ILLUSTRATION

52 Sweltering Hot Summer Illustrations

08/08/2018

We’ve reached the heat peak of the summer with temperatures rising closer to the forties here in Central Europe, and to be honest, I do not feel bad about spending at least half of my days indoors in front of a cooling fan. And I know there are some kindred spirits over on the other side of the screen! So while we wait for the heat to simmer down to bearable digits, we can enjoy these fifty-two inspiring, cool and down-right stunning illustrations by 26 talented artists.

Will you be inspired to pack your swimming trunks and suntan lotion and head down to the beach, or will you vicariously live through these imaginary characters?

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by Malika Favre

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by Bodil Jane

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by Irene Rinaldi

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by Felicity Marshall

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by Petra Eriksson

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by Tom Haugomat

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by Fago Studio

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by Angela McKay

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by Olimpia Zagnoli

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by Steve Frykholm

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by Kim Sielbeck

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by Arnelle Woker

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by Yann Kebbi

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by Tallulah Fontaine

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by Eleonora Arosio

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by Marylou Faure

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by Patrick Hruby

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by Eline Van Dam, aka Zeloot

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by Isabelle Feliu

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by Miranda Sofroniou

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by Virginia Johnson

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by Celeste Sánchez Demare

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by Ryo Takemasa

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by Fred Péault

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by Yuko Shimizu

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by Willian Santiago

 

 

BRANDING, EVENTS

How much tolerance does design need? Design Month Graz 2018 Visual Identity

06/08/2018

The Design Month Graz gives insights into the current state of design in the form of exhibitions, workshops, and lectures, welcoming over 100,000 people to network in the UNESCO city of Graz every spring. This year’s motto dealt with the theme of tolerance and design, which was realized in the visual identity by Studio Zwupp together with Paul Leichtfried – with rule breaks, mixtures, and country flags.

Design triggers emotions which are located between aversion and approval, enthusiasm and disappointment, outrage and indifference. Yet, who is the one to say what is beautiful? Who says what works for whom and why? And who judges good taste – and why?  These were the questions on center stage for the four-week-long festival last May. Design Month Graz celebrated its 10th year with a dense 4-week long program of thought-provoking events.

With serious questions and issues at the core of this years theme, Studio Zwupp created an adaptive, modular graphic language to support it, with patterns mimicking the breaking of order. Covering everything from coffee cups to beer labels and animations (see on Design Month Graz facebook page) to a printed newspaper, the graphic design follows a minimalistic three-color theme with geometric patterns being the red thread.

The clever repetition of bold patterns in primary colors and the thoughtful use of borrowed imagery from flag symbols, together with order-breaking animation create tension, which further creates an exciting, provocative visual identity.

Images © Studio Zwupp

 

TYPOGRAPHY

TypoThursday × Ruslan Khasanov

02/08/2018

Russian graphic designer and visual artist Ruslan Khasanov creates mind-bending, hypnotic typography designs by various analog and digital techniques. His work has been across the globe in various publications both on-and-offline. What sets his work apart is his imagination and original point-of-view in which he approached the art of the alphabet.

One of his most imaginative works is the ‘sunbeam type’, an entirely sunlight-formed typeface, shaped through the dispersion of light. A phenomenon most commonly observed in the occurrence of a rainbow, Khasanov utilized the spatial separation of white light into differing wavelengths by deflecting the light through a glass which had a letter drawn on with gel. The results are mesmerizing!

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But the sunbeam type is far from being the only unique idea Khasanov has had, as his portfolio is filled to the brim with ridiculously cool, one more outlandish than the next designs. See for yourself below. You also might want to make sure to follow his work on Instagram, as you shouldn’t be the one to miss out on all the fun going on over there!

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Images © Ruslan Khasanov

ILLUSTRATION

Saddo’s Murals Are A Blast of Saturated Colors

31/07/2018

Saddo, a Romanian artist, illustrator, and muralist, is a master of bizarre imagery. Having studied the basics of graphics at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, his first important step to what he is today as an artist was discovering street art, and founding one of the first street art collectives in Romania, The Playground. Since then his work has been on show across the world, in galleries, large-scale murals and commission illustrations for different projects and branding concepts.

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Drawing inspiration from his surroundings, Saddo’s work ranges from dreamy, colorful, pop-surrealistic paintings, to dark, monochromatic, powerful drawings. Not having a very rational approach in his artistic process, his works are collections of suggestions, influences from Renaissance, Flemish Masters, lowbrow art, street art, design, and personal moods – all brought together in a fantastic scene, or an intricate monstrous portrait, or even abstract compositions. An on-going red-thread in Saddos work seems to be contrast, as even when dealing with morbid themes as the personification of death (A Stranger in the Garden series) he balances the work with beautiful flowers and lighter subjects.

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Saddo’s latest work includes painting a 3 meters tall and 64 meters long panel surrounding a construction site, in Paris, France, at the invitation of Quai 36 (top). A series of three murals together with his friends from MATKA, for “Eu și prietenii mei” ( “Me and my friends” ), a day center for underprivileged kids in Berceni, Bucharest (above). Each mural corresponds to a classroom, in which the kids are taught Arts, Natural Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences. As well as painting a room at the Teatrul Tineretului Piatra Neamt, inspired by the works of  Victor Brauner, who’s hometown Piatra Neamț is (below). You can also see Saddo’s mural work at the Birdyard Eatery here in Vienna.

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Images © Saddo