June 2013

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Ken Lo

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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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/Sponsor/ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2013

Over one-thousand creative minds are set to descend upon Cleveland for three days in August to see 20 speakers, 20 designers, and over 40 bands at the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2013.  Will you be one of them?

Now in its fourth year, WMC Fest is the premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest. Founded by the Cleveland based creative agency Go Media designer and partner Jeff Finley, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest inspires, motivates and celebrates those who live to create.

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.

Attendees can look forward to speeches from Jon Contino, Brandon Rike, Kern and Burn and These are Things as well as the design work from Derek Hess, Strawberry Luna, Derrick Castle and Lauren Marx.

Those interested in attending WMC Fest are encouraged to purchase tickets online before they sell out!

Inspiration guaranteed!

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Margherita Urbani

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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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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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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 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

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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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