05.18.12

Right off just from the completely different look of their website you know you can expect some seriously tight design from Komboh. A recent drop in on their portfolio revealed exactly that as well as some notable updates. Excellent work all around.

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One of my all-time favorite studios Non-Format have recently updated with a few new projects including a stunning bit of work for the recently released new Adobe creative suite.

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05.09.12

Tom Hingston Studio consistently cranks out exceptional work and his recent portfolio update is no exception. There are some brilliantly produced projects represented for some amazing clients.

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Man Joshua Smith AKA (the notorious) Hydro 74 just doesn’t f*ck around. The guy’s the real deal. Tried and tested. I recently stumbled upon a halftone print series he is working on and instantly recognized his work but it looked ‘new’ in a way difficult to describe. In short it looks awesome. Yes that is an overused word but in this case it definitely applies. I’ll be looking to get my hands on one of these prints. Keep an eye on his storefront to do the same.

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If you have a pulse and you’ve kept your ear to the ground creatively over the past few years I am sure you may have picked up on the influence of ‘hipster’ culture on both graphic design and advertising. And like it is with every trend after a period of time there will always be a backlash. And lately the hipster influence has definitely had it’s neck laid over the chopping block. I recently stumbled upon a fun little site called Hipster Branding that ‘rebrands’ well known companies with a little ‘hipster’ pastiche and it’s pretty dead on. Is it good you might ask? Well it’s hip.

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Estudio Vixen is the design studio of Alba Plaza based in the amazing city of Barcelona (I am dying to get back there soon). He’s involved in several interesting projects and has the simple but slick presentation of his work dialed in tight.

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04.27.12

Creative Mornings Portland is a very well executed ongoing video series featuring some excellent interviews and insight into some rare creative talents. This episode features none other than the working class hero designer Aaron Draplin. Enjoy.

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04.19.12

I am really digging the work of Curt Melo who claims he ‘didn’t choose to be an artist but he did choose to be an illustrator’. You have to think about that one for a minute because it speaks volumes as to what it means to have to draw a line and distinguish between the two in this crazy creative game many of us have to make a living at.

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04.11.12

I’ve been a fan of Hey Studio since I first laid eyes on their work. I usually am not a big fan of email newsletters, probably because so many are sent to me but I always look forward to theirs. They recently updated their website and for the fans of minimal and classic graphic design with just a hint of colorful latin flair it does not disappoint.

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There is some new work up since I last dropped in at Atelier Olschinsky and it is of course interesting, unique and purely delicious to the eyes.

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Polish designer Peter Tarka has a flair for type as image and it’s a flair that takes typography off the page and into the dimensional realm.

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04.04.12

Ill Studio has launched a new and in many ways even more strange and eccentric portfolio of work. They have noted that they’d like to make a bit of a departure from their older works and move toward the new direction they have taken.

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03.23.12

There is some strong work represented in the portfolio of Aussie designer extraordinaire Sam Pemberton, not the least of which includes the city of Melbourne rebrand you no doubt saw rippling through the creative blogosphere a few months prior.

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03.21.12

If you are a fan of ‘type as image’ then you have to have heard of or should at least be following the work of Luke Lucas. If you haven’t then it’s time to get familiar as he recently updated his personal portfolio.

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03.06.12

Gareth O’Brien is a healthy part of the tasty butter spread over the bread of one of my favorite studios, Buck. A quick glance not just at his work but the presentation of his work will be enough to start the wheels turning as to why he’s an asset to Buck.

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It’s that time again to refresh your Kult House page. They have updated yet again with some notable work stretching across different media and like always it’s all very sharp.

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Character is a San Francisco-based, independent creative agency with a passion for launching, rejuvenating and propelling brands. Our goal is to create lasting and meaningful relationships between our client’s brand and their audience through smart thinking and intelligent design.”

I was informed that Character likes to ‘fly under the radar’ but that might be hard to do with the portfolio they are developing. It’s worth talking about as there is some strong project work represented under the Character brand.

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02.28.12

105 Parris is the name taken by designer Enis Maksutovski. He is a modern day creative crossing the media streams vis-a-vis art direction, design, illustration and photography. He is based near Dusseldorf, Germany where he provides creative solutions for TV, animation, print and interactive primarily targeting fashion, lifestyle, music and entertainment.

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