Round Robin

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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: 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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Holiday Giveaway Update

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Alexander Girard Color Board
6 x 6 inches | 56 pages

New prizes added to the giveaway!

We’d like to thank Ammo books for donating 3 copies of the Alexander Girard Color Book to our Holiday Giveaway Bash. If you haven’t signed up for the giveaway, it’s not too late. Its quick, easy and free to enter.

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Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee

alexander girard

Todd Oldham who put together an excellent monograph on Charles Harper and Kiera Coffee recently released an exciting new book chronicling the work of the late Alexander Girard. This 672-page beast published by Ammo covers virtually every aspect of Girard’s distinctive career. As one of the most prolific and versatile mid-20th century designers, Girard’s work spanned many disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by Oldham, this tome is a must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre.

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From the Job Board

designer jobs

Recently Added to the Grain Edit Job Board:
Designer – GOOD (Los Angeles, CA)
Senior Brand Writer – Fossil (Dallas/Richardson, TX)
Senior Designer / Art Director – Fossil (Dallas/Richardson, TX)

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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. Saul created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best-known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.

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Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell is an illustrator, designer, musician — and by the look of his work, a hands-on, analog, form-making lover. The current crop of work on Scott’s site is terrific. It’s clean, it’s messy, it’s bold, it’s abstract. It’s also very textural and dimensional, which I love. He’s great at using rustic imagery with clean layout and typography.

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Halloween Prints by Methane

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Halloween is here, which means it’s time to break out the Mork & MIndy costumes and the stale candy corn. If you’re throwing a party you might want to consider these semi-spooky posters by Methane to add to your decor. Both prints come signed/numbered by the artists and are available at the Poster Cabaret.

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Riley Cran

riley cran

Riley Cran, everyone! Mr. Cran can be found in sunny Seattle, Washington, and has quite the handle on creating compelling logos and marks. I love his branding for Swallowed Sun Brewing Co. — it’s accessible, fun and to the point.

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Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

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We recently received this title on contemporary typography from the friendly folks at Princeton Architectural Press. The book takes a look at the minimalistic typographic work of a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known designers.

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