Plastic Business Cards by Oomph [review]

Oomph Logo

A while back I was contacted by Jack from Oomph, a plastic card printing company based in Hampshire, UK, asking whether I was interested in a free sample of their plastic business cards in exchange for a review. The timing couldn’t have been better as I was planning on getting new cards anyways, so I said yes. It took me a while to design them as is always the case when being your own client. Jack has been very patient with me and nothing but helpful. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Gorgeous Lettering by Jeff Rogers

FYI Inspiration Monday: Custom Lettering by Jeff Rogers

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.

Jeff Rogers is a letterer and designer working in NYC. It’s great to see so many hand drawn custom lettering examples in one place. What impresses me the most is the abundance of styles ranging from pencil drawings & sketches to full on acrylic on canvas pieces. Below is only a small selection of Jeff’s work, for more inspiration check out howdyjeff.com. + Continue Reading

Ampersand: Free February 2013 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 February 2013 Calendar Wallpaper is simply called Ampersand, for obvious reasons. Those of you that follow me on Instagram will have seen a couple of rough ampersand sketches, so for this wallpaper I took it a step further and created my own custom ampersand in Illustrator. Colour correction and texturising was done in Photoshop. I’m sure that’ll experiment more with custom typography as I’ve become quite obsessed with it over the past month or so. As always, I hope you enjoy the design and feel free to leave feedback in the comments section. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Beautiful Minimal Retro Designs by J Fletcher

FYI Inspiration by J Fletcher

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.

Jay Fletcher is a graphic designer, illustrator & art director based in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m particularly fond of Jay’s minimal retro illustrations and logo designs. Using limited colour palettes and adding just a touch of grit he manages to create beautiful aesthetics. For more inspiration and case studies visit jfletcherdesign.com + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Beautifully Fresh Illustrations by Steve Simpson

FYI Monday Steve Simpson Tuzo Mural

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.

Steve Simpson is Dublin-based illustrator/designer working in the areas of packaging design, illustration and art for children’s books.  All of Steve’s work is ridiculously detailed and uses gorgeously vibrant colour palettes. Whether it’s character design or typography, everything is spot on which makes for one hell of a portfolio. For  plenty more inspiration check out www.stevesimpson.com + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Custom Lettering & Typography by Simon Ålander

FYI Typography Inspiration by Simon Alander

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.

Simon Ålander is a Swedish designer and lettering artist who specialises in custom typography designs. All of his works have a certain retro & vintage feel to them, whether it’s the colour paletter or subtle grain and imperfections. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of Simon’s lettering skills. For more inspiration make sure to visit his official site at coffeemademedoit.com + Continue Reading

MMXIII: Free January 2013 Calendar Wallpaper

Thumbnail January 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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 January 2013 Calendar Wallpaper is called MMXIII. The main element is hand-drawn lettering of MMXIII with the quote ‘No More Excuses’. January is the time to make resolutions for the year to come. Mine is to stop messing around, stop finding excuses not to do something. Whatever your plans for 2013 are, don’t let anything get in the way of it. Just go for it. On a more technical note, I’ve finally added support for the iPhone 5, don’t worry though, the wallpaper looks great on older models too! Enjoy. + Continue Reading

FYI Monday: Beautiful Vintage Lettering by Jon Contino

FYI Jon Contino Illustration Inspiration

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.

Jon Contino is a freelance illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. Looking through Jon’s portfolio it’s clear that he’s a master when it comes to hand drawn lettering. All of his work have a very distinct vintage feel to them using minimal colour palettes and gorgeous textures. For plenty more typography inspiration go to joncontino.com + Continue Reading