Inspiration Lab

Christoph Niemann
April 30, 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art

If you don’t already know illustrator Christoph Niemann you should. He’s done this fantastic series with Lego about New York. Love it! Kinda Shrigley-ish. You might need to know a bit about New York to get it.

See the full series.





Humberto Gregorio
April 29, 2009, 5:32 am
Filed under: Packaging

Lokk at this lovely series of packaging for beer company Josefs done by German designer Humberto Gregorio. It’s a lovely way of using the content of the bottle as a focal part of the colourscheme.

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April 28, 2009, 7:11 am
Filed under: Typography

Were you ever in need of trashy neo-classic letters but could only find horrible pixelly ones? I’ve been numerous time and now I’ve come across the solution. Check out the work of Mark Kusek from T.26 He’s been collecting woodtype for years and years and has digitized them and put them on DVD’s. They are high HIGH res so you can use them big without it looking shit. There are so many absolutely beautiful ones. Just have a look at these samples.

See more at T.26



Dizel & Sate
April 24, 2009, 11:28 am
Filed under: Spatial Design

Today it’s a feature that I don’t do that often, which is spatial design. When it’s done well it’s amazing but I don’t know that many companies who do it, so inputs are welcome. I did however come across Dizel & Sate who do some really cool things.

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April 22, 2009, 9:13 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Typography

Today I went to visit wonderful Copenhagen agency e-types with my students. Thanks to my lovely friend Mari for taking time to show us what e-types do so very well. I love their recent identity work for the Danish Radio Concert Hall which is definitely proof of challenging their client.

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April 21, 2009, 9:41 am
Filed under: Packaging

Another packaging post today. If I say I’m doing a water feature I don’t mean adding a fountain or anything but I do love water bottle design (is that even a term). So here’s the climax of my continous water bottle adventures.


Comme des Garçons
April 20, 2009, 8:52 am
Filed under: Packaging

I really do love the perfumes from Comme des Garçons. They are all designed by Marc Atlan a “Franco-American” design (that’s his word). The shapes of the flacons and the simple design is just right for this Japanese (bet you thought it was French) label. Marc Atlan has also done loads of other great beauty packaging for the likes of Dior and Prada.

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Peter Bil’ak
April 17, 2009, 10:21 am
Filed under: Typography

Yesterday we had the yearly type conference at the school where I’m employed. It was a great day! My fave speaker was Peter Biľak who unveiled a fabulous display type project called History. I was amazed. His initial plan was to make a display font with as much work put into it as a text font and it sure came out very interesting. He wanted the font itself to show the history of type. He started with the basic shape of the letters from the Trajan column and then built various different style of contrast, fills, serifs, swashed and so forth on top of it. The result is an intricate piece of work which can be either completely out there, or very classy. A lot of people are using it as a mix with great outcomes. Check out the AIGA poster and the French book shown bellow.

See more about History at Peter’s foundry Typotheque.

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April 15, 2009, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Photography, Typography

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Flickr really is a treasurechest of inspiration. Just look at this wonderful series I found by Nkeppol. One photo has the caption: “The Neon Boneyard, where old signs go to die” I found that almost poetic followed by these wonderful pictures. A true find for a graphic designer.

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The Small Stakes
April 14, 2009, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

There’s some new stuff from The Small Stakes that you should check out. They do really great screenprints and you can even buy lovely pieces online.

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