Paul Sych / Faith

neutraface blocks

I’m really impressed with these typographic treatments from Paul Sych. Each one of them is totally sublime and refreshingly unique — they break out nicely from the common type trends going around. On one hand the work is very playful and expressive, but on the other hand also demonstrates a sophisticated knowledge and expertise of the letterforms.

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Paul Hollingworth / Slinkytype

Paul Hollingworth / Slinkytype

I remember getting Slinkys around the holidays and thinking “Awesome! I can’t wait to work the stairs with this!” Then, within an hour (without fail) the poor Slinky would be stepped on, kinked, and forever ruined. And the cycle would repeat a year later.

This sans-kink typeface, Slinkytype, from Paul Hollingworth brings me back to those exciting stairs-filled days. I love how the playfulness mixes with precise geometric details — the perfect combination of typography and nostalgia. And that white type on black is super snappy.

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Borja Bonaque

Borja Bonaque city scape

Love, love love! this work from Spain-based Borja Bonaque. I’m a huge fan of city-scape illustration (à la Evan Hecox and Andrew Holder) — so I was pretty enamored with Borja’s work to say the least. The texture, composition, and (superb!) color choice all work together to give these illustrations that heavy punch. That city above reminds me a little of Sin City, and those other comic book-to film adaptations.
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Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien

This illustration spent some quality time as the desktop background on my laptop, and was the subject of many rave comments. London based illustrator/designer Jean Jullien did the illustration for Kitsune Noir‘s very cool desktop wallpaper project. I really love these dimensional illustrations, very bright, playful and quirky.

Siggi Eggertsson

Talk about a new spin on the old family portrait!

Icelandic illustrator/designer, Siggi Eggertsson, successfully combines unusual geometric shapes and muted colors to create refined abstractions. He has an impressive collection of work, ranging from posters and type to mosaics made from his collection of 20,000 basketball cards from the 90s. See more on his website, www.vanillusaft.com.

Images via Product of God.

Rica Takada

rica takada japan

One person we adore at Grain Edit is Japanese illustrator Rica Takada. Beauty and whimsy meet simplicity in each of her works. She uses natural vibrant colors and textured shapes to create depth, and also meticulously plays with clean and often rhythmic lines. Some of her work includes designing decorative pieces for the home, illustrating CD covers featuring wide eyed dreamy mod gals, and publishing books including Un Coin de Soleil and Moi Saison Préférée. Find out more by visiting her site, www.weekendstroll.com.

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Helen Dardik

Helen Dardik

Helen Dardik‘s bird patterns make me happy. All of her work makes me happy, in fact. Helen is an Ottawa (by way of Israel, Siberia, and Ukraine) based illustrator/designer/painter/toy maker. Her work is a nice combination of type, color, texture, and pattern. I love her loose, whimsical style.

Helen is represented by Lilla Rogers, and has an orange blog!

The Post Family

The Post Family

Late start today. We’ve been as busy as a bunch of mid-century bees over here. Gettin’ that bees milk.

The Post Family is a design and cool people collective based collectively in Chicago, the largest city in Illinois. Their collection of prints for sale is really wonderful — I want every one of them. Love that flat, bold, sketchy illustration style. Each of the seven Family members contributes to their blog, and they’ve just started a monthly Studio Tour feature that looks like fun.

But in my opinon, the best feature of the site are the family member bios. I read and chuckled at each one.

The above image with the yummy type was snagged from their Flickr page.

Gavin Potenza / The Stamps of the World

Gavin Potenza

Gavin Potenza, aka the Portland Stamp Champ, has some recent and awesome stamp activity going on. Awhile back we posted on his Homage to the Stamp, and now he has something new entitled A Field Guide To: The Stamps of the World. Commissioned by Tiny Showcase, this print takes inspiration from the cultures of various countries (including old favorites such as Brazil, Canada, France, and Mexico), and assembles them in a lovely 21″ x 29″ print.

In addition to this, Gavin’s Homage to the Stamp was available as a letterpress print. (But is now sold-out, sadly.)

See more info, or purchase Stamps of the World for yourself or for your loved ones or for me.

Klas Fahlen: Illustration and Design

klas Fahlen illustration

Swedish illustrator, Klas Fahlen, has such an eye for detail and beautiful energetic line work. Some of his illustrations remind me of the work of Olle Eksell and Stig Lindberg. Check out Klas’ portfolio here via Art Department.