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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 // CreativeLive

Creative Live

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CreativeLive launched their Design Channel this January with a roster of amazing instructors including James Victore, Stanley Hainsworth, Brandon Rike, and more.

Don’t miss Hand Lettering School this week on CreativeLive where you can catch rebroadcasts of the following classes and purchase them at sale prices:

4/13 – Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg
4/14 – Illustrative Stylings: Lettering and More with Chris Piascik
4/15 – Methods for Custom Lettering with Brandon Rike
4/16 – Chalk Lettering with Annica Lydenberg
4/17 – Bold & Fearless Poster Design with James Victore

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27. Homework

Design by Homework

Impressive packaging and editorial direction from Homework – a Danish design studio with a focus on brand expression and communication for the fashion industry.

 

Design by Homework

Design by Homework

Design by Homework

Design by Homework

 

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28. Flomm

Flomm

What would a video game look like if developed in 1923 by a group of angry modern artists? Flomm attempts to answer that question and more. Part media art project, part design history lesson, Flomm is a historical game that recreates the struggle of modern art against the Tyranny of Tradition! Download the game here.

 

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29. Jesse LeDoux

Jesse LeDoux

I’ve long-admired Jesse LeDoux’s work and his earliest gig posters with Patent Pending are what sparked my interest in design and typography. In the early 2000s he was the in-house art director for Sub Pop records where he created iconic cover art for the Shins, Iron and Wine, Death Cab for Cutie and many others. Since leaving he has forged a solo career where the same level of craft and expertise has continued to permeate his work.  In his latest offering, Jesse has produced a Skillshare class that allows users to gain access to his vast knowledge of poster making and design. In the class, you’ll learn his favorite tools and techniques, preparing work for screen printing and much more. See all the details here.

 

 

Jesse LeDoux

Jesse LeDoux

 

Jesse LeDoux

 

Jesse Ledoux

 

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30. Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey is an award winning illustrator whose work has graced the pages of Wired magazine, The New York Times and Nobrow. Working with a mixture of traditional and digital techniques he crafts fantastical imagery brimming with warm tones and gently nuanced textures.

 

 

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

Owen Davey

 

 

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31. Thomas Vanhuyse

Thomas Vanhuyse

Lovely work from Thomas Vanhuyse, a designer and illustrator from Ghent, Belgium.

 

 

Thomas Vanhuyse

Thomas Vanhuyse

Thomas Vanhuyse

 

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32. Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago is an art director/ designer who specializes in work for the art and fashion industries. Working with a variety of materials, he creates dense, layered compositions pulsating with color and light. I’m especially fond of his work for Laforet HARAJUKU in which he created a series of transparent sheets that when combined formed a unified graphic.

 

Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago

Naonori Yago

 

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33. Hulse & Durrell

Hulse & Durrell -Identity work for Canada curling

Ben Hulse and Greg Durrell first started working together in 2007 on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games and have been busy ever since. In recent months they have been immersed in a thoughtful rebranding of the national curling team. In addition, their latest identity campaign for Swimming Canada has earned them high praise in what Olympic medalist Brent Hayden says is a brand that ”honours the past while setting a bold statement for the team going forward”. I couldn’t agree more. Look for a new Hulse & Durrell site launching soon.

 

 

Hulse & Durrell -Identity work for Canada curling

 

Hulse & Durrell -Identity work for Canada curling

 

Hulse & Durrell -Identity work for Canada Swimming Team

 

Hulse & Durrell -Identity work for Canada Swimming Team

 

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34. Kelly Thorn

Kelly Thorn

Kelly Thorn’s playful type arrangements never fail to delight. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art, she now fills her days creating intricate yet elegant work for the fine folks at Louise Fili’s studio.

 

Kelly Thorn

Kelly Thorn

Kelly Thorn

 

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36. Gracia Lam

Gracia Lam

I am thrilled to discover the work of Gracia Lam. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, she crafts clever illustrations that reinvent and uplift the everyday and mundane.

 

 

Gracia Lam Gracia Lam Gracia Lam

 

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37. Graphic Means

Graphic Means is a new film by Briar Levit, that explores the tools and techniques employed in graphic design. Featuring interviews with Ellen Lupton, Adrian Shaughnessy and many others, the film traces design production methods from its beginnings with mechanical paste-ups and typesetting to its current state. Graphic Means is currently in fundraising mode and has reached nearly half its goal. To support their efforts please visit their Kickstarter page.

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38. Joseph Veazey

Joseph Veazey

I was excited to discover the work of Joseph Veazey. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, he has since moved onto positions at Adult Swim and Azede Jean-Pierre – an upcoming fashion label based in New York. His illustrations have been featured in American Illustration, Creative Quarterly, CMYK Magazine and Print.

 

 

Joseph Veazey

Joseph Veazey

Joseph Veazey

 

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40. 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

Kyle Read

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41. 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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42. 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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43. 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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44. 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

One and Done Studio

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45. 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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46. 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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47. 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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48. 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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49. 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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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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