Archive for the Inspiration Category

Featured Artist: Andrio Abero

Andrio Abero has established 33rpm in 2000 and has been working for the Seatlle music scene for almost 10 years before moving to New York. I love his strong concepts and impeccable execution. His designs are among the greatest music poster graphics I’ve ever seen. Apart from prints Andrio also does web design and illustrations for publications. Take 20 minutes of me-time and dive into his portfolio.

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Unusual and Beautiful Mugs for Tea/Coffee Lovers

I don’t make a secret out of it: I am addicted to tea and coffee. So what better way to prove my love for these delicious brews than showcasing some of the best mug designs. Some of these are clever, some funny and others just plain gorgeous. When I started researching extraordinary mugs I didn’t realise that there were so many unique designs out there. These are the ones I found and like for one of the above mentioned reasons. In case you’re wondering, I drink my tea the British way.

MyCuppa mug
MyCuppa comes in two versions: for tea and coffee. Whoever is on brewing duty, you’ll always get your drink just the way you like it. Buy at SuckUK.

messenger mug
The Messenger Mug lets you write and your mug and erease it later. Leave a note for your special one or use it as a post-it. Either way you can buy it from Heal’s. + Continue Reading

Great Album Cover Designs

I often go into large music stores to see what new music has emerged. Although online stores might be more convenient I enjoy flicking through CDs and vynils. Every now and then a particularly appealing album cover draws my attention. I might know the band and like their music, or not. Anyways, yesterday was such a day where i spent about an hour browsing through album covers seeking that eye-catching artwork. I got lucky and found a few real gems which I want to share with you. Unfortunately it wasn’t easy to find good quality pictures of the artworks. So please forgive me for some pixelated pictures.

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Featured: Toko Design Studio

So far I’ve only featured the work of individual artists or collectives. Well today I want to present to you the amazing Australian-based design studio Toko. Toko was established in 2001 in Rotterdam (NL) and relocated to Sydney in 2006. They’ve managed to attract big clients such as New York Times, Orange, MTV and Playstation. The portfolio is filled with impressive graphic design pieces.  Apart from their main homepage Toko also runs  a blog  called  EnvironMental which  showcase signage systems, environmental graphics, architecture and more.

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Featured Artist: Sebastian Onufszak

In Graphics We Trust is the personal portfolio of German based visual artist Sebastian Onufszak. Since 2002 he has been working as an art director and freelancer for an inernational range of high-end clients. Furthermore is the founder of the artist collective “Propagandabuero”. Vibrant colours and busy compositions are a trademark of his, but he also knows how to create beautiful and clean graphic design.

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Featured Artist: Jesse Kaczmarek

I visit the Behance network on a regular basis ever since I stumbled upon it a few weeks back. It’s incredible what great artist you discover by doing so. Today I found the portfolio of New York City based designer and art director Jesse Kaczmarek. He does a lot of branding and you’ve probably seen his work already without knowing it was him. The clean design just works. This is only a selction of Jesse’s art. See it all on his personal website.

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Kinetic Typography: Movies

Kinetic Typography is the method by which you visualize a speech, conversation or lyrics only by means of animated text. I’ve put together a list of 11 typographic videos about cult movies. Not only are these animations very interesting but also they offer a great source of inspiration for static typographic design. If that’s not enough you could always try to determine what fonts were used.


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Inspiration: Black and White Design is the new Black

I’ve compiled a list of the best black and white designs featuring print and animation. When using only these 2 colours all that matters is the composition which makes it so much harder to produce something beautiful. You can’t rely on any colour schemes to simulate a feeling or speak to your audience. This makes it that much more special when you discover a gorgeous black and white design. I’ve got the idea for this post after stumbling onto the works of Maxim Zhestkov, a 22 year old director and designer based in Russia. He’s a genius and uses no colours whatsoever. Below are a few screenshots and prints by Zhestkov.

Furthermore I’ve included the works of Noel Tanner, Andrew Dobbie and some more random black and white designs that struck me as particularly special.

Works by Maxim Zhestkov

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