Inspiration Lab


MASH
September 30, 2009, 8:09 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

I don’t know many Australian agencies but the two I do know are DAMN good. Frost is one of them led by an experiences gentleman Mr. Vince Frost, but I’ve recently had my eye on MASH based in Adelaide founded by Dom Roberts and James Brown. They really do loads of very interesting printwork, they range in style but I really like the way they can do something very minimalistic but there’s always a twist. They also do lots of great ideas in finishing production.

See more: http://www.mashdesign.com.au

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Marimekko
September 28, 2009, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Growing up with a Finnish mother Marimekko has always been a huge part of my home, and still is. I’m so happy that a company with as much history as Marimekko keeps reinventing itself with new fabric prints by loads of great artists like Sanna Annukka and Maija Louekari. I think the red and pink Unikko pattern (means poppy in Finnish) is probably one of the first things I remember thinking of as being beautiful. But all the Marimekko patterns, old and new, are really inspiring to eveyone working in graphic design. Just look at these stunners.

See more patterns here.

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Artentiko
September 24, 2009, 8:14 am
Filed under: Packaging

You don’t hear about Polish studios that often but Poland has a rich visual culture, their movieposters are amazing! Here’s something never though. Have a look at these wonderful soda bottles. Such a light expression, and the abstract bubble pattern is of course perfect!

See more: http://www.artentiko.com

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Scandinavian Logos
September 23, 2009, 7:57 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I love good old retro logos and the shapes are really coming back again. Just have a look at these cool old numbers from Scandinavian companys from the 60s and 70s. A great set from Oliver Tomas!

See more: http://www.olivertomas.com/

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H&M
September 22, 2009, 9:20 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

The other day while shopping online (busted!) I came across H&M’s home collection. I was surprised to find some pretty cool and contrastful photos to show their products from their best side. A sweet coincidence since I had just been explaining about colour contrast to my new students. Well here’s a good example guys.

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Aron Jancso
September 21, 2009, 9:22 am
Filed under: Typography

I came across Hungarian designer Aron Jancso completely by accident the other day and was so happy. Here’s some really original and experimental typework, I really love the play with contrast and shape in his work.

See his set on Flickr.

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Inkwells
September 20, 2009, 10:25 am
Filed under: Typography

I came across some lovely calligraphy the other day from US artist Leigh Wells. I love it when it’s a bit wobbly and with lots of personality.

See more: http://ink.leighwells.com/

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