August 2010

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Ingela’s Nesting Dolls

ingela Arrhenius nesting dolls

I love these nesting dolls by Swedish Illustrator Ingela Arrhenius. You can choose from an animal set or circus set, both of which are available for purchase at Swedishness.

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Crafty 2010 Conference in Singapore

crafty conference

Crafty 2010 will explore the artistry and process behind disciplines from design to art, fashion to film and advertising to specialized print techniques. Held at the Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, the project is produced by design think tank Anonymous and curated by art director Felix Ng.

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Job Wouters

grain edit / job wouters / letman

Job Wouters is a designer, illustrator, typographer and massive doodler based in Amsterdam. The sheer range of his work is astounding; it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this kind of variety put out by a designer.

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charles harper
Octoberama by Charley Harper / 30 inches x 30 inches

The Poster Cabaret is now carrying select pieces by the late Charley Harper, including this print entitled Octoberama: a fitting title for the approaching Fall season. Harper was a master in his use of color and ability to reduce elements to their simplest form. These are reflected in the warm, subdued shades of orange, yellow and red seen in the leaves above.

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enormouschampion Studio Visit

enormous champion

This past weekend, I had the privilege of visiting Jordan Provost and Jason Wong, the dynamite duo behind Brooklyn based stationery and gift line enormouschampion. Their incredible collection of letterpressed cards, screenprinted cloth, and wooden goods features images of animals, love, and nature, as well as bold type. In this studio visit, Jordan and Jason show us some of their favorite things and offer a couple of handy hints on organizing and collecting.

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Jacques Charette

jacques charette

Booklet cover for Librax Roche Recipe

Jacques Charette attended schools in Ottawa and Brussels (Belgium) as well as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montreal. Before establishing his own firm in 1970, he worked on various materials for Expo 67. He is also responsible for designing the logo for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

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Justin Fuller

grain edit / justin fuller

Justin Fuller (aka Pencil + Paper) has been dishing out some pretty sweet work. He has a fun, comfortable and easy way with typography — blending it well with illustration, identity, and corporate design.

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Blue Note Album Covers in Motion

I really enjoyed this video tribute to the legacy of Reid Miles. The piece was conceived to promote a series of summer jazz concerts at the Bella Vista Social Pub in Siena, Tuscany. If you are unfamiliar with Reid’s design work for Blue Note, Graphicology offers a side by side comparison of the reimagined covers with the original album art.

(via Swiss Legacy)

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New Work by Christopher David Ryan

christopher david ryan, book it, my little underground, illustration

Christopher David Ryan describes himself as a “a graphic artist, illustrator, daydreamer, pseudo-scientist, wanna-be astronaut and untrained intellectual.” Recently, he published the third installment to his As Overheard in the Back of My Mind series of books, which features a collection of thoughts and images from the depths of his psyche.  Chock full of peppy people and inspirational adages, this book is a great addition to your bookshelf.

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Gerard Caris

gerard caris

Gerard Caris has been a fervent Dutch sculptor and artist who has pursued his pentagons since the 70s. With Pentagonism as the namesake of his artistic quest, Caris recorded his geometrical studies in the form of paintings, relief and 3D sculptures, and architecture.

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The National Concert Poster by Doublenaut

doublenaut poster

The National at Massey Hall / 18″ x 24″ print

Doublenaut serves up a haunting piece of imagery for this concert poster created for the National’s recent show in Toronto. The artwork was inspired by  “Anyone’s Ghost” and “Terrible Love”, two songs found on the group’s latest release. The poster sold out fairly quickly at Doublenaut’s shop, but there are still a few available over at the Poster Cabaret.

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Vintage Posters by Donald Brun

Posters by Donald Brun, Donald Brun, Swiss design, posters, vintage graphics, 1950s, 1960s

Swiss designer, Donald Brun (1909-1999), has designed an incredible amount of posters, all of which showcase a recognizable style featuring bright punchy colors, varied textures and interesting forms. This poster, created in 1956 for the International Festival of Music in Lucerne, is no exception with it’s array of shapes coming together to form the colorful scroll of a cello.

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New Fonts Available at YouWorkForThem

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GHS / Designed by the House of Burvo

We’re big fans of YouWorkForThem and we’re excited to announce that they’ve recently added a slew of new fonts to their shop.

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Timba Smits

grain edit / timba smits

Timba Smits, what a name! He also happens to be a very accomplished illustrator, designer, and maker of fine typography. It’s pretty fun looking through his’s work—everything is so juicy! From the textures to the unique typography, to the presentation, to the icons, I was definitely engaged clicking and looking.

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Project Thirty Three: Vintage Album Covers

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Opus 73 / Radio Nederland 1973/ Cover design by Dick Elffers

Project 33 is a curated collection of vintage album covers all lovingly scanned by the owner of Seattle’s Jive Time Records. The growing archive focuses on cover art with simple shapes and a minimalist approach to the overall design. Enjoy!

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contemporary, illustration, portland, jolby, josh kenyon, colby nichols

Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols are the dynamic duo behind Portland based illustration and design studio Jolby. Inspired by elements found in nature and the sea, the twosome collaborate on everything from original artwork, patterns, album covers, and t-shirts.

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