Inspiration Lab

August 31, 2010, 7:26 am
Filed under: Spatial Design, Typography

One more handlettering example today, god I love this one! It is done by Swedish design agency 25ah for Skofabriken, a new conference center in Stockholm (yes, a conference center, eventhough Skofabriken means shoe factory). I LOVE that it’s pitch black, the white runny letters give it such great contrast.

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Container Plus
August 30, 2010, 6:26 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I do admire when the need for intricate craftmanship becomes a welcome challenge rather than a hindrance for a good idea and this project is a great example. It reminds me a little of the New Zealand Book Council film that I posted a while back but it is great to see a fantastic execution like this anyway. ContainerPLUS has also done loads of other great work and love how they often experiment with spatial illustrations too.

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August 27, 2010, 7:05 am
Filed under: Packaging | Tags: , ,

You needn’t worry, I haven’t developed a drinking habit from teaching unruly youngsters. But in honour of my new students I’ll do a vodka theme today, after all it is friday and I bet they’ll be celebrating their first week here. But guys, please do so in style! So choose from selected approved bottles below…ohh and if you’re not past the legal drinking age I must insist that you leave my blog this instant!

Marion Deuchars
August 26, 2010, 7:04 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Typography

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE handlettering! And it dawned on me that I never did pay tribute to one of my faves of all time. She is the woman behind the legendary scribbling in the D&AD annual report but has done loads of other great work too, like getting up close and personal with George Clooney on the cover of Esquire…well not in person, but her lettering anyway.

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Mike Lythgoe
August 25, 2010, 8:49 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I came across these wonderful digital collages by UK illustrator Mike Lythgoe. I think they are really good examples of this diciplin and the compositions are great. I also really like the use of photos as a kind of texture rather than actual motif.

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Mast Brothers Chocolate
August 23, 2010, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Packaging | Tags: ,

I was recently treated to a bit of chocolate from one of Brooklyn’s finest chocolate makers (perhaps only chocolate maker?!). The chocolate is yummy, but the packaging is just as pleasure inducing if you’re a graphic designer. They all look different, some with lovely feminine flower patterns, others masculine instructions on ties and knots. The lovely shots from the shop are taken by Eric Ryan Anderson (his portfolio is worth checking out too!).

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Greg Lamarche
August 19, 2010, 7:51 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Well it’s another collage day, but in a totally different way. This is all by hand and I do so admire the work that goes into collecting bits and pieces for these final compositions. I also envy the hell out of Greg for having a studio where tables are full of wonderful scraps!

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Philips Cinema Parallel Lines
August 18, 2010, 1:04 pm
Filed under: This and That

To celebrate the cinematic experience Philips announced the Parallel Lines Competition a while back. The competetion focuses on telling a story with fixed lines your way. The lines are: “What is that?”, “It’s a unicorn”, “Never seen one up close before”, “Beautiful”, “Get away. Get away” and finally “I’m sorry”.

So what can you do when the lines are already fixed, you might think, well you can do a hell of a lot. Just look at how different the top ten videos are Be sure to vote!

One of my faves is definitely “Honey Moon” but I also happen to know the creators so I might be a bit biased. Congrats to Tine and the boys for kicking ass and making it into the top 10 selected by BAFTA, Ridley Scott and Philips.

August 18, 2010, 10:41 am
Filed under: Spatial Design, Typography

All I can say to this one is WOW!!! Check out this typographic installation by Portugese studio R2. The piece is called “Vai Con Deus” (Go With God) and is made on the facade of a gallery. Brilliant!

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This is Jobudenz
August 13, 2010, 8:18 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Check out French graphic designer Jonathan Budenz. I came across his collection of digital collages called “In The Between” and I think it’s great! The contrast in colour and shape is amazing and there are some really good compositions. There are 56 of them in total so make sure you go and click through them.

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