Southwest UK based Designer/Illustrator Mike Harrison has updated his portfolio with some colorful new work. There is some nice collage work for Nike featuring a cast of world famous athletes.

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Andy Smith kind of says what he has to say about himself much better than I could. And he also recently put up a new site with several new examples of his often hand rendered typography. So I will let him speak for himself:

“Andy Smith studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. Graduating in 1998 he quickly established a client list of advertising, publishing and editorial clients including Orange, Mercedes, McDonalds, The Guardian, Expedia, Sony, Vodafone, Random House and Penguin Books, directing Run London a commercial for Nike in 2000. His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have humour, energy and optimism and all are executed with a handmade, hand-printed, tactile feel. Quirky characters find themselves in absurd situations, often with a large piece of lettering nearby. When not producing commercial work for clients Andy can be found in the studio screen printing books and posters about Fatty, the Target People and the Hot Dog. He has exhibited in the UK, USA, France and Australia. He lives and works by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex. His favourite colour is blue.”

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“From the Latin “venter” meaning belly.

Ventral is fifty percent of the visual cortex, associated with object recognition and form representation. Connected to the brains’ limbic system, it elicits emotive stimulation throughout the body.

For all the times you get that feeling of warm, golden uncertainty in your belly.”

Ventral is an artist currently based in Leeds. You can view work via the Ventral website, Flickr or the blog.

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My guess is that it takes 3D artist Chris Labrooy a lot of time to generate one of his highly-detailed typographical illustrations. I wish I could say more about him but all that is up at his site is his work, his name, his email and his number.

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Cardiff based Departures is an independent branding and graphic design studio with a highly considered body of beautiful work. The passion for what they do comes shining through in the execution of their craft.

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Paul Fox is a ‘multi-disciplinary’ (there’s that word again) designer currently available for freelance positions. With a squeaky clean body of color-popping work I think any smart client would deem Fox’s work worthy of an A+. Alright, I know but I just couldn’t resist myself.

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After 9 years in the commercial design industry including a stint at Gendall, Cornwall’s largest agency, Neil Tinson founded his own studio in 2007. He has amassed a nice portfolio of clean design work and continues to serve his local design community through teaching at both the University of Gloucestershire and University College Falmouth.

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Seb Lester is etching an inarguable place in the current annals of typographic history (I do my best to never miss a chance to use the word ‘annals’ when it’s applicable). This latest poster is just fantastic. Seriously amazing work that no doubt took a true commitment to create. You can pick one up in either silver or gold here.

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Artist and illustrator Tom French was born in 1982, and raised in the North East of England. He attended the Newcastle school of Art & Design and went on to receive First Class Honors in Graphic Design from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design. Since then he has continued his discipline by painting and experimenting with spray paint, stencil and collage work.

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Counter-Objects is the sister store to Counter-Print and features some equally thoughtfully curated art and design goodies that I am sure a lot of us would love to get our hands on. There are some posters available from some my favorite designers and illustrators that I didn’t even realize were still in circulation. I discovered the site via a link back to Changethethought and for that I thank them very much.

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Jenkins is a mixed media artist and illustrator living in the U.K. He is responsible for some very compelling imagery that communicates a very raw and tactile quality. It’s hard not to like and I would imagine his work would look great hanging on a wall. You can also check his more regularly updated Flickr pages.

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Aimizm is the portfolio of Gary Swindell who spent many years working as a Creative director for numerous agencies. He currently works privately for design agencies and private clients across the UK and Scandinavia helping deliver strategy, design and art direction.

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Illustrator Dan Stafford has an likeable, interesting and brightly colorful style.

Via Design Collector.

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John Ross takes some very unusual photographs of unusual objects, substances and actions. All of which are beautiful to look at.

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Tomato updates their site with a huge amount of work that you can spend some serious time surfing through and being inspired by.

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Design agency/consultancy, True North has relaunched a new website featuring some new and beautiful design work.

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Onetime graphic designer (and still when the occasion calls for it [see above]) and now illustrator, Mark Howe has updated with a slew of fun projects.

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There is some really unusual work in the portfolio of Sheffield-based Studio Dust. Tiny images of said work, but still worth a browse.

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