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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. Ghost Book Launch!

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I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Ghost – a chilling new collection of short stories from a team of writers and illustrators with roots at Pixar, Disney and Paramount. Through word of mouth and cryptic Facebook updates, I have been tracking the book’s progress and this week I was excited to finally get my hands on a copy.

Produced by Illustratus, Ghost marks the studio’s first foray into publishing. If the book is indicative of future releases, then they are off to a very good start. Sizing in at 9.25” x 12”, this mighty tome (or should I say tomb?) contains 13 hair-raising vignettes told through the voice of a reclusive groundskeeper. In each tale, the author meticulously summons the spirit of campfire nights of a youthful past through vivid storytelling that is equally engaging as it is terrifying. Interacting with and shaping the words are a series of dense and haunting visuals. Employing snow-bleached landscapes, speckled textures and muted tones, the images take on an ephemeral and otherworldly quality. The end result is aesthetically stunning and will serve as a worthy benchmark for a new generation of ghost stories.

Ghost is available for pre-orders today, with books shipping out as early as November 1st. In addition, you can pick up a copy at a special book launch, art auction and Halloween party this weekend in LA. Included in the auction will be original art works by Pete Docter, Sanjay Patel, Chris Sasaki, Jeff Turley, Daniela Strijleva, Albert Lozano and many others. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

 

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27. Franklyn

Franklyn

Franklyn in a Brooklyn-based creative studio founded by Michael Freimuth and Patrick Richardson. While designing for a wide range of clients, they strive to “stay trill” and create eye-catching designs that genuinely represent the companies they work with.

Their talent for creating alluring and authentic brands can be seen within their work for Marz Brewing, a collective of brewers and artists. The studio created a flexible branding system in order to easily collaborate with the artists to craft distinctly different labels for each flavor of beer. This innovative approach to branding has led to an alluring packaging system that beautifully symbolizes the diverse personalities of each brewer.

Having a passion for expanding their imaginations and showcasing the creativity of others has led to charming self-initiated projects. They create official Franklyn swag, like toothbrushes and skateboards, and collaborate with designer Kyle Poff to create Matérial Magazine.

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28. Instagram: Finds from the Field – Sea Ranch Edition

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In this edition of Finds from the Field, we feature our trip to Sea Ranch – a modern housing community established in the mid-sixties along the Northern California coastline. Featured on and within several of these structures are supergraphics and icons by Bay Area designer Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon. In addition, she designed the logo which can be easily seen on the signage at the Sea Ranch Lodge and welcome center.

 

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Sea Ranch was designed by Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker and a significant smidgen of Escherick

 

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Super fun exit sign

 

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29. Rune Fisker

Rune Fisker

Rune Fisker’s illustrations are vignettes of a curious and surreal land. The blank and emotionless faces of his characters add a dose of mystery to his dreamlike landscapes full of leafy vegetation, flying household items, and geometric accents. By depicting just glimpses of each narrative, he creates scenes that are enticingly ambiguous and bound to spark the viewer’s imagination.

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Rune Fisker

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30. Magoz

Magoz

A world traveler who has lived in numerous countries, Magoz, is a self-described “nomadic illustrator” currently based in Madrid. His portfolio is a colorful collection of highly conceptual and minimal pieces made up of simple shapes and eccentric characters. He often posts his work on his blog where he also shares artistic advice and the knowledge he’s gained during his travels. He is currently in the process of creating Illustrator’s Essentials, an online workshop inspired by questions readers have left on his blog. His course will give helpful insights how to be an efficient professional illustrator.

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31. Juliette Oberndorfer

Juliette Oberndorfer

By mixing bristled textures with vibrant neon colors, concept artist, Juliette Oberndorfer, creates woodland landscapes that glow with mysticism. The enchanting, yet mysterious air of her work stems from her stark contrasting of darks and lights as well as the distance she places between her characters and her audience. To take a look at her storyboards and animated work, check out her Vimeo and Tumblr.

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Juliette Oberndorfer

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32. Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

By racking up a list of impressive clients like MTV and Wired, Swedish illustrator, Sara Andreasson, is bringing female empowerment to major audiences. Utilizing traditionally feminine color pallets, she depicts strong characters that don’t conform to traditional ideas of dainty femininity. Her figures ooze confidence as their unconventional clothing and proudly worn body hair stand out in front of minimal backdrops. She portrays women of all backgrounds and body shapes by using irregular skin colors, like blues and reds, and accentuating their curves with thick bright highlights. In addition to her illustrations, she promotes her message of feminism and individualism by editing BBY Magazine, a publication she co-founded to create a community for female and queer artists and writers.

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Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

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33. Thomas Danthony

Thomas Danthony

Thomas Danthony is a French illustrator and designer based in London. His cunning use of light and shadow, combined with his characters’ concealed faces give his compositions a mysterious and sometimes eerie aura. This mystifying mood also lingers into his personal work which often centers around the theme of travel, the romance of going on a journey, and how time can affect our memories of the places we’ve visited.

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Thomas Danthony

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34. Instagram: Finds from the Field

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From typography to architecture, here are a few of our finds from our Instagram feed.

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Sweet type at Stanford

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Beautiful signage in Piedmont

 

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35. Kyle Platts

Kyle Platts

At first glance, Kyle Platts’ work is as colorful and playful as a Schoolhouse Rock! segment, but taking a closer look might make you blush. As seen in his monthly comic, Vibe Consultant, and his book, Megaskull, Platts utilizes absurd characters and dark slapstick humor to point out societal follies. His more lighthearted illustrations can be seen within his collaborations with Moog Music and the Sydney Opera House. To take a look at his daily sketches and animated work check out his Tumblr and Instagram.

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Kyle Platts

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36. Sam Chivers

Sam Chivers

Sam Chivers describes his art as veering “towards that blurry border point between science and nature”. Brimming with fluid topographic lines and colored pencil-like strokes and textures, he creates landscapes filled with blooming foliage and glowing floating interfaces. His desire to constantly fuse nature with technology has built a portfolio that has attracted clients like Adobe and New Scientist. To keep up with his work, make sure to follow him on Twitter.

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37. Ray Oranges

Ray Oranges

Ray Oranges is a Florence-based designer whose work has caught the eye of Wired, Monocle, and Creative Review. Focusing on the shapes of his subjects rather than their details, he abstracts architecture and landscapes to create artful and geometric pieces. His extreme minimalism, mixed with his calculated use of negative space and long shadows, gives his portfolio a surreal and dreamlike quality. To keep up with his work and architectural inspiration, make sure to follow him on Instagram.

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38. Dan Woodger

Dan Woodger

Dan Woodger is a London based illustrator who uses pastel color palettes and black outlines to create eccentric scenes that are bound to make you chuckle. His portfolio of highly expressive characters has helped him land editorial and advertising collaborations with The New York Times, Heineken, and Google. I am especially impressed with his work for the messaging app LINE, in which he crafted 1000 unique emojis in 10 weeks. To keep up with his work and read his personal insights on each of his projects, make sure to follow his blog and Instagram.

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39. Joseph Navarro

Joseph Navarro

Joseph Navarro is a Costa Rican graphic designer with a talent for typeface design and lettering. His 3D typographic compositions are often lit from unique angles, creating highlights that guide the viewer’s eyes throughout each design. In addition to typography, he also has a knack for crafting sophisticated branding systems and vibrant geometric illustrations.

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40. Giacomo Gambineri

Giacomo Gambineri

Giacomo Gambineri is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer. Using thick outlines and story panels, he illustrates articles and reader’s Tweets for The New York Times and New Scientist. His quirky depictions of social issues and popular culture help bring humor to today’s hot topics. To keep up with his work, make sure to follow him on Instagram.

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Giacomo Gambineri

 

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41. Michael Spitz

Michael Spitz

Michael Spitz is a freelance graphic designer based in New York City. From logos to illustrations, he tackles a wide breadth of projects and styles. Having a passion for typeface design, his portfolio is chock-full of innovative lettering and monograms. One exploration that is particularly impressive is a metallic bronze monogram that encases the entire alphabet and blooms from A at its center to Z at its rim. His inventive typographic designs are featured in the books New Graphic Design – The 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers and Typism 1 and 2.

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Michael Spitz

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42. Jun Cen

Jun Cen

When it comes to storytelling, Chinese illustrator and animator, Jun Cen, prefers to veer away from the obvious. His conceptual illustrations portray stories in clever and inventive ways. A wonderful example of this is his work for Plansponsor magazine. In the illustration, a diver is seen searching for obscure pearls in order to highlight the complexities of finding an ideal healthcare plan.

Cen’s innovation is also evident within his cunning use of patterns to represent ice, stone, and fur. Rather than drawing these textures by hand, he employs marbled and blotchy patterns that mimic the lighting and colors of these natural surfaces. To see more of his work and to catch a glimpse of his process, check out his blog and Vimeo.

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Jun Cen

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43. burkhardthauke

burkhardthauke

burkhardthauke is a design studio that isn’t afraid of experimentation. Founded by Ralph Burkhardt and Daniel Hauke, the German studio fuses complex layering and inventive lettering to create typographic posters that vibrate with motion. To craft such innovative compositions, the duo deconstructs words, stretches and expands letterforms with colorful gradients, and uses a number of other techniques to distort type. With work so intriguing, it is no surprise that they win numerous awards from type clubs and design organizations every year. Make sure to take a look at their portfolio and follow them on Instagram to check out their most recent work.

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44. Design Facts

Design Facts

Did you know that it took Adrian Frutiger three years to design the twenty-one sans-serif fonts that make up the Univers family? Or did you know that in 2010, Milton Glaser was the first designer to receive the National Medal of Arts? On Design Facts,designer and art director, Shane Bzdok, shares facts about the history of graphic design, the people who have shaped the craft, and the impact design has made on our culture. To read these fun facts and submit some of your own, make sure to visit the site today and follow its Twitter page.

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45. Raúl Soria

Raul Soria

The illustrations of Spanish artist, Raúl Soria, are filled with vivacious colors, whimsical patterns, and pleasant surprises. Although his work is already lively and often surreal, his use of animated GIFs gives his portfolio an extra dose of charm. Don’t be surprised if one of his characters suddenly gives you a friendly wink or curiously raises an eyebrow.

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Raul Soria

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46. Violaine & Jérémy

Violaine & Jeremy

Violaine & Jérémy is a French illustration and graphic arts studio founded by Violaine Orsoni and Jérémy Schneider. Unafraid of mixing digital and traditional techniques, the studio often combines custom designed typefaces with impressive pencil drawings. Their projects with Parisian institutions such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs exude the studio’s talent for creating identity systems that are chic and elegantly edgy.

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Violaine & Jeremy

 

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Violaine & Jeremy

 

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47. Josh Cochran

Josh Cochran

Josh Cochran’s portfolio is a colorful wonderland that is dense with detail and color. Working with muted tones and hand drawn lines, he creates charming monsters and imaginative environments that one could stare at for hours. His whimsical characters have found their way into conceptual illustrations for The New Yorker and large murals for the U.S. Open and Warby Parker. To keep up with his work, make sure to follow him on Instagram.

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Josh Chochran

Josh Cochran

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48. Erman Yilmaz

Erman Yilmaz

Erman Yilmaz’s passion for street art highly influences his digital work. Like graffiti, his typographic arrangements intertwine with illustrations in an elaborate and colorful fashion. As the elements converge, he inserts hidden details that add extra significance to the message of each poster. To see more of his work, check out his street art and Instagram.

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Erman Yilmaz

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49. Marie Assénat

Marie Assenat

Brooklyn-based French illustrator, Marie Assénat, creates paintings and drawings that have a charming and naive essence. Although her characters are often humorous, her work has a sophisticated flair that has led to collaborations with Le Chocolat Des Français and the French Open. Whether it’s a GIF of a dancing poodle or a painting of a roller skating kitty, her drawings are bound to put a smile on your face.

Marie Assenat

Marie Assenat

Marie Assenat

Marie Assenat

 

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50. Okay

Okay

The work of Carl Bender’s design studio, Okay, holds far more merit than its name implies. Having a strong sense of narrative, he creates distinct and memorable brands by integrating his client’s stories into his designs. I’m especially fond of his work for Bender’s Whiskey Co. Inspired by the company’s location on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, the whiskey’s quirky illustrative packaging pays homage to the island’s nautical history and the swashbuckling sailors who have spent time there.

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