The German illustrator and designer known only as DXTR has made some recent additions to his street-inspired portfolio including some new illustrations for Nike and K2 snowboarding. Look closely at the image above and see if you can spot the word ‘Nike’. It’s in there. Great visual.
Magomed Dovjenko is a designer and illustrator I’ve been following for several years now. He is one of those select few who learned to make a name for himself when he was still in his teens and is experiencing quite a bit of success as a commercial designer while still only being in his early twenties. He has since updated his site quite a bit since I last dropped in on his portfolio. His bright, colorful, poppy and pulp-infused work is always worth the inspirational browse.
There is a tongue and cheek kind of a thing happening in the portfolio of David Ryski AKA Talkseek whose father was a firefighter. His love of skateboarding, music and street art apparently diverted him from following in his father’s footsteps.
Rick Berkelman has a ‘not too in your face’ style as he describes it that combines elements of hand rendered typography, patterns and characters that are finished with a printerly touch that sometimes leans towards the ‘vintage appeal’.
Graphic Designer and Illustrator Borja Bonaque works from beautiful Valencia, Spain. His work is inspired by pure lines and geometric shapes. He has produced artwork for companies such us Elwood, Financial Times,Wallpaper, Zoo York, New Scientist, Rioja Wines, Bancaja, House & Garden or Wired Magazine. His work has been published in Germany, United States, England, Mexico, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore.
Our friend Andrei D. Robu has updated with several new projects lately including work produced for Brand Jordan, The Golden Globes and Bloomberg. Not too shabby at all. And of course he is still cranking out some excellent typographical work.
LRNZ is the portfolio of a Rome-based graphic designer and illustrator who was formerly at partner at an Italian studio called Chimp Co that later changed it’s name to Studio Brutus. His portfolio is a wild and colorful affair filled with references to videogames, comics and manga.
Japanese studio Groovisions have put their stamp on numerous projects over their years and have worked with several clients large and small. They have a highly varied and interesting body of work as a result and they have likely slipped your eye since they usually don’t stray out of their national borders for work.
Giampaolo Miraglia has a strange 3d meets retro kind of thing happening in his imagery. It feels like a generational clash and mishmash of 80s, 70s and just enough of ‘now’ peppered in to make it interesting. It doesn’t look like anything I have really seen lately and it’s worth a quick look.
My university kept a strict curriculum of design history courses paired with courses devoted to the study of typography. Our program was closely allied to the Bauhaus and as a result I drank in a large gulp of the work of Herber Matter. His work was a distinct influence of several of my fellow students so I was thrilled to uncover via the ever-great Grain Edit that there will soon be a documentary released about his work. Hopefully a documentary about the great Herbert Bayer will soon follow.
You can watch a preview above and read the entire post about the making of the documentary and it’s release over at Grain Edit.
Markus Hofk is a ‘conceptual image maker’. I like that description a lot. He has recently updated with exactly that and seems to approach each new project with a uniquely individual perspective that wins out over the embrace of a consistent style. That’s not an easy thing to do and he appears to be doing it very well under his monicker Rainbow Monkey.
“Berger & Föhr is a Boulder-based multidisciplinary design Studio. We practice cohesive visual communication characterized by modernism, minimalism and the search for objectivity. We employ a comprehensive methodology emphasizing clear and concise communication – to create lasting, considered work.”
Berger & Föhr is run by a friend of mine who I haven’t seen much of in the past few years. It’s been a delight to watch their transformation though and I think they are bringing a needed element to the design and advertising scene here in Colorado. Positioning themselves as they have is a smart move and they are doing well as a studio because of it. I applaud the approach and congratulate them on their recent movie and new website.
Okay this is always the kind of thing as a designer/illustrator in my 30s that kind of freaks me out a little bit but Andaur Studios is the work of a 17 year old self-taught, multidisciplinary freelance Art Director, Digital Artist and Graphic Designer located in Santiago. Yes I said 17.
The Forty Story
The story of a boy born on the day Pentagram opened and how his life has been tracked (and kerned) by forty years of Pentagram design.
Written by Naresh Ramchandani and Tom Edmonds
Directed by Christian Carlsson
Additional animation by Simone Nunziato
Sound design by Iain Grant and Wam London
Music by Graeme Miller
Titles by John Rushworth
Design by Pentagram
Voiceover by Daniel Lapaine
There is some fun illustration work in the Behance portfolio of Italian illustrator and designer Rubens Cantuni and from what I have been hearing lately our friends in the creative industry residing in Italy need as much attention and as many projects as they can get. Hope this post helps.
Pretty sure I blogged about Tee Shirt makers Any Forty somewhere back in the long mythical history of this here blog of lore. But anyway, I recently surfed my way back and was really impressed by some of the recent tees added to their collection. They are a little on the pricey (UK pound) side but might be worth it for hipness sake.
Every once in a while after running a blog like this for several years you get an email in your inbox from someone you have an insane amount of respect for, of course that’s not to say that you also constantly discover people you have an insane amount of respect for but anyway…this week I got an email from one of my all time favorite design and illustration studios La Boca. They have updated their already amazing portfolio with yet more amazing things and it’s a genuinely inspirational browse through their portfolio. So enjoy compliments of La Boca.
Nick Dart has some brilliantly understated graphic design work in his portfolio and he recently updated with more (thankfully) of the same. Excellent work.