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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. Kyle Read

Lettering by Kyle Read

Kyle Read is an illustrator and designer based in Denver, CO.  His work has received awards and accolades from an impressive list of folks including the ADC, TDC, and the AIGA. In 2013 he was the recipient of the SoTA Catalyst Award for Promise in Type Design.

 

 

Lettering by Kyle Read

Lettering by Kyle Read

Kyle Read

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27. A Friend of Mine Update

Design by: A Friend of Mine

Lots of new and exciting work since we last checked in at the folks at A Friend of Mine.

 

 

Design by: A Friend of Mine

Design by: A Friend of Mine

Design by: A Friend of Mine

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28. Sponsor // IKEA

In a new campaign, IKEA honours the things at home that usually get very little recognition. Conceived as an epic homage, the lamp, clothes hanger and even the wall-mounted hook behind the door, are all portrayed as true heroes.

 

Without thinking, we rely on them daily and it’s not until they’re gone that we miss them dearly. Unlike furniture we proudly place in the centre of a room for people to gather around and admire, the life of an everyday hero is secluded and sometimes, quite dreadful. But still, day in and day out, they do their best to improve our lives at home.

 

 

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29. Michael Arnold

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Bold and playful work from Michael Arnold, a 22 year old illustrator from the UK.

 

 

 

Michael Arnold

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Michael Arnold

 

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30. Jay Quercia

Jay Quercia

Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer Jay Quercia recently gave his website a fresh makeover. With the update comes an impressive lineup of work that showcases his depth and versatility.

 

 

 

Jay Quercia

 

Jay Quercia

Jay Quercia

Jay Quercia

Jay Quercia

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31. Krzysztof Iwanski

Krzysztof Iwanski

Highly expressive and inventive work from Polish designer Krzysztof Iwanski.

Krzysztof Iwanski

Krzysztof Iwanski

Krzysztof Iwanski

Krzysztof Iwanski

 

Krzysztof Iwanski

 

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32. Sponsor // Kapra Font Family

Kapra Font

This week we’re excited to bring you Kapra, a font family inspired Polish magazines from the 1960s. Included with the set are eight variants and a huge collection of glyphs. See the complete collection here.

 

 

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33. Bratislav Milenkovic

Bratislav Milenkovic

 

Bratislav Milenkovic is a freelance illustrator living and working in Serbia. A graduate of the Applied Arts Faculty in Belgrade, he has created work for a variety of clients including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Computer Arts, Poolga and more.

 

Bratislav Milenkovic

Bratislav Milenkovic

Bratislav Milenkovic

 

 

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34. Recently Received

Puff by William Wondriska

In our latest round of book finds we feature titles from William Wondriska, Friends of Type, Veritas and Princeton Architectural Press. It’s a brief. but solid list filled with solid additions to any library. See all the books after the jump.

 

 

Puff by William Wondriska

Puff by William Wondriska

Puff
By William Wondriska / Published by Universe
32 Pages / 6.5″x10.2″

A reprint of a rare, much-sought-after 1960s-era children’s book beloved by the graphic design world and children’s book collectors, Puff’s midcentury modern aesthetic will appeal to adults and children alike. A design darling, Puff by William Wondriska illustrates an imaginary world in which sometimes the small but brave gestures are important. Puff is a tale about an old-fashioned small steam engine who lives a very unexciting life in a train yard. Puff daydreams that he could swim or imagines traveling to such distant lands as Egypt, India, France, and even to outer space. Puff’s chance to prove his mettle finally arrives when a newer modern engine pulling circus cars breaks down during a snowstorm. Puff bravely hooks to the cars and manages to bring the circus into warm sunshine. Playfully mixing type with bold graphics, Puff is a beautifully illustrated and charming underdog story that will appeal to design fans and people of all ages.

Pre-order at AmazonUniverse or your local book shop

Vintage Values

Vintage Values

Vintage Values

Vintage Values: Classic Pamphlet Cover Design from 20th Century Ireland
Edited by Lir Mac Carthaigh / Intro by Niall McCormack / Published by Veritas
127 Pages 

This beautiful gift book showcases over one hundred high-quality pamphlet covers from the archives of the Catholic Truth Society of Ireland. The collection unearths striking designs and illustrations by some of Ireland’s most inventive commercial artists from the 1920s to the 1960s, and offers a unique insight into Irish culture in the middle years of the twentieth century.

Available at Vintagevalues.com and Veritas

 

Inside the Rainbow

Inside the Rainbow

Inside the Rainbow

Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920-1935: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times
Edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya / Published by Redstone Press
320 Pages / 7.75″ x 11.8″

Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s and 1930s–a high point in the history of children’s literature. In the dark and dangerous world of revolutionary Petrograd, some of the greatest Russian poets and artists of the century came together to create a new kind of book for children, one that reflected the endless possibilities of a brave new world. Managing for a time to escape the scourge of state censorship, these books became a haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque, and laughter. Showcasing more than three hundred brilliant examples from this golden age of illustration and design, Inside the Rainbow also includes translated poems, stories, and key texts by those who bore witness to the Russian revolution.

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

Grids and Guides Notebooks

Grids and Guides: 3 Notepads for Visual Thinkers 
By Princeton Architectural Press
72 Pages

Sketch, catalog, plot, thumbnail, dream, and develop with these three distinctive, colorful tablets—a companion to our bestselling Grids & Guides Notebook. Each pad in this new format features handy scientific resources—from precise measurements to Pythagoras’s constant to the golden ratio—to spark creative thinking or aid in the design process. Whether used for list making, letter writing, imaginative doodling, or visualizing designs, this collection of portable graph-paper pads is an essential tool for right-brainers and left-brainers alike.

Available at Amazon and your local book shop.

Let's Go Letter Hunting Journal

Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions
By Friends of Type / Published by Princeton Architectural Press
160 Pages / 6″ x 8.3′

Letter hunting, type spotting, font finding—whatever you want to call it—designers, typographers, and handletterers have long taken to the streets for inspiration in the bountiful and amazing examples of type that surround us. Whether hunting for forgotten vintage signage, a perfect piece of street art, or colorful handpainted ephemera, this lightly guided notebook from the popular design collective Friends of Type (authors of the Keep Fresh, Stay Rad Postcard Box) provides ample space to record, sketch, and riff off all the letters in the world that are fit to hunt.

Available at Amazon, Princeton Architectural Press and your local book shop.
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35. Sponsor // Bo Concept Presents Mads Mikkelsen in the Call

The Call with Mads Mikkelsen

For fans of Scandinavian modern design, leading furniture retailer Bo Concept has teamed up with Mads Mikkelsen for a short film entitled The Call. Mads who is best known for his roles in Casino Royale and more recently The Hunt, plays the role of a well-to-do actor with a lust for modern furniture. Playing alongside him is Malin Buska, a Swedish actress who received the Rising Star award at the Stockholm International Film Festival in 2011. The Call is the first installment of a two-part series to be released this year.

 

To bring the sophisticated yet edgy drama to life, Bo Concept called upon veteran actor/director Dejan Cukic. Technical director Thomas Busk who most recently worked with Mikkelsen on the film The Salvation was also brought on board. Shot on location in Valencia, Spain at the home of BoConcept designer Morten Georgsen, the film prominently features Bo Concept’s most iconic pieces including the Mezzo sofa and the Imola chair.

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36. One and Done

One and Done Studio

One and Done is the online home and moniker of Lorin Brown. Hailing fro Wayne, PA, Lorin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he has amassed an impressive client list for his highly expressive design work. Arkitip, 2K by Gingham, Band Of Outsiders, Beautiful/Decay and Anthology are just a few of the names he’s worked with over the years.

 

 

 

One and Done Studio

One and Done Studio

 

One and Done Studio

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37. Andrea Dell’Anna

Andrea Dell'Anna

 

 

Outstanding work from Andrea Dell’Anna, an Italian designer living and working in London. Using contrast and repetition he creates work that is pulsing with rhythm.

 

Andrea Dell'Anna

Andrea Dell'Anna

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38. Margherita Urbani Update

Margherita Urbani

Marguerita Urbani recently updated her portfolio with some impressive new work. Included are projects for the New York Times, Apartamento Magazine and her collaborations with Andy Rementer.

 

Margherita Urbani

Margherita Urbani

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39. Peter Judson

Peter Judson

It’s hard to deny the allure of Peter Judson’s illustrations. With skill and precision he crafts vibrant landscapes brimming with architectual elements, primary colors and playful patterns.

 

 

Peter Judson

Peter Judson

Peter Judson

 

 

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40. Sponsor // Script Font Bundle

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Script fonts

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41. Nicolas Dehghani

Nicholas Dehghani

Brilliant work from Nicolas Dehghani, a director/illustrator at CRCR.

 

Nicholas Dehghani

Nicholas Dehghani

Nicholas Dehghani

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42. Interview with Shillington School graduate Hannah Tomlinson

Hannah Tomlinson

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing Hannah Tomlinson, a designer living and working in Manchester.  A former account executive, she stumbled upon the world of graphic design while working for an advertising agency. This new found interest sparked a desire to adjust her current career path and pursue an education at Shillington – a design school with campuses in the U.K., Australia and the United States. There, she received invaluable guidance from teachers such as Sarah McHugh and grain edit fave Jeffery Bowman. By honing her skills through a series of internships after graduation, she eventually landed a full-time gig at the multidisciplinary firm RetroFuzz. Today Hannah shares insight into the types of projects that drive her and how her experiences at Shillington better prepared her to enter a competitive work force.

 

 

When and how did you become interested in illustration and design?
I ended up working at an advertising agency after graduating university and that was my first real insight into what it meant to be a graphic designer. I became more and more fascinated in the field and starting hanging around the design department more than was probably necessary, I bought a huge notebook to start doodling and collecting inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, and I also starting taking evening classes in graphic design at the local art college.

Hannah Tomlinson interview

Hannah Tomlinson interview

As a designer, what types of projects are you most passionate about? What attracts you to that type of work?
I get excited about working for brands or companies which I really like – ones that I’d be a customer of ​it’s great to be able to help further their business. That applies to working with start ups and local independents as well, it’s the most rewarding work. I also love being able to take a project from the very start to the final product, it’s really satisfying to see ​months of hard work pay off.

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How did you discover Shillington and what factors weighed in on your decision to attend to their program?
After a series of evening classes I soon decided to steer towards a career in design. I looked into doing a Masters, but found it hard to get a real idea of what to expect from university prospectuses or their websites. I came across Shillington by accident and was really impressed with the amount of information on their site and, after going to an Info Session and a graduate exhibition, I was completely head-over-heels and signed myself up.

 Hannah Tomlinson

In what ways did Shillington directly or indirectly prepare you for your first design job?
After three months of really, really, hard graft, I was proud of my portfolio and felt confident meeting other designers and talking through my work. My first day in a studio was a shock, of course, but I didn’t feel out of my depth, and felt confident taking on new projects and talking through my ideas with new colleagues. The technical training is ​second to none and, although I learn something new every day, I felt like I had the best grounding I could to begin my career.

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Hannah Tomlinson

We would like to thank Hannah for taking time to share with us. Her work is available online at hannahtomlinson.com.

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43. Damien Gautier

Damien Gautier

 

Bureau 205 is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Villeurbanne, France. Founded in 2010 by Damien Gautier, the studio provides comprehensive design solutions with a special focus in type design and type-driven work.

 

 

Damien Gautier

 

Damien Gautier

Damien Gautier

 

 

Damien also has a variety of fonts available at Myfonts as well as his website.

Alcala by Damien Gautier

 

Alcala

 

Beretta by Damien Gautier

 

Beretta

Damien Gautier

 

Caporal

 

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44. Alex Wollner: Brasil Design Visual

Alex Wollner - brasil design visual

The last and final addition to our Design Book Gift Guide is alex wollner: brasil design visual. You can see images and a brief summary in our holiday wish list.

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45. Dadu Shin

Dadu Shin on grainedit.com

Lovely fashion illustrations from Dadu Shin, an illustrator living and working in New York.

 

Dadu Shin on grainedit.com

Dadu Shin on grainedit.com

Dadu Shin on grainedit.com

 

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46. Sponsor // Jotform

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Jotform is an online service that allows you to easily create and host forms for a variety of applications. Working with Jotform’s form builder you can conceive and construct forms for registration purposes, applications, surveys and more. However, until recently you were limited in design options. All that has changed with Jotform’s latest update, which allows you complete control over  the look and feel of your forms. Easily manipulate the colors, fonts and layout without knowing a single line of code.

To complement the release of the enhanced form builder Jotform has also launched a new theme marketplace. This should be of special interest to designers looking to showcase and sell their work. From now until June 15th, 2015  Jotform is waiving their fees so designers will earn one hundred percent of their theme sales. After the 15th, Jotform will retain 30%. To submit a theme, click the “new theme” button in the upper right corner of the My Themes page.

 

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48. Bogdan Kociuba

MMA posters by Bogdan Kociuba

For fans of the MMA, Bogdan Kociuba’s portfolio is worth taking a look at. He has created a series of posters that pay tribute the league’s most notorious fighters. See the posters in all their glory here.

 

MMA posters by Bogdan Kociuba

MMA posters by Bogdan Kociuba

MMA posters by Bogdan Kociuba

 

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49. Mike Lemanski Update

Mike Lemanski

New site + work to boot from grain edit favorite Mike Lemanski.

 

 

 

Mike Lemanski

 

Mike Lemanski

Mike Lemanski

Mike Lemanski

 

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50. Veronica Grech

Veronica Grech

After years of working in the field of education, Veronica Grech decided to pursue her true calling, illustration.  Inspired by her love for folk art and the age of exploration, she creates whimsical works brimming with color and life.

 

Veronica Grech

Veronica Grech

Veronica Grech

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