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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. Chevalvert

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Chevalvert is a visual design studio co-founded by Patrick Paleta and Stéphane Buellet in 2007. Based on an open and multidisciplinary approach to design, the studio conceives work that is smart and succinct.

 

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Chevalvert via grainedit.com

Chevalvert via grainedit.com

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27. Edgar Bak

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Edgar Bak is a talented designer based out of Poland. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he can now be found art directing for various magazines and teaching typography and information architecture classes at the School of Form in Poznan. He was also a driving force behind Projekt: The Polish journal of visual art and design published by United Editions.

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Edgar Bak via http://grainedit.com

Edgar Bak via http://grainedit.com

 

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28. Novel Design Studio

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Novel is a multidisciplinary design firm based in Colorado. Operating out of a dome studio near Denver, they craft unique design solutions with clarity and confidence.

 

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Novel Design via grainedit.com

 

Also worth viewing is their “Don’t Be a Bear” project. To avoid the pitfalls of a bearish attitude and as a daily reminder, Jared Rippy of Novel created a new bear each day of 2013. You can view all 365 bears here.

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Novel Design via grainedit.com

 

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29. Danielle Kroll

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It’s hard not to smile when viewing Danielle Kroll’s latest project. Inspired by vintage flash cards and picture books, the Brooklyn-based designer has created a series of “word recipes” as a way to add some art and whimsy into children’s education. Each recipe features images on the left that illustrate the syllables of the word on the right. The illustrations are silly and fun and always feature Danielle’s signature whimsical style.

 

Danielle Kroll  via grainedit.com

Danielle Kroll  via grainedit.com

 

 

Other projects by Danielle

 

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Danielle Kroll  via grainedit.com

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30. Chloe Galea

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Solid packaging and editorial work from Chloe Galea, a Designer /Junior Art Director based in Berlin.

 

 

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Chloe Galea via grainedit

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31. Hugo Barros

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Enter the world of Hugo Barros, an artist from Lisbon, Portugal working with collage. Manipulating elements by hand, he creates dense compositions without the use of post processing tools like Photoshop. Although the subject matter varies from piece to piece, there are reoccurring themes in his work. Serene landscapes are often juxtaposed against cosmic imagery in a surreal explosion of color that feels apocalyptic in nature. The end result is mesmerizing and always worth a second look.

Hugo’s creations are available at Saatchi and similar work can be found in their collage section.

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Hugo Barros via grainedit.com

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32. From the Job Board: Secretly Canadian is Hiring

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Secretly Label Group is seeking a full-time designer. The position will be serving the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian. This is an amazing opportunity considering the depth of talent found on these labels. Damien Jurado, Bon Iver, Jens Lekman and Antony and the Johnsons are just a few of the artists you could be potentially designing for. To learn more about the position, please visit the grain edit job board.

You can subscribe to our job listings via RSSEmail or follow at Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a small sampling of album cover art created for the Secretly Label Group:

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Damien Jurado  - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

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Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

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Bon Iver - Bon Iver

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33. Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

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I’m very excited to hear of Unit Editions latest release – Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines. The book is the first comprehensive study of corporate identity design manuals, and features 21 examples from the 1960s to early 1980s. Included are manuals created for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel and the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

Pre-order a copy at Unit Editions.

 

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Manuals by Unit Editions via grainedit.com

Manuals by Unit Editions via grainedit.com

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34. Sponsor // Signazon

Signazon.com is the first design-friendly, design-file ready online print company. Transform your designs from computer creations to real life pieces of art with ease. The company allows you to upload your files in multiple formats from vector-based files to raster files. The technology used by Signazon is able to work with .PS, .EPS. PDF, .AI, .PNG, .JPG, .TIF, .GIF, .BMP, .DOCX/.DOC (Word), .PUB, and .XPS files. Customers have the choice to upload a finished design file, upload and design using the online design tool, or choose from thousands of templates. As an added bonus, all file upload and editing services are free of charge.

Signazon.com’s industry leading, full-color print quality can capture your artwork off the screen like no other printer has before. Use the exclusive “grain edit” readers’ discount code GRAINEDIT15 at checkout for 15% off of your first purchase.

Still a student? Design and compete in Signazon’s 4th Annual “Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest for your chance to win $1,000 toward your education.

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35. Japan – Nippon

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Japanese graphic design is characterized by a unique aesthetic, oscillating between its own pictorial tradition and Western visual culture. In Lars Muller’s lastest release, Japan-Nippon they explore the Japanese poster and how it functions most notably as a highly aesthetic image advertisement, presupposing the designer as an artist.

 

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Japan Nippon via grainedit.com

 

Japan Nippon via grainedit.com

 

Japan Nippon via grainedit.com

 

Japan Nippon via grainedit.com

 

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36. Tim Easley

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Tim Easley  is a designer and illustrator from London. A self-professed fan of daydreaming and doodling, he creates bold works brimming with rich textures and vibrant illustrations.

 

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Tim Easley via #grainedit

Tim Easley via #grainedit

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37. Jonathan Calugi Update

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Italian designer and illustrator Jonathan Calugi recently updated his portfolio with a series of new projects. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a fan of his signature black and white line work.

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Jonathan Calugi via #grainedit

 

Jonathan Calugi via #grainedit

 

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38. Felix Pfaeffli

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I’m very impressed with these posters from Felix Pfaeffli, an accomplished young designer from Luzern who is producing very polished and mature work for his age. In addition to running his own studio he is a teacher at the Lucerne School of Graphic Design where he lectures on typography, narrative design, and poster design.

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Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

Felix Pfaeffli via #grainedit

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39. Valentine’s Day for the Design-Minded

House Industries Love Hearts Blocks

House Industries Love Heart Blocks

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve compiled a small list of gift ideas for the design-inclined. Included are items from House Industries, Wieden + Kennedy, Braun and more. In addition, you will find some fun items that fit within the sprit of the holiday. See the full list here.

 

 

Love Games by Postal Co.

Love Games by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin for Postalco

Swiss Army Blanket

Swiss Blanket

Love-O-Meter Card by W + K

Love-O-Meter Card by Sarah Hollowood for W + K

Amour Print by House Industries via #grainedit

Amor print by House Industries

 

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40. Broken

Broken the book

Our friend Nate Burgos has teamed up with Stephanie Di Biase for an exciting new book aimed at working creatives. Featuring illustrations by Lucy Engelman, Broken: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work, addresses the challenges of toxic work environments and other barriers to getting things done.

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41. Ty Mattson Interview

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Browsing through the portfolio of Mattson Creative, an award-winning design studio based in Southern California, can prove to be a daunting task.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the quantity and consistent quality of work. I’ve long admired their expressive illustrative style and am especially smitten with their self-initiated projects for popular TV shows including Dexter, Lost and more recently Breaking Bad. We’ve profiled the studio in the past, but in today’s interview we talk with Ty Mattson, the studio’s founder and creative director.

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are you from originally?
Originally I’m from your neck of the woods. I was born in Walnut Creek and lived in the Bay Area until I was about 12, then I moved to Southern California.

I was interested in design before I knew what “design” was. I remember getting a birthday invitation in pre-school that was a rebus – a mix of icons and letters to create a message – and I thought it was amazing. I carried it with me in my pocket for weeks. I’ve made art for as long as I can remember – crayons, magic markers, pencils. Lots of Superman. I still have drawings of every character from Star Wars that I made when I was a kid.

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Ty Mattson’s studio

What was your first design gig?
My first design gig…well there were little things like programs for High School plays an things…or employee t-shirts at Disneyland…when I was in college at the University of Michigan I illustrated covers for the Ann Arbor Observer and I designed the logo for the University Arboretum. These projects started out as school assignments, then they became real projects. After school I came back to California and started working for a design firm.

Could you walk us through one of your projects? Please describe your workflow, including the tools, from pen and paper to software and devices.
So we do a wide range of things at Mattson, and each type of project requires somewhat of a unique approach. We do a lot of entertainment branding and consumer product packaging, so we create a lot of style guides and branded programs for Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Discovery Channel and others…so those projects usually have very specific goals and requirements where our creativity is very focused and specific because typically the core brand visual language already exists – so our job is extend it or expand it to various applications like packaging or products, etc.  We also do a lot of corporate branding where we are creating and establishing a visual language from scratch. We may come up with a name…create mood boards…then develop logo concepts, followed by whatever else the client needs – stationery, business cards, websites, trade show or environmental expressions. Then we also do illustration – where we might create a book or a series of posters. I have had a lot of fun with these types of projects over the last few years particularly when I get to reinterpret a brand that is part of popular culture. I’ve designed poster series that have been inspired by “Lost”, “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad” that have been embraced by the fans of those particular programs.

CBS called and asked me to do a series of prints inspired by their classic shows. They were looking to decorate their new office with some unique pieces of custom art. I was incredibly excited to collaborate with them on this project…especially given the cultural significance of some of the television shows that they had selected. I was actually a little intimidated by some of them…I mean the idea of creating a print that represents “I Love Lucy”…is a tricky proposition.

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Early sketches for the I love Lucy Poster

That was really the most challenging thing about this project – trying to figure out the the heart of these classic shows – getting down to the DNA and figuring out what it was that was special, unique or iconic. It’s actually the same thing we do on any branding project – discovering what it is that makes a client distinct. You have to do that first, then you can translate it into a unique visual language.

My process on the CBS prints was first to figure out what made the shows iconic. So I watched episodes and intros on YouTube and did research about each show. Most of them I was very familiar with already so I had a strong understanding of the visuals that were associated with these brands.

Ty Mattson Interview via grainedit.com

Ty Mattson Interview via grainedit.com

Early sketches for the I love Lucy Poster

From there I would create quick thumbnail sketches in Adobe Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq. This allows me to work very quickly at the conceptual level. I did a few ideas for each show and would share these with the client. Working with CBS was fantastic. We worked quickly and they had great notes on everything. I think they selected the strongest concepts as well.

Ty Mattson Interview via grainedit.com

 

Finished art work for CBS

Once the client selected the concepts they wanted to move forward with, I used Adobe Illustrator to take each concept to the final, finished art.

Ty Mattson Interview via grainedit.com

The posters were silk screened on paper. Some of them we did really big and it proved very difficult to find a silkscreen printer who could print bigger than 24×36. That was the biggest challenge of the project overall. But once we got the finished prints up on the walls in the CBS, they really looked incredible.

How has your process evolved since you first started designing? Are you a creature of habit or do you like to try new technologies, applications, and features?
It’s hard to say how my process has evolved, other than I do feel like I’ve become more considerably faster and I am more comfortable in it. In terms of execution…I am probably more of a creature of habit…when I don’t have to think about the technology, that’s when I appreciate it the most.

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 How do you like to share your work with the creative community? Is the feedback you get valuable and does it influence your work going forward?
I typically can’t share work in progress with the larger creative community until it’s complete…but once we do finalize work, we’ll typically share via the site, newsletter and social media.

Analytical tools are now ubiquitous, and because of this designers are often asked to back up their work with data and research. With this in mind, how much of your work is based on intuition — and what role should intuition play in design today?
Well, I think all of my work is a reflection of my intuition in some way. Every project is the culmination of hundreds and thousands of decisions. This typeface or that typeface…this color or that color…this much space…or that much space…etc etc. And most of those decisions are intuitive… The truth is, our deliverables are subjective. No two design firms are going to create the same logo for the same client, so a designer’s intuitive sensibility is always one of the reasons that we’re hired in the first place. I think research and data are very important at the beginning of a project. Good work is smart work, not just beautiful work.  Smart work requires “research” to a certain degree. The more information and data you have about a brand or the audience, I think that is a good thing. I think that knowledge can give a designer more opportunities to pursue at the beginning of a project. But I don’t think research and data have any place at the end of the creative process to “qualify” or “validate” creative. I love Steve Job’s quote about this, ”It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

Ty Mattson via grainedit.com

Ty Mattson via grainedit.com

Ty Mattson via grainedit.com
 Recent work for Audi celebrating the legendary carmaker’s rich history of innovation.

What are your passions and interests outside of design and why?
Well I’m a dad. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old…so I’m passionate about my kids and my family which take up most of my time outside of work. I try to get a trail run in once a week. And I’m attempting to learn how to play electric guitar.

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We would like to thank Ty for taking time to share with us. You can see more of his work at mattsoncreative.com.

This interview is part of the #designinprocess series brought to you by Adobe. Read all of the interviews here and follow along on Twitter and Pinterest at #designinprocess and #newcreatives.

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42. Pinterest Picks

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Typography by Sasaki Shun

Here’s our latest round of Pinterest picks. Follow us on Pinterest to see more of this good stuff.

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Iso by Ache Rodríguez

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Design for The Solitudes by Eric White

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Icelandic post stamp, designed by Siggi-Eggertsson

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David Gentleman

 

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Colorful canoe paddles by Norquay 

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The drawings of Paul Noble

 

 

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Affiche Jazz au Lavoir / Heureux les cailloux

 

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Geometric Street Art by Aakash Nihalani

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The ring house & atelier’ by marwan zgheib

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43. Merijn Hos

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Merijn Hos is an Illustrator and Visual Artist based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Splitting his time between personal and commercial projects he creates rich illustrations where mischievous characters and fantastical machines dot whimsical yet slightly eerie worlds.

 

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Merijn Hos via grainedit.com

Merijn Hos via grainedit.com

Merijn Hos via grainedit.com

Merijn Hos via grainedit.com

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44. Ryo Takemasa

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Charming work from the talented Ryo Takemasa, a graduate of Musashino Art University and member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society.

Ryo Takemasa via #grainedit

 

Ryo Takemasa via #grainedit

 

Ryo Takemasa via #grainedit

 

Ryo Takemasa via #grainedit

 

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45. Non-Format Update

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Non-Format recently revised their website and with the update came a slew of new work including Gridiron – a stellar typeface family for ESPN.

 

 

Non-Format via #grainedit

 

Non-Format via #grainedit

 

Non-Format via #grainedit

 

Non-Format via #grainedit

 

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46. Recently Received

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This week we’re excited to feature titles from Corraini Edizioni, Nobrow, Laurence King and Princeton Architectural Press. See all the books after the jump.

 

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Italo Lupi via #grainedit

Italo Lupi: Graphic Autobiography
By Italo Lupi / Published by Corraini Edizioni
376 pages / Text in English and Italian

Graphic autobiography is a comprehensive volume which tackles Italo Lupi’s prolific output, from his work in publishing to small architectural projects, urban design and, above all, his  museum exhibitions.

Pick up a copy at Corraini Edizioni or your locak book shop.

 

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Piero Fornasetti via #grainedit

 Piero Fornasetti: One hundred years of practical madness
Curated by Barnaba Fornasetti / Published by  Published by Corraini Edizioni
200 pages / Text in English and Italian

Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Piero Fornasetti was an extremely rich and complex personality. He designed and made approximately 13,000 objects and decorations. His world is animated by the rigour of project, of art and craftsmanship, but also by unbridled fantasy, surrealist invention and poetry.

The book accompanies the exhibition of the Triennale Design Museum, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti, the first grand and unprecedented exhibition in Italy of the artist’s work.

Pick up a copy at Corraini Edizioni or your local book shop.

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London Deco via #grainedit

London Deco via #grainedit

 London Deco
By Thibaud Herem / Published by Nobrow
22 pages/ English

Join architectural illustrator Thibaud Herem as on a journey through the streets of London to discover the capital’s most intriguing, striking and elaborate art deco buildings. From imposing Orwellian giants to the hidden jewels of the thirties, Herem takes us on a tour of London’s forgotten Deco landmarks in an art edition of giant proportions.

Available at Amazon, Nobrow or your local book shop.

 

How to be an Illustrator via #grainedit

How to be an Illustrator (2nd Edition)
By Darrel Rees / Published Laurence King
168 Pages / Text in English

This book offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. All areas of the job are covered – how to create a portfolio; the most effective ways to approach would-be clients; how to prepare for meetings and negotiate contracts; and how to handle, deliver, and bill a job. There is advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can undermine crucial first impressions; how to set up a studio; and how to maintain a flow of work and manage one’s time and cash. Success in self-promotion, creating websites, self-publishing, and the pros and cons of agents are all explored.

Pre-order a copy at Amazon, Laurence King or your local book shop.

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Grids & Guides: A Notebook for a Visual Thinkers
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
160 Pages 

Map out graphs, schematics, sketches, and dreams with this sleek and durable workbook. Inspired by vintage laboratory notebooks, Grids & Guides features 144 pages of graph paper (eight designs repeating throughout) interspersed with a multitude of scientific charts, tables, and infographics featuring everything from the periodic table to alternative alphabets to Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Pre-order a copy at Amazon, Princeton Architectural Press and your local book shop.

 

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47. Les Graphiquants

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Established in 2008, Les Graphiquants is a design studio based in Paris, France. With a portfolio that is ripe in typographic exploration, they create work that is highly expressive and uncompromising in it’s approach.

 

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Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

Les Graphiquants via #grainedit

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48. From the Job Board

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UI/UX Designer – PennyPop (SF,CA)

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49. Roseta y Oihana

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Roseta Mus Pons and  Oihana Herrera Erneta are the minds behind Roseta y Ohihana, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Barcelona. Recently they updated their site with some impressive new work including these promotional materials for MCP.

 

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Roseta y Oihana via grainedit.com

Roseta y Oihana via grainedit.com

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50. Sponsor // Respublika Font Family

Made up of 10 unique styles, Respublika FY, from FontYou, is a gorgeously balanced humanistic sans serif font. Complete with 10 different styles ranging from light to extra black italic, there’s pretty much nothing this titanic typeface can’t do! And for a limited time only, you can get the entire family for 88% off thanks to this Mighty Deal!

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  • Humanist Sans Serif Typeface
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Respublika via grainedit.com

 

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