Inspiration Lab

Materials, Process, Print.
June 30, 2008, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Books | Tags: ,

Today I want to share a book with you that no designer should be without. As they say: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and that is certainly true with this one. The inside is much more interesting than the cover lets on! Author Daniel Mason goes through a variety of materials, processes and print techniques used in graphic design and it’s all accompanied by beautiful examples. A must have if you want your work to stand out and have that extra finnishing touch.

Buy it here.

Valero Doval
June 28, 2008, 10:55 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Valero Duval is a great illustrator from Spain currently based in London. His illustrations are really nice each one with their own sensous touch of paper or collage elements.

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Markku Lahdesmaki
June 27, 2008, 10:33 am
Filed under: Photography | Tags: ,

Another photographer today, Markku Lahdesmaki is a photographer from my homeland Finland. His photos are so honest and he has a true knack for capturing real people be it farmers in Finland or officers in China. I am especially fond of his China series.

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Shaz Madani
June 26, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags:

I came across Shaz Madani’s work recently when I was ordering papersamples from Arctic Paper. Shaz’s work with paper is fantastic, you get a real sense of the texture and strength. The project is not an actual commission but a university project, maybe someone should show it to Arctic ;-) Recently graduated from London College of Communication, maybe someone out there would like to commission this young designer.

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Fiona Hewitt
June 25, 2008, 10:04 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Fiona Hewitt is a fantastic illustrator from Scotland although her work doesn’t quite show her Scottish roots with influences from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. I love her work because it reminds me of all the colourful crap I carry home from Hong Kong everytime I go back, and I LOVE it!

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Kai-Uwe Gundlach
June 25, 2008, 9:17 am
Filed under: Photography

When I was trying to find some reference material for a project a while back I came across German photographer Kai-Uwe Gundlach’s nightscenes. They are classic photos but I think they have the most remarkable light which makes them very special.

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Happy F&B
June 24, 2008, 8:44 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging | Tags: , ,

Happy is a small agency in Sweden partially owned by Forsman & Bodenfors whom I have written about before. I just thought I’d share this wonderful example of packaging design for Storskogen water with you as they have just won bronze at Cannes Lions for it. Congrats!

Be Happy:

Jung von Matt
June 24, 2008, 8:24 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Web

I recently stumbled upon a campaignsite done by German agency Jung von Matt. The site is for a beverage company called Römerquelle and has the title “Emotion Mail”. The site is so beautiful and sensuous, like openening a book in an antique shop. This is definitely the way to write a loveletter in a digital age. You choose a mood and write a text and then the site will match your text with pictures and you can see your message come to life.

Go try it out:

Check out Jung von Matt’s work:

Williams Murray Hamms
June 23, 2008, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Packaging | Tags: , , , , ,

Williams Murray Hamms is a packaging design agency based in London. They are the designers behind numerous awardwinning designs for the likes of Sainsbury’s and Jacksons of Piccadilly. I am especially fond of Jacksons of Piccadilly, surely tea is more enjoyable when it looks nice!

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Nate Williams
June 22, 2008, 11:41 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art | Tags:

Nate Williams does great illustrations and handlettering you can even buy screenprinted copies of his work.

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