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
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
Color Style Smooth Forest Green
Transparent Cromatico Green
Leuchtplakat Fluorescent Green
IQ Color Green
Holy mackarel, this branding of Bulgarian fish and shish restaurant El Kapan is off the hook. Founded in 2016, the popular eatery and hang out spot of the local youth in central beach of Varna combines tasty seafood and bbq with atmospheric music. El Kapan has a colorful and lively interior that swims in endearing and stylish details, definitely a place where I could spend a summer night or two.
To honor El Kapan’s personality, Creative Collective Marke designed a visual identity that centers around a stylish, eye catching logo of a fish shish – a kebab style barbecue stick complete with a fish head. Done in delicate hand drawn design, the style is repeated in a pattern that is used across the stationery range from the business cards to place mats. Unobtrusive methods like engraving and blind embossing are used along with more traditional techniques. In a somewhat surprising way, the colorful laid back style of the interior is contradicted in the searious yet cool, mostly monochrome identity, bringing quality and class to the over all entirety. The flavour and rhythm of the atmosphere comes from the balance of polished yet trendy design and young, undemanding vibe, only achievable via truly soulful
Images © Marka Collective