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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. Sponsor // CodeinWP: How to Build a Mobile WordPress Theme

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27. Studio Alexander

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I love this identity kit created for Carin Wilson by Auckland -based Studio Alexander.  The slick and well-polished system was recently announced as a finalist in this year’s Best Awards.

 

 

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28. Sponsor // IKEA Launches Hypnotizing Time Travel Experiment

IKEA time travel

 

It’s no ordinary illusion. Together with hypnotist Justin Tranz, IKEA let young couples experience their future in a fascinating time travel experiment.

In the experiment, world-renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz put a young couple in deep trance before they’re being exposed with potential life-changing events in advance. Guided by Tranz, the young couple embarks on a time journey where different life predictions awaits them – from celebrating a birthday for their imaginary 6-year old daughter, to an odd meeting in the bathroom with the same daughters future boyfriend, years later.

 

“The everyday is exciting! It’s on those seemingly ordinary days life happens and changes. And when it does, so does our home”, says Johan Wickmark, Global Catalogue Manager.

Justin Tranz has done well over 6,000 stage shows and is the only hypnotist in history to ever legitimately perform on Broadway. He has helped thousands in their bid to stop smoking, lose weight or attain other personal goals. He has also worked with medical professionals, corporate executives, and athletes in all sports and levels of competition.

With the Time Travel Experiment, IKEA collaborated with Tranz to put the spotlight on events that change how we live and our everyday lives. And in this film becoming parents is portrayed, which is one of the biggest transitions of them all.

“In the new IKEA catalogue you can find solutions for every episode in life”, says Johan Wickmark, Global Catalogue Manager.

 

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29. Chad Michael Studio

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Chad Michael is a designer & illustrator specializing in package design and unique branding. A recent graduate of the University of North Texas, he has already received numerous awards and accolades including the DSVC Top Design Portfolio and the Gary Baseman Illustration award.

 

 

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Chad Michael Studio on grainedit.com

 

Chad Michael Studio on grainedit.com

 

Chad Michael Studio on grainedit.com

 

Chad Michael Studio on grainedit.com

 

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30. Martina Paukova

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Slovakian illustrator Martina Paukova initially studied politics before discovering that her heart desired a more creative outlet. She then enrolled in the Graphic Design program at the London College of Communication where she could further explore her passion. With a degree now under her belt she creates work that investigates and uplifts the body, the everyday and the banal.

 

 

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Martina Paukova on grainedit.com

Martina Paukova on grainedit.com

 

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31. Sarp Sozdinler

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Sarp Sozdinler is an artist and designer living and working in Turkey. After stints at various design studios around Europe he returned to his native country to establish a practice with Mehmet Ali Turkmen.In addition to his studio work he maintains the type foundry 383c.

 

 

 

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Studio Sarp Sozdinler on grainedit.com

Sarp Sozdinler on grainedit.com

 

Sarp Sozdinler on grainedit.com

 

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32. Sponsor // Free Bitrix24 Account with 10 GB Extra Online Storage

Bitrix24 is currently offering a free account with 10 GB of extra online storage. If you are not familiar with it, Bitrix24 is a unified collaboration and communication platform. In plain English, this means that all the tools that you typically use to collaborate with co-workers and communicate with clients and partners are available in one place.

 

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Bitrix24 is 100% free for up to 12 users and is available in cloud or as a self-hosted software you can put on your server. Here’s how to get extra 10GB for your cloud account. Go to Bitrix24.com and enter your e-mail. When you confirm your e-mail address, you’ll be forwarded to a registration form. You’ll see «I Have Promocode» link in the lower right corner. Enter GRAIN10 there and after refreshing your browser, you’ll see your available storage space expand to 15 GB (this may take 5 to 15 minutes, so don’t sweat if you don’t see it right away).

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33. Maxime Francout

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Maxime Francout is a French designer based in Montreal. With a love for hip-hop, plants, minerals and black coffee, he creates colorful illustrations that are youthful and fun. Recently he updated his website with some exciting new personal projects as well as work for publishing clients.

 

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Maxime Francout on grainedit.com

Maxime Francout on grainedit.com

Maxime Francout on grainedit.com

 

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34. Helmo

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Thomas Couderc and Clément Vauchez are the creative minds behind the French design studio Helmo. The two met during their studies in Besançon before pursuing separate careers in Paris.  They later reunited at the design collective La Bonne Merveille before launching their own studio.

 

 

 

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Helmo on grainedit.com

Helmo on grainedit.com

Helmo on grainedit.com

Helmo on grainedit.com

Helmo on grainedit.com

 

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35. Virginie Morgand

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Charming illustrations from French illustrator Virginie Morgand.

 

 

 

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Virginie Morgand on grainedit.com

Virginie Morgand on grainedit.com

Virginie Morgand on grainedit.com

 

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36. My Name is Wendy

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My Name is Wendy is a Paris-based design studio founded in 2006 by Carole Gautier and Eugénie Favre. Uniting their expertise in graphic and plastic art, they create highly expressive work that is bold and dynamic.

 

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My Name is Wendy on grainedit.com

My Name is Wendy on grainedit.com

My Name is Wendy on grainedit.com

My Name is Wendy on grainedit.com

 

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37. Sponsor // ThemeIsle

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38. Neue Grafik Re-Release

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In 1958, the inaugural issue of the Neue Grafik – The International Review of graphic design and related subjects – was launched by four Zürich-based designers. Led by Josef Müller-Brockmann, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli (LMNV), the journal became a catalyst for an emerging movement in design known as the Swiss School or International Typographic Style. Marked by its asymmetrical layouts, sans-serif typeface and strong use of grids, the International Typographic Style placed heavy emphasis on clarity and precision. Throughout the journal’s history, this rigid yet versatile approach to design was employed and readily adopted by the design community at large.

Original copies of Neue Grafik are scarce and rarely surface on the open market with single issues fetching three hundred dollars or more. With this in mind, I’m excited to announce the re-release by Lars Muller of this significant and sought-after periodical, with all eighteen issues now available as a facsimile reprint. Contained within a stunning red slipcase, the set also includes a 64 page booklet with commentary by Steven Heller, Lars Muller and Richard Hollis.

 

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Neue Grafik on grainedit.com

Neue Grafik on grainedit.com

 

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Neue Grafik on grainedit.com

Neue Grafik on grainedit.com

 

Copies are available at Lars Muller.

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39. Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

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Designers are passionate about the products they use, so it’s no surprise that Apple has garnered an ubquitious yet cult-like status within our industry for their computers and hand-held devices. Jonathan Zufi, a mobility expert and self-proclaimed apple fanatic shares that sense of enthusiasm and has captured it in his latest endeavor. Over the past five years Jonathan has amassed an impressive collection of Apple-related products. Through thousands of photographs, an online site and the release of his book titled Iconic, he has documented Apple’s evolution and lovingly paid tribute to the company’s enduring legacy. Today we talk with Jonathan about his motivation for the project and the challenges he faced along the way.

 

 

Can you share a little bit about your background? What led you to become such a huge enthusiast of Apple’s products?
I’m a technology enthusiast and have been all my life. I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia and moved to Atlanta in 2005 when the mobile messaging business I was running starting to grow in the US market. I’ve used Microsoft and Apple platforms all my life, but my first Apple computer was an Apple IIc (1984). I’ve loved using Apple products for the same reasons that we all know and love about Apple – ease of use and elegant design.

 

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In 2009 you launched Shrine of Apple – an online project which aimed to catalog every product Apple has ever made. How did that come about and what is its relationship to the book?
Growing up in Melbourne,  I used to play a game called RobotWar on an Apple II in the computer room of my old high school. In 2009 the game suddenly popped back into my head and I had the urge to play it again. I checked out some Apple II emulators but they didn’t cut it so I jumped onto eBay to look for an old Apple II to play with. After browsing through hundreds of vintage, I thought about the idea of creating a single place to go to see high definition imagery for the older, more retro Apple products with the goal of producing a fully comprehensive archive of everything Apple has produced since 1976.

What has been the hardest item for you to track down?
The Macintosh Color Classic II. I managed to find one in the original packaging for $2000. I think it’s worth a lot more to the hardcore collectors as this item is really quite hard to find.

Do you have an Apple product that is a personal favorite? If so, why?
I have to give two answers: my iPhone 5 and my Apple TV – I use both of these products every day, they both work seamlessly and I couldn’t work without them.

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Over time Apple has introduced many prototypes and products that are now quite obscure. How familiar were you with these products previous to starting the project? 
I was completely unfamiliar with many of the products in my book before I started – it was only once I crystallized the idea of actually trying to get *every* product made in Cupertino. Finding the prototypes was a long journey that grew out of many relationships I fostered through multiple eBay sellers that I connected with during my (rather large) buying spree.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when preparing for the book?
The decision to self publish was the biggest challenge. I did massive research prior to coming to this decision – including costs, logistics, market appetite and potential – I eventually came to the realization that self publishing was the best path to take. Once I took this direction, I had to take on the role of publisher, editor, distributor, etc which was a really tough learning experience. As I come to the end of my first print run and prepare for a second, I’m proud that I met this challenge head on and overcame it, beating the odds that many self publishers come up against.

Another huge challenge was meeting the expectations of my target audience. To create a fine art photography book about a subject like Apple meant creating an experience that would not only make the reader excited, nostalgic and completely satisfied with their purchase, but also create an honorable, respectful tribute that would earn strong accolades from members of the Apple family – ex-employees, shareholders, and other people connected to the greater ecosystem around the company. When I look at the emails, tweets and Amazon reviews I’ve received for ICONIC, I am so proud and grateful that I’ve met that challenge head on.

I noticed that Steve Wozniak wrote the forward to the book. What was his response to the project?
I met Steve for dinner in Atlanta early 2013 and had the opportunity to show him a draft of the book on my iPad. We got through most of the PDF when he turned to me and said “Jonathan – this is incredible. How on earth did you do this?”. I was floored and obviously honored beyond words. I told Steve that I wanted to get his blessing on the book and asked if he would write a foreword – he happily agreed and has been a huge fan of the book ever since. He’s a very busy guy but he said that he’s a strong supporter of ‘passion projects’ and so he agreed to participate.

 

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We would like to thank Jonathan Zufi for taking the time to share with us. We encourage you to visit his website, Shrine of Apple. The classic edition of his book, Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation, features 326 pages and over 650 images. In addition, a special limited-edition version complete with metal cover and foil-stamped slipcase is available.

Both the classic and the special edition can be purchased at iconicbook.com.  ***For grain edit readers Jonathan has graciously offered a 20% discount on all editions of the book. Enter the code GRAINEDIT2014 during check out to take advantage of this savings.

 

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40. Anymade Studio

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Anymade is a multidisciplinary design firm based in the Czech Republic. Founded in 2007, the studio’s portfolio is filled with work exploding in color and type.

 

 

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Anymade studio on grainedit.com

Anymade studio on grainedit.com

Anymade studio on grainedit.com

 

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41. Endre Berentzen

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Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen) presents art in all its guises from music to theatre, dance, opera and visual art. Established in 1953, the festival is one of the oldest and the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, with more than 220 events during the 15 days it lasts. Working alongside his team, Endre Berentzen devised a visual identity for the event that is well-polished and visually stunning. Using a square as the starting point for a rhythmic pattern, they developed a solution that embodies the diversity of the audience and the music at the festival.

 

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Endre Berentzen on grainedit.com

 

Endre Berentzen on grainedit.com

 

Endre Berentzen on grainedit.com

 

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42. Sponsor // Webydo

Webydo parallax

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43. Bunker

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Bunker is a London-based design and art direction agency with a focus on work for the fashion, music and arts industries.

 

 

 

 

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Bunker on grainedit.com

Bunker on grainedit.com

 

 

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44. Accept & Proceed

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I love Accept & Proceed’s recent rebrand of the Eastern Electrics music festival. Working with illustrator Matt Johnstone, they created a campaign that is youthful and fun. The dense and highly detailed scene features a colorful cast of characters from past EE events as well as the likes of Kerri Chandler, Four Tet, Ellan Allien and Roue 94.

 

 

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45. Clark Orr

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A former designer for Johnny Cupcakes, Clark Orr now serves as a full-time freelancer focused on branding and packaging jobs. I especially appreciate his identity work for Powershift Labs – a UK-based development studio. In a simple yet elegant solution, Clark pairs a bold two-tone graphic with a custom script font.

 

 

 

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Clark Orr on grainedit.com

Clark Orr on grainedit.com

 

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46. Sponsor // Tesla Themes

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47. From the Job Board: Secretly Canadian is Hiring

Secretly Canadian

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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The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

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48. Recently Received

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Supernew Supergraphics by Unit Editions

This week we’re excited to feature titles from Chronicle Books, Nobrow, Flying Eye Books and Occasional Papers. See all the books after the jump.

 

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Supernew Supergraphics on grainedit.com

Supernew Supergraphics on grainedit.com

Supernew Supergraphics
Edited by: Tony Brook, Adrian Shaughnessy and Sarah Schrauwen  / Design by Spin / Published by Unit Editions
320 Pages / Softcover with slipcase

Supernew Supergraphics is a collection of the best architectural, environmental and interior graphic design. This all-new book shows how the current generation of designers and architects are blasting typography and graphic forms across walls – even landscapes. It shows how they are distorting space and warping entire buildings with colour, typographic messages and abstract shapes.

Available at Unit Editions

 

Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

The Best Book in the World
By Rilla Alexander / Published by Flying Eye Books

If you found the best book in the world, would you stop reading? Could you stop reading? If you had homework to do, or dinner to get through, could you put the book down? On a train to the zoo or on a flight to Kalamazoo, would that break the spell? If in a forest you walked, while scary monsters stalked… would that be enough? If every animal in the land were to be led by a big band, in a grand parade in your honour made… would you put the book down?

Join Rilla Alexander for an unforgettable and magical tale that encourages children to read.

Available at Amazon, Flying Eye Books and your local book shop.

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea
By Kellie Strom / Published by Nobrow
20 pages / 5.6″x9.1″

Inspired by tales of mythical sea creatures and the tall stories of doomed voyages passed down from sailor to son, Strøm brings us a rich tapestry of wonderment. Historical ships are attacked, enveloped and engorged by monstrous creatures surfacing from the deepest depths of the darkest oceans. Covering 20 panels each measuring 13.8cm x 23.5cm the image unfolds in front of you like a foreboding fable from the cracked lips of an old sea captain.

Taking over two years to create, the faux engraved colour separation style used for this project has been a departure from his two previous picture books, both illustrated with full colour acrylic paintings. In both techniques Strøm wrestled with creating detailed immersive worlds while also trying to preserve some of the immediacy of the original physical art.

Available at Amazon, Nobrow and your local book shop.

 

Please Come to My Show

Please Come to My Show

Please Come to My Show

Please Come to the Show
Edited by David Senior / Published by Occasional Papers
160 pages

David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, selected a wide range of exhibition-related ephemera – invitations, flyers and posters from the 1960s to the present – and presents them here as an historically overlooked but integral aspect of exhibitions. Often the first point of contact between the audience and artist, such items form part of an essential lexicon for graphic designers, curators, art historians and anyone interested in the event-based nature of showing art. Filled with full-colour reproductions of numerous examples from the MoMA collection, the book includes new essays by Gustavo Grandal Montero, Will Holder, Antony Hudek, Angie Keefer, Clive Phillpot, David Senior and Suzanne Stanton.

Available at Occasional Papers

 

Design School Wisdom

Design School Wisdom: Make First, Stay Awake, and Other Essential Lessons for Work and Life
Edited by Brooke Johnson and Jennifer Tolo Pierce / Published by Chronicle Books
128 pages / 7 1/4″ x 10″

This treasure trove of pithy aphorisms, longer-form essays, and first-person interviews compiles years of design school education into one comprehensive yet compact book. Here are lessons in life and work, learned both in the classroom and on the job, from design teachers, students, and gurus, covering everything from practical know-how to big-picture brilliance.

Available at Amazon, Chronicle Books and your local book shop.

 

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49. Album Anatomy

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A personal project of designer Duane Dalton, Album Anatomy explores record cover imagery in it’s purest form. By maintaining a strict grid and discarding unnecessary information, he crafts a minimal yet personal response to each album featured.

 

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50. Michela Picchi

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Beautiful illustration work from Berlin-based designer Michela Picchi.

 

 

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Michela Picchi on grainedit.com

 

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