We stumbled upon some awesome graphic design work by Helen Crawford of White Crush Design the other day. It’s really great to see an idea translate into a scheme or series that are related and look amazing together but also work as stand alone items. These Anna Blundy books will surely be bought in threes just because they look so hot together! Great inspiration for our magazine and publication design. Read more about these cool books and the design process behind the covers at… http://faceoutbooks.com/#11073/Anna-Blundy-Series Andrea 12.04.10
Calling all you hot shot designers! We love a bit of competition, especially when it supports the creative industry. ADC Young Guns is a global, cross-disciplinary portfolio competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creative professionals. Enter your portfolio. Get recognized. 30 or under? Been working for 2 years? Join in, show off and compete with some of the best in the industry! Enter here. Leah 9.04
As a design agency logo design is both pleasing and challenging. It is wonderful when you come across logos which really push the boundaries and make you think. These logos all have a hidden message. Logos are extremely poweful and can really set the tone of what you are promoting, selling or offering. A well designed and meaningful logo can have a lasting impression…. Louise 7th April
I am totally crushing on Kris Chau right now. Born in Hawaii (note Gidget inspired hipster bikini influence) & now residing in Philadelphia, Kris creates amazingess that most of us only dream of when we put ink to paper. These playful, colourful drawings are inspired by her everyday life, but often veer into the utterly fantastical. The girls that inhabit these drawings are just the sort of girls we would love to hang out with in real life (or perhaps we already know or even observe daily in the mirror!): funny, smart, stylish & just a little bit boy crazy. Check out Kris’ greatness a
A little downtime at Fresco means I get to play and playtime means inspiration. On a day of browsing through some of my favourite sites, I started to notice the return of the monogram (not that it ever left, but seems ever more present). There is something so simple and elegant about the positive and negative spaces, the boldness, the modulated forms. I’ve montaged a few of my favourites for you but you can see more at these sites: anagrama, Valentine Group, Peter & Paul and Conor & David. Enjoy! Leah 7.04
The designers at Fresco Creative love to draw inspiration from those amazing people out there that approach art in a completely unique way. Alexa Meade is one such person – she is an installation artist based in Washington DC who paints real people into unique 3D portraits. Most portrait artists start with a blank canvas – not Alexa! She starts with a fully clothed person and applies the paint directly to the skin/fabric/shoe/background to create the impression of a more traditional painting – but her works are anything but traditional! Check out her Flickr page for a closer
I thought I would give you all a giggle to ride out the last hour until we’re set free for the glorious and rare four day weekend. Maybe you told your mother you’re engaged to a lovely young fellow you met at the pub last night or told your boss you’ve won the lotto and today will be your last day, or maybe you were a little more creative like these guys. Enjoy and have a wonderful Easter. Leah 1.04 For more giggles, check out Urban Prankster.
We love it when big ideas come to life and the Kid’s Republic Bookstore in Beijing is an example of such a phenomenon! KR’s designers (Japanese architects Sako) have gone hell for leather to create a bookstore that you just won’t want to leave! They have raided the Pantone Swatch Book to create a meandering rainbow that captures the imagination. Kids and adults can curl up in to the appropriate sized nook with a book, sit in their wooden honeycomb tunnel or wander through the rainbow cave. Count me in! Andrea 1/4/10