Yeaaah! Studio | Spring 2016 lookbook

Yeaaah! Studio | Spring 2016 lookbook

With the desire for creative freedom at the forefront of importance, Stéphane Casier’s French design studio and independent apparel brand has strayed from client demands and in turn, slowly blossomed into a platform renowned for its vintage aesthetic, producing quality clothing, accessories and art prints. Yeaaah! Studio have recently unveiled their Spring 2016 lookbook which perfectly references the artistic processes of their creations while also showcasing their unique approach to apparel and talent regarding graphic design and execution. Feature


Sagmeister & Walsh | Aïzone

Sagmeister & Walsh | Aïzone

Previously entertaining a quirky cartoon aesthetic for the fall/winter 15 campaign, where 2D pop art paintings were the primary inspiration for the 3D environments, Sagmeister & Walsh have continued their collaboration with Aïzone, maintaining the immersive art direction but shifting inspiration from illustration to illusion. The latest visual campaign sees the infusion of both the psychedelic and constructivist worlds as the striking optical illusions radiate amongst the mesmerising myriad of motifs, both juxtaposing and camouflaging into the vivid and trippy backdrops. Feature


Veranos de la Villa | Fragmento Universo

Veranos de la Villa | Fragmento Universo

A beautifully animated conceptual interpretation of Madrid and its summer offerings has been unveiled as an original work by Fragmento Universo, the film and music design studio embedding the creative genius of both Christian Baumgartner & Tessa Dóniga. Entitled Veranos de la Villa, the name belongs to the summer programme of events held within Madrid, represented through their cinematic miniatures which guide the viewer through the hype of the Spanish city and enhance the opportunity to discover and experience new areas of the capital. Decorated in an inviting candy colour palette, the short film acts as an intelligent embodiment of the joyous energy that radiates throughout the summer months. Feature


TSTO

TSTO

When it comes to design, TSTO know that the success of each design project depends heavily on the small details. Based in Helsinki and New York, TSTO are a creative agency striving to provide their international clients with top-quality design. Serving in the fields of illustration, typography, art direction and consultancy, TSTO love to experiment with tools and aim to tailor their services to suit their clients’s needs. To tell you the truth, their portfolio is filled with creative possibilities and we couldn’t really decide which projects we like best. Go have a look for yourself! Feature


DIFT — Belgium-based Branding Agency

DIFT — Belgium-based Branding Agency

Belgium-based creative branding agency DIFT has been busy designing for the past couple of months. For it’s own project De Invasie, the studio created all campaign images. On social media DIFT launched bright-coloured images with song lyrics to catch attention and make a statement. These were also converted into several printed media, such as signalling, flyers and posters. DIFT also designed the entire book titled “De Invasie” that was made in co-operation with publisher Borgerhoff&Lamberigts and was designed using softer pink tones. Feature


Kartel | Tel Aviv

Kartel | Tel Aviv

For a limited time only, Kartel is bringing the essence of the Haifa scene to Tel Aviv. From its first incarnation in an old hangar in Haifa’s port, Kartel quickly became known for its unique mix of art and music, with live shows and flash exhibitions from homegrown and international names: Visual artists such as Lush, Horfee, Finsta, Know Hope, Broken Fingaz, alongside musicians such as Adrian Young, Free the Robots, and Kutmah. Feature


Stanley James Press

Stanley James Press

Stanley James Press have established their reputation as an expert in the design and production of printed goods. Here at their lovely studio in Brighton, everything is possible in print. Stanley James Press enjoy creating beautiful print for editorial and making physical things that you can hold in your hands. And to ensure high-quality service, Stanley James Press usually print their projects in-house. This way, they can achieve more unusual finishes, hand bind a lot of books produced in shorter runs and experiment with unusual inks such as metallic inks, glow in the dark inks and scratch-off inks. Feature


Murmure

Murmure

Combine the obsession to merge creativity and accuracy, the aim to evoke power and originality and the ambition to interact with the audience through dual artistic design, and thus, you result in the both intelligent and aesthetically considered creations of Murmure. Feature


Hey Studio — ‘Map of The Wall Street Journal’

Hey Studio — ‘Map of The Wall Street Journal’

The first issue in 2016 of The Wall Street Journal’s luxury real estate section, Mansion, published a front-page article that included an illustrated map of San Diego created by Hey Studio. It shows their own personal interpretation of this southern Californian coastal city. Feature


Tatabi Studio for Diz-Diz popcorn

Tatabi Studio for Diz-Diz popcorn

A regal opulence fuels the playful aesthetic beautifully executed by Spanish Studio, Tatabi for gourmet popcorn brand Diz-Diz. Ancient Greek influences fuel the branding and packaging designs while the structure of the packaging directly references the mythological architecture of Mount Olympus, simultaneously embedding a heightened sense of luxury and unconventionality the brand advocates through their innovative flavour choices. Feature


TWICE

TWICE

Paris-based design studio ‘Twice’ is known for its unorthodox approach to creating design for its international clients in the music, fashion and art industries. Colour lies at the heart of everything this French studio does. Founders Fanny Le Bras and Clémentine Berry focus their energy on visual identity, spatial, print design and self-published projects and no doubt we cannot stop scrolling through their beautiful work on their website. It’s certainly one of the best design portfolios we’ve come across recently, we guarantee. Feature


Studio De Leijer

Studio De Leijer

Studio De Leijer aka Jeroen de Leijer and Marjolein Schalk are a couple putting together a mix of attention-grabbing projects spanning illustration, comics, publications and animated film. From their studio in Tilburg, Jeroen and Marjolein love turning their ideas into reality. In 2015, they released the first issue of Wobby; a Risograph-printed quarterly magazine which we think is perfect for those who need an adrenaline shot of visual inspiration. The fifth issue has just come out under the theme of ‘testosterone’ and we guarantee it’s definitely worth checking out! Feature


Tom Pigeon — ‘Anstruther’

Tom Pigeon — ‘Anstruther’

After working independently since the early 1990s, Tom Pigeon was founded by Pete and Kirsty Thomas in 2014. They began designing the simple things; prints, jewellery and stationery, as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. Their creations have since been exhibited and sold work wide from their humble studio in the East of Fife, a traditional fishing village on the East coast of Scotland. Their work is both inspired by their surroundings, as well as being the kind of things that they would like to own. Feature


Lord Whitney — Because No Reason

Lord Whitney — Because No Reason

First things first… No, Lord Whitney is not a ‘regal gentleman’. Amy Lord and Rebekah Whitney opened the wonderfully whimsical studio of Lord Whitney in 2010. Since then, their infectious, creative energy and willingness for progress has developed into a much bigger creative team that includes producers, designers, set builders and assistants. ‘From the nonsical to the absurd’, Lord Whitney will cover it all. Working with a range of clients from Nicki Minaj to Leeds City Council (this is probably the first time they have been mentioned in the same sentence), these girls have a talent for creating new worlds to immerse us in. Feature


OWT Creative

OWT Creative

What do you get when you throw in 4 design graduates, an economic recession and a whole lot of spare time? You get OWT Creative…and some damn fine zines to go along with them. We all know how difficult it is to really make a name for yourself in the creative industry. Graduating may well be a scary thing, but OWT Creative are the perfect example of how being unemployed, yet still having a passion for design, and a strive to have fun and collaborate, can lead to great things. Established in 2010, OWT Creative constructed their collective agency and rapidly gained attention. Now, 6 years on, they lecture, make and animate. Based in Manchester and San Francisco, with their collaborative design work at an all-time high, they’re still having fun. Feature


Forward Festival Design by ZWUPP

Forward Festival Design by ZWUPP

For the third edition of Forward Festival, the organisers have worked closely with ZWUUP to oversee the Festival’s graphic identity: posters, website, video and promotional materials. Considered as one of the world’s most eminent design events, the annual Forward Festival – Festival for Creativity, Design and Communication is an interdisciplinary two-day festival held with an aim to provide a platform for designers to explore their journeys and push creativity amongst themselves. Feature


How To Ink — The Greater Goods

How To Ink — The Greater Goods

The founders of How To Ink share a common passion in printmaking and handicrafts. As aspiring graphic designers, they hope to push forward boundaries of craftsmanship and share their knowledge with fellow designers, students and hobbyists. Their mantra is to have fun in the process of picking up a new skill. Feature


‘Born Poets’ Print Series by IdleBeats

‘Born Poets’ Print Series by IdleBeats

Shanghai-based screen printing studio/artist duo IdleBeats has just released a series of limited edition silkscreen prints. The series consist of four individual hand-pulled posters paying tribute to four great poets: Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Arther Rimbaud and Walt Whitman. IdleBeats was founded in 2009 by Nini Sum (China) and Gregor Koerting (Germany). Feature


The Nito Basket Culture of the Philippines

The Nito Basket Culture of the Philippines

TeamManila is a graphic design studio from the Philippines, the brainchild of Jowee Alviar and Raymund Punzalan. It continues to build an impressive portfolio of works in graphic design and branding. Weaving baskets has always been a traditional craft for the Iraya-Mangyans of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Raw materials like nito grass and thick, dried forest vines are laced in a circular motion that results to an intricate pattern solely distinct to the tribe. TeamManila photographed the nito baskets’s patterns and textures which were converted in black and white and cut in various shapes, comprising the silkscreen cut-outs. These cut-outs were digitally scanned, colored and rendered. Feature


Spassky Fischer

Spassky Fischer

Spassky Fischer have a unique way of crafting contemporary editorial designs. From their studio in Bagnolet, a commune in the eastern suburbs of the French capital, Spassky Fischer approach each project by experimenting with unconventional thinking and problem solving. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or to delve deep into their ever-expanding collection of art book or zine designs, Spassky Fischer’s portfolio features abundant examples of the latest up-and-coming design trends. Just make sure you spare some time before you move on to their website. Because there you’ll be admiring some of the best in the media landscape spanning graphic design, editorial, printed matter and cross-platform applications. Feature


Mainstudio

Mainstudio

Mainstudio’s work gives viewers a sense of what cutting-edge graphic design is all about in a matter of seconds. Set up by Edwin van Gelder in 2005, Mainstudio have embedded inventive printing techniques within traditional media and explored the physical properties of innovative interaction design to create work from the comfort of their studio in Amsterdam. From publications, digital media, and visual identities, we are enamoured with how their portfolio reflects the company’s heavy focus on clean, sleek design and typography and also how they choose colour palettes that let the use of paper materials shine through. Feature


Non-Format :: Music Packaging

Non-Format :: Music Packaging

Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss aka Studio Non-Format are a studio dedicated to working in the image-making, typography, print and editorial. But what particularly caught out eyes is Studio Non-Format’s skill in designing physical record-sleeve covers. Located on each side of the Atlantic ocean, the Twin Cities and Oslo, Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss have broken fresh ground in music packaging by creating designs that have gone on to entice us into evaluating the impact of music on the graphic design industry. Feature


bizarre bizarre studio

bizarre bizarre studio

Founded by Maxime Francout, a French Artist, Designer and Art Director, bizarre bizarre studio implements a considered combination of art and design practices, resulting in the experimental approach injected into the illusive visuals created. Feature


Topo Copy: Doing It With a Steamroller.

Topo Copy: Doing It With a Steamroller.

Back in 2014, Belgium-based Topo Copy — ‘Utopic print center for creative peoples’ — teamed up with Helix and Het Miat (Museum of Industrial Archaeology and Textiles Ghent) to make giant prints with around 25 different artists. This time they didn’t print using a press, instead they printed using a large panel of wood on the floor and a steam roller to make the impression at such a large scale, in a similar vein to the Big Steam Print Project. During the two day event, they carved linos and wooden plates, then they got inky by printing onto textile flags and paper with the aid of their steamroller. Feature


Toil & Tinker

Toil & Tinker

Founded by three passionate designers who share a mutual passion for print, Dubai-based creative studio Toil & Tinker knows about the value of print and has continued to build a supportive community for independent artists and print aficionados since its inception in 2014. Inspired by the communities of print lovers in big cities such as London and New York, Toil & Tinker is devoted to creating the same support in Dubai. And by providing printing services including screen-print, Risograph and soon-to-come letterpress, the team at Toil & Tinker have achieved their ambition to become a platform where artists, designers and illustrators come to chase their dreams. Feature


Moby Digg

Moby Digg

We were so delighted when we came across Laurel Halo’s wonderful, new website this morning. It is the recent work of Munich-based graphic design studio Moby Digg in collaboration with Bureau Mirko Borsche. This, in fact, led up to spending almost an hour on Moby Digg’s website and that was because we were totally blown away by their portfolio that is jam-packed with innumerable design gems. Feature


H.Y.T. Studio

H.Y.T. Studio

Established in 2009, H.Y.T. Studio aka HideYourToys is an avenue for the commercial work of English artist and designer John Slade. Mostly built with an unlimited, high-contrast colour scheme, John creates bold, striking and often conceptual graphics and illustrations using squiggly lines an geometric shapes. He also loves working with fashion labels and that’s why you can also find the work of John Slade in garment and accessory based applications. We love how John Slade keeps his approach fresh by working across a variety of techniques and mediums whilst still experimenting with styles to suit particular briefs and create impactful outcomes. Feature


The Link Collective

The Link Collective

Tokyo-based designer Kyoko Bowskill set up ‘The Link Collective’ with an aim to revive and preserve the supposedly outdated printing technique, the making of Furoshiki textiles, as there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional craft methods across the globe. Considered as an eco-friendly method of wrapping items, the Japanese age-old Furoshiki is enjoying a renaissance as Kyoko is trying to build bridges between international artisan printmakers by inviting them to create patterns which will then be hand printed on traditional Japanese cotton wrapping cloths by a family-owned business with over 50 years of experience in producing Furoshiki textiles in Japan. Feature


Re:Surgo! | Tame Impala: German Tour Poster

Re:Surgo! | Tame Impala: German Tour Poster

Here is another fantastic production by one of our favourite printmaker studios in the world — Re:Surgo! from Berlin, Germany. This awesome five layer psychedelic screen printed poster was produced specially for the German tour of Tame Impala. There are three different versions each which are limited to an edition of just 100. The poster dimensions are 50 x 70 cm and this should surely be added to your print collection. Hats off to designers and printers Gfeller + Hellsgard, who win once more. Feature


My Name Is

My Name Is

My name is is an art direction and graphic design studio located in Paris, France. The design studio was founded in 2007 by Alexandre & Thomas and they are known for  designing impressive identity & branding systems, websites, books, magazines, posters, music and product packagings for clients like Adidas, Sony Music, Reebok, Universal Music and more. Feature


A Practice for Everyday Life | John Lobb

A Practice for Everyday Life | John Lobb

A Practice for Everyday Life is a graphic design studio based in London. Their work focuses on art direction, identities, publications, exhibitions, type design, signage, packaging, and digital. They have recently created a new visual identity for celebrated British shoe and bookmaker, John Lobb, which is owned by Hermès. The new package consists of a new logo, typography and colour scheme, along with design of stationery, packaging, printed and digital invitations; and a new website to top it off. Feature


Atelier Bingo :: New Book

Atelier Bingo :: New Book

We first introduced you to Maxime Prou and Adèle Favreau aka Atelier Bingo back in January 2014 and it’s no surprise that their portfolio has now grown, at a phenomenal rate, into one of the best sources of inspiration. Published as a limited edition of only 4 copies, this latest project, all hand screen-printed, still illustrates their close relationship with collage. Atelier Bingo play with confident lines and colourful sets of freeform shapes, resulting in an art book that totally stands out from the sea of self-produced zines/publications out there. Feature


Inthepool Studio

Inthepool Studio

Géraldine Pace and Louise Harling are two French graphic designers who graduated from ESAG Penninghen in Paris. After freelancing for some years, they decided to create Inthepool Studio, bringing together their passion for deconstructed typography and super-coloured forms, as well as a certain love of the 80s. Feature


If Places Were Faces

If Places Were Faces

From deep inside the brains of Jon Rundall and Luke Frost of Heretic Studio, comes an all new vision of London… ‘If Places Were Faces.’ It is exactly what it says on the tin — a map of places, punned with faces of celebrities. Can you figure out who all of the people or what all of the places are? The poster has been printed as a two colour screen print. You can literally lose yourself for minutes relearning your favourite city and it’s suburbs. It’s an altogether new kind of knowledge and we guarantee you will revisit it dozens of times with almost no loss of interest. Feature


2016 Calendars :: Risotto

2016 Calendars :: Risotto

To get yourself ready to walk into 2016 with an accelerated energy, Glasgow-based Risograph print and design studio Risotto have created two stunning wall calendar designs to help you plan a busy year ahead. The A3-sized Big Banana is produced in a limited-edition of 250 whilst the Mini Calendar has a unique print for each month and comes with a handy loop to hang up next to your desk. Getting a calendar from Risotto has become my new year’s ritual. And before you start shopping around, I have to warn you, with the Risotto shop, once you start, it’s really hard to stop. Feature


A Is For Apple

A Is For Apple

Similar to books, I think typefaces are a timeless source of inspiration. A Is For Apple is another type foundry worth a look. Set up in 2010, ‘A Is For Apple’ is a Paris-based independent type foundry with a growing collection of typefaces carefully created by Émilie Rigaud. Thanks to our digital devices that have helped promote and boost demand for quality typefaces. The A Is For Apple website is home to amazing examples of what good design is. And this is where I explored its collection from beginning to end. Feature


Christmas Open Studio | East London Printmakers

Christmas Open Studio | East London Printmakers

Be sure to get down to East London Printmakers on Thursday 3rd December from 6—9pm for the Christmas Open Studios which is free for everyone. There will be an exhibition of prints displayed throughout the print rooms, many of which will be individually priced for sale, alongside a selection of prints that will all be marked at the affordable price of just £10GBP and the chance to win fabulous prints on the ELP tom bola! They are also launching their annual Box Set which has over 60 participants participating and is archived at the V&A Museum. We will see you there for a beer, kindly sponsored by Five Points. Feature


Tunica Magazine Issue №4

Tunica Magazine Issue №4

The fourth issue of Tunica Magazine takes you on a visual journey through features covering illustration, photography, articles, fictions, interviews and beyond. For each issue, Tunica Magazine invites a rotating cast of independent writers and creatives to participate, making it a great platform for talents who work across a variety of cutting-edge artistic disciplines across the globe to showcase their work. Feature


DRAWSWORDS

DRAWSWORDS

It’s been three years since we last featured ‘Drawswords’ but it seems like their brilliant use of colour and smart ideas are still very much alive and kicking when it comes to graphic design and art direction. Amsterdam-based design studio ‘Drawswords’ was set up in 2008 with a strong focus on well thought-out typographic solutions. We love all their endless amounts of design that span everything from editorial, brand identities, websites to other printed matter including leaflets and posters. Founder Rob van den Nieuwenhuizen has managed to link the potential of graphic design with the concept of experimentation within the typographic framework and of course the results are breathtakingly simple yet stunning. Feature


Graphic Arts Future | Sonnenzimmer

Graphic Arts Future | Sonnenzimmer

Introducing the new publication and LP titled ‘Graphic Arts Future’ from Sonnenzimmer, the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their practise is an impressive cocktail of typography, graphic design, printmaking and fine art shaken together to create their hand-crafted posters, books, packaging, publications, public art and client work — predominantly screen printed in-house. ‘Graphic Arts Future’ asks the question of today, tomorrow, yesterday – where does 2D expression start and where does it end? Launching at LCBA, hosted by Yuck Print House on 27th November. Feature


Ilka

Ilka

Ilka is a recently-launched Glasgow-based studio specialising in lovingly handcrafted and limited-edition large-scale screen prints. Started out as a hobby, we are very excited to see a diverse assortment of prints characterised by neon colour palettes and fluid figures. We also love how they play around to tell their story and style their product photos from unique points of view. It’s definitely a fun project worth exploring into. You’d better click on their website now and see for yourself! Feature


Studio Plat

Studio Plat

Studio Plat’s portfolio is jam-packed with a very diverse assortment of projects it’s so hard to believe that this Seoul-based graphic design studio was only set up in 2014. They always come up with a way to offer clients diversity and playfulness when it comes to solving design problems. As far as you can tell, colour plays a big part in their practice and we are particularly drawn in by their use of cheerful palettes. Vibrant, playful and very well put together, I urge you to take a close-up look at their work on their site – it’s definitely something you will grow fond of. Feature


PALETTE 06 ::  Transparent

PALETTE 06 :: Transparent

Some people do consider white space as a waste of printing materials. In reality, using the right amount of white in design can create such a sophisticated look and make significant impacts. The latest addition to the much-loved colour-themed collection, ‘Palette’ by Victionary, kicks off the new cycle of visual design practice and introduces you to celebrate the subtlety of designing with the colour white. Published with a focus on branding and packaging, Palette 06 :: Transparent by Victionary has just brought into question the whole concept of visibility. Feature


Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

We are big fans of paper and I do not think there’s any of us here who would say no to beautiful printed matter. Paris-based design studio Paper Tiger was set up in 2011 to blur the line between art and design. And even though the line between the two is quite complex, Paper Tiger Studio has managed to lend a great deal of qualities from both. It is an independent design studio with a strong focus on Riso-printing in the areas of art, illustration and publishing. Every item here is certainly a joy to look at. And I promise you’ll love all their zines, photographic prints, cards, posters and printed ephemera which are all very striking. Feature


Print Club Torino

Print Club Torino

More than just a co-working space, Print Club Torino is a creative community based in Turin and is perfect for anyone looking to learn and experience a range of print techniques in a fun environment, regardless of ability level. Offering the opportunity for students, artists and visual art professionals to learn how to use all the specialist lab equipment from a team of experts, as well as work independently making full use of the free access lab. Feature


MADE YOU LOOK | Cinematic Tour

MADE YOU LOOK | Cinematic Tour

Look & Yes Films have brought to us the exciting Arts Documentary Made You Look and it’s now screening throughout October across the UK & Ireland on official theatrical release, with a series of special screenings in select venues. Made You Look is a documentary about the booming UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Feature


Intercity :: Tread – Sneakers

Intercity :: Tread – Sneakers

Labelled as a studio which offers ‘a creative and considered approach to graphic design and art direction’ Intercity have launched their latest graphic design based project titled ‘Tread—Sneakers’. If you have already heard of Intercity then you’ll know they have a great love of all things bike-related, and in keeping with their interest in sports they have recently expanded their attention to the ever-evolving culture of sports footwear. Extending the concept of the studio’s initial tyre-themed ‘Tread’ print series, (which featured track marks and imprints left behind by a variety of bike tyres), they have produced a fresh series, exploring shapes and patterns which can be found on the outsoles of sneakers. Feature


Dentsu x Mainichi | Print You Can Plant

Dentsu x Mainichi | Print You Can Plant

Plant life is not only good for the environment, but can improve air quality and our moods. To help educate its readers about the glory of greenery, Japanese publisher Mainichi Newspapers created a newspaper that you can plant. The Green Newspaper, developed with advertising agency Dentsu Tokyo, is made of paper laced with Japanese flower seeds including pinks, poppies, snapdragons and English daisies. To make the paper, the company dissolved waste paper into a pulp and mixed it with the seeds. The eco-themed articles and images were printed using plant-based, eco-friendly dyes so that the paper wouldn’t harm the earth. Feature


100 Limited-Edition Wallpaper Rolls for 10 Years of Craft Making by Daniel Heath Studio

100 Limited-Edition Wallpaper Rolls for 10 Years of Craft Making by Daniel Heath Studio

The decennial year sees ‘Daniel Heath Studio’ launch a Kickstarter campaign with an aim to make a limited-edition run of one of their most sought-after wallpaper designs, ‘High Wire’. Daniel Heath Studio is known for their highly crafted wallpaper rolls and to mark the 10th anniversary of the studio, they are aiming to produce 100 limited-edition, affordable wallpapers to adorn everyone’s favourite space. Feature


studio smalls.

studio smalls.

It’s all in the name! studio smalls. is a small Letterpress studio in Seoul, South Korea. Run by Letterpress lover and designer Lim Jung-sil, it all started in May this year with a fascination with ‘old school’ analogue print techniques and a vintage Adana machine. (As the name and this very small bio suggest, it is still a new endeavour, so watch this space!). Feature


Tom’s Etching Studio

Tom’s Etching Studio

Tom’s Etching Studio is a brand new print studio opening in Peckham, London this September. This studio is the first of its kind dedicated to large-scale Intaglio (etching + engraving) and Relief (lino + woodblock) printing, as well as exploring guerrilla printmaking such as cardboard printing, pasta maker printing and any other fun and unique techniques that you can think of. Feature


East London Printmakers at Embassy Tea Gallery

East London Printmakers at Embassy Tea Gallery

For the second year running East London Printmakers are presenting their annual show of brand new work at the Embassy Tea Gallery. Launching with a reception on the 15th September and exhibiting until 27th September 2015, this diverse display of styles and experimental prints have been produced over the past year by members for your enjoyment. This years submissions and exhibitors utilise most print mediums providing visitors with a vast display of printmaking possibilities. Feature


Graduate Print Awards 2015 :: Simon Goode of LCBA’s Advice for Grads

Graduate Print Awards 2015 :: Simon Goode of LCBA’s Advice for Grads

Submissions for The Graduate Print Awards 2015 are now closed. A huge thanks to everyone who submitted and spread the word. And to gear yourself up for a new journey, meanwhile, we started an interview series in which we asked our partners/judges for their sage advice. The first of our interview series is here and we are delighted to share with you a useful piece of advice from Simon Goode of London Centre for Book Arts. Feature


The Taable

The Taable

I came across ‘The Taable’ via Bak Magazine and thought I really needed to share this. The Taable is a gold mine of photographic brilliance set up by Alex Oswith and Amanda Kusai. By using colour clashes, bright shades, and mixed elements, Alex and Amanda have managed to shed light on what could be considered the most ordinary things. The combination of these candy-coloured, well-composed visuals conjures up a series that appears to be both commercial and artistic – an interesting mix that will no doubt leave you in total awe. Feature


Playtype :: The Macrography Collection

Playtype :: The Macrography Collection

This latest collection of 60’s inspired products, ‘Macrography’, designed by Danish independent type foundry and concept store ‘Playtype’ particularly caught our eye. Not long ago, Playtype opted for a colourful alternative, producing a range of stationery including postcards, notebooks, notepads, and posters that are minimal and bold in equal measure. Feature


Mojoko

Mojoko

‘Mojoko’ continues to reign supreme as one of the greatest trailblazers in the contemporary art scene even if it’s been a decade since it was first established. We last featured Mojoko in 2013 and now Founder Steve Lawler has become one of the featured artists in our first hardback entitled ‘People of Print’. Steve’s portfolio is a concoction of all things multidisciplinary; he works between new media, sculpture, screen print, and collage to create stunning visual arrangements that play with the concepts of consumerism. Feature


Fanciful Pages

Fanciful Pages

With the aim to ‘revive the lost art of the written word’ and ‘celebrate the beauty and tactility of print and the joy of colour’, Fanciful pages is a London based atelier and stationary shop. Founded by graphic designer Aoife Barron in 2013 and launched the following April, she specializes in letterpress, screen print and bespoke hand bound journals. The collections are colourful, quirky and tactile, influenced by Aoife’s love of anything French, hand written letters and her penchant for a pastel palette. Feature


The Hungry Workshop

The Hungry Workshop

Husband and wife Simon and Jenna Hipgrave set up ‘The Hungry Workshop’ to deliver their shared passion for storytelling through the craft of letterpress, design, typography, and illustration. This is where hunger for print never dies out and is where the couple produce a range of fascinating printed products for their broad range of audience. A seamless blend of typography, illustration, and colour, The Hungry Workshop’s portfolio is highly original and reflects the true spirit of joy. Feature


The Washington Post Magazine :: The ‘Favorites’ Issue

The Washington Post Magazine :: The ‘Favorites’ Issue

It’s a rare privilege and amazing opportunity to be able to see in-progress shots of any creative project. Recently, Swedish design studio Snask have unveiled the brilliant images of their latest project which is the cover design for one of the biggest newspapers in the US, ‘The Washington Post’. Feature


Department Store Vendor Interview | Typoretum

Department Store Vendor Interview | Typoretum

If you love typography and all things letterpress check out our Department Store Vendors Typoretum. In a response to the revival of letterpress printing, Typoretum was established in 2008. Founded by Justin Knopp and his wife Cecilia, this British creative letterpress printing and design studio, utilise traditional craft skills to create contemporary and experimental designs. Producing work from their own collection of lead and wooden types, antique and vintage printing presses plus other print paraphernalia. Feature


Back and Forth by C100

Back and Forth by C100

C100 are a German multi-disciplinary design studio, founded in 2003 by Christian Hundertmark. Offering a number of services including creative direction, brand identity, product design, app design and web design to clients such as Absolut Vodka, Calvin Klein, Levi’s and Sony Music, they strive to create inventive visual solutions. Feature


Department Store Vendor Interview | Print Club Boston

Department Store Vendor Interview | Print Club Boston

We have recently welcomed new vendors Print Club Boston to sell their gorgeous limited edition silkscreen print series via our online Department Store and we have embraced their love for all things print! Released as a series twice yearly, each collection of prints has a thematic cohesion and production. Run in small editions, the prints are accessibly priced and all handmade in a small studio in Somerville, MA. In addition, a portion of each print edition is kept available for a ‘print swap’ via Print Club Boston online. Feature


BLOW: Project Charisma

BLOW: Project Charisma

Blow are a design studio based in Hong Kong, specialising in brand identity, packaging, print and web design. Founded in 2010 by creative director Ken Lo, they aim to create bold design solutions that are fresh and contemporary. Their promotional project for Polytrade Paper, Project Charisma set out to showcase the range of papers the company offer, through the medium of cosmetic packaging. Choosing eight female names, as an acronym of the word ‘Charisma,’ they designed a set around each persona, displaying the variety of paper types and printing finishes available. Feature


McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

We’re told not to judge books by their covers, but there are some publications whose form is so bold and inventive, that they invite us to do just that. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern is one of them. Feature


Swift Textiles

Swift Textiles

Famed for its simple and stylish design, Swift Textiles is an independent textile label founded by Michal Fierstein and Roni Yeheskel from Israel. Their process begins at the most basic level with the natural raw materials, combining contemporary aesthetics with traditional techniques to ensure the maximum quality of their handcrafted products. One of the key objectives of Swift Textiles is to heighten your indoor experience, and with their skilful use of screen-print, the duo have clearly managed to create an extensive range of home and fashion products that all carry wit and warmth. Feature


Studio Plat x Vakki

Studio Plat x Vakki

Studio Plat are a South Korean design agency specialising in branding, exhibition, printing, packaging, and web design. They worked with visual artist Vakki to create an amazingly striking and colourful set of printed materials including a poster, leaflet and ticket for her recent exhibition at D-Project Space within the Daelim Museum, Unstable Instruments: Play Play Vakki. Her hypnotic patterns feature rotating wheels of neon, coupled with an chaotic yet mesmerising style of multi-dimensional graphic design. Feature


De Invasie Toont

De Invasie Toont

De Invasie! is a ongoing collaboration between design agency Dift and based museum Gent, in which they hold an annual exhibition. To mark their 5 year partnership they have designed a catalog ‘De Invasie Toont,’ which showcases the emerging talent highlights from the past few years. The book is beautifully designed and presents a general overview of all the designers involved with the project, to accompany the artwork displayed in the gallery. Feature


Element #003 | Zut Alors! | The Artist Series Cover

Element #003 | Zut Alors! | The Artist Series Cover

New York-based graphic design studio Zut Alors! have done a very good job. And indeed, their special cover design for Element 003 does represent the dynamic energy of New York City’s creative worlds. We had a nice little chat with studio partners Brendan Griffiths and Frank DeRose to get to know more about their design for the latest issue of Print Isn’t Dead™. And here’s the inside scoop on how they came up with such an incredible artwork. Feature


Element #003 | Studio Yukiko | The Artist Series Cover

Element #003 | Studio Yukiko | The Artist Series Cover

We are in absolute awe of the amazing cover design created by Studio Yukio. It is one of the most ambitious cover designs in our artist series cover for Element 003. The studio is famed for their compelling visual designs and fine execution. Today, we spoke to founders Michelle Phillips and Johannes Conrad to find out about their inspiration behind this limited-edition cover for Print Isn’t Dead™. Feature


Element #003 | Karlssonwilker | The Artist Series Cover

Element #003 | Karlssonwilker | The Artist Series Cover

Here comes the third design in the limited edition artist series cover of Element 003. It is such an amazing masterpiece created by an award-winning multidisciplinary design champions Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker aka Karlssonwilker. We did a little interview where we got to know about their idea behind this ingenious cover and how they worked out this perfect visual treatment for our latest issue of Print Isn’t Dead™. Feature


Studio Fnt

Studio Fnt

Studio fnt are a Korean based graphic design studio specialising in printed matter, brand identity and digital media. Their clean, refined style lends itself perfectly to the posters they produce, focusing on finer design details whilst still communicating a striking aesthetic. Korean letters adorn each image, becoming a unique visual element in themselves by presenting new lines and symbols to play with. Composition wise Fnt stick to a winning formula with neat layout and elegant type. Feature


Rebels Studios

Rebels Studios

Rebels Studios are a multi-disciplinary creative agency based in Stockholm, specialising in film, interactive and graphic design. Communicating with a firm belief that experimental ideas are the strongest, the work they produce is both mysterious and inviting. Designing mainly for music and technology brands, their darker aesthetic approach works perfectly for the list of sleek forward thinking clients they currently work with including Philips and Size Records Feature


Element 003 | Features

Element 003 | Features

We’re getting ready to go to print with the third issue of Print Isn’t Dead™ magazine. You will need to get your orders in quickly if you’d like to have the option of a personalised cover, with your name printed on the spine! We’re using HP Indigo technology to print solid white ink onto quality black Fedrigoni paper. For those of you who are curious to know what’s inside this amazing issue, you’ve come to the right place. We’re now introducing you to the incredible highlights from Element 003, including 6 pages of printed Grafik content, which will surely make you join the Print Isn’t Dead™ movement Feature


Epiforma

Epiforma

Based in Portugal, design studio Epiforma boast an impressive showcase of their creative ability across multiple disciplines. With a strong belief in providing bespoke solutions, their skills cover branding, art direction, editorial, web and product design. Their modular furniture designs have gained fast interest for their unusual but contemporary composition and it seems there is no end to this team’s talents, with graphic and typography work proving equally as strong. Punchy tones and neat type styles provide the basis for most of the visual identities they create, the end result being bold yet playful designs. Feature


Printing Friends Issue No.8

Printing Friends Issue No.8

Whether you’re an avid foodie or just occasionally enjoy looking at delicious food images, you are definitely going to love this latest issue of Printing Friends. Beautifully designed by creative studio, Snask, this edition of Printing Friends is now ready to take you to the world of exotic cuisine – mash potato typography, a coconut flavoured ‘space burger’, and a knitted hot dog to name a few – it’s a trip around the world where you will enjoy culinary surprises. Feature


Studio Jimbo

Studio Jimbo

Studio Jimbo is the brainchild of Jimbo Barbu, an independent art director and graphic designer based in Paris. It’s hard to believe that the studio was only founded in 2014 since its portfolio is jam-packed with a huge set of stunning design featuring typographic layouts and illustrations that have also graced the pages of international design publication Kiblind and many others. Feature


Rosie Moss | Interview

Rosie Moss | Interview

It was a delight to stumble across the beautiful work from Rosie Moss. Midlands based designer Rosie hand dyes, prints and makes all of her textile products ranging from cushions to bags. We had a chat with Rosie to find out more about her experimental printing technique and daily tools of the trade. Feature


Fieldwork

Fieldwork

Fieldwork are a design agency with imaginative play and bright ideas at the forefront of their work ethos.’Tinkering’ as they put it, between Web Design, Branding, Digital and Print they respond to each client brief with the same excitement and enthusiasm. Collaborating with renowned quirky illustrators such as Charlotte Trounce, they seek out the most suitable ways of working, ensuring they maintain a sense of fun but also professionalism. Feature


Poster Screen Printing 2-Day Course with Dan Mather

Poster Screen Printing 2-Day Course with Dan Mather

Professional screen printer and graphic designer Dan Mather is running a new 2-day screen print poster course at Thames Barrier Print Studio. The course is perfect for illustrators and designers looking to take their work to the next level by translating it into print. Over the two days you will learn the traditional process of screen printing, from getting your artwork print ready to technical registration. With help from Dan you will learn useful tips along the way and no doubt leave inspired to do more. Feature


Trilingua | Interview with Adonian Chan

Trilingua | Interview with Adonian Chan

Trilingua is a Hong Kong based design studio, with a specialism in Chinese typography and design. Design style, like language, varies from the difference of cultural background and geographic region. Through the ambition of redefining Hong Kong visual culture, designer Adonian Chan and Chris Tsui Sau Yi established Trilingua design in 2010. Trilingua emphasise on every project’s intrinsic essence, and through these understanding we choose the most suitable design language and medium to deliver the essence of message. Feature


Studio Hausherr

Studio Hausherr

Berlin based Studio Hausherr are a creative agency with a strong emphasis on design for print and web. Dealing with a range of clients within the art, fashion and culture industries, their aesthetic focus is tailored to providing clean cut, contemporary visuals specific to each brand they work with. Years of experience coupled with an eye for detail means Studio Hausherr have formed an intrinsic network of photographers, stylists and writers that they work with to ensure high quality standards across everything they do. Feature


The Rodina

The Rodina

After three years of continuous efforts in exploring a new visual language and meaning, The Rodina, an award-winning design studio based in the Hague, have succeeded and now become internationally recognised. The studio was formed by a pair of Dutch duo, Tereza and Vit Ruller, whose work embodies a range of approaches to experimental image-making, allowing both themselves and their audience to examine communication methods and analyse connections between culture, technology and aesthetics. Feature


Bric-À-Brac for Cia

Bric-À-Brac for Cia

Bric-À-Brac are a creative design studio that specialise in providing concepts and art direction for art, culture and commerce. With a design ethos stemming from closely researching each client’s core characteristics and capabilities, they focus on a straight forward approach to producing design solutions across print and web. Feature


Ola

Ola

Ola makes lovingly crafted stationary with a modern design twist. Their ethos focuses on making products with the highest quality and using traditional manufacturing techniques. Most of the designs are hand illustrated first, and are inspired by architecture and abstract geometric artists. The final products are all made in small quantities by local manufacturers, keeping each product as beautiful and perfectly formed as the next. Feature


Sarah Le Donne

Sarah Le Donne

Sarah Le Donne is a designer and art director currently based in Germany, who is able to equally express her passion for creativity both commercially and through self initiated projects. During her studies, she spent a short time abroad visiting Istanbul and became so captivated by the city it still remains a powerful inspiration in her personal work today. One of her projects ‘Bus Journal,’ invites writers, artists and photographers to take a certain bus route through the city and to document their observations. The aim to share a unique insight into the historical city and its residents through an elegantly designed publication. Feature


Block Shop Textiles

Block Shop Textiles

Block Shop are a Californian based textile company run by two sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman. What makes their printed scarfs so special is the collaboration between themselves as designers and the 20 traditional block printers in Bagru, India who hand make each scarf. Their striking and bold designs combined with the beautiful dyes and skills of the printmakers equal stunning results. All the scarfs are made in India using hand carved wood blocks, natural dyes and traditional techniques, that are over 350 years old! Feature


The Library Press

The Library Press

‘To operate as an expanding lending library’ is the mantra of The Library Press, a compact design and letterpress studio founded by designer and printmaker Amy Gonzales. It is a compact studio/workshop in Southern California that serves as a platform for art exchange amongst print and design fanatics. Its portfolio is jam-packed with fun and charming print goodies with a vintage twist, all hand-printed and designed by Gonzales. She offers bespoke design services too, so, I suppose you’re ready to find out more about her vast collection of alluring prints – click here! Feature


ARTHOUSE Meath

ARTHOUSE Meath

ARTHOUSE Meath is a community of artists, most of who live with severe epilepsy, learning or physical disabilities. With the help of ARTHOUSE Meath and professional art instructors, the artists work in creating hand printed products that are sold to help continue funding for the development of the project. Feature


Element 003 | Personalised Typographic Covers

Element 003 | Personalised Typographic Covers

We are more than excited to announce the launch of our website for Element 003 of Print Isn’t Dead™ magazine, as featured by Grafik, Design Milk, Booooooom!, Stack, Collective Magazine, magCulture and the Pull & Bear blog. This time around we are inviting you to personalise the front cover of your copy, using up to 250 characters, either for yourself or as a gift to another. Our designer James Lunn will typeset each cover individually using the awesome Patron typeface by Milieu Grotesque, who we have teamed up with alongside Hewlett-Packard, Pureprint Group and Fedrigoni to bring you our latest issue. HP® Indigo technology allows us to print high quality and totally unique covers, using your wonderful text submissions. Feature


Tavo for Beeta

Tavo for Beeta

Tavo are a Spanish company that have perfected their branding, digital and motion skills to the highest of standards. Holding the concept and story behind each project as the most important values for the basis of their work, they produce beautiful results for a range of advertising agencies and studios. Their branding for Beeta, a group of audiovisual and digital producers based in Spain and the Middle East, echoes contemporary graphic styles and presents a sophisticated identity. Feature


UCA Identity by Spin

UCA Identity by Spin

Creative studio Spin have spent the past twenty years gaining a worldwide reputation as a consistently excellent design force, renowned for delivering refined results for a number of clients. With an impressive body of work spanning the arts, broadcast, electronics, design and entertainment industries, their masterful communication skills guarantee clarity and elegance wherever they are applied. Feature


Work In Progress by Studio Reko

Work In Progress by Studio Reko

Based in Stockholm, creative team Studio Reko is a combined effort from graphic designers Ludwig Mattsson and Frans Wiklund. With their joint talents laying particularly well within the fields of typography and print, ‘Work In Progress’ is a limited edition fanzine created by the pair. Collected hundreds of photos from unknown sources as inspiration for their daily work, they have decided to share their favourite images through a series of zines, with this issue being the first. Feature


Zines of the Zone

Zines of the Zone

The zine phenomenon has become an ever-expanding trend of the last decade, with more and more people embracing the DIY culture of self-publishing. Zines of the zone is a mobile library and travelling exhibition dedicated to self published zines, photo books, and fanzines – pretty much ‘any DIY printed matter related to photography’. Feature


Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous are a multidisciplinary studio that produce sophisticated design solutions, creative direction and engaging content for a range of high profile clients. Based in Singapore they are an internationally recognised team, gaining awards in New York, London and Hong Kong for their brand strategy, corporate identities, product and graphic design. Since their beginnings in 2005, they have also always worked on self- initiated projects, some that have gone on to become their own brands such as the Design Film festival, a film festival solely dedicated to design. Feature


Lamm & Kirch

Lamm & Kirch

Lamm & Kirch is an independent, award-winning graphic design studio with a highly inspirational visual series that deals mostly with typography. They put focus on the creation of printed matter and their impressive, colourful portfolio spans everything from print publications, visual identity, poster, to exhibition design. Here in their studio in Leipzig, it also serves as a research platform for visual experimentation. There is a refreshing sense of design and layout throughout all the work by Lamm & Kirch, and we urge you to continue onto their website and have a look for yourself! Feature


A-2-O

A-2-O

Arina Makhova, Olga Pozharova, Aline Rodionova and Olga Struzberg are the four graphic designers behind creative force Studio A-2-O. Based in Russia, the individuals share a mutual ambition to drive, alter and break down traditional design boundaries, through graphics, photography and fine art. They create a visual output for each client often with an experimental edge, delving right into the heart of each project. A-2-O work with innovative concepts and cutting edge techniques to produce a range of unusual results. Feature


Aelfie

Aelfie

Aelfie is a company with a love for all thing pattern and print. Stemmed from Aelfie Oudghiri’s love for experimental pattern and print design, she now creates and curates a beautifully designed and handmade range of textiles and homeware. Her designs are influenced by flatwoven tribal textiles and Soviet-era embroidery, which are handwoven in India using traditional weaving methods. But what makes her designs pop are the cheeky illustrations and modern patterns that now cover rugs to cushions. Feature


Seesaw Studio

Seesaw Studio

Seesaw are an Australian design studio with a drive for high quality aesthetic and well considered methodology at the heart of their ideas. Spreading their multi talented skills across a host of key areas, their main specialisms include branding, creative direction, identity, digital strategy and print design. With not just one, but two creative directors at the helm one male, one female, Seesaw find this is a perfect balance to steer their creative vision to a point of true clarity and combined perspective. Feature


Garden Book Club

Garden Book Club

Garden Book Club is a collaborative project between illustrator Jamie Mills and artist Megan Wellington exploring the relationships between people and their plants. Partly inspired by the salacious tones of plant-care handbooks, partly from observations and partly invented, the work looks to highlight the tactile nature of these encounters. Working with illustration, collage, photography and filmmaking, process has become a large part of the collaborative practice and they have been looking at different printmaking possibilities (screen print, RISO, cyanotypes) to bring the work into new contexts. Feature


Pop & Pac

Pop & Pac

Pop & Pac are a graphic design studio based in Melbourne, Australia, run by creatives David Popov & Mauris Lai. Combining their coupled experience working for large agencies and corporations, the pair provide branding solutions to a range of clients varying in size and stature. Their skilled ability covers brand identity, printed communication, marketing strategy, web design and art direction. Together they strive to provide conclusions that are unique, clever and timeless including well considered textures, materials and finishes relevant to each project. Feature