January 2014

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Broken the book

Our friend Nate Burgos has teamed up with Stephanie Di Biase for an exciting new book aimed at working creatives. Featuring illustrations by Lucy Engelman, Broken: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work, addresses the challenges of toxic work environments and other barriers to getting things done.

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Ty Mattson Interview


Browsing through the portfolio of Mattson Creative, an award-winning design studio based in Southern California, can prove to be a daunting task.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the quantity and consistent quality of work. I’ve long admired their expressive illustrative style and am especially smitten with their self-initiated projects for popular TV shows including Dexter, Lost and more recently Breaking Bad. We’ve profiled the studio in the past, but in today’s interview we talk with Ty Mattson, the studio’s founder and creative director.

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Pinterest Picks


Typography by Sasaki Shun

Here’s our latest round of Pinterest picks. Follow us on Pinterest to see more of our favorite posters, logos and prints.

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Merijn Hos

Merijn Hos via grainedit.com

Merijn Hos is an Illustrator and Visual Artist based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Splitting his time between personal and commercial projects he creates rich illustrations where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet slightly eerie worlds.


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Sponsor // Respublika Font Family

Made up of 10 unique styles, Respublika FY, from FontYou, is a gorgeously balanced humanistic sans serif font. Complete with 10 different styles ranging from light to extra black italic, there’s pretty much nothing this titanic typeface can’t do! And for a limited time only, you can get the entire family for 88% off thanks to this Mighty Deal!

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Roseta y Oihana

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Roseta Mus Pons and  Oihana Herrera Erneta are the minds behind Roseta y Ohihana, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Barcelona. Recently they updated their site with some impressive new work including these promotional materials for MCP.


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From the Job Board


UI/UX Designer – PennyPop (SF,CA)

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Les Graphiquants

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Established in 2008, Les Graphiquants is a design studio based in Paris, France. With a portfolio that is ripe in typographic exploration, they create work that is highly expressive and uncompromising in it’s approach.


Les Graphiquants via #grainedit


Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit


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Recently Received

Italo Lupi via #grainedit

This week we’re excited to feature titles from Corraini Edizioni, Nobrow, Laurence King and Princeton Architectural Press. See all the books after the jump.

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Non-Format Update

Non-Format via #grainedit

Non-Format recently revised their website and with the update came a slew of new work including Gridiron – a stellar typeface family for ESPN.

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Ryo Takemasa

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Charming work from the talented Ryo Takemasa, a graduate of Musashino Art University and member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society.

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Louis Reith

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Stunning work from Louis Reith, a Dutch designer who often creates collages that incorporate bold geometric shapes, stark landscapes and architectural elements.

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Sponsor // Machine Wash Deluxe by Mister Retro

Machine Wash Deluxe by Mister Retro is a simple and powerful plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and iPhoto that allows you to create and apply professional quality distress, texture, aging and weathering effects to your images. This powerful easy-to-use plug-in comes with over 3,500 presets and millions of visual possibilities to enhance your designs!

Used by professional photographers for years, you can age and weather your photographs with a rich textural quality leaving everybody asking how you created such masterful depth in your images with this easy-to-use plug-in!

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Vincent Mahe

Vincent Mahe via #grainedit

Really impressive work from Paris-based illustrator Vincent Mahe.


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Annik Troxler

Annik Troxler via #grainedit

The daughter of the highly influential designer Niklaus Troxler, Annik has created a strong body of work that has a unique voice of its own. Her posters have won many awards including the coveted International Poster Festival in Chaumont, France and the Swiss Federal Competition for Design. This has allowed for some unique opportunities including the chance to collaborate with Mevis & Van Deursen in Amsterdam. In 2011, she returned to her native Switzerland to open an independent studio and began a teaching position at the renowned Basel School of Design.


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HfG Ulm: Concise History of the Ulm School of Design

HfG Ulm

And we’re back from a much needed Holiday Vacation!

In Lars Muller’s latest release they explore the work of the highly influential HfG ULm School once located in Ulm Germany. Founded in 1953 by Max Bill, Otl Aicher and Inge Aicher-Scholl the school enjoyed a brief existence, but it’s radical approach to design had a lasting impact.

From the Publisher:
“The Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) ranks among the world’s most important institutions of the 20th century in modernist design. Its founders Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill wanted to contribute to the shaping of a new and better world after the terrible experiences of the Nazi regime and the Second World War. The meaning of design today cannot be understood without considering the developments at HfG. That applies not only to the design of appliances and communications, but also to the profession of designer, design education, methodology and design theory—ranging from the relationship between design and science up to the question of what relationship design should adopt with art and crafts, or business and society. This massive impact of the HfG is all the more astounding, considering that it existed for only 15 years, from 1953 to 1968. This book provides a contextual and broadly illustrated history of the HfG Ulm.”


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