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27 August 2
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Photography by Andrew (aka Cuba Gallery)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Andrew is one of New Zealand’s leading Graphic Designers, a career which has lead to his interest in photography. Based in Auckland the majority of Andrew’s work is done in New Zealand and Australia, however his love for photography has taken him to the USA, Japan, Europe and the Pacific Islands.

His work is heavily influenced by his design background in the graphic use of colour, light and composition.

View more of Andrew’s work here

15 August 1
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Meet Your Type – a field guide to typography

Under - Design, Resources, Typography

FontShop created this fully illustrated typography booklet with useful info in collaboration with students at Brigham Young University. The booklet is available for free to download along with several other docs filled with typography tips and tutorials from experts.

Why settle for casual flirtation when looking for a long-lasting relationship? Finding the perfect match is easy if you know the rules. Meet Your Type will help you overcome common obstacles, and keep your heart thumping for your one true love: typography.

11 May 3
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Dado Queiroz and realm of design

Under - Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

I’m so full of praise for the Latin American art and design that I wish to go there and actually spend some time. I admire it not because I like it or have built a taste for it over the time but because it is genuinely inspiring, mature and unique. It has its own flavour, whether it is typography, illustration or graphic design, I always came across something stunning from that part of the world.

Dado Queiroz’s work is a statement of brilliance in terms of its style, identity and potential. Born in Curitba (Brazil) in 1980, he currently works at DDB in São Paulo.

Dado Queiroz

So, let’s talk about you. How it all started?
I studied ‘Architecture and Urban Planning’ for one and a half year, until I drop it to start doing freelance illustration projects. It didn’t work out quite so well, so I started studying Graphic Design in 2000, finishing in 2003.

After that I started a small solo studio with only me and occasionally my wife at that time (I got married in 2004). Then the studio got a little bigger, when I invited my good friends Anderson Maschio and Beto Janz to be partners. It was called ‘estudiocrop’. Later on, Renan Molin joined too, still as an intern, and became a good friend of all of us.

In the end of 2006 Renan had to focus on his graphic design course’s final project, Beto had some issues with his personal life and so did I, as I got divorced, so it seemed like we should take some time off. A time from which we never got back, as we decided to end the studio. Each one of us took a separate path: I ended up coming to DDB Brazil, from where I was laid off about one year later. Me and Renan then tried to get estudiocrop back together, but it didn’t work out as we expected. So a few more months down the road I came back to São Paulo and rejoined DDB once more.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz

What keeps you going?
What keeps me going on in my personal life are the good times, the laughter, some Seinfeld episodes, good beer, greasy food, learning how to play the guitar, music, travelling and stuff like that. Professionally, it is almost an addiction to that feeling you get when you finish a piece that you think is good. This and some nice people you get to know along the way, the evolution of the work, the expressiveness that any graphic piece can carry, the money (yes, the money, why not?) and, more recently, a new pleasure giving lectures and conducting workshops.

Your unique style – how it evolved to what it is now?
I wouldn’t call it unique, although I tend to get feedback from people talking about ‘my personal style’. I guess it came along when I started focusing more and more on what I like to do when designing something or making an image, and not so much on what people expect or what is trendy or strategically correct right now. I figured, since I’m going to spend some 75% of my waking hours working or doing work related stuff, I might as well do what I like. After all, it’s my life going down the drain and I don’t want to spend it feeling frustrated or angry or whatever.

So, as it turns out, I like to draw letters, to try expressive compositions and to shade stuff a lot. So this ‘style’ is really just a natural development of what I like to do. There were no big plans to build a style. Or, rather, a ‘personal’ style just started to surface when I stopped caring about having a personal style – which to me makes perfect sense. If it’s your style, it’s something natural… it’s not something you can force to happen, right?

In technical terms, at this time, it is all basically Photoshop and my Intuos3 tablet. From sketch to finish it all happens there, including the vectors, that I started doing directly on Photoshop (but of course I still use Illustrator for all vector or for more complex vector work). And I say ‘at this time’ because the techniques I develop usually evolve from time to time, not really to get better or more efficient, but much more to avoid getting so damn tedious to do the same thing over and over.

Dado Queiroz

Sort of a cliché question – what’s the source of your inspirations?
My inspirations are 95% out of the realm of design or illustration. And again, it’s not a noble pursuit like ‘I just want outside references and blahblahblah’. It’s much more because I find it a bit boring to see the same design/illustration pieces over and over on the internet or books, all very well done, but basically all the same. You see 300 images that are essentially the same, just done by different people for different purposes. I find it very boring. And not only that, I find it harmful to my own work, since it can influence me rather than just inspire. What I usually like to see is architecture, furniture, product design, photography, microscopic and other botanic/organic related photography (great for forms and natural patterns) and some type related imagery.

Dado Queiroz

Dado Queiroz

Shape My Language – a typographic exhibition by Bruno Maag

Under - Design, Inspiration, Typography
Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Oliver Schöndorfer)

Some amazing typographic work by Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag Studio) goes on display at the Walking-Chair Design Gallery in Vienna, Austria.

There are dozens of different script systems in use in the world today, giving shape to thousands of spoken languages. A typeface designer’s task is not only to visualize the emotion with which a message is spoken, but also to ensure that the reader can absorb the message with a minimum of distraction.

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag

Shape My Language - Bruno Maag (Photo source: Dalton Maag)

19 April 3
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Here comes (Digital) Circlism!

Under - Art, Illustration
Bob Marley - Digital Circlism by Ben Hein

Bob Marley - Digital Circlism by Ben Hein

A modern artistic expression or a mix of Pop Art and Pointillism? Ben Hein developing this technique in Photoshop by understanding the dynamic movement of facial contours.

20 March 2
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Colosseo – a typographic rendition

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Cameron Moll’s rendition of the Roman Coliseum is as engaging as all of his previous typography work has been. Painstakingly handcrafted character by character, the artwork took almost 12 months to finish totaling roughly 250 hours from start to finish.

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo - Cameron Moll

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Colosseo (detail)

Characters from the ‘Goudy Trajan’ and ‘Bembo Pro’ typefaces used in the artwork along with glyphs that Cameron recreated based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino from around 1550 AD.

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs Poster (detail)

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Palatino Glyphs and Letterpress Posters - Cameron Moll

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Letterpress Poster (detail)

Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, and author living in Sarasota, Florida (United States) with his wife and four sons.

The best part is you can buy the Colosseo poster here if you like.

Too good to be GOOD!

Under - Design, Illustration, Media, Resources

But, it is. Good.is is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. The site is full of quality material and very well manicured.

GOOD’s mission is to provide content, experiences, and utilities to serve this community.

As a person of visuals, one of my favourite sections on the GOOD is Infographics which is full of interesting statistics and information presented in a very illustrative way that even Joe Quimby can understand.

The Largest Bankruptcies in History

The Largest Bankruptcies in History from Good.is

Since 2006 we’ve been making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn.

I hope mine is counted.

27 January 9
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20 this and 10 that … 5 best of this and top 100 of that!

Under - Design, Miscellaneous, My Musings, Resources

Sorry, didn’t have anything to write today so I thought of a cliché post title. I don’t know who exactly started this trend but I started noticing it on MSN few years back on their homepage and Yahoo followed soon after. This kind of articles appeared after logging out from email accounts such as Hotmail and Yahoo when you are automatically redirected to MSN or Yahoo homepages with some attention-grabbing top stories.

Those everyday articles used to be interesting, catchy and somewhat spicy. I bet they helped cutting down bounce rate and increased visitor retention on those sites but, the practice of such an approach within online creative community has now gone beyond acceptable. Smashing Magazine could be called trend setter within the creative industry and sort of sole responsible for the influx of such a nonsense that we have to deal with on everyday bases.

Just look at the article/post titles below that I accumulated from just one design resource:

  • 130+ Awesome Photoshop Tutorials
  • 7 Online Form Creation Solutions
  • 14 Great Posts on jQuery Plugins
  • 75+ Top jQuery Plugins to improve Your HTML Forms
  • 22 Stunning Free Download E-Commerce Icon Sets
  • 10 Amazing Avatar movie Photoshop Tutorials
  • 23 sites where to download free icons
  • Top 31 Most Creative and Interesting Movie Websites Designs
  • 20 Amazing Creature Illustrations by Imaginism
  • 35 Amazing Fantasy Art 3D Wallpapers
  • 10 Tips to Create a Motivating Working Environment at Home
  • 10 Beautiful Video Blogging WordPress Themes
  • 50+ Amazing Creatiive & Original Logos
  • 30 Cutting Edge Examples Of CSS Navigation
  • 60 Extremely Creative Movie Posters
  • 50+ Essential Techniques and Tools for Visualizing your Data
  • 40 Mind Blowing Surreal Photo Manipulations
  • 111 Best Online Web Design Tools
  • 27 hilarious stuff you wish, were Photoshopped
  • 27 Outstanding Car HDR Photos
  • 40 best photoshop tutorials for web layouts

Is there any number or combination of mind boggling words left? There were indeed hundreds of such posts/articles on that particular resource but I only picked a few to give an example here. The good thing about Smashing Magazine articles was that they were original, but the SEO orientated minds soon picked up the hidden benefit in such content and the rest is history now.

The type of material seen these days on lots of design/creative resources is meaningless. Although some of such posts provide valuable information (a tiny fraction may be) but most of the time their content is nowhere near to whatever claimed in their titles. Such posts are mostly used as fillers. It is also disrespectful and derogatory to senior designers, artists and creative people when their work is labelled and reviewed under 150 websites with beautiful background or something.

Having such content is supposedly one of the easiest ways to grab user attention and to generate content without much effort – and perhaps earning big plus from SEO point of view. I can generate at least five new articles, or may be more, out of the list above just by shuffling their content but is this what we really want to give to our audience or is this what people really want to see all the time?

25 January Share your
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CURB – the natural media company

Under - Advertising, Inspiration, Media

CURB

World’s first natural media company offering a range of highly effective media solutions solely using natural earth elements. Sounds interesting – isn’t it! CURB’s eco-advertising providing clients with natural marketing which impacts on their target consumer without impacting on the environment.

Our natural experts use only sustainable earth elements to create everything from national advertising campaigns to astounding corporate art. Ultimately we just love to do cool things with nature.

CURB

CURB

CURB

26 December 1
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Jonathan Puckey’s ‘Delaunay Raster’

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Technology, Typography

Delaunay Raster - Jonathan Puckey

Amsterdam based graphic designer Jonathan Puckey created this image and many others with Delaunay image vectorization using Scriptographer and Color Averaging by Jürg Lehni. Jonathan’s work is an amazing combination of art and science … and typography. View more of his work here.

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