I don’t know if it was the overt presence of pale dusty pink or the clever intertitles or the friendly raccoons in her work, but Stephanie Specht pretty much had me at first glance. The Antwerp-based graphic designer’s work is a mix of kaleidoscopic colour and patterned craziness that amazingly works. With references to historical figures and contemporary song lyrics, Specht’s work spans an eclectic mix of influences that would appear to feed into her graphic style. It’s hard not to respond positively to her delightfully fun and slightly irreverent approach to visual representation. I certainly think that her modern day makeover of Napoleon is a vast improvement!
Specht’s work is currently featured in an exhibition at Talent Gallery in Stockholm until 21 March 2011. Be sure to check it out if you’re lucky enough to be in the area.
You can see more of Specht’s designs on her rather wonderful blog and on her flickr. She also has an online shop where you can buy a small section of prints, and textile renditions of her graphic work can be purchased through Envelop.