I think I’ve mentioned on here before about how much I like when somebody takes something pretty old and traditional and puts a fresh spin on it. That’s why I love these floral still lives by the Mexican-born and London-based illustrator Elena Boils. Passionate about nature, Elena’s illustrations are a mixture of digital and hand crafted work. The combination works really well; mixing bold splashes of solid colour with occasional subtle textures and patterns. I love them!
Handlettering tends to be the skill I see designers practicing most outside of client work — taking on personal projects to better hone their abilities and style. Sydney-based letter and typographer Dave Foster came up with a clever, engaging way to do so while also promoting his name. Using the clever #MayDave, Foster’s been handlettering his tweets for the entire month of May.
“Tweets are engaging, I thought it was a good way to advertise and grow my following while showing what I do,” Foster said on why he chose Twitter. “The length was capped too, which I felt would limit the difficulty somewhat.”
UK artist and designer INSA has taken street art to another level. He’s taken the idea of photography, street art, and GIF making and combined them all, creating what I’d say is a rather labor intensive new form of art. As the artist states himself, he’s making “cutting edge art for the Tumblr generation.”
You can see more of these pieces over on designboom.
While the golden age of music videos may have now passed, there’s still a number of talented folk out there who are making amazing work. One act in particular who continue to support the art-form is the UK electropop four-piece Metronomy. Last February they worked with Michel Gondry to create a fantastic single-take video for “Love Letters” and their 2011 video for The Look still remains one of my favourite videos of recent memory.
I love these illustrations for The New Yorker. They were created by The Tree House Press, the alias of UK-based illustrator Marc Aspinall. Influenced strongly by mid-century illustration; his work is utterly charming with wonderful colors and textures and a terrific sense of energy.
Sue Murphy, an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, started Good Design is Good Business, a single-serving site which offers high-res versions of new and classic IBM posters. You’ll find works of design by legends like Paul Rand as well as contemporary classics like HORT. Perfect for the starving student or the design lover who needs some new art for their cube.
I’m an art director in NYC at Ogilvy for IBM. I’m also a design nerd and into the importance of archiving. This is a little spot where I’m saving some beautiful IBM work I come across in the form of hi-res posters.
We also did an interview with Sue which you can find here.
Maybe it’s the fact that cultural imports only take seconds to receive, or that you don’t need to go through customs for digital transactions, but the amount of music coming out of Australia right now has been awe-inspiring. This to some extent has a lot to do with the record label Future Classics. Started in 2004 in New South Wales, this alternative disco/house/electronic label is most certainly responsible for the wide variety of sounds that make up the popular music of 2014. For the month of May I’ll be profiling some of the future classics of Future Classics, starting this week with Chet Faker’s LP, Built on Glass.
There’s a great interview with Kenya Hara over on Japan Times where he speaks about the future of design. It’s interesting to read that Hara’s idea of the future are intrinsically tied to the past, that Japan needs to change in order to move forward.
“I feel the designer’s role has changed in recent years from one of creating beautiful forms or clear identification for brands to one where the designer himself visualizes the possibilities of an industry.” And just to ensure he gets his point across, he restates his position in English. “Visualizing and awakening the hidden possibility of an industry,” he says.