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Grain edit inspires hundreds of designers and illustrators each day with our fresh content and exclusive interviews. Daily posts are hand picked for the best of timeless modern graphic design, typography and illustration from the 1950s – 1970s and contemporary designers that draw from that period. We feature rare design books, vintage kids books, posters and mid century modern ephemera from our bookshelves as well as other designers’ libraries.
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26. Chris DeLorenzo Interview

Chris DeLorenzo

I’ve been following the work of Christopher DeLorenzo for sometime now and i’ve always been impressed with his ability to skillfully navigate between illustration, type and design with the slightest of ease. Building on simple forms, he crafts character-driven work that is equally informed by his love for film and passion for literature. A native of Massachusetts, Chris briefly ventured into NY for a stint at Saatchi & Saatchi X. He has since returned, to take on the lead design / art director role at the clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes. We’ve featured Chris’s work on the site in the past, but in today’s interview he grants us a closer look into his work and process.

 

 

 

When and how did you become interested in illustration and design?
I guess the seed was planted when I was really young. As a kid, art and craft were always around me. My grandfather was a carpenter and constant painter and creative person and my grandmother was basically the town artist. They helped light the spark and eventually fueled as I got older. In college I found out about graphic design, but I felt too limited so I took all of the illustration and printmaking classes I could. During an art history class I first saw Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast and it was love at first sight and my mind was blown. Basically I’ve been striving to model my career after them ever since.

 

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As a designer, what types of projects are you most passionate about? what attracts you to that type of work?
There are a lot of working designers that like to think of themselves as artists as well and I am definitely in the class. We can all design a logo or lay something out with a bit of personal distance if we have to, but our favorite projects are the ones where the client just wants us to give it our voice, our hand and our personality. When I get an email from a new client who wants me for my art and design thinking and voice rather than my title as “graphic designer” I get very excited and it’s always one more coin in the jar labeled “I think I can do this for a living”. I really like open ended briefs, something where I get one of two words and an emotion to work off of. I love editorial illustrations but sometimes the topics don’t really lend themselves to my drawing style and I sometimes feel they are forced. But nothing beats seeing your work on the printed page. I will never grow tired of that. I hope it never grows tired of me.

 

Could you walk us through one of your projects? Please include the tools you worked with to achieve the final look.
Last year, Johnny Cupcakes, the company I design for, released a Halloween collection of t-shirts called “Midnight Delights” The idea was a spoof on vintage pulp horror novellas. Three t-shirts packaged in a book-like box. There’s such a rich history with that genre that we really wanted to capture it as best we could. I hand drew all the covers first, sketches and pencil work, then I used my wacom tablet to recreate everything digitally and do the type. Of course, they were looking too flat on the screen so I had to add some texture to them, you’ll  see different stippling and line strokes on them that I used with Retro Supply brushes. And then to top it all off I added some distressed textures to give it that worn old book feel. Since our printers screen print everything it’s really nice to have the Retro Supply textures in vector that way I can keep it all in one place and not have to move art into a different application and separate the colors.

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In what ways did the initial concepts differ from the finished product?
Not a whole lot changed actually. I just came up with a lot of different titles for the books first and since we had three shirts it made it a lot easier to pick three good ones and not have to dwindle them down to one, that way we got to capture a whole range of stories – some romantic, some summer camp swamp monsters, and the disgruntled undead. Since the client was ourselves it was really just about making us laugh and creating a fun and uniquely Johnny Cupcakes experience for the customer.

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How has your work evolved over the years?
Well if you take a look at my tumblr site and start from the beginning you definitely see a certain stylistic change. I think that’s the one thing that some people might be thrown off with, because my execution might differ from the last image but my thinking and personality has always come through no matter what. I have a design brain with an illustration hand so I’m always trying to tackle a problem with the best visual way. Again, trying to be my own one man PushPin studios.

More recently my work has been very illustration heavy as I’ve grown up a little bit I’ve become more confident in how I see the world and not how others make me see. This has resulted in more simple line drawings using a lot of patterns and geometry. I’m more inspired these days in seeing the poetry in objects and things and the idea that everything can be a portal into something else.

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In addition to your work for Johnny Cupcakes, you also you produce the Be Brave Podcast which features candid interviews with young creative people. What led you to launch the show and in what ways have side projects contributed to your own growth and development as an artist?

Although Johnny Cupcakes has a huge presence and influence, I have barely gotten any work based on my position and portfolio with them. The work I get these days is all based on the side projects and personal work I’ve made. The Be Brave Podcast started out as a way for my friend David Tanklefsky and I to practice our craft, it was a way to have a client and a problem without having an actual client. David writes and interviews and I create portraits based on people and their stories. We realized we know a lot of cool people who we want to expose to the world and dig deeper into their creative drive and method.

Another project that has been getting lots of attention and work for me are my ‘Nudes with Phones’ series. Those started as just a fun little experiment and quickly evolved. Each drawing I put online is like a fishing lure, some of them bite and some just keep swimming by, that’s why you have to keep making, and if they aren’t biting…go to a different pond.

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It sounds like side projects continue to be a strong and effective tool tool for personal growth, developing a new client base and gaining insight into your audience. Do you have any recommendations for designers that feel stuck in the corporate grind and are looking to develop passion projects outside of their day job? 

Just do it. Every designer at a corporate jobs probably thinks of at least one or two side projects a day that they don’t know could be side projects yet. They probably grab a beer with their friends and they all say “we should totally do….” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if….” or “I really wish someone would…”. Next time you find yourself daydreaming about a project or saying those words, stop and write them down and start making it happen. Making things is the easiest thing in the world, it’s the abstract stuff we get caught up in. I don’t care that you’re tired when you get home from your job, nobody cares and they are tired of your unhappiness so you should probably do that thing you’ve been talking about. I fall into the same trap all the time, sometimes you gotta pull the plug on that netflix subscription and start it back up after you’re done with your project.

 

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We would like to thank Chris for taking time to share with us. You can see more of his work here. Posters, prints and goodies are available from his online shop.

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27. Super Super

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Brillant work from Super Super, a Warsaw-based creative studio specialising in connecting ideas with design and technology.

 

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28. Brand Guide: Singapore Edition

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Brand Guide: Singapore Edition rounds up the iconic homegrown brands that attest to the current golden age of design in Singapore. Conceived by local design think-tank studio, Foreign Policy Design Group, this publication goes in-depth, featuring the brains behind some of Singapore’s most well-known and well-loved brands, such as Unlisted Collection:, The Lo & Behold Group, Papa Palheta, Ong Shunmugam, GOODSTUPH, DrGL, Supermama, BooksActually,and Plain Vanilla. Doubling as an alternative travel guide for the modern design traveller, Brand Guide: Singapore Edition hopes to share their appreciation for local brands and to inspire that in their readers.

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29. Recently Received

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Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shelves. Included are impressive new titles from Nobrow, Chronicle Books, Lars Muller, Laurence King, F&W Media and Princeton Architectural Press. Especially worth noting is Unit Edition’s latest endeavor – a hearty monograph on Lance Wyman.

 

 

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Lance Wyman: The Monograph
Edited by Adrian Shaughnessy / Published by Unit Editions
Designed by Spin
Edition of 2000
464 pgs / Hardback, black cover and white foil

I’ve long admired Lance Wyman’s work, but that appreciation was limited to the scant selection of projects featured in peer journals over the years. I know others felt the same way and clearly there was a demand for a more comprehensive collection of Wyman’s output. It appears Unit Editions was listening and have answered in the form of a hefty and thoughtful tribute to the man’s work. Weighing in at almost five and half pounds the monograph showcases his significant and prolific out of identity design and examines his role as a pioneer of wayfinding. Included are his iconic designs for the Mexico 68 Olympics, the Minnesota Zoo and much more. Also featured are many previously unpublished items and a selection of pages from Wyman’s vast unseen archive of graphic design ‘log books’.

I’m afraid the pictures below barely do this book justice. It really needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

Copies are available at Unit Editions. Highly recommended!

 

 

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Cyber Realm 
By Wren McDonnald / Published by Nobrow
24 Pages

Blending sci-fi with an honest and dark humour, Wren McDonald transports us to a post-apocalyptic future world where a tyrannical King reigns supreme over the disparate and feuding common people; a people that survived the earth’s annihilation, only to endure the cruel powers wielded by the King.

Available at Amazon, Nobrow and your local book shop

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Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World
By Steven Heller & Mirko Ilic / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
320 Pages

A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognizable shorthand for the plays of William Shakespeare. In the four hundred years since his death, the Bard of Avon’s exalted place in the pantheon of theater and poetry—indeed, all of Western culture—is unequaled. As Ben Jonson proclaimed, Shakespeare “is not of an age but for all time!” And just as centuries of theatrical artists have reimagined his works through the lens of their own time and culture, so too have illustrators and designers been inspired to create posters that reinvent Shakespeare’s well-known themes for each new generation of theatergoers. Presenting Shakespeare collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare’s plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia, and beyond.

Available at Amazon, PA Press, and your local book shop.

100 Great Children's Picture Books

100 Great Children's Picture Books

100 Great Children's Picture Books

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100 Great Children's Picture Books

100 Great Children’s Picturebooks
By Martin Salisbury
Published by Laurence King
216 pages

This unashamed visual feast celebrates the best designed and illustrated picturebooks from around the world over the past one hundred years.

Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists and Postwar Neo-romantics. They are also mirrors of their times reflecting social concerns from a child’s and family’s perspectives throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Available at Amazon, Laurence King and your local book shop.

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Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World
By Gail Anderson / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
256 Pages

In an age of slick, computer-generated type and Photoshopped perfection, hand-drawn packing is enjoying a global resurgence. As shorthand for something more authentic, homegrown, handmade, or crafted, hand-drawn packaging is found on everything from supermarket eggs to Chipotle drink cups. In this exhaustive and lavishly illustrated survey, organized by four types—DIY, art, craft, and artisanal—Gail Anderson pulls back the curtain on the working processes and inspirations of forty letterers, illustrators, and designers from all around the world through insightful interviews, process sketches, and her infectious love of the medium.

Available at Amazon, PA Press and your local book shop

Printmaking
Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Processes (2nd edition)
By Bill Fick and Beth Grabowski / Published by Laurence King
256 Pages

Printmaking is a practical and comprehensive guide to printmaking techniques.

This fully updated edition includes expanded chapters on digital and mixed media processes, and a brand new ‘Print & Make’ chapter, which explores the opportunities for creative expression within the many processes available to print makers. The more traditional techniques of relief, intaglio, collograph, lithography, screen printing and monoprint have also been refreshed with the addition of new images showing a broader range of subject matter, including more contemporary prints and international artists.

Available at Amazon, Laurence King and your local book shop.

W.A. Dwiggins Stenciled

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William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration: Expanded Edition
By Dorothy Abbe / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
112 Pages

There has never been anyone in the design world like William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956). The first American to call himself a graphic designer, he applied his prodigious talents in the fields of typography, calligraphy, illustration, and even puppeteering–a more fitting title might have been Renaissance man. He is best known for his book designs, which combine his expertise in calligraphy, use of stencils, and typography. Very little has been published on Dwiggins, until now. The first of several planned volumes on his incredible legacy, this reprint of Stencilled Ornament & Illustration includes the original book, hand-set in an experimental Linotype face he designed, along with stencils and plates illustrating a dizzying array of graphical elements. A new introduction by Bruce Kennett shows how Dwiggins used ornaments, rules, and other elements in his final book and jacket designs. Originally published in a letterpress edition of 120 copies, this important book introduces the unique genius of Dwiggins to a broader audience.

Available at Amazon, PA Press and your local book shop

 

Every Person in New York

Every Person in New York

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Every Person in New York
By Jason Polan, Foreword by Kristen Wiig
Published by Chronicle Books
408 pages

Jason Polan is on a mission to draw every person in New York, from cab drivers to celebrities. He draws people eating at Taco Bell, admiring paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, and sleeping on the subway. With a foreword by Kristen Wiig, Every Person in New York, Volume 1collects thousands of Polan’s energetic drawings in one chunky book. As full as a phone book and as invigorating as a walk down a bustling New York street, this is a new kind of love letter to a beloved city and the people who live there.

Available at Amazon, Chronicle books and your local book shop

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Grids & Guides Red: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers 
Published Princeton Architectural Press
160 pages / 5.75 x 8.25 inches (14.6 x 21.0 cm), Hardcover

Grids & Guides Red promises another 144 pages of varied and unusual graph paper (including some new grid designs), interspersed with more engaging charts and infographics—from knot tying to logic expressions—for right- and left-brainers alike.

Available at Amazon, PA Press and your local book shop

 

The art of illustrated maps

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The Art of Illustrated Maps
By John Roman / Published F&W Media
200 Pages 

his book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases the works of contemporary map illustrators from around the world.

Available at Amazon and your local book shop.

 

The Walking Society

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Camper: The Walking Society
Edited by Anniina Koivu / Published by Lars Muller
408 Pages

What is a “walking society”? A society that is in motion, that is setting out for somewhere. And what connects the individuals in this society with the ground they stand on? It’s their shoes of course.

The focus here is on a very special shoe: the Camper shoe. It has gone through considerable changes since its early days, when it was cobbled together by Mallorcan peasants from a piece of car tire and a scrap of fabric. What remains is the philosophy embraced by the Spanish family business, that innovative shoes produced according to the highest standards should not only be comfortable but should also offer their wearers the greatest possible freedom of movement.

The book tells the story of the Camper brand while at the same time unfurling a range of related themes, from the anatomy of the foot to the cultural history of the shoe. All of which leads to a visual exploration of our “walking society.”

Available at Amazon, Lars Muller and your local book shop.

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Sigrid Calon Notecards
Produced by PA Press
12 Notecards and Envelopes

nspired by the vibrant Risograph prints of Dutch artist Sigrid Calon, this stunning collection includes twelve deluxe notecards. Each perforated card features two extraordinary works—for a total of twenty-four framable prints! With mesmerizing patterns and fluorescent details, this set makes for beautiful correspondence or display.

Available at Amazon, PA Press and your local bookshop

 

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30. dn&co

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Outstanding design work from dn&co., a multidisciplinary studio based in London.

 

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31. Yellow: The Collected Book

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Created by the team behind OFF LIFE, Yellow is a celebration of illustration and the artists who’ve made it their own. Through Yellow, OFF LIFE wanted to show that illustration isn’t just a medium of pretty pictures; that it can be as powerful as any photograph or piece of writing. With this in mind, they rounded up 52 of the world’s most exciting artists, allocated them each a week of the year and asked them to illustrate one news story that broke within their seven days. The result is an entire illustrated year from 52 unique perspectives. And with the year nearly up, we’re collecting every piece into a beautiful hardback book that showcases what illustration can bring to the biggest issues of our time.

Artists include Jean Jullien, Hattie Stewart, Supermundane, Malika Favre, Ian Stevenson, Stanley Chow, Grace Wilson, Pete Fowler, Martin Rowson, Matthew the Horse, Charlotte Mei, Jamie Coe, Chris Riddell, Martina Paukova, Chris SimpsonsArtist and (literally) dozens more.

OFF LIFE will be taking orders over the next few days through their Kickstarter campaign. Pick up your copy now!

 

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32. Blast off into Space with Professor Astro Cat!

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Minilab is a new app development studio from the minds of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. Steeped in the same ethos as their traditional print counterparts, they aim to deliver memorable products that revel in strong visual storytelling. For their first project, they were tasked to bring Ben Newman’s best selling book Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space to life.  You can download the app at iTunes and see a preview of the app in action here.

 

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33. Daniele Simonelli

Daniele Simonelli

UK based designer and illustrator Daniele Simonelli has a style that is both warm and endearing. Through his calculated use of texture and color, he creates vivid imagery that tempt and captivate your attention.

 

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34. Josh Brill Canine Collection

Josh Brill Canine

Grain Edit friend and fave, Josh Brill recently updated his shop with a sophisticated collection of canine prints. Included in the series are illustrations of Labrador Retrievers. Boxers and French Bulldogs. See the complete collection here.

 

 

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Josh Brill Canine

 

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35. Anne-Margot Ramstein

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Beautiful work from Anne-Margot Ramstein an author and illustrator based in Montreal.

 

 

 

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36. Tom Froese

Tom Froese

Tom Froese is a Canadian designer who revels in color and has a real flair for finding the humor in everyday life. Recently Tom updated his website with a vibrant collection of new works, including projects for Offscreen, Herb Lester and Walrus magazine.

 

 

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37. I Am the Frankenstein Monster!

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Werewolves! vampires! spiders with top hats! These are some of the creatures featured in a new monster picture book series by author, illustrator, and character designer Ralph Cosentino. Inspired by his love for monsters this collection pays homage to the folklore and stories he admired as a kid.

In the first book, readers are invited to rediscover Frankenstein, not as a menacing beast but as a gentle giant with a love for reading and foreign languages. Joining him in his adventures are a chubby bat named Claude and a lovable cat named Bela. Together they explore alternative uses for windmills and learn the finer points of Spanish music and dancing (I suspect the later pays homage to Ralph’s own background as the son of Argentinian flamenco dancers). To help bring the story to life, Ralph employs auditory phrases and expressive typography to encourage parents and children alike to immerse themselves in the experience and pretend to be their favorite characters.

After years of burning the midnight oil, Ralph is ready to bring the series to light (but don’t tell Dracula!).  To secure a copy and earn cool stuff along the way, you can help support his efforts via this Kickstarter campaign.

 

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38. Dock 57

Dock 57

Dock 57 is the online moniker of designers Sveta Shubina and Manar Shajri. Hailing from Russia, the dynamic duo specialize in creating logotypes, corporate branding and illustrations.

 

 

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39. Anne Jordan

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Feast your eyes on the work of Anne Jordan, a book designer and recent winner of Print magazine’s New Visual Artists :15 under 30. Along with her husband – designer Mitch Goldstein –  she maintains a small design studio in Rochester, New York. Through process-driven experiments with unconventional materials and techniques, she crafts work that embraces the elements of chance and limitation.

 

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40. Sabbath Visuals

Sabbath Visuals

 

Sabbath is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Monterrey, Mexico.  One of my favorite projects from the firm is a self-intiated branding campaign for a fictional thermos company called Ownluck. The thermos features a unique compartment system that allows the user to store three distinct liquids. Building from this key innovation, the team devised a visual language that incorporates a series of three line divisions into the logo and packaging. See the complete campaign here.

 

 

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41. nju:comunicazione

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I’m excited to discover the work of nju:comunicazione, a multidisclipnary studio from the South of Italy. With a diverse portfolio that spans branding, illustration and packaging, they easily transition between work that is sparse and restrained to projects that are highly expressive. See more here.

 

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43. Marijke Buurlage

Marijke Buurlage

Lovely work from Marijke Buurlage, an artist living and working in the Netherlands. With a love for animals and plants she crafts vibrant landscapes and precious moments that appear to be frozen in time. Many of her illustrations can be found gracing the covers of books and magazines along with posters and prints. Explore her world further at marijkebuurlage.com

 

 

 

Marijke Buurlage

Marijke Buurlage

Marijke Buurlage

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44. Toro y Moi – Sketch to Screen

Toro Y Moi

Yours Truly has put together an amazing video and feature on Chaz Bundick a.k.a Toro y Moi. Chaz is well-known for his musical talents, but most people would be surprised to hear that he is an accomplished illustrator and designer as well. In the video, viewers are treated to a rare glimpse of his creative process including sketches for an exclusive t-shirt made for the feature. In addition, Yours Truly has teamed up with WeTransfer for a special download that includes photos, posters and sketches by Chaz.

 

 

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45. Cruschiform

Cruschiform

Amazing work from Cruschiform, a creative studio based in Paris with a focus on design and illustration. Founded by Marie-laure Cruschi in 2007, the studio has made a name for itself through it’s thoughtful explorations in color and shape. Building from simple modular forms, Cruschiform creates intricate and visually striking landscapes that demand a closer look. Images from her recent collaboration with Taschen and Philip Jodidio can be found on her website and are well worth a visit.

 

 

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46. Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Impressive work from Herburg Weiland, a Munich-based studio with a focus on branding and editorial design.

 

 

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

Herburg Weiland

 

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47. Sponsor // Free Font Bundle

Font Bundle

The good folks at WebdesignerNews are offering a special font bundle to download and use. Included in the collection are 17 typefaces ranging from highly geometric designs to cursive scripts and modern sans serifs. Download the complete collection for free here.

 

 

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48. Matteo Riva

Matteo Riva

Matteo Riva aka Crockhaus is a designer and illustrator based in Milan Italy. With skill and precision he creates work that is bold, colorful and compelling. In addition to his freelance work, he serves as the art director of Vita Magazine.

 

 

 

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Skillshare & Squarespace

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50. Recently Received

Design Books

Here’s the latest round of books and goods to hit our shelves. This week’s entries include items from Nobrow, Chronicle Books, powerHouse Books, Unit Editions and Princeton Architectural Press. See all the books after the jump.

 

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys

Mad About Monkeys
By Owen Davey / Published by Nobrow
40 Pages / Hardcover

Ever wonder what monkeys are and what makes them so special?
With over 250 species inhabiting our planet, this book explores the many different types of monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill as well as providing all the facts you wanted to know and more. Discover where monkeys come from, how they swing from tree to tree and why they fight and play with each other.
Available at Amazon, Nobrow and your local book shop.

Spin by Unit Editions

Spin by Unit Editions

Spin by Unit Editions

Spin by Unit Editions

Spin 360
Published by Unit Editions
520 pages / Hardcover

Spin: 360º is a portrait of one of London’s leading design studios. It’s a 520pp monograph that looks in mouth-watering detail at every aspect of Spin’s work in identity, print, moving image, retail, digital and environmental graphics, as well as the studio’s self-directed activities in publishing, curating and collecting.

Available at Unit Editions

Graphic Design the New Basics

Graphic Design the New Basics

Graphic Design the New Basics

Graphic Design: The New Basics (Revised 2nd Edition)
By Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips
248 Pages / Softcover

In Graphic Design: The New Basics, bestselling author Ellen Lupton (Thinking with Type, Type on Screen) and design educator Jennifer Cole Phillips explain the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design, from logo or letterhead to a complex website. Through visual demonstrations and concise commentary, students and professionals explore the formal elements of twodimensional design, such as point, line, plane, scale, hierarchy, layers, and transparency.

This revised edition replaces sixty-four pages of the original publication with new content, including new chapters on visualizing data, typography, modes of representation, and Gestalt principles, and adds sixteen pages of new student and professional work covering such topics as working with grids and designing with color.

Available at Amazon, Princeton Architectural Press and your local book shop.

 

Dan Stiles - One Thing Leads to Another

Dan Stiles - One Thing Leads to Another
Dan Stiles - One Thing Leads to Another

Dan Stiles - One Thing Leads to Another

One Thing Leads to Another
By Dan Stiles / Published by powerHouse Books
176 Pages / Softcover

Internationally acclaimed designer and illustrator Dan Stiles offers a collection of over 200 concert posters for many of todays leading acts including Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, The XX, Sonic Youth, Girl Talk, Sigur Ros and hundreds more. From Indie Rock to Dance Punk, Americana, Hip-Hop and Garage Rock these lovingly screen printed posters provide a visual narrative of the music that shaped the last decade.

Available at Amazon, powerHouse books and your local book shop.

 

The Architect Says Notebooks

The Architect Says Notebooks
By Princeton Architectural Press
64 Pages

A companion to the bestselling book The Architect Says, this trio of gridded notebooks offers words of wisdom from three architecture icons. A different bold, inspiring quote on each cover makes the notebooks the perfect gift for any architecture or design enthusiast eager to sketch or take notes.

Available at Amazon, Chronicle Books and your local book shop

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