TYPOGRAPHY

TypoThursday × Random Typeface by Emil Kozole

23/03/2017

Do you remember Slovanian born, London based designer Emil Kozole‘s super cool Attitude typeface that was inspired by Japanise pop and American hip hop culture? Well, his new Random typeface is as imaginative and entertaining if not more. The uniquely expressive typeface features six alternatives of each letter and glyph that shuffle automatically and create random contextual combinations, creating a crazy yet stylish design perfect for headlines and logos.

The typeface explores the visual value of letters and extremes in forms. Unlike other typefaces it builds character with inconsistency. Little details in each letter and an overall proud attitude of the typeface are its main strengths that create seemingly effortless yet well curated randomness. With over 350 glyphs Random wants to prove that type can be a group of beautiful letters as a group or as individuals.

 © Images by Emil Kozole
Random typeface available for licensing via The Designers Foundry
BRANDING

Weingut Kirnbauer Branding by Bureau Rabensteiner

22/03/2017

Bureau Rabensteiner, who hails from the mountainous city of Innsbruck, have alway set themselves a par from the rest in my eyes. Their style is recognisable in it’s simplicity but it’s the skill of staying above the momentary trends but always achieving a cool contemporary edge with a personal twist that elevates their work. Their latest project is a prime example of this.

The new branding of Weingut Kirnbauer complements the bold character of their wines. It makes reference to the ornate, split, baroque labels that have served as a sign of quality for so many years. The classic, minimal and slightly off-beat typographic logo is the common thread throughout the concept, combining the characters of the two young wine makers, their values and their wines – they blend opposites.

Wine-making has undergone a transformation. ‘The more, the better’ is no longer relevant. Today, we increasingly pay attention to the ingredients wines do not contain. Higher quality and hygiene standards have produced lighter wines in line with our modern lifestyle. Dusty wine cellars have been replaced by open architecture. This transition is reflected in the Kirnbauer products. And in our labels. We have freed the labels of squiggles, decorations and embellishments. What’s left is a premium wine. Unadorned. – Bureau Rabensteiner explains.

Images © Bureau Rabensteiner

ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Marina Muun

21/03/2017

Editorial in Teaching Tolerance Magazine  Editorial in UC Davis Magazine Editorial in the Economist Editorials in MIT Technology Review & Stanford Business Review  Illustration on Buzzfeed Illustrations for an article by Brian Foglia for Medium Editorials in the Stanford Business Magazone and The Oprah Magazine  Illustrations for an article by Kathryn Joyce for Medium Fun little piece on how to make Edible Water Bottles for Wired Magazine

Originally from Bulgaria, grew up in Cyprus, lived in the UK and Germany and currently residing in Vienna Austria, Marina Muun is a creative freelance illustrator with a bottomless well of ideas and inspiration. With a soft feminine feel she creates surreal illustrations – or what she calls – visual thinking. Her style is captivatingly alluring, not in an in-your-face way, but in a more mysterious manner that comes from the subtle textures and harmonious color palettes she uses to build her work, both personal and commercial. So it comes as no surprise that her impressive list of clients include giants New Yorker, Variety, Wired and more.

Images © Marina Muun

BRANDING

Dwa Brzegi Film and Art Festival Branding by Zuzanna Rogatty

17/03/2017

Dwa Brzegi (in eng. Two Riversides) Film and Art Festival, located on the eastern bank of the Lesser Polish Gorge of the Vistula, part of the Puławy – Kazimierz Dolny – Nałęczów tourist triangle, has an eye-catching visual identity that draws inspiration from comics and pop art. The design has proven so popular, the style has been chosen as a permanent part of the festival. 

The festival reaching it’s 11th year this summer, the identity created by Polish graphic designer and lettering artist Zuzanna Rogatty follows the theme of the previous editions (9th & 10th — click here), which turned out to be very recognisable and identified perfectly with the Dwa Brzegi. She continues the theme of cinema screens, yet making it slightly more complex and adding vibrant colours. The main visual element comes from the number which year is in question, with strong contrast coming from placement, layout and color. The flexible and responsive visual system is the key of the design, easily scaled to various platforms from online to print, including huge stage banners to small pins and postcards. When an identity requires flexibility and malleability it’s good to focus on few strong key elements that communicate a strong visual message while staying contemporary and current from year to year.

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Art direction & Graphic design — Zuzanna Rogatty
DTP & Graphic design— Radosław Bućko & sponsors

TYPOGRAPHY

TypoThursday × Motivational Posters

16/03/2017

Motivational posters aim to make people achieve more, think differently about the things that they may be learning or doing, or simply encourage and stimulate action. They’ve been gracing the walls of offices and schools for decades but has risen in popularity in recent years. Social media, Instagram and Pinterest in particular, are filled with inspirational quotes and motivational posters aimed to help us in our achievement focused world. It can be debated if they actually have any real effect on productivity, but weather you are a fan or not, one fact is undisputed. Motivational posters offer a great medium for designers to showcase their skills, and that I’m a fan of!

Two Ukrainian web designers, Igor Starodub and Irina Nakonechnaya took on a task to build a series of nine motivational posters with quotes ranging from playful: “Warm weather is great for two things: ice cream and bathing suits. Ironic, isn’t it?” to more serious: “Fall seven times and stand up eight”, with “Play hard, work hard” being the common thread through out the series. Combining line-drawn illustration and bold colors with contemporary typography while playing with scale and layout, the layered look keeps the design light and personable.

Images © Igor Starodub & Irina Nakonechnaya

DESIGN

Kinga Offert’s illustrations on Rockmill Brewery Identity by Ostecx Créative

15/03/2017

Rockmill Brewery is a new comer on Polish craft beer stage, founded by a rewarded home brewer Andrzej Miler who is known for his high quality product and adventurous taste. And a cool product deserves an equally delightful identity. In cooperation with illustrator Kinga Offert-Ploszaj, Poznań based Ostecx Créative studio created a stylish design with an upbeat two-tone color scheme with an illustration at the center of it. The logotype and humorously illustrated beer labels which depict unique hand drawn mirrored images characterising the five different flavours: Play for Me American Ale, Hopdigger new Wave Belgian IPA, Chemistry American Saison, Coffeecat Oatmeal Coffee Stout and Juicy Delight American India Pale Ale. All details support the main brand identity of playful soulfulness and professionalism, while definitely catching the customers eye from the sea of beer brands available these days. The only question remains, do they taste as good as they look?

Images © Ostecx Créative
BRANDING, PACKAGING

Vlastenecký výber Wine Packaging by Lukas Vanco

10/03/2017

Lukas Vanco, Bratislava based designer created the packaging and branding for Vlastnecký výber (Patriot selection), a hand picked selection of the six best Slovak wines, with first edition coming from south-west area of Slovakia. The symbol depicts the initials of VV, inspired by crossed wine cuttings drawn with in, a technique repeated through out the design of the packaging.

The text is famous quotes by Slovak public figures as well as Slovak folk proverbs, illustrated in fraktur calligraphy. A mixture of contemporary minimalism and traditional style comes from fraktur‘s tendency of heaviness. The white space between the lines and an elegant hand drawn wooden pattern on the side of the box completes the natural feeling. Gentle splutters made by tooth brush and Vanco’s as well as the wine producers fingerprints add a unique edge to the design.  The beautiful calligraphic emblem is embossed with silver chrome foil.

Images © Lukas Vanco

INSPIRATION + PAPER

Inspiration + Paper = Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

07/03/2017

Spring has arrived early. My home town Vienna has been enjoying the warm breeze of spring air for a few weeks already and I am definitely not complaining. There is nothing better than the first days after winter when you hear the birds chirping, the sunshine feels brighter and warmer than in months and, let’s face it, a certain odor lingers in the air that signals nothing else better than melting sidewalks and growing grass. It’s only a matter of time when the first buds of green push through the gray, and the promise of summer is inevitable.

Inspired by the early arrival of spring and the Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery, I put together a mood board that combines all the colors and shades that soon surround us, matched with equally beautiful papers.

Galaxy Metallic  Leaf Green

Color Style Leather Forrest Green

Twill Green

Color Style Smooth Forest Green

Transparent Cromatico Green

Leuchtplakat Fluorescent Green

IQ Color Green

Crush Kiwi

 

ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Daniela Olejníková

02/03/2017

Slovenian illustrator and graphic designer Daniela Olejníková, also known as the other half of Studio Limb, obtained her master degree at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, in the Department of Printmaking and Other Media, so to no surprise her work is heavily influenced by her experience and expertise with traditional techniques as linocut and serigraphy. Visible strokes of stylus, brush or tablet pen as well as layered and overprinted colors are what sets her work apart from others, creating a memorable style not tied to certain time or place. The young creatives works on both personal and client projects is intriguing, as she combines contemporary subjects and references with classic visual language of simple shapes and rich textures.

Images © Daniela Olejníková