Inspiration Lab

Font of the week
September 29, 2008, 9:52 am
Filed under: Typography | Tags:

I’m gonna follow up last week’s input with a font along the same lines. It’s Egyptienne designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1956. I love the serifs, so squarely cut, and gives the font a real sense of authority.

Buy Egytienne at Linotype.

Baron & Baron
September 26, 2008, 8:05 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging | Tags: ,

If you love editorial design as much as I do you might already know Fabien Baron the founder of Baron & Baron. If you don’t it’s about time as he is definitely a heavy weight champion in that field. Fabien has spread his magic over numerous magazines like French and Italian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Arena Homme. His signature contrastful beauty and fashion style sure started a trend.

Baron & Baron also do numerous other design disciplines among them packaging design for fragrances and cosmetics and they do that with as great ease as the editorial design.

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Conor & David
September 25, 2008, 7:17 am
Filed under: Books, Typography | Tags:

Check out these two wonderful pieces that I found from Irish designteam Conor & David. If you like this kinda thing you should definitely grab a copy of the book Type Addicted in which Conor & David are featured along with lots of other talented designers. I got this book in NY and I am sure I can browse through it a million times and see something new each time.

Visit Conor & David.

Buy Type Addicted.

Siggi Eggertsson
September 24, 2008, 9:14 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Siggi Eggertsson is a wonderful illustrator with a very simple yet very original style. I first came across his work when I fell in love with the paper toys of Readymerc last year and his multi-coloured toy is now on my table. Be sure to cut and glue yourself!

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Harrods (by Honey)
September 23, 2008, 7:19 am
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When I was recently at a dinnerparty at my dearest friend Pernille’s, she introduced me to a new range from Harrods that she had brought home from London on a packaging inspiration trip (she’s a designer too). It was so good to see that even an old traditional up-market foodhall is trying something new.

I love that there’s a clear retro influence, that shows tradition which is fitting for a department store like Harrods with a long history. But at the same time the retro feel is so “now” and it gives the range a modern twist.

I have rummaged around online and have finally found the agency who designed the packaging, it’s Honey, a London based design studio.

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Font of the week
September 22, 2008, 8:05 am
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This week’s font is an oldtimer. It was designed in 1953 by Swiss designer Hermann Eidenbenz. The font in question is very close to my heart and although I rarely get to use it I still love it. The font in question is Clarendon, you probably know it from newspapers and such, but you might not be familiar with the Clarendon Light which isn’t used that often. This font has such an elegance to it but at the same time it’s so strong and sturdy. I think if you say something with Clarendon, you really mean it :-) Look at the caps and the numbers which are particularly beautiful, the R is fantastic!

Buy Clarendon at Linotype.

Cedric Rivrain
September 21, 2008, 9:27 am
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Have a look at French illustrator Cedric Rivrain. He does a lot of fashion illustrations and I think he might have a crush on Kate Moss. I love the very classic drawingstyle combined with touches of colour.

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Jeff Canham
September 20, 2008, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Typography

Chek out Jeff Canham’s artwork, he does art installations with typography. His working process is pretty fascinating and so inspiring to see something handmade.

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September 19, 2008, 9:09 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags:

If you’re into infographics you should definitely grab this months issue of IdN which is my favourite magazine about graphic design. It’s a really exciting issue and the magazine features one of my fave info designers Nicholas Felton (see earlier feature here on Inspiration Lab).

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Spike Press
September 18, 2008, 11:27 am
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Two Spikes in a row! (HA-HA) Check out the posters from Spike Press. Spike Press is John Solimine who wanted to be a rockstar himself but eventually setled for working for others. Thank god for that or we wouldn’t have these great pieces to enjoy. You can buy his work on the website too.

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