ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Barbora Idesová

15/02/2017

Slovakian illustrator Barbora Idesová’s work features creatures best described as half-god half-animal with human like mannerisms. Her delicate style combines line drawings, contrasting yet earthy color schemes in dream like scenarios that feel liberatingly wacky yet oddly familiar. Her characters have a unique style of child like imagination seen through the eyes of an adult. Working for clients as well as on personal projects, Idesová’s imagination and attention of beautiful details always produces intriguing work in high quality.

You can buy Idesová’s Risographs posters at her shop, and make sure to follow her on facebook and instagram to keep an eye on her latest work.

Images © Barbora Idesová

DIY

Transfer Foil Chocolate Wrappers for Valentine’s Day

13/02/2017

You just realised Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and you’re struggling the same battle as every holiday: how to find something cute, meaningful and personal for that special someone, that won’t take you all day to find or break the bank? I gotcha – personalised chocolate wrappers.

Sit down, stop worrying and take 2 minutes to read what I have to say. This DIY is so easy it’s practically already done. Wether you have 5 minutes to spare or an hour you can decide how elaborate you want to go. There is only one limiting factor: does that special someone like chocolate? And now that you have rolled your eyes and whispered “who doesn’t?”, you are ready to start.

Now, the time, skill and level of effort you want to put in this defines what happens next. If you only have few minutes – simply unwrap the chocolate from it’s original packaging and then re-wrap it with your own paper, on which you can write those three special words or a quote etc. But, if you can spare 15-30 minutes, follow the steps below.

How-to-do:

Choose the nicest, most special paper you have. My favourite at the moments are a soft textured light green Crush Kiwi and of course, the all-time-love classic Marmor in marble white. For Valentine’s Day you can also go as kitschy as you want so be brave and reach for that hot pink you’ve been saving. You will also need a pear of scissors, glue, tin foil and transfer foil, which you can find at any local stationery/hobby store.

(1) Unwrap & rewrap the chocolates. You can use the old wrapping as a template for the new to make sure it’s the right size, or do like I did and use tin foil for the under-wrap, as it goes nicely with the gold foil. Also silk paper works for this.

(2) Study the instructions on the specific gold foil packaging you have. For most you simply need some glue, but some work with a damp cloth or require a specific surface you work on.

(3) Pre-cut the paper wrapping and fold it nicely around the chocolate bar. Make sure you have the folds done before decorating or writing on it, so you can see the area that will show on top.

(4) Use the gold foil to write or create a pattern on the paper. If you aim to write something, make sure to practise it before and the foil can be a bit tricky to use. I opted for a more minimal approach with a stripe pattern. Firstly because I think the reflective foil was enough for a detail, but secondly because the foil I used did not give the most clean finish. Practise makes perfect!

(5) After the decorations are done, wrap and glue the paper around the chocolate. To make things even more special, you can write personal greetings or even a poem on the inside of the wrapping. I promise whoever will receive this present, will love it! (who wouldn’t, it’s chocolate after all?)

Images © Design&Paper

ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Magda Azab

08/02/2017


Magda Azab, Italian born illustrator and graphic designer who’s taken residence in the beautiful island of Malta where she spends her time creating colorful illustrations and brand work for clients. Often depicting characters in her work, she uses visual language to tell the stories of clients: individuals and brands. Combining geometric and graphic shapes and objects in various textures and finishes, in harmonious color palettes. Her flat design graphics are recognisable wether as illustrations or infographics, often character centered and humorous – playing with proportions or/and layout. Magda’s positive outlook on life, passion for the craft and attention to detail seems to be the winning combo that brings her work to life. Also her adorable dachshund Zaky makes several appearances in her design which is always adorable. Top tip! Check out Magdas’s Instagram where she sometimes shares lovely cartoon illustration of her daily life.

Images © Magda Azab

INTERVIEWS

Meet Eat Write Live

07/02/2017

Vera Bachernegg & Katharina M. Zimmermann © Marion Luttenberger

Meet Vera Bachernegg and Katharina M. Zimmermann – two creative minds from the Austrian city of Graz who dedicate their time and love to collecting good stories, writing them well and presenting them in a design that serves them best. They love what they do. We love what they do. And now it’s time for you to find out what they do (and love it, no doubt!).

Design&Paper: Let’s start off by introducing yourselves to our readers.

Katharina (Eat Write Live): We are Vera and Katharina – two Austrian ladies who love to travel different places, discover good food and meet new, inspiring people. The two of us have met during a class called „Cultural Studies“ at Graz University, where we soon knew that we shared the same kind of humour. We had occasional antipasti-and- wine sessions and grew to be friends. At the end of our studies we wanted to take a trip to London, Paris and the south of the UK, especially the south-west of it. I (Katharina) always wanted to go to Cornwall and talked Vera into it. So we went and fell in love with that magical place. On our journey back we had the glorious idea to tell all our friends and family, or, all people in the German speaking world about it, so we decided on writing a book on Cornwall. The idea for our first book was born and that’s how it all started.

Eat Suft Live © Marion Luttenberger

D&P: What and who is Eat Write Live?

Katharina (EWL): The core of Eat Write Live are the two of us: Vera and me. Travelling together, taking pictures, collecting stories, eating good food and talking to people. Then wrapping it all together in beautiful design. And that’s the point when other – very talented – people come up. For each of our books we work with a different designer who brings a lot of personality in the book. So Eat Write Live isn’t only about us and our self-publishing of books but we already formed a little gang of designers and helpers who are actually already spread all around the globe and who support us with their expertise, good ideas and fantastic work. Apart from the travel books, we also work as a sort of „agency“ delivering print products to our clients. These could be travel books, magazines, websites or other stuff that we love.

D&P: Where did the idea of writing and producing travel books come from?

Katharina (EWL): I worked for various newspapers and travel magazines in Austria and Germany and also wrote two travel guides for a German publisher. I knew that some day I wanted to be a travel journalist as I love the combination of travelling, taking pictures, telling stories and helping others getting orientated in a different place. For Vera – who also works in finance – it started out as a hobby. But we both love books and travelled a good bit of the world already, so we figured that we can just take a leap and dive into this whole new subject of self-publishing.

D&P: You mentioned you work with many other creatives, and your books are full of beautiful photography, illustrations and typography – who have you worked with?

Katharina (EWL): We always work with a designer who knows his/her trade. For our first book – Eat Surf Live (Cornwall), we started out with Verena and Christina Michelitsch for the editorial design and Georg Liebergesell for illustration. Now, for the newest edition, which was published just a few weeks ago, we engaged Verena Jauk who put a lot of effort in trying to save the original character of the book and who also added a lot of her personality and taste. For Eat Hike Live (Styria) Simon Lemmerer was our man and for our latest book Eat Bike Live (Sylt & the islands of the Northern Sea) Marie Zieger was in charge of outstanding, but yet lovely design. During these collaborations we learn so much and are always very glad to see in how many different ways our ideas, texts and photography can be interpreted. We also love the system that we have a new designer for each book and want to keep it that way.

Eat Hike Live – The Styrian travel companion © Katharina M.Zimmermann & Simon Lemmerer

D&P: The Eat Write Live travel books are in German, any chance of reading them in English one day?

Katharina (EWL): True – we started out to publish them in German. But we are still searching for publishers, who want to do an English version of it. We simply don’t have the time to do the whole distribution in the UK or other places. The German market is already enough for us, as we still want to focus on researching, writing and doing creative and conceptional work ourselves.

Eat Bike Live ©Melanie Kraxner

D&P: And what are you working on right now?

Katharina (EWL): We are currently working on client’s projects. One is the second edition of the Museum Magazine for the Universalmuseum Joanneum – a nice magazine on one of the biggest museums in Austria and the other one is about an industrial region in upper Styria with focus on ore and iron production. We want to do a new travel book in 2017. We just don’t know what part of the world it will be about.

Museum Magazine for the Universalmuseum Joanneum ©Lipp Zahnschirm

D&P: What has been the funniest or craziest situation you have found yourself in on your travels?

Katharina (EWL): We have already experienced many crazy moments – and we try to share most of them in our books, on our facebook page or during talks. In 2016 we hiked through the Sahara desert for five full days without showering for instance. During this, I fell ill, I got bronchitis. And bronchitis in the dry desert air is not the best thing you can get. As I was quite weak and couldn’t sleep at night due to constant coughing I rode on a camel half of the time. That was crazy. But we had moments when people we met for the first time told us their deepest sorrows and what really moved them – that was crazy in a way, too. We always laugh a lot during our travels, mostly because we don’t take ourselves too seriously. One day we wanted to take a bike tour in Cornwall. It was quite complicated to get us rental bikes and as soon as we got them and rode them for 5 minutes it started raining cats and dogs. We laughed and went back to the rental service just to spend the rest of the day in a pub organising stuff. In this very same fishing village called Padstow we also got very afraid of the ghost of an old lady one year. We booked a very old fishing cottage where we actually felt really safe. After some days there the landlord told us the story of an old lady ghost appearing on the end of Vera’s bed at night. All of a sudden we got frightened– now of course we laugh about this.

D&P: What inspires you?

Katharina (EWL): Travelling mostly. But also good books, magazines and people who love what they do and thus are really good in doing it.

D&P: In the digital world we live in, what does the future of travel books look like?

Katharina (EWL): Honestly I don’t know. I think most of the travel organisation will be done via apps or websites. Many people also read blogs to inform themselves about where to go. Our books are an additional, inspirational part to get the anticipation up and to discover some treasures and gems and get to know the place where you are going in a playful and funny way. So I hope that in the future there will also be a place for our Eat Write Live travel books.

Vera Bachernegg & Katharina M. Zimmermann © Marion Luttenberger

D&P: I have to ask, what would your perfect day be like if you could visit any place on earth?

Katharina (EWL): This is a very good, but difficult question to be answered. The day would definitely start with a big breakfast, good talks, friendly tea and lovely people. Sunshine would be nice too. Then some activity – maybe hiking or swimming can follow. As our last trip was to Cornwall, I’m thinking about waking up and having a healthy breakfast at Botelet farm then going on a coast hike, maybe somewhere around stunning Lansallos bay. Two hours of surfing in the afternoon and after that some nice seafood at Sam’s on the Beach?

D&P: Well, that sounds just about perfect. But now, last but least, where will EatWriteLive travel in 2017?

Katharina (EWL): We honestly don’t know where we will go. In winter we’re doing some skiing and winter fun at a place called Turracher Höhe for a magazine, but where our paths will lead us nobody knows yet. We’ve talked about the possibilities, which are: Iceland, Salzkammergut, Bregenzer Wald, Mallorca, Amalfi Peninsula, Ireland, Slovenia andTrieste, Northern Spain, Croatia or Scotland. Maybe this is the right place to say that we are still looking for collaborations and sponsors? Haha!

D&P: Haha, well no better time than now, you’re right! Thank you so much for talking to us and we wish you all the best on your future endeavours. Fingers crossed to get those books in english one day!

Buy your copy of Eat Surf Live, Eat Hike Live or Eat Bike Live

Images © Marion Luttenberger

ILLUSTRATION

Detailed Illustrations of German Wildlife by PunktFormStrich

03/02/2017

Salzburg based PunktFormStrich Kreativstudio takes bride in their down to earth approach to design. Never creating something redundant but always out of passion and necessity – their work tells the stories that need to be read or seen. The common factor in all of their projects is the starting point which is the most simple combo in design: pen and paper. Shaping and building the idea on a piece of paper is something I can relate to, and definitely respect.

I could easily choose any project from their port folio to showcase but their german wildlife illustrations from last year is a perfect example of what the creative agency is all about. Created for the German Wild Animal Foundation, in traditional style with a modern touch. With the aim to create illustrations that are very natural as well as realistic, the project is a type of historical study of nature in which biologists, botanists and explorers work is used as a model. The beautiful, detailed illustrations are used on the foundations website and other marketing material.

Images © PunktFormStrich Kreativstudio

 

BRANDING, PACKAGING

Deker Patissier & Chocolatier Branding by less.

02/02/2017

Design and branding studio less. is making waves and turning heads regardless of their young age. With every new client and project their uniquely minimal and strong take on brand identity and packaging is helping them climb higher on the Polish design ladder. Run by three young designers – Gosia Perkowska, Anna Okrassa and Martyna Wędzicka – each bringing their special talent and take to the table, they together work on projects ranging from editorial and web design to packaging and branding. Their recent re-branding for Polish patissier & chocolatier Deker is a perfect example of the bold and fierceness approach Less. has for it’s clients.

By combining classic black & white stripe with striking pink, purple and orange, the play of pattern and color blocking becomes the heart of the identity. An idea carried through-out the stationery, packaging as well as the interior of the store, done by Studio Potorska. Alternating between line-style iconography and sans-serif type typography on signs and stamps, a more traditional serif font is used as the main logo that shows the coco bean as only visual reference to the craft.

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art direction &packaging design: less.
interior design: Studio Potorska
interior photoshoot: Tom Kurek

ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Pawel Jonca

31/01/2017

One of Polands most recognised and succesful illustrators, Pawel Jonca is the man of many awards, prizes and nominations, and a list of clients including the most respected publications and agencies in Poland and around the world. There is a charming minimalism to his work, along with trademark texture, rich colors and big graphical gestures, and a lo of emotion. Coming from the land of illustration and poster design, Pawel’s father was an architect so he grew up surrounded by drawing materials and unsurprisingly followed in his father’s footsteps to train in that profession. But the true artist inside broke through after graduation, when at a chance meeting in a creative agency one day, he put himself forward as an illustrator and has never looked back.

Pawel’s images have a lovely, painterly feel to them. Even without labeling, you’ll see a touch of Picasso-style cubism in his work, mixed with surrealism, graphic sensibility and unparalleled inspiration.

Images © Pawel Jonca

BRANDING, DOLCE VITA

My Green Cup Branding by Eszter Laki

27/01/2017

The man behind the branding concept for Budapest based 3rd wave café house My Green Cup needs to introduction. Eszter Laki’s style is always of high quality and on point, and his work has been featured on our pages many times previously – so let’s jump over the lengthy introductions. My Green Cup is a hearty specialty coffee place in the Pest side of Budapest, in an area known for it’s ice cream colored Bauhaus buildings and charming small stores. Fitting to the neighbourhood, My Green Cup’s interior mirrors the homely atmosphere with a contemporary cool edge, thanks to the local Position Collective responsible for the design. Serving coffee of the highest of quality, an attribute demanded of both the interior as well as the identity. All working closely together, the three aspects blend together seamlessly, forming a whole that catches the attentions of both coffee and design lovers.

As every coffee virtuoso knows, each coffee shop is determined and judged by its espresso machine. At My Green Cup, this phenomenon is right at the center of the identity. The common thread through out of the whole concept is the beautiful deep toned green which originates from the actual heart of the store, a custom made Synesso espresso machine. The rich jewel tone is the key element repeated in the logo, stationery, online presence, menu boards, furniture, as well as in the graphic artworks on the walls by Levente Csordás – portraying the district’s ambience and the regular customers. The figural logo is a growing coffee plant showing the fragile origins of the coffee bean, and a stamp is used to distinguish the take away cups. Particularly beautiful are the hand made textures in aquarelle on the business and loyalty cards, which refers to the artisan nature of coffee brewing. All in all a well-thought out charming concept that makes the experience of a great cup of coffee, just right.

Images © Eszter Laki

ILLUSTRATION

Selected Works by Kvar

25/01/2017

Tea Jurišić, better known as Kvar, was born in Germany and grew up in Croatia where she attended the Art High School of Applied Arts before becoming a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she is is now finishing her applied graphics studies under illustrator prof. Svjetlan Junaković. Her surreal works depict bizarre settings and un-imaginable characters living their lives, ofter having an atmosphere or a feel of a dream tangled with futuristic visuals. The colorful works are a mix of hand made textures and digital technique, inspired by Albin Brunovsky, Yves Klein, Basquait, Cy Twombly and more. Having worked for a few clients including Vizkultura and Šakan Festival as well participating in different exhibition, it is safe to say you’ll hear from her in the future (and to make sure, why not follow her on facebook). 

Images © Tea Jurišić

EDITORIAL

Násilník Album Cover by Petr Kudláček

24/01/2017

The digital era brings many advantages and upgrades to our lives from communications to how we see and enjoy the things that bring us joy. It threatens some things to the prink of extinctions but also makes us value others to the point of obsession. Music has always been a loved art form and since the first records produced it has come with a visual canvas, the album cover. Weather LP record sleeves or hard CD covers, each artist has had the opportunity to package their art in a form free to them. The history of album covers is wide and variable, with everyone remembering the classics and of course those cherished first ones we got our hands on.

To continue this craft, Prague based freelance graphic designer Petr Kudláček created a cool, illustrated, multi-colored LP cover and packaging for Násilník. Unique hand drawn illustrations on both the actual record as well as the booklet in fun black, pink and yellow color combo, with a neon green honey-comb soft envelope as the cover – this album is no wall-flower! The custom made typography, high-contrast colors and surprising material choices give a clue of what’s coming , the perfect way a good album design does.

Images © Petr Kudláček