Inspiration Lab

Communion W
November 28, 2008, 8:50 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

It’s been a bit quiet here on Inspiration Lab these days, am just so busy.

But thought I just had to share Communion W with you from my home away from home, Hong Kong. Communion W excels in working with different materials. Their work is a sensuous experience and I love this approach to design.

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Mucca Design
November 25, 2008, 9:12 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

If you’re a bar or a restaurant and you want a classy kinda retro look then there’s only one studio you need to know and that’s Mucca. They have done so much great work for various NY restaurants, but they also do fantastic book design. Well worth a visit!

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November 24, 2008, 9:44 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

Gray318 is London based designer Jonathan Gray. He does lovely bookcovers and is especially acknowledged for his covers for Jonathan Safran Foer.

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Visual Lab
November 20, 2008, 11:35 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

Check out these collage compositions by Vicente Tigre aka Visual Lab from Florida. They are illustrations for clubflyers and I think they’re pretty cool.

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Faber and Faber
November 18, 2008, 9:01 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

You must check out the new line of books from Faber and Faber. They have recently launched the service Faber Finds where they can print up books with one of a kind covers. The artwork is randomized so no two are alike. The ornaments are done but the master of ornaments, my favourite Marian Bantjes and the font is designed by Build.

Learn more about Faber Finds.

Photos from Creative Review.

Experimental Jetset
November 17, 2008, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Typography

I think it is safe to say that Dutch design studio Experimental Jetset like Helvetica, and they sure use it nicely on various theater promotion. Great stuff!

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Wim Crouwel
November 15, 2008, 11:20 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

Last retro week entry is Mr. Wim Crouwell, Dutch graphic designer born in 1928 and still going. A master in Swiss style and a real character, perhaps best known for his work for the Stedelijk Museum. Be sure to watch his contribution to the Helvetica movie.

Most photos from insect54’s Flickrstream.

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Josef Müller-Brockmann †
November 13, 2008, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

Today’s retro week entry is one of my big idols, Swiss designer Josef Müller-Brockmann (1914-1996). His style is typically Swiss and with Gary Hustwit’s documentary about Helvetica last year this style has had a renaissance.

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Alexey Brodovitch †
November 12, 2008, 2:40 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

Today’s retro week entry is Alexey Brodovitch (1898 – 1971) Russian photographer and graphic designer. Brodovitch revolutionized the way we work with editorial design, in the way he always used content to shape his design. His legacy from his work with Harper’s Bazaar is still present today.

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Herb Lubalin †
November 11, 2008, 9:53 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

The next retro week entry is gonna be Herb Lubalin (1918-1981), American graphic designer. Perhaps his most famous work is the font Avant Garde which is very influential even today. But his work with U & lc magazine is definitely also among his most notable.

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