People of Print | Graduate Print Awards 2014

People of Print | Graduate Print Awards 2014

It’s that time of year again. We are going to be selecting our favourite creatives for our print awards. Last year we received hundreds of submissions. Juliana Futter was selected to print an edition with a screen print studio. This year we are going to run things a little differently, there will be bigger prizes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and more people judging the winner. More to be announced soon. In the meantime, get your submissions in right away. Feature


10 Deep X Studio One

10 Deep X Studio One

Street wear brand 10 Deep recently dropped their latest collaboration with record label Studio One. Using print as a means to bring the brands together the collection showcases Studio One’s visual history incorporating iconic album artwork throughout the collection. In addition 10 Deep also include a series of tropical prints inspired by the collaborations ‘Island life’ theme. Feature


Event :: Hackney WickED

Event :: Hackney WickED

It’s that time of year again when the borough of Hackney Wick and Fish Island throw open their doors for the three day creative festival ‘Hackney WickED’. Now in its 7th year the festival has grown from strength to strength. From Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August you can expect artist talks, workshops, music, studio and gallery exhibitions, market stalls, performances and street food to top it all off. Feature


Print Isn’t Dead | Digital Proofs

Print Isn’t Dead | Digital Proofs

We are very excited about our very first magazine going into production. We thought we’d give you a little taste of what you might see in the magazine. We received our digital proofs from Pureprint so you can see some of the pages, however Pantone 805c is not visible with a digital print, so you’ll have to buy a copy to see the real deal. Feature


Brighton Show 2014 | Private View

Brighton Show 2014 | Private View

We were very excited to be visiting the Brighton Show last night and once again it seems to be another prolific year for recent Graphic Design and Illustration graduates from the University of Brighton. Feature


Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri

(Easily one of my new favourite designers) Acknowledged as one of Chicago’s up-and-coming image makers and the co-founder of “Art & Design Incubator” The Post Family Chad Kouri is an Artist that works between a variety of disciplines including print, illustration, collage murals and type. Chad’s bold and beautiful artwork plays with colour pattern and shape and is inspired by conceptual / minimalist art, ethnography, typography, design and jazz. Feature


Ventral Is Golden

Ventral Is Golden

Leeds based graphic artist Ventral is Golden makes handmade and digital collages and illustration that are both perspectively interesting and visually arresting. His colour choices and collage material make for mind bending illusions alongside familiar themes, and encourage more than a second look. Be sure to check out his writings on his website, as well as his editions of beautifully hand designed and bound published essays. Feature


Daniel Siim

Daniel Siim

Using only black and white tones as the basis of his design, Copenhagen based designer Daniel Siim is the master of monochrome. Delivering a consistently high level of polished and professionally detailed work, the designer specialises in providing sleek solutions to editorial and printed materials. There is an element of mystery present in his work, desolate imagery and lack of colour convey a feeling of detachment, yet still there remains something incredibly intriguing. Daniel’s latest project Starmaker, looks at the book as a physical product in an age of digital and asks the question do printed words and imagery inked onto premium papers make more of an long term impact in the readers mind? Feature


Atelier Tout Va Bien

Atelier Tout Va Bien

Another French typography-led design studio to keep on your radar. Atelier Tout Va Bien are Anna Chevance and Mathias Reynoird whose portfolio showcases stunning posters, identities and a whole heap of impressive print publications of all kinds. From a monochromatic bundle of loose-leaf zines to sleek perfect bound books, Atelier Tout Va Bien can always be relied on to bring contemporary design to life. Feature


Gráfica Fidalga

Gráfica Fidalga

Gráfica Fidalga are a trio of friends in São Paolo, Brazil, who make posters on a 1929 German Letterpress using hand carved wooden letters. They’re famous for their printing and have worked with the likes of Anthony Burrill. They don’t have a proper website, probably because they are so luddite in their methods. Feature


Santa Cruz x Star Wars

Santa Cruz x Star Wars

For all the nostalgic skaters, art lovers and sci fi fans out there, or perhaps those looking eagerly forward to the new Star Wars releases being filmed as we speak – not long ago, in a galaxy called California, a collaboration of stellar proportions has landed. Feature


Booooooom X Herschel Supply :: Heritage backpack

Booooooom X Herschel Supply :: Heritage backpack

Iconic arts blog Booooooom joined forces with Herschel back in June to present their art project ‘Drawing on the past’ inviting creatives to hand-draw a person or place that had an impact on their lives. Taking their recent collaboration further the partnership have created a series of limited edition backpacks with an illustrated print lining by illustrator Andrea Wan reinterpreting founder Jeff’s childhood sleeping bag. Feature


Stefan Glerum at Kemistry Gallery

Stefan Glerum at Kemistry Gallery

The current show at Kemistry Gallery showcases the work of illustrator Stefan Glerum (1983) who lives and works in Amsterdam. Stefan uses strong lines within his drawings which are like a melting pot of illustration heritage. His work brings familiarity subconsciously is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line with his own comic twist. It is well worth visiting while its on display. Feature


Dolores Oliver

Dolores Oliver

Along with her sister, Dolores Oliver runs multidisciplinary design studio DoraDora. Their work covers a mix of branding, typography and publication design. They have worked for a number of large brands as well as designing festival posters and flyers. Involved in the design process from the start to finish, they work to each brief finding the best suited methods of production, whilst complementing their disciplines and skills. Feature


Micah Lidberg :: Glass Animals

Micah Lidberg :: Glass Animals

Mr Lidberg has done it again, showing the world why he is such a huge presence in the illustration community. In his new artwork for the debut album of British band, Glass Animals he has created a truly magical world. The Glass Animals website really makes the most of his work giving you the ability to scroll around, and zoom in and out, were you can immerse yourself in the incredible detail of his drawings. Don’t forget to check out the music, it’s also pretty dam good too. Feature


De Monsterkamer

De Monsterkamer

You can’t deny the fact that choosing the right paper is very important to the success of any printed project or publication. De Monsterkamer – an independent platform for designers, artists, publishers and worldwide creative professionals – are aware of this and that’s why they have been offering an extensive and up-to-date collection of paper, art materials, and on top of that, they also provide individual paper consultation for anyone in search of a specific kind of paper. Feature


Brandon Thibodeaux

Brandon Thibodeaux

Based in Dallas, Texas Brandon Thibodeaux is a photographer who creates portraits in the documentary tradition. Alongside commissions and assignments Brandon focuses heavily on exploring life in the American South. A particular favourite project of mine is titled ‘When the morning comes’ in which Brandon has provided a reflection of life in the Mississippi Delta after visiting on a personal journey. Brandon’s beautiful atmospheric black and white imagery communicates the essence of the environment amongst his subject’s emotions and personality.
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Book Works :: Summer Sale

Book Works :: Summer Sale

Book Works is holding a Summer Sale at their Holywell Row, London office with discounted books, posters, limited edition prints and a free gift with every purchase!

For two days, Book Works is offering a special summer discount on recently published titles by Céline Condorelli, Samuel Hasler, Laure Prouvost and Slavs and Tatars, and a discount on backlist titles by Jeremy Deller, Tacita Dean and Susan Hiller among many others.

Book Works will also be holding a £5.00 lucky-dip, so go and visit to check it out and see what you could win! Feature


Instant Touch Launch

Instant Touch Launch

Remember those amazing scratch & sniff books from your childhood? Relive the heavily fragranced days of your youth with this scent-imental book from independent publisher Belly Kids. Before you scrunch your nose up in anticipation of what the covers contain, your nostalgic nasal senses are in for a real treat. Think less Horrible Histories and more a fruity concoction of pure tropical goodness. Featuring delicious work from the likes of Charlotte Mei, Ellie Andrews and Lynnie Zulu, this zesty book is packed with more juiced talent than your average five a day. Feature


Lynnie Zulu

Lynnie Zulu

We once featured this lovely illustrator Lynnie Zulu back in spring 2013 and here she comes back with even more vibrant illustrations that still carry her signature African-influenced style. Having graduated from Kingston University, Lynnie can now be found producing a wide range of fashion print, textiles, garments, accessories – also for innumerable international brands – from her studio in East London. She is currently represented by Central Illustration Agency and her works are available for purchase via Art Wednesday Store. Sweet! Feature


Paul Thurlby

Paul Thurlby

Paul Thurlby is an illustrator, originally from Nottingham, now based in London and has been commissioned to produce work across a broad spectrum which includes editorial, advertising, publishing and T-shirt designs, he is also a regular illustrator for the Guardian newspaper. His inspiration for his drawings comes from mid-century design and illustration and its clear to see from his collection of artwork that he combines retro aesthetics with modern subject matters in a bold and playful way. Feature


Play Cloths :: AW14 Del 1

Play Cloths :: AW14 Del 1

Continuing to push designs influenced by the juxtaposition of high-end fashion and street wear, American brand Play Cloths introduce the first delivery of their AW14 lookbook. Sporting a selection of prints the collection highlights a refreshing take on camo amongst stars and bold typography across jerseys, shorts, shirts and tees. Feature


Leif Podhajsky

Leif Podhajsky

How incredibly dreamy is the artwork of artist and creative director Leif Podhajsky? His powerful and visionary style offers a brain-melting, hallucinogenic display of a hyperrealism. Inviting the viewer to delve into his psychedelic realm, Podhajsky merges twisted landscapes and fluorescent fuelled imagery to create alarming beauty at its best. Having gained a prestigious reputation for building a consistently progressive portfolio, Leif creates artwork for a number of brands and musicians including Grimes, Foals and Bonobo. Feature


Event :: V&A Friday Late : Shoreditch Takeover

Event :: V&A Friday Late : Shoreditch Takeover

Thinking already about what to do this weekend? Why not try the V&A’s Friday Late. For the first time the events are also going to be extended to the Saturday and take place at BL-NK space in Shoreditch. In this months line-up, the creative hub of east London has inspired the Shoreditch Takeover. The night at the V&A will include instillations from well known street artist Malarky, too new technology to fantasise over from Designswarm. Events and workshops will follow in Shoreditch on Saturday 26th, don’t miss it! Feature


Broken Fingaz / Sex Picnic (NSFW)

Broken Fingaz / Sex Picnic (NSFW)

The incredible Israeli street artists known as Broken Fingaz are best known for their incredible murals and posters but on Friday Redchurch Street became home to their new zine ‘Sex Picnic’ and the accompanying exhibition. Feature


Strange plants Publication :: Zioxla

Strange plants Publication :: Zioxla

Zioxla is a creative agency / publishing house founded by Zio Baritaux who recently announced the publication of it’s first title – ‘Strange Plants.’
Gracefully designed, the publication features the works of 25 Artists who draw focus to the natural world and includes interviews, imagery and articles discussing the unique ways plants have been represented.
Shipping worldwide, you can get your hands on a copy here. Feature


Linda Linko

Linda Linko

Linda Linko’s work spans from simple drawing, abstract pattern design to vividly coloured collage art and it is her painterly brushstrokes, which are full of character, that really stand out. It is no surprise that her work has been featured in many internationally-renowned creative blogs and magazines and this may explain why all her projects are such an interest. After graduating from the University of Art and Design and having collaborated with many numbers of agencies, Linda Linko is now working independently from her studio in Helsinki as a graphic artist and illustrator – and of course we cannot wait to see what she has in store next! Feature


Huf AW14 :: Delivery 1

Huf AW14 :: Delivery 1

Huf recently unveiled the first look of their offerings for AW14. The mature collection sees fragments of print and all-over patterns in rich colours including tonal blue, deep burgundy and monochrome combinations. Feature


Making a Splash: Graphics that Flow

Making a Splash: Graphics that Flow

Materials play such a relevant and important role in the design process, with ink, watercolour, paint, acrylic and now even digital tools breathing life into ideas with substance and form. Controllable to a degree, these flowing, artistic ingredients frequently possess a mind and direction of their own, with behavioral traits and characteristics that are unique and interesting. New book Making a Splash: Graphics that Flow, presents a collection of significant and celebratory examples of these resources in action. Feature


Wayne Lawrence :: Orchard beach : The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence :: Orchard beach : The Bronx Riviera

Wayne Lawrence is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn NY. I’m crazy about his photographic publication ‘Orchard beach : The Bronx Riviera’ capturing life on the shoreline. Long stigmatized as ‘ghetto beach’ that had a fearsome rep Orchard beach has come to see better days in recent years as eloquently documented by Wayne through his intimate portraits telling personal stories and celebrating the many nationalities that relax in the ‘working mans oasis.’ Feature


LSAD :: I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Never Loved Me

LSAD :: I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Never Loved Me

Have you got football withdrawals now the World Cup is over having been transfixed by Brazil 2014 and the media storm including Roy’s Boys early return? Well the Graphic Design and Illustration programme at Liverpool School of Art and Design have produced their first project titled I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me which takes a critical look at ‘the beautiful game’ through the lens of graphic design and illustration practice using Risography. Feature


Floto + Warner :: Colourant

Floto + Warner :: Colourant

New York photography duo Floto + Warner have created a stunning set of images based on the simple notion of capturing coloured liquid thrown in the air. With the shutter speed set to a snappy 3200th of a second, brightly coloured fluid is caught in the moment, dancing over its baron Nevada desert backdrop. Elaborate forms and unworldly creatures unravel from each thrown splatter, with the result a spectacular and unique outcome. Feature


King Zog

King Zog

King Zog are a bunch of friends who aren’t interested in the elitists, they just want to make work that isn’t too clever, work that is charming and funny. They don’t subscribe to a house style, business models, or working hours. Feature


Grace Wilson :: ‘Eyes Peeled’ publication

Grace Wilson :: ‘Eyes Peeled’ publication

Illustrator Grace Wilson has released a brilliant publication documenting and observing daily / real life. The 79-page publication is riso printed in black, blue, red, pink and orange and includes hand-rendered life drawings and mini comics. Get your hands on a copy via Grace’s website. Feature


Pixel | Los Villanos Series

Pixel | Los Villanos Series

A South African artist who now works in London, Pixel grew up drawing superheroes and waiting to be discovered as a comic book artist. When that didn’t happen, he turned his hand to putting a cultural twist on some of America’s most recognisable characters, screen printing his humorous creations using varnish layers and metallic finishes with beautiful results. Feature


Bitchslap Magazine

Bitchslap Magazine

Bitchslap is a street-level lifestyle magazine from Copenhagen. Delving into photography, fashion, skateboarding, design and music, they aim to promote emerging new talent whilst supporting those who helped carve these subcultures. Each issue is a high quality print publication, featuring exciting content and delicious product illustrations like the following. Feature


Johnny Abrahams

Johnny Abrahams

How insane are these paintings by New York artist Johnny Abrahams? Yes, paintings! Believe it or not each eye-bending masterpiece starts with a grid system, Johnny then decides whether to form a new structure or divide existing shapes into intricate, repeat patterns. Each painting carries a hypnotising energy and the illusion of movement can be clearly seen throughout each truly amazing work. They do not only exist as aesthetic discoveries but also as unique geometric experiments that explore shape and line in a cleverly thought out progression. Feature


Astro Black Collective

Astro Black Collective

Astro Black Collective is made up of artists and sound designers Amy Rhian, Victoria Topping, JoMo, Emily Evans, ADJOWA and Clge. Their launch exhibition at The Printhouse Gallery in Dalston explores themes of the underworld, black magic and multidimensional forces. An interest in interplanetary geometry and galactic funk emanates through the work on show which includes digital & riso prints, collage pieces and an installation of paper geodesic planets. If this exhibition is anything to go by then you need to keep a close eye on what these celestial travellers come up with next!! Feature


Wonderlust | Mark Andrew Webber

Wonderlust | Mark Andrew Webber

The first major London solo show from Mark Andrew Webber is looking like it’s going to be a stunner. His upcoming show opens to the public on July 25th and will bring together all 30 mini-studies from the ‘FORM’ project, as well as some new large-format paintings. His iconic typographic city maps will also be on display, and he will also be revealing his new 3.4 x 1.7m map of Berlin. This centrepiece of the show is carved from a single sheet of Linoleum and took 16 months to research, design and carve. Over the course of the exhibition he will be attempting to print and hand-finish this extraordinary piece. The public will also have a chance get involved in printing processes, and experience the making of his work. Feature


Studio Esinam

Studio Esinam

Displaying a beautiful print is a time-honoured home decorating idea and finding a perfect one is never easy. Established in 2013 by art director and architect duo Josefine Lilljegren and Sebastian Gokah, Studio Esinam is a print-based studio situated in Gothenburg. They are fascinated by open spaces, urban high-rises and historic buildings and have been exploring the architectural charms of many renowned cities across the globe. They have recently released their latest print edition as part of the Elevations, Berlin, check it, it’s truly amazing! Feature


MSGM X Toilet Paper Mag :: SS15

MSGM X Toilet Paper Mag :: SS15

Italian brand MSGM has recently collaborated with Toilet Paper magazine on a limited edition print heavy collaborative collection for SS15. Bold rainbow coloured patterns and surreal imagery dominate the youthful mens & womenswear collection, enhancing a real sense of summer. Feature


Ellen Hoverkamp

Ellen Hoverkamp

Artist Ellen Hoverkamp has combined her love of nature with art, and created a series of botanical images to show of a diverse range of plant and food specimens. The images which begin to take a traditional still life painting aesthetic are all composed and shot on a large format flat bed scanner. Although the images where originally shot for the book ‘A Garden Lover’s Guide To Plant Combinations’, all images can also be purchased indivually as archival prints. Feature


Cereal Magazine

Cereal Magazine

A quarterly curated selection of travel and lifestyle features alongside stunning photography, unusual journalism and beautifully minimalistic design. Hailing from Bristol and only six volumes in, Cereal are already demonstrating a visual and editorial sophistication which I predict will see them rocketing onto everyone’s radars in the near future. They hesitate to use the word ‘fashion’ as they consider themselves to be “invested in cultivating personal style as opposed to delivering the latest trends’, and promise that food and drink will ‘always have a place within [their] pages.” Feature


Stephanie Shaw

Stephanie Shaw

Another shiny graduate from Manchester School of Art. Stephanie Shaw is a mixed-media illustrator whose striking images and eclectic mixed style have put her in the spotlight. Currently based between York and Manchester, Shaw is an expert in ink drawing, watercolouring and collage but what delight us greatly are her stunning linocut print works which are absolutely outstanding. She pays close attention to detail in each of her project, carefully arranging bits and pieces and shapes and forms to create a perfectly-balanced composition. She will also be joining Inprint Liverpool which will take place later at the weekend. We’ll be bringing you the latest updates! Feature


Daniele Sonnino

Daniele Sonnino

Daniele Sonnino is a Rome born, Brighton bred and London dwelling illustrator, graphic designer, illustrator, collector and ‘whatever’ who has recently graduated from LCC. He’s already been hotly tipped by Creative Review and it’s clear to see why. Feature


Struan Teague

Struan Teague

Struan Teague is an Artist and printmaker currently based in Scotland. Working with a variety of techniques Struan is truly a master of print with his portfolio demonstrating stone lithography, lithography, silk screen printing, digital and up to 15 layer screen prints. Feature


Marianthi Aldridge

Marianthi Aldridge

Recent Brighton graduate Marianthi creates original and energetic lino and wood relief prints as well as quirky gifs, reels of screen printed fabric and imaginative products from her illustrations such as stickers, embossed soap and temporary tattoos. Her innovative methods of building rollers from her linos or even carving directly into wooden rolling pins gives her the means to create repeat prints across paper or fabric. These combined with her travel-inspired characters and unusual colour palettes creates something surprisingly modern and striking. Feature


Judy Kaufmann

Judy Kaufmann

Judy Kaufmann is a playful illustrator based in Barcelona. She has created illustrations for a large range of clients and is now expanding her work to pattern design. On her sister site Hello Pattern, she has now designed a range of patterns that are available to buy via her website for all array of uses. Her patterns are designed for homeware, ceramics and fashion, or however you wish. The designs have the flexibility to be customised and she opens discussion for exclusive licensing too. Feature


Blanka

Blanka

Showcasing the top work in contemporary graphic design, photography and print. Blanka is a well-curated online boutique and gallery of the most internationally acclaimed artists, designers and studios from all corners of the world. From limited edition inky screen printed posters to exclusive handprinted t-shirts, Blanka has an important selection of more than a hundred printed items for you to browse through and enjoy. Their print archive is continually growing and also features many selections of historic prints. Check their website and see for yourself – it is arguably one of the richest design resources available online today. Feature


Jonathan Koshi

Jonathan Koshi

Jonathan Koshi is a user experience designer and visual thinker that is interested in writing, solving problems and collaboration. In recent work Jonathan spent 3 months photographing doors in Brussels that are covered in tags and turned them into a stunning series of graphite drawings. Feature


Andrea Minini

Andrea Minini

Italian graphic designer and illustrator Andrea Minini draws animal profiles using fluid vector lines. Repetition and symmetry create entrancing, winding curves, sculpting the various shapes that make up each form. Lines in sequence according to dimension and direction add depth and impact to each image in the series. Feature


Y&R Shanghai x Pantone

Y&R Shanghai x Pantone

Global advertising company Y&R Shanghai present a campaign for iconic colour brand Pantone that is simple, witty and instantly recognisable. Well known TV characters have been reduced to their bare minimal facial features, leaving only their eyes and trademark colour. The ads raise awareness of the important significance colour plays in branding and visual identity. Feature


What If x Pomme Chan

What If x Pomme Chan

What If is a perfect destination if you are looking for some quick ways to give your home a specific look and touch. Located in the quiet spot away from the bustling streets of Bangkok, What If serves as a creative hub for designers, artists, makers and/or anyone interested to come and take time, find their favourite home decoration pieces which include textiles, cushions, illustrated ceramics, printed quilt covers as well as fabrics and wallpapers and exchange ideas over a freshly-brewed cup of coffee. Feature


Akasha Rabut

Akasha Rabut

Akasha Rabut is a photographer currently based between New Orleans, LA and New York. Alongside more conceptual editorial work, Akasha’s amazing photographs document real life and the essence of cities visualizing both lifestyle and culture. A particular highlight of Akasha’s portfolio has to be her ongoing photographic series ‘New Orleans’ documenting the fertile, deeply rooted city that ‘bounces back from every disaster that strikes.’ Feature


Beastman

Beastman

Beastman is a fast rising Sydney based artist, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions. Inspired by patterns and shapes found in nature, Beastman recreates colourful and hypnotic masterpieces, composed of geometric lines and symbolic references. With his instantly recognisable style, these highly detailed, awe inspiring creations transport your mind to another place. Feature


10 Books on Printmaking

10 Books on Printmaking

Today we’d like to introduce you to our top 10 books on printmaking. We have put together our most favourite publications covering topics from letterpress, screen print to stencil for you to delve into during this warm season. Feature


Rihanna Ellington

Rihanna Ellington

Textile and surface pattern designer Rihanna Ellington graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013. Her expanding portfolio, new website and online shop showcase her individual style of work. She likes to digitally manipulate images taken from botanics and combine these in fluorescent and highly saturated colour collages. Blurring the lines between the real and surreal, oversized prints and glitch details all add to the experimental outcomes of her work. She has already embarked on an increasing number of brand collaborations and her first exclusive in-house range is available to by online now. Feature


Hall of Fame :: ‘Hoya’ basketball collection

Hall of Fame :: ‘Hoya’ basketball collection

Distinguished for ‘effortlessly combining’ sports and street wear, SS14 sees Californian based brand Hall of Fame introduce their basketball inspired collection titled ‘Hoya’ with a highlight being an all over monochrome marled pattern and printed graphics. Feature


Raquel Peixoto

Raquel Peixoto

Portuguese student Raquel Peixoto plays with bold type, 3D objects and deconstructed space in her graphic experiments. With nods to post-modernist styles, her pixel based arrangements question layout and composition in an unconventional way. Distorted liquid shapes dance around technical drawings and grid systems in an unusual order that is both complimentary and considered. Feature


Sari Cohen

Sari Cohen

Sari Cohen is an illustrator currently based in Israel. Originally hailing from a background in literature, Sari has a deep love of reading and drawing anything ‘book related.’ Combining both digital and traditional techniques, Sari’s artwork is heavily influenced by a screen printed block colour style and aesthetic, I’m particularly fond of her recent architectural drawings. Feature


Landon Larsen for Fiks Magazine

Landon Larsen for Fiks Magazine

Check out this sweet editorial design by Landon Larsen for new publication Fiks. With its name taken from the danish word for ‘nifty,’ Fiks aims to deliver information with speed and impact. With a unique stance on content communication, simple puzzles and activities accompany inspiring articles for an interactive and engaging read. Feature


Hennessy x Shepard Fairey

Hennessy x Shepard Fairey

The world’s leading cognac brand has collaborated with influential street artist and Obey founder Shepard Fairey to create his own limited edition range. Featuring instantly recognisable designs by the controversial artist, labels are adorned with his signature motifs and repeat patterns. Taking influence from classic Hennessey branding, Fairey transforms their traditional style with his own contemporary twist. Feature


Graduate Print Awards 2014 | Prizes Announced

Graduate Print Awards 2014 | Prizes Announced

We have been overwhelmed with hundreds of amazing submissions for the Graduate Print Awards 2014. Once again we have been massively impressed by the high standard of work. The competition is open until the end of July, so if you haven’t submitted yet, you can do it here. The only rule is that your work has to be print-based somehow and you must have graduated this year. It is also time to announce some of the great partners that we are working with. We have put together some incredible prize packages for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Feature


Daily Paper X Yellow Claw :: ‘Blood for Mercy’ Capsule collection

Daily Paper X Yellow Claw :: ‘Blood for Mercy’ Capsule collection

Amsterdam based street wear brand Daily Paper recently teamed up with music trio Yellow Claw to form their debut ‘Blood for Mercy’ capsule collection. This new collection sees sportswear inspired garms merge a monochrome colour pallete with bold typographic prints and consists of 11 men’s street wear staples including T-shirts, hats and jerseys. Feature


Sam Thorne

Sam Thorne

Sam Thorne is a Plymouth based artist and illustrator, specialising in hand drawn graphics and vector imagery. His most recent body of work sees him designing and printing gig posters in which the bands and locations are fictional representations of key moments of his recent life. He believes gig posters to be a frequently under-appreciated and overlooked art form that we ignore every day in the street, and as a result can think of nowhere safer to hide his darkest fears. Feature


Josep Puy for The Studio

Josep Puy for The Studio

Born and raised in Barcelona, graphic designer Josep Puy specialises in contemporary visual design for editorial and branding. Hired to invent a brand identity for new art and design based TV channel, ‘The Studio,’ the creative conclusion pairs soft tones with simplified hints of pattern for an elegant and sophisticated result. Merging freehand artistic styles with clean type and lines, Puy communicates the creative concept behind The Studio perfectly. Feature


Maan Design

Maan Design

Maan Design studio have come up with some very aptly stamps designs for the 2014 World Cup. The self-initated project reflects the 32 national teams involved and 64 matches that will be played. With focus on a consistent layout form the national flags are simplified into slick geometric patterns, creating eye-catching designs. Feature


Benedikt Luft

Benedikt Luft

Although he’s still a student, Berlin based illustrator and graphic designer Benedikt Luft is already bagging top commissions whilst building a reputable collection of work. Having just completed a six month internship at ‘multi-disciplinary creative hub,’ HORT, Luft has worked on projects for names including Secret 7″, Converse and Xbox. The designer, whose work is recognised by its fun, comic style graphics is currently working on a book in response to the personal information that people publish on the internet. Feature


Elena Boils

Elena Boils

Born in Mexico, Elena is a freelance illustrator currently based in the UK. With an interest in nature and surreal creations, Elena’s work applies a mixture of both digital and hand-rendered techniques to her imagery. Recently Elena has created a beautiful series of prints (available to buy via the YCN shop) featuring a range of plant-life on top of architectural backdrops and has furthermore provided a beautiful contribution ‘into the wild’ for Wrap magazine. Feature


Drop Dead Clothing | Itchy & Scratchy

Drop Dead Clothing | Itchy & Scratchy

UK label Drop Dead has released a new collection featuring the legendary characters Itchy & Scratchy from The Simpsons. Inspired by the brand’s original Kitty Mascot logo and years of watching The Simpsons, Drop Dead has developed a collection featuring the iconic characters Itchy & Scratchy. The Simpsons inspired capsule collection uses a mix of classic Itchy & Scratchy illustrations, alongside Drop Dead’s eye for detail, unique fits, prints and washes. From hoodies and t-shirts to leggings and a holdall, this range has everyone covered. Feature


Tanamachi Studio

Tanamachi Studio

Dana Tanamachi is the founder of Tanamachi Studio, a boutique graphic design studio specialising in hand-lettering and custom typography. Known for her twirling characters and decorative fonts, Tanamachi has worked for clients such as NIKE and TIME magazine. Applying her hand drawn style to product and interiors, Dana communicates a visual language that is unique and charming. Feature


ONLY NY | Summer Totes and Skateboards

ONLY NY | Summer Totes and Skateboards

Check out these new tote bags and skateboard decks by Only NY. A collection of beautiful graphics, designed and printed in USA. We particularly love the smiling fruit with the shades and glossy bubble writing. All limited editions so get your hands on them whilst you can. Feature


Ayaka Ito

Ayaka Ito

Every now and then you spot a designer who’s work you completely fall in love with and for me Ayaka Ito is one of those Designers. Born and raised in Japan, Ayaka Ito is currently based in New York where she is living her dream making print based and interactive work at Ro and Co Studio. With an impressive and diverse skill set, Ayaka’s work delves into realms of illustration branding and art direction. Ayaka’s considered portfolio is a real joy to look at as she articulately experiments with print, process and medium. Feature


Carolin Wanitzek

Carolin Wanitzek

German designer, illustrator and photographer Carolin Wanitzek creates fascinating three dimensional objects from carefully constructed paper. Blending graphic shapes with playful pops of colour, her work is energetic, offbeat and full of life. Exploring themes of the space between dream and reality, Carolin’s work is influenced by the uncertainty of our own imagination. Feature


Virginie Morgand

Virginie Morgand

The work of Virginie Morgand is a cheerful mix of illustrated posters, graphic novels and screen printed books. Getting a playful element into her work seems key, and this is enhanced by the strong primary colours that she uses and simple one line shapes. Human characters feature heavily in her work and it is a delight to explore her initial sketches that capture different personalities and characteristics, before seeing them translated into final artworks. Screen printed publications also show of her cheerful colour pallette choices, with perfect hues that fit long summertime days. Feature


How Beautiful It Is

How Beautiful It Is

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is soon coming to its closing-yet-most-dramatic stages, but tonight at the Kemistry Gallery, the celebration is just about to begin. Feature


Delaney Allen

Delaney Allen

Currently based in Portland, Delaney Allen is a photographer represented by Nationale, who has both showcased his work internationally and published 2 books. I honestly can’t get enough of Delaney’s stunning photographs documenting personal journeys, pattern, colour and light. Feature


Jefferson Cheng

Jefferson Cheng

San Francisco based designer and illustrator Jefferson Cheng has a perfect passion for print. Whilst he works as a designer at Google, his portfolio is also full of fun print based projects. What is great about Jeffersons work is his appreciation for the right production method for each project. This caring attention to detail can be seen in the design for Bear Pond, where he shows off the hand drawn, letter pressed and foil embossed labels. For him this rightly shows off the products special artisanal concoction. Having an understanding and appreciation for the merits of print in a commercial world and for smaller scale projects has generated beautiful results using letterpress, screen printing and riso. Feature


MONSTER CHILDREN #43 :: MIKE D

MONSTER CHILDREN #43 :: MIKE D

Monster Children Magazine is a quarterly lifestyle publication with a focus on surfing, skating, art, music, photography, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Issue #43 of Monster Children arrived on June 16th and it is guest edited by the legendary Mike D (Beastie Boys) so naturally there are some big names involved. The long list of artists from the music, surf, skate, film and art world Mike has brought on board for #43 include Spike Jonze, Method Man, Ryan Sheckler, Dustin Yellin, Sage Vaughn, Simone Shubuck, Rob Machado, and Rodney Mullen to name a just a few. Feature


Eleven Paris :: AW14

Eleven Paris is a Parisian fashion brand producing both mens and womenswear that have recently presented their AW14 video campaign staring Wiz Khalifa. Depicting a selection of Wiz’s favourite pieces from the collection the video depicts a striking range of print heavy offerings sported by Wiz as he is shot by Terry Richardson. Feature


My Name Is Wendy

My Name Is Wendy

Designers of branding, typography, print, editorial and online performances. My Name Is Wendy are a pair of graphic designers working in the fields of art, fashion, and music. Based in Paris, Carole Gautier and Eugénie Favre have worked together and have been in close collaboration with a broad range of international clients since 2006. Looking at their graphic work is like looking at a collage – partly surreal and almost entirely rendered in solely black and white. Their work is defined by standout shapes and forms, and/or typographic elements, against bold backgrounds and you have to see their most recent work which has been featured in Ficciones Typografika – brilliant! Feature


AAKASH NIHALANI :: LANDLINE SERIES

AAKASH NIHALANI :: LANDLINE SERIES

Landline Series by Brooklyn based artist Aakash Nihalani aims to physically connect individuals in a world where virtual reality takes the lead. Bold flashes of colour are seen intersecting torsos, a visual representation of the energy that flows through the city. Graphic boxy shapes handmade from florescent paper tape and corrugated plastic, use a magnetic hanging system to create the illusion of people becoming an extention of the urban landscape that surrounds them Feature


Present & Correct

Present & Correct

Who couldn’t be drawn in by the allure of a vintage, hand-selected, carefully curated stationary shop such as Present & Correct. It’s hard to resist the wealth of gems that stock this beautiful shop. The range consists of items hand picked from all around the world, from vintage books to modern gadgets. There are items that resonate with everyones childhood, wooden rulers, lined notepads, writing sets, and vintage envelopes and stamps. Don’t forget to check out their blog too, Stationary Compositions, ‘An extra curricular project from Present & Correct’…which speaks for itself. Feature


Maddison Graphic

Maddison Graphic

It is no exaggeration to say that Maddison Graphic’s portfolio attracts all sorts of clients. Founded in 2006, design brothers Alfie and Edward Maddison work from their studio in Norwich creating vector-based design that stems from all things fun, flamboyant and simple. Each artwork is rendered in wonderfully cheerful, flat colours which also reflect well on their spirit of joy and playfulness. Maddison Graphic are fruitful in seminal ideas and stories and maybe this is the reason why their work has brought them ongoing success and a reputation as a visual expert. Feature


Stephen Clarke :: Grandpa’s Photo’s

Stephen Clarke :: Grandpa’s Photo’s

5 years ago Dave Tomkins, an Australian art director, discovered a large box of slides and a clunky slide viewer from 1952 in the back of a cupboard while clearing out his grandfathers house after he had moved into a nursing home. Tomkins’ grandfather, Stephen Clarke, had never mentioned these photo’s before but after discovering this box he realised that not only was his grandfather a WWII Air Force navigator, a husband, a Dad but also that he was a great photographer. Tomkins then decided to use the photographs as a way to learn more about his grandfathers life. Feature


Beata Chrzanowska

Beata Chrzanowska

Beta Chrzanowska is an Artist currently based in New York who makes work that is compositionally, chromatically and geometrically conscious through acrylic and oil paints. Building puzzles through figurative line drawings, Beta’s stunning paintings play with layers of colour and narrative as they juxtapose her subjects. Feature


James Barker

James Barker

James Barker is an award-winning illustrator based in the UK whose works have won him international acclaim. There’s an interesting use of colour pencil and ink in James Barker’s illustration and it is guaranteed to make you smile. After having graduated from Central Saint Martins, James Barker’s skill in drawing has seen him created a wide range of illustrations which are applied across a variety of homeware and stationery products and publications including screen-printed tote bags, coffee mugs, cards, prints and children books. Also recently, he has just launched ‘Chá com Letras’, an online design and publishing venture set up by James Barker and his partner Joana Pereira. Feature


Maria Herreros

Maria Herreros

Maria Herreros has produced her first self-edited zine ‘For Ema’ with a design that embodies honest illustrations and charming design. The limited edition zines are little treat, handwritten, sewn and personalised with an illustrated envelope. Maria has followed this with a second publication ‘Free Ride’, which she describes as an intimate journey about losing innocence. Both publications are a small insight into her large body of work that features murals, large scale portraits and graphic novels, all connected with the same hand rendered rawness that is seen in her work. Feature


Blok For Lucky 21

Blok For Lucky 21

Dallas based film production company Lucky 21 felt ready to take on the ultra competitive LA market after hailing design studio Blok to equip them with a brand new identity. Using colour and type to communicate the charisma deep rooted in the heart of the brand, Blok use a strategic approach to convey wit and charm. Playful quotes and bold patterns can be seen methodically scattered across the range of cards, stationary and merchandise. Feature


Sophie Alda

Sophie Alda

Sophie Alda is a London based artist, illustrator, prop-maker and restorative painter. Working with a variety of mediums including print, pen and paint Sophie’s playful imagery is both tactile and humerous whilst demonstrating a respectable eye for composition. Feature


Jimbobart

Jimbobart

James Ward is a London-based designer, better known as Jimbobart and he creates a range of hand-drawn ceramics and illustrations inhabited by his beautifully expressive animal drawings. Jimbobart creates illustrations which comically bring woodland animals and settings together with urban sensibilities giving the animals new life and purpose. Feature


Unknown Quantities

Unknown Quantities

It’s degree show season and with that comes a wealth of work from the freshest and brightest graduates in the land. One of the most beautiful pieces of work is a new journal called Unknown Quantities. Feature


No Brainer Zine

No Brainer Zine

Check out new music zine No Brainer, which celebrates the best in emerging and alternative sounds. Issue One features amazing artwork and limited edition posters by designer Matt Booth, who uses code to create visual representations of the music included. Capturing sound data from the tracks, Matt uses fixed rotation and repetition methods to create hypnotising and kaleidoscopic patterns. It’s a really interesting concept to directly link the music and the artwork, visually displaying a physical connection and paving the way for future innovations. Feature


Midnight :: SS14 del 1/2

Midnight :: SS14 del 1/2

LA based streetwear brand Midnight recently dropped the 2nd delivery of their SS14 debut collection. Consisting of simple and effectively composed monochrome prints across long / short sleeve tees, hoodies, hats, a sweatband and a tote bag, the collection is both clean and considered and is available to buy now. Feature


Liberty x Studio Boo

Liberty x Studio Boo

As a luxury department store known for it’s rich history of individuality and iconic window displays, it made sense for Liberty London to support one of the biggest art exhibitions this year. Honouring the collection of Matisse works currently on show at the Tate Modern, Liberty approached paper artists Studio Boo to design an engaging and celebratory display for London being the first city to host the artist’s work. Feature


Perrott Bespoke Printing

Perrott Bespoke Printing

Cinematographer Guy Gotto has created a truly stunning short film depicting the story of a four generation printing company, Perrott. For almost a century, Perrott have been providing varied print services including die-stamping, blind embossing, thermography and lithography from their factory in North London. Gotto took an insightful look at the family’s characteristic of inventiveness and what the film shows triumphantly is current owner Steve Perrot’s painstaking attention to detail and his dedication to producing supreme quality craft. Feature


Carmen Segovia

Carmen Segovia

Carmen Segovia is a artist that can spread her talent over multiple disiplines. Her charming style works both in her spot colour illustrations seen in her work for Nobrow, and can be equally effective in her embroidery work. What is particularly captivating is the dark humour that fills her work. The delicate and traditional nature of embroidery contrasts surprisingly well with her subject images. These also benefit from the minimal colour palette that is mirrored in her print work to create details that bring her narratives to life. Feature


Black Scale SS14

Black Scale SS14

The Black Scale Summer 2014 collection injects middle eastern inspired prints to simplistic streetwear. Religious icons and decorative patterns normally seen on temple ceilings, litter the range of basic t-shirts and vests. The goal for Black Scale is to create conversation and provoke emotion through their designs, which they certainly achieve with this spiritual twist on modern street clothing. Feature


Yorgos Efthymiadis

Yorgos Efthymiadis

Yorgos Efthymiadis is a fine art and architectural photographer, who was born in Greece and is currently based in Somerville, MA. With a deep interest in buildings, Yorgos’ stunning photography questions their perspectives, viewpoints, shapes, forms and materials as he creates manufactured city scapes and captures light to communicate each buildings unique character.
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Dupludó Collective

Dupludó Collective

Dupludó Collective sum up a great modern multi-disciplinary design collective. Without defining their single practice they work towards briefs using the most functional methods. For street wear brand KixBox they redesigned their marketing material and in store branding, great for brand that looks to redesign every half a year. This practice sees them creating illustrations, wall murals and in store furniture to compliment the brand. Having interests shared between the Dupludó trio, has given them an advantage in a wealth of skills from illustration to typography design. It is amazing to see the sensitive aesthetic that is shown every outcome of work they do, surely making them one to watch. Feature


ODDDS

ODDDS

ODDDS are a team of experimental designers based in Singapore, they value attitude and exploration as key values throughout their work. Chameleons of capability, these guys glide through the realms of design when it comes to producing purposeful work, seamlessly suited to each client. They are innovative and exciting, conjuring a carefully considered solution to each project they work on. Feature