Ward Heirwegh

Ward Heirwegh 3

Ward Heirwegh, is a Belgian designer that runs an independent practice in Antwerp. Often designing for cultural and creative institutions, he created promotional materials for the Bâtard Festival and Bozar, Brussel’s Center for Fine Arts. Bold and intriguing, his work features dynamic typography coupled with abstract patterns and striking photographs. Leaving little room for white space, his layouts are filled with large type that is often fragmented, tilted, or stretched.

In addition to his studio work, Heirwegh teaches at St Lucas School of Arts and gives lectures and workshops across Europe. He also founded Sleeperhold Publications, an experimental research-based platform that has released books, posters, and vinyl records.

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Charlotte Trounce

Charlotte Trounce

There is a charming simplicity to Charlotte Trounce’s illustrations. With loose brush strokes and simple shapes, she crafts compositions that are whimsical yet elegant. Having a love for fashion, she often draws the ensembles of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Max Mara. This passion has led to collaborations with magazines including Elle and InStyle where she crafted opening spreads and spot illustrations. Equally impressive is her ongoing illustrated pop-up travel guide series. Published by Walker Books, the series guides readers through San Francisco, Boston, Australia, and Great Britain.

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Studio Feixen

Studio Feixen

Three years ago, we featured the poster work of designer Felix Pfaffli. Today we are awestruck by the work of his latest endeavor, Studio Feixen. Easily transitioning from dynamic compositions to restrained layouts, they tackle a range of styles, yet always remain modern and playful.

While collaborating with the Luzerner Theater, the firm crafted a bold and flexible identity system that builds off of the theater’s most recent program. To highlight how the program explores new spaces, feelings, and perspectives, the system features a medley of compelling shapes and arrows.

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Rubio & Del Amo

Rubio Y Del Amo

Rubio & Del Amo is an award winning design studio based in Murcia, Spain. From print to tableware, the studio pursues a diverse range of projects and makes each of them burst with color and personality. I’m especially fond of their cement and mortar packaging for Divendi. Utilizing bold geometric patterns and a clean layout, they turned cement into a product that looks attractive and modern. Their ingenuity earned them a Gold Laus at the 2016 Laus Awards.

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Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

Inspired by pre-digital animation and illustration, Robert Beatty’s work is reminiscent of sci-fi paperbacks and psychedelic albums from the 1960s and 70s. Brimming with ethereal landscapes and otherworldly creatures, his work transports the viewer into a wonderland of lush color and delicate airbrushed textures.

Originally drawn to art through his interest in music, Beatty has gained recognition for designing album artwork for bands such as Tame Impala and Real Estate. While creating these impressive covers, he also crafted a body of unpublished pieces that are now exhibited within his debut book, Floodgate Companion.

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Erich Brechbühl

Erich Brechbühl

Erich Brechbühl is a Lucerne-based graphic designer passionate about branding and poster design. Combining bold imagery and inventive typography, he crafts dynamic work for museum exhibitions and theaters. I am especially fond of the piece featured above. Inspired by the landscapes of Swiss painter Ernst Hodel, the poster was created for a critical play on Swiss tourism.

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Eleni Debo

Eleni Debo

Eleni Debo is an illustrator and visual artist living and working in Ghent, Belgium. With loose brush strokes, she crafts playful illustrations for books, editorials, and campaigns for companies throughout the country. Her personal work tells mysterious stories inspired by the transition between wakefulness and sleep, and the link between intimate spaces and the imagination.

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Neue

Neue

Neue is a cross-disciplinary design studio that often collaborates with Norway’s most renowned cultural institutions. Their designs for the Norwegian passports features a vibrant cover and lush internal spreads that highlight the country’s majestic landscapes. When placed under UV light, the pages change color and reveal hidden details within each drawing.

Unconventional materials can also be seen in their work for Statsbygg – the Directorate of Public Construction and Property. Using leftover building materials, they create sleek magnetic blocks that build symbolic keys for the owners of each new building.

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Martin Steiner

Martin Steiner

Martin Steiner is a German graphic designer who lends his talents to festivals, theaters, and a variety of clients in the cultural and commercial sectors. I’m especially fond of his work for the yearly Fotodoks photography festival. Pairing bold and minimal typography with rich colors and gradients, he creates striking layouts for the event’s catalogs and posters.

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Josh Nychuk

Josh Nychuk

Josh Nychuk is a Canadian graphic designer based in New York. From museums to healthcare brands, he works closely with clients to craft highly conceptual designs that represent their products and values. I am especially fond of his identity system for Hälsa Spa, a wellness center that specializes in flotation therapy. To highlight the spa’s use of natural elements, he created a logo that represents the salt crystals that add buoyancy to the water. The system’s minimal and achromatic aesthetic signifies the facility’s cleanliness and the tranquil nothingness that one feels while floating in the water.

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