Inspiration Lab

Editorial design ♥
October 15, 2014, 8:52 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags: ,

I’m spending a bit of time reacquainting myself with editorial design. It is my fave of all the graphic design disciplines, because it is of great importance that the designer him/herself is a great storyteller and understands how to perfectly visualize the written word. I also love it because it’s a very limited space, you might have a maximum of 4 spreads to pull out all the stops to make it eyecandy and a great companion for the copy, and then it’s on to the next thing. Maybe my own impatience finds this especially appealing ;-)

Lately I’ve discovered the amazingly talented Benjamin Barend Bours who’s a designer at GQ. I’m in awe! These opening spreads are perfect examples of my rant above. You could not switch the styles of ANY of these, because they tell the story so well. Actually, I think that might be a great way to put a design to the test; see if it would work on another story, if it does, it’s not specific enough, maybe even generic. But Benjamins work is definitely no such thing. I’m a fan!

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October 14, 2014, 10:13 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags: , ,

Phew! This running my business thing is hard work! That is not me complaining though, it feels GREAT to be busy with stuff that is all connected to doing my own thing, whether it’s taxes (you did NOT hear me say that!) or designwork. But yesterday I needed a few hours to play. A friend of mine who’s having some man problems was on my mind. She is the most stylish woman I know, at the same time she is kind and warm and being told she is superficial because she loves fashion is definitely NOT true. So I made her this to remind her. You can play the logotype guess game with this one, if you know the logos, you can join our club of warm hearted fashion lovers ;-)

Yes yes, I may get in trouble with the BIG BRANDS but at least I’m doing good!


Annie Atkins
September 18, 2014, 9:09 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

Was I the only one who sat through the endtitles when I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel to see who did all the graphic design for the movie? If so then I’ll share my findings with you, because I’m completely smitten with this girl’s work and she definitely deserves some respect (HIGH FIVE ANNIE ATKINS!!). What a fab, but also quite difficult job she must have, she does design that features in movies, like signs, newspapers and other documents and it must be such an exciting research process to get to the end result. I’ve always had a laugh about the graphic design that features in TVseries and movies because it’s usually REALLY badly done (like when you see spreads from MODE magazine in one of my all time fave shows Ugly Betty, OMG!).

Just the other day I watched the trailer for the new TVseries Penny Dreadful and was also quite amazed with the visuals. And ofcourse that’s Annie Atkins too! Can’t wait to see it!

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Stuff from The Grand Budapest (ohhhh those Mendl’s boxes ♥)

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Royal Studio
September 4, 2014, 8:26 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

If you, like me, have had a lousy night’s sleep, coffee is not really working and you just need a visual SLAP IN THE FACE to wake you up, then go to Royal Studio. I’m totally loving their website because it’s so different from what I do, there’s visual fireworks all around, an explosion of stuff to explore. That woke me right up!

Hit it!

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TYPO Berlin 2013
March 21, 2013, 6:52 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Typography

OK it’s official now and I can shout it from the rooftops: I’M SPEAKING AT TYPO BERLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!….as you can probably tell I’m slightly exhited about that ;-) I go there every year with my students and I can’t believe that THIS year I’ll be there to speak. Quite daunting, but also really REALLY awesome! Come watch if you’re there Thursday at 3 pm.

Check out the impressive list of speakers. It’s win win for me really, as there will also be lots of other speakers that I want to see. Like Kate Moross and Jessica Walsh just check out the fab work below.

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March 20, 2013, 11:38 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I have blogged MASH before but I’ll do it again cause I just love their work. It’s been a while since I visited their website and they seam to have changed their style a bit. Maybe new designers on board? Still love it though. Still rocking the wine industry with their awesome work. Check out the Chef’s Special Latino edition, it won them a D&AD and I find it so full of life and invigorating to look at. Yum! The other editions that they did are also super!

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Dorota Pawiłowska
February 8, 2013, 7:28 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

Polish designer Dorota Pawiłowska has made this wonderful series of posters with titles of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. I love how they are clearly a series but each one is a different composition with different focus and weight.

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