Inspiration Lab

Alberto Vargas & George Petty
December 30, 2010, 3:17 pm
Filed under: Illustration/Art

Since the obligatory Mad Men Christmas party this year I’ve been really inspired by everything retro. I’ve always had a thing for pin up girls so when I recently rediscovered the Vargas girls by chance I was so happy. Here’s one for the boys! I just love Vargas and Petty, they don’t make women like this these days do they? ;-)

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December 29, 2010, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging

I’ve been a lazy buggar the last few days enjoying Christmas break. But I need to get back into gear right? So here’s one for you guys. Check out Antrepo4, you might recognize their container colour posters which were big on ffffound but I am also really fond of a project they did reinterpreting commercial packaging, in a minimalistic way. Don’t you just SO wish the Scweppes bottles looked like that???

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Sara Wood
December 26, 2010, 11:50 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

Check out US illustrator and designer Sara Wood. She’s done som really lovely book covers and posters and I just love her warm and approachable style.

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Mike Kus
December 25, 2010, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Web

Had a bit of a Christmas break here at the lab but with a few days off before New Year’s I’m back with a bit of inspiration. I was recently alerted to Mike Kus (thanks Jeppe!) I’ve enjoyed his work before for the Carsonified website but never knew who was behind it. I love his style, his websites are vibrant, colourful and shows a knack for approaching the media in a creative way.

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Benny Box
December 22, 2010, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Motion and Video

I’ve had the pleasure of the company of Esben from Benny Box a few times as an external lecturer and FINALLY the boys have updated their website so now I really must share it. If you’re Danish you’ve most likely already enjoyed their work for the intro sequence of “Borgen” – great work! – but they’ve also done lots of other great stuff. You guys rock!!

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Click the “full screen” button on the Vimeo video below and enjoy it in all its glory!

Daily Calligraphy
December 21, 2010, 8:12 am
Filed under: Typography | Tags:

If you haven’t already sent out your Christmas cards then it is probably too late to learn how to do them in calligraphy. But you can let yourself get inspired by Lila at Daily Calligraphy who posts a sample of her work every day. There’s some great samples to be found!

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Stranger and Stranger
December 20, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Packaging | Tags: ,

If you had a bit of a boozer over the weekend than this post might make you feel a little nauseous but I just have to show you the UK studio Stranger and Stranger. They’ve found a niche for themselves in making packaging design for alcohol and they do it very well. Just look at the samples below. I fell totally in love with their work for Kraken Rum.

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Raymond Biesinger
December 16, 2010, 7:10 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I’ve been quite fond of illustrator Raymond Biesinger ever since I saw his work in Wired (the magazine) a while back. I love the amount of details in his work and I also love the use of texture instead of it being clean vectorshapes.

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Cristiana Couceiro
December 15, 2010, 6:58 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art

While searching for something else I came across Christiana Couceiro, an illustrator from Portugal. Her collages are so carefully composed and have gone straight into my composition examples folder to use in my classes. Great work with colour and the contrast between new and old.

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December 14, 2010, 9:55 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I’m sure you’ve recently seen the poster for the much talked about Joaquin Phoenix movie “I’m still here” the poster is done by Kellerhouse (a.k.a.Neil Kellerhouse) an LA based studio. I like the typework which I think is an original take on a style that we’ve seen for a looooong time in fashion printwork. Kellerhouse has also done lots of other great work, I just LOVE the “Antichrist” posters (even though I have miced feelings about the movie) the weird layering and the harsh yet fragile handwriting is fab.

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