische Monatsblätter. Focusing on the years 1960-1990, the online archive features covers, typeface identification as well as interviews with many of the magazine’s contributors. Enjoy!

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Design a visually rich website with magazine-quality layouts that scales to any screen size – all without touching a line of code. Squarespace 6 is a revolutionary new website creation platform with over 50 new features. Squarespace’s breakthrough LayoutEngine technology allows anyone to create visually-rich pages with any configuration of text, images, or blocks by dragging items exactly where you want them.

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Why Design

why design

At Herman Miller design is the language they use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems their customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?” In Why Design, a new film series, Herman Miller explores the world through the eyes of their designers, and shares something of why we value their point of view.

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Scrawl Magazine

scrawl magazine

Scrawl is a new digital magazine about comics & illustration created solely for the iPad. Scrawl was created as an independent platform for artists, which enables freedom and the opportunity to create and share their work with others. The pilot issue, which is now available as a free download, won both the best in the comics category and the first prize at the “Magnify your world” contest held by Mag+.

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Design a visually rich website with magazine-quality layouts that scales to any screen size – all without touching a line of code. Squarespace 6 is a revolutionary new website creation platform with over 50 new features. Squarespace’s breakthrough LayoutEngine technology allows anyone to create visually-rich pages with any configuration of text, images, or blocks by dragging items exactly where you want them.

The platform comes equipped with 20 new, fully customizable templates and offers sophisticated media management, a robust blogging engine, deep social network integration, real-time statistics, multiple author support, and more.

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The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine

type writer book

The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is the latest project from UPPERCASE magazine founder and editor Janine Vangool. This richly illustrated book will feature never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes. To help raise the $25,000 needed for printing costs, freight and transaction fees Janine is currently holding a kickstarter-style funding campaign. If you would like to contribute either monetarily or by donating ephemera to be used in the book, please check out the UPPERCASE website for more info.

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Typozon

typozon

Nice selection of work from Bogota, Colombia based design studio Typozon.

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Recently Received

louise fili

Here’s the latest batch of books to hit our shelves. This week includes picks from Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books.

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From the Job Board

graphic design jobs

Assistant Art Director – fred flare (Brooklyn, NY)
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Sergio Membrillas

Sergio Membrillas

We’ve seen some amazing talent emerging from Spain recently and Sergio Membrilas is no exception. Sergio is a freelance illustrator from Valencia that possesses a keen eye for color, a wonderful sense of composition and a large writing utensil (see his profile picture). His portfolio is filled with editorial and advertising pieces that showcase his incredible skills in hand-lettering and character illustration. To keep up with all of his latest, follow this link.

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Massive Discounts on Stock Photos from Mighty Deals – 89% off!

Depositphotos has become the fastest-growing microstock agency with a collection of more than 8 million images. They work with the best contributors, including Yuri Arcurs, Andres Rodrigues and many others, who regularly offer new masterpieces.

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House Archive Boxes

house archive boxes

Looking for a stylish way to store your favorite things? Check out these corrugated storage boxes from House Industries. The first edition of the Archive Box features three different versions: a pattern based on House’s Neutraface Slab typeface, huge high-contrast numbers from Photo-Lettering’s Benguiat Montage alphabet and a typographic brace motif.

See them all here.

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RE:DESIGN/Inspire

redesign / inspire

RE:DESIGN/Inspire will take place at the Public Hotel in Chicago on Sept 23 + 24. For these talks, the attendees sit down with creatives that have accomplished the ultimate trifecta—they imagine, execute, and inspire others. These small-scale discussions will take on the ultimate goal of any creative type—to be consistently and innovatively inspired. For more info including a full list of speakers check out the event website.

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João Filgueiras Lima: Edifício Morro Vermelho

edifício morro vermelho

For fans of brutalist architecture, feast your eyes on this beautiful slice of Brasilian modernism conceived by architect João Filgueiras Lima. The Edifício Morro Vermelho complex, aka “Red Hill” housing. features a series of swiveling bright orange fiberglass panels that are not only pleasing to the eyes but also act as a functional shading device.

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Recently Received

ganesha's sweet tooth

Here’s the latest batch of goodies to hit our shelves! Fresh picks from Chronicle Books, Neighbourgoods and Lumadessa.

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aMAZEme

aMAZEme

Created by Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, aMAZEme immerses the audience in a labyrinth of books.

By participating in the installation, the audience discovers new textures, images and emotions. They become surrounded- hypnotized – by words and thoughts, designs and patterns. There appear to be secrets hidden in the installation’s walls; walls of up to 2.5 metres high, built from thousands of books, forming a large Maze of more than 500 square metres

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/Sponsor/ Penguin Group

A Huge thanks to the Penguin Group for sponsoring this week’s RSS Feed!

Tired of staring at a blank canvas? Need some inspiration? From acclaimed artist Keri SmithWreck This Journal encourages you to engage in “destructive” acts—poking holes in the page, making an ugly drawing, painting pages with coffee, and more—in order to engage more fully in the creative process. A new expanded edition of Wreck This Journal is available now, featuring 32 additional pages and four different covers to choose from. Check them out here! And from now through September 7, get a 15% discount on any and all of Keri Smith’s books by visiting us.penguingroup.com and entering the promo code GRAINEDIT at checkout.

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Type and Media 2012

type and media

Allonghata by Christine Gertsch

Type and Media is an intensive one-year masters course in type design held at The Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag, The Netherlands. The course teaches a wide range of skills in the area of type design such as calligraphy, stone carving, non-latin scripts, typeface revivals, Python programming, modern font editing software as well as the creation of new letters. All of the final project typefaces created in the last four months of the 2011/2012 course are available to view here.

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Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918—81

herb lubalin book

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming release of Unit Editions’ Herb Lubalin monograph. This meticulously researched book offers a complete career overview of Herb Lubalin, beginning with his early days as one of the original Mad Men in the New York advertising world of the 50s and 60s, and continuing into the years of his greatest achievements as one of the world’s most influential typographers and graphic designers.

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Laura Cattaneo AKA Halfpastwelve

laura cattaneo

Halfpastwelve is the online home of Milan-based designer Laura Cattaneo. Currently she works as a journalist for Il Sole 24 Ore, art-directs for la vita nòva and collaborates with IL — Intelligence in Lifestyle magazine.

After browsing her portfolio, I was impressed with the range and quality of her work.  She easily transitions from editorial design and illustration to information graphics all while consistently creating work that is visually stunning. I’m especially drawn to her redesign of La Domenica, a cultural supplement of Il Sole 24. Along with team members Adraino Attus, Francesco Narracci and Luca Pitoni, she has created a layout that is minimal yet bold and beckons the reader to explore it’s contents.

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Design a visually rich website with magazine-quality layouts that scales to any screen size – all without touching a line of code. Squarespace 6 is a revolutionary new website creation platform with over 50 new features. Squarespace’s breakthrough LayoutEngine technology allows anyone to create magazine-quality layouts within the browser that responsively scale to any screen size, from mobile devices to desktops. The platform comes equipped with 20 new, fully customizable templates and offers sophisticated media management, robust blogging engine, deep social network integration, real-time statistics, multiple author support, and more. For a free trial, visit www.squarespace.com.

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

Design a visually rich website with magazine-quality layouts that scales to any screen size – all without touching a line of code. Squarespace 6 is a revolutionary new website creation platform with over 50 new features. Squarespace’s breakthrough LayoutEngine technology allows anyone to create magazine-quality layouts within the browser that responsively scale to any screen size, from mobile devices to desktops. The platform comes equipped with 20 new, fully customizable templates and offers sophisticated media management, robust blogging engine, deep social network integration, real-time statistics, multiple author support, and more. For a free trial, visit www.squarespace.com.

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The Art of Logo Design

art of logo design

Off Book is a web-original series from PBS Arts that explores cutting edge arts and the artists that make it. In the latest episode they explore the world of logos that surround us with design luminaries such as Stephen Heller, Kelli Anderson, Gerard Huerta and Sagi Haviv. See the full episode here.

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Pets Rock Posters

pets rock
Eight Hour Day

Design strategy and marketing agency Zeus Jones was recently hired to bring a fresh perspective to Purina ONE BeyOnd’s sponsorship of the Pitchfork Music festival. For this year’s event they came up with the idea of giving away professionally-designed posters that celebrate the awesomeness of pets and music. Zeus Jones sought out some of their favorite designers and had them imagine what “Pets Rock” meant to them. Check out the following from grain edit faves – Lab Partners, Brent Couchman, Tad Carpenter and Eight Hour Day.

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WTHR App Inspired by Dieter Rams

wthr app

David Elenga has created a simple yet elegant weather app called WTHR which is inspired by Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Design. At the top of the screen the current weather condition is displayed along with the temperature for your area. Just below is a 7-day forecast and a nifty switch which allows you to select between Fahrenheit or Celsius. Unfortunately version 1.0 has some bugs and usability issues which should hopefully be resolved soon. I would hold off on downloading the app until the release of version 1.1 which is slated for sometime next week.

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Save Prentice

prentice hospital

Designed by famed architect Bertrand Goldberg, Prentice Women’s Hospital has added drama and interest to the Chicago skyline for nearly four decades. Unfortunately, like Marina City Towers and many of Goldberg’s other architectural wonders, the hospital has no formal protection.

Today, the vacant building is threatened with demolition by Northwestern University, which sees the land on which Prentice sits as expansion space for a new research tower.

The same structural daring that once inspired the world to take a different look at Modernism can again capture its imagination this time though preservation and innovative reuse. You can support the comeback story of this cloverleaf-shaped icon by signing this petition. Your voice, and the voices of others who care about the past because of what it means for the future, will send a clear message – Prentice is a masterpiece worth saving.

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Swiss Photobooks: 1927 to Present

swiss photobooks

My interest in photography has grown recently and i’ve been on the prowl to find quality books on the subject. One of my latest additions and the one i’m most excited about traces the history of the Swiss Photobook.  Compiled by the Swiss Photographic Foundation (Fotostiftung Schweiz) and published by Lars Mueller, Swiss Photobooks from 1927 to the Present highlights classic and influential titles that exlemplify the era. Weighing in at 7.5 pounds, the massive visual compendium features lush spreads, in-depth summaries, an extensive bibliography and introduces over 60 pieces. A pleasure to look at and an engaging read, this volume is a well-crafted ode to the distinct character of the Swiss Photobook.

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Gary Taxali Interview

gary taxali

Today’s Grain Edit interview is brought to you by guest contributor Deva Mirel, and features the words and works of illustrator/fine artist Gary Taxali. We catch up with Gary after he returned in early May from his first solo show abroad at The Outsiders in London. Gary lives and works in Toronto but is originally from India. Here he discusses his most recent show, locating the desi in his work, why kids love him, and some straightforward tips on being in the business of making art.

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Herbert Matter Documentary

visual language of herbert matter

If you missed The Visual Language of Herbert Matter at your local theater you can now pick up a copy of the film at iTunes or Amazon. The 78-minute documentary directed by Reto Caduff traces Herbert’s life and work and includes interviews with design luminaries such as Steven Heller, Jessica Helfand, Robert Frank and Massimo Vignelli.

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Trui Chielens

trui chielens

I’m looking forward to seeing more from the talented Trui Chielens. Often working with a limited color palette the Belgian illustrator creates work that delights and charms the eye.
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Graphic Modern

graphic modern

Greg and Patricia of Display have curated an amazing collection of design work that embodies the spirit and ideology of Modernism. The exhibition which features pieces from the U.S., Italy and Switzerland is on view from now through July 26, 2012 at Fordham University. If you’re in the NY area, I highly recommend checking this out.

More details after the jump.

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Dragon Brush App

Grain edit fave John Solimine recently teamed up with Andy Hullinger and NY-based app development team Small Planet to create a new interactive storybook called Dragon Brush.

Based on a traditional Chinese folktale, Dragon Brush is the story of Bing-Wen, a young boy who loves to paint. When given a magical brush that makes drawings come to life, Bing-Wen must use his art and his wits to outsmart the greedy Emperor.

Dragon Brush Features narration by Matt Berninger and music by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, from the acclaimed band, The National. Check out the site for more info.

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Graphic Design: History in the Writing

graphic design history in the writing

Graphic Design: History in the Writing (1983–2011) comprises some of the most influential published texts about graphic design history. The book documents the development of the relatively young field of graphic design history from 1983 to today, underscoring the aesthetic, theoretical, political and social tensions that have underpinned it from the beginning. Included in the anthology are texts by Ellen Lupton, Robin Kinross, Massimo Vignelli, Steven Heller, Victor Margolin and many others.

Visit occasionalpapers.org for more info and to pick up a copy.

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Amperbranch

amperbranch

Thanks to Ryan Putnam for sending us this sweet Amperbranch print! This limited edition print is letterpressed on 65pt natural recycled coaster stock and makes for a wonderful gift for nature lovers and type aficionados alike. Also available on the amperbranch site are downloadable wallpapers for your phone, pad or desktop.

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Heartwork 2012

heartwork 2012

Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies at Target House—this wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The idea is simple. Every year, a group of talented artists are selected to create a series of 11″ x 14″ giclee prints with a specified theme, this year being the word ‘HOPE’. Each edition is limited to only 10 pieces and signed/numbered by the artist.

Here’s a sample of the prints available in this year’s Heartwork benefit.

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Page 1: Great Expectations

great expectations

Page 1: Great Expectations is a typographic experiment designed to explore the relationship between graphic design, typography and the reading of a page. The book features contributions from 70 leading designers and typographers, all of whom have reinterpreted the first page of Charles Dickens’ novel. The text was chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone. The brief encouraged the contributors to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography. Each layout is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.

Contributors include: William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand, Robin Kinross, Experimental Jetset, Erik Spiekermann, Sam Winston, Phil Baines, A Practice for Everyday life, Tony Chambers, Morag Myerscough and more.
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Herbie

herbie font

Meet Herbie, the latest display font from Morten Iveland at the Infamous Foundry. As the name might indicate, Herbie is inspired by Herb Lubalin’s work and the decorative style and kerning of his era.

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/Sponsor/ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2012

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

Now in its third year, the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a must-attend event for creatives in the Midwest. Its goal is to inspire and enable the creative mind and will feature 20 speakers, 20 designers, and nearly 30 bands over the weekend of June 8-10, 2012. Put on by the Cleveland-based creative agency Go Media and an army of volunteers, WMC Fest has a homegrown, indie vibe that sets it apart from other national-caliber creative conferences. It’s also a great value, with 3-Day All-Access passes starting at only $60! So come to WMC Fest to network, collaborate, get inspired, learn new tricks, and meet new friends! You can’t miss it! This year’s speakers include Johnny Cupcakes, Austin Kleon, Kate Bingaman Burt, and the Friends of Type. From now through May 21, enjoy 20% off on fest tickets by using promo code “grainedit” at checkout.

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Wander Postcard Project

wander postcards

Get Lost, Find Yourself by Philipp Dornbierer

Wander asked some of their favorite designers and illustrators to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once. The results have been exciting to see and are updated frequently on their new blog. All the images are available to download as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper, so you can grab one for the road.

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Poster Pick: M83

invisible creature

To the M83 fans that were unable to attend their show last week in Seattle, the gig poster is now available. The limited edition three color print was created by our good friends Don and Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature and includes a special dark metallic copper ink. Pick up a copy at the Poster Cabaret.

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RSS Sponsorship Now Available

Week-long exclusive sponsorships of the Grain Edit RSS feed are now available.

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From the Job Board

Designer- PennyPop (San Francisco)
Freelance Print Finisher – The Ant Farm ( Los Angeles)

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UPrinting is a leading socially responsible online printing company. They’ve been online since 2000 and serve thousands with on-demand printing and a robust yet simple and easy-to-use online ordering system. UPrinting offers a wide variety of products from business cards, brochures, envelopes, greeting cards, posters, canvas prints and much more. They are specifically proud of their high-quality and eco-friendly prints which use recycled paper types and vegetable/soy-based inks with lower levels of VOCs than traditional petroleum-based inks. This helps to reduce harmful carbon emissions.

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Børge Mogensen & House Industries

borge mogensen

I’m a big fan of Danish furniture, so I was excited to hear about House Industries latest project. Originally designed by Borge Mogensen, House and Stellar Works have teamed up to put a fresh spin on a modern classic. Made of oak and sapelli, these cabinets have been inlaid with a Neutraface Slab slashed-o pattern. The cabinets are available in two sizes and will debut this week at the International Furniture Fair in Milan.

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/Sponsor/ Mag+

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

Designers! If you know InDesign, you can publish to the iPad or Android tablet…without a programmer. Mag+ is the brains behind the InDesign plug-in that lets you design and publish your app with no coding. From now until June 1, 2012, Mag+ is hosting Magnify Your World – a contest to show off your tablet app with the chance to win up to $6,000USD. There are six categories judged by design leaders and a People’s Choice Award. Did I mention it’s free to enter? Go here for more details.

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From The Job Board: Jonathan Adler

graphic design jobs

Product Designer – Jonathan Adler Design Studio (New York)

Jonathan Adler is looking for a versatile designer with strong graphic capabilities to work with the Head Design Manager and himself on full extensions of the Jonathan Adler hard good product line. This position will offer the opportunity to design and develop a wide range of product from decorative accessories, hard tabletop, gift and games to lighting and decorative objects.

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The People’s Pennant

The peoples pennant

Designers Jessica Karle Heltzel, Tim Hoover and Eric R. Mortensen have joined forces to produce a series of limited-edition felt pennants that “commemorate the everyday.” With a new pennant releasing each month the series already includes solid contributions from The Heads of State, Richard Perez and Ken Barber of House Industries fame. All the pennants are hand-printed and hand-sewn in the good ole’ U.S.A by folks who’ve helped shape the tradition since the early 1900s. Check out the collection at The People’s Pennant.

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Poster Pick: Diana Sudyka

diana sudyka

Diana Sudyka is a talented illustrator and printmaker from the Chicago area. She’s illustrated several books including The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilious Journey, and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma as well as created silkscreen posters for well-known bands such as Pearl Jam and the Decemberists. Her gig poster designs often employ her beautiful hand-drawn lettering skills. This is evident in the the Andrew Bird poster seen above, which also happens to is be this week’s poster pick.

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Recently Received

graphic design books

Here’s the latest crop of books to hit our shelves. This week’s entry includes titles from RizzoliChronicle BooksLaurence King and Hyphen Press.

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Slava Kirilenko AKA Astronaut Design

astronaut design

Well-executed minimalist design paired with stunning photography from Kazakhstanian designer Slava Kirilenko.

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Olle Eksell Site & Shop

olle eksell

Thanks to Johan Anderson for notifying me of the brand new Olle Eksell tribute site! Included on the website are videos, suggested links, a timeline, as well as rare photos of Olle with his wife and peers. In addition, Johan worked with the Eksell family to release a small collection of products which feature Olle’s stunning illustration work.

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Design Assembly 3 Book

design assembly book

3 years, 148 posts, 904 comments and over 2.5m visits later, Design Assembly (as we know it) is no more. But, instead of slipping quietly into the night, they wanted to capture all the energy that’s gone into making and maintaining the site and put it to a greater cause — fighting cancer.

3’ archives over 100 published articles, comments included, as well as showcasing new and exclusive words and images from some incredible people.

100% of the profits from the sale of this publication will be shared
proportionately between 3 charities with a combined global reach:

Cancer Research UK — United Kingdom
LIVESTRONG — North America
WCRF International — Rest of world

Pick up a copy at their site.

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Rigamaru

rigamaru

Good things are happening over at Rigamaru, the online shop of Pixar artist Chris Sasaki and visual artist Meghan Jean. The creative duo whose name is derived from the childish, nonsensical word “rigamarole” are currently developing a fun new line of shirts, prints and knicks knacks.

Also, If you find yourself in the LA area over the weekend, I recommend checking out the opening of the Darwin show at the Q Pop Shop. Chris is teaming up with Disney artist Joey Chou for a series of pieces that explore the themes of British naturalist Charles Darwin.

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From the Job Board: Fossil and Fred Flare

graphic design jobs

Graphic Designer – fred flare (Brooklyn, NY)
Senior Web Designer – Fossil (Dallas/Richardson, TX)
Senior Graphic Designer – Rackspace (San Antonio, TX)
Senior Design Leader – Amazon (Seattle, WA)

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Lab Partners: California Gold Posters

lab partners

To coincide with the launch of their new online shop, Lab Partners have released a sweet set of prints entitled California Gold. The poster series highlights some of the natural wonders found in the “golden state” including mountain lions and bighorn sheep. Part of the proceeds will go towards preserving these natural wonders as 5% of all sales will be donated to the California Nature Conservancy.

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American Sampler – The Art of Sister Corita Kent

sister corita

American Sampler – The Art of Corita Kent is a beautifully presented limited edition boxed set of six high quality prints and a fully illustrated 40-page booklet about the artist.

Working closely with the Corita Art Center in LA, 50by70 has succeeded in accurately reproducing six of the artist’s most vivid works. The prints and book come in a stunning cloth covered box featuring a four colour screen print of open wide, a seminal print by Corita from 1964.

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Recently Received

new design books

Fresh treats from the mail bag. This week’s entry includes pieces from Nobrow, PA Press, Relay Room and Wiley.

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Round Robin

round robin

I recently received a wonderful set of books from Pixar artists Jennifer C. Chang, Daniela Stijleva and CinderBiter art director Katy Wu. The collaborative illustration project entitled Round Robin consists of three books, each centered on a series of fifteen illustrations that are connected through an “add-on” word game. Each artist took a turn in providing a word inspired by the one previously supplied, until 15 two-word combinations were completed.

For the next two weeks the artists involved will take turns revealing the process within each illustration. The first post in this ongoing series is now online.
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From the Job Board:EMP Museum + Greeting Cards

graphic design jobs

Exhibit Graphic Designer – EMP Museum (Seattle, WA)
Freelance Illustrator – Greeting card company (USA)

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Now Available: Saul Bass’s Henri’s Walk to Paris

henri's walk to paris

Happy Valentine’s day, and what better way to celebrate than with surprising your loved one with a copy of Henri’s walk to Paris? The highly anticipated reissue of the classic kid’s book by Saul Bass was released today!

Pick up a copy at Amazon, Rizzoli/Universe (the publisher’s website) or your favorite local book store.

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Fancy Antique Display by Infamous Foundry

fancy antique display

From the Infamous foundry, the same studio that brought us Bolda Display, comes a beautiful new display font inspired by French decorative alphabets from the 1940′s and 1950′s. I gave Fancy Antique Display a test run this morning and instantly fell in love with it. Congrats to Morten at Infamous for this stunning piece of work!

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Poster Pick: Landland

landland

Dan Black is one-half of the Minneapolis-based design duo Landland. Besides his love of design, he has a real fondness for brown shirts and referring to himself in the third-person. With muted tones, his atmospheric landscapes often evoke a sense of nostalgia. This is evident in his work for The Hold Steady, which also happens to be this week’s poster pick.

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From the Job Board: MTV, ATTIK, North Street

graphic design jobs

Senior Designer – MTV Networks (New York, NY)
Web Designer- North Street (New York, NY)
Flash Designer – ATTIK (San Francisco, CA)
Art Director – Column Five (Newport Beach, CA)
Graphic Designer – Column Five (Newport Beach, CA)

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Recently Received

design books

Here’s the latest titles to hit our shelves. This week’s entry includes pieces from Nieves, Pie Books, Nobrow, Chronicle Books, and