Copied direct from the source:
“Black-Marmalade Studios was born in the fall of 2004 as a way for DeChazier P. Stokes-Johnson to have a change of pace from the sometimes static life being an art director at a advertising agency brings. Since then DeChazier has art directed, designed, & illustrated, for some of today’s top brands. He is a proud family man, art director, observer of creative culture, and entrepreneur, in that order. He tries hard everyday to attain a healthy balance between them all even though he knows pure balance is unattainable.
Besides continuing to art direct DeChazier is currently working hard on his creative observation site the Marma Spot and as an editor for Yes Yes Yall.
One of my all time favorite shops updated their site today with new work and a fresh look for the site. I absolutely love everything that Non-Format does.
For the unacquainted here is the profile from their site: “Non-Format is a creative team comprising Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian) and Jon Forss (British). They work on a range of projects including art direction, design and illustration for music industry, arts & culture, fashion and advertising clients. They also art direct Varoom: the journal of illustration and made images.”
About Johnny Hardstaff (copied direct from his site):
“Johnny Hardstaff is a director and designer. Represented by Ridley Scott Associates, Hardstaff has directed and designed innovative moving image work across a broad spectrum of both commercial and non-commercial strands of the visual arts. Mass media clients include Sony, Orange, Radiohead, Toshiba, Sony PlayStation and the BBC amongst others.
Hardstaff’s work has been broadcast worldwide and exhibited at major museums of modern art and cultural institutes including Tate Modern / NFT / ICA / Laforet Museum (Tokyo) / Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) / ACMI (Melbourne) / MOMA (San Francisco) / V&A Museum (London) and the Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco).
As displayed within his widely documented canon of work, Johnny Hardstaff is committed to expanding graphic horizons, working in a wide variety of commercial media in order to finance the development of experimental / long-format projects.”
He also just so happens to have quite possibly the best name I have ever heard that could double for a really kick-ass rock band.
I gotta be honest and admit that I am not the biggest fan of Sandberg and Timonen’s website and how their work is displayed but that is my one and only criticism. If you can get past that and start clicking through their work, almost every click yields something great. There is nothing but great work in their portfolio.
Boico is the online creative archive of Michael Bojkowski (aka Boico).There you will find a number of projects he has been involved with either as a freelance practitioner, or as a full time employee for various businesses in the U.K. and abroad. You can keep more up to date on his adventures at his ‘Boicozine’ or blog at blog.boico.net
Partners Will Perrens and Jenny Cobden established their London-based studio Atwork in 2007. Although their studio may be young Perrens and Cobden are veterans to the design and art direction world having collective experience working with the likes of Pentagram, Nexus Productions, Prada and GQ Style.
I particularly enjoyed the resulting posters from their 3 day typographic workshop entitled ‘A Bunch of Idioms’. You can see some of them in the image above and the rest of them here.
I have been familiar with Accept and Proceed for a while now but for some reason have slipped on writing about them. They have some exceptional posters for sale at Blanka, which I did mention in a post a while back. They also run a group project from time to time that other Designers participate in. According to their website, “Accept and Proceed is a design and art direction facility, providing print and interactive design for a wide range of sectors including the music, fashion and advertising industries.” A&P are London-based and claim to deliver innovating, pioneering yet effective solutions for their clients and approach each project with full gusto regardless of budget. That is the way it should be but often isn’t.
Whoa. Who forgot to tell me about Trevor Jackson? His portfolio is a study in all things good about graphic design. Every click yields yet another great project. I want to own everything in his portfolio just so I have it lying around where I can look at it. Subtle, restrained and utterly fantastic are the only words available to describe his body of work.
Jack Dahl established Homework in 2002 from the beautiful city where my Grandmother was born, Copenhagen, Denmark. He helped put a face on the international men’s fashion magazine He. Since then he has worked with Self Service magazine and Work in Progress advertising design studio (Paris) on some of todays leading fashion references including Jil Sander, Prada, Pucci, Chloé, Celine, Colette and Virgin Records. His portfolio is one long study in quality design.