Archive for June, 2011

Frequency: Free July 2011 Calendar Wallpaper

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This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing. The July 2011 Calendar Wallpaper is entitled “Frequency”. This desktop background uses a lot of vibrant colours and textures to really make it pop. Many of the details have been hand drawn in Photoshop, while the main elements have all been assembled in Illustrator using a mix of gradients and blending modes. It is very reminiscent of the ever popular retro futuristic design style. By the by, if you’re interested in the different stages of creating the design you can see a few shots on Dribbble. As always I hope that you like it. Please consider sharing it on any social networks. Thanks! + Continue Reading

Book Review: Print Handbook for designers

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I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the Print Handbook for designers by the kind folks of the UK-based Media Collective. So today I’m gonna give you a short, but concise insight into this book, call it a book review if you like. Not to worry though, there’s gonna be a lot of pictures too. Let’s have a look then, shall we. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Vibrant Digital Art by Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen

FYI Monday Design Inspiration by Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday Series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen is a 29-year-old graphic designer and illustrator based in Helsinki, Finland. Olli-Pekka’s work is simply mind-blowing. See for yourself below. Don’t forget to visit his portfolio for more inspiration.

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FYI Monday: Cool Pop Culture Illustrations by Tom Whalen

FYI Inspiration Monday Tom Whalen Transformer

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday Series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Tom Whalen is an American illustrator from Royersford, PA. Tom’s amazing illustrations are mostly inspired by pop culture, such as comics and movies. I’ve always been a big fan of artist who incorporate their passions into their work and Tom absolutely hits the spot. The illustrations are playful and dark at the same time. Don’t just take my word for it though, have a look at the small selection below. For more inspiration visit Tom’s portfolio at www.strongstuff.net.

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FYI Monday: Minimal & Geometric Grunge Design by Marius Roosendaal

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This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday Series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Marius Roosendaal is a graphic designer and art director from Amersfoort, Netherlands. Today I want to focus on Marius’ latest latest personal project MSCED, which stands for Make Something Creative Every Day. Browsing through all of his daily designs I haven’t come across a single piece I didn’t like. That might actually be a first. Below is a small selection of his (mostly) minimal and geometric grunge designs. For more inspiration go to www.mariusroosendaal.com.

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FYI Monday: Super Cool Illustrations & Typography by Jordan Metcalf

FYI Inspiration Monday Jordan Metcalf Monster Type

This post is part of the For Your Inspiration Monday Series showcasing the most inspiring designs out there. Each week a new artist or design style will be presented in order to get your creative juices flowing for the upcoming week. I hope you enjoy the series.

Jordan Metcalf is a graphic designer and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Jordan specializes in playful typography and illustrations as well as being a fan of black and white designs. I’ll let the beautiful work speak for itself. For more inspiration make sure to visit his portfolio at www.jordan-metcalf.com or follow him on Twitter.

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Rise: Free June 2011 Calendar Wallpaper

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This post is part of the free calendar wallpaper series. Each month I create a new wallpaper featuring the current calendar. Looking at the same image over and over again is not very stimulating. Hence having a new desktop background each month should help getting your creative juices flowing. The June 2011 Calendar Wallpaper is entitled “Rise”. Same as last month I tried to build an abstract photography scenery. It was great fun blending different photos together and playing with colour schemes to come up with this abstract design. I hope you like it, and if you do, then please share it. Thanks! + Continue Reading