February 2014

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Novel Design Studio

Novel Design via grainedit.com

Novel is a multidisciplinary design firm based in Colorado. Operating out of a dome studio near Denver, they craft unique design solutions with clarity and confidence.

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Danielle Kroll

Danielle Kroll  via grainedit.com

It’s hard not to smile when viewing Danielle Kroll’s latest project. Inspired by vintage flash cards and picture books, the Brooklyn-based designer has created a series of “word recipes” as a way to add some art and whimsy into children’s education. Each recipe features images on the left that illustrate the syllables of the word on the right. The illustrations are silly and fun and always feature Danielle’s signature whimsical style.


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Chloe Galea

Chloe Galea via grainedit

Solid packaging and editorial work from Chloe Galea, a Designer /Junior Art Director based in Berlin.

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Hugo Barros

Hugo Barros via grainedit.com

Enter the world of Hugo Barros, an artist from Lisbon, Portugal working with collage. Manipulating elements by hand, he creates dense compositions without the use of post processing tools like Photoshop. Although the subject matter varies from piece to piece, there are reoccurring themes in his work. Serene landscapes are often juxtaposed against cosmic imagery in a surreal explosion of color that feels apocalyptic in nature. The end result is mesmerizing and always worth a second look.

Hugo’s creations are available at Saatchi and similar work can be found in their collage section.

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From the Job Board: Secretly Canadian is Hiring

Secretly Canadian

Secretly Label Group is seeking a full-time designer. The position will be serving the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian. This is an amazing opportunity considering the depth of talent found on these labels. Damien Jurado, Bon Iver, Jens Lekman and Antony and the Johnsons are just a few of the artists you could be potentially designing for. To learn more about the position, please visit the grain edit job board.

You can subscribe to our job listings via RSSEmail or follow at Twitter and Facebook.

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Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

Manuals Unit Editions

I’m very excited to hear of Unit Editions latest release – Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines. The book is the first comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals, and features 21 examples from the 1960s to early 1980s. Included are manuals created for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel and the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

Pre-order a copy at Unit Editions.

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Sponsor // Signazon

Signazon.com is the first design-friendly, design-file ready online print company. Transform your designs from computer creations to real life pieces of art with ease. The company allows you to upload your files in multiple formats from vector-based files to raster files. The technology used by Signazon is able to work with .PS, .EPS. PDF, .AI, .PNG, .JPG, .TIF, .GIF, .BMP, .DOCX/.DOC (Word), .PUB, and .XPS files. Customers have the choice to upload a finished design file, upload and design using the online design tool, or choose from thousands of templates. As an added bonus, all file upload and editing services are free of charge.

Signazon.com’s industry leading, full-color print quality can capture your artwork off the screen like no other printer has before. Use the exclusive “grain edit” readers’ discount code GRAINEDIT15 at checkout for 15% off of your first purchase.

Still a student? Design and compete in Signazon’s 4th Annual “Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest for your chance to win $1,000 toward your education.

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Japan – Nippon

Japan Nippon via grainedit.com

Japanese graphic design is characterized by a unique aesthetic, oscillating between its own pictorial tradition and Western visual culture. In Lars Muller’s lastest release, Japan-Nippon they explore the Japanese poster and how it functions most notably as a highly aesthetic image advertisement, presupposing the designer as an artist.

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Tim Easley

Tim Easley via #grainedit

Tim Easley  is a designer and illustrator from London. A self-professed fan of daydreaming and doodling, he creates bold works brimming with rich textures and vibrant illustrations.


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Jonathan Calugi Update

Jonathan Calugi via #grainedit

Italian designer and illustrator Jonathan Calugi recently updated his portfolio with a series of new projects. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a fan of his signature black and white line work.

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Felix Pfaeffli

Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

I’m very impressed with these posters from Felix Pfaeffli, an accomplished young designer from Luzern who is producing very polished and mature work for his age. In addition to running his own studio he is a teacher at the Lucerne School of Graphic Design where he lectures on typography, narrative design, and poster design.

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Valentine’s Day for the Design-Minded

House Industries Love Hearts Blocks

House Industries Love Heart Blocks

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a small list of gift ideas for the design-inclined. Included are items from House Industries, Wieden + Kennedy, Braun and more. In addition, you will find some fun items that fit within the sprit of the holiday. See the full list here.


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