Inspiration Lab

Maxime Quoilin
October 13, 2010, 7:21 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

I often wish I was better with Photoshop, sure I can do the light weight editing but when it comes down to the hard photo manipulation stuff I’m lost. On the other hand you often see photoshopped collages that has gone way overboard on effects don’t you? That’s why I was so happy to find Maxime Quoilin aka. Remain Steadfast. The work is super clean and well done without the effects ever taking over. I like!

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Katie Quinn Davies
October 12, 2010, 7:12 am
Filed under: Photography

After getting the crazy idea of doing a cooking magazine for an exam way back when I was a student myself, I’ve had the greatest respect for food photographers. It is amazing how good they can make food look and it is also amazing how awful good food can look if you don’t know what you’re doing. So when I recently got a tip to check out Katie Quinn Davies I was delighted, it’s AMAZING how good, yet not undoable she makes food look. I would definitely bend over backwards to do a food magazine with her.

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Janine Rewell
October 11, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Is it a sleepy monday morning? Quite possibly. Is it a grey day in Denmark? Hmm…very likely. And where am I? I’m on my way to Bangkok for a bit of heat and well deserved vaccation. Envious? Well, no need to panic, I’ve posted ahead so even if the world goes under this blog will keep running…for the next two weeks anyway.

So let’s face it, with skin tone as pale as an aspirin (a guy once said that to me as a compliment!) I may very well come back looking like a lobster. But if so I’m thinking about doing a “tan tattoo” like this project by Janine Rewell. What a fantastic illustration! I’ve posted Janine a few years back but it’s so lovely to come back to her website and see loads of new stuff since then. So do swing by.

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October 9, 2010, 11:07 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I always tell my students that if they want to, they can find something really interesting in every assignment even though the client isn’t super sexy. That’s why I love finding studios like LoSiento. Would you jump up and down with joy if you got a brief from the School of Organic Osteopathy? I don’t think so. Luckily LoSiento weren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get cracking. That’s how they came up with this great displayfont to communicate the school. There is lots of other interesting work on their website to so go forth, and be inspired!

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Jess Wilson
October 8, 2010, 9:07 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I recently came across illustration work by Jess Wilson. I love her style, it’s kind of somewhere in between Shrigley and Davis but with more detail and colour. Loving it!

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Jordan Michael Gray
October 7, 2010, 8:40 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

*Yawn* soooo tired this morning, had my talk at HK last night and I think it went well. It was really great to share my ideas and inspiration with such a great positive crowd. Thanks to everyone who came, you made my day!

But I must charge on with more inspiration. So if you love the feel of silk screened gig posters as much as I do, you will love the work of Jordan Michael Gray. I’ve posted him before but the good work keeps coming! I love the level of detail in these posters, it really shows that there’s a meticulous designer at the end of the mouse chord and that’s brilliant!

See more at his website or even more on his Flickr page.

October 6, 2010, 10:45 am
Filed under: Typography

I fell in love with the font Akimoto while flipping through an old edition of ESPN, which is one of my fave mags (for the design, I am a sports illiterate!). The font is designed by one of my countrymen, Finnish Ossi Gustafsson and I just love the massive contrast between thick and thin.It’s great for big massive headlines. Akimoto really is a fantastic fat ass font!

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Magazine spread by Yomesubo.

Paula Troxler
October 5, 2010, 8:38 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Paula Troxler is an illustrator/designer based in Z├╝rich. She does lovely illustrated posters and has even won a few awards for them. She also has a running project called ‘Every day a drawing’ and it’s a great selection of little black and white situations. It reminds me a little bit of Kate Bingaman Burt’s project ‘Obsessive Consumption’ but it definitely works in its’ own right.

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Jamie Oliver by Pearlfisher
October 4, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Packaging

Last thursday I went to a talk with Pearlfisher in Copenhagen. The event was planned by envision:design and 3X and they had done a brilliant job. Everyone showed brilliant examples and it was lovely to see so many people gathered passionate about packaging. I’ve long been a fan of Pearlfisher (you will find numerous posts here at the lab) so it was a real treat for me. I especially enjoyed the Jamie Oliver case which I hadn’t seen in all its’ glory before. It’s such a clever job, each item looks different somehow but when you see the range together it just fits the vibrant personality that is Mr. Oliver. GREAT work!

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