Inspiration Lab

Antoine + Manuel
May 31, 2010, 9:15 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Antoine + Manuel is an old fave of mine, I’ve shown you their invites to the Christian Lacroix show before and I keep waiting for my  invite each year but it never does seam to come! Surely it’s a mistake! Ohh well, will have to do with what I can see on the website and I just noticed some really cool rorschach inspired posters.

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For Better Days
May 28, 2010, 11:25 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I really am a sucker for retro styled collages and I love when I come across really great examples of this genre. That’s why I almost shrieked with delight when I came across For Better Days even though it’s a rainy-supposed-to-be-summer-friday. I’m just hoping for a bit of summer, yes indeed, for better days!

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May 27, 2010, 8:37 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

With delight I have come across independent publisher Nobrow. Nobrow publishes small edition books with work from various graphic artists and illustrators like Blexbolex and Nick White. You should definitely check out their books and be sure to support small businesses like Nobrow. They also do various prints  to brighten up your walls.

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May 26, 2010, 8:23 am
Filed under: Packaging

Unfortunately we don’t see great packaging design come out of Denmark that often, but when we do envision:design is most often behind it. They’re a small unit situated in Copenhagen with ties to their bigger advertising brother envision in Århus. But they’re definitely kicking their big brother’s ass! Just look at this lovely line of organic products from Knuthenlund that they recently won a Creative Circle award for.

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Maurizio Anzeri
May 25, 2010, 8:32 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art | Tags:

While in Berlin i spent a lot of time (and quite a bit of money!) in one of my fave bookshops Pro QM. On my quest for inspiration I came across Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri and I just have to show you this unique talent. Combining old thread patterns and photographic portraits makes for a very original output, would LOVE one of these on my wall!

His website isn’t updated but you can google his name for more pieces.

May 24, 2010, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design

One of the best talks I heard at Typo Berlin was definitely Hort. I’ve featured Hort before but Eike König did such a great talk (even though my German is horrible and I needed translation) that I really wanna pay a bit of credit. Eike you rocked!

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Candy Chang
May 21, 2010, 11:31 am
Filed under: Inspiration

I must share Candy Chang with you straight away, she was the first speaker I heard at Typo today and I think her generel approach to design, and to life in general is very inspirational. She is an architect, graphic design and urban planner which is an interesting mix and makes for a totally different approach to design in local communities. I love her project “Sidewalk Psychiatry”, a series of stencils on the sidewalks of New York and a reminder to all the busy people not to loose track of reflecting upon their lives. Imagine walking around town with a problem and seeing this, loving it!!

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Segura Inc.
May 21, 2010, 9:58 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Photography

OK I am actually coming to you this week from Berlin as I am at the TYPO conference which started yesterday. And what a great start! I’ll share a few things from here with you and the first thing is Segura inc. Carlos Segura did a really overwhelming and impressive showcase of their work and I was especially impressed with their work for Corbis. It is amazingly simple but really well done. The way Segura did a whole new concept for showing stock photos is definitely gutsy. Just look at the stories that occure from photos like these next to each other, very elegant!

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May 19, 2010, 9:50 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

No, not just any company, but COMPANY, a design studio in London who does lots of great printwork. I came across their posters for Remap festival and thought it was a very simple yet very original execution.They are also the studio behind the packaging for Sheila’s which is an excellent example of how to make something look informal and handmade but aesthetic at the same time.

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May 18, 2010, 9:39 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I recently came across the work that Un.Titled did for Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, it’s been an ongoing project and they’ve done lots of different work which has even won them awards. What I love about this project is that it’s bright, colourful, with lots of energy but still tight as a knot. I am so happy that they didn’t make it ice cold and “designery” like a lot of design related clients end up being.

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