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

BRANDING

El Kapan Branding by Marka Collective

28/02/2017

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

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