Francesca Sanna

Francesca Sanna is an illustrator and author who illuminates serious issues in a welcoming and endearing way. Through her book and side projects, she tackles subjects such as immigration, education, politics, and body image. Her drawings have a strong sense of narrative and feature lovable characters that confront their battles with strength and positivity. Her recent masterpiece is her book The Journey. With simple sentences and enthralling illustrations, she tells the story of a young family who flees their country to live in a safer area. The book’s fantastic imagery and clever use of color beautifully teaches children about the emotions and struggles that refugees often encounter. ——————– Also worth viewing: Bohuy Kim Perky Bros Elliot Kruszynski Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on… Read More

A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Submissions

Chris Cran Exhibition Catalogue by Stefan Canuel, RGD Do you have a design, photograph, or rendering that you are really proud of? Submit it to the A’Design Award & Competition! The renowned event is held in Como, Italy and accepts applications for both conceptual and realized projects. Organized into 100 categories, the competition judges all areas of design including Print, Visual Communication, Packaging, and Photography. Entries will be reviewed by a respected panel of designers, academics, and members of the media from countries around the world. In addition to the A’Design trophy, winners will receive marketing assistance, certification support, and other services to help advance their careers. Whether you are a student or a professional, don’t miss this chance to share your work with the international design community… Read More

Fanette Mellier

Brimming with bright hues and bold forms, the work of French designer, Fanette Mellier, is hard to ignore. I’m especially drawn to the identity system she crafted for Frac Aquitaine, an art museum in Bordeaux. At its center is a logo made from a reflected “A”. This emblem resembles the arrows of a compass and guides the viewer’s eye throughout the documents. It is also used to mark gutter folds in brochures, separate paragraphs, and is often superimposed over photos. Other projects: ——————– Also worth viewing: Magdiel Lopez Atelier Bingo Kyle Read Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor: The A’Design Awards – Click here to learn more about the prestigious event and how to register your work. Read More

Good Apples

Good Apples crafts brand identities and digital experiences for a wide breadth of clients. Especially impressive is their collaboration with OZO Coffee Company in which they developed the visual identity and packaging. After modernizing the brand’s logos, typefaces, and color palettes, the studio created over 50 pictograms to represent the different qualities of the roasts. These symbols are gorgeously displayed on merchandise, apparel, and packaging. I’m particularly fond of the animal icons that signify the regions from which the coffee originated. ——————– Also worth viewing: David Rudnick Zup Design Franklyn Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor: The A’Design Awards – Click here to learn more about the prestigious event and how to register your work. Read More

Luke Lucas

Luke Lucas is a talented typographer whose lettering has graced the covers of magazines, the walls of office buildings, and everything in between. From old style serifs to 3D scripts, he’s tackled numerous styles and often utilizes fun textures to give a unique personality to each piece. I am especially impressed with the details within his compositions. His dynamic shading and line work add a gorgeous layer of depth to his letterforms. ——————– Also worth viewing: Shawna X Ward Heirwegh Michael Spitz Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor: The A’Design Awards – Click here to learn more about the prestigious event and how to register your work. Read More

Studio Makgill

Studio Makgill crafts beautiful work that is deeply inspired by their clients’ passions. While crafting the identity for the brewery Wiper and True, Makgill noticed the company’s fascination with nature and the biological process of fermentation. This motivated them to create a packaging system that depicts examples of how humans have used nature to their own advantage. The bottles feature illustrations of elephants performing at circuses, hot air balloons floating in the wind, and much more. ——————– Also worth viewing: Shawna X Studio Moss Sindy Ethel Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor: The A’Design Awards – Click here to learn more about the prestigious event and how to register your work. Read More

Siobhán Gallagher

Siobhán Gallagher’s wit and charm shines through her personal illustrations and self-published zines. Her hilariously relatable comics and writings depict the struggles of awkward social interactions, big city living, and modern tragedies such as accidentally liking a crush’s old Instagram photo. This knack for successfully translating contemporary strife has led Gallagher to create editorial illustrations for prominent publications such as MIT Technology Review and Bust. Her collaborative efforts with illustrator John F. Malta are also quite impressive. Together they’ve edited an anthology of apocalyptic art, titled Till Doomsday, and published two editions of their zine, We Out Here. To get your hands on Gallagher’s work, check out her new book, In A Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind, which was… Read More

Masquespacio

Masquespacio is an award-winning creative consultancy that focuses on graphic and interior design. Their skill for integrating the two art forms is especially evident in their collaboration with the furniture company Missana. To celebrate Missana’s 20th anniversary, the studio revamped the brand with contemporary colors, materials, and textures. These elements were incorporated into the website, catalog, and a new line of furniture called The Novelties Collection. To display the new assortment of products, they designed vibrant exhibition spaces like the one seen above. Finally, Masquespacio crafted The Toadstool Collection, their own line of furniture that features mushroom-like seats, a table, and a sofa bench. The pieces were highly inspired by the Memphis movement of the 1980s and the architecture of Michael Graves. Other projects: ——————–… Read More

Top A’ Design Award Winners

Between the first show Poster by Daeki Shim, Hyojun Shim The 2018 A’Design Award & Competition is now open for submissions. The prestigious event features over 100 categories and will be judged by a panel of esteemed designers, scholars, and members of the press. In addition to receiving the A’Design trophy, winners will obtain career development services, invitations to exclusive design clubs, and other great prizes. The contest accepts applications for realized and conceptual projects from students and professionals. Register now to participate. For today’s post we’ve highlighted a small sampling of past winners, including favorites from the Packaging and Print categories. LIFEWTR Series 1 Bottle Graphics by PepsiCo Design & Innovation. Designed by OMO, Craig & Karl, and Jason Woodside. One Main Office by Mark Goulthorpe, Raphael… Read More

A Practice for Everyday Life

A Practice for Everyday Life is a London-based studio founded by Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas. Since 2003, they’ve crafted sleek and sophisticated designs for a variety of clients including schools, exhibitions, and fashion brands. I’m especially smitten with their work for Drawing Futures, a conference focused on speculative drawing and its connection to architecture. While branding the event, the studio created Lining Gothic, a custom typeface with squared-off angles. The typeface’s unique attributes accentuate the strong structural nature of the wordmark and its resemblance to an architectural drawing. ——————– Also worth viewing: Elliot Kruszynski Studio Proba Rubio & Del Amo Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor – Skillshare – Click here to get 2 months of… Read More

Werklig

Werklig strives to design with purpose and create brands that are “built on truth, not fake stories”. One of my favorite brands they developed is Suomen Jäätelö, a Finnish ice cream company. Especially impressive is the packaging: an unconventionally shaped tub that is covered in a striking pattern. The marbled nature of the graphic is inspired by the perfect elasticity and thickness of the ice cream. It connotes the smooth frostiness of the product and also gives the brand a modern and playful personality. Another great packaging project is their bottles for Galipette, a French apple cider. The roundness of the bottles and labels are inspired by the company’s name, which translates to “somersault”. Wanting to allude to the rural history of cider and attract an urban… Read More

Bohuy Kim

Bohuy Kim is a Korean graphic designer who runs the studio Odd Hyphen. A strong believer in creative experimentation, he regularly pursues self-initiated projects such as the poster series Visual Impact. In this collection, he plays with unique typography, 3D illustration, and distortion techniques to explore subjects such as concealment, text, and the vicissitudes of patterns. Many of these elements are also present in his promotional posters for the Goopang art group where he employs abstract compositions and neon color schemes with striking effect. ——————– Also worth viewing: Jacob Escobedo Formes Vives Robert Beatyy Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor – Skillshare – Click here to get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free. Read More

Perky Bros

Perky Bros crafted a quirky identity system for Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing. Inspired by beachside folklore, the beer’s packaging illustrates legends of pickpocketing magicians, the invention of the funnel cake, and more. Hidden within the imagery are humorous details and cryptic messages that are a joy to discover as you sip the contents of each can. Sitting front and center is the brand’s mascot; a mystifying three-eyed cat that serves as an ode to the notorious feral felines that lived under New Jersey’s piers. Other Projects: ——————– Also worth viewing: Estudio Pum Charlotte Trounce TwoPoints.net Follow us on RSS, Instagram, Pinterest, Wanelo,  ——————– Share on Facebook Thanks to this week’s sponsor – Skillshare – Click here to get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free. Read More

Raffinerie

Raffinerie is an award-winning design studio based in Zürich. A favorite project of mine is their collaboration with the Solothurner Film Festival. Building from an established visual language, the studio developed a flexible identity system that they adapt each year. For this year’s event, they created a comprehensive campaign that included posters, invitations, and a program booklet. The promotional pieces highlight the festival’s energetic atmosphere and simultaneously promote its diverse collection of motion pictures. Prominently featured in the materials is a rectangular “O” which represents the screens the movies are projected on. This “O” is manipulated and morphed into a series of dynamic speech bubbles that interact with the film stills featured throughout the system. ——————– Also worth viewing: Elliot Kruszynski Menta Ward… Read More