Inspiration Lab

Qian Qian
October 31, 2008, 11:50 am
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Check out Chinese designer Qian Qian now based in New York. I love the crazy Asian style of his illustrations and he does some wacky motion work as well.

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Marian Bantjes
October 30, 2008, 11:30 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I admire Marian Bantjes so much and I have featured her before, but I just came across this video interview with her on Zoom In. She really is such a nice person, and it’s so inspiring to hear about her approach.

Take a break and listen to the interview.

October 29, 2008, 1:19 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging | Tags: ,

Visit San Fran based Hatch. They have various design competencies but I think they should only do packaging cause they do that AMAZINGLY! I love love LOVE their work for Michael Aurtin Winery, and always use it as an example in my class.

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Evian by Jean Paul Gaultier
October 28, 2008, 8:24 am
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Sorry for the lack of input yesterday, was on a minibreak to visit my sister in Luxembourg, came back with lots of good stuff though, like this new Evian bottle designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Every year Evian does a special edition bottle and it’s always gorgeous, remember the one from last year by Christian Lacroix (below, below)? Unfortunately I have not been able to find very good pictures of the bottle, there are such lovely crystal details on it which doesn’t really show, even on Evian’s own press shots, but if you visit Evian you get a little film which sets the mood.

Linzie Hunter
October 23, 2008, 1:45 pm
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Linzie Hunter is an illustrator and handlettering artist from London. Her work is pretty girly but I have been in love it ever since I found her project Spam One-liners, where she has handlettered all the subject of her spammails. Needless to say they’re a lot of fun!

You can visit Linzie’s website but there’s actually lots more great stuff on her Flickr account too.

October 22, 2008, 9:03 am
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WOW! Check out these fantastic type illustrations I found on Janara Lopes’ profile on Flickr. They’re scans from the book “Bizarre and Ornamental Alphabets”. Just a reminder to all of us to not only look in new hip design books but to get our hands dirty and dig deeper too.

October 21, 2008, 9:22 am
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Following up on yesterday’s black letter theme today’s contribution is New York Times Magazine T. I have loved this magazine since I went to visit Janet Froelich at New York Times with my class in 2006 and I have been collecting covers ever since. They’re just amazing! Understandably Janet Froelich and her team has won numerous of awards for their work with T.

Visit T Magazine.

Font of the week
October 20, 2008, 9:22 am
Filed under: Typography | Tags:

Like Judith Schalansky I love black letter fonts and Fette Fraktur is probably my fave. Even if Fette Fraktur is based on lettering from the middle ages it falls back into fashion every 5-7 years, last merry-go-round was probably the Reebok campaign “I am what I am” from a few years back. I’ll be waiting for Fette Fraktur’s comeback but I love it even if it’s out of style.

I think Fette Fraktur was first issued by C.E. Weber foundry in Germany in 1875, but Linotype has made their version since.

Buy Fette Fraktur af Linotype.

RGB Studio
October 17, 2008, 8:35 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

We’re ending the week with RGB Studio a.k.a. UK designer and art director Rob Brearley. I have used RGB Studio’s work for Playstation as a good example in my class forever but have never been able to figure out who it was by until now. Great work!

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Antoine + Manuel
October 16, 2008, 8:43 am
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Meet French designteam Antoine + Manuel. Each year they do work for the Christian Lacroix fashionshows like invites, checklist and stuff like that. The work is extraordinary! There’s always such a great sense of the materials making it the perfect solutions for a fantastic fashion house.

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