Originally hailing from Germany, having studied in Vienna and now based in New York, artist and illustrator Peter Phobia creates dewy colored work inspired by pop culture and everyday life observations. Having worked with brands such as Absolut, i-D, and MQ Vienna, his work has hung in galleries across numerous cities around the globe, and now, can be enjoyed between the covers of a new book; FACTS & FICTION. The collection of his recent gallery work is published by a Viennese contemporary publication house POOL with a focus on illustration, graphic design and photography.
FACTS & FICTION invites the reader to reflect on contemporary social phenomena without judging from a specific point of view, an on-going theme recognizable in Phobia’s work. With a uniquely raw drawing style combining illustration with text, and his observant take on the environment around him, Phobia turns mundane scenarios into thought-provoking observations. There is a lightness to his work which comes from the dreamy, somewhat restrained color schemes, yet it captivates in its familiarity, comparable to a memory you yourself once had.
The book FACTS & FICTION is published in an exclusive, limited edition of 300 and can be purchased over the POOL online shop as well as at the Affenfaust gallery in Hamburg representing the artist.
Images © POOL
Utilizing illustration, especially line drawing, has become all the rage in branding lately. It seems to be the budding trend of 2019 and we’re not unpleased to the least as it always seems to bring a level of personality to a field that otherwise can be somewhat monotone. With contemporary minimalism and clean sleek typography dominating, a unique hand-drawn illustration brings a touch of charm and charisma making a branding concept more approachable. A perfect example of this is the freshly made identity for Plan – a coffee shop & bar in Poznań, Poland – by illustrator Ewelina Dymek and art director and designer Damian Skotzke.
Working closely with the owners of Plan, Damian Skotzke who runs his one-man studio TZKE and specializes in branding and visual identity together with incredibly talented illustrator Ewelina Dymek, created a concept inspired by cinema (Plan = “movie set” translated in Polish). So apart from sipping a cup of aromatic coffee, drinking refreshing wine cocktails, enjoying delicious cakes and sandwiches, Plan is a perfect place to spend quality time with your friends and watch movies in regular movie screenings.
The concept combines a dusty millennial pink with an electric blue, as well as a clean serif font with a hand-drawn logo. A play on the opposites; feminine and masculine, bold and light. The illustrations by Dymek are created as one-line-drawings, a style of illustration which is created by a drawing a single line, uninterrupted from beginning to end, forming an image as a whole. The concept as a whole is intriguing, inviting you in for a closer look, and to stop by and relax for a minute. It’s no surprise Plan has become a loved spot among the locals!
Images © Damian Skotzke & co.
Fruit Exhibition, together with Favini, has announced the first ever edition of a competition to find the best editorial project on the theme of “humor”. The competition is free to partake and is directed to all artists and publishers with a previously unpublished art book, independent editorial project or zine. The work should be outstanding in terms of technical and formal research in relation to its content which explores humor – the theme of the Fruit Exhibition Festival edition, which took place on 1st–3rd February in Bologna Italy.
Compatible with the communication characteristics of the artwork, the aim of the competition organized by Fruit in collaboration with Favini, is to bring out the diversity and expressive liveliness of the independent publishing sector. It aims to encourage all the artists and creatives who have chosen the book or magazine as a form of expression, as a traditional and innovative media and artwork.
The chosen theme, Humor, is the art of making people smile, showing things from an unusual point of view. It can sometimes be unsettling, done with intelligence, originality but all at the same time with levity. Thanks to a fresh and irreverent view of the world and the people who live there, it is humor that allows us to reflect and smile at ourselves. In this increasingly complex and crazy reality, humor gives us a place that without having to resort to politics or latest news, provocation or vulgarity to leave an alternative impression.
Each participant can submit one or more editorial proposals – book, magazine or zine – no later than March 15th, 2019 at 12.00 am, by digital format, there is no limitation of artistic techniques, print format, book design or a number of pages. The jury will assign the FIP prize to the best editorial project, artistic book or zine, and consists in supporting the realization of the prototype presented for a maximum value of 1000 euros. The winner will undertake to create the project in partnership with Favini. Further info about the award can be found here.
Images © Fruit Exhibition
Bulgarian Marka Collective’s work is always spot-on, well researched and high in quality, whether in ideas, creativity, or execution. We’ve seen many stellar branding concepts by them (previously here) yet their latest project involving a speakeasy is what captures their skillset the best. Култура, or Kultura for us without the means to read Cyrillic, is a bar – a speakeasy – located in the city of Varna in Bulgaria, inspired by the Prohibition era of the 20s and 30s in America.
The concept designed and executed by Marka Collective focuses on the hidden aspect of a speakeasy – with a strong post-apocalyptic dystopian feel, blended with the Prohibition period memorabilia. The black and white with deep bloody red combined create a classic color combination, while the line illustrations and modern typography keep it contemporary. Utilizing various printing methods, especially the blind embossing is a clever reference to the speakeasy culture, while the black and white photographs bring a whiff of history to the mix.
Kultura was founded “as an oasis for people who still understand the importance of transforming a random Friday night into a lifetime experience”, and with no doubt, it has become the place to seek refuge from the mundane everyday life, a place where one can freely and openly engage in the more hedonistic things in life.
Images © Marka Collective